1. Unsalted Butter
Cooking with butter adds a wonderful nutty flavour to sauces and dishes that you just can't get with any other fat. Yup, I admit it, butter is a fat, about 80%, but most recipes don’t usually call for a whole pound. One tablespoon has about 100 calories.
The biggest benefit for me, is I get to control the amount of salt I’m using. The main reason a manufacturer adds salt is to prolong the shelf life. If you’re using salted butter I suggest that you try reducing the salt a recipe calls for by half and then give it a taste and add more salt (or not) to suit your taste. The final seasoning of the dish is then still up to you.
2. Olive Oil
Olive oil is widely known as the heart healthy fat because it’s so high in antioxidants & nutrients. It’s an excellent choice but cooking it on high heat can result in a loss of flavour, as well as lowering some of its health benefits. I like to use olive oil for salad dressings and sautéing on medium to medium-low heat. Olive oil has a calorie load similar to butter at about 125 calories per tablespoon.
3. Wine Vinegar (Red or White)
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