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Calorie Free Noodles

One of my MOST favorite things is shiritake fettucini noodles. Just rinse well,then I cut them in half, since they are long. They are wonderful stir fried with just a little olive oil and an abundance of fresh vegetables! You can also saute some chicken breast or lean pork and have a great, healthy and very low calorie meal. emoticon

- Submitted by LOUISA23 8/26/2013 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Baking measurements

I like to cook & bake but hate measuring things like flour & olive oil - I always make a mess. So today I used my food scale to see just how much a cup of flour weighs, a Tbl of oil, etc. & wrote all the weights & measures a 3x5 card, which is now taped to the inside of the cupboard door. Now I can just put the mixing bowl or pot/pan on the scale & add the ingredients without having to spill flour everywhere trying to get it in the measuring cup.

- Submitted by FANGFACEKITTY 8/18/2013 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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1LB Ground Meat = 4 Meals with 4 servings per meal!!!

Use 1lb ground meat and lots of veggies to make 4 different meals! Add bulk with lots of different veggies (shredded or chopped). You get up to 4 servings per meal (approx. 12-16 servings). I stretch meat and save money too. I do the same with boneless chicken breast and boneless pork. Some weeks I get 12-14 individual meals that I would add different side dishes, salads or more veggies too! All my lunch & dinner entrées for the week done!!

- Submitted by LTCARTWRIGHT 8/15/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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freezer cooking

Double your dinner and save some in your freezer for later. It saves time and stress on those busy school nights. Running to soccer or baseball? Not a problem you have dinner waiting in the freezer. My family's freezer fav? Chicken Pot Pie!

- Submitted by ARISTIGAL 8/13/2013 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Cook in batches

Pre-chop veggies. Do the prep work in the evening when you're watching TV. Chop veggies while you watch your favorite shows. You can chop veggies for all your evening meals for the week in an hour or so. Then put in containers or bags and stick them in the fridge.

- Submitted by ARISTIGAL 8/13/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Cook in batches

Pre-chop veggies. Do the prep work in the evening when you're watching TV. Chop veggies while you watch your favorite shows. You can chop veggies for all your evening meals for the week in an hour or so. Then put in containers or bags and stick them in the fridge.

- Submitted by ARISTIGAL 8/13/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Hide and seek veggies

Add grated carrots to chili. They will disappear , add a sweetness, and help thicken it. I added four cups to a pot of chili and got complements on the taste and texture.

- Submitted by KOMTRIA 7/24/2013 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Light Hummus

This hummus is very simple to make. Drain a can of chick peas and add to the processor. Add the juice of half a lemon, one clove of garlic pressed or minced, two tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Whirl the ingredients or pulse a few times until the beans have pureed. The calorie count includes the beans and the two tblsp olive oil. That's it. A low calorie hummus that anyone can whip up. Serve with crudite or crackers.

- Submitted by JOANIBIRD1 7/12/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Easy Way to Make Iced Tea

I use my drip coffee maker to make quick easy iced tea. Put 3-4 tea bags in the coffee filter and run through a carafe of water. Pour hot tea into a pitcher 1/2 full of ice and Viola... perfect iced tea!

- Submitted by GOING-STRONG 7/11/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Buy Local

Buy local fruits and vegetables, especially in season, from your farmer's markets and food will last longer and to me, is more fun to cook with.

- Submitted by KKLENNERT809 7/6/2013 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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