Dr Oz: Cook Fast With Steam
Dr Oz asked his viewers for their most common food dilemmas and then brought in Mark Bittman, who actually lost 30 pounds following his own rules for easy, healthy cooking. Mark said the rules include throwing out processed junk and eating more plant-based foods. He said if you do those two things, you’ll automatically lose weight.
One of the most popular food dilemmas Dr Oz’s viewers complained about was not having enough time to get food on the table. Mark said the secret to cooking something quickly that tastes good and is good for you is to take advantage of steam. He had a bed of kale steaming in some olive oil and chicken stock, with some salmon on top. You just cook the green for 4-5 minutes before adding the stock or water, and layering the salmon on top. The steam does all the work!
As for a bonus tip, to chop greens faster, just cut them up with a pair of scissors, and it saves time! One mom said she cooked the meal using spinach and kale from a bag and her family “came running from their rooms.”
Dr Oz: Flavor Without Sodium
Another woman asked for Dr Oz and Mark’s help in reducing her sodium intake. She said her children no longer like her food now that she has had to cut out salt. Mark suggested miso because it is fermented soybean paste and has a lot of great flavor. You can cook some catfish in the miso paste for a flavorful dish. Next, Mark suggested chipotles in adobo because they’re spicy and full of flavor. You can buy them canned or dried and mix them in black beans for another flavorful dish.
Dr Oz: Healthier Fried Food
Sara then asked for Mark and Dr Oz’s help because she recently lost a lot of weight but was missing fried food. Mark said you can still have fried food, but instead make it in just a couple inches of oil like olive oil. You should also fry vegetables, and to make sure the oil is ready to fry in, add a pinch of flour. If it sizzles, it’s ready.
Mark liked vegetable tempura, made from a batter of just flour and water. He fried up some broccoli, asparagus, peppers, and a couple other vegetables for a healthier way to satisfy your fried food.
Dr Oz: Cook Chicken Faster + Add Flavor
Next, a lot of people complained that chicken takes too long to cook and is just plain boring. Mark liked to add flavor to his chicken by topping it with a homemade salsa made from tomatoes, onion, and avocado. He said chicken breasts tend to be big, which makes cooking them without drying them out a challenge. To make the chicken breast cook faster and stay juicy, cut it in half horizontally and flatten them a bit. You can also rub them down with a little garlic to add flavor.
Mark Bittman is the author of How to Cook Everything Fast. What are your go-to tricks for cooking fast without depriving your tastebuds?