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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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Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes are my downfall but now I cook them in advance and portion them out before freezing. I know just how much I can eat to keep within my allowance.

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check out the deli

As many who know me know I HATE to cook so eating healthy espically as a single is a chore. I have discovered the deli section of my gorcery has cooked chicken, skinless whole cooked chickens.. So I buy one, grap a couple of sweet potatoes and a bag of frozen veggie and I have dinner for couple days

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Once a week cooking...

I try to cook once a week - normally Saturdays - for the week. It is just my daughter and I and so what I do is I will make several meals at once. Then portion them into those seal and save bags. Stick them in the freezer and pull them out for lunch or dinner during the week.

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sub applesauce or a banana for oil in baking

When you're baking muffins or quick bread or making waffles or pancakes, you can substitute applesauce (or pear sauce) or mashed ripe banana for a portion of oil. I generally sub 1/2 to 3/4 of the volume for muffins or quick bread, and about half for waffles or pancakes.

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Baking - Substitute Apple Sauce For Oil

Instead of oil, substitute an equal amount of no added sugar (with out artificial sweeteners) apple sauce for oil. This works great in cakes, etc.

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Silicone Muffin Pans

Silicone muffin pans -- regular, mini, or individual -- are GREAT for freezing servings of gravy, rice, beans, BBQ, or anything else. Unlike regular plastic ice cube trays, nothing sticks! Once you've frozen whatever you're freezing, pop them into a labeled (and dated!) plastic freezer baggie.

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Measure EVERYTHING!

Make sure everything you eat is measured or weighed...especially if you are new at cooking healthy portions. What we think looks like one cup or 4 oz might be surprising! Measuring everything keeps you on track with nutrition and portions!

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daily vegetables

serve 3 vegetable per meal, except 1 for breakfast. 1 raw per meal

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