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Healthy cooking does not mean you have to become a gourmet chef or invest in special cookware. Simply use standard cooking methods to prepare foods in healthy ways. One of the most important changes you can make in your cooking is learning to prepare foods with little or no oil.

Trim all visible fat from meat before cooking and drain off all fat drippings after cooking. Remove fat from soups, stews, sauces and gravies by chilling and skimming it off.

Use low-fat cooking methods. Choose recipes that call for baking, broiling, roasting, steaming, braising, grilling, poaching or stir-frying. Saute vegetables and meat in wine, water or broth instead of butter.

Use oil sparingly. Choose olive, peanut and canola oils, which are lowest in saturated fat. Use nonstick cookware, which eliminates the need for oil or butter.

Use vegetable cooking sprays instead of oil or butter.

(Source: Mayo Clinic website – www.mayoclinic.com)

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