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Way to go! Good idea of strain the seeds. Never thought about it. (^^)

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I tried my regular old blender. I had to strain the seeds out. I don't know if the juice was worth the effort. Oh well.

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Kola, do you have a juicer? If you do, it's fantastic. Blender probably won't take out seeds unless one of vitamix super blender. Good luck. (^^)

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11/1/13 9:15 P

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I'll try putting them in the blender.... The seeds are why I don't like those other berries. I only eat blueberries and cherries. Thanks for the suggestion, MICKEYH.
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I love pomegranate but hate those seeds. Just like blackberry. How about juicing them?

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One thing I don't understand -- I'm sure you guys can explain --

I bought a bag of frozen Pomegranate "seeds" at CostCo. I never ate them before. There are seeds inside!!!! Are you supposed to eat them??? (I can't.)

I searched online, but could find only how to get them out of the Pomegranate.
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My Dollar Tree has a frozen food case with bags of frozen fruit: blueberries, peaches, mixed berries, strawberries, and pineapple. 2 servings per bag for $1. Can't beat it for cost and easy to throw into smoothies or baked fruit casseroles with some flax seed.

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10/27/13 4:17 P

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Just digging this out: my biggest helpers are cut and frozen onion, and fresh peeled garlic (I freeze some of it so doesn't go bad).

Otherwise I buy the triple washed and bagged salad and I SINCERELY hope it's not chemical coated! Argh, that's what I'm buying it for! I have frozen fruit and that makes throwing a smoothie together a cinch. Grape tomatoes and mini peppers, no cutting there. The cucumbers and herbs and zucchini and potatoes and rice I can deal with. :)

I also cook a batch of beans in the slow cooker when I run out, or make a batch of oats or breakfast quinoa for weekly breakfasts. And forever leftovers...since the kids do not overeat any of the healthy foods there's always plenty of leftovers to tie us over at least a couple of days per week.

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ChristaSP,

There's another thread that started a couple of days ago here about vegetarian salad in a jar, lots of links are being included in those posts including my blog from a while ago.

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Thanks for all the tips...

Is there a link for the Mason jars salads? Is that the same as the 'salad in a jar' - I remember reading about it but can't find the link....

I also looked at the 25 tips... fascinating.

As one of the comments mentioned:
Another easy way to get the seeds out of a pomegranate is to cut it in half, place it seed-side facing downward in the palm of your hand (over a bowl) and hit gently but firmly with a wooden spoon. The seed will pop right out!

see here:
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Nice BL. I had wondered about an alternative to the oil..

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Idea #16 from one of the links below has you freeze herbs in olive oil. I like to have more control over my oil use,

So I process combined herbs and seasonings that often go together in my nutribullet and freeze in water.

Example: onion, garlic, garlic flower heads, celery, peppers, basil, oregano, parsley with about 1/2 c. water. Celery adds natural sodium. Freeze in cupcake pans then store in ziploc bags. You might need to run warm water over your pans to get the frozen "cakes" out. A hair dryer is pretty handy, too.

The frozen hockey pucks work well when you are water sauteeing, or just need flavor in a ETL soup or stew. Think of them as a frozen vegetarian bouillion cube.

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Came across this tip on a website. It's not really worth sending you to the site as they are mainly repeats of things we've already read.

6. Order in the Pan

When cooking up a bunch of veggies in a pan, start with the veggies that take the longest to cook and work your way to those that cook up in a flash. Generally, this would mean starting with aromatics such as onion, celery, and carrots, followed by denser options such as broccoli or cauliflower (I sometimes give these two a head-start in the microwave, depending on what else I'm cooking), then peppers, then less-dense veggies such as zucchini and mushrooms, and ending with greens such as spinach and chard.


This website is worth looking at as it has specific tips for particular produce.

www.thekitchn.com/how-to-peel-cut-co
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NNWALDRON - I do quite a bit of canning. I garden and also need to keep my sodium levels low, so canning my own foods is the best way for me to save what I grow and also to create canned foods that are low sodium without a bunch of additives.

For up to date info on current canning techniques, please visit these sites:
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At Mrs. Survival, they have a canning expert who will answer any questions you might have in a timely manner. Be very careful about following random canning recipes on the net. Some are full of information that is no longer considered safe.

