Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
To slightly thicken pan juices or soups, I use instant mashed potato flakes instead of white flour. Dissolves instantly and no lumps! And it adds about 1/2 the calories and a lot fewer carbs, measure for measure.
When a recipe calls for sauteed veggies, i.e. onions, peppers, etc.--I use water instead of oil--it works really well and no added fat.
An easy way to dress up a soup differently for lunch.
Base: leftover cooked potatoes and vegetable broth mixed in a Blender
Day 1: 2 eggs cut up small, parsil and 1 t low fat cream cheese
Day 2: chopped spinach and half a low fat feta
Day 3: chopped dried tomatoes, olives and...
When cooking/baking, drop your utensils in hot, soapy water as soon as you use them, even if you intend to wash them in the dishwasher. Keeps you from being tempted to kick the spoons, beaters, etc.
A small glass 1/2 fill it with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid mix well. You will find the fruit flies are drawn to the liquid and are gone forever.
Keep a box of instant mashed potatoes in the pantry, to add to homemade mashed potatoes, that need thickened up a little. Just add a small amount at a time 'til desired thickness.
I use parchment paper on all my cookie sheets, roasting pans/dishes, makes clean up a breeze!
If you buy the pre-washed lettuce mixes in the bag, take it out of the bag and store it in a plastic container with a lid - it will stay fresh for longer. I guess it keeps more moisture out.
use olive oil in your cooking...you can get light or virgin and it wont put the taste of olives in your food like the extra virgin!!