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I don’t have an oven, so I have to fry a lot of foods. What healthier cooking methods can I use on the stovetop?

A microwave or toaster oven would help. Vegetables, fish, poultry and meats can be cooked in a microwave. This can be a low-fat way to cook. Or invest in a crockpot; they are great for cooking lower fat meals and are timesavers.

There's also a countertop NuWave oven that cooks without added fats or oils, and removes more unhealthy fat drippings from the foods you're preparing using a combination of conduction, convection and infrared heats.

If you only have a stovetop, use a nonstick cooking spray like Pam, or a light amount of olive oil or canola oil. When you fry meat, say hamburger, drain it and rinse it with hot water in a colander to get rid of some of the fat. You can steam fish, cook beans, and prepare pasta and rice on the stovetop; just don't add extra butter or margarine. You can lower fat by trimming excess fat and removing skin from chicken. Potatoes can be boiled instead of fried to save fat calories. Vegetables, of course, can be cooked on the stove, but don't load up on butter or margarine. Using a pump butter spray can give you the flavor without the added calories. Or try fresh or dried herbs.

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