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8/1/13 7:59 P

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Love the 25 food technique tips! I was wondering why my avocado turned brown even when I would keep the pit in with it! I have seen at least 6 chefs share that "myth" on their shows on foodnetwork!
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Way to go Mimo !! Great tips. emoticon

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Some good tips! Thanks!

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Another blog with some interesting tips.

www.hellawella.com/25-mind-blowing-f
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And I will post a couple of my jelly recipes later on. The only problem with them is that they have alot of sugar. But at least you know what is in them.

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Oh man! We can't even trust triple washed produce?
I'm going to go live with the Amish.

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Recently I found some sandwich size and snack size baggies that are recyclable so I premeasure my organic baby carrots into a serving size per snack size bag and do enough for the whole work week. I carry a pretty big bag so I just stick all of them in the bag so I will have them on hand.

If I don't have time or I'm out of fresh greens I will use the canned low sodium spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, or mixed. I measure it on a food scale (5-6 ounces since there is so much fluid) and eat that before my lunch at work to bulk up my veggie intake and help me feel full faster.

If you don't want to buy a special steamer you should be able to place whatever you want to steam on a regular plate/bowl and it will cook by "steaming" in the microwave. I love gadgets and have a ton already. I'm sure the microwave "steamers" help but are not necessary.

I try to get the food items that say triple washed so I don't have to clean them. Dr. Oz said not to clean the ones that say that because most of our kitchens no matter how clean will most likely add more contamination by washing them ourselves at home. Someone (in a previous post) did mention they don't purchase these because they thought they used chemicals so I need to see how Meijer "triple washes" their organic spring mix and Trader Joe's processes theirs. If anyone knows either I would appreciate the information!

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Great ideas...

I have my greens torn into bit size pieces, and put in a zip lock bag then in the freezer makes it easy.

I have also bought frozen lima beans and other frozen beans that make it quick (check for sodium) to get out when I don't have any other beans ready.

Also the new steamer for the microwave is the biggest life saver, I can chop up a few veggies (small pieces), add beans and greens, microwave for 3 minutes and 33 seconds, just add some spices and poof a healthy meal that is quick.


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Thank you Mimo. They are all great Info. I never made home made jelly and James. It sounds great. Is it difficult make? Would you share same of your recipe? I like to make jalapeo jelly. Thinking about looking for the recipe online if I can find it.

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You're welcome.

Havent done any canning, though I've made lots of jelly and jams on the years. I'll try to track down some info on that tomorrow.

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Great info! Thank you, thank you!!

I've tried the vinegar wash, and it certainly helps my strawberries to last.

I buoght some containers for putting things into single servings imediately, and I already did my big batch of beans.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Burgers sounds like an awesome recipe! Gotta try that!!
That could cure me of my need to buy Trader joes Masala burgers. (yum)

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Does anyone do canning? I used to can eons ago (but only a little) . I am thinking of doing it now mostly due to lack of refigerator and freezer space . . . .just a little hesitant about safety issues . .will I do it correctly?
But the thought of tapping into some latent "prarrie Woman" and canning my own . . is calling me.


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Here's another site and a couple of interesting quotes:

www.theleangreenbean.com/how-to-prep
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Beans: I cook at least one bag of dried beans every weekend. Since I got my pressure cooker, its gotten SO much easier. You can put a dry (non-soaked) bag of beans in the pressure cooker and have a fully cooked pot of beans in 20 minutes. Cant beat it. But even before I got my pressure cooker I was doing this. I used the quick soak method on the back of the bag and it could be done in under 2 hours with very little work. I cook black beans most often because we like them best, but I also occasionally cook white or pinto beans.

Lentils: The great thing about lentils is they dont need to be soaked and they cook in about 15 minutes. So, most weekends I cook one bag of dried beans and one bag of dried lentils.

Soup: I love making a batch of soup on Sundays because it requires very little effort. Its basically just throw it in a pot and let it simmer. I make a big pot and we eat it with our dinners and lunches throughout the week. Hubbys favorite soup is this Curried Sweet Potato Soup. Other times I just throw whatever vegetables I have (or a bag of frozen veggies) in a pot with some veggie brothand then add some of the cooked beans and quinoa and some spices.

Chopped Veggies: Lately its just been carrots, but in the past Ive done this with bell peppers, cucumbers, etc. I spend time peeling and chopping them and then store them in tupperware containers so theyre easy to grab for lunch/dinner/snacks and when im packing my lunch. Usually for the carrots I add some water to the bottom of the tupperware to keep them from drying out.

