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10/15/11 11:55 P

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Great ideas. I just made some homemade hummus, which is a favorite of mine. It made a huge amount. I hope I like it, I can already think of all kinds of possibilities with making my own.
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10/13/11 5:47 A

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I just started DVR'ing Hungry Girl, she has such great idea's, I now use1/2 fat free mayonnaise & half real, you cut your calories in half & you can't tell the difference because the real is so powerful. Try Dijonnaise instead of real mayo & mustard, 5 calories, yum, exchange real cheese with laughing cow, she made a mac & cheese with the laughing cow cheese....Boy she has great ideas. Also, I now use lettuce sleeves instead of hamburger buns or hard rolls. you just take what you usually put on your bun and use lettuce sleeves instead, it works great and you don't miss the bun, crunchy & delish. I just had a turkey burger yesterday, I have to break the burger down a little to get it to fit but you don't miss the bun. She also suggested to grill pineapple, who knew.....Taste great....check her out, she has great ideas emoticon

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10/4/11 11:57 A

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I've cut out meat from my diet. I still eat fish, tuna, salmon, crab and other shellfish. Most of my protein comes from beans, nuts and soy products, edamame is amazing!

I also don't use cream sauces. To make baked pasta dishes, I steam up 4 servings (or more if a bigger dish) of cauliflower and carrots until very soft (or I boil them if running low on time) and puree them, adding garlic, pepper, paprika, a little dijon and some water to thin it out. I heat this in a sauce pan and when it's steaming, I remove from heat and add a tiny bit of cheese, I love tofu cheddar style, low fat and tastes great! I also add a little extra sharp reduced fat cheddar for more authentic taste. Mix that into the sauce and pour over pasta (if you've not tried Dreamfields pasta, do it!) and top with some parmesan and bake. Also, I use silken (soft) tofu for the sauce as well, very high protein. Just puree it and mix with cheese then add the pasta in.

Instead of making spaghetti bolognaise with ground meat, I use white beans, bean bolognaise with tomato sauce and lots of veggies, it's incredible!

I don't do burgers, nor do I do buns so I make patties from different kinds of beans, TVP (textured vegetable protein, found in dry goods aisles) or tuna/salmon and serve as patties with lettuce, tomato and even a little dijon and mayo, then I can have a few home made oil free fries (cut potatoes thin, spray with baking spray and toss with chili seasonings, salt free ones) and not feel guilty!

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10/2/11 9:42 P

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I use straight up balsamic vinegar as my salad dressing 75% of the time.

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9/21/11 5:44 P

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I make my own sweets. I find recipes for muffins or cookies on sparkrecipes and make that instead of buying those Special K bars and stuff. I can make a bunch and freeze them and have a treat to take for lunch.

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9/19/11 9:22 A

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I almost never go out and buy a specific kind of onion for a recipe - I use the type I have on hand.


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9/12/11 9:17 P

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Well, I have eaten mackerel. I think it tastes a lot better than squid. It tastes sort of like dark tuna.

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9/11/11 11:02 P

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LOL Diane you made me laugh. I knew that part I just meant that I thought no one ate Mackerel. When we go fishing, the guys always say it is not worth eating.

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Mackerel is a fish, so I suppose it could be used for bait. For that matter you could use tuna for bait, but it would not be as economical.

When we lived in Newfoundland they sold squid as bait.

If you were rich, I suppose you could use caviar as bait!

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9/10/11 3:45 P

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Mackerel? Isn't that bait?

I try to make more casseroles and stiry frys rather than the meat on the side - we seem to need less of it then.

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8/29/10 7:30 A

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Just from the sound of it, that dressing sounds a lot like the stuff that's put on gyros. Am I right?

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8/27/10 8:54 P

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I take it that what makes the burritos cheaper than tacos is that tortillas are cheaper than taco shells? Or do you make your own tortillas?

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We make burritos instead of tacos. You can use half the meat and twice the beans and it is still tasty.



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8/20/10 5:32 P

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Thanks!

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8/15/10 3:45 P

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I actually started with dressing for a Creamy Cucumber Salad (excellent and low-fat). I liked it so much I decided to just go with some vinegar, dill and yogurt to taste and consistency, and mix it with a little vinagrette dressing. This is a very versatile recipe. Add or subtract what you like.

The actual recipe is:
1/4 C reduced fat sour cream
1/3 cup fat-free plain yogurt
1 1/2 Tbsp white wine vinegar (I prefer straight vinegar to taste). More flavor, less watery)
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt (optional)
1/8 tsp black pepper
2 lg cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 med vidalia onion.

I also sprinkle some dill in my mixture, to taste.

mix together sour cream, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Add dressing to cucumbers and onions and toss to coat. Chill for at least 15 min.
Enjoy!



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How much vinegar to how much yogurt and dill?

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Eat in rather than take out

Vinegar wherever possible in place of, or to stretch sauses and dressings. Mixed with yogurt and dill makes a great dressing.

Tofu in place of meat to make soups, particularly hot and sour soup.

Definitely Oatmeal and cream of wheat too. Both are cheap and very filling.

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Oatmeal instead of cold cereal?
Eat in instead of take out?
Mackerel instead of tuna?
Lower fat milk instead of whole?

What sort of cost cutting substitutions do you do?

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