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Ground Beef Ready for Casserole or Crockpot

When I buy 3-5 pounds of ground beef I cook it in large pot with onions and seasonings. Cool. Divide in freezer bags. Unthaw in microwave and it is ready for quick casserole or crockpot meal.

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Use Fat Free Greek Yogurt Instead of Sour Cream

On tacos, garnishing chilis and soups (borscht) - you can't tell the difference on these! Try it and see what you think, we love it!

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Breakfast time saver-oatmeal

This may seem like a no brainer, but it saves me a ton of time. When I make my breakfast in the morning, I prepare two servings of oatmeal. I eat one and put the other in the fridge for the next morning. Saves me some time which I always seem to be short of as I am rushing to work in the morning

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sweet tooth

I have a horrible sweet tooth at night so what I have done to fulfill this & keep my calorie low is buy Quaker chocolate rice cakes, add 2 tbl of lite cool whip, nutmeg & cinnamon & drizzle a small bit of honey on top! this is a perfect snack for me that does not equal a lot of calories.

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Moist turkey every time

I really don't eat that much meat anymore but this is a great tip for those who do.

When I used to cook a turkey I made a mistake one time and put the bird in upside down on the roasting rack. It was the moistest turkey I ever made. I must have done that like 20 years ago and have been

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Extra Vegetables

To make canned soup go further and to add more veggies I add a can of green beans. YUMMY!

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Don't Throw Out That Hardend Brown Sugar!

When brown sugar hardens, don't trash it. Put a piece of bread in the bag and seal it up. In about a day your brown sugar will be ready to use.

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Farmers Market Shopping

When you buy food direct from your farmers, picked the day of or the day before sold to you, it tasted better than you can imagine. I sample farm fresh food with olive oil and salt and people are always so amazed. I tell em' its the veggies!

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Maybe a weird idea...

Yesterday I finished a jar of sugar free bread and butter pickles. I put some baby carrots into the leftover brine and refrigerated. They were a nice change as a side to my sandwich at lunch.

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