Black Bean Burgers: Lately Ive been getting into a routine where I make a batch of black bean burgers every Sunday. We either eat them that night for dinner, or on Monday night. Some of my favorites include Sweet Potato Quinoa Black Bean Burgers, Asian Black Bean Burgers, Greek Black Bean Burgers (recipe soon!).

Next step: Storage

If you have a freezer, use it! It makes life easier. Some of my favorite things to freeze:

Beans and Lentils: Simply cook them, let them cool completely and then put in freezer-safe containers or ziploc bags. I usually use bags. Then, when Im ready to use them I just smack the bag on the counter to loosen them up and dump them into whatever im cooking. If you use containers, just stick them in the microwave to defrost and then add!
Soups and Casseroles: Did you make a double batch of soup or a giant casserole? Put half in a freezer safe container and stick it in the freezer. Then, in a couple weeks when you have a crazy weekend and dont have time to prep food, you can pull the container out to thaw and have dinner all ready to go for at least one night that week!
Burgers: Im finally getting into the habit of making MORE veggie burgers than we need. That way, I can leave 4-5 in the fridge for us to eat during the week and still have 4 or so to put in the freezer. You can freeze them cooked or uncooked. If youre freezing them before cooking, freeze on a pan, then transfer to a container. If I freeze them after cooking, I let them cool completely, then wrap in saran wrap put in containers or ziploc bags. When youre ready to eat them, just cook from frozen if necessary (in the oven or on the stove), or defrost in the microwave and eat!

Came across this one on another site and agree completely:

Designate a garbage bowl.
Rachael Ray is right on about this one. Having a receptacle to place your peelings, shavings, and end bits will save you about 40,000 trips to the trash can.

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So I read Dragon Chick's blog on recommitting to healthy eating, and how prep is a problem. Well I hate it too, but it's a necessary tedium so I thought I would search for tips to make it more efficient. Here is some info I found, and some quotes from there. I'll add to this thread as I find things. Feel free to add your own tips.
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If you clean and slice everything when you first get home you dont have to constantly clean the cutting board, knives, and colander, and the fresh fruits and vegetables are easier to snack since they are ready to eat!

Fill the sink with water and distilled white vinegar mixture (about 10 parts water to 1 part vinegar) and rinse all the fruit and vegetables, and rinse everything. Then set it on a towel to dry. I rinse berries in a colander separate since they are so soft. Or you can make the Dr. Oz Produce wash to clean everything.
Slice and chop anything that needs to be, and place them all in separate bowls so they are easy to grab for snacks, salad, or to throw in the juicer or blender.
I like to cut celery into about 4″ sticks and place it in some water so it stays crisp
Breaking down garlic will save to lots of time throughout the week. I love garlic in everything and its easier to use when the cloves are separated and cleaned.

Here are some ideas for you to try:

Cook a box of pasta or quinoa to place it in a covered container in the refrigerator. Then you could use the pasta later in the week for Pistachio Pesto Pasta or use the quinoa to make Quinoa Protein Bars or Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa.
Pancakes are always a staple in my house and they take just minutes to make. I will make a double batch Sunday night to use for breakfast, snacks, or dinner. Then if any are leftover after a few days, I will freeze them.
Muffins are great to have for snack and breakfast on the go! Most muffins can be made in 30 40 minutes and use a lot of the same ingredients as pancakes so go ahead and make them at the same time.
Soups are great to make ahead, and you can always freeze whatever you have leftover so make a double batch!
Overnight Oatsonly a few ingredients and take a couple minutes to throw together. I usually make enough for two days breakfast ready for two days and it only takes me 5 minutes Sunday night? Thats my kind of meal!
Homemade pesto and hummus are two things Ive starting making recently. I cant believe I never made before but now that I do I cant go back to store bought. They take minutes and its all done in the food processor! Then I can use them on wraps, pasta, dipping sauces, and salads.
Homemade granola is another thing Ive starting making from scratch that is so simple. You can use it as cereal, to top off some yogurt, and it makes a great gift!
Make a couple days worth of school lunches on Sunday night. Itll save you so much trouble throughout the week if you take care of two three days at once!
Mason jars salads will help you get a healthy lunch that is ready to go and is already packed to take to work for the week. They will stay good for four to five days in the refrigerator and take just a few minutes to make, especially if you took the time to clean and chop off the vegetables.


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