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thanks, this week I made the Israeli salad and Caprese Salad. I also prepared Easy Lemon Chicken and Chicken Marcel. I'm not going to cook for a week. If I get tired of eating the same old stuff I freeze a portion size for another time. I find that is a great way to do so incase I feel lazy or tooo tired to prepare something.

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The salads sound delicious. Keep up the good work.

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The farmers market is a wonderful place to buy fresh veggies. I have been eating cucumbers as a snack and different salads which fill me up very nicely. I made the Peach and Tomato, Gazpacho and Spinach-Berry salads this week. There are so many that I made up my mind to make three different ones each week.

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I don't like to waste food either. This is a great idea to use.

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Your beginning weight was the same as mine. I am stuck around 155 now and need to get unstuck. Congrats on your present weight. Cara

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Thank you for the information.

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If you click on Finder, then file, then new folder one will appear on your desk top. You can name it anything you like then drop the recipe that you have cooked and liked in the folder. I hope that i have been helpful.

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I love zucchini and I've been collecting recipes to try soon.

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So I finally bought the veggie spiral cutter - as with any gadget takes a little training to get the user to be as proficient as the commercial demonstrator. Anyway, I used a medium zucchini, which some strands were small and others a nice noodle size.
Mixed some lemon vinegar, a splash of olive oil and some dry seasonings and it was yummy. I love those fresh summer veggies that are now showing up at the farmers market.
Overall I wish there was an easier way to get the zucchini into noodle shape but this worked well enough that I will continue to experiment with it.
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Wonderful idea, is there a place on sparkpeople where you can do this?



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Thanks. Here's another one, I clean the dishes and whatever else I use as I'm done with using them while I cook.

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great idea.

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Received three very large zucchinis from my daughters garden. With four of Spark Peoples recipes I managed to cook them all up. I made a file for each category of food on my computer. When we enjoy a recipe I type good on the bottom of the name. This way I keep trying different ones each week. When I have enough of a variety for each vegetables, grains, salads etc I will have my own cookbook.

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It's always great to have left overs. You never know when you will need them.

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I always make sure that there will be leftovers and immediately pack the leftovers for our lunches the next day while cleaning up after supper - saves on time the next morning.

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I'm so sorry for your loss.
Before I start to cook I get pull up all the recipes on my desk top. I then get all the ingredients that I'm going to need and put them on the counter. This way I have everything at my finger tips and the preparing goes very smoothly.

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I spent last Sunday cooking for the week. I froze several of the meals in 1 serving size containers for the week. My husband takes to work for the week and the boys and I have an evening meal without having to rush home to cook. It has been a blessing this week with my husbands great Aunt Blaze passing away.

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we fix healthy lunches for four for a week. salads, fruit salads and entrees. one of the easiest ways for the salads is a line up. we get all the ingredients washed, chopped. and ready then go down the line filling the bowls. For the fruit salads we wash and cut up all the fruit together in a jumbo bowl, then scoop out into containers.

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Today I made a new recipe and I can't believe how good it was. It didn't take long and had only 4 ingredients. Fantastic!!

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I think that whatever works for you you should keep it up. It's so nice to read all of the good ideas that are being shared. Thank you.

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That's a very good idea.

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I like to prep and batch my foods before I cook so when the mood hits, I can just start cooking.

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You are welcome.

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I like your idea. You don't waste the vegetables by putting them to good use.

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If I have vegetables that are nearing the end of their freshness, I throw them in a bag in the freezer. When I have enough I will throw them in a pot of water with onion emoticon and garlic emoticon and make my own stock salt free.

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Best wishes on your challenge. You will learn much,

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There is so many tips and cooking items. I am so excited about all I have read. Thank u for all the help.

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Not just muffins, but pancakes also.*

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GREAT IDEA!

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Your tip on muffins is something I do too. I found with many hungry boys in the house I could stock up making them and freeze them. They were always on hand, always a flavor someone liked and I could doctor them up with extra fiber with flax and it would stretch it even more!

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Thank you for all the tips you shared. I especially like the one about mixing the cilantro and
parsley. That is a good idea for not wasting food.

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I just wanted to share a tip since I despise food waste so much. When I need to buy herbs I never use them all up. I found making a quick chimichuri sauce from the cilantro and parsley is the most amazing way to prevent food waste. You also get a great sauce to use for the next few days. I like to add a spicy pepper to the mix just to zip it up. I also use less oil and more lemon or lime juice to cut the fat down a bit.

I also reuse glass jars to store pastas, beans and grains. This helps prevent pest problems and keeps your dry goods in a fresher state than if you just leave them in a bag.


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That's a good deal. Need to look into it, Thanks.

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I have a little cheap shake maker from Target that I got for $15 that works great! Need to get one to leave at home and keep the other at work ;)

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I DON'T HAVE ONE OF THOSE, BUT IT DOES SOUND INTERESTING. THINK I'LL LOOK INTO IT.

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I have to agree about my Vitamix. It is fantastic for making smoothies in the morning, homemade Lara Bars for snacks and for freshly made soup.
Well worth the money.
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I've been reading all of the tips posted and they are great, thanks!!

