7 Low-Calorie Ingredients You’re Not Using

Find out how to add the right low-cal ingredients to your cooking.

7 Low-Calorie Ingredients You’re Not Using

If you are looking to lose weight, stay on the health track, and lighten up your meals, the right low-calorie ingredient can be your new best friend. Here are some of Lisa Lillien, aka Hungry Girl's top picks, along with a few ingredients we also recommend keeping in constant rotation. Not only are all of these foods low in calories, they are also super versatile, so you can make tons of different dishes with them.

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Cauliflower

Do you love hearty dishes like rice pilaf, risotto, and fried rice? As comforting and delicious as these meals are, they often pack way too many carbohydrates and calories. Enter cauliflower. This superstar vegetable is low in calories, high in fiber, and an easy and seamless substitute for your rice dishes. All you have to do is grate the cauliflower like you would a block of cheese, add garlic, onion, and spices of your choosing, and cook it on the stove until the ingredients combine. If your rice comes out a little watery, that's totally normal (since this vegetable has such a high water content) and you can just drain it as you serve it, using a slotted spoon.

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2 Small Kitchen Tools That May Save You Big Time & Space

Both of which are crucial for the holidays.


During the holiday season, your time and kitchen space is more valuable than ever. How can you maximize both to entertain family and serve a delicious meal? Here are two small gadgets that may make a mighty difference.

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