Flavor without the Fat

One of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh, vibrant flavors that you can cook with. Fruits and veggies are in season, it’s hot so you want to eat lighter food, and it is easier to grow your own herbs, fruits and veggies.  It is a great time of year to experiment with adding flavor to your food without adding fat. Here are some of the tips and tricks that I like to use. The best part is you can experiment as much as you want and have fun with it.

1. Add fresh herbs to your salad and then dress it with some olive oil and maybe vinegar. Do this instead of adding a fatty dressing to your salad. I really like adding dill to my salads but you should use your favorite. Use this trick not just for salad but for any dish you are making. Add that extra punch of flavor with fresh herbs.

2. Make dishes with fresh fruit, especially citrus, to make a big flavor statement. For example, my brown rice salad recipe is dressed with a citrus dressing. That whole recipe is about flavor without fat. Do this with pasta salads, to marinate meat, and to create other side dishes.

3. If you like vinegar use it in your marinades and dressing. The same goes for mustard. These no fat foods pack a lot of punch in their flavor. A lot of my recipes use these two ingredients as flavor staples.

4. Use dry spices for rubs on your meat and veggies or make it a simple marinade with some olive oil. The spices will not add any fat and if you decide to use the olive oil it is at least a healthy fat and one you should consume in moderation every day.

I will add more as I think of them. In the meantime tell me what you do to add flavor to your recipes without the fat.