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When we remodeled our kitchen we needed to add space to the room for traffic flow, so we created a shallow pantry closet (the depth of ~2 small bottles of spice) and put in lots of shelves for my large spice collection. It has an etched glass-insert door that says "Pantry". (It is the only glass door in our kitchen.)

I use my digital scale - in oz. or g as is most convenient - all the time.

I use Kuhn Rikon pressure cookers as often as I can. I stopped buying rotisserie chicken due to additive injections and salt, and cook delicious, moist chicken in 25 minutes, getting quality broth at the same time. I always cook beans in a p.c. I used to cook rice in a rice cooker, but a p.c. works much better and faster. When I want ribs, I par-cook them in a p.c. so that most of the fat drains off, but we get full flavor. I rarely use a crock pot any more because so many vitamins are lost during cooking.

I finally learned to use my food processor. If the chopping is likely to take at least 7 minutes, than it pays to use the processor. (It takes me 7 minutes to clean it.)

I never use my immersion blender. I must be a klutz because the pan's contents end up all over my walls. I can pour hot stuff from the skillet into a Vitamix without waiting for it to cool; the Vitamix will do the job! I love my Vitamix!

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That's a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

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To top strawberries --- I push a larger sized straw from the bottom of the berry up through --- topping them quite easily & without so much waste.

Also, the tops can be used in smoothies --- there is little or no evidence of them in the drink & they are good for our bodies!

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I keep a list of items I need and I go to the store very early in the morning. Sale items are available and the store is not crowded. I also make sure that I've had breakfast and won't be hungry. emoticon

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I set all the fruit and veggies, that doesn't need refrigeration, on the kitchen table. If I see it I will eat it and so will everyone else.

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I love the Press n Seal it makes it so easy to buy meat in bulk and then come home and divide into portions you need and then freeze. Then when you are wanting to make something you can go to the freezer and take out what you want and cut it from the portions you have frozen.

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We always cook extra servings so we have leftovers for lunch. Sauce for pasta is always cooked in large batches and part of it frozen. Same with lasagna. We shop for two weeks at a time and only have to go back for produce. And we compost fruit & veggie trimmings.

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I got a magnifier, colored round labels, and a black marker. It is so hard to read the dates on the containers, that I decided to do something about it.

I got out all my spices, jars, boxes, etc. in my pantry and sorted by year. I used different colors for years, like red for items due on 2017. Then I just wrote the month and year on the labels and stuck to the items.

During the process, I had to throw away a lot of outdated stuff, which taught me to stop buying stuff that I might or not use in the future. I will only going to buy items if they are on my shopping list, being careful to buy the required amount when possible. For example, I threw away an outdated bottle of Sriracha, that I used only like a couple of times before it was outdated.

Also, the blue labels that I used for 2014 are reminders that I need to use those items more frequently.

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I have a raised, shelf-like spice rack. I keep my spices shelved by most popular. The ones we use every day (garlic and onion powder, cilantro, oregano, pepper, etc) are up front. Then going back from bottom to top are in order of popularity. Was tired of having to hunt through the cupboard to find what I was looking for. For that matter, all of my cupboards are organized like that. :)

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After the groceries are put away, I start planning and prepping the food to be used for the week. I make a week's worth of snakes and lunches all at once. It takes time to weigh and measure all the ingredients, but the time is so worth it when all I have to do is grab the bag or container as I walk out the door in the morning for work.

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I just started to do a weekly menu and I find it to be helpful when I have to go to the market. Instead of going through the store and deciding what I am going to buy, I have my list. I also have a whiteboard in my kitchen, which I love having, it keeps everything organize for me and whenever I am out of something it gets put on the board.

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The tips I am adopting in week 2 are to avoid shopping when I am hungry, thereby facilitating my adhering to my shopping list, and to organize said shopping list by food catagories, avoiding browsing.
I bought a large crockpot to cook large batches and freeze portions for days/nights when I can't cook.


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Instead of throwing away vegetable scraps, like the ends of onions, celery, carrots....ect.
I save them in a freezer bag in the freezer and when I have enough I made vegetable stock out of it. It really started as a way to save money to not buy the boxed stock at the store and not use up whole vegetables to make stock with. Also not to waste food, I think there is so much waste already in the US, trying to do at least my part in keeping some of the waste to a minimum.

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I do weekly menus and print out all the ingredients needed then I go to the cupboards, freezer, fridge and mark off everything I already have and then after that add the extras I may either need to restock on, I also have a dry erase board and as we completely run out of items rather be kitchen, or other areas we write on there what it is and add those to the list as well.. saves me from having to wonder if i have something or not while I am at the store and buying duplicates on, helps when your on a budget not to buy the same thing week after week because you forget you already have it.

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I love making batches of muffins in different flavors and freezing extras. I can grab one early when I get up and set on counter, then get ready and the muffin(s) are ready too. Pop in microwave and voila, healthy breakfast with a piece of fruit or yogurt. I add chia seeds or flaxseeds for a boost.

