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Letting someone else do the cooking...

... then all I have to worry about is the portion size. Makes life MUCH easier in the kitchen for me ;)

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Chocolate

Save time by melting chocolate in the microwave: usually 2 minutes on Medium will do it. If it doesn't look melted give it a little stir to finish off.

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Oatmeal for breakfast - It is healthy & it saves time

Each weekday I have oatmeal for breakfast. On Sunday afternoon, I measure out my oatmeal for the week. It's easy for me to take all the containers into work on Monday and put them in my desk.

I never forget my breakfast this way, which saves me from having to stop at some fast food joint.

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Making Cottage Cheese (Paneer)at Home

Boil 1 litre of Milk(Whole,2%/3%) and when it boils add100gms of beaten fresh Yogurt or 2 tbsps.Lemon Juice.Reduce flame to low and boil till the Solids separate from the Whey.Keep a Colander on top of a Saucepan.Spread a thin Muslin Cloth in the Colander and pour in the Whey and Solids.

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Slicing olives in 1/2 the time

Use an egg or mushroom slicer to slice your olives.
Put in 3 at a time and 1/2 your prep time!

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Rice Milk ice cubes

I make ice cubes with rice milk so my protein drink is cold and not watered down with plain ice.

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Your thoughts and words can change taste of your meal

Do not cook if you do not feel to cook, or you are angry or sad. your thoughts can change your meal taste. If you want to cook a taste meal, cook with a happy and clam mind. Your thoughts and words are more powerful than your experiences. I have learned this from my grandma.

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home cooking

I have always done my own cooking. I can't believe the amount of people who buy prepared foods from grocerey stores. It is not difficult to buy a chicken breast, some rice, some carrots, and make your own healthy meal. Try it!

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low sodium soups and sauces

There's a NO sodium bouillon - chicken and beef - by Herb Ox now. I use it for everything, any time I don't have my home-made broth (which is most of the time.) By the time I get all the rest of the flavors in the dish, I really can't tell the difference - and the sodium savings is huge.

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I love to cook!

I love to cook but the mess I used to make in the kitchen was terrible.

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