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Cook more than you need!

When cooking healthy foods, cook enough for a few days. That way it becomes just as easy to grab something healthy as it does something not so healthy and you'll be more likely to choose the healthy stuff.

- Submitted by LOVEAZ 6/1/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Cooking clean up

I love to cook, but hate the cleanup so I clean as I cook including the washing up. When I sit down to dinner all there is left to was is the plates and silver we are eating with.

- Submitted by SHERYLP461 12/6/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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use the sparkpeople recipe calculator

when you're making an old family recipe and need to add it in to your food tracker for the day- input the recipe to the recipe calculator here on SP and it will give you the nutritional value per serving. i discovered this over the weekend and it's awesome!

- Submitted by GRNEYEDMOMMY 11/29/2010 in Cooking | 8 Comments

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Applesauce!

Did you know that you can substitute applesauce for the fat portion of your ingredients in baking. If you are baking cookies for example; you can substitute the same amount of applesauce for the amount of butter/margarine/or oil it calls for. The result is a fluffier cookie. Tastes great with a lot less calories.

- Submitted by DEBORAHBROWN1 11/5/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Cooking Spray

Cooking Spray has become my best friend. In addition to using for stove top cooking, I have now discovered that if I spray it on things like oven fries, potato wedges, chicken strips, and other food items that are meant to be fried instead of baked, the cooking spray will crisp them up and leave them moist. It is a healthier and still tasty way to serve my kids' convenience foods.

- Submitted by SKAMP7 2/1/2011 in Cooking | 6 Comments

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The Power of Oatmeal

I've learned that one of the most useful tools in weight loss is oatmeal. Is cheap, healthy, and can be jazzed up a number of ways. I like to add milk , raisins, and cinnamon for a heart healthy breakfast but have often experimented with various fruits and nuts. Oatmeal is not just for breakfast though. Its a healthy filler for meatloaf and meatballs and can even be used to make treats such as oatmeal cookies or granola bars. It keeps me full and helps me lose weight! Its a miracle food!

- Submitted by CHRIAMARIA1983 5/17/2011 in Cooking | 6 Comments

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Peeling Boiled Eggs

After eggs have boiled to desired doneness, empty the water from the pan & shake the pan so the egg shells crack all over, making sure that the skin is broken on the inside. Then add cold water to pan, & allow to soak for a few minutes. The shells will slide right off without destroying the eggs. emoticon

- Submitted by RACER17MK 7/31/2010 in Cooking | 6 Comments

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Baking Foods You Normally Fry

I bake hamburger patties, and also bacon! I don't have to stand over the stove flipping the food, and since I line the pan with aluminum foil, clean up is a breeze!
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- Submitted by EVER-EVOLVING 6/24/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Storage Containers Help with Portion Control

I invested a small amount of money in several sets of inexpensive plastic storage containers, especially the smaller ones that are equal to single serving sizes of 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup and 1 cup. When I am storing food, I fill the smaller containers to know automatically how much food is available for future portions.

- Submitted by STRONGFORLIFE 2/25/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Fast Food Frenzy!!!

I'm all about "Fast" food! Every Sunday I shop, and then spend about 2 hours preparing foods for the week. From BBQing chicken tenders and petit sirloins (freeze in portions and label so I don't have to weigh anything) to hardboiling a dozen eggs for snacks and quick protein, cutting broccoli and cauliflour in meal size portions, cooking/freezing portions of barley, brown rice, making my lunches for the week in ziploc "to go" paks - make possible nutritious "fast" food build your own meals!!!

- Submitted by B_HORTON 8/26/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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