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Soup Over Time

I keep a zip lock freezer bag in my freezer that I am adding veggies to each day. If I have a 1/4 cup of green beans left over from dinner,etc. I add to the soup bag. I do this with every veggie, bean, celery leaf, etc. When I'm craving a pot of homemade soup I already have enough ingredients and also do not waste any food during the week. I accumulate and keep frozen until ready to use. This works well for 1-2 person households that have a little left after each meal but not a serving size.

- Submitted by WESTIE317 2/14/2012 in Cooking | 6 Comments
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Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt can be subbed for many things: Mix 2 parts reg mayo w 1 part non-fat, plain Greek yogurt for tuna or chicken salad; yogurt w salsa & tortilla chips; yogurt instead of sour cream in any cold preparation. Cuts the fat & adds protein, calcium, & probiotics at the same time. ( emoticon

- Submitted by 1KELLIJ 3/31/2012 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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Oatmeal for Breakfast

Planning is a great part of the weight loss and healthy eating journey. For breakfast, I normally have steel oats or Quaker oats for breakfast. I cook a large batch on Sunday and place a service in containers to last 3-5 days. I cook the oats in almond milk, with an apple, raisins, walnuts, and flax meal. Cooking with milk adds flavor/nutrients. It heats nicely in the microwave if topped with a tsp of milk. This is an easy "grab and go" meal. No more excuses for missing breakfast.

- Submitted by VERONICAOUTLAW 4/22/2012 in Cooking | 7 Comments
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Greek Yogurt Flavoring

I have heard people use honey, jello packet powder, fresh fruit etc. But have you tried... instant coffee crytals??? they blend right into the yogurt and it tastes delicious!!!! (I'm a coffee fanatic) I usually add a bit of splenda too (I use Greek Gods yogurt which is a bit more bitter) It's an awesome snack or even dessert!

- Submitted by NINJACLAIRE 4/21/2012 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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Fruit Smoothie Freezer Packs!

Each week, I buy 3 fresh bananas, plus one bag each of frozen mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Then I divide these up into 6 baggies, each containing 1/2 of a banana and 1/4 c. of each other kind of fruit. I store the baggies in the freezer and in the morning, take one out, put it in the blender with 1c. of almond milk and 1 c. of warm water. I blend it for a quick & healthy smoothie breakfast for me and my husband!

- Submitted by PIXIESPARKLES 11/30/2012 in Cooking | 4 Comments
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