7 Healthy cooking methods you should master

Jan 7, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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It's that time of the day again. You're sitting there, staring at another chicken breast, wondering what to do with it for dinner.

If you're like a lot of home cooks this time of year, you might be looking for healthy ways to get dinner on the table. Well, here's a handy little guide to help you find the absolute healthiest method for cooking all your family favorites.

1. Roasting

2. Pressure-cooking

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3. Poaching

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4. Braising

  • What it is: After searing foods until just browned over high heat, the pan is deglazed with a small amount of liquid and cooked in a covered pan slowly over low heat.
  • Best foods to braise: Sturdy veggies like potatoes and carrots and tougher cuts of meats like beef and pork roasts.
  • Why it's healthy: Because food is just seared in a small amount of oil and then cooked in flavorful liquid, braising gives foods all the flavor without the fat.
  • What you need: Wooden spoon for scraping bits off the bottom of the pan, Crock-Pot or Dutch oven.
  • Recipe ideas: Try crispy chicken thighs with braised kale or braised Swiss chard.

5. Grilling

  • What it is: Cooking food over a direct, high heat one side at a time.
  • Best foods for grilling: Meats, steaks, burgers, veggies, fruits and even bread.
  • Why it's healthy: Grilling is considered a healthy alternative to frying because instead of cooking in oil, the oil drips away from the food.
  • What you need: Grill, coals, rack and elongated spatula or tongs.
  • Recipe ideas: Try this grilled chicken flatbread or one of these grilled corn recipes.

6. Steaming

More: Is steaming the best way to cook food?

7. Stir-frying