Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tips for Seasoning Food the Healthy Way

So, it looks like we’re going to have to make some big changes in our diet around here.
 Not that we eat badly, but you know, not good enough. More about that later.

Although this meal was already on my meal plan this week, I’m still pretty happy with how it was in line with the new diet recommendations. I did use less butter than I normally would L but everything still tasted great! Here are is how I seasoned the healthy way, and you can too!

 What I left out-
Normally when I make tilapia, I make a garlic butter mix which is spread over the fish before pan “frying.” Since I needed to cut some butter L I just melted just enough in the bottom of the pan to keep it from sticking. It was just as yummy as when there is more butter! 

I never have much luck with brown rice and I don’t know what I do wrong but, this time was better. Not as good as the asparagus though! Asparagus is one of those vegetable that we didn’t like much until I experimented and found a way we enjoyed them. Actually, we love them like this! Although I did leave out the bacon this time...

Tips for seasoning your food the healthy way:
Tilapia- Melt a tsp of butter in the bottom of your pan. Press 1-2 cloves on garlic right into the butter. Throw in the fish, and cook about 5-6 minutes on each side, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Rice- After cooking the rice per package instructions, I added two “ice cubes” of my homemade chicken broth (probably about ¼ cup broth. Mix in ¼ tsp. each onion, garlic powder, and salt. Stir and taste. Add more seasoning to your taste if needed.

Asparagus- Wash and trim off the bottoms of your asparagus. Spray your pan with non-stick and add in the asparagus. I also sprayed the veggie to help it “crisp.” Press 2 garlic cloves into the pan and season with salt to taste- it doesn’t take much. Cook on medium high heat for approximately 15 minutes, stirring frequently. We call this blackened asparagus or dirty asparagus because, well, that’s how it looks! The flavor is great though! 

Well, there ya have it. I didn’t season everything the way I normally would have (um, more fat) but everything tasted just as great and we’re the more healthy for it. Now to keep it up!

How do YOU season your food in a healthy way?

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