April 27, 2011

From Health magazineCeleb chef Jamie Oliver believes many people are overweight because they dont know how to cook simple, healthy food. Here, his picks for three top skills a waist-conscious home cook needs.

  • Learn some quick, good-for-you recipes. “People tell me they have no time to cook. I tell them thats rubbish,” Oliver says. You can make a low-fat pasta sauce in the time it takes for the noodles to cook. Try our Lemon Asparagus Pasta.
  • Shop properly. Dodge the processed food and go for fresh vegetables. Make a satisfying salad with different lettuces, and add crunch with a radish or carrot.
  • Make your own dressing. Combine three parts good-quality olive oil with one part acid (try lemon juice or red wine vinegar), and add a little salt and pepper; shake mixture in a jar. Voila—a tasty way to jazz up veggies and get some heart-friendly monounsaturated fats, too.