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Pasta Pot = Stock Pot

Use your pasta pot when making home made stock or broth. Quick and easy way to strain out vegetables, bones, etc... with out the danger of pouring a hot liquid through a strainer.

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Easy, healthy breakfast

When I return from the store I chop a green and red pepper and put on a cookie sheet in the freezer, then I chop green onions & spread on top of the peppers, followed by chopped ham, mushrooms, asparagus and broccoli. After all are frozen, they go into a zip lock bag, I can use 1/2 cup in my omelet

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Sunday Soup

I shop on Tuesday. Sunday, I take out all the bits of leftovers, usually add some meat or beans, broth, seasonings, and make a soup for the week. I eat the soup for lunches. Its fun and I feel like I'm not wasting food.

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pan spray

use pan spray instead of oil..works great and saves LOTS of calories!!

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Pam in the kitchen

In my efforts to cook in a healthier fashion I have become hooked on Pam cooking spray. I use it for stir-fry, eggs and even for coating on bread when I make grilled cheese sandwiches. It helps to reduce fat in cooking and also makes cleaning the pans a lot easier!

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Use Chia seeds when you bake

Chia seeds can replace butter in many baked goods. 1 of the qualities of the Chia seed is its hydrophilic properties, with the ability to absorb more than 12x its weight in water.
The shelf life is less than w/ butter, but the fat and calorie difference is huge!

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Chop for the next night

When I'm waiting for food to cook, I start chopping vegetables or whatever prep work I can do for dinner the next night. That way, when I get home the next night I can throw it all together quickly.

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planing meals ahead

I cook up my meals for the week on sunday and freeze them in individual packages. Then mark with the day I planed it for. You don't need a seal a meal if your only doing a week at a time. Seal up a freezer bag, leaving an opening big enough for a straw to fit in and suck out the air, works great

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Easy Access to healthy food in the frige

Putting all LIKE foods together in open boxes for easy prep. Salad Stuff, Yogurt and berries, sandwich fixings.... Just grab the box and it is all there- no hunting or thinking..presliced and ready to go in one container on the counter- right there and all healthy- no looking @ the unhealthy stuff

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eating too much

I've come to realize that when I cook for the family I tend to eat more food than what I should be..

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