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Lowering Fat

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

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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....

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tofu paties

Mix oatmeal, drained tofu, canned salmon, and sauce; use an ice cream scoop to scoop the ingredients into a plastic wrap, shape the ingredients into a flat patty, and freeze. 90 seconds on one side, flip over, and 90 seconds on the other side in the microwave. Eat with rice or as a sandwich.

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Zucchini "Pasta"

Try using a vegetable peeler to peel a zucchini or two. then cook it quickly like it were fettuccine. Not only it makes a great healthy substitute (with way less carbs than pasta), it also tastes great!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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brownies

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

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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.

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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!

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