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Weekly Meal Plans

I try to make a meal plan for every week. I choose 1 cook book and sit down with my coupons and the grocery sale ad. This way I can make the most of our dollars, and plan the healthiest meals at the same time. I just mix up what's on sale with my coupons with the recipes. Easy and quick!

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Saving time on lunches etc.

I do my big grocery shop on Sunday then put everything pre-measured into ziplock baggies with the calories written on the front so we can mix and match to get our calories for the day. It takes an hour or so, but then everything is grab and go of a morning!

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Flavor

I often use healthy frozen dinners when I am in a hurry. Steaming some veggies to add to the meal makes it more filling. I then take all the food and put it on a plate. It seems more like a nice meal than a frozen dinner.

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Microwave Blueberries for a burst of Flavor

For a low calorie quick breakfast I toast an Eggo (or your choice) whole grain waffle. Then I arrange blue berries on top in the little squares (1/4 C per waffle) and microwave for about 20 seconds (you don't want them to burst, but close!). There's so much flavor you need little or no syrup.

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Meal Cards

I can't afford a lot of food, so I write down different recipes that I could make with what I have on little slips of paper and organize them according to which meal they are for. Then I mix them up and randomly pick out one for the current meal.

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saving fat calories

whenever I cook boneless skinless chx breast on the stove instead of using olive oil, I cook it in chx broth. It makes the chx tender and juicy and doesn't add any fat. It also flavors the chx!!

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Garlic and Onion

If you hate having a solid block of onion or garlic after moisture gets in your onion or garlic powder, get granulated onion or garlic. It's still small enough to blend into sauces, but large enough that the moisture doesn't make it clump.

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Keeping Salad Greens Fresh

Buy large boxes of salad greens and keep them fresh by adding a paper towel to the box and refrigerating it upside down. The paper towel will absorb excess moisture so the greens will stay fresher longer.

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Soften up brown sugar that has gone hard

In certain climates, brown sugar will get hard and becomes hard to use. Just microwave it for a minute and it will soften up just like new!

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Melting chocolate

Save time and energy by melting chocolate in thr microwave: depending on the amount, about 2 minutes on High should do.

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