Does one of your New Year’s resolutions include healthier eating? One of the best ways to turn over a new nutritional leaf is to start cooking more at home. While there are healthy options when you eat out, cooking at home lets you control which ingredients go into your meals. So, what kind of recipes should you look for while planning to boost your health?
The Mayo Clinic says the three best ways to create healthy recipes are to reduce the fat, calories and salt in your meals.
Did you know it’s possible to reduce the amount of butter or shortening oil in baked recipes, and replace it with unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana or a puree of prunes?
Another option is cutting the raw sugar in a recipe by one third or one half, and replacing it with cinnamon, nutmeg, or vanilla extract. This will boost the sweet taste while removing the sugar and excess calories.
You can cut salt by half or even eliminate it from most main course items and most baked goods that don't require yeast. Some salt may be necessary for leavening to keep baked goods from being too dense or flat.
Before you start a new year of cooking healthy, be sure you have the right appliances handy. Think outside the box! Some recipes may call for a traditional oven, while others may require a toaster oven, microwave or even an ice maker! Be sure to take care of any needed appliance repair so you have all the tools the cookbook requires. Mr. Appliance can help you with your kitchen repairs.Click here to learn more about our services