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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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DON'T BE AFRAID TO TRY!!

ANYBODY CAN COOK!! I used to think I couldn't, but I don't think that way anymore! With all of the recipes here, all it takes to be a great cook is the ability to read and the willingness to TRY!!! Check out SparkRecipes and GO FOR IT!!

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Salad Dressing

Blend together equal amounts of Lemon Juice and Dark Honey with a tsp.each of Yellow Mustard,Chilli and Black Pepper Powders and Salt to taste till well mixed.Use as Dressing for Fresh Fruit and/or Vegetable Salads---chill well before serving.

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Easy Skillet Meals

I use a cast iron skillet in the oven for easy "skillet meals" - Plus, portion control is already included!! Lay your seasoned meat in the bottom of a cast iron skillet, surround by veggies seasoned how you like - roast in the oven or poach as desired.

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