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LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/28/13 9:00 P

Those sweet biscuits sound amazing. And I love love love pineapple on pizza. I also put pineapple in my pita sandwiches and also on my little hummus 'pizzas'. So good!

On my BLT pizza, I dice the tomatoes. Always fresh. The canned petite diced are great for sauces, but too watery on pizza. How I make my BLT is like this:

I make my crust and spread it onto the pizza pan (or stone, whichever I'm in the mood to use). Then I pre-bake it for about 5 minutes. Once it cools, I spread on a thin layer of light mayo. Then I add the diced tomatoes (I let the tomato slices drain on paper towels a while before dicing) and the crumbled bacon. The bacon I use is from Schwan's. I buy the packages of the pre-cooked bacon. To cook and crisp the bacon, all you have to do is put the desired amount of slices onto a paper towel and stick them in the microwave. Next best thing to sliced bread :)

Then I add a small amount of reduced-fat shredded mozzarella. Back into the oven it goes until the pizza is fully cooked. Then once it's out of the oven, I top it with chopped lettuce. With most BLT pizzas, the lettuce is added once the pizza is done, then it's cut and served. I personally like the lettuce just a TAD wilted. So once I add the lettuce, back into the oven it goes for just a couple of minutes. The lettuce is warmed and slightly softened, but not turned to mush. Really it depends on my mood. Sometimes I like the lettuce warmed, other times I like it still crisp and cool. But regardless, I let the chopped lettuce sit out at room temp for a while before adding it to the finished pizza.

Now, if you prefer your lettuce to still be cool and crisp, let the pizza cool off for about 5 or 10 minutes before adding it.

As for the bacon, I always use real. Bacon bits on a BLT pizza? Nope, just not the same. I have, however, used diced turkey bacon as well. But never bacon bits. Just don't like the taste of them.

The pizza I make - the one I don't use cheese on - that one I'll use whole slices of fresh tomato. I brush the crust with olive oil and minced garlic, then add fresh tomato slices and some basil, then bake. As long as you use enough garlic, it's perfectly fine without any cheese at all, unless you want to add a sprinkling of shredded parmesan. That definitely gives it more bite.

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9/28/13 6:49 P

LYNNIEV: Just wondering. How do you put tomatoes and bacon on your pizza? Tomatoes sliced with the sauce, or diced? Or sliced on top of the meat or cheese? Do you cut up bacon you cook yourself? Commercial precooked? Do you added lettuce after you take the pizza out of the oven? Do you use crumbled bacon? Does the lettuce wilt? I have tried adding lettuce after taking the pizza out of the oven, but it didn't seem to work to well for me.

I have made my bacon and tomato pizza different ways, including using petite diced tomatoes for sauce and/or also adding sliced fresh tomatoes. I have used bacon bits, and also have cut up precooked bacon and used that.

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9/28/13 6:25 P

LYNNIEV : Your crust would be very similar to mine, although I do use at different times molasses, brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup (tb) instead of sugar. And I like sometimes adding some corn meal to the whole wheat flour. A BTL pizza sounds good. I have not eaten one for awhille, but may try making one fairly soon.

I think most people I have met who eat pizza would agree with you about not wanting bbq sauce on pizza crust. However, places do make bbq pizza, but I am guessing it's not as popular as most other kinds. My YD and her BF like Hawaiian pizza that they make, but I am not quite as enthusiastic about pineapple on my pizza, although I do like their pizzas, overall.

Yep, it turned out like a flat, sweet biscuit. I liked the texture because it reminded me of the shortcake my mother and two of my sisters-in-law made in the old days for their strawberry shortcake, instead of using angel food cake, which a lot of people use nowadays. I poured fresh cubed pineapple and unsweetened black berries between pieces and then topped with light Cool Whip.

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/28/13 5:14 P

ALBERTJON: Yes, I make my own crust. The same recipe I've been using for years - flour (whole wheat white) sugar, salt, oil (just a tablespoon) yeast and water. Found that recipe years ago, everyone loved it, been using it ever since. I like the whole wheat 'white' flour better than straight whole wheat. It's not as chewy, the crust comes out much crispier with the wholte wheat white.

Tonight I'm making my BLT pizza. Looking very much forward to it.

Interesting that you rolled your shortcake dough into a sheet. How did that turn out? Is it more like a flat biscuit?

