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Save $s and Calories while giving your meal a crunch.

If you're on a budget, or trying to drop a few pounds,why not give this a try? Make up your bolognese or curry etc as usual, but substituting a diced potato, chick peas or beans for 1/4 of the meat. This saves calories, and money or it may just stretch a meal for an unexpected guest.

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Breakfast

instant cream of wheat made with non-fat milk and sugar free apple sauce is quick and filling!

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Breakfast

instant cream of wheat made with non-fat milk and sugar free apple sauce is quick and filling!

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low fat salad dressing

make salad dressing with mortar and pestle. pound one half clove garlic with course salt. add one tablespoon olive oil. Then mix well with pestle. Add a pinch of sugar and a tiny bit of mustard. Then add 3 large tablespoons of plain yogurt, and two tablesp. vinegar. adjust seasoning

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Bananas Going Bad?

Peel the bananas and put them into a freezer bag and freeze. They are great for smoothies and they don't go to waste.

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Cooking Notebook

I keep a notebook in my kitchen, and when I hear of cooking tips, recipes from others; so, when I am not near the computer, I jot them down and keep them in the notebook. I especially like the recipes from the baby boomers.

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Tasty Side

Enjoy red cabbage sautéed with extra virgin olive oil and garlic.

Tasty with eggs noodles and turkey meatballs.

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Vanilla

Instead of having to add vanilla to recipes separately from sugar, store a vanilla pod in a tightly closed jar of sugar and just use the sugar - it gives a wonderful flavour.

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Weekly Shopper Sales Menu

Every Wednesday I look through the grocery store sale insert in the newspaper and create a weekly menu with items that are on sale. It saves time at the grocery store and time thinking about what to have for dinner every night.

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Writing a Menu

Since we are on fixed income of SS and get paid only once a month. I write out a monthly menu before I go shopping. That way you can easily keep track of your calories and get healthy foods to eat. You can vary as much as like when fixing your meals but at least you have a staring place,

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