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    7 Healthy Food Tricks You'll Actually Want To Try

    Go into the holiday season on a good note.

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    1. Try subbing a hearty vegetable — like portobello mushrooms or eggplant — for meat or carbs in your favorite easy dinner recipes.

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    No one could complain about portobello mushroom tacos or eggplant pizzas for dinner. They're also quick and easy.

    2. Make crockpot dump dinners even easier by preparing them ahead of time, freezing them, and thawing/cooking whenever you're ready.

    It really doesn't get any more convenient than that. Here are seven healthy chicken crockpot freezer meals to prep ahead of time. HARD SELL: You can prep all seven of them in under an hour!!!

    Those green stands are called "baggy racks" and you can get them here, but they aren't totally necessary.

    3. Make a batch of five-ingredient, gluten-free peanut butter banana muffins and eat them for breakfast on-the-go.

    4. If you're feeling under the weather, try a light, brothy vegetable soup.

    5. Learn the right way to pack your lunch salad in a mason jar, so that it doesn't get soggy before it's time to eat.

    Dry on the top, wet on the bottom! Recipe here.

    6. Try savory oatmeal — it's a great way to sneak vegetables into breakfast.

    7. Cook an easy one-pan dinner with no extra fat by searing skin-on chicken in a skillet on the stovetop, then tossing vegetables in the rendered chicken fat and finishing the whole thing in the oven.

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    You can use any vegetables, as long as you cut them small enough that they'll cook at the same rate as the chicken — about 20 minutes in a 425°F oven. Using the fat that renders out of the chicken skin when it sears means you don't have to add any extra oil, and that the whole dish will be super flavorful with very few ingredients. Recipe here.