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Make ahead breakfast

I bought a Stanley food container (like a thermos) that keeps food hot or cold for 12 hours. At night I put 1/2 cup of steel cut oats in it, and add 1 cup of boiling water, and close the container. In the morning I have a no-fuss breakfast, which comes in handy for mornings when I'm running late!

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Multi-tasking your oven

If I'm cooking something in my oven, I'll throw in a few split breasts with the skin removed while I'm baking my casserole or whatever. Then, when the chicken cools, I shred it for later uses. That way, I'm not using my oven just to bake the chicken and I always have cooked chicken on hand.

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Pasta Pot = Stock Pot

Use your pasta pot when making home made stock or broth. Quick and easy way to strain out vegetables, bones, etc... with out the danger of pouring a hot liquid through a strainer.

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Easy, healthy breakfast

When I return from the store I chop a green and red pepper and put on a cookie sheet in the freezer, then I chop green onions & spread on top of the peppers, followed by chopped ham, mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli. After all are frozen, they go into a zip lock bag, I can use 1/2 cup in my omelet

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Sunday Soup

I shop on Tuesday. Sunday, I take out all the bits of leftovers, usually add some meat or beans, broth, seasonings, and make a soup for the week. I eat the soup for lunches. Its fun and I feel like I'm not wasting food.

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pan spray

use pan spray instead of oil..works great and saves LOTS of calories!!

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Pam in the kitchen

In my efforts to cook in a healthier fashion I have become hooked on Pam cooking spray. I use it for stir-fry, eggs and even for coating on bread when I make grilled cheese sandwiches. It helps to reduce fat in cooking and also makes cleaning the pans a lot easier!

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Use Chia seeds when you bake

Chia seeds can replace butter in many baked goods. 1 of the qualities of the Chia seed is its hydrophilic properties, with the ability to absorb more than 12x its weight in water.
The shelf life is less than w/ butter, but the fat and calorie difference is huge!

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Chop for the next night

When I'm waiting for food to cook, I start chopping vegetables or whatever prep work I can do for dinner the next night. That way, when I get home the next night I can throw it all together quickly.

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planing meals ahead

I cook up my meals for the week on sunday and freeze them in individual packages. Then mark with the day I planed it for. You don't need a seal a meal if your only doing a week at a time. Seal up a freezer bag, leaving an opening big enough for a straw to fit in and suck out the air, works great

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