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Let’s Cook: Steam Frying

By Allison Kociuruba, September 21, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Allison Kociuruba

Learn one of Healthy Eating Chef Chad’s best tricks to cut calories and fat in your recipes. He’ll show us how to steam fry your onions without using any oil or butter. One tablespoon of oil has at least 120 to 140 calories (you do the math on how much you’ll save!).




Victoria @ Gluten/Dairy Freedom! says ...
Interesting trick! I'm always looking for tips! I'll be hosting two food demo's at your Whole Foods Market at Square One, Mississauga, ON in October where I'll share some tips from www.glutendairyfreedom.net in two classes called "Gluten-Free Baking 101", and "Everything Quinoa". Can't wait! Thanks again!
09/21/2011 1:26:03 PM CDT
Hiral says ...
Nice idea liked it
09/21/2011 3:13:37 PM CDT
pamela KEATING says ...
i love cef chad tips but have poor menomry i wish yuo had sheet yuo cuold print out with tips like not usng oil for onoins
09/21/2011 5:20:18 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Pamela I also have a spotty memory from time to time. Not to worry though, for basic healthy choices that you can make every day we've got our "Make a Fresh Start" website. Here you'll find tips and tools for implementing small changes to make big differences. Use this as a memory refresher when you need inspiration. :) http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/healthstartshere/freshstart.php
09/26/2011 12:18:11 PM CDT
John says ...
Really....cook till the onions start burning? Add beer? Light beer I imagine...am I really reducing calories and sacrificing flavor... Why would one choose to cook this way? How about just eating smaller portions...of really well prepared, good tasting food.
09/28/2011 7:31:46 PM CDT
Jaime says ...
I am deaf. I wish this video has closed caption.
09/28/2011 10:22:53 PM CDT
Marjorie says ...
This method works great for a plant based diet
09/28/2011 11:47:14 PM CDT
Howard says ...
Interesting. What else does this technique work with??
09/29/2011 9:37:02 AM CDT
Debra says ...
Wow! That is such a great idea especially since you can use the liquid of your choice. I can't wait to try it.
09/29/2011 10:05:20 AM CDT
Sam says ...
I have to agree with John, video is a little bit deceiving too since it isn't really frying or steaming. Couple things to remember here, first not all oils are "bad" and some actually have beneficial omega 3's which you need as part of a healthy diet.Second,unless the dish is meant to have boiled onions in it, you are most likely sacrificing flavor by first "burning" them and then boiling them. Make the dish as it should be made, and if it is unhealthy, eat it in moderation. This way your satisfy your bodies cravings and can enjoy eating too. Trust me, you don't need to limit your diet to boiled onion and raw wheatgrass shots. You can still have a steak from time to time, just eat the recommended 3oz. portion instead of the 32oz porterhouse and don't do it everyday.On a side note, wouldn't it have been better just to chop the onion a little less rapidly and use the whole thing instead of discarding a quarter of it? Just an idea, this is my first time on this website but would have expected Whole Foods to have a more professional and better educated chef.
10/03/2011 9:31:45 AM CDT
Dave Beaulieu says ...
I'm not anti any cooking technique that people find useful...but I don't think this should be labeled frying of any time. You might try first steaming the onions, then cooking them in a dry non-stick pan, or even roasting under the broiler for a bit of color...but frankly I'd rather cut my calories elsewhere before giving up oil.
10/04/2011 1:42:06 AM CDT
Vernita says ...
I love this :)
10/06/2011 2:40:26 PM CDT
DB says ...
Using a cast-iron frypan, I tried this method with shrimps - they came out perfect, delicious. Tried again with tofu, but had trouble with some tofu sticking to the pan. Should probably have added more broth.
10/09/2011 5:01:29 PM CDT
sunita.kapur says ...
I cook all my food like this. It's amazing how no one can tell with the finished product if i used oil or not! I'm from India and it's unimaginable to cook without oil but it works beautifully. More than anything else it requires a change in one's thinking !
01/29/2013 11:00:41 PM CST
Carole says ...
Great article.
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