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Gelatin

When I make sugar-free gelatin, I add either orange juice or sparkling diet soda in -place of ice water. It gives a different flavor.

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Lightening up chili-- save fat, calories, and $

Substitute half the ground meat in chili with reconstituted tvp-texturized vegetable protein. No one will know the difference, you save fat, calories and $

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Substitute for Noodles

When I'm in the mood for something on the noodle side but don't want to use pasta, I substitute broccoli slaw. It comes already shredded and adding my favorite veggies to the this along with protien & sauce I have a wonderful dish. The slaw gives me the feel and texture of noodles.

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stir fry veggies

i have this great repice for stir fry veggies.i am going to have to but in my cook book on here.

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Fat free and low calorie ranch dip/dressing

A tangy, creamy ranch dressing made with fat free cottage cheese and low calorie powder ranch mix.

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make your own hamburger/slide
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rolls

I bake my own bread and hate the hamburg and hotdog rolls in the stores.

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making the ingredients stretch

Unless I'm baking something for a party or other special ocassion, i try to make half the batch; especially if the recipe calls for more than 2 cups of flour. if it's just for my fiance and me, a half batch is usually plenty to try a couple of the baked item and freeze the rest for later.

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Pork Roast

Kroger's has Hormel pork roasts on sale this week - BOGO. They are small/large enough that one will feed 3 of us for a meal. I roasted mine in my Pampered Chef covered cooker for 2 hours and it is falling apart - I've shredded it and added a little barbecue sauce - now I only have to heat it up!

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Turkey Burgers

If you are new to low fat cooking, and think "turkey burgers" is an oxymoron; Take courage! Use your spice rack and be creative. When my husband and I first tried Turkey Burgers, we used soy sauce. If you need to go low sodium, a good substitute is sesame oil-- absolutely no sodium and good value!

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