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To keep the microwave clean, we use coffee filters to cover bowls of soup, oatmeal, etc. It's cheaper and easier than plastic wrap or wax paper. It's cheaper than paper towels, too. We also have a "tupperware-type" dome that can be used over and over again, but it does have to be cleaned with things that splatter, so the coffee filters are perfect for splatter items!
Cheap Seasonal fruit becomes a nice healthy sorbet
Where I live we get various fruits that reach a peak season. When they are cheap, clean, pit a large bag of them. (Lychee, Dragon Eye, cherries, strawberries, other berries and grapes) then freeze them. Later puree them, sweeten as needed (Sugar or artificial). Add water for smooth texture. place in freezer or ice cream maker. Light. Refreshing. a portion of fruit.
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