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10 Easy Ways to Lighten Up Any Recipe

Boost Nutrition and Cut Calories in the Kitchen

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1/31/2013 2:25:15 PM

CHASINTHEDRAGON's SparkPage
Love Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread! It's my go-to cheese for sandwiches and wraps.
1/31/2013 11:08:17 AM

JESSICA-RABBIT's SparkPage
Sarah, Thank you for sharing your knowledge, tricks, and GOOD SENSE!
1/18/2013 1:48:23 PM

LUNALOCA's SparkPage
Fat free half and half? Blech. Better to have the calories than all those chemicals. Better to eat real food, not food made in a science lab. Love all the rest of the suggestions, many I would not have thought of, but the fat free half and half is a bad idea, IMO.
CHANGING4LIFE
1/18/2013 6:27:18 AM

This is a great article. I also use low sodium, fat free broth to add flavor to quinoa when I cook it.
KDJUAREZ
1/18/2013 12:30:29 AM

This was really a great article - we'd already incorporated some of the changes but the saute thing with broth was something I would've never thought of. Thanks for the great ideas!

-Kelly
AZURE-SKY
1/5/2013 1:27:02 PM

Sometimes fat is not the enemy. I prefer low-fat dairy to full fat, but I refuse to use fat-free cheeses, or fat-free half-and-half. Just read the labels. I think it's better to eat real foods in moderation than somebody's chemical concoction. I also don't use artificial sweeteners for the same reason.

Others have pointed this out already, but I agree - cottage cheese is not a good substitute for other cheeses. 1/2 cup of cottage cheese is around 400 mg sodium, regardless of whether it's full fat or fat-free. Part-skim ricotta has about 1/3 the amount of sodium, and has a better texture.
12/2/2012 4:55:09 PM

HOLT2001's SparkPage
I love veggies, but hubby does not. we both love fattening comfort foods. i am finding CAULIFLOWER and/or fresh MUSHROOMS are an excellent way to add bulk/fiber so you are getting less calories in your portions of the resulting meal.
yesterday, i made a healthier version of chicken and biscuits. after cooking the chicken in fat free low sodium chicken broth with onion and celery, I put the broth in the fridge so the fat would rise to the top. after skimming the fat, i brought the broth back to a boil and added a whole head of cauliflower, chopped up!! i cooked that until i could puree it into the "gravy" with my immersion blender then thickened gravy more with fat free half and half and corn starch. i threw in a can of fat free cream of mushroom soup and more diced fresh mushrooms then added the chicken i had removed from the bones back into gravy. served with Bisquicks heart healthy reduced fat biscuit mix. hubby NEVER knew i put a whole head of cauliflower into the gravy ! it was SO good and not fattening !
9/16/2012 5:24:54 PM

STORMYSKYS's SparkPage
I have only spent ten minutes here and have a wealth of great new tools to improve my cooking more healthy. Thanks for all the great information.
6/2/2012 6:22:20 PM

ASPENHUGGER's SparkPage
It certainly would be nice if I could have saved this article to my favorites. No matter how I tried, I couldn't get that option to appear!
6/2/2012 5:48:13 PM

AWESOMECHELZ's SparkPage
It would be nice if I could save this article into my favorites. The option isn't there.
GCOOPER84
6/2/2012 1:26:38 PM

while I agree on some of the things said..fat free and reduced fats can have high fructose syrups in them and higher sodium..so you really need to read the labels on these things..some times "regular" is better..
6/2/2012 7:38:50 AM

LINDAK25's SparkPage
I like some of your suggestions. I just wish I wasn't allergic to dairy. Besides that, adding dairy does add sodium. If your watching how much sodium you eat, cottage cheese would be an unwise choice to add to any recipe.
6/2/2012 2:25:41 AM

ROOSTER72's SparkPage
The recipes for many cakes & muffins include a lot more sugar than needed.
I often just cut out about 25% of the sugar.
9/13/2011 11:22:13 AM

SHANNONPIXIE's SparkPage
Great great article, very helpful. Thank you.

I do disagree with the cottage cheese thing. Adding cottage cheese adds more liquid (and makes the dish more runny!) and just tastes awful. I'd rather add half the amount of part skim ricotta than an equal amount of cottage cheese, blech. Personal opinion though!
9/13/2011 8:19:39 AM

WORKINGSTIFF's SparkPage
Thanks for this article! I cook a lot for my family, and am always looking for ways to reduce the calories, fat, etc. but still make delicious meals.

Great ideas!

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