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Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value

I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently Ive begun reading about making healthy ingredient su...

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Is Your Kitchen Due for a Makeover?

Is Your Kitchen Due for a Makeover?
Clean up your Kitchen to Straighten Your Diet

By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer

Is your kitchen less attractive than it used to be? Do you find yourself spendin...

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Substitute Healthy Ingredients when Baking for Less Calories and Greater Nutritional Value (Part 2)

I enjoy baking, and am always on the lookout for new dessert recipes cakes, cookies, squares, you name it. But when it comes to home-made desserts, I frequently overeat and wind up packing on the pounds with all those extra calories. Recently Ive begun reading about making healthy ingredient su...

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If you like volume and very hungry making a big pot of vegetable soup can be the trick to feeling satisfied and tame that gnawing hunger feeling.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Cup
100 calorie serving = 2 1/4 cups.

Try many varieties of the Weight Watchers Garden Vegetable Soup.

My version:
6 cup non-fat beef broth from ready made low sodium boxes.
3 cups green cabbage, shredded (you can use preshredded cole slaw package)<...

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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)

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Full flavor salad dressing alternatives

I recently tried a yogurt blue cheese dressing. It's delicious and tastes just like the full fat/calorie version at a fraction of the calories. The one I tried had only 35 calories per serving.

If you haven't tried it already...give yogurt dressings a try on your salads!

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Dutch Ovens

I use my Dutch oven instead of a slow cooker, the food comes out with a rich flavor (like in a slow cooker) but takes less time. And I can get everything ready and have my husband throw it in the oven if I'm not at home. I prep and pre-cook whatever needs to be done and put the Dutch oven in the fr...

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Hide Veggies in meat loaf

Saute onions, mushrooms, finely minced carrots til brown then mix with ground beef or turkey along with seasonings, rolled oats and an egg. This is a great way to stretch the meat and sneak veggies into everyone's diet. We also like chopped jalapenos added to the sauted veggies.

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weigh your rice or pasta before cooking to ensure you only have what you need. It swells 3x when cooked so 1oz becomes 3oz when cooked

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