The Diet Alternative to a Big Mac

Written by Helen Porter

Here at we love to give yourepparttar lowdown on all kinds of food, so this week we have we taken some of Mcdonald's most popular meals and have attempted to provide what we personally think may be healthier home-made alternatives (at least in terms of calories!) that can be prepared in aboutrepparttar 138636 same time it will take you to go torepparttar 138637 golden arches, and queue for your Big Mac (tm). All our alternatives are halfrepparttar 138638 fat and lower in sugar which makes them an attractive and healthy choice.

POTATO PRODUCTS: Regular - 206 calories Medium - 296 calories Large - 412 calories One portion of Ketchup is 26 calories! * Baked potato medium size with a small portion of cheese is 220 calories but is richer in nutrients and more filling to see you throughrepparttar 138639 day * Sweet Potato chips are easy to make and can be roastedrepparttar 138640 night before so just need reheating

MEAT: Hamburger - 271 calories Cheesburger - 360 calories Big Mac - 493 calories Bacon Cheeseburger - 360 if you go forrepparttar 138641 double is 478 calories Quarter-pounder with cheese - 516 calories The above are all processed if your craving meat how about; * Make your own burger! * Salt beef on granary bread * Grilled 4oz Steak Sandwich in rustic breadrepparttar 138642 same calories as a Big Mac but so much more flavor! * A Ham and cheese toastie has less calories than a quarter-pounder with cheese

Converting a Recipe for your Crockpot

Written by Tony Buel

Crockpots vary butrepparttar low setting is typically around 100 degrees and its high setting is around 300 degrees.

Knowing this, it is fairly easy to convert most recipes for use in your slow cooker. Some adjusments to cooking times will be a judgement call on your part, but some simple guidelines should help. Just follow a few simple rules and you're on your way.

You should decreaserepparttar 138599 liquid since it does not boil away in a crockpot.

Add cheeses and other milk product towardsrepparttar 138600 end of your cooking since they tend to break down if they are cooked for too long.

Brown any ground beef before adding torepparttar 138601 crockpot. It will taste better and have better texture this way.

Add rice and noodles atrepparttar 138602 end of your cooking as well. They will turn mushy if they are cooked too long. You can cook these separately and then combine them when it's time to serve.

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