It seems like nowadays more and more people focus on having a healthy lifestyle and on actually being healthier. We all know that there are a lot of ways to get healthier, anything from exercising, to reducing stress factors and even a balanced diet. However, when it comes to fine dining, not all of us are experts. I for one used to be an absolute disaster in the kitchen and I used to envy my sister who was somewhat of a masterchef. She used to come up with all kinds of new recipes which, I have to tell you, were absolutely amazing. Apart from being incredibly delicious, her dishes were also healthy (this new lifestyle of hers even helped her lose weight and feel a lot better).
If you too want to have a balanced diet, you have two options: you either get used to eating at expensive restaurants, or you take my example and start learning what is best for you. There actually is no need to envy people who seem to have everything in control (at least when it comes to cooking) when you too can learn to do what they are doing.
For instance, one of the first things I learned about food and cooking in general, is that each ingredient is very important. In order to be able to cook fine dining dishes, you need to have the right ingredients or, better said, the right kind of ingredients. After watching hours of cooking shows and even taking a cooking class, I have learnt that the secret weapon to any chef is fresh ingredients. If you want to cook healthy and tasty meals, you need to exclusively use fresh ingredients. This means that you need to give up anything that is frozen or canned. Get you meat from the butcher and your vegetable from the market. Avoid supermarkets and avoid anything that has been processed.
One other very important rule when it comes to cooking is that “less is more”. I have learnt that some of the best dishes in this world are made only with a handful of ingredients. The key here is to never exaggerate and overpower the taste of any main ingredient with herbs or useless condiments. Most of the times, all you will be needing for a fine dining dish will be salt and pepper.
Last but not least, although many people claim that cooking is a form of art, I believe it rather has more to do with science. There are two main factors involved in the cooking process and those are temperature and time. There is always a right time and a right temperature to cook a certain ingredient to perfection. This will ensure that the meat, the vegetables, the sauces and even the garnishes taste amazing while also maintaining all the useful nutrients.
The bottom line is that cooking healthy is not rocket science. Although it may seem quite complicated, I believe that there are only three major rules that you need to keep in mind: fresh ingredients, decent seasoning and appropriate cooking temperature and time.