Some cooking methods are inherently healthier than others. Steaming, poaching, grilling, roasting and broiling are all great techniques to use when you’re trying to trim calories—they require little, if any, oil.
Spices, herbs and low-fat condiments can be a terrific way to add flavor without loading up on fat or calories.
To make sure you get the most flavor from your dried herbs and spices, store them in a cool, dark place and replace them after 6 months.
Be brave and experiment with specialty ingredients that you’ve never tried before. The flavors may inspire you to add them to your cooking in new and exciting ways. Try adding roasted red peppers to salads, or minced sun-dried tomatoes to pasta or pan sauces. If you’re using oil-packed brands of peppers or tomatoes, rinse them of excess oil before using.
Sun-dried tomatoes not packed in oil should be rehydrated in hot broth or water for 30 minutes until pliable before using.