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 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!