Issue No. 5
January 2011
Making Comfort Food Healthier 
At the beginning of each new year, many of us make resolutions - and more often than not, we resolve to cut back on our diet, especially after all the rich food over the holidays. The problem is that it's next to impossible to stick to that resolution without a plan.

In this newsletter, we'll be offering some simple tips to tweak your recipes to make their healthier as well as some links to healthier versions of the comfort foods we all crave during the winter - I wonder if people south of the equator are able to stick to their food related resolutions more easily - they're in the middle of summer!

Chadd McArthur
Chef for All Seasons
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  • Turkey, Sweet Potato and Bean Chili

    Made with turkey, this chili has significantly less fat than traditional versions with ground beef - and it's great as a meal or while watching the Superbowl.

    You can also prepare this ahead of time!

    Click here for the recipe
    Coconut Oil: The Healthy Choice

    Incorporating healthier ingredients into your comfort food doesn't have to be complicated. Start with the very basics. If your resolution for the New Year is to slim down, either cut back on the amount of oil or better yet, change the type of oil that you use during cooking. Chef for All Seasons is a huge advocate on the use of coconut oil. Coconut oil is especially helpful during our brutal winters, improving the look of your hair and skin. It can also help stave off illness and increase your metabolism. You can find coconut oil in any of your local health food stores, most gourmet food stores, and even in some chain grocery stores. The benefits are many, but here's what Organicfacts.net has to say about this unique, healthy ingredient in specific regards to weight loss:
     
    "Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight."

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    Ten Small Changes You Can Make Today
     

    Making good foods healthier doesn't always require a major change. Here are ten small things you can do to make a big difference!

  • Drain off excess oils and fats
  • Use less or leaner meat
  • Increase the amount of veggies
  • Use vegetable-based (ex: cauliflower, potato, celeriac, etc.) purees to replace a portion of cream in soups
  • For Asian food, use low sodium soy sauce
  • Use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil
  • Try whole wheat pastas
  • Replace creamy sauces with sauces that contain lots of herbs instead
  • Bake foods instead of deep-frying

  • With files from the Food Network. Click here for more
    Chef For All Seasons Kitchen Tip
     

    Problem: My baked sweet potato fries are soggy!

    Solution: Make sure the fries are cut thinly and uniformly. Dip the fries in lightly whipped egg whites.

    Then sprinkle a very thin layer of rice flour onto the fries before placing them onto the baking sheet. Bake at 425F.
    Valuable links
     
    Cooks Illustrated - a superb guide for all things food. Learn recipes, techniques, and product knowledge. You'll become a gourmet chef before you know it!
     
    Epicurious.com- Recipes, menus, articles, cooking guides and more.
     
    Mercola.com - The world's #1 Natural Health Newsletter covering wellness, nutrition, and various blog topics to keep you healthy and living longer.
     
    Foodland Ontario - Want to support Ontario's farmers, but don't know what's available? Here's an easy to read seasonal guide:
     
    Culinarium.ca- Toronto-based gourmet food shop, which showcases Ontario food and offers a range of natural, organic, sustainable food.
     
    Cumbraes.ca- Toronto-based butchery offering traditionally raised meat from the finest local farms, specialty foods, and prepared foods.
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