Countdown to Mealtime: Why Low Carb Vegetarian Meals Will Make Your Day

Written by Sylvie Charrier

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================= Let Leftovers Work for You =================

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================= Make ‘em Frozen =================

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================= Keep a Lid On It! =================

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================= Mix It Up! =================

Does anyone really know what a "dash" of seasoning is? How many recipes have you found that call for a dash of salt, as pinch of pepper, and cayenne to taste? Probably too many to remember, right? Why not create your own mixed seasoning. You can come up with a creative name, like salpepcay. Rather than wasting your time finding each spice every time you cook, shake things up by mixing together your most used spices in their own container.

================= Write It Down =================

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Sylvie Charrier is the author of the revolutionary new book "Living La Vida Low Carb: The Vegetarian Way". As a busy work-at-home mom, she discovered simple ways to get more results from her low carb diet. She shares her recipe makeovers and health tips on her website

EASY! Homemade Breadsticks

Written by LeAnn R. Ralph

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repparttar breadsticks inrepparttar 113129 pan. Turn over to coat both sides with oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder (if desired). Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Makes about 2 dozen breadsticks.

Breakfast treats: Instead of garlic, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon before baking.

LeAnn R. Ralph is the author of the books "Give Me a Home Where the Dairy Cows Roam" (September 2004) and "Christmas in Dairyland (True Stories from a Wisconsin Farm) (July 2003) and "Preserve Your Family History (A Step-by-Step Guide for Interviewing Family Members and Writing Oral Histories)" (e-book; April 2004). For information about the books, visit

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