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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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The Healthy Breakfast Sandwich

Do you love breakfast sandwiches, but hate the calorie content? Well, I make a really good one and its under 250 calories. crack 2 egg whites into a bowl, cover with a paper towel and microwave on high 70 secs. put on top of a 100 calorie english muffin. add 2 jimmy dean turkey sausage patties. you could add a low fat cheese, but I don't think it needs it. It's very hearty and yummy! enjoy.

- Submitted by TIME-4-TINA 2/21/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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New Alternative for Stir-Fry

Instead of cooking up brown rice as the base to toss your stir-fry on -- go for the extra green veggie instead. Put a layer of fresh spinach on your dinner plate and top that with your stir-fry. More greens, less starch, but nicely filling.

- Submitted by SHIRL20 2/10/2013 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Chicken stock

Whenever I cook a chicken I make stock from the leftovers. Once I've removed the fat from this I keep it in the fridge (or freeze it in flexible cupcake molds) and use it to stir fry vegetables with/add to sauces instead of oils... it really works. My current favourite use is a steak sauce made from mushrooms and onion fried with the stock, a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, and a tablespoon of reduced fat greek yoghurt... it's great!

- Submitted by HERJ18 2/10/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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NO BRAINER

Take a 2 serving package of Uncle Bens rice and by adding broccoli, make it a 4 serving recipe. I can half all my diet calories by doing that with any recipe. PLEASE!!

- Submitted by GRAMMILLIE 2/8/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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