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for more flavor

I love minced garlic and crushed ginger and Mrs Dash seasonings for added flavor and no sodium

- Submitted by BUTEAFULL 3/26/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Onions for Flavor

I like to sprinkle a few fresh chopped onions into many of my recipes. To save time, I cut up a whole onion and put the unused portion into a small container and put it in the refrigerator. When I need a little onion the next day, it's ready and so am I.

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- Submitted by MVRANA 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Low Carb Substitues for Pasta part 1

I love pasta, and make it frequently as it's a favorite in my household. The best part about my pasta however is my homemade sauce (and all the ooey gooey cheese!). I swap out the pasta with roasted eggplant or shirataki tofu noodles and have a very indulgent dinner for about 300 calories!

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

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Try New Things

I try at least 1-2 new recipes every couple weeks. Sometimes it is something completely new and other times it is something that I have adapted to be more healthy. I don't even have the same meal more than once a month.

- Submitted by CHRIS-FIT4LIFE 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Buy chicken with bones -- then make soup with leftovers

I usually buy my chicken with the bones in -- whether it's chicken breasts, thighs or an entire roaster.
Then I toss any left over carcass in water to cook for about 4 hours. Delicious broth and occasionally pieces of meat as well that were just too difficult to pull off the bone.
If I only have a couple of bones, I freeze them until I have enough.

- Submitted by HAWKTHREE 4/8/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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USE BANANAS!!!!

Need a healthy, natural, sweet, and usable substitute for cooking? IN place of eggs or anything else unecessary? Go the Vegan route and use bananas. It only takes one, mush up your ingredients w/ your hands and it makes it fun!!!!

- Submitted by RUNYON2 2/12/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Extend splt pea soup with spinach and butternut squash

In addition to sauteed carrots, onions and garlic I added 4 cups of fresh spinach and 1 cup of cooked butternut squash to the 8 cups of water and 1 pound of dried split peas when I made soup. Once cooked, the immersion blender mixed everything into the familiar look of split pea soup. Doing this adds flavor, nutrients and some volume lowering the per serving calorie count. . I also added a splash of balsamic vinegar to finish the soup. Quite Yum

- Submitted by KOMTRIA 1/26/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Fun Cooking

I love cooking and I always look for recipes in sparkpeople. I usually cook dishes that I can take leftovers for lunch the next day. My favorite recipes are slow cooking ones. I recently found crock pot liners that come right out after your food is ready leaving your crock pot spotless.

- Submitted by FORTYPLUS56 1/3/2014 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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NO CALORIE ITEMS TO COOK & BAKE WITH

I USE BUTTER SPRAY A LOT NO CALORIES.I EVEN USE IT TO COOK WITH.ALSO MRS.DASH.I ALSO LOVE COOKING WITH STEVIA I BUY THE OFF BRAND LIKE MEIJER'S B/C IT'S CHEAPER.I LOVE BAKING WITH IT

- Submitted by CRISSTARA 6/29/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Making Pie Crust

When you have completed your pie crust dough, wrap it in saran wrap and refrigerate it for one/half hour. Doing that produces a more tender crust.

- Submitted by MARYJOANNA 5/15/2013 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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