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Frozen veggies: the ultiimate "fast" food

I always have veggies on hand, and I don't worry about them spoiling. My favourite is frozen chopped spinach (the kind in clumps that you can use bit by bit). Besides the usual peas, mixed veggies, and beans, I can often find diced broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, sweet potato, bell peppers, and onions. I love the "spaghetti mix" I buy (celery, onions, carrots, red bell peppers), especially when I cook it with rice, millet, or quinoa.

- Submitted by METAMORPH2010 11/15/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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George Foreman veggies

I love my George Foreman grill. First I spray a coating of olive oil. Then I put on the fresh veggies. LOVE sliced zucchini and asparagus on the grill. I sprinkle on some Greek Seasoning. Then George does the work. Healthier and quicker veggies.

- Submitted by TEXASGAL53 1/5/2011 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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Invest in a Dehydrator

A dehydrator can help avoid food spoilage, extending your food budget.

- Submitted by WALKERTXKITTY 8/4/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Bulk up liquid meals

I like Carnation Instant Breakfast drinks but they don't fill me up. So I pour a packet of the chocolate malt flavor in the blender along with a cup of almond milk, a frozen banana and a handful of ice. Blend it into a thick, creamy chocolate-banana milkshake. It makes a great meal on the go!

- Submitted by BLONDIEGRRL 5/27/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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"Salad Bar"

Since it's just me and hubby at home; making large salads sometimes meant waste. Now, I cut up all the ingredients (spinach, jicama, cucumbers, sun dried tomatoes, baby corn, garbanzo beans, snap peas, etc.) and stack them in separate containers in the fridge. It's our "personal salad bar."

- Submitted by BLEE01 4/25/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Once a week cooking...

I try to cook once a week - normally Saturdays - for the week. It is just my daughter and I and so what I do is I will make several meals at once. Then portion them into those seal and save bags. Stick them in the freezer and pull them out for lunch or dinner during the week.

- Submitted by KISMET10-3 4/23/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments
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Make your own Frozen Lunches

I recently started making my own frozen lunches. I add all the ingredients to a freezer bag and then pull it out at lunch and microwave it. Now more pricey, flavorless frozen entrees for me! One of my favorites: Shredded chicken, black beans, salsa, and fat free cheese.

- Submitted by DOWNHOMEDIVA 4/21/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Meal Planning

I like to use my Sundays to make meals for the rest of the week. I chop my veggies and put them in plastic storage bowls for my lunches. I cook one thing in the slow cooker to eat on all week. I portion it out for my meals so I never over eat it.

- Submitted by AMBERDUNN 3/31/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Learn Your Staples for a Fresh 10-Minute Meal!

I know exactly what I need to insure I have enough to cook my quick, cheap, healthy meals on the fly. If I have frozen chicken breasts and pork chops or tofu and microwaveable bags of veggies, I can usually interchange with salad mix and a starch and have a fresh meal in 10 minutes!

- Submitted by KARVY09 3/29/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Not a fish lover

I'm not much of a fish lover, (other than salmon) so I was surprised to find a frozen entree that I like that includes fish. Lean Cuisine Parmesan Crusted Fish has a great flavor, isn't too fishy, and the side pasta is also delicious! It's also convenient for me to take to work for lunch.

- Submitted by JENNY160 3/29/2010 in Product Reviews | 3 Comments
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