1. Use 1/3 to 1/2 less sugar from what a recipe requires to cut calories
2. Use evaporated skim milk instead of cream to reduce fat.
3. To boost flavor, use broth instead of plain water when you cook rice and other grains
4. Instead of pouring it on, put your favorite healthy cooking oil in a high-quality, hard-plastic spray bottle and use it to lightly coat pans and grills.
5. Toast nuts and seeds called for in recipes. Since toasting doubles the flavor, you can use half the amount.
6. Top dishes with grated high-quality aromatic cheeses, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano, pecorino romano or extra-sharp cheddar. Their intensity means that a little will go a long way, and grating them distributes flavor evenly.
7. Grill over aromatic woods, such as mesquite, hickory and applewood, to boost complexity and depth of flavor without adding any calories.
8. Butterfly meat and poultry before cooking so half your usual serving fills the plate.
9. Look for imported Italian tomato paste at specialty markets. The flavor is incomparable, and since it comes in a tube, you can use just a tablespoon or two at a time an always have it on hand in the refirgerator.
9. Marinate meats and vegetables before cooking to boost their flavor.
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