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Quick and nutritious soup for a week

Recipe for a 5 veggie soup that runs about 350 calories for 2 cups. Kids like it to0. Freezes for lunches
1 pound ground veal
1 46 oz can Cento chicken broth (we love Cento the best; Swanson's is our #2)
1 can chopped tomatoes (we like Cento or Furman)
half a head of napa cabbage (not as pungent)
1 huge onion
About half a stalk of celery
Garlic (we like Penzey's dehydrated)
fresh parsley (huge bouquet)
green beans

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 7/9/2014 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Tofu success without deep fat frying

I love tofu in Asian restaurants but know that they deep fat fry the pieces. I asked a Chinese friend how her tofu comes out so perfect . She told me to drop the pieces into boiling water for a minute or two, then drain. Then fry the pieces with just a thin coating of oil in the skillet. Comes out perfect without the excess oil. The outside of the pieces are nice and crusty. I use firm tofu for this.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 5/23/2014 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Stretch meat with lentils.

To cut back on our meat intake, I add cooked lentils to dishes that I use ground beef or ground turkey in.

- Submitted by ZELDA13 5/22/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Rice Cooker & Brown Rice

I kept having my rice cooker spewing out liquid when cooking brown rice.

I started putting the steamer basket in empty and it "breaks up the bubbles" as the rice cooks -- no more spewing!

- Submitted by _RANDY_ 5/20/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Prep the pan!

Buy a pan with a good non-stick coating and use less than half the oil or butter for saute or pan-frying.

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 4/24/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Love long-cooking oatmeal? Hate stirring? Use your crockpot

My hubby loves the oatmeal that takes 40 minutes of constant stirring until it's cooked. (example is McCann's Steel Cut Oat Meal).

Now he can use a small crockpot, 4 cups cold water, 1 cup oats and set it on low just before going to sleep.

6 hours later, an entire pot of perfectly cooked oatmeal.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/13/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Kitchen Workout!!!!!!!!
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If you cook wearing your work out clothes; you'll be less likely to keep on tasting; therefore saving calories. Sounds silly and it may just be. But it works. lol
Plus it also may remind you to squeeze your booty muscles! emoticon

- Submitted by GYPSYNIECY 4/10/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Skinny Taste great cooking site.

Is a great website with recipes it gives you the calories count and WW points and so far I try 3 recipes and they were delicious I made : Flourless Brownies, Beef stir fry , Thai coconut shrimp yummy.

- Submitted by ALINA1969 4/9/2014 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Buy chicken with bones -- then make soup with leftovers

I usually buy my chicken with the bones in -- whether it's chicken breasts, thighs or an entire roaster.
Then I toss any left over carcass in water to cook for about 4 hours. Delicious broth and occasionally pieces of meat as well that were just too difficult to pull off the bone.
If I only have a couple of bones, I freeze them until I have enough.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/8/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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fats

well instead of making goodies with sugar or bad fats I use very little or add things like unsweetened applesauce, or bananas, coconut milk, whole wheat flour, nonfat milk if called for, nonfat cream cheese, etc. little tricks that help lower fat and sugar too.

- Submitted by MOODYKEYS 3/28/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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