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Know what's in your bread?

I found a great cookbook that makes baking bread easy! I know what's in it. The calories are lower than bought bread. It's fantastic! "Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day" http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Bread-Five-Minutes-Day/dp/0312545525/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276623768&sr=1-1

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Low calorie, healthy veggie topper

Fire Roasted Five Pepper Hummus from Harris Teeter. Use 2 Tablespoons (60 calories) to top a baked potato, pasta or spaghetti squash for a tasty alternative to high calorie or bland toppings. Stir into non-fat sour cream or yogurt for a veggie or chip dip.

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Preparing Food

I measure most everything I prepare. I think I know the amount, but really I am over filling that bowl of cereal for example...measuring works for me to keep me on track...

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olive oil

instead of butter or other things like it use olive oil it is good for the heart too

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Poaching!

I poach batches of skinless boneless chicken to add to pasta dishes, salads or sandwiches. You can add spices to the liquid to make it tasty. You can also poach fish. Poaching is simmering in water...look up recipies online. It eliminates the need to add oil when cooking meat.

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"Pulled Chicken"

Take a large pot, one bottle of barbecue sauce, boneless/skinless chicken breasts and enough water to cover them. Cook for 2 hours, pull apart with two forks, return to the pot and cook down the liquid portion.
Serve alone or in wraps or tacos.

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Oil/chicken broth

Instead of frying my onions in oil, I use chicken broth when making chili rellenos.;*)

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light baking done right by sparks

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1245

GREAT TIPS FOR BAKING EXCHANGES

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Making your own spice blend

I grow lots of herbs and dry them in my dehydrator. I whirl them in my food processor and blend oregano, rosemary, chives, thyme, etc for my own salt-free seasoning. I also add dried minced garlic and onion purchased in bulk at my grocery store.

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Breakfast Omlettes

I have an egg white omlette most mornings. I keep a carton of egg whites in the fridge and measure out a serving over browned shredded potatoes (1/4 cup), spinach, squash, onions, or peppers with a sprinkling of cheddar cheeese or tablespoon of light sour cream. Fast, easy and filling.

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