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Getting your veggies

I have been adding bell peppers and mushrooms or any other veggie that goes with the meal to ground meats when I cook them. This is a great way to add the extra nutrients and fiber into meal and helps in getting those five a day!

- Submitted by FORMEANDMYBOYS 4/2/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Save some time

Make extra of any soups, stews and chili that you make and put in the freezer. It's a fast healthy meal for days you don't have anything in, or don't have time to cook. Just a few minutes in the microwave is all it needs to reheat and eat.

- Submitted by IAMDIOSA 4/2/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Bacon Bits

If you substitute 1 Tablespoon of store bought lean Bacon Bits for 1 strip of bacon, you cut calories and fat!!

- Submitted by KMCOMP 4/2/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Add Crunch to a Soup

I love making soups and I usually make enough for 3-4 days. To keep it crunchy, I finely cut some cabbage and line the bowl with the cabbage and ladle in some hot soup. The cabbage takes on the soup's taste and also stays crunchy.

- Submitted by JUST_TRI_IT 4/1/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Use The SPARKRECIPES!!-
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as hard as you might think!

I have the most difficult time when "spending"my calories on dinner! I love that there are sparkrecipes available!To help myself,I check out the comment BEFORE making the recipe because that might help me alter it for my liking,my cholestrol level or my hiatal hernia--no spicy foods.

- Submitted by MOMWANTSNOWAIST 4/1/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Pre-cooking ground beef

In addition to batch cooking on the weekend, I brown my ground beef (all of it) as soon as I get home from the grocery store. We don't eat many hamburgers. It saves time because it cooks more quickly because it's not frozen and is ready when I need it later that week: shepherd's pie, chilli, etc.

- Submitted by STORMTMB 4/1/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Onions, garlic, carrots & celery

Save money and time with this quick tip.

- Submitted by DARJEELINGTEA 4/1/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Truvia

I ahave been sneaking truvia in my hubby's oatmeal and he cant tell the difference

- Submitted by ANTIONETTEG 4/1/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Marinade

When you buy cheap cuts of meat, the best way to tenderise is cut a kiwi fruit or 2 and place in a bowl with your other marinade ingredients,

This makes the meat tender when cooked.

- Submitted by GOANNA2 4/1/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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OrGreenic Cookware

It's awesome stuff. We cook without oil. We still get our fats in food but not all the added oil. We fry eggs and even pancakes without adding any oil at all. We 'season' it maybe once a month. You don't wash it with soap and it cleans up so slick in just a minute or 2. Food tastes better too!

- Submitted by ONLYTEMPORARY 3/31/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments
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