Fat and Calorie Saving Tips
1. A low fat grilled cheese sandwich can be made with whole grain bread, cheese of your choice and a George Foreman Grill. Just spray the bread with a non fat cooking spray and cook on the GF grill. For added taste spread a deli mustard on the inside of the bread before placing the cheese on it.
2. For lower fat grilled cheese, put one slice of bread with cheese on a microwavable plate in microwafe for about 15 seconds, until the cheese is just melted. Then transfer this to a fairly hot, ungreased non-stick skillet. Add the other piece of bread, and simply toast the outsides of the sandwich.
3. If you’re on a low carb diet, and miss having fried chicken. After some various experiments I have found that if you get some plain pork rinds and crush them up, add in your italian herbs and spices or what-have-you, this makes an excellent subsitute for the traditional breadcrumbs and cornmeal. And many people I have told this too actually prefer it over traditional style because more often than not its crunchier.
4. To keep lettuce fresher longer wrap a dry paper towel around the root end of the lettuce head and store in a zipper close bag. The paper towel will absorb the excess water keeping the lettuce fresh and crisp.
5. When using fat free or low fat cheese in dishes that they need to be melted, spray them lightly with cooking spray. The cheese will melt smoothly.
6. Reduce fat, increase fiber and save money by replacing half of the ground beef or poultry in a casserole or meatloaf recipe with brown rice, bulgur, or cooked and pureed dried beans.
7. To quickly flavor plain steamed vegetables, toss with a little low-fat Italian salad dressing.
8. Grill or pan fry (in a sprayed, nonstick skillet), many boneless/skinless chicken breasts. Season them with seasoned salt and garlic powder. Cool and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Place wrapped chicken breasts in a large zip lock bag and keep in the freezer. These are great for a quick Caesar salad, barbecue chicken salad (warmed in microwave with some lowfat barbecue sauce), or chopped for a cold chicken salad.
9. When buying beef, find lean cuts of beef by looking for the words round, loin, extra lean or the leanest in the name. Cuts like top round, tenderloin or sirloin will be lean and healthy.