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serving size

I like to make enought for there to be left overs the next day for my husband and I. I get small containers to place them in and eat for the next day for lunch. It helps with size portions and not letting food go to waist.

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batch cooking

when you have time, cook a recipe in large quantity (soups, stews, etc.) and then freeze in single servings. Great when you need something and can take out one portion.

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Bake & Shread Chicken

I like to bake extra boneless skinless chicken breasts & then, using two forks, shred. If not using right away, I freeze. Itís nice to have on hand for a salad or wrap, adding flavor & protein. Shredding seems to put more chicken in every bite.

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cutting calories

I find myself substituting turkey in a lot of my favorite dishes,like taco salad,turkey seasoned with taco seasoning takes great!

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MEASURE YOUR MEAT AND FREEZE

I measure all my meat, by the ounce, store in separate freezer bags and label them. This saves time and helps me plan my meals quicker.I also measure trail mix nuts
and dried fruit into 1/3 or 1/4 oz bags. I like to add these to my yogurt for a snack.

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Cut the oil

Buy good quality pans. I no longer need oil to prevent sticking to frypan. They are more expensive, but well worth the investment

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Change your cooking oil

Replace any cooking oil with canola and/or olive oils. A little more heart healthy.

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Easy meal prep ideas

Pre cooking lean meats (watch for sales!) then freezing them in food saver type bags saves time, makes meal prep easy! Lean ground turkey, BBQ'd London Broil or boneless/skinless chicken breast thinly sliced. Freeze into meal-sized portions for your family (my bags serve 2)

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Sneak in those veggies!

I add a half cup or a cup of frozen veggies to everything - soups, chili, stews, even spaghetti sauce! Doesn't add many calories and you up your servings of veggies without even noticing. Also fills you up faster.

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Spreading Salad Dressing

Saw this on Tyler Florence, the "Ultimate" show so can't claim for my own, but he made a ceasar dressing and coated the inside bottom third of the salad dressing bowl and tossed.

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