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Added Flavor

Use fresh herbs to add flavor to anything.

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Herbs are the best helper

I do not use salt, I use herbs in almost everything I cook, rosemary under the steak on the grill, mint in the zucchini, cinnamon in the coffee. Try yourself and find your favorites.

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I made a Clean out the Freezer Stir Fry #2...while baking sweet potatoes, mushrooms and eggplant

I made a Clean out the Freezer Stir Fry #2...while baking sweet potatoes, mushrooms and eggplant

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Meal Prepping to Save You on a Bad Day

I live alone, so this is easier for me now than when my kids were still home & my husband was still alive.

I bulk cook whenever possible. Then, I package and freeze the remainders in single servings in zip-lock bags. So, when I make rice, I make a lot. Same with roasted chicken breasts. I cho...

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Include the Family

We sit down on Thursday nights and menu plan as a family -- my 7 year old daughter, my husband, and myself. We have 3 major cook books we choose from plus the spark app. We grocery shop on Friday evening or Saturday mornings as a family. I cook 6 nights per week so we each choose 2 dishes. I find...

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Meal Planning/Preppi
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helps you eat healthy!

Do you find it difficult to find time to cook a healthy dinner for you and your family? I know I do. I work full time and between that, a husband and kids, having the time and energy to cook healthy dinners has been one of my biggest struggles. My only new year's resolution this year was to resolve ...

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Success Salad Dressing

Balsamic vinegar
Italian dressing dry mix
Water
2 Splenda packets
1 Salad shaker

Mix 2/3 vinegar with 1/3 water, a couple of Splenda packets and dry Italian dressing mix in a dressing shaker.

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Quick and nutritious soup for a week

Recipe for a 5 veggie soup that runs about 350 calories for 2 cups. Kids like it to0. Freezes for lunches
1 pound ground veal
1 46 oz can Cento chicken broth (we love Cento the best; Swanson's is our #2)
1 can chopped tomatoes (we like Cento or Furman)
half a head of napa cabbage (not ...

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Rice Cooker & Brown Rice

I kept having my rice cooker spewing out liquid when cooking brown rice.

I started putting the steamer basket in empty and it "breaks up the bubbles" as the rice cooks -- no more spewing!

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