In all of my research and experimentation to find delicious recipes and healthy ways to take care of my home and share them with you, I’ve had a whole bunch of “why didn’t I think of this sooner?!” moments, so now I’m sharing them with you, too!
- If you decide to buy frosting instead of make it, put the frosting into a bowl and whip it with your stand or hand mixer for a few minutes. This will double the amount of frosting, make it lighter (less sugar, fewer calories per serving), and easier to spread!
- Add baking soda to the water when you boil eggs to make them easier to peel.
- When you’re warming up refrigerated bread/muffins/biscuits/pancakes/waffles, stick it in the microwave with a cup of water to keep it moist and heat up more quickly.
- When a baking recipe suggests you “sift the dry ingredients,” put them into your stand mixer in a DRY bowl and turn it on mix for a minute or so. This will fluff the ingredients and save you from having to stand there sifting.
- Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating raw; peppers with 4 bumps are firmer better for cooking.
- If you want just a little garlic flavor in your recipe, add it at the beginning of the cooking. If you want a stronger garlic flavor, add it towards the end of the recipe.
- If you’re measuring something sticky, like peanut butter or honey, fill the measuring cup or spoon with hot water. Dump out the water (but don’t dry the cup/spoon) and add your ingredient. It’ll come right out!
- Add a teaspoon of water when you brown/fry ground beef. It’ll pull the grease away from the meat, making it easier to get rid of so you don’t eat it!
- To make omelets super delicious, add a tablespoon or two of Greek yogurt when you beat the eggs. This makes them rich without making them unhealthy like sour cream, cream cheese, or whipping cream would.
- When you re-warm leftover pizza, do it in a nonstick skillet on your stove on medium-low heat until warm. It’ll keep the crust crispy and heat it up quickly!
- Substitute Greek yogurt for mayo and cut the fat and calories significantly!
- Make soups and stews the night before you want to serve it and put it in the fridge overnight. The fat will solidify on top so you can scrape it off before re-warming…
- …OR, if you’re in a hurry, put a lettuce leaf in the pot and remove when the grease has been absorbed.
- Substitute whole wheat pasta and brown rice instead of regular pasta and white rice for a much higher fiber content, which is better for you and will help you feel fuller faster (leading to fewer calories consumed!).
- Marinate your meat to increase the flavor of a dish without having to add unnecessary dressings or sauces.
- Applesauce can be used in baking recipes to lower the fat. Just substitute half of the fat (butter, for example) called for in the recipe with applesauce.
- If you don’t have any lemon juice, replace 1 teaspoon of lemon juice for 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar.
- Put a raw potato in a pot of salty soup to absorb some of the salt. Pull it out and discard once it’s absorbed some of the salt.
- When making whipping cream, you’ll whip it up much faster and better if you chill the bowl first.
- Add a splash of olive oil, vinegar, or lemon juice at the end of cooking time or to cooked vegetables. It enhances the flavor of the food like salt does, without the added sodium.
There you have it! 20 tips that hopefully will help you cook just a little bit healthier during every meal!