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Light Cooking

Nut Substitute

Many of our favorite vegetable and fruit salad recipes call for a sprinkling of toasted pecans or almonds on top. On one occasion when I was out of nuts, I used broken pretzel pieces instead. I…

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Oatmeal with Preserves

For a tasty breakfast, add a spoonful of all-fruit preserves to hot oatmeal instead of sugar, then sprinkle with a little wheat germ. Dianne M., Lakemoor, Illinois

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Oatmeal with Vanilla

For a change of pace at breakfast without adding calories, I stir a couple of drops of vanilla or almond extract into my store-bought instant oatmeal before cooking it in the microwave. Marlys P.,…

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Onion Soup Mix Substitute

I am on a very low-salt diet and struggle when making some of the old recipes my husband likes. For example, several casseroles call for very high-sodium ingredients like onion soup mix. So I came…

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Paprika and Garlic Salt Mix

I buy 3.75-ounce containers of paprika and garlic salt, mix them together and put them back in the containers. I use this blend in place of regular salt at our dinner table to cut down on sodium.…

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Peach Zucchini Bread

While making zucchini bread, I ran out of the fat replacement I usually use in my recipe. Since I had fresh peaches on hand, I peeled several, blended them with my food processor and added a pinch…

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Powdered Buttermilk

When I didn’t have the 3 cups of buttermilk called for in a bread recipe, I used powdered buttermilk blend (found near the powdered milk in many grocery stores). I mixed the powdered buttermilk…

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Prepared Seasoned Chicken

When I buy chicken breasts, I remove the skin and put the number I need for a meal into a freezer bag. I add marinade right in with the meat. Then all I have to do is pull a bag from the freezer,…

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Pumpkin Pudding

To enjoy a bit of pumpkin at any time of year, I add several heaping tablespoons of canned pumpkin pie filling to a package of sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix. I make the pudding with 2%…

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Quick Breakfast Idea

For a quick, nourishing and filling breakfast, layer cottage cheese, yogurt and fruit in a glass or bowl. Sprinkle with a plain bran cereal for a lovely nutty crunch. This also makes a great…

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