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Cut the oil

Buy good quality pans. I no longer need oil to prevent sticking to frypan. They are more expensive, but well worth the investment

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Change your cooking oil

Replace any cooking oil with canola and/or olive oils. A little more heart healthy.

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Easy meal prep ideas

Pre cooking lean meats (watch for sales!) then freezing them in food saver type bags saves time, makes meal prep easy! Lean ground turkey, BBQ'd London Broil or boneless/skinless chicken breast thinly sliced. Freeze into meal-sized portions for your family (my bags serve 2)

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Sneak in those veggies!

I add a half cup or a cup of frozen veggies to everything - soups, chili, stews, even spaghetti sauce! Doesn't add many calories and you up your servings of veggies without even noticing. Also fills you up faster.

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Spreading Salad Dressing

Saw this on Tyler Florence, the "Ultimate" show so can't claim for my own, but he made a ceasar dressing and coated the inside bottom third of the salad dressing bowl and tossed.

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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes are my downfall but now I cook them in advance and portion them out before freezing. I know just how much I can eat to keep within my allowance.

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check out the deli

As many who know me know I HATE to cook so eating healthy espically as a single is a chore. I have discovered the deli section of my gorcery has cooked chicken, skinless whole cooked chickens.. So I buy one, grap a couple of sweet potatoes and a bag of frozen veggie and I have dinner for couple days

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Once a week cooking...

I try to cook once a week - normally Saturdays - for the week. It is just my daughter and I and so what I do is I will make several meals at once. Then portion them into those seal and save bags. Stick them in the freezer and pull them out for lunch or dinner during the week.

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sub applesauce or a banana for oil in baking

When you're baking muffins or quick bread or making waffles or pancakes, you can substitute applesauce (or pear sauce) or mashed ripe banana for a portion of oil. I generally sub 1/2 to 3/4 of the volume for muffins or quick bread, and about half for waffles or pancakes.

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Baking - Substitute Apple Sauce For Oil

Instead of oil, substitute an equal amount of no added sugar (with out artificial sweeteners) apple sauce for oil. This works great in cakes, etc.

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