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Using Veggies as a Filler

I add extra fresh veggies to everything now. Everyone in my family loves broccoli so we eat it with almost every dinner. It can be a side, a main dish, added to pasta. I even made a pot of chili last weekend and added shredded carrots and broccoli (very finely chopped) just for the nutrients!

- Submitted by RIKKIRIKKIRIKKI 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Making it better

I have found that substituting salt with red pepper and herbal seasonings take away the need for that salty taste.

- Submitted by GEEKYBLACKGIRL 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Baking

I love to bake and I substitute everything I can and still have great taste. I will use egg whites for most of the eggs, applesauce for 1/2 the oil and splenda for 1/2 of the sugar. I also use mini chocolate chips and use less.

- Submitted by MBSKIT 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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soup mugs

When things get dull by eating soup or cereal all the time, I switch to coffee mugs or cups. I can take them out on the deck, or just at the table. Easier to handle.

- Submitted by PICKIE98 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Love Cooking

I have been cooking healthy for myself now and I love it. I love cooking vegetables. Plus I now use Sweet potatoes instead of regular ones. emoticon

- Submitted by MITCH1964 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Plan a menu

Every weekend I sit down for an hour and plan my menu including snacks for the next week. I type it up and post it on my frig. I will plan down to how many calories I will have each day. I make sure that I have about 4 weeks of menus and rotate them. I also try a new recipe each week.

- Submitted by GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Freeze portions

I buy brown rice in 20 kilo sacks and then I cook 1 l dry measure at the time and weigh in 150 g portions that I freeze. Three minutes in the micro makes it ready to eat.

- Submitted by MEDDYPEDDY 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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food

cooking my favorite dish in low fat.

- Submitted by MUSIC66 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Lowering Fat

I use applesauce in exchange for shortening/oil in recipes to lower the fat content.

- Submitted by MASH141 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Right When You Get Home from Grocery Shopping

It's true. The times I take to prep all my veggies after I get home from the store & before they get put away, the more I am apt to cook with them or snack from them because it takes less time when I want to cook or eat. Takes just a bit of time at first but pays off BIG later.... emoticon

- Submitted by JMFOGARTY11 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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