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Low Calorie Refreshing Tuna Fish

Instead of mayo, I use low or fat free ranch dressing and mustard with the tuna. I dice cucumber with skin into it. It makes for a refreshing, low calorie and flavorful dish!

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How to store FRESH Ginger

I peel the fresh ginger, wrap it up in cellophane in big pieces, and then when I need it, I just GRATE some of the fresh stalk into the pan. This works very well. I always used to let the fresh ginger ROT by mistake. I heard this from Doctor Zorba Pastor on Your Health (Radio Show)

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Yummly.com

This is a great website that lets you choose how many calories, carbs and fat you can have and it gives you recipes under those guidelines.

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Oil

Instead of pouring oil in the pan when you're cooking meats, brush your meat with oil instead.

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A great low fat recipe to help you lose weight

Make this to help lose weight
ingredients
1 bananna, 1 cup of plain greek yogurt, half a cup of milk combine all ingredients in a blender to make this smoothie/ bananna yogurt.

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Be sure to specify Serving SIZE in Recipes you share as well as # of servings!!

If you prepare a new recipe and share it with SP, PLEASE indicate the serving size in the recipe! If you just say your recipe "Makes 12 servings of 147 calories each" without specifying you meant 12 1/2-cup servings it may ruin the day for someone who guessed you meant 1-cup servings!

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grill meats to lose fat!

Grilling allows the fat to driop out of meat as it cooks. Saves alot and grilling tastes GREAT!!

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Hard boiled eggs

I hard boil eggs a dozen at a time and keep them separate from the other eggs, so I don't mix them up.

They keep for a long time and I can grab one quickly and peel and eat rather than another more high calorie snack.

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Steaming salmon

When we lived in AK, we were shown how to cook salmon in the dishwasher. Wrap it up in double thickness of aluminum foil, adding lemon and other seasonings, place in the top rack of the washer (no dishes or soap) and run on your steam cycle.

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Sweet Potato Fries

Cut sweet potato in very, very thin julienne strips - par boil for a few minutes... heat wok on high, spray a wok with olive oil, add sweet potato strips... stir to evenly cook sweet potatoes...season with any type of spice that you want. (you can also wrap in foil and put on the grill!)

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