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freezer cooking

Double your dinner and save some in your freezer for later. It saves time and stress on those busy school nights. Running to soccer or baseball? Not a problem you have dinner waiting in the freezer. My family's freezer fav? Chicken Pot Pie!

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chicken broth

I cook beans and peas in low sodium /99% fat free chicken broth.

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tomato soup

try adding dried basil too tomato soups for a zesty taste

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Easy to slice flank steak

Freeze the raw steak for at least an hour before cooking. Remove from freezer when partially frozen (till just "icy") and then It will slice like butter.

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Jazzing up a fruit salad

Instead of using just raw fruit in a fruit salad, try adding some rhubarb stewed with a sweetener and its' juice, apple stewed with a teaspoonful of mincemeat, or a piece of stem ginger in syrup chopped finely with some lime juice as the base then add some fresh and canned fruit in juice. This give...

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Get Boiling Faster

Need to bring water to a boil before adding an ingredient? You probably know that covering your pot with a lid causes water to boil faster. I go one step further: My tea kettle is fully enclosed. I add the water to the tea kettle and put it on the stove.

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No More Tears!

When your slicing onions wear glasses, I wear sunglasses. It doesn't burn your eyes as bad.

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Using up canned broth

Often a recipe will call for using only part of a can of broth. When that happens, rather than throw away the rest of the broth I add it to the cooking water for my next boiled or braised dish. This works especially well for starches, like rice, potatoes or pasta.

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Squeezing lemons/limes/or
anges

Don't want seeds in your recipes? Cut the citrus in half and then squeeze it, holding the CUT side against your palm. It works!

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baked telapia

After cleaning telapia put it on a baking tray add chopped onions, garlic & any other herbs some chopped tomatoes also & bake till done

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