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Slimming Tip: Eat at Home

Eat home-cooked meals at least five days a week. A Consumer Reports survey found this was a top habit of “successful losers.” Sound daunting? Cooking may be easier than you think. Shortcut foods can make for quick meals, such as pre-chopped lean beef for fajitas, washed lettuce, pre-cut veggies, canned beans, cooked chicken strips, ...Read More

Shrimp and Toasted Barley Bake

When it’s cold outside, I like to make a warm and soupy dinner. As much as I love my crock pot, I don’t always want the crock pot flavor… so I decided to try out a bake in stead. First, I toasted whole grain barley. I used just a touch of Melt ...Read More

Slimming Tip: Whole Grains

Whole grains such as brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, and whole wheat also belong in your stealthy weight loss strategy. They help fill you up with fewer calories and may improve your cholesterol profile, too. Whole grains are now in many products including waffles, pizza crust, English muffins, pasta, and soft “white” ...Read More

Slimming Tip: Eat Soup

Add a broth-based soup to your day and you’ll fill up on fewer calories. Think minestrone, tortilla soup, or Chinese won-ton. Soup’s especially handy at the beginning of a meal because it slows your eating and curbs your appetite. Start with a low-sodium broth or canned soup, add fresh or frozen vegetables ...Read More

Slimming Tip: More Veggies

Serve three vegetables with dinner tonight, instead of just one, and you’ll eat more without really trying. Greater variety tricks people into eating more food — and eating more fruits and vegetables is a great way to lose weight. The high fiber and water content fills you up with fewer calories. Cook ...Read More

Make-Ahead Casserole Shortcuts

Casserole Tips Most casseroles can be assembled, covered and refrigerated for several hours or up to the day before. This is especially helpful if you have an hour or so of free time before a day that you know you’ll be busy or coming home late.. You can freeze casseroles baked or ...Read More

Cream of What? Condensed Soup Substitute

How often do you see a recipe that you’re excited about making only to be turned off when you see condensed soup in the ingredients list? To be honest, it happens to me a lot. I understand a certain convenience and short-cut to the method, but it seems like this stuff as ...Read More

How To Roast a Sugar Pumpkin

Roasting a pumpkin is actually pretty easy. First things first. You want to make sure you have a sugar pumpkin, not the gigantic Halloween pumpkins for carving. Those great big ones are bred to be big and not for flavor. They end up a lot more stringy and strange textured. Sugar pumpkins ...Read More

DIY Microwave Meals

One of the biggest set backs in healthy eating is the time it takes to make home-cooked meals. Everyone is restricted on time these days. So I wanted to give you guys one of my best secrets for saving a ton of time and still eating super healthy meals. These Zip ‘n ...Read More

Soup Season!

Now that the weather is finally leaning toward the colder months ahead, it’s time to break out the crock pot. Soups, sauces, chili and stew are some fantastic choices. Plus it’s super easy to crock pot a big batch at once and have leftovers for easy, healthy lunches. Here’s how to make a ...Read More