Also, I use pumpkin puree so there is no oil or eggs. Try a spice cake mix or caramel and pumpkin. My favorite is orange cake with puree and craisins. I make about 20 muffins out of it and they run around 85-90 calories each.


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Using your microwave to make eggs is a real time saver - both in heating up the pan and in having to wash the pan. Using a cup sprayed with oil first is quick, easy, done in a minute litterally.

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My partner and I go to our local farmers markets and buy a lot of fresh fruits and veggies!

The first thing we do when we come home is to wash, organize and cut all of them and place them in individual Tupperware!

It takes a long time, but we usually do this on our coffee table while watching a movie! That way it doesn't seem as long and daunting! I know eating in front of the TV is bad, but prepping veggies is nice! ;)

The end result and advantage, is that when we are cooking, its easy to just reach in the fridge and add all of healthy food to our meals!


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Trying a new sparkpeople recipe tonight.

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The only way I cook corn on the cob is in the microwave. Saves time and doesn't heat the house in the summer.

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I love my crock pot and you can use it on the stove too. So If I'm shorter on time it usually ends up on the stove and completes the job. Also use my microwave for veggies like corn on cob. Potatoes of course. I like to precook potatoes 3/4ths in microwave and then saute in a little olive oil for a healthier version of fried potatoes. Quick and satisfying. I don't really have a lot of gadgets, would like to get a blender or bullet next.



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Yeah I use my Turbo egg cooker almost every morning. Super easy and they are ready in about a minute.

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love all the tips esp the squash in the micro to make it easier to cut

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I love kitchen appliances and tools and have many. One thing that I recently discovered is a small microwave egg cooker by Nordic (I think it is called an Egg 'n Muffin Cooker). I take it to work with me, along with some pre-cut veggies, an egg, and perhaps some pre-cooked sausage crumbles or cheese. I crack the egg into the cooker and whisk it with a fork, add the rest of the ingredients and microwave for one minute. It comes out perfectly! I don't eat bread but it would be the perfect size and shape to put onto an English muffin or bagel. Clean up is super easy too, and it cost less than $5!

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I have been wanting a food processer but tat Sabbater sounds even better! I also thought I would like to have the Yonana. It turns frozen bananas into banana ice cream. They have them at Bed Bath and Beyond. Has anyone tried it?

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I freeze in zip-locks, so that I can lay the food flat on top of things.
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I just found New in box a Microcrisper......which makes food crisper while using a special tray and paper to cover the food. Haven't tried it out yet....so I'll see how it works! This was purchased in a thrift store for only $1.99.....receipt was still in box .....dated 1994 for $14.99 in BJ's.

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I now steam all my veggies in the microwave, and use my steamer only for brown rice.

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There is a spray bottle you can buy at kitchen stores that allows you to pressurize the bottle so you don't need to buy Pam

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A tip I've heard but haven't tried yet is putting olive oil in a spray bottle to spritz veggies rather than brush it on.

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I have a new appliance I got for Christmas and I just love; My daughter got it at Sam's club for about $30 and it's called the Sabbater. It is a food chopper and I use it every day to chop everything form potatotes, onions , celery, carrot, apples, slice oranges, etc It is so much easier than by expensive cuisinart which is now sitting on the counter collecting dust! You can use it to make french fries, slice veggies for stews, chop onions for anything, slice apples to dip in peanut putter - get the picture.

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With Easter coming soon, and if anyone likes to dye their boiled eggs, here are some facts about eggs according to the FDA:


Store ProperlyUse hard-cooked eggs (in the shell or peeled) within 1 week after cooking.
Use frozen eggs within 1 year. Eggs should not be frozen in their shells. To freeze whole eggs, beat yolks and whites together. Egg whites can also be frozen by themselves.
Refrigerate leftover cooked egg dishes and use within 3 to 4 days. When refrigerating a large amount of a hot eggcontaining leftover, divide it into several shallow containers so it will cool quickly.

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I microwave whole winter squash for a few minuted before cutting them in half.
Makes it much easier.

Another thing I do is dehydrate lemon peel and then grind it.
Always have the dried lemon 'zest' available.

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I love my immersion blender, also use my crock-pot often. Do not use my bread, pasta or rice maker. Have two food processors, one really large one and a mini. I use the mini more often. I use my blender to make smoothies and have a Kierig Coffee Maker. One tip I would like to pass on, is I use Balsamic Vinegar and to catch the drips, I got a paper towel, folded it and wrapped it around the bottle with a rubber band to hold in place, that way the paper towel catches the drips and it doesn't get on the shelf. Bev


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My favorite is also my immersion blender.
So versatile!

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The immersion blenders are great. Mine is a Braun and the motor also powers a mini-chopper, whisk, blender and ice cracker.

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I agree...I am so happy I have a Vitamix. I also have a LaLanne juicer but love getting all the fiber in the Vitamix. My other favorite tool is the immersion blender...have made some wonderful butternut squash soup and a broccoli/potato soup .

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I have a vitamix. It's expensive, but worth the price.

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I need to find a better blender for smoothies. Mine never seems to blend the frozen fruit completely and I end up with chunks of fruit. Any suggestions????
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