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Cut your Prep Time

Arm yourself with kitchen shears. Good ones. You can use these to chop up veggies, cut up meat, fish and chicken, and they're great for herbs! Just make sure you scrub them well after you use on raw animal products!

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Lemon Pepper Grinder

I use a Lemon Pepper grinder for pierogies and seasoning eggs. I used to use a little butter on the Pierogies but with the lemon pepper I find it provides enough flavor without the extra calories. Be sure to read the label however - I found one jar had salt added now I make sure it is only black pep...

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Ever had a deep fried baked potato?

While the deep fryer heats to 375 degrees, scrub Idaho potatoes, then add to deep fryer & allow to cook until they float. You can allow to float for up to 5 minutes-no longer. Remove & serve as a baked potato with all the fixin's. These potatoes turned out fluffy & creamy on the inside.

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Easy way determine nutrients

I enter all my ingredients into a spreadsheet, multiplying ea. nutrient by the number of servings. (can of beans = 3.5 serv, so multiply info on label by 3.5.) I add up the totals & divide by the number of grams per serving, then enter that as a new food, adding the date to the name of the food.

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Recipe #1 ~~HALIBUT~~As Made by my CHEF HUSBAND~!!!!!

I have wanted to share some recipes of MY OWN since starting these many 70 + secrets of success,but time and a toddler has kept me from sharing.! The title WILL BE the TITLE of my sparkrecipe .I got my info.from YOU:THE OWNER'S MANUAL BY DRS. M.Roizen and Mehmet Oz,but check with your dr. to see..

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Chili's

I add chili sauce to almost everything that I cook.

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I love to Substitute

Just be creative with substituting. I always use just egg whites. Applesauce for oil and the sugar (homemade with no add sugar) since the apples sweeten things enough. Shredded carrots in most cake and bars as they add moistness. I have found any recipe can be made healthy when substitutes used.

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Quick Scrambled Egg Recipe

A quick, easy. go-to breakfast:
4 egg whites
1 wedge Laughing Cow Lite Cheese
Salsa

Cook egg whites until almost done. Add cheese and salsa. Continue cooking until eggs are set and cheese melts. About 118 cals (depending on how much salsa you use).

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I don't want to drive all the time!

Thinking about how much I dread going to the store or to a restaurant because of the distance and time it takes to get there prevents me from eating out and encourages me to stay home and cook.

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Soy Milk & Soy Pancakes

Visual you want to look at food and go , yum!
It's after you eat it, you dont want to have regret. So here is my success secret, which is helping so far.

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