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