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Cooking Substitutions

I like to substitute egg beaters for eggs for lower cholesterol and applesauce for less fats. In most baking you can not tell the difference. Also to save a bit of money I sometimes use cheese soup (Campbell's) or fiesta soup for flavor in place of cheddar cheese or American cheese.

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plan ahead

Because cooking for one is tedious every night I create several servings of a new healthy meal and package the rest for lunch the next day, and freeze what is left in individual portions for use when I just don't have time to cook.

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Healthy, easy, delicious treat

Are you barbecuing this weekend? Grill some fruit for an easy treat. You can grill anything from melon to pitted fruits. Suggestion: cut some peaches in half. Remove the pit. Spray the cut halves with cooking spray. Grill cut side down until the fruit has some grill marks, a couple minutes on each ...

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Using packaged frozen spinach

I have a few ways that I use frozen spinach because it is so convenient. I make a spinach-rice casserole, cream of spinach soup, spinach frittata, but I'm always looking for new recipes to use it. (but I don't care for spinach in smoothies, I know that most say you can taste it but I certainly can)

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Success Salad Dressing

Balsamic vinegar
Italian dressing dry mix
Water
2 Splenda packets
1 Salad shaker

Mix 2/3 vinegar with 1/3 water, a couple of Splenda packets and dry Italian dressing mix in a dressing shaker.

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Quick and nutritious soup for a week

Recipe for a 5 veggie soup that runs about 350 calories for 2 cups. Kids like it to0. Freezes for lunches
1 pound ground veal
1 46 oz can Cento chicken broth (we love Cento the best; Swanson's is our #2)
1 can chopped tomatoes (we like Cento or Furman)
half a head of napa cabbage (not ...

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Tofu success without deep fat frying

I love tofu in Asian restaurants but know that they deep fat fry the pieces. I asked a Chinese friend how her tofu comes out so perfect . She told me to drop the pieces into boiling water for a minute or two, then drain. Then fry the pieces with just a thin coating of oil in the skillet. Comes o...

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Stretch meat with lentils.

To cut back on our meat intake, I add cooked lentils to dishes that I use ground beef or ground turkey in.

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Rice Cooker & Brown Rice

I kept having my rice cooker spewing out liquid when cooking brown rice.

I started putting the steamer basket in empty and it "breaks up the bubbles" as the rice cooks -- no more spewing!

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Prep the pan!

Buy a pan with a good non-stick coating and use less than half the oil or butter for saute or pan-frying.

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