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7 Healthy cooking methods you should master

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

More: Tips for cooking with a pressure cooker

3. Poaching

More: How to poach the perfect egg

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

  • What it is: Cooking foods quickly over high heat in a small amount of water.
  • Best foods for steaming: Veggies, seafood.
  • Why it’s healthy: Besides of the lack of oil, steaming is healthier than boiling because food cooks quickly, and it doesn’t leach out the food’s nutrients.
  • What you need: Metal steam basket.
  • Recipe ideas: Try this steamed asparagus with lemon zest or super-easy steamed dumplings.

More: Is steaming the best way to cook food?

7. Stir-frying

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