Tuesday, July 26, 2016

5 Tips To Cook Your Favourite Meals The Healthiest Way

Here's a few tips to cook your favourite meals the best way possible and avoid unecesssary fats.

1. Make creamy dishes without the cream

We ditch heavy cream and make velvety sauces with low-fat milk that’s thickened with flour. To make your own cream substitute: Combine 1 cup low-fat milk with 4 teaspoons all-purpose flour; whisk over medium heat until bubbling and thick. Cup for cup, thickened low-fat milk saves more than 680 calories and 53 grams saturated fat vs. heavy cream! For creamy salads, such as potato salads, opt for low-fat mayonnaise and/or reduced-fat sour cream; a blend of the two tastes great.

2. Use less oil

Extra-virgin olive oil and canola oil are our go-to, heart-healthy oils for many recipes. But they still pack about 120 calories per tablespoon. To fix that issue, the investment in good cast-iron, nonstick or enamel-coated skillets and pans for less sticking on the material.

3. Get crispy “fried” food without the grease

Here’s a very healthy alternative for all any fans of fried food..Try our oven-frying technique: Dip chicken, fish or vegetables in milk, buttermilk or egg, dredge in seasoned flour or breadcrumbs, then coat with canola or olive oil cooking spray. Place on a wire rack set on a baking sheet and bake at 425° to 450°F until crispy.

4. Egg whites in place of whole eggs

An egg white has only 16 calories and 0 grams of fat compared with 54 calories and 5 grams of fat in an egg yolk.

5. Less cheese, keep the flavor

Using less cheese gives any dish an easy health upgrade. Opt for bold-flavored cheeses, such as extra-sharp Cheddar, goat cheese and Parmigiano-Reggiano, to give more flavor impact with fewer calories and less fat.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Healthy Eating Starts in the Kitchen

It's no secret that one of the best steps anyone can take to nourish their family is to start cooking at home. But are you doing it safely? 

What you put in your fridge, your pantry and your cupboards matters, If you don't have ingredients on hand you won't cook it. Kitchens are one of the most highly used spaces in a home - when thinking of your families health you have to consider even more than just the food you serve.

Making sure your kitchen is efficient and organized to match your cooking behaviors so that you do not have food go bad and do not waste food or time unnecessarily is an often overlooked step on the path to providing a healthy life for you and your loved ones. duenasinc.com can help you with an assessment of your cooking behaviors to determine what your most efficient and inspiring kitchen can be.

But here's the part MANY people forget about. The quality of your countertop can make the difference between build up of bacteria and an easy to clean microbe free surface. 

Think about how many fingers touch the counter, touch the food, touch the eyes; you can't overlook the quality of your surfaces & storage solutions for safety not just style!

Did you know that Silestone is the only countertop with built in AntiMicrobial Protection! Silestone quartz exhibits exclusive properties that contribute to the safety, durability and hygiene of a kitchen.

There are many small details like this that you only really "know" like the back of your hand once you've cooked in enough kitchens - and we have that hands on experience. We love to cook; but more importantly, we always want to keep ourselves, our friends & our loved ones safe and germ free while we provide nourishing delicious food and we know you feel the same the way!

Call (905) 482-4349 to discuss your kitchen's needs.