Switching to a low cholesterol diet doesn’t mean giving up everything tasty. There are tonnes of ways to add flavour without packing on the saturated fats.
Pack on the herbs
Herbs are one of nature’s wonder-foods. Packed full of fresh, delicious, beautiful flavour, and very low in saturated fats. Add them generously to salads — and anything, really. I love to go completely overboard with my herbs.
My favourite herbs for adding stacks of flavour are coriander (although not everyone’s cup to tea!), mint, thyme, rosemary, and parsley. Yum.
Spice it up
Spices are another one of nature’s wonder-foods. Add stacks of flavour with very little saturated fat.
Garlic, garlic, garlic! It’s the way to add tonnes of deliciousness. I keep a tube of crushed garlic on hand at all times. Same with lemongrass, chilli paste, and ginger. Mmm mm mmm.
Dried spices are easy to use and store for a very long time. Stock up and keep a pantry full of deliciousness.
Some personal favourite spices are beautiful fresh ginger, garlic, Moroccan spice mix, lemongrass, good old pepper, cumin, ground coriander, and chilli flakes. Have a look at Indian cooking, so many interesting spices to explore there.
Pack it with veg
Mix it up and bring in lots of different veg. I love my veg to have lots of colour and a bit of crunch. No over-boiled veggies, please!
Then, fresh chilli. It packs a flavour punch and adds some interest to your dish. Remove the seeds and the membrane if the heat is a little too intense for you.
Throwing in some onions is a great way to start almost any recipe. Brown, white, spring, red. So many to choose from.
Vegetable broth is another way to add flavour without fat.
A splash of citrus
Adding a splash of citrus to any dish is a great way to liven it up. All my friends know I’m a massive fan of lemon, orange and lime. Add it to roasts, salads, pasta, potatoes… Don’t forget the zest too. Yum.
A little tart
Adding a splash of vinegar is another way to liven up dishes. Salads, pastas, sauces. A dash of balsamic to your veggies. Mmm.
So, I hope that helps you with your low-cholesterol cooking ideas. Remember, low fat doesn’t have to be low flavour!
I’d love to hear your tips for adding flavour without fat. Share your ideas below!