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Thawing Frozen Spinach

When a recipe calls for frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry, I use my salad spinner. It makes it easy to get rid of the excess water without straining my arthritic fingers. Edith L., Longwood,…

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Thickening Salad Dressing

Here is a way to make salad dressing thick without adding fat. Xanthan gum, a white powder available at health food stores, has great thickening powers. You’ll see this ingredient on the label of…

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Tilapia Fillets

If you’re looking for fish that doesn’t taste “fishy,” I recommend tilapia. I spritz my indoor grill with nonstick cooking spray before cooking tilapia fillets on it. It has a very mild flavor and…

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Toast Alternatives

Instead of spreading butter or margarine on your morning toast, try pear or apple butter, marmalade, all-fruit jam or a mashed banana. Measure for measure, you’ll get half the calories and none of…

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Tofu Peanut Butter

I have a suggestion for lowering the fat content of peanut butter while increasing your soy intake. I buy reduced-fat natural-style peanut butter and blend it in my food processor with an equal…

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Trimming Fat from Chopped Nuts

I trim fat and add flavor to recipes and sauces that call for chopped nuts by adding extra spice grinders with whole roasted peanuts, almonds and sesame seeds. When I want to add one of those to…

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Tuna Salad with Beets

For a different tuna salad, I mix chopped pickled beets into the tuna. There’s no need for mayonnaise or salad dressing, so it’s lower in fat. I just add enough beets to a can of tuna to make it…

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Tuna with Oats

I recently came up with this money-saving idea that’s healthy, too. I make tuna sandwiches by emptying an undrained 6-ounce can of water-packed tuna into a bowl, then stir in about 1/4 cup of…

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Uses for Pineapple Juice

When making fruit salad, I often include canned pineapple tidbits packed in their own juice. I drain the juice from the pineapple and use some to coat apple slices and keep them nice and white.…

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Vegetable Soup Shortcut

Here’s a terrific shortcut to use when making vegetable soup. Instead of buying a head of cabbage, pick up a package of coleslaw mix. Since the cabbage and carrots are already washed and chopped,…

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