Heating of vegetable oils during cooking is a very common cooking practice. Heated cooking oils can generate varieties of compounds, some of which have been reported as carcinogenic. Consumption and inhalation of cooking fumes from heated cooking oil can pose a serious health hazard.
To reduce the amount of concentrated oil in your diet, use water or veggie broth to sauté vegetables instead of oil. Start with 1 or 2 tablespoons of water or broth in the pan or skillet. Stir veggies frequently. Add more water, a tablespoon at a time, to prevent sticking.
If desired, you can add a tablespoon of coconut oil or good quality olive oil to the veggies before serving for flavor and texture.
Times have been difficult for all of us over the last year. However, Michael & I have found a surprising blessing during the past year of restricted access to restaurants – an increased interest in home grown foods and a streamlined approach to quick and easy meals.