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"Thrifty" Breadcrumbs

Don't throw out that stale piece of French or Italian bread! Cut it into chunks and put chunks in a food processor to make your own breadcrumbs. If you don't have a food processor, use a box grater. Store crumbs in a ziplock bag in the freezer. (Squeeze out excess air before closing bag.)

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Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into your measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the water but don't dry the cup. Next add your ingredient such as peanut butter and watch how easy it comes out.

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less fat

make sure you drain off the fat when you brown the hamburger for casserole dishes you make.

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Keep produce fresh longer

If you store in a plastic bag or container, adding a dry paper towel helps vegetable produce last a lot longer. I add one to all of my cut up veggies and bags of lettuce

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Weighing Food With Postal Scale Is a Big Help

My postal scale doubles as a food scale for weighing meats and cheeses to help keep me on track. It's always handy and leaves no doubt about my calorie intake for a meal.

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Plan those weekly meals BEFORE you grocery shop

My husband and I do our weekly meal planning before we go to the grocery store. This gives us 2 advantages.

1. We don't have to ask the dreaded question: "What are we going to have for dinner tonight?"

2. By sticking to the list, we only buy what we need, which saves money too.

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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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