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weight your cereal serving

I have been measuring my cereal with a measuring cup and I know I have been cheating by making a very rounded scoop. Recently I started weighing (using a digital scale) my servings. I have realized how much I was over pouring and it is harder to cheat the scale. I haven't missed the extra cereal.

- Submitted by JDADDIONE 4/3/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment

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"Crunchy Sweet Treat"

I love crunchy and sweet! To satisfy that craving I put washed grapes in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze. Then put them in single servings in "snack size" plastic bags and put all of the bags in a thicker freezer bag. It's a great "go to" snack. 1 serving = 1 cup at 60 calories!

- Submitted by OZARKMEL 4/3/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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love to cook

i cook meals 5 to 6 times a week. i had to add fast food on my count because i couldn't find it in my tracker. like sausage gravy.

- Submitted by VERONICAABB 4/3/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Batch Cooking with Recipe Calculator

I enter ingredients measured in grams. After the meal is done, I figure out how many servings it makes and weigh one portion in grams. I then change the title to include the amount of grams in one serving. I can freeze in larger portions and don't have to remember serving size.

- Submitted by GWTRIKER 4/3/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Pressed for time?

When I am pressed for time due to kids activities, appointments and/or holidays, I bulk cook our supper's main dishes for a week or two at a time. Then I am able to put it in the crockpot or pull it out of the freezer and have it thawed by the time I get home.

- Submitted by GRETCHENH66 4/2/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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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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