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Easy Way To Poach Eggs

I LOVE poached eggs for breakfast and a fast and easy way to poach them is in the microwave. I get a bowl and fill it about 1/3 with water and heat it for 2 minute in the microwave. I then crack open two eggs into the water and microwave for another minute. Once done, I gently pour out excess water and then add salt and pepper to taste. YUM!

- Submitted by CMADELINE1 3/27/2013 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Secret to peeling hard boiled eggs

emoticon Add at least one Tablespoon of baking soda to the water I boil my eggs in. Also stir your eggs occasionally as they begin to boil, this keeps the yolk in the middle. The baking soda always makes the egg shells come off easily. 90 calories and packed with protein, hard boiled eggs are a great snack too. emoticon

- Submitted by JAVAJENN 3/26/2013 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Satisfying dessert

What I miss the most in low calorie diets is dessert. I cannot eat just one or two cookies. For 100 calories, I have a sixteen ounce root beer float. I use diet root beer and one-half cup (100 calories) of slow churned low fat vanilla ice cream. Mmmmmmm delicious and extremely satisfying!

- Submitted by CLEMENCE1116 3/20/2013 in Cooking | 6 Comments

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i sneak veggies in every meal!

I add spinach, broccoli, and zucchini to almost everything. Omelets, spaghetti, sometimes the family doesn't know:)

- Submitted by NIKKISCHROE 3/19/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Easy Oven Clean up

Tin foil or better yet purchase a rectangular tin pan (dollar tree) and place at the bottom of your oven or bottom rack for food spillage. Saves on time cleaning oven.

- Submitted by 185LYNN 3/15/2013 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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The Joy of Cooking!

Learn to enjoy cooking your meals! You are in control of what goes into what you eat, and it's fun finding new recipes for tasty, healthy meals.

- Submitted by COCK-ROBIN 2/27/2013 in Cooking | 6 Comments

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New favorite snack

I work in a hospital from 7a-7p and anyone that has ever worked in an ER knows how awful the staff tends to eat. There are always treats and lots of take out food. To combat the sugar cravings I brought in my own personal jar of natural peanut butter and I bum a couple of packages of broken hospital graham crackers. It's plenty sweet for me and it takes care of the cravings. I actually feel like I've been cheating.........but I haven't :)

- Submitted by JEEP8294 2/24/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Chicken in a pinch

I bake or grill 5 or 6 boneless chicken breasts once a week. I cut them in half and put them in a zip loc bag and put them in the freezer. Any time I need some chicken for salad or quesadillas, I pull one out and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. The chicken is very moist and fresh and readily available. Shhhh, don't tell anyone.

- Submitted by TIME-4-TINA 2/24/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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freezing space

I like to buy in bulk like burger meat or stew meat I unpack the meat and repack in ziplock bags most bags are filled with just the meat I will be cooking as I am alone I do not waste and by laying the bags flat I save space and defrosting is fast

- Submitted by DARLMAY2 2/23/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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making a SERRANO PEPPER taste good

take this simple pepper and prepare it for many of your favorite dishes by either putting a tsp of low fat butter or some oil of your choice in a frying pan. It does not take much but you want to saute it in something. Turn the stove top on low heat and just cook the Serrano Pepper until 4 sides are darkened (not burnt). It will then be soft and VERY TASTY with your meal. This is a SIMPLE something to make your meal interesting.

- Submitted by BUMPS2 2/22/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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