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Not just for chestnuts: Roasting is a great winter cooking technique

There are many different ways to cook your favorite dishes, and some techniques are healthier than others.  Roasting is a healthy cooking technique that can be used to prepare some of your favorite winter dishes. This method of cooking uses the oven’s dry heat to cook the food.  Roasting is an ideal cooking technique for large cuts of meat, such as a turkey, and dense vegetables like squash, potato, and parsnip.

Here are a few healthy roasting techniques to keep in mind:

  • When roasting foods (like a whole chicken) that produce a lot of drippings, use a roasting pan with a rack.  The rack allows the fat to drip off of your food. If you don’t have a roasting pan with a rack, you can place an oven-safe cooling rack in your roasting pan as an alternative. Make sure to spray the rack with cooking spray to prevent the meat from sticking to the rack.
  • If your recipe calls for basting, use lemon juice or low-sodium broth instead of the pan juices.
  • Roast vegetables separately from your meat so that they don’t get coated with fat drippings.
  • If you choose to make gravy using the pan juices, skim the fat from the top to cut fat and calories.
  • Use lemon juice, herbs, or spices to season food instead of salt, butter, or margarine.

Try one of these healthy recipes that involve roasting:

Roasting may sound complicated, but it’s actually very easy to do. Impress your family and friends during the winter months with delicious, seasonal roasted foods. And if you’re a Health Advocate member with access to the Wellness Coaching program, reach out to your Wellness Coach for more healthy cooking tips!