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Eggs

If you peel your hard boiled eggs when hot, the sheels come off easier. As they cool the shell adhears to the egg.

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Chew Gum While Cooking

I chew gum when I'm cooking anything that will be a temptation for me to snack on. Somehow the thought of food mixed up in my gum keeps the snacking from occurring.

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Cooking meatballs

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place your meatballs approximately 1 inch apart. Bake at 350 for 25 - 35 minutes (depending on the size of your meatballs) Clean up is a breeze! ***Make a double batch and freeze for the next time.

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Microwave cooking can really save time.

I precook almost all of my vegetables in my microwave. This is especially good for onions and root vegetables. We love onions and sauteeing them till clear is needed in many recipes. No spatter when micro-sauteed Less oil is needed.The microwave ensures greens stay bright green and attractive.

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LACTOSE FREE OATMEAL -CAN BE GLUTEN FREE ALSO.

GLUTEN FREE OATS must be LABELLED Gluten Free This USES no MILK, is kid friendly,add raisins, nuts, craisins, cinnamon . apple sauce .
For I SERVING 1/3 cup of quick oatmeal or steel cut oats
2/3 cups unsweetened Apple juice or OJ is good too.
Microwave in Micro pan or in high sided bowl ...

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Great Salad with less dressing

I figured out a trick a few years ago that makes salad dressing go much further. Put your bagged salad (or dried torn lettuce) in a ziploc bag, add dressing, seal and shake. The dressing ends up covering every part of the lettuce. Less is more!

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Mrs. Dash does wonderful.

I don't use salt anymore. Instead, I just put a few shakes of Mrs. Dash.

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sweets

I'm making a Birthday cake for my bowling team and I have to make icing and of course I have to try it to make sure it is okay. My mouth taste sicking sweet. I don't eat a lot of sweets and I don't use sugar on things so you can see why.

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Keep It Simple

Fresh herbs and spices, whole grain carbs, lean cuts of poultry/fish, low fat hard cheeses (Parmesan and Romano), olive oil and canola oil and a bi-weekly trip to the local farmers market for fresh produce give me all I need to build delicious, nutritious meals.

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Roasted Vegetables

I cube up or cut into small pieces fresh vegetables, any that strike my fancy. Add a can of diced tomatoes, minced garlic, sliced onions, spices - Italian or Mexican spices. Add a little fatfree chicken broth. Seal in foil, 400 degrees for 45 min. or until tender. Yum!

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