There are three key categories for all cooking methods, namely dry heat methods, moist heat methods, and combination cooking. Within these three cooking classifications are other cooking techniques that have different effects on the food being cooked. Did you know that cooking at home is cheaper, healthier, and boosts family bonding? Today, more than half of U.S. consumers eat at home, and you could try that out too. So as you flick through the dinner options on your recipe apps, here are 4 healthy cooking techniques to use when cooking for your family.
You can cook a wide variety of everyday meals with this method; vegetables, fish, rice, meat, etc. Steaming can be done over the fire or in an oven. With steaming, you taste the food as it is, as the aroma, texture, and taste are left intact. Unlike boiling, steamed foods do not come into direct contact with water. Instead, the hot steam cooks it when they come into contact. It allows foods to retain their nutrients and keeps them devoid of calories that would have come from oils, butter, and other fats. So, steaming is your best friend if you’re watching your weight, and trying to incorporate more healthy cooking.
Like steaming, boiling is one of the moist heat methods of cooking and is also the oldest and most utilized cooking method. Food is submerged into the liquid to boil for some time, depending on the food. You can do it in two ways: you can either place the food in cold water and put it over the fire to boil, (this is usually for foods that need a longer time to cook), or you can introduce it into already boiling water to prevent overboiling. Boiling is healthy because it doesn’t require fats.
Although baking requires a longer time, it helps foods retain their nutrients and taste. Plus, it gives you the option to reduce the fats if you wish to as it’s a dry cooking method. Since baking is done with gentle heat, moisture from the food slowly evaporates, so there is no need for added fat. All you need to do is season your food, place it in a pan and then put it in the oven; that’s all there is to it. It’s perfect for poultry, lean meat, seafood, and vegetables. If you want to try something more exquisite, you could try your hands on the baked chicken breast recipe from Yellow Bliss Road. Don’t forget to monitor the temperature to avoid burning your food.
- Microwave cooking
This is a faster technique as compared to the others and is perfectly safe when done right. Did you know you can even microwave vegetables instead of boiling or steaming them? Food is cooked using energy waves, and because microwave cooking times are shorter, it preserves perishable nutrients like vitamin C. The cooking method that best retains nutrients is one that cooks quickly, so cooking with a microwave is not a bad idea at all. This way, you get to control how much energy you use by controlling the cooking time.
Make sure to use labeled bowls (microwave-safe bowls) to prevent introducing toxins into food and use a napkin when getting the dish out.
Feel free to use any of these cooking techniques or combine them for some tasty results, healthy cooking is easier than you think!