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Light Cooking

Food Scale

To measure out the correct amounts of foods listed in a recipe or on a diet plan, I use a food scale that is accurate to the ounce. It’s so easy to get the right amount of an ingredient, such as…

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Free Food for Diabetics

A free food for diabetics is any food or drink that contains less than 20 calories or less than 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving. Some examples of free food include 1 tablespoon fat-free…

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Freezer Chicken Broth

I recently boiled a 5-pound hen to make chicken salad sandwiches for a potluck. I didn’t want to waste the broth, so I strained it and poured it into ice cube trays. Once the cubes were frozen, I…

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Freezing Okra

I like to use okra in soups and other good-for-you veggie recipes…so I try to keep some on hand in my freezer. I wash fresh okra, blanch it, cool it quickly, then drain it well on a paper…

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Freezing Tomatoes

When tomatoes are tasty and abundant, wash them and freeze whole in resealable plastic freezer bags. Take them out of the freezer all year as needed. The skins will come right off…and you’ll have…

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Fresh Cucumbers

I’ve discovered a great way to keep cucumbers fresh longer. I have a plastic “lettuce keeper” that keeps my lettuce fresh for at least 2 weeks. So I bought another one and placed six cucumbers in…

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Fresh Spices

One of the best ways I’ve found to jazz up a light recipe is to use fresh ginger and garlic instead of the dried powdered spices. The difference in the flavor of my dishes, especially stir-fry…

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Fresh Vegetables

I chop sweet red peppers, green peppers and onions separately, place them in glass jars, then keep them in the fridge. When cooking eggs, a stir-fry, hamburgers or any recipe that calls for…

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Fried Fish with Italian Dressing

I recently experimented with a lighter and zestier version of fried fish. I lightly brushed tilapia fillets with fat-free Italian salad dressing, and then coated them with bread crumbs. I…

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Frozen Cantaloupe

I like cantaloupe but don’t like buying it out of season when it’s expensive. So when it’s in season, I buy several cantaloupes. I remove the seeds and rind and slice the melon into chunks. Then I…

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