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reseal plastic bags

Keep a roll of tape near your work area. When you open plastic bags but don't use all the contents, roll the top of the bag down expelling the air within. Tape it down so that nothing spills or gets into the bag.

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Weekend Chef

The week is so busy, that I prepare the main part of Monday-Friday's meals on the weekend, then freeze them for my husband and I. At dinner I simply re-heat and serve with fresh or steamed veggies. FAST & EASY!

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Walnut Oil

I use walnut oil to sautee my asparagus and it is a GREAT taste! Wonderful when you want something different and it's a good fat, too.

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Large Pot of Lentil Soup with Veggies

My husband cooks us up a large pot of lentil soup full of veggies and then we have a quick lunch if we are running late or a good snack if we want something quick and small!

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NEW RECIPES

II LIKE THE SPARKPEOPLE RECIPES,BECAUSE THEY ARE EASY TO MAKE AND THEY REALLY TASTE GREAT.

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Cooking Ahead

I cook all my meals on Sunday for the week ahead. Everything from the main meal to the veggies.... (for veggies I just par boil them so that when I re-heat they are perfect) I make a HUGE salad too and store it in Zip lock baggies with a piece of paper towel to soak up the excess moisture.

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Instead of creamer, use dry milk

If you prefer dry creamer in your tea/coffee, why not try dry milk instead? It's lower in calories, no fat and has protein too!

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Keep it fresh...

From spices to grains to vegetables, keep em fresh. Use em' or lose them. It is so easy to let the inner hoarder to hold on to food that may be unhealthy (rancid) or just old and lacking some of the essential nutrients it once had.

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Spaghetti Sauce - Reducing Acid

To remove the acid from spaghetti sauce, simmer on the stove and put a big carrot in there. It will soak up the acid perfectly! (My mom taught me this when she made her sauce from scratch, but it works for pre-made sauces, too.)

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Easy Clean Up

As I began cooking...i get all my ingredients and foods together and prep them....throwing away unnecessary stuff. Then I just put all my ingredients together and wipe counter....there all do and then everyone gets to wash their own dish when done.....so much easier on me.

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