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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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Milled Flax Seed

I add a tbsp or two to almost everything I cook. It doesn't alter the flavor and adds protein, fiber and omega3 fats.

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EVOO

I use EVOO for all my cooking. It is a healthy oil and I don't feel guilty.

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use fresh!!

cooking with fresh vegetables is so "healing". just the process of cutting stuff up to me is calming!!

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Prepare and Freeze Burgers!

Make your own burgers with lean beef or turkey, doctered up with spices, onions, bits of cheese, worceshire, teriyaki, or whatever you fancy, then freeze patties between parchment paper to pull out for quick meals!

Much better than hitting the drive-thru & you know exactly what you're eating!

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Substitution for mushrooms

I don't like mushrooms, but I have found in a recipe that calls for them in a dish that will be cooked or baked, zucchini makes a good substitute. They are about the same texture, and the flavor blends with just about anything.

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Contacts before Onions

Take your contact lenses out before you chop raw onions! I've found that the juice stays on my hands even after washing, so removing my lenses even hours later always burned. Plus, the byproducts from the onion fumes get under my contacts and cause irritation far after I'm done chopping.

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