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Make your own spices

Instead of buying Italian Seasoning, taco seasoning, pumpkin pie spice, make your own - you'll save money and usually a lot of sodium! SP Recipes has recipes for Italian seasoning and taco seasoning and you can also just look at what's in it and chances are you already have the spices necessary.

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Recipe binder

Once or twice a week, I search SparkRecipes and find recipes that look good. I make my list, try the recipe and if I like it, I put it in my recipe binder.

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Copy Favorite Restaurant Meals

Take your favorite restaurant meals that are high in calories, fat, and everything else not healthy and make your own version that is healthier.

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Pre Cooked Chicken

We buy the rotisserie chickens to use as recipe short cuts. We use it as dinner one night then add to salad the next.

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Using up those overripe bananas

I usually buy big bunches of small bananas and eat them either cut up on my cereal or as a snack.
When some start to get overripe I cut the bananas in chunks, put them in a freezer bag and freeze.
These frozen chunks are really great to use in my Smoothies.

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Delicious & Moist chicken or steak in Grill Pan & no oil or spray. NONE!

I preheat a non-stick grill pan on medium heat for 5 minutes. Season a boneless sirloin or boneless-skinless chicken breast with favorite seasoning. Put the meat into the hot pan. Turn once to cook other side. The heat sears the meat and keeps it moist. I don't use any oil or spray with this method.

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Add Kombu to Soaked Dried Beans to Reduce Gas

Adding a 3" piece of dried kombu (a dried sea vegetable) will dramatically reduce any gas associated with eating cooked dried beans. Toss the kombu before serving. Enjoy!

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Getting enough fruit & vegetables in my diet

I buy a lot of frozen fruit & vegetables, and usually just heat them in the micro , with my meal, or thaw the fruit in the micro and add it to my cereal or oatmeal.. So instead of just having pasta, or meat and potatoes, Or just plain cereal or oatmeal , I have added fruit & vegies

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Making kids eat veggies

I am adding them practically in every dish they like.
My children go crazy from stuffed cannelloni with minced meat.
Well it is one part minced meat and 3 parts of boiled veggies like carrots e.t.c. passed first from blender and then added in the recipe...It works!

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Sweet potatoes

Great source of a lot of nutrients and not too high in calories if not covered with brown sugar, butter, etc. I bake mine and use a wedge of laughing cow cheese on a half of a baked potato. Yummy!!

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