It really isn’t difficult to find good simple low-fat recipes. In fact you only need a little common sense to modify just about any favourite recipe so that it has less fat (and/or less sugar) in it.
For example, if you are making something with beef mince in it, you can start by using the highest quality mince with a very low fat content. If a recipe calls for butter you can reduce the fat content considerably without compromising on taste just by using a dairy blend which combines butter with canola oi
Sugar can be replaced by a low-calorie sweetener that’s used spoon-for-spoon or cup-for-cup in the same way as you would use sugar. Of course you can use other types of artificial sweeteners as well but something like Splenda is the simplest option and has a very natural taste compared to some others. It’s also possible to use natural ingredients like apple sauce and apple puree for sweet recipes in place of sugar.
Light evaporated milk is a very good substitute for cream, as is low-fat plain yoghurt and low-fat sour cream, depending on the recipe. There are so many low-fat alternatives on the market these days, it really isn’t difficult to considerably reduce the amount of fat in so many recipes – without necessarily using those that will ruin the taste altogether. Cheese that is reduced in fat content by even 25 per cent will help but it still tastes perfectly acceptable. You can find low-fat versions of almost any dairy product you might need. Even condensed milk comes with reduced fat content these days, so you can even make an indulgent slice with less fat in it if you crave a little bit of something very special. If a recipe calls for coconut milk you can buy that with reduced fat too. Of course there are plenty of tasty low-fat milks on the market too. It’s not like the old days when the only low-fat choice was skim milk and you might just as well use water. Just using low-fat milk instead of full-cream milk in your recipes will make a significant difference.
Adding plenty of veggies to some meat dishes – such as spaghetti bolognese, burgers and meatloaf – will make them go further, and a regular portion size will not only be more nutritious but will naturally have less fat content as well. This is also a great way to encourage children to eat veggies. My five-year-old son just loves these family favourites even though he is not fond of eating veggies on their own. In this day and age, where childhood obesity is a huge issue, it’s vital to use whatever means we can to encourage our children to develop good low-fat eating habits.
If you want some good low-fat recipe books though, you really couldn’t find anything better than a series by Annette Sym, an Australian business woman who developed her own recipes when she lost 35 kilos some years ago. Her first book of recipes proved such a hit that she has gone on to produce four more. The series is called “Symply Too Good to Be True” and the books are full of great simple recipes accompanied by gorgeous photos that will make your mouth water with anticipation. These were developed by simply modifying favourite recipes according to common sense, along with a little research and experimentation.
Weight Watchers recipe books are always a great addition to a low-fat recipe library too – and they bring out several new books each year. Most of the recipes are simple enough for most cooks to try and use ingredients that are easy enough to acquire. At the same time they are very appetising and innovative.
Besides, the internet is an amazing source of recipes of every kind – so there is no doubt anybody could find a wealth of great low-fat recipes by doing a simple Google search.