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Using lemons

If you need both the zest and the juice of a lemon, make sure you remove the zest first, then press for the juice: it's much easier than the other way round!

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Garlic & Cheese Grater

I LOVE adding garlic to many of my meals..not to mention it's super good for you! But chopping it up is so tedious! So, while watching Rachael Ray one day, I noticed she uses a hand-held flat cheese grater to "chop" up her garlic. It is SO easy & quick. I cook w/garlic all the time now. Try it!

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Preparing Garlic`

To easily remove the skin on a clove of garlic, smash it gently with the flat of a knife blade. The skin will come right off and it's ready to chop, mince, press or grate!

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keeping Pineapple fresh

To keep Pineapple fresh cut off the top and if you like cut one piece off it. After that put it back in the refrigerator with the top down on a plate to let the juices go down to the top to keep it moist. It also helps keep it fresher longer up to 3 weeks. Cut when necessary.

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Fire Up the Barbecue!

It's that time of year! Grill up some bell peppers and stuff them with brown rice, roast eggplant slices and top with a mix of Greek yogurt and fresh herbs, or grill up zucchini slices and toss with homemade vinaigrette!

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Keeping Lettuce Crisp

Wash lettuce when you bring it home. Allow to drip off a bit, Then wrap it in paper towel so none of the lettuce shows. Place in plastic bag. It will keep for a couple of weeks.

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Healthier cake

When you buy cake mix instead of adding oil and water you can add aplle sause or diet cola

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Blueberries that don't sink in muffins!

Toss your blueberries in flour before putting them in your mix. they won't sink to the bottom.

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Applesauce

Applesauce can be substituted for vegetable oil. It contains less than half of the calories and almost none of the fat grams. It's also very, very easy to make yourself.

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CLEANING UP

i HAVE FOUND THAT IF YOU CLEAN AS YOU GO WHILE MAKING A MEAL YOU GET YOUR CHORE OF CLEANING DONE IN HALF THE TIME

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