1. Relearn to Cook - Many of us grew up with casseroles laden with meat, noodles, and cheese, and we boiled frozen, or canned vegetables. There is no need to eat like this. Try new cuisines that are full of veggies and spices. There are amazing great tasty recipes from other cultures, that use many different vegetables that we did not grow up eating, but that are wonderful.
2. Buy New Recipe Books, or Look On-Line - Older recipe books, contain recipes with more fat and sugar. Buy only recipe books that include nutritional statistics. End the unconscious eating once and for all! New recipe books offer more recipes from other countries that are healthier, and use spices that are delicious. Fresh herbs like basil, dill, mint, cilantro or rosemary, turn ordinary recipes into gourmet ones in these newer cookbooks. Have fun! Let’s get rid of those out dated recipe books with no statistics! - See my Top 10 Recommended Healthy Cookbooks, and visit the Healthy Diet Habits store for more top picks!
3. Organize your Kitchen and Stock New Staples for Your New World Cuisine - Try new recipes monthly, and make sure you have the ingredients on hand. After a few months, you will have a new kitchen full of interesting staples, especially spices. Check out OliveNation.com for some great choices!
4. Read Labels and Recipes, and Lighten or Dilute Them - Check out the internet for your favorite recipes, and compare them for the best statistics. You can substitute different veggies, or beans, usually without altering the recipe much. Most of the time, you can double or triple the spices, and the recipe will be tastier. You could double tuna by adding equal amounts tuna and celery or apple.
Add tons of blended veggies to spaghetti sauces, chili, or soups, even meatloaf. Kids can’t usually detect blended zucchini, squash, spinach, or whatever veggie you have on hand that you add to sauces. Adding veggies in non-traditional ways, helps to lower the calorie count, and sneak in those extra veggies. See Stealthy Healthy Cooking!
6. Become a Bean and Lentil Lover - Beans are full of fiber, which keeps you full longer, and are another great kitchen survival strategy to add to your healthy recipes. There are amazing bean recipes, especially for the crock pot. You can add many different kinds of beans to stews, soups, or salads.
Remember to try to add a new type of bean to something daily, like the Mediterranean diet recommends, and be adventurous. By the end of a year, you should know the difference between the different beans, and which ones you love. Shop at cultural stores to find new ones, and try out the recipes on the backs of the packages. Garbanzo beans go great with chicken soup, lentils pair great with beef stews.
7. Try New Grains Besides Wheat - eating whole grains, can help your cholesterol go down. The trick is to eat ones that have not been highly processed. Try steel cut oats, bulgar wheat in salads, pearl barley in soups, whole wheat couscous in rice recipes, oat bran hot cereal, or quinoa for cereal or like rice.
Check out the stores that have bins of grains, for the best prices for some great new kitchen survival strategies.
Lentils and Rice Recipe (Egyptian Kusherie)
8. Baking - Other great kitchen survival strategies, are to find new recipe substitutions for your baking. There are many! Hungry Girl has many wonderful dessert recipes that are tested and good, or Cooking Light. Try lightening your favorite recipes. Suggestions would include:
All of these hints will lighten baked goods.
Light Strawberry Bread Recipe
Cooking at home is the easiest way to keep your calories in check, because you are in control! You know what you are adding to your recipes. If you want to add healthy diet habits to your life, it will definitely begin in your home kitchen, by incorporating some of these kitchen survival strategies!