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You can make creamy veggies soups that taste great and are filling!!! Just roast whatever veggies you want, then add to stock pot with some veggie or chicken stock, a little fat free half & half... and blend right in the pot with the immersion blender!!! Amazingly low calorie and low fat, but they taste like those cream filled restaurant soups!!! Plus you get your fresh veggies in!
My favorite is a Roasted Tomato and Basil soup.... so low in calories you can even have the grilled cheese with it!!
I shop the outer isles of the grocery store and stay away from pre-packaged foods. If it has more than a few ingredients, I stay away. This includes bread too! I don't even want it in my house. The healthier foods are the whole foods and nothing that comes pre-packaged as a meal. This includes those "diet frozen dinners", too! You know the ones. Those processed foods have so much sodium! So who the heck wants to retain water? Grill your own veggies and protein and enjoy non-processed food! 4
I love roasting fresh veggies in the oven, putting them all together with grilled fish or chicken. And spices are my best friend! Cumin and garlic on veggies, yum! Use the tiniest spray of olive oil spray and you're good to go!
Whenever I bake chicken or fish, I line the baking dish with foil and spray it with nonstick spray before I put the meat in the dish. Then when its done, I just throw the foil away and give the dish a quick suds and rinse. I save so much time on cleaning up this way!
This also works on baking sheets if I'm making homemade french fries or roasted veggies or things like that.
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