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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 add...

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Rice and pasta as a condiment

I love rice and pasta but I can get brain fog if I eat full servings so I treat them as condiments and limit myself to .5 cup servings. I am happy because I am having the foods I like but I don't get foggy from having more. I might put the sauce down first and then put the rice or pasta on top or on...

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Rice and pasta as a condiment

I love rice and pasta but I can get brain fog if I eat full servings so I treat them as condiments and limit myself to .5 cup servings. I am happy because I am having the foods I like but I don't get foggy from having more. I might put the sauce down first and then put the rice or pasta on top or on...

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Build your breakfast around veggies

I plan to eat one or two servings of vegetables at breakfast and and after choosing what they will be decide which protein i want with them. Today was cooked spinach, sweet potato and feta cheese.Other times it will be eggs, or turkey sausage. I add a fruit and have made great progress on getting in...

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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.

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2 Veggie game.

I make it a game to serve at least two different vegetables at dinner. It makes the meals more interesting, fills people up and cuts back on the amount of meat family members need to feel satisfied. I try not to have salad count as one of the veggies. If we have salad then it is a triple score dinne...

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Granola flavor without all the calories

Instead of having a cup of granola which is 600 calories have a .75 cup serving of bran flakes with two Tablespoons of granola and you get the taste plus save over 400 calories. Check out my modified Alton Brown SP recipe it is really good. I have also started adding chia seeds to to granola and bra...

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Keep Toss Salad Fresh Longer Use A Silicon Veggie Steamer

I make a big bowl of toss salad and store the left overs in a bowl that has a silicon steamer pressed into the bottom. The steamer I have has little silicon legs so any water that drips off of the salad ends up below the steamer and the leaves stay fresh longer.

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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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Berry Good Ice Cream

Instead of a full serving of strawberry ice cream have 1/4 cup mixed with 3/4 cup frozen blueberries Cool creamy sweet and less fat than the same volume of ice cream alone. 1 cup of a wonderful dessert for 100 calories instead of 120 calories for 1/2 cup ice cream.

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