If you're trying to eat healthy, but you want your food tasty, it's great to experiment by using different recipes and cuisines. The health aspect requires a little bit of kitchen know-how, so you can pick and choose recipes, and modify recipes to make them lower in fat and calories. Some recipes' cooking techniques make them inherently difficult, if not impossible to modify. When you know the lingo, you can make healthy food choices.
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Healthy Cooking Techniques: These techniques are inherently healthy, but many times the recipes will tell you to add butter or oil to the food, but you don't have to. When cooking in a pan over or under heat, or grilling, use cooking spray to just coat the pan to prevent sticking.
Roast: To cook uncovered in the oven.
Broil: To cook food directly under the heat source.
Bake: To cook food slowly with gentle heat.
Grill: To cook directly over the heat source, with coals or a gas grill.
Pan-broil: To cook in a heavy skillet without adding fat and draining off fat as it accumulates.
Parchment paper: Heavy, heat-resistant paper used in cooking. Fish or chicken breast cooked with spices and fruit comes out deliciously tender and healthy -- a great cooking technique that requires little or no fat.
Poach: Fish or chicken, simmered in liquid, could be seasoned broth or water. Another great, healthy cooking technique.