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Meal Cards

I can't afford a lot of food, so I write down different recipes that I could make with what I have on little slips of paper and organize them according to which meal they are for. Then I mix them up and randomly pick out one for the current meal.

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saving fat calories

whenever I cook boneless skinless chx breast on the stove instead of using olive oil, I cook it in chx broth. It makes the chx tender and juicy and doesn't add any fat. It also flavors the chx!!

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Garlic and Onion

If you hate having a solid block of onion or garlic after moisture gets in your onion or garlic powder, get granulated onion or garlic. It's still small enough to blend into sauces, but large enough that the moisture doesn't make it clump.

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Keeping Salad Greens Fresh

Buy large boxes of salad greens and keep them fresh by adding a paper towel to the box and refrigerating it upside down. The paper towel will absorb excess moisture so the greens will stay fresher longer.

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Soften up brown sugar that has gone hard

In certain climates, brown sugar will get hard and becomes hard to use. Just microwave it for a minute and it will soften up just like new!

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Melting chocolate

Save time and energy by melting chocolate in thr microwave: depending on the amount, about 2 minutes on High should do.

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Scallions

All our scallions are coming up now. I hate to buy them in the winter...expensive. I cut with scissors the scallions and lay them on a cookie sheet in the freezer for a few hours, then place them in a freezer bag. They can be washed if necessary before using them.

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Crispy corn tortillas for tacos without frying!

I prefer fresh corn tortillas for tacos, but hate frying them in oil to get crispy/soft. I now soften them in the microwave, then place shredded chicken, onions and a little cheese on them, fold them over and lay them on a sprayed cookie sheet. A quick spray of Pam on the tops and 5 minutes in a

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Wilted greens? Perk them up!

A trick to perking up carrots and other veggies that have wilted/got a bit soft is to place the carrots in a bowl of cold water in the fridge overnight. For spinach/asparagus, place in a tall upright container with fresh cold water in the fridge. You'll see a noticeable result :) Happy cooking!

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New Veggies

Kale the New Power Veggie:
Kale has very high nutritional value for caloric intake, and said to help prevent cancer, optimize cells, and detox the body. And it's yummy!

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