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Savory Oatmeal

I make oatmeal and add some sauté onion, carrots, olives and is a nice healthy lunch. You can add what veggies you like .

- Submitted by ALINA1969 1/22/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Low Fat Ranch dip

I mix 1 c of Greek yogurt with 1 tablespoon of Ranch dip powder mix is a delicious dip good for veggies ,I put it over a bake potato. If you don't like too salty start with 1 teaspoon first,, and add more for you taste.

- Submitted by ALINA1969 1/22/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Oatmeal growing with more water

If you want to double your Oatmeal but use only 1/2 c put 2 c of water in a pot simmer slow after start boiling 5 min.add 2 T flax meal at the end and you have almost double the amount .I add cinnamon and 2 T of light cream and Splenda in mine is delicious.

- Submitted by ALINA1969 1/19/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Fun Cooking

I love cooking and I always look for recipes in sparkpeople. I usually cook dishes that I can take leftovers for lunch the next day. My favorite recipes are slow cooking ones. I recently found crock pot liners that come right out after your food is ready leaving your crock pot spotless.

- Submitted by FORTYPLUS56 1/3/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Batch Cooking Has Saved Me!

Struggle to cook homemade, healthy dinners during the week? Try batch cooking on Sundays. This week I baked chicken with oregano & lemon, baked pork chops, roasted potatoes & carrots, baked sweet potatoes, & lasagna (1 for this week, froze 2). From this I make my lunches, early dinners and my husband can make his dinner easily from the already cooked choices. Add ons are salads, frozen veggies and more. We eat well, I'm not exhausted, and I still have time for me after dinner to workout and chill out.

- Submitted by HAPPYRUBIAGIRL 12/9/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Meal Planning

I don't always have time to make a meal plan for the week. In an effort to make at least one healthy dinner I keep a favorite cookbook in the car and stop at the store on the way home. This way I know I will have everything I need.

- Submitted by SKLORENZ 11/4/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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preparation

Preparing meals for your family the night before help save time and makes the next day a little easier.

- Submitted by PWILLIAMS7 10/13/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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sneaky vegetable (kids and me)

When making chili, curries, or other seasoned meat sauces. mince vegs to a very fine level, or puree. Then and to sauce. You may need to add some additional seasoning.

- Submitted by BEHKHEKKHUN 10/11/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Rice cookers

I cook most of my meals in an electric rice cooker, which has a steaming tray. Better carbs, no extra fat, and no picking at it while you eat. If you're shopping, try to find a rice cooker with a steaming tray. If you can't find one, there are still lots of recipes you can make, and a lot of them don't even include rice. emoticon

- Submitted by SALAMBANDER2 9/6/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Pre-cooking meat

I pre-cook a turkey and split in baggies for the freezer in 3 or 4 oz portions. This is great to grab and go to put in pasta, salads or just as your daily protein. I can then make alternative meat for my hubby and son if they don't want turkey and eat the same veggies and sides while lowering my calorie count. emoticon

- Submitted by MYVITAL 9/5/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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