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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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Silicon

A wonder of the modern kitchen - nothing ever sticks and it's easily cleaned: it can even go in the top rack of the dishwasher!

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Veg curry

Heat very little oil add a few green chilies saute for a bit then add grated ginger, cumin & coriander powders with water saute till raw smell goes then add the veg, salt cover & cook till done

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Keep easy meals on hand

The go-to food for me is a Caesar-type salad that's quick to throw together and is yummy. I cook up the chicken ahead of time (1 tsp olive oil, heated & add chicken cut in bite sized pieces - season with cajun seasoning & cook til done), and keep the other ingredients (Parm. cheese, light caesar dr...

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MODIFY FAVORITES

Don't do without, MODIFY!

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Cutting calories

Use a tablespoon instesd of a serving spoon . Also put food on your plate from the stove instead of in bowls whrer you see ALL that food that needs to be eaten.

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The Right Way to Boil Eggs (Makes it easier to peel the shell too!)

Bring eggs to room temperature then place the eggs in room temperature water; bring to a boil then turn down to a low boil for 12 minutes. Quickly chill the eggs in ice cold water before peeling.

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Homeade Pizzas

I get the kids to help made homemade pizzas and tonight that is what's for dinner. Basically open the fridge and add toppings is what they think it is called!!!

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