If you made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier, you’re not alone, and if you’ve already been struggling with that goal, you’re really not alone. To help you stay motivated and enjoy your endeavor, we’ve pulled six of our favorite healthy cooking tips videos from the archives. Watch these while you’re bored on the elliptical machine and have a happy, healthy New Year!
1. How to Make a Beautiful Hummus Appetizer
Donna Sky, owner of the Love & Hummus Co., knows that hummus, if not handled properly, can become the world’s ugliest appetizer. In this Chowhound Tip, she shares a quick idea for how to present hummus to guests in a pretty package. Serve it to yourself like this at lunch too if that makes it more appealing! Get more healthy hummus recipes here.
2. How to Roast Tofu
Chef and author Bryant Terry roasts tofu according to a very simple recipe. The results are delicious as is or with the addition of your favorite sauce; Bryant likes barbecue sauce, pesto, or curry.
3. Question the Salad Dressing Status Quo
Andrew Swallow, author of Mixt Salads: A Chef’s Bold Creations and founder of Mixt Greens, wants to help you avoid the “lipstick” problem that your average 3-to-1 ratio for vinaigrette presents. All that oil equals shiny, shiny lips. Instead, try making a vinaigrette with a 2-to-1 or even 1-to-1 ratio. It’ll bring out the flavor of your salad’s ingredients better and won’t oil up your face.
4. How to Make a Vegan Smoothie That Tastes Like Apple Pie
Tess Masters, a blogger who goes by the nickname The Blender Girl, specializes in vegan and vegetarian blender recipes. Here she demonstrates how to make a vegan smoothie that actually tastes like apple pie! (See more healthy smoothie hacks here, and dairy-free smoothie recipes here.) Get the Vegan Apple Pie Smoothie recipe.
5. How to Make a Healthy, Creamy Soup
Healthy soups don’t have to be watery and bland. Margo True, food editor at Sunset magazine, shares the secret to making a creamy and rich romesco soup without using any cream at all. Get the Romesco Soup recipe.
6. How to Make Low-Calorie, Low-Fat Brownies That Still Taste Good
Brownies are one of life’s great pleasures. In this Chowhound Tip Marisa Churchill, author of Sweet & Skinny: 100 Recipes for Enjoying Life’s Sweeter Side Without Tipping the Scales, shares a few easy ingredient substitutions so that indulging in brownies doesn’t necessarily mean having to indulge in bigger pants. Get the Double-Chocolate Brownies recipe.
For more tips, tricks, and healthy recipes, check out our healthy living page.
NOTE: This article was updated on January 22, 2018 to fix formatting and link issues.