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Cut once, cook twice

When I have time on the weekends, I make as many different dishes to freeze as I can, using common ingredients - like chopped peppers, onions, garlic, or even white sauce. While the cutting board and knives are out, I get all my chopping done and only have to clean up once.

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Use almond oil

A splash of almond oil instead of olive oil when sauteeing adds a great hint of flavour to many meats and veggies.

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Quick Way To Cut Green Onions

Use your kitchen shears to cut green onions. Super quick and easy!

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easy lunch veggies

If you have lunchtime access to a microwave getting in your veggie servings is easy as throwing a bag of Birdseye Steamfresh in the microwave - ready in minutes - 4 servings!!

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CREATE YOUR OWN TV DINNERS BY SPARKS

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A LOT OF RECIPES AND TIPS TAKE A LOOK!

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Thickening soups and sauces

To slightly thicken pan juices or soups, I use instant mashed potato flakes instead of white flour. Dissolves instantly and no lumps! And it adds about 1/2 the calories and a lot fewer carbs, measure for measure.

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Reducing Fat

When a recipe calls for sauteed veggies, i.e. onions, peppers, etc.--I use water instead of oil--it works really well and no added fat.

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Cook one soup- eat six different ones

An easy way to dress up a soup differently for lunch.

Base: leftover cooked potatoes and vegetable broth mixed in a Blender

Day 1: 2 eggs cut up small, parsil and 1 t low fat cream cheese
Day 2: chopped spinach and half a low fat feta
Day 3: chopped dried tomatoes, olives and...

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Keep a sink full of hot soapy water as you cook

When cooking/baking, drop your utensils in hot, soapy water as soon as you use them, even if you intend to wash them in the dishwasher. Keeps you from being tempted to kick the spoons, beaters, etc.

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Good Bye Fruit Flies

A small glass 1/2 fill it with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dishwashing liquid mix well. You will find the fruit flies are drawn to the liquid and are gone forever.

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