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Vegetable stock

When I steam vegetables,I always retain any stock for other
uses.

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Freeze homemade bread machine bread in portions-save $, no waste.

Drag that bread machine back out and make your own bread again. I use organic whole grain flours and save a fortune over store bought--only thing, the bread would go bad too fast for me to eat it. Now I cut and freeze it in one and two slice packs. Problem solved!

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Don't be afraid to experiment

Don't be afraid to experiment with different foods and spices. If the food you're eating is good for you AND tastes good too, you're more likely to stick to your healthy eating goals.

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Sugar

Perhaps many of you know about this but I only just found out. STEVIA is a natural sugar. It is used just like sugar and has ZERO calories.

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Save $s and Calories while giving your meal a crunch.

If you're on a budget, or trying to drop a few pounds,why not give this a try? Make up your bolognese or curry etc as usual, but substituting a diced potato, chick peas or beans for 1/4 of the meat. This saves calories, and money or it may just stretch a meal for an unexpected guest.

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Breakfast

instant cream of wheat made with non-fat milk and sugar free apple sauce is quick and filling!

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Breakfast

instant cream of wheat made with non-fat milk and sugar free apple sauce is quick and filling!

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low fat salad dressing

make salad dressing with mortar and pestle. pound one half clove garlic with course salt. add one tablespoon olive oil. Then mix well with pestle. Add a pinch of sugar and a tiny bit of mustard. Then add 3 large tablespoons of plain yogurt, and two tablesp. vinegar. adjust seasoning

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Bananas Going Bad?

Peel the bananas and put them into a freezer bag and freeze. They are great for smoothies and they don't go to waste.

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Cooking Notebook

I keep a notebook in my kitchen, and when I hear of cooking tips, recipes from others; so, when I am not near the computer, I jot them down and keep them in the notebook. I especially like the recipes from the baby boomers.

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