Get easy tips and tricks to add flavor to your favorite recipes while cutting calories and fat.

Slashing calories doesn't have to mean cutting taste. With a few easy tricks and techniques, you can actually bump up the flavor in your favorite recipes.

1. Enjoy Your Sandwich Open-Faced

You'll automatically cut bread calories in half and barely notice. An average regular-size piece of bread is about 100 calories.

Pictured Recipe: Creamy Spinach Dip

2. Team Up Low-Fat Creamy Ingredients

Try replacing full-fat sour cream and mayonnaise in creamy dips and salad dressings with a combination of reduced-fat cream cheese, cottage cheese and/or nonfat plain yogurt. You'll cut calories and the layers of flavors will still taste rich.

Pictured Recipe: Curried Chicken Pitas

3. Use Low-Fat Mayonnaise

In place of the full-fat version. It has which has just 15 calories and 1 gram of fat per tablespoon compared with 90 calories and 10 grams of fat in the traditional kind.

Pictured Recipe: EatingWell Fish Sticks

4. Oven-Fry To Save Calories From Fat

If you crave fried foods, don't deny yourself. A typical serving of fried fish sticks packs 16 grams of fat. Oven-frying replicates that special taste and texture for only 3 grams of fat per serving.

5. Use Spices To Add Calorie-Free Flavor To Food

Your spices should be fresh to get maximum impact, so buy them in small amounts, label with a date, and discard and replace after one year.

Pictured Recipe: Lemon Chicken Stir-Fry

6. Keep Lemons Around

They zest up almost any dish, without any calories. Stock up when they're on sale and freeze the zest and juice for up to 6 months: pare the rind and freeze in strips, and freeze the juice in ice cube trays.

7. Spice Things Up

Don't bank on the spice turmeric as a magic bullet for weight loss yet. But go ahead and try it in your cooking-it adds flavor without any calories. In one study, when mice were fed high-fat diets with added curcumin (an active ingredient in the spice turmeric), they gained less weight than a similar group whose diets had no added curcumin.