Extra-virgin olive oil is a staple in the kitchen of Rachael Ray, television host and author of Everyone Is Italian on Sunday. “I’m a really big believer in cooking with olive oil,” she says. “My family used olive oil on their feet, on their hair and in their food.”
Ray also suggests washing, chopping and prepping fresh fruits and vegetables as soon as you bring them into your kitchen. “If you have colorful foods on hand in the fridge, you’re more apt to cook for yourself more often and, therefore, you’re more apt to lose weight and live a healthier life.”
And make sure you’ve got stock in stock. “Chicken stock, vegetable stock, porcini stock, beef stock — stock adds lots of flavor with very little calories,” she says.