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Deep fried Shallots and Roasted Dry Coconut

Coastal Indian Food uses a lot of Shallots(Red Onions) and Dry Coconut as a base for the Curry. I slice 2-3 kgs of Shallots very thinly and deep fry these in Rice Bran Oil till crisply golden.Drain on Paper Towels to soak up all the excess Oil.When cooled and drained store these in Tupperware.

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When I find myself eatting less cals by the end of the week i treat myself to a triple choc melt down cake from applebee's

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light baking done right by sparks

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1245

GREAT TIPS FOR BAKING EXCHANGES

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Find interesting ways to combine ingredients

If you're getting bored with the same foods all the time, try combining them in different ways. For example, I got awfully tired of having grilled chicken salads, so I decided to put grilled steak in my salad instead.

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Melting chocolate

Save time and energy by melting chocolate in thr microwave: depending on the amount, about 2 minutes on High should do.

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I am trying to keep up with the nutrition list.

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Lowering Fat in Ground Meats Further

In addition to draining the ground meats, beef, turkey, chicken, pork, etc. Take the pot and put a wire strainer over it then run it under hot water and drain. This will wash away most of the fat. If you season while you cook, you'll need to re-season, because it washes your seasoning away too.

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easy lunch veggies

If you have lunchtime access to a microwave getting in your veggie servings is easy as throwing a bag of Birdseye Steamfresh in the microwave - ready in minutes - 4 servings!!

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mashed potatoes too runny?

Keep a box of instant mashed potatoes in the pantry, to add to homemade mashed potatoes, that need thickened up a little. Just add a small amount at a time 'til desired thickness.

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Low Calorie Protein

I have learned to eat egg whites or egg white substitutes along with shrimp as my primary protein sources because they are so low in calories--more bang for my buck!

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