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mashed potatoes

I find mash potatoes to be very boring and tasteless, so when I cook them now I'll add a head of cauliflour and boil them together then mash them. Put them in a casserole dish sprinkled with cheddar and broil till the top is browned, Great flavor and everyone loves them.

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Making it better

I have found that substituting salt with red pepper and herbal seasonings take away the need for that salty taste.

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Lowering Fat

I use applesauce in exchange for shortening/oil in recipes to lower the fat content.

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What's for Dinner (Breakfast, Lunch)?

I keep my digital camera handy and take pictures of my meals before I eat to refer to them when I'm met with the proverbial question, What's for Dinner? Once full, I simply download them to my computer. Bon Appetite!

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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!

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Savory Oatmeal

I make oatmeal and add some sauté onion, carrots, olives and is a nice healthy lunch. You can add what veggies you like .

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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 fr...

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Adding helpful kitchen aids to your Sparks grocery list

If you come across a handy kitchen aid you want to buy you can add it to the weekly shopping list.

Go to "My Nutrition" page,
"Add/Edit Extra Meal category",
In the pop-up "New Extra Meal Category" enter a word like "shops",
"Save settings",
which sends you back to "My Nutrition...

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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.

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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.

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