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Love long-cooking oatmeal? Hate stirring? Use your crockpot

My hubby loves the oatmeal that takes 40 minutes of constant stirring until it's cooked. (example is McCann's Steel Cut Oat Meal).

Now he can use a small crockpot, 4 cups cold water, 1 cup oats and set it on low just before going to sleep.

6 hours later, an entire pot of perfectly cooked oatmeal.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/13/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Mayo substitution

When making tuna you can substitute half the mayo with twice the amount of reduced fat sour cream. Taste great and no extra calories.

My tuna has one tablespoon mayo and two tablespoons of the sour cream. Moist and tasty.

Can't wait to see how this works with potato salad.

- Submitted by CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/9/2011 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Kitchen Workout!!!!!!!!
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If you cook wearing your work out clothes; you'll be less likely to keep on tasting; therefore saving calories. Sounds silly and it may just be. But it works. lol
Plus it also may remind you to squeeze your booty muscles! emoticon

- Submitted by GYPSYNIECY 4/10/2014 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 | 2 Comments

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The Weekly Purge

Once a week, I 'purge' the refrigerator, getting rid of all limp or wilted foods, wipe down the shelves and drawers; then I can see what we need to replenish and it helps me w/ my grocery list as well as menu plan for the week. (It only takes minutes)

- Submitted by 2BDYNAMIC 3/17/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Extend splt pea soup with spinach and butternut squash

In addition to sauteed carrots, onions and garlic I added 4 cups of fresh spinach and 1 cup of cooked butternut squash to the 8 cups of water and 1 pound of dried split peas when I made soup. Once cooked, the immersion blender mixed everything into the familiar look of split pea soup. Doing this adds flavor, nutrients and some volume lowering the per serving calorie count. . I also added a splash of balsamic vinegar to finish the soup. Quite Yum

- Submitted by KOMTRIA 1/26/2014 in Cooking | 0 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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Whip Cream Cheese Secret Ingredient

Add 1-2 tbsp of Whipped Cream cheese to pasta sauces, gravies, meat and pasta/veggies etc to add a CREAMY RICH flavor and consistency. This will turn a regular tomato sauce into "Tomato Alfredo" ; and impart a creamy taste when cooking vegetables, meat, and pasta with no sauce.

- Submitted by JORDEE54 1/3/2013 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Cutting up boneless chicken breasts

I always buy big packages of boneless chicken breasts. When trimming, I always make a small freezer bag of bite size pieces to have on hand for a quick chicken stir fry.

- Submitted by SALLYANN26 5/4/2011 in Cooking | 5 Comments
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