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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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Vegetable Beef Soup Starter

I use my slow cooker to cook a full batch of veggie broth soup starter with beef, onions, and black beans.

After letting it simmer all day on low I then split it into four parts, freezing three. That way I can add fresh veggies, pasta, barley, brown rice, etc. I try to always keep some kind available.

- Submitted by JENNY888 3/31/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Chew Gum While Cooking

I saw this tip on the Doctor Oz show and it's actually very helpful! When you chew gum while cooking you avoid grazing.

- Submitted by KAKE138 3/31/2010 in Cooking | 6 Comments

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Talk in the Kitchen w/Your Kids!

Kids of all ages can help and learn in the kitchen - the smallest kids can tear lettuce for salads, wash vegetables, or stir things in bowls. Talk about what you're doing - kids love to talk about the kinds of food they like best, and what they are most looking forward to enjoying in a meal.

- Submitted by RAINBOWSMITE 3/31/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Veggies

When serving a dish that calls for pasta or rice, steam an extra amount of veggies. Cut your own rice/pasta serving in half, mix in the veggies and not only do you get more veggies, you also have not deprived yourself of the good stuff either. Works real good with spaghetti and rice a roni dishes.

- Submitted by BUSYMOM206 3/31/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Lean Cuisene

I am single so I only have myself to cook for. If I don't want to make a fuss I have a Lean Cuisene and add a heaping side of fresh vegetable steamed.

- Submitted by KKKAREN 3/31/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Easy Alternatives to cooking

It's easy to put together an impromptu meal with whole grains and protein etc in just a few minutes--try veggie burgers and whole grain toast and microwave some frozen veggies--and Voila! a meal! emoticon

- Submitted by LAMBIERABBIT 3/30/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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