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#96038 - 11/24/06 02:03 AM Healthy Cooking
bamgibbs Offline

Registered: 06/06/06
Posts: 322
Loc: Durham, NC
Pass on the salt. Cut back on the sugar. Some easy recipe adjustments may be in order for healthier cooking. The November issue of Mayo Clinic Women’s HealthSource answers questions about healthier cooking.

Does adding salt to the water when boiling speed up cooking?
Adding salt can increase the temperature at which water boils, but it doesn’t affect cooking times for foods. It adds unneeded sodium, which may contribute to blood pressure concerns. Another reason to pass on the salt: It draws water out of plant cells and can make some vegetables mushy. It can also make beans and peas tough.

To reduce calories in baked goods, how much sugar can you cut out of the recipe?
In most baked goods, you can leave out half sugar the recipe calls for without significantly affecting texture or taste. Leaving out 1/2 cup of sugar cuts about 360 calories from an entire recipe. But because sugar increases moisture in baked goods, make sure you use at least 1/4 cup of sugar, honey or molasses for every cup of flour.

Can I grill fruits and vegetables?
Eggplant, peaches and peppers cook well on the grill. In fact, you can grill most fruits and vegetables, including summer squash, sweet onions, mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, mangoes, pineapples and pears. The key for grilling fruits and vegetables is to use low heat. Coals are ready when you can hold your hand about 5 inches above the heat for about five seconds.

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#96039 - 11/24/06 09:52 AM Re: Healthy Cooking [Re: bamgibbs]
chatty lady Offline

Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 20267
Loc: Nevada
If you wrap the vegetables in aluminum foil, you can grill any vegetable.

For baking you can substitute apple sauce for sugar much the time. It addds sweetness and keeps the baked goods moist and delicious.
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#96040 - 11/24/06 12:45 PM Re: Healthy Cooking [Re: chatty lady]
Dotsie Offline

Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 23647
Loc: Maryland
Chatty, good point with the apple sauce. I'll have to try it.

We grill veggies fairly often. It's so easy. We have grilling baskets that work so well. I throw all the veggies in a big pot. Then I drizzle olive oil and balalmic vinegar all ove them. Next, I add basil, garlic, oregano, Crazy Salt and Pepper, toss them in the basket and grill away. YUMMY.
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