And you're right that BBQ beef sammiches aren't really all that different than putting BBQ sauce on a pizza. There's just something about it, though, that I didn't like. I love Hawaiian pizza, for example, and I had one a few months back that was made with BBQ sauce instead of basic pizza sauce and, sadly, it kind of ruined it for me. So I won't do that again :(

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9/28/13 4:08 P

LYNNIEV: Yes, that is basically my family's (sans son's) view of bbq sauce as a pizza sauce. However, I find it interesting that I have seen bbq beef sandwiches served on whole wheat buns and topped with things like diced onions and shredded cheese. That is not too different than a bbq pizza.

What toppings are you having on your pizza? And do you make your own crust? What recipe?
Today, I made another concoction. I wanted an "old fashioned" type of short cake to eat with my fresh cubed pineapple and my unsweetened blackberries from frozen. I made some modifications in the recipe I chose: real maple syrup for sugar, whole wheat flour for all-purpose, light margarine for butter, and skim milk for half-and-half. I also rolled the dough out as a sheet instead of forming separate short-cake "biscuits." I was quite happy with the result, but, as par most of my creations, it wouldn't be for most people.

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/28/13 10:44 A

ALBERTJON: That sounds good, except for the BBQ sauce. That's one thing I definitely do not like on pizza. Speaking of homemade pizza, though, I'm making one tonight ;)

LEKLETT: You and me both!

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9/27/13 1:14 P

LOVE cooking! I'd rather sit at home and cook things than go to work. :)

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9/27/13 8:42 A

LYNNIEV: It's been a long time since I had a grilled tuna steak. The last one was several years ago when I had a fresh piece cut off at a local seafood shop (in Virgina near the coast) and my nephew marinated it and grilled it. Yummo!

I guess I never thought about making salmon salad (like tuna salad) because although I love eating grilled salmon, broiled salmon, smoked salmon, salmon candy (marinated in honey, etc and then smoked), etc. I have never liked salmon patties. But I definitely think I would like salmon salad, made the way I make my typical meat salads.
Ok, another one of my concoctions for today:
****pizza crust: 3/4th cup whole wheat flour, 1/4th cup corn meal, 1 tb. brown sugar, 1 ts. active dry yeast, 1 tb. evoo, and 6+ tbs. of warm water.
****sauce: light coating of Sweet Baby Ray's bbq sauce
****meat: diced cooked, fat-removed roast beef
****toppings: diced sweet white onions and diced green bell pepper
****cheese: shredded 6-cheese Italian

I am the only member of my family that would eat this, other than my son, who likes most bbq beef pizzas. The rest of the family, the only time they tried it: meh!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/27/13 8:18 A

Mmmmm, lobster rolls, yes please.

I agree my salmon salad would be better with grilled salmon, but the canned is easier and more convenient. My cats make out as well because I drizzle the salmon juice onto their dry kibble and they yum it up, haha.

Another thing I love is a grilled, medium-rare tuna steak. I'll sometimes fix one and put it on top of a lettuce salad. Ever since a salad I had on Put-In-Bay island, I've been duplicating it at home. A tuna steak on a bed of lettuce with thin-sliced red onion and cooked chopped baby red potatoes. Don't know what it was about that salad, but I've been in love with it ever since.

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9/27/13 3:38 A

LYNNIEV: I've never tried the salmon, but it makes sense that could be tasty, too. I shall definitely put that on my to-do list. Just this last year or so I have gone to adding hard-boiled egg to my different (tuna-chicken-turkey-beef) salads. I love the taste and texture of salmon; more so, grilled or broiled and not canned, but I don't see why can would not work, too.

I have made my own lobster rolls, which I made somewhat similar to how I make my chicken, etc. salad. The last time I made them was when I was in the Northeast. I used just enough Hellman's, spicy mustard, and relish to keep the lobster pieces together. Then I toasted fresh bread from one of the supermarket bakeries. They were sooooooo good! The best lobster rolls I ever had was at Cape Cod.

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9/26/13 4:26 P

ALBERTJON: I'm going to have to try that. It would have never occurred to me to use roast beef in a salad/spread. I must admit, you've got my intrigue way up there ;)

I sometimes make salmon salad, using canned salmon the same way I use tuna. Really good stuffed into a pita.

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9/26/13 12:58 P

BOSSE1234: I can understand hating doing the dishes. In a busy life with many fun and important things to do, doing dishes usually is way down there. I use to be that way until I retired. In fact, up until I retired, I only occasionally did dishes. Now, I don't mind doing them. It is sort of therapeutic for me. My wife use to do most of the dishes and have to put them away; now I do them most of the time and almost always put them away.

PIGGYWAY: I am wondering if you cook for others, too. Also, do you buy boxed entrees and the sort of meals that one can bake or microwave, to cut down on the cooking? The trouble with buying prepared meals is that it can be expensive, and also not as healthy.

