Flavorful Preparations

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Flavorful Preparations

Adding herbs, spices, oils, and vinegars to your foods is one way to create flavor.

Another easy way to create great taste is through your choice of cooking method.

The way you prepare food expands your choices for flavor; the ultimate taste of a dish is determined by how it’s cooked.

When it comes to making healthy meals, many experts advise you to steam or boil your food.

While these methods certainly don’t add fat or calories to your ingredients, they also don’t add much flavor.

But it can be easy to fall into a rut and fall back on the same old cooking methods we know and trust, especially when we’re pressured for time and want to stick to what’s “safe” for our weight-loss or nutrition goals.

The good news is there are many flavorful cooking methods that don’t rely on added fat for flavor – and they’re just as easy to make as your old standbys.

In fact, they may even save you time in the kitchen.

We urge you to try out one new preparation method each week to ease yourself into your new culinary skills.

You’ll be surprised at how quickly your menu options expand – and how easy it is to add flavor without fuss.

Recipe of the Day:  Grilled Shrimp With Fire-Roasted Cocktail Sauce

Makes 4 servings

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

16 jumbo shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled and deveined

1 cup Fire-Roasted Cocktail Sauce (see below)

1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley

1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges or 8 slices

*Use as many organic ingredients as possible.

Preheat a grill to medium-high or preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.

Combine the oil and garlic salt in a medium bowl.

Add the shrimp and toss well.

If using a grill, place the shrimp on skewers before placing on the grill.

Place the shrimp on the grill or grill pan and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until pink and firm.

Remove from the heat.

Spoon 1/4 cup of cocktail sauce into each of 4 decorative glasses.

Top with 4 shrimp per glass.

Sprinkle with parsley and garnish with lemon wedges or slices.

Per serving:  150 calories, 5 g total fat (1 g saturated), 170 mg cholesterol, 340 mg sodium, 2 g total carbohydrates (1 g sugars), 0 g fiber, 23 g protein.

Fire-Roasted Cocktail Sauce

Makes about 1 cup

1 cup canned no-salt-added fire-roasted diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon horseradish

1 tablespoon lime juice

1/4 teaspoon Chipotle puree (optional)

Combine the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

Transfer to a jar and chill for at least 30 minutes.

The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for about 1 month.

Per 1/4 cup:  20 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 160 mg sodium, 4 g total carbohydrates (2 g sugars), <1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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from Flavor First by Cheryl Forberg, RD

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