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Bananas Going Bad?

Peel the bananas and put them into a freezer bag and freeze. They are great for smoothies and they don't go to waste.

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Cooking Notebook

I keep a notebook in my kitchen, and when I hear of cooking tips, recipes from others; so, when I am not near the computer, I jot them down and keep them in the notebook. I especially like the recipes from the baby boomers.

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Tasty Side

Enjoy red cabbage sautéed with extra virgin olive oil and garlic.

Tasty with eggs noodles and turkey meatballs.

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Vanilla

Instead of having to add vanilla to recipes separately from sugar, store a vanilla pod in a tightly closed jar of sugar and just use the sugar - it gives a wonderful flavour.

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Weekly Shopper Sales Menu

Every Wednesday I look through the grocery store sale insert in the newspaper and create a weekly menu with items that are on sale. It saves time at the grocery store and time thinking about what to have for dinner every night.

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Writing a Menu

Since we are on fixed income of SS and get paid only once a month. I write out a monthly menu before I go shopping. That way you can easily keep track of your calories and get healthy foods to eat. You can vary as much as like when fixing your meals but at least you have a staring place,

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Banana oatmeal

When I make my morning oatmeal, I use 1/2c quick cook oatmeal, and 1 cup skim milk (for the calcium). I microwave for 2 min then mash up a ripe banana or add 1/3 sugar free applesauce and cinnamon. The fruit adds enough sweetness and the whole bowl is really filling but just 320 calories.

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Preparing for the week.

After I grocery shop, I force myself to clean all my fruits and veggies. I use small storage containers that are flat and stack easily. When I am looking to snack, I am more likely to grab something healthy because it is ready.

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Saving Time Cooking

When chopping onions, garlic and celery, I chop multiple onions, celery and garlic and put them in snack size baggies to store in the freezer. That way when I need to cook something with them in there, I just pull a bag out and it's already done!

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DO NOT OVERCOOK YOUR MEALS

I STEAM MY VEGGIES AND MAKE SURE THEY STILL HAVE A SLIGHT CRUNCH TO THEM.
I BAKE FISH, NO MORE FRYING.
I DON'T OVERCOOK MY MEALS AS I ONCE DID!

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