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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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Oatmeal growing with more water

If you want to double your Oatmeal but use only 1/2 c put 2 c of water in a pot simmer slow after start boiling 5 min.add 2 T flax meal at the end and you have almost double the amount .I add cinnamon and 2 T of light cream and Splenda in mine is delicious.

- Submitted by ALINA1969 1/19/2014 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Cook in batches

Pre-chop veggies. Do the prep work in the evening when you're watching TV. Chop veggies while you watch your favorite shows. You can chop veggies for all your evening meals for the week in an hour or so. Then put in containers or bags and stick them in the fridge.

- Submitted by ARISTIGAL 8/13/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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making a SERRANO PEPPER taste good

take this simple pepper and prepare it for many of your favorite dishes by either putting a tsp of low fat butter or some oil of your choice in a frying pan. It does not take much but you want to saute it in something. Turn the stove top on low heat and just cook the Serrano Pepper until 4 sides are darkened (not burnt). It will then be soft and VERY TASTY with your meal. This is a SIMPLE something to make your meal interesting.

- Submitted by BUMPS2 2/22/2013 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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poached eggs

I was taught to poach my eggs in vinegar water not salt water. It makes a big dofference if you are watching your sodium, like I am

- Submitted by MADYANKEE 5/14/2011 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Things to reduce in everyone diet

I have found that reducing sodium and cutting out sodas has really helped me with my weight loss. I just quit buying sodas all together and I gradually started reducing my sodium levels by using lots of other spices. Oh it was no easy task but I can tell a big difference in my life.

- Submitted by ANGIESDIET2 3/31/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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honey teriyaki sause as marinade YUMM

ok, I started marinading everything in honey teriyaki marinade and it all comes out so yummy, like candy!
my hubby and baby love it!!!
when u finish marinading thou, ty to drain it from the sause, because it could be overpowering a little.. then i also add garlic powder and a little salt & pepper to the meat(chicken, shrimp, veggies) - comes out delish!

- Submitted by ALEXIA17LOVE 1/26/2011 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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fish

i am cooking fish today for dinner.i bake in the oven with some onion power and a little olive oil.my kids love it that way.i cook all my fish that way now.i am making green beans and noddles with it.when cooking fish if after you put it in the oven.

- Submitted by MSGIGGLES72 5/10/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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For the kids Monkey Banana Jam Calories: 85

Ingredients
3 cups white sugar
1 cup water
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 cups mashed banana
1 tablespoon whole cloves
6 half pint canning jars with lids and rings

- Submitted by ARIONNA5 4/20/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Granddaughter

We baked peanut butter, sugar cookies, cinnamon buns, large biscuits and I had to have at least 1/2 of each thing. I stayed close to my food intake anyway. emoticon

- Submitted by CHATTIEGIRL 4/11/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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