Healthy Cooking Technique Videos

You don't have to be a professional chef to master these cooking methods. Learn each one, and you'll soon have the skills you need to prepare healthier meals without the use of added oils.

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How to Make Mashed Cauliflower

If you’re looking for a simple and healthy swap for your favorite mashed potato recipe, give mashed cauliflower a try. Once mashed, they have a similar taste and texture, but cauliflower has fewer carbs than spuds do.

Learn to Cook Spaghetti Squash

Perfect for gluten-free, low-fat and special diets, spaghetti squash makes an excellent substitute for many noodle-based recipes. Plus, it’s loaded with nutrients like beta carotene and fiber.

How to Make Chia Pudding

Here’s a no-cook recipe that you can make ahead in just seconds. When soaked overnight, chia seeds turn into a delicious breakfast pudding with consistency similar to tapioca.

Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse

This recipe for sweet potato chocolate mousse proves that unexpected combinations are the most delicious. Sweet potato puree gives this vegan dessert a velvet-smooth texture and a wonderful sweetness.

Whipped Coconut Cream

Decadent and delightful, this recipe for dairy-free whipped coconut cream is a total dream. A touch of vanilla and confectioner’s sugar adds a subtle sweetness for dessert toppings and fillings. You can even leave out the sugar and vanilla and use this vegan topping as a savory garnish for other meals.

Swedish Milletballs

This meatless alternative to traditional Swedish meatballs is a win as a main course, or served as a party appetizer with toothpicks. The milletballs are made with a mixture of millet, flaxseed meal and fresh veggies. Plus, we’ve included a bonus recipe for a simple walnut tahini sauce that pairs up perfectly.

How to Steam Fry

Heads up: One tablespoon of oil has 120 to 140 calories of fat. This innovative cooking technique skips the oil and starts by adding veggies to a hot pan, then a little liquid as a great, health-conscious alternative to oil. You can use coconut water, vegetable broth, juices and even beer and wine.

How to Press Tofu

Tofu, a soy-based meat alternative, is denser and easy to cook after being pressed. Remove it from the package, wrap it in paper towels or a clean kitchen towel, place on a plate and add weight on top using another plate and a bag of dried beans or a heavy book. After at least 15 minutes, you’ll have pressed tofu at the perfect consistency for some healthy cooking.

How to Chop An Onion

Healthy recipes are much easier to put together when you have the right technique for prepping ingredients you use often, like onions. Peel off the thick, papery skin, cut in half from root to top, slice each half from end to end following the ridges, turn 90 degrees, and cut across the slices for even, uniform pieces.

How To Cook With Parchment Paper

Using parchment paper to roast vegetables in the oven makes clean-up a snap. No oil, butter or added fats are needed as parchment paper creates a non-stick surface. Just line a baking sheet with the parchment paper, toss the vegetables in seasonings such as salt, pepper, chile powder or other herbs and spices and roast as directed.

How to Save the Stems from Winter Greens

Leafy greens are wonderful in so many ways, but what about the stems? They’re worth saving too! Hold the stem firmly, strip the leafy part, and get chopping. Add finely chopped stems to stir fries and soups, or cook them with the leaves—just be sure to give them a head start in cooking time.

How To Seed a Hot Chile Pepper

Seeded chile peppers can impart flavor to a healthy dish without setting mouths on fire. Cut the chile in half. Then, with a paring knife, scoop the seeds and veins from the middle and discard. Slice or dice the remaining chile flesh. Works for jalapeños, habaneros or any member of the chile family. Make sure to wash your hands after you handle chiles!

How to Supreme Citrus Fruit

Open up oranges, lemons, and grapefruits to all kinds of culinary possibilities by serving up their juicy sections. Cut off the ends and carefully cut away the skin and white pith with a knife. Next, slice each section on either side of the membrane, removing the fruit sections until all fruit is cut from the center.

How To Cut Pretty Apple Slices

Here’s how to slice an apple like a professional: Place it on a board, and cut the flesh away from the core in quarters. Place the pieces on their sides and slice along the length of the apple segment. Arrange the slices into a fan shape. Your friends will be stunned, amazed, astonished, and gobsmacked!