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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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Add Protein Easily!

If you're trying to add oatmeal to your diet, you're probably eating instant oats. Quaker's Weight Loss has about the same calories as the Quaker's regular, but 3 more grams of protein and fiber, and 4 fewer carbs.

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Toast Tradeoff

Instead of making toast, try eating a rice cake with peanut butter or whatever you put on your toast. Rice cakes have roughly 30-40 calories, instead of 100-200 per slice of bread. You save calories without losing flavor, which will benefit you later!

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strawberries

I picked 14 quarts of strawberries, gave 4 to my daughter. Tonight I made 2 strawberry pies, 2 jars of jam, sliced some for cereal, and sugared a very big bowl to make strawberry pancake syrup tomorrow. I have about 50 more quarts to pick but it is raining. I'll make more jam and pies. Love them

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Plan ahead for Success

I plan all my meals the day before, I fix my breakfast and lunch the night before, and I always have something frozen in case something unexpected comes up.

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New Way of Eating

I discovered SP Recipes and I love them. Tasty new ways of cooking and using spices as well as calorie counts.

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Taste Testing?

Sometimes I find myself taste-testing a bit too much while I'm cooking ~ Chewing sugarless gum helps keep this in check.

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