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Mini Muffin Tins

Yesterday I used a mini cupcake pan to make cupcakes. The cupcakes are tiny so I can have a sweet treat without piling on the calories!!!!

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magic bullit helps big time

my magic bullit helps with grinding regular oats into oat bran so that i can add that to almost everything i cook. oat bran adds a great deal of both the fibers. it will puree fruit so that i can add that instead of butter, oils or sugars. it is a very small appliance that saves me calories. :)

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Lemons

To get the most juice out of a lemon, put it in the microwave for about 45 seconds then roll on counter with palm of hand. You will get everydrop to the delicious liquid.

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Batch cook

I make up a batch of" Chicken Kale Vegetable "soup and "Turkey Veggie Joe "mix served on whole grain slim buns. Alternate lunches for a few days. I add one seving of whole grain crackers with soup and plate of fruit with the Joes.

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Make 2 casseroles and freeze the second - but wait! There's more!

Line the 2nd casserole dish w/ heavy-duty foil, leaving enough to fold over the top, then fill, close up and freeze. When frozen, remove foil package - you get your dish back, and when you want to eat the frozen casserole, just put it back in the dish and bake. To clean up, just toss the foil!

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Portion control for cookies!

Divide cookie dough into cookie sized portions. Quick freeze these in a single layer on a cookie sheet and once frozen, portion into freezer bags. After sealing, write baking directions on each bag. Bags of one or two are great for a quick fix, bags of 6 to 8 are great when you have company!

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Beans, Beans, Beans

Beans are healthy for you but when purchased in a can you need to drain the beans from all of the salt. It can cut down on calories. You want the beans not the salt.

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Prevent Guacamole from Turning Brown

Guacamole has a tendency for turning brown very quickly. To prevent this, press a sheet of plastic wrap onto the guacamole ensuring that no air is caught in between. By doing this your guacamole will stay green longer.

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Meal plan using cook books with lots of pictures

I think cook books without photos of all dishes are a waste of paper. I will not attempt to cook a new dish based on an inanimate list of ingredients. Pictures bring the anticipated flavors and visual feast to life and I get inspired to cook, even using ingredients I don't know how to pronounce.

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S-t-r-e-t-c-h that prepackaged meal

When are pressed for time, I will fix one of the prepackaged meals from the freezer...like Chicken Voila or Bertolli...BUT I always add at least one package of frozen veggies to the frozen dinner ingredients. There is plenty of sauce but now there are MORE of the healthy veggies, too.

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