Healthy Cooking 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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Blanching

Submerge vegetables (or fruit) in boiling water for just a moment, then remove and place in an ice bath to stop the cooking while retaining crispness and great color. Learn this and bid farewell to mushy broccoli.

Blanching

Steam Frying

Believe it or not, you don't need to cook with oil to get beautifully browned, flavorful foods. Check out our method that relies on a splash of water, stock, fresh juice, vinegar or coconut water for great results that's much lower in fat.

Steam Frying
 

Marinating

Marinating imparts flavors while softening the texture of meat, veggies and fruit. Learn to marinate by using fresh citrus juice, vinegars, beer or wine and stirring in spices and herbs. With these ingredients, you can achieve the same delicious results as a traditional marinade — without the use of added oils. Marinate for about an hour in the fridge.

Marinating

Toasting

It's not just for toasters anymore! This is a common cooking method of applying dry heat to foods like nuts, seeds and whole spices. When toasted, they release their natural oils, and their flavors are enhanced. Toast in a dry skillet on the stovetop, or use a rimmed baking sheet in the oven, and stir frequently, keeping an eye on what you're toasting to ensure it doesn't burn.

Toasting
 

Grilling

Whether you use a countertop electric grill, classic charcoal or a gas grill – grilling is an easy way to cook for healthy eating. Add moisture and flavor to your favorites by marinating them first. Plus, many tasty marinade recipes can be made without using added oils.

Grilling

Slow Cooking

It doesn't get easier than this. This is one of the best cooking methods for beans and stews. You simply cook on the stovetop or in a slow cooker at very low temperatures (175°F–200°F) for long periods of time. Investing in a slow cooker will make your weekly meals a breeze.

Slow Cooking
 

Steaming

This is the most common cooking technique in many cultures for healthy eating. To retain optimum freshness, texture and nutritional content, steam veggies as lightly as possible. Use the leftover water (contains valuable nutrients from the steamed veggies) in soups or for steam sautéing.

Steaming

Poaching

Not just for eggs! Poaching works well with a variety of fish, meats, vegetables and fruits. Use a hot liquid, such as stock or juice, along with flavor from herbs, spices or vinegars. Submerge the food in gently simmering liquid until just tender. Remove from heat, strain and serve – or chill if desired.

Poaching
 

Ice Bath

A large bowl half-filled with ice and water is used to stop the cooking process. Simply lower cooked produce into the bowl, and let sit for a minute or so, then strain. Yields beautifully crisp and colorful vegetables.

Ice Bath
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