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Make lunch easy

I know that if I save packing lunch for the morning, I am likely to oversleep or forget to pack it. But, if I make myself an extra portion (or several extra portions) of dinner and put the leftovers into one-serving per container pieces of tupperware, I don't stress about lunch in the morning.

- Submitted by PHILLYEXPAT 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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lower calorie banana bread

For a lower calorie, fat free banana bread, substitute unsweetened applesauce for the shortening and splenda for the sugar. It's good and moist.

- Submitted by FORREAL6 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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I trick my salad

I add some water to 1 tsp of olive oil to make it go further on my salad. After adding the vinegar you can't tell the difference.

- Submitted by HEALTHYJOANN 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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brownies

I put apple sauce in my brownie mix instead of butter and eggs!

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

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2 (or 3 or 4) for 1 meals

When you are cooking dinner - think about leftovers.
Make 2 or 3 extra servings & use that for lunch or dinner over the next week - Great for Chili (put on baked potato or make taco salad) or Grilled Chicken.

- Submitted by BALANCEISTHEKEY 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Spices Can Open Up a Whole New World!

I love trying new spices - they can turn a plain chicken breast from Italian to Cajun to Moroccan to Thai!

Some great resources are www.thespicehouse.com, www.penzeys.com, or www.victoriagourmet.com. Also try the bulk spices department at your local fancy grocer!

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

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greek yogurt

fAT FREE USE IN PLACE OF MAYO, OR SOUR CREAM OR IN SAUCES THAT REQUIRE CREAM.JUST ADD DIJON MUSTARD OR SPICES FOR FLAVORING SAVES CALORIES AND FAT

- Submitted by DELEMARE 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Have the right tools!

Make sure you understand and control portions by having measuring cups and spoons handy, smaller bowls and plates (custard cup, salad-sized), and, if you find it helpful, a food scale.

- Submitted by MADFIT4 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Weekly Food Prep

On Sunday afternoons, I plan my food for the week and prepare my food for lunch. I then bag up my veggies and fill my lunch containers with my daily meals. Each day I am able to grab my lunch and quickly head out the door. No room for cheating when it's already made. Great time saver too!!

- Submitted by LOOKINFIT1 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Better Than Peanut Butter

I love peanut butter and I have tried living without it, but it was hard. I had been finding other alternatives for the food I love, but I was having a hard time finding a pb swap until I discovered Better Than Peanut Butter. Its fantastic and tastes EXACTLY like peanut butter. 2 TBSP = 100 cals!

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