Dr Oz: Low-Carb Croutons & Guilt-Free Pizza Dough
While sharing 99 food hacks, Rocco DiSpirito wanted to be sure to take part and share some of his favorite tricks for cutting corners in the kitchen. First, if you’re trying to avoid carbs, you can still have croutons by replacing the carbs with protein that tastes good! Parmesan Reggiano is nutrient dense and once it melts and comes to room temperature, it becomes crispy. All you have to do is make little piles of Parmesan in a cast-iron skillet, then bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 3-5 minutes.
Another way to cut back on carbs without sacrificing flavor is to make a no-carb pizza crust with your blender! Into the blender, put fresh spinach and mozzarella, then add an egg and spices like basil. Blend until it takes on the texture of dough. Then pour it on a sheet of parchment paper on a tray and bake until crispy with the toppings of your choice.
Dr Oz: Eggplant Noodles
Next, Rocco revealed a brand new no-carb noodle that has nothing to do with spiralized zucchini or spaghetti squash. He called it the “ploodle” and explained that it’s actually noodles made out of eggplant. Slice an eggplant with a julienne peeler then saute it with some olive oil, salt and pepper, before serving with a tasty meatball!
If you’ve been cooking with a pan or skillet that has grooves in it, cleaning can become quite the task! An easy trick for easier cleaning is to cut about halfway through the sponge in 1/2-inch sections just like the grooves in the pan.
Dr Oz: Easy Breakfast Smoothie Hack
What about hacks that can give you an extra 20 minutes of sleep while also ensuring you still get a tasty breakfast? The owner of The Squeeze food truck suggested you take all those fruits and vegetables in your fridge that are about to turn bad and blend them in a blender. Then, pour the mixture into an ice cube tray or cupcake tin and freeze. You can then pop out a few at a time and blend them together for an easy smoothie to keep you energized throughout the day!
Dr Oz: Easy Breakfast Oatmeal Hacks
Another great option for an easy healthy breakfast is zucchini bread oatmeal. Combine 1/2 C rolled oats and 1/2 C shredded zucchini then pour in 1/2 C milk with your favorite toppings or mix-ins and refrigerate in a mason jar overnight. For an even richer version, try adding 1/2 C Greek yogurt as well!
Another option is Chai Latte Overnight Oats. Make a cup of chai tea and then add it to a cup of rolled oats with a pinch of salt and let it sit overnight. The next morning add some milk, honey, cinnamon, and roasted almonds, and you’ve got a tasty complete breakfast!
Dr Oz: Hacks To Make Food Last Longer
Dr Oz then switched gears to share some hacks to help your food last longer. First, online posts claim you can use a straw to make lettuce last up to three weeks longer. If you wash it, dry it, put it in a zip-top bag with a paper towel, then suck out all the air with a straw before sealing the bag, will it really last longer? Turns out, it made the lettuce spoil faster!
Can a piece of bread de-clump brown sugar? Turns out if you put a fresh slice of bread in a container with brown sugar and seal it before putting in the microwave for 15 seconds, it actually does help! Additionally, if you wash your berries in 8 C water, 1 C white vinegar and 1 drop of dish soap, they really do last longer!
As for bananas, it actually doesn’t help to wrap the end of the bunch in plastic wrap. It will only make them ripen faster!
Dr Oz: Easier Way To Peel Squash + Knife Skills
For an easy way to peel butternut squash, try putting it in the microwave first! Poke holes in the squash with a fork, then slice the top and bottoms off. Put the squash in the microwave for three and a half minutes, then let it cool for about a minute before peeling.
A trick to properly holding a knife: remember to balance the knife on your index finger, pinch with your thumb, then wrap your other fingers around the handle and keep your grip relaxed. Practice a rocking motion and make sure the knife never fully leaves the cutting board. Grip the vegetable you’re slicing with your other hand using a claw-like grip.