Choosing lean meats can aid in weight loss. But choosing lean meats doesn't mean that they have to be tough. In fact, lean meat can be tender, tasty, and low in calories. One sure-fire way to avoid tough meat is to use cooking methods that retain moisture. Another is to use sauces and marinades that add moisture and flavor.
Moist cooking methods trap in water as they cook rather than drying out the meat and making it tough. They include braising, stewing, boiling, and cooking meat wrapped in foil. You can also microwave, saute, stir fry and pan fry using a lid to trap in the moisture.
Dry methods of cooking including baking, broiling, roasting, and grilling can toughen up a lean cut of meat by drying it out. You can avoid this by using a sauce that adds flavor and moisture, but doesn't deliver extra fat or calories.
To keep meat tender when cooking with dry methods:
To ensure that your meats are low in fat:
Now you can stop gnawing on tough meat and start enjoying meat that is flavorful, tender and low in calories.
Megan Porter, RD