LYNNIEV: I ended up finishing the roast beef salad, using it as a dip with my Flatout wraps cut-up and baked into chips. I Googled for recipes for making things such as "roast beef salad," and discovered that there are a lot of different ways people can use cooked roast beef to make spreads, salads, etc.

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9/26/13 7:55 A

I hate cooking but I cook

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9/25/13 6:12 P

LYNNIEV: I made it exactly the way I would make turkey or chicken or tuna salad, I just substituted cold, lean shredded roast beef. Yep, it was new to me, too; but I will definitely make it again.

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9/25/13 6:07 P

I love the cooking, but hate the dishes!

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/25/13 11:11 A

MIAMI_LILLY: what are your favorite things to cook?

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/25/13 11:11 A

Haha, yep, a little more. Well, maybe a LOT more ;)

Roast beef salad, now that's interesting. Not only have I never eaten it, I've never even HEARD of it.

Did you eat it cold or warmed?

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9/25/13 11:01 A

LYNNIEV: "A little more"? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..... LOL!

For some reason I had never made, or as far as I know ever eaten, roast beef salad (made like turkey-chicken-or-tuna salad). I crock-potted a chunk of beef yesterday evening.

The salad:
....shredded roast beef
....diced hard-boiled egg
....spicy Southwestern mustard
....chopped dill pickles
....Miracle Whip Lite

I had it on toasted multi-grain bread. It was really good.

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9/24/13 8:05 P

I absolutely love it!

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/24/13 8:54 A

ALBERTJON: Okay, well you sound a little more efficient than my son's dad, haha.

Glad to see others chiming in :)

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9/23/13 3:25 P

LYNNIEV: "EXACTLY" might not apply. LOL! For example, I probably save time by using a new measuring spoon or different plate or another dish or a clean cup rather than taking the time to wash or wipe one off. Plus, I don't take unnecessary steps; if anything, I eliminate steps by keeping things moving. I guess it helps to have several sets of measuring devices including spoons and cups, etc.

LADYDL: Now, that I am retired, all the children have long been gone, and my wife does not spend much time in the kitchen, I have the time and inclination to cook and prepare meals. I do all the dishes by hand; we long ago got rid of our dishwasher when we put in a new kitchen floor. I find doing dishes somewhat therapeutic, although I must confess I don't always jump right on them after one of my creations.

DELLA81156: Probably, eventually, if you get more time, you will like it more and more. I wonder sometime when a person, often the housewife or mistress of the house, has to cook for several people and has to have several different foods ready at the same time that does not become more work than fun. I don't mind doing that occasionally; but the few times I have made meals with several different foods for a fairly large group of people, I have come to appreciate how many women through the years have had to do that routinely on a daily basis.

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9/23/13 11:09 A

I like cooking, but hate clean up. If I have to get more than 2 pans dirty, I pick a different recipe. This is probably because I haven't had a dishwasher in 6 years, and my new/old home doesn't have space for one built in or portable. emoticon

Fortunately there are lots of one pot or slow cooker recipes!

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9/23/13 9:54 A

I use to hate cooking, but beginning to like it, not love... emoticon

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/23/13 9:24 A

You sound EXACTLY like my son's dad. That man can NEVER cook a simple, basic meal (or even just one item) without completely destroying the kitchen, LOL. Anytime he tells me he's making dinner (which, thankfully, isn't often) my first thought is "oh no".

I remember watching him one time while he was making one of his 'delicacies' and it amazed me how many unnecessary steps he would take for just one or two ingredients. What would take me about 10 minutes always takes him a half hour. Just to make a simple pot of boxed macaroni and cheese will leave the kitchen in a complete shambles. And omg, don't get me started on what the kitchen looks like after he's made pancakes.

However, he has to clean up his own mess when I told him I was tired of doing it. Now he rarely makes any meals, which is fine by me because I'm picky about my kitchen and ANYONE other than me messing around out there makes me nervous, haha!

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9/22/13 1:06 P

One aspect of all the cooking I do is that I have a tendency to dirty a heck of a lot of dishes and utensils, including things like measuring spoons. For example, when I make hummus, by the time I'm done and have all the hummus stored in air-tight containers for refrigeration and freezing, the kitchen counter is a disaster area.

When I embarked upon my eating/dieting/exercising regimen a few years ago, my wife told me that I was dirtying 90% of the dishes and that she did not feel she should have to do them 50% of the time nor have to put them away. I had no problem with that, so I do 99% of the dishes now and put 100% of them away. My wife basically buys things like fresh fruits and vegetables, stir-fry packages, frozen pizzas, boxed extrees, etc.; so she does not dirty many dishes. When the children or other relatives or friends visit, and if she does the cooking, then she will do the dishes occasionally.

