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Peanut Butter Applesauce Toast

This has been a family breakfast favorite for years. Quick and nutritious- the kids love it! Spread toast with peanut butter (or any other nut butter) and pour warmed applesauce over the top. Now you have a fruit, grain and nut serving all in one. For extra treat you may top with raisins, coconut...

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Crispier Lettuce

Keep lettuce crispier by removing the heart, then storing in a zip-lock bag with a wet paper towel. This works with any type of lettuce.

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Save those fruits and veggies!

If you have fruits or veggies about to go bad, don't throw them away, freeze them. You can use the veggies in soups, stews, sauces, stir-fry, etc. You can use the fruit in smoothies, oatmeal, breads, etc. You won't waste money!

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Mix Spices Together before Adding to Food!

When a recipe calls for several different spices, I find it is best to mix the spices together in a very small bowl before adding to recipe. Allows for consistent coverage of foods. There are certain combinations of spices that I use frequently. I have these premixed in their own spice jars.

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Digital Scale

My go-to tool in the kitchen is my digital scale. It was a gift from my daughter and it has been my consistent companion when trying to handle portion control. No more guesswork or estimating. It's small enough to stay on my limited counter space and the peace of mind I get from knowing exactly h...

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Prolonging the life of greens

I buy the big containers of spinach and spring mix. To prolong their life, I wrap two paper towels into them by gently lifting the bottom and then covering the top. I will also wrap a damp paper towel around my romaine lettuce to keep ithe leaves from turning brown as well. Works great!

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Saving your bacon

When I fry bacon, I fry the whole pound, drain between paper towels. Any that is not eaten at that meal, is put between fresh paper towels, inserted in a plastic bag and frozen. Handy to grab a slice or two and microwave and cuts down on the fat!

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Cutting up boneless chicken breasts

I always buy big packages of boneless chicken breasts. When trimming, I always make a small freezer bag of bite size pieces to have on hand for a quick chicken stir fry.

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low fat gravy

My mother in law made the tastiest gravy. She removed the pan drippings and added ice cubes to them. After the fat congealed she removed it and then proceded to add thickening agent. There was no fat on the surface of her gravy. Delicious.

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Plan Ahead

Every Sunday night I like to make a list of all the stuff I will eat for the next 7 days by browsing spark receipes and staying within budget I go to the store with an exact list of everything I need, I dont stray from the list which helps me avoid buying unhealthy fooda that I dont need.

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