If anyone out there has an already Delicious & Light recipe they would like to share or a recipe that they would like to have lightened up, I’d love to hear form you. Just send your original recipe and I’ll try it out. Or, if you have a recipe that you love but is just to fattening, I’d love to try to lighten it up.
Lets’ get cooking!
Nick, my son, has been waking up really early all week and it has taken a toll on my enthusiasm of trying new a new delicious and light recipe to share tonight. So I took the easy way out tonight and just defrosted some chicken breasts, sautéed them with tomato sauce and baked it in a casserole dish with a little low fat cheese sprinkled on top with a side of spaghetti.
I was feeling a little guilty but when I saw Nick and Dean, my husband, really enjoying a dinner staple from our home and realized that sometimes the easiest meals that have been made 100 times before are good enough. It’s not necessary to have something new every night. So if you are feeling run down, cook one of your family favorites, just keep it light.
Here are a couple of tips to help you keep it light:
- When sautéing a non-coated protein (meat, fish or chicken) – use cooking spray instead of oil or butter. If the protein is sticking to the pan, then it is not ready to be turned over yet. Wait until it begins to separate a little, then turn over.
- If you are coating the protein with bread crumbs, flour or something else, use egg substitute or egg whites instead of whole eggs, this helps cut down on the fat. Also, it is best to use a non-stick skillet for this type of cooking because your coating can stick to a regular stainless steel pan.
- If you are making tomato sauce or any sauce where you are sautéing onions first, spray the pot with cooking spray, set the heat on medium to medium low, add your onions and then cover the pot so that the onion juices can stay in the pot and assist in the cooking process. Otherwise, the onions can stick to the bottom. If this does happen, just add a tablespoon of water and that will help release them from the bottom.
Rest up and Happy Cooking!
My story begins 2 1/2 years ago with my son Nicholas. At the age of 3, Nick measured 37″ tall and weighed 47 pounds. For anyone who might not be familiar with children’s sizes, he was considered average height but off the charts heavy. As a mom, I panicked, cried and worried over what was going wrong. From then I decided to take action. For the last 3 1/2 years, I have been monitoring his eating at home and anywhere else. He now eats an average of about 1200 calories a day and, at his 5th birthday checkup, measured 43″ tall and weighed 53 pounds. Although he is at the top of the chart in weight, at least he’s now on the chart.
Over the last few years, one of the things I have developed a love for is low fat/reduced calorie cooking. This is where our story begins together. I want to share my experiences and recipes with you. I want to share my experiences in preparing dinners, organizing get together with friends and/or eat out to help anyone who is interested in eating delicious meals with less calories and fat.
I promise to share the honest opinions from my family and friends on anything I prepare. Sometimes I take an existing recipe and modify it to cut out the fat and sometimes I just make it up as I go along. I have been documenting my cooking for about a year and already have over 150 recipes.
I hope you join me in this journey so I can help you as well as learn from your feedback. Welcome and let’s get cooking!