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Quick and nutritious soup for a week

Recipe for a 5 veggie soup that runs about 350 calories for 2 cups. Kids like it to0. Freezes for lunches
1 pound ground veal
1 46 oz can Cento chicken broth (we love Cento the best; Swanson's is our #2)
1 can chopped tomatoes (we like Cento or Furman)
half a head of napa cabbage (not as pungent)
1 huge onion
About half a stalk of celery
Garlic (we like Penzey's dehydrated)
fresh parsley (huge bouquet)
green beans

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 7/9/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment


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Tofu success without deep fat frying

I love tofu in Asian restaurants but know that they deep fat fry the pieces. I asked a Chinese friend how her tofu comes out so perfect . She told me to drop the pieces into boiling water for a minute or two, then drain. Then fry the pieces with just a thin coating of oil in the skillet. Comes out perfect without the excess oil. The outside of the pieces are nice and crusty. I use firm tofu for this.

- Submitted by KALAJIJO 5/23/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment


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Flavor Without Added Calories

To lower your calories

- Submitted by EJHEINRICH1 8/18/2010 in Cooking | 2 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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Peanut butter-a-holic

I am a peanut butter lover could eat it all the time :) Well I recently found PB2 which is a pressed peanut butter. It basically removes all of the oil leaving you with a powdered peanut butter that you add to dishes or favorite drink!!! Way less calories and still get the peanut butter flavor :) Their website also has lots of great recipes. PB2 only has 45 calories so this cuts about 150 calories compared to regular peanut butter emoticon

- Submitted by SUPERMOM8482 7/18/2011 in Cooking | 8 Comments


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Nightime Eating

If you are like me and get hungry at night here is what I do. I plan out my food in my nutrition tracker and always leave just enough for a night time snack which is a bowl of cheerios. That satisfies a craving if you re really hungry and has no guilt attached because it fits in your tracker.

- Submitted by ANNEYANDHANNAH 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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