Has your old recipe book been collecting cobwebs? Do you have a favourite dish that you’ve had to hold off cooking from? Don’t worry. You can still keep whipping up the delicacies that you’ve grown to love. Just because you are now on a diet plan, doesn’t mean things have to change. With these handy tips and tricks, keep cooking what you want!
Go for half measures.
Reduce the fat content in recipes by 1/3rd by just replacing saturated fat, butter, shortening or lard with vegetable oil like Rice bran oil instead.
Skim past the problem.
Milk which provides good quality proteins and calcium must be an essential item of the diet. However, aim to replace full fat dairy products with their nonfat or low-fat counterparts. Buttermilk, which is 1.5% fat, works as an excellent substitute for whole milk in dessert recipes. If your recipe calls for sour cream, go for nonfat yogurt, instead. Fat-free cheeses don’t melt very well however, so you should use reduced fat cheese if you are making a recipe such as veggie pizza.
Call in a substitute.
One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of fat and calories in many recipes is to substitute ingredients with healthier alternatives. For example, replace the chocolate chips your recipe calls for with raisins, or opt for whole wheat alternatives to pizzas and pastas.
Sweeten the deal without sugar.
You can reduce the amount of sugar in most recipes by one-third to one-half. Instead of using sugar to sweeten baked goods and desserts, substitute sweet flavored spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and vanilla or almond extract.