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Smarter Cooking Techniques

Discover smarter cooking techniques—from foil-packet steaming to pan roasting and our favorite: oven-frying! There are more foil-packet recipes in our Healthy Living grilling section, and if you’d like to see the cooking technique in action, check out this video for BBQ chicken on the grill. (It’s also a great way to cook fish!) We have more sautés and stir-fry recipes, too, as well as a great selection of other quick and easy Healthy Living recipes.

Lighter Techniques - Unfrying

"Unfrying"

We all love fried chicken, but nobody loves the fat and calories that go with it. Baking or "unfrying" starts with removing the skin. If you're worried about sacrificing taste, don't be — marinating the chicken in Kraft Light Done Right! Ranch Reduced Fat Dressing infuses it with flavor, while Shake 'N Bake gives you that great crunchy texture.

Simple Southern-Style "Unfried" ChickenHealthy Living

Lighter Techniques - Sautéing in Light Dressing

Sautéing in Light Dressing

This is a quick way to cook vegetables so they retain their flavor, crunchy texture and nutrients. Light dressing also contains less fat than oil or butter, and allows you to change up the flavor with each different variety.

Quick & Easy Shrimp PrimaveraHealthy Living

Lighter Techniques - Foil Packet Cooking

Foil Packet Cooking

This simple steaming method guarantees a moist and flavorful all-in-one meal. To enclose food in packet, bring up foil sides. Double fold top and both ends to seal, leaving room for heat circulation.

Foil-Packet Southwestern Chicken DinnerHealthy Living

Pan-roasting

Pan-roasting

Looking for a great way to cook lean cuts of meat indoors? Pan-roasting is the answer. Marinating the meat in light dressing beforehand keeps it moist and delicious, while roasting it in the oven afterward with quick-cooked vegetables brings out all the different flavors.

Pan-Roasted Steak DinnerHealthy Living

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