My motto about FOOD...
I like it, I love it, I want some more of it.
That being said, I have found many ways to cut calories here and there, to allow me to eat more of what I love.
One of my most important substitutes is chicken/beef bullion cubes.
If you are going to saute vegetables, you typically use butter or oil. Either one will add several hundred calories very quickly. Just a couple of tablespoons, and you just made that broccoli or cabbage have 300 plus calories when it could have had just 125 calories.
I keep a jar of each, chicken and beef bullion base in my cabinet. Just scoop a little out, add some water, and BAM! you have instant broth. I add this broth to a nonstick pan and saute just about any veggie you can think of. I made the purple cabbage below with just that method. A little garlic powder and some red pepper flakes really made it POP!
The wonderful thing about vegetables is that they are very low calorie and excellent sources of vitamins! I like some better than others, for example, hominy, this is one veggie that has nothing to fear from me because I don't like hominy at all. There are plenty others out there, so if there is one that you find you don't like, don't buy him anymore. :)
Next time, I will get into more of my substitutes but for now, get out there and start cooking without all the fatty added!
Eat what you love and love what you eat! :)