4 Ways to Reduce the Fat in Your Recipes

We know, we know: fat equals flavour. But too much of it is never a good thing for your health, so we’ve got four simple tips to help you reduce the fat in your recipes, all without compromising taste.

1. Use Greek Yogurt

Got a recipe that calls for fatty mayonnaise? One trick is to replace half the mayonnaise with plain Greek yogurt. This works for pasta salads, dips and dressings, definitely lightens them up a bit and goes virtually unnoticed.

2. Change your cooking method

Deep-frying food in fat or cooking something in a skillet usually needs plenty of oil or butter. Opt for other cooking methods like grilling, steaming, boiling, roasting or baking, which require little to no cooking fats.

3. Stop greasing your pans

Recipes such as muffins or cookies often require that the pans and baking sheets are greased to ensure a non-stick surface. But that’s just unnecessary added fat! Parchment paper and paper muffin liners (or silicone muffin moulds and baking mat for a more environmentally friendly option!) are your best bet here, as they ensure your treats come out clean without the need for cooking spray or butter, and they leave zero mess behind.

4. Use less meat

Various meats are high in saturated fats, so your first bet is to eat less of it. If you already have a recipe in mind, you can always use a little less meat than the recipe calls for and up the amount of grains or vegetables instead. Another great option is to go half-and-half with meat and another ingredient, such as veal and tofu, lamb and broccoli, pork and quinoa, or chicken and white beans. Less meat, but you’ll still feel full!

Can’t live without crispy fish and chips or fried chicken? Check out a few crunchy recipes that don’t need frying.