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Soften up brown sugar that has gone hard

In certain climates, brown sugar will get hard and becomes hard to use. Just microwave it for a minute and it will soften up just like new!

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Melting chocolate

Save time and energy by melting chocolate in thr microwave: depending on the amount, about 2 minutes on High should do.

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Scallions

All our scallions are coming up now. I hate to buy them in the winter...expensive. I cut with scissors the scallions and lay them on a cookie sheet in the freezer for a few hours, then place them in a freezer bag. They can be washed if necessary before using them.

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Crispy corn tortillas for tacos without frying!

I prefer fresh corn tortillas for tacos, but hate frying them in oil to get crispy/soft. I now soften them in the microwave, then place shredded chicken, onions and a little cheese on them, fold them over and lay them on a sprayed cookie sheet. A quick spray of Pam on the tops and 5 minutes in a

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Wilted greens? Perk them up!

A trick to perking up carrots and other veggies that have wilted/got a bit soft is to place the carrots in a bowl of cold water in the fridge overnight. For spinach/asparagus, place in a tall upright container with fresh cold water in the fridge. You'll see a noticeable result :) Happy cooking!

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New Veggies

Kale the New Power Veggie:
Kale has very high nutritional value for caloric intake, and said to help prevent cancer, optimize cells, and detox the body. And it's yummy!

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Prep-fridge foods

Boil potatoes with the peels still on, eggs, chop up fresh veggies and keep them in the fridge and ready to make just about anything you want. Potatoe: soups, salads, fried, baked, microwaved etc... Egg: salad, tuna salad, turkey salad, egg in a salad, potatoe salad, etc.. Save time & money!

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A Unique Way of Microwave Cooking

I use plastic bags, like the kind you receive your newspaper in, not like the ziplock kinds. I take a breast of chicken chop it up into bite size bits, take 1/2 potatoe and dice it up, dice up the veggies I like and add seasonings. I seal the bag closed [or you can tie it] and

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Cinco De Mayo tacos

When I am making meat for tacos I use the low sodium taco mix. But as I am putting it in with the meat, I don't put the whole package in. This cuts down on the sodium and doesn't really take away the taco taste. I also lower the amount of water I use since I don't want too much water.

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Old Fashion Oatmeal for a couple of days

I make big batches of Oatmeal for the whole week. I boil 4 cups of water while soaking 2 cups of Oatmeal in water. When the water starts to boil, I put the soaked oatmeal in the boiling water, turn down the heat and let it boil for 5 minutes. Then I have ready oatmeal anytime I need some .

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