Anyway, sometimes it amazes me how many dishes I can dirty when I bake/cook/make one of my concoctions.

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/21/13 8:08 P

ADGIRL618: Homemade soups are the absolute best! I try and make them as often as possible, including my homemade veggie soup. I also love split pea soup and lentil soup. Awesome stuff.

I see you love cauliflower. Have you ever tried it mashed? Mashed cauliflower is the best stuff and you can eat a whole bowl of it for less than half the calories of mashed potatoes.

ALBERTJON: Bacon and cheese stuffed poppers, omg, LOL. Poppers dipped in a sweet sauce, especially, are so good. I used to get the poppers from Arby's and they'd give you that berry sauce with it. Man, so good. But I honestly can't remember the last time I had them. It's been a long while. I rarely eat deep-fried stuff now, but there's one love of mine that still exists and that's fried fish. So what I do is make my own oven-fried fish at home on occasion.

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9/21/13 1:25 P

LYNNIEV: That is definitely the truth about jalapenos, as far as if a person cuts out the seeds and the inside and just uses the pepper itself. Very mild. I use to be able to find a brand of jalapenos called "Tamed" which were great flavoring but almost no heat at all.

I agree with you about the poppers. When I use to order deep-fat fried stuffed Jalapenos in taverns (bacon and cheese stuffed in battered peppers), I could eat a dozen of them. However, I, too, have cut back on the fat-fried foods.

ADGIRL618: Outstanding! You seem really on top of the cooking. Grilling veggies is a great method to enjoy one's healthy eating. Also, your chicken recipe sounds tasty.

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9/21/13 1:06 P

I love cooking. I have a lot of times where I don't feel up to doing much because of my fibromyalgia mixed with working full time so I try to make up stuff when I can and keep it in the freezer or can it for the rough nights. I make a lot of soups!

I've spent the summer grilling and now I'll be roasting a lot. Roasted vegetables are one of my all-time favorites! Cauliflower, broccoli, beets, radishes, sweet potatoes, zucchini,etc.

I also love to pound out chicken breasts thin and sauté them in a pan with mushrooms (and green onions, peppers, anything you want) using cooking spray....once they are almost done, add some chicken stock, a couple of very healthy squeezes of lemon juice and just about a tablespoon of country crock light. The sauce will be smooth and lemony and is great served over some wheat pasta. Finish with a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/21/13 11:42 A

Dang! I forgot the grated cheese yesterday, LOL. Oh well, next time.

Your salad mix sounds good, except for the jalapenos. I don't like spicy. Oddly, though, I love jalapeno poppers (without the flesh and seeds they lose a lot of heat), but rarely eat them because it's cheese-filled, deep-fried fat on a plate. A rare treat indeed.

Another thing I love to make is hummus. Having some tonight.

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9/20/13 6:56 P

LYNNIEV: I concur: one can not go wrong with these ingredients:

pasta of some kind, from angel hair to rotini
olive oil

And I would add:

grated cheese of some kind

I hadn't though of the red grapes, but I would try that chicken salad. My chicken (usually I use turkey or maybe tuna) salad is usually made of:

turkey or chicken or tuna
spicy mustard
light Miracle Whip
a few finely diced pickled jalapenos
finely diced dill hamburger pickles or dill pickle relish
diced hard-boiled egg

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/20/13 6:19 P

Ohhhhh, avocado, yes, love the stuff. I too like putting avocado on sandwiches. I'll sometimes make a homemade chicken salad with, of course, reduced fat mayo and sliced red grapes. I'll put that on toasted bread with avocado slices and I'm in heaven :)

Your pasta dish sounds good. I made a pasta dish for lunch today using angel hair from Rossi (this stuff is super fragile and super thin, it cooks in like 2 minutes) with shrimp that was sauteed with garlic in olive oil. Then I dumped it on top of the angel hair. Was pretty tasty.

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9/20/13 5:13 P

LYNNIEV: Well, I would definitely try the mayo pizza. For example, I basically don't like things like cream-cheese, Velvetta, cottage cheese, etc., but when I eat them in certain recipes they taste fine, because of how they blend in.

For my bacon tomato sandwiches, I use chili sauce or ketchup or bbq sauce to go with the bacon and tomatoes. Also, some sliced avocado makes a nice addition. And if I want to go nuts, I add a slice or two of cheese, such as pepper jack or provolone. And maybe even some sliced sweet onion.

"No one else in this house will eat it." For lunch I made a dish that I know no one else in my family would eat, but I loved it. Whole-wheat spaghetti noodles, topped with medium salsa and steamed country blend (carrots-green beans-corn), and then liberally topped with grated Parmesan cheese. I divided it into two portions, and it was all I could do to keep from eating the entire batch.

Edited by: ALBERTJON at: 9/20/2013 (17:30)
LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/18/13 5:28 P

MMCDAN03: Yeah, weeknights are the hardest. When I get home from work, the last thing I want to do is slave in the kitchen for an hour or more, so weeknight meals for my son and his dad are usually something quick. Weekends, however, I love to cook, making my homemade pizzas and always a Sunday dinner.

ALBERTJON: Believe it or not, the mayo isn't bad at all. Like I said, I just use a very thin layer. It's really good on my "munion" pizza. I don't know why, but I now like the taste of the mayo with that pizza better than actual tomato sauce. I'll use tomato sauce for my full veggies, but it's got to be mayo for my munions and also my BLT pizza, which I do occasionally make. I don't use cheese on the BLT pizzas either, unless I'm really in the mood for it, and even then I only use a small amount. The bacon, I've made it with both regular bacon and turkey bacon. I picked up a container of mushrooms today, I may make my munion pizza again this weekend. The good thing? No one else in this house will eat it, so it's alllllllll mine, hahahaha.

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9/18/13 12:47 P

LYNNIEV: Yes, I do that prebaking thing, too. It definitely makes the crust crispier. I like all the ingredients you use on your pizzas except the mayo seems a bit different., but I can see how not using the sauce would work. I would try the mayo pizza because I like onions and mushrooms. I would probably end up throwing on some red/orange/yellow diced bell peppers since I pretty much use them in many of my dishes.

MMCDAN03: I definitely understand how working a full day and home duties make baking and cooking difficult to work in.

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9/18/13 11:35 A

I love to cook and bake on the weekends when I have the time and energy but hate doing it during the week after I've worked a full day. Those nights it's a 20 min or under quick meal.

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9/18/13 9:33 A

Albert, same here, I love making homemade pizza. I made a really good pizza once that I didn't even use sauce for. I made my crust and rolled it out and then stuck it in the oven for about 5 minutes to get the crust firm, but not all the way cooked. Then I brushed the crust with olive oil, then spread it with minced garlic. Then I covered the entire thing with tomato slices, sprinkled it with basil, then stuck it back in the oven until the crust was crispy. No sauce, no cheese and it was fabulous. The taste of my homemade crust with the garlic and tomatoes was a really nice combination.

My other favorite pizza to make for myself (since no one else will eat it) is my "munion" pizza. Just a little name I made up because the pizza is only mushroom and onion. No sauce there either, I spread on a very thin layer of light mayo. Sounds weird, but it's a taste I came across by accident once when I ate a piece of BLT pizza that a friend of mine had ordered and I became hooked. So onto my crust goes a thin layer of mayo (once I've baked it for about 5 minutes like I do the tomato pizza) then a whole 8 oz. container of fresh mushrooms (sauteed first) then TONS of onion slices. I'm an onion fanatic, I eat them just about every day. So it has lots of onion, yummy sauteed mushrooms and then I add a thin layer of reduced-fat mozzarella, then bake.

Your pizzas sound delicious :)

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9/18/13 12:53 A

Now that I am retired, I love to cook. My concoctions are pretty much made for me only, since they are often a bit strange. My favorite thing to bake is pizza with homemade whole wheat pizza crust, rolled thin on a perforated pan.

I experiment with using things like medium salsa for sauce and adding colored bell peppers, white onions, sliced mushrooms, sliced tomatoes, and non-fat cheese if I want to go low calories. Sometimes I use petite diced tomatoes for sauce.

Sometimes I use a thin layer of bbq sauce for pizza sauce and add cooked lean ground beef or cooked ground bison. I will usually add white onion and sometimes mushrooms. I use for cheese usually low fat or non fat.

I also saw a Youtube video for making an egg pizza. I made it for my sister, her husband, my wife, and me; it went over quite well. It was not low calorie, though. I used my thin homemade whole wheat crust, pizza sauce, two kinds of cheeses (shredded Parmesan and shredded pizza blend), cooked sliced sausage, cooked bacon pieces, mushrooms, and diced green bell peppers.

Edited by: ALBERTJON at: 9/18/2013 (00:54)
LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/17/13 1:35 P

Heck yeah, we'd like to hear from the haters as well, haha.

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9/16/13 6:53 P

What? Where are the rest of the cooking/baking lovers?

Or, as far as that goes, where are the cooking/baking haters? LