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Upgrade your culinary skills with some great cooking tips. As you may know, in my family, it was my grandma, not my mom, who was the total chef. My grandma put dough in my hands, taught me how to hang pasta in a wood stick to make homemade fettuccini. When I was 8, I remember we made tomatoes filled with a tuna salad for my father. Just like most people, as I grew up I spent less time in the kitchen because of a busy daily life.  However, once in awhile I mess up the whole kitchen just to cook a meal for two. The act of cooking is an important part of being a family.

What I’ve learnt from the experts As a health, fitness and nutrition editor I have access to all types of cooking tips from the best sources. Periodically, I want to share with you some of the best.

  • Chef Wayne Bryan says substitute cream or sugar with soymilk. Cooking soymilk longer reduces it and makes the liquid more concentrated. The soymilk gets really sweet so you don’t need to add sugar.
  • Instead of adding salt, use dried herbs while cooking and fresh ones at the end when serving. This provides the flavor without the added sodium.
  • Boiling vegetables in water leads to the loss of water-soluble vitamin C and B vitamins. Avoid boiling vegetables such as cabbage, beets, broccoli, bell pepper, cauliflower and kale, which are high in these nutrients.
  • Make your burger leaner by using lentils instead of meat. By doing so, you add a whopping 17 grams of protein. Your lentil burgers have less than 1 gram of fat and 15 grams of fiber and around 230 calories per cup.
  • Use ground oatmeal to thicken soups instead of cream.

Stay tuned for next week’s Tasty and Nutritious post for more cooking tips.

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