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Thickening soups and sauces

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.

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Reducing Fat

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.

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Cook one soup- eat six different ones

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...

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Keep a sink full of hot soapy water as you cook

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.

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Good Bye Fruit Flies

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.

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mashed potatoes too runny?

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.

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Easy clean up

I use parchment paper on all my cookie sheets, roasting pans/dishes, makes clean up a breeze!

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Keep Bagged Lettuce Mix Fresher

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.

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olive oil

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!!

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