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Healthier Ways to Follow a Recipe

Smart Substitution: Baking Ingredients

-- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer

It’s dinner time again and all of your tried and true recipes your family loves call for cups of oil, sticks of butter, and several ounces of whole milk. But you have the solution – smart substitutions.

Cookware
For starters, invest in a good set of non-stick pans and skillets. These alone will help cut down the amount of oil you use to cook. Most of the time, you won’t even need to coat the pan with oil to achieve perfectly good food items. Another substitution is to avoid frying. Methods such as baking and broiling will greatly diminish, if not eliminate, the amount of oil or butter you need.

Eliminate the Oil
A lot of recipes call for an unnecessary amount of butter and oil, so just cut back. When cooking up some vegetable or meat, and the recipe demands oil, try instead some vegetable broth, or even some wine. If you absolutely need oil, use olive oil, a healthier alternative than vegetable oils. Read more about olive oil.

Egg-cellent
Eggs are bursting not just with protein, but with vitamin D and other minerals as well. However, they are also full of cholesterol. More specifically, the yolk is full of cholesterol. An easy way around this pitfall, especially for those concerned about high levels of cholesterol, is to toss the yolk. If a recipe calls for 2 eggs, keep the yolk of one and pitch the other. This alone will cut your cholesterol in half.

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