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pack a lunch

if you take your food with you, you won't be tempted to eat fast food

- Submitted by LILMAHOGANY 2/14/2011 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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softening hard brown sugar

If your brown sugar has gone hard, put it in the microwave for 30 seconds or less and it will be softened again.

- Submitted by NANCYBFULLER 8/6/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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A MUCH simpler way to "weigh & measure" some foods!!

If you have a "gram/oz" scale here is a time saving tip for you. Today I had an English Muffin with cream cheese & jam. To measure cream cheese, I place the entire pack of it on my scale before using & reset the scale to zero, then I re-measure it after I use the amount I want. The scale read "minus 18" grams, thus showing me that I used 18 grams on my muffin! You can do this with jam, sour cream, cottage cheese...or any food that is messy when trying to calculate your calories!!

- Submitted by MOLLYBROWN55 12/16/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Boiled Eggs

To keep your eggs from overcooking and the yolks from turning green, bring water with eggs in to a boil and then shut the burner off. Leave until water temp has come down and you can drain the eggs. Your eggs will never overcook.

- Submitted by RARANM 8/9/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Be prepared :-)

On grocery day, I do the prep work for the week.
Chop onions, cut up veggies for snacks, weigh portions, cut up fruit , etc. I put these items in containers and have them handy when it is meal time. Makes it easier to prepare meals and keeps me from eating the wrong thing at the wrong time.

- Submitted by SHARDEE-TOO 6/7/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Bananas Going Bad?

Peel the bananas and put them into a freezer bag and freeze. They are great for smoothies and they don't go to waste. emoticon

- Submitted by LOPEYP 5/16/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Cooking from scratch

I find that the more i cook using real ingredients, the weight comes off easier without being ridiculous about calorie counting. the longer a food can sit on the shelf without going bad, the worse it is for you. (Except for oatmeal and rice lol those are very healthy and last forever hehe)

- Submitted by MKCLEARY115 12/5/2010 in Cooking | 6 Comments

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No Tears Chopping Onions

I love onions, but hate crying like a baby when I chop them.

But I recently read that if you slice the ends off the onion, peel the skin off and place in the freezer for 10 minutes before slicing or chopping, it freezes up all the juices (the stuff that makes you tear). I tried it and it works.

After all these years of crying, who knew?

NO MORE emoticon

- Submitted by MAESTRAKARINE 9/4/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Veggies

When serving a dish that calls for pasta or rice, steam an extra amount of veggies. Cut your own rice/pasta serving in half, mix in the veggies and not only do you get more veggies, you also have not deprived yourself of the good stuff either. Works real good with spaghetti and rice a roni dishes.

- Submitted by BUSYMOM206 3/31/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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CHANGE HOW YOU COOK YOUR VEGETABLES

I had to change how I cooked and ate to maintain my weight loss. Gone are the casseroles and mushroom soup sauces and cheese sauces that drowned my vegetable dishes. I added variety too! No more boring mashed potatoes and gravy and peas!

- Submitted by SHEILAS6 3/25/2010 in Cooking | 16 Comments
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