Chef Vikki's Clever Tip For Portion Control & More

by The Z Living Editors
Take it straight from celebrity chef Vikki Krinsky (that's her, sharing an off-duty laugh), the star and co-host of Z Living's show Recipe RehabThere's plenty of little tricks for cooking with confidence in the kitchen. And, once you've made a delicious meal, there's plenty of smart ways to control portion sizes (you'll love her clever tip!). Find out where to watch Recipe Rehab here, and check out our Q&A with Chef Vikki on cooking, portioning, de-stressing, and even gratitude below.

Chef Vikki Krinsky of Recipe Rehab on Kitchen Tricks, Smart Meal Portioning, & More


On your show Recipe Rehab, your edible creations are always a healthy alternative to a family’s high-caloric meal. Other trained chefs feel that taste is more important than nutrition when crafting a signature dish. What inspires you now?

I think they are both taste and nutrition are equally important. I don’t think you have to lose flavor when swapping out ingredients. I'm constantly inspired to prove this to be true.
(At right: Stuffed and roasted acorn squash with kale, hazelnuts, pecorino, and balsamic, shared on Chef Vikki's Instagram account, @ChefVikkiK

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You began your culinary career in Paris, where you trained professionally. What are two essential tips you learned while training in Europe? 

Organization and cleanliness in the kitchen is a must. Also, you should always, always taste everything you make before serving it.

What are your meal prep tips for newbies in the kitchen?

I think it’s easy to get overwhelmed in the kitchen, so my advice is to prep as much as you can. My tip: Organize your ingredients in little cups or ramekins. Play your favorite tunes while you work, and like a chef, get lost in the process of your mise en place.

Also on Z Living: Move Over Ground Beef: Try These Healthy Substitutes From 'Recipe Rehab'

You’ve talked about some of your favorite celebrity snacks to make for parties. What sort of dishes do you create for the holidays? 

I love using aromatic spices and herbs over the holiday. The scent makes the whole house feel warm. I'll add cinnamon sticks, star anise, bay leaves and clove for a nice hot cider shot, rosemary sprigs to skewered lamb lollipops, even grilled mushroom caps with a drizzle of truffle oil (the smell is wonderful!). I also like burning fresh pine in the kitchen and smoking fish wtih it. (At left: Chef Vikki is also the personal chef of American television producer, filmmaker, actor, and singer Seth McFarlane, pictured here from her Instagram account, @ChefVikkiK

You’ve shared plenty of ways to cut processed sugar from dessert dishes, but do you have any more favorite healthy eating tips?  

Eat smaller portions! My mission is to encourage a healthy association with food, a healthy way of eating, and a fun way to understand nutrition just a little bit better. When you cut down on too-big portions of anything, your body will truly feel better. My tip: Start plating your meals on a side plate for an effective jumpstart.

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How do you de-stress these days? 

I love going for early morning hikes and starting my day without my phone! I also love taking time in my day to stop what I am doing and really genuinely say what I am grateful for out loud. Kind of like a crazy person ... just in the middle of whatever I’m doing. It feels great.

What piece of advice would your present day self give yourself from 10 years ago?

Say yes to opportunities. Life is about experience. Be receptive to all types of experiences, and step outside of your comfort zone. It’s really good for you to do.

In your view, what do happy women know?

They know who they are and they know their value.

In addition to watching chef Vikki on Recipe Rehab, follow along with her foodie adventures at on Instagram @ChefVikkiK or at

WATCH on Z Living: Recipe Rehab, where each week two chefs face off in a competition to give one family's high-calorie recipe a new low-calorie twist. See a sneak peek here.

Tell us in the comments: Have you tried any of chef Vikki's tips in your own kitchen?

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