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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 out perfect without the excess oil. The outside of the pieces are nice and crusty. I use firm tofu for this.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 5/23/2014 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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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!

- Submitted by TADZIO 5/20/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Skinny Taste great cooking site.

Is a great website with recipes it gives you the calories count and WW points and so far I try 3 recipes and they were delicious I made : Flourless Brownies, Beef stir fry , Thai coconut shrimp yummy.

- Submitted by ALINA1969 4/9/2014 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Lasagna without noodles

I blanch cabbage leaves and drain them and then use them in place of the pasta. It freezes beautifully and my husband and I hardly miss the pasta.

- Submitted by HATESITE 2/3/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Silk Coconut Milk as Coffee/matte for coffee

I use Coconut milk Vanilla flavor for coffee . I don't like just milk in my coffee but this is a great creamy milk it does the trick .I use same one for Oatmeal too .

- Submitted by ALINA1969 1/29/2014 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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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 | 6 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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NO CALORIE ITEMS TO COOK & BAKE WITH

I USE BUTTER SPRAY A LOT NO CALORIES.I EVEN USE IT TO COOK WITH.ALSO MRS.DASH.I ALSO LOVE COOKING WITH STEVIA I BUY THE OFF BRAND LIKE MEIJER'S B/C IT'S CHEAPER.I LOVE BAKING WITH IT

- Submitted by CRISSTARA 6/29/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Cooking Meat

When cooking meat or poultry, remove it from the refrigerator 5 minutes before adding to a hot pan. If you put it in right away it shocks it and it becomes tough.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 6/26/2013 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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