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Shredded Parmesan vs shredded cheddar

Parmesan has about 30 less calories per 4 Tablespoons, and half the fat. For me it's a better choice for an omelet.
Also I've noticed that already shredded cheddar frequently is coated with something that has carbs.

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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 cook...

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Asian Hot Pot is easy to do at home

I like that Asian hot pot means you can eat for hours and nibble on small pieces of food, and large veggie portions and the leftovers are soup for lunches.

The hot pot pan was only $40 at my asian market that also sells the specially sliced shabu-shabu meats.

Nutritious and frugal

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Make your own mother yogurt starter

If you make your own yogurt, you probably spend a pretty piece of change on a yogurt starter that has to be replenished pretty quickly. Well you can make your own yogurt starter that will last at least a year from chili pepper stems.

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Freshly ground peanuts won't separate for months.

I noticed when I bought freshly ground peanut butter at Whole Foods that it didn't separate at all. So I finally let a small bit sit and see how long it takes to separate -- 4 months. The moral of the story is to buy it freshly ground when possible. I've found cheaper places than Whole Foods. <...

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Buy chicken with bones -- then make soup with leftovers

I usually buy my chicken with the bones in -- whether it's chicken breasts, thighs or an entire roaster.
Then I toss any left over carcass in water to cook for about 4 hours. Delicious broth and occasionally pieces of meat as well that were just too difficult to pull off the bone.
If I on...

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BodyBlade really works on my rotator cuff problem

I damaged my rotator cuffs this summer using 3 pound weights (how embarrassing). I was in Physical Therapy for the damage to the left arm. The therapist had me use the BodyBlady to strengthen the muscles around the cuff. It was fun and really worked. I bought one of my own and have added it to m...

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Sodastream Penguin is wonderful

United Airlines sent an email that I could use mileage points to go shopping. I saw that they had a Sodastream Penguin free for points so I got one. Pleasantly surprised to find out it included free shipping.

But more importantly, I love this product. I love carbonated water. My family ...

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If you can't eat before you shop

Everyone knows it's better to eat before you shop -- that isn't always possible, is it?
My secret is to buy 1 small junk item to eat. Eat half of it; wait 5 minutes for guilt and realization to set it. Toss the other half if possible.
Works for me about 70% of the time.

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Easily clean a crockpot with old credit card

Crockpots are great, but they can get some baked on stuff that's hard to remove. I find that an expired credit card is great for scraping. They're flexible and will curve to fit a curve.

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