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Using the core of the pineapple

When we buy a whole pineapple and peel/core it to serve, we save the core and put it INSIDE a chicken or turkey while it's being roasted. GREAT flavor, keeps the bird moist and tender, and uses up what otherwise would have been thrown away.

- Submitted by LARSIL 2/20/2012 in Cooking | 8 Comments

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Sprinkle a little Cinnamon on it!

When enjoying a meal of cereal (hot or cold), dessert or even nuts consider adding a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. This fragrant spice has been shown to help stablize blood sugar (it works for me), as well as making food taste great!

- Submitted by HAPPYWRITER7 2/15/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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A low salt diet does NOT have to mean low taste!

Some things that REALLY bump up the flavours of simple foods:
*fresh lemon juice
*spices [example: mediterranean rubs, blackened seasonings]
*a little olive oil drizzled on still-hot-just-steamed veggies: the famous explosion of flavour [this is not a myth]
Experiment! Good food is so satisfying!
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- Submitted by SCRIPTDUCK 8/30/2010 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Lean Cuisine

Have you tried Lean Cuisine's new frozen Spring Rolls? There are 3 delicious flavours - Fajita, Garlic & Thai. Delicious, 3 per serving, make a great meal with a salad.

- Submitted by PICKLEDGINGER2 3/1/2011 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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cake Mix with no oil

You can make cake mixes with out oil and they turn out great. No need to add any thing extra just remove the oil. It really cuts the calories.

- Submitted by 2HAMSDIET 7/14/2010 in Cooking | 6 Comments

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Put a list of the vegetables you have on the fridge door

I used to find vegetables in the back of the fridge I had forgotten. Now when I buy them I put a list on the fridge door. The list inspires me to cook with them or choose them as snacks. I cross off the list as I use them up but don't go shopping for more until they are gone. Works for frozen vegetables too. emoticon

- Submitted by JUSTYNA7 4/22/2011 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Using your oven

Many items which are usually fried or grilled can be cooked in the oven wrapped in foil. It saves calories and mess.

- Submitted by GRAMPIAN 11/14/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Better for you breading

Instead of using bread crumbs and/or cheese to bread something before cookine (like chicken breasts) use almonds! Simply place a handful of almonds in a small food processor and pulse until they are the size you wish to use. The chicken stays moist and almonds are good for you!

- Submitted by SPARTANJAI 7/16/2010 in Cooking | 5 Comments

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Bag up your snacks in portions

I plan my snacks, and put them in baggies in frig or pantry. Then they are all set to take to eat and take on the go, for lunch, etc. emoticon

- Submitted by PATTY1728 5/13/2011 in Cooking | 4 Comments

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Using up Ingredients You Have

I go to Google and do a recipe search for what I want to use up and get many recipes that fit. For example, in the search box:

Recipe: feta spinach eggs low calorie (or low fat or carbs if you wish)

This is a great way to find new recipes and use up what you already have.

- Submitted by JENNY888 3/24/2011 in Cooking | 8 Comments
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