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Clean Eating

Eating clean has changed my life! I eat as close to the source as possible and very little processed food. Clean Eating Magazine and Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Cookbook are staples in my kitchen!

- Submitted by BENJAMINSBABY 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Lasagna without noodles

I blanch cabbage leaves and drain them and then use them in place of the pasta. It freezes beautifully and my husband and I hardly miss the pasta.

- Submitted by HATESITE 2/3/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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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 | 0 Comments

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Dutch Ovens

I use my Dutch oven instead of a slow cooker, the food comes out with a rich flavor (like in a slow cooker) but takes less time. And I can get everything ready and have my husband throw it in the oven if I'm not at home. I prep and pre-cook whatever needs to be done and put the Dutch oven in the fridge. In the end, it saves me time and saves me from having to explain how the slow cooker works.

- Submitted by KMRJPR 5/16/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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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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Creamy Chicken Casserole

When in hurry and don't have leftover chicken I get a whole cooked chicken from the deli. Any leftover from that I make chicken salad for lunches the next day.

- Submitted by CLAIRE1141 1/23/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Use less sugar

When cooking and baking I reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe down at least a third. Some recipes can even be made with no sugar at all. I started doing this because I can not stand the taste of the artificial sweeteners.

- Submitted by 68ANNE 8/17/2012 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Getting the "freshness" out of Meats

Try this before seasoning and cooking your meat or fish. To get the freshness out of your poultry or seafood place contents in a bowl fill with a little water and squeeze a lemon or lime (juice) in it let sit for 5 mins and rinse. IF you dont have lemon use 1/2 cup flour make sure the water is covering your meat before adding flour. Use your hands to break down the lumps in the water and mix your meat. Rinse well & You can now season your meat and cook.

- Submitted by MARISAS25 8/10/2012 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Keep cooked pulses in the freezer

Pre-soak a big batch of pulses for the recommended 8 hours (overnight?), then cook for three quarters of the recommended time. Cook, bag in portions and freeze. Then you've got cooked pulses when you need them.

- Submitted by SATCHMO99 6/21/2012 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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