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Buy chicken with bones -- then make soup with leftovers

I usually buy my chicken with the bones in -- whether it's chicken breasts, thighs or an entire roaster.
Then I toss any left over carcass in water to cook for about 4 hours. Delicious broth and occasionally pieces of meat as well that were just too difficult to pull off the bone.
If I only have a couple of bones, I freeze them until I have enough.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/8/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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The Weekly Purge

Once a week, I 'purge' the refrigerator, getting rid of all limp or wilted foods, wipe down the shelves and drawers; then I can see what we need to replenish and it helps me w/ my grocery list as well as menu plan for the week. (It only takes minutes)

- Submitted by 2BDYNAMIC 3/17/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Silk Coconut Milk as Coffee/matte for coffee

I use Coconut milk Vanilla flavor for coffee . I don't like just milk in my coffee but this is a great creamy milk it does the trick .I use same one for Oatmeal too .

- Submitted by ALINA1969 1/29/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Batch Cooking Has Saved Me!

Struggle to cook homemade, healthy dinners during the week? Try batch cooking on Sundays. This week I baked chicken with oregano & lemon, baked pork chops, roasted potatoes & carrots, baked sweet potatoes, & lasagna (1 for this week, froze 2). From this I make my lunches, early dinners and my husband can make his dinner easily from the already cooked choices. Add ons are salads, frozen veggies and more. We eat well, I'm not exhausted, and I still have time for me after dinner to workout and chill out.

- Submitted by HAPPYRUBIAGIRL 12/9/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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1/8 Cup = 2 Tbsp

Did you know that 1/8 cup equals 2 Tablespoons? Many Coffee Measures are the same amount. Check yours, and see if you can turn it into a multi-purpose tool!
This tidbit can save you some time when you're cooking.

- Submitted by EVERLEARNING 10/18/2012 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Create a basic recipe with flexible ingredients

I don't plan meals a lot. Instead, I have several basic recipes that works with many different ingredients. E.g. Meat + vegetable stir fry. I can use beef, pork or chicken, plus whatever veg I have, fresh or frozen, with different marinades. Many different meals, all from the same basic recipe.

- Submitted by TRINITYROYAL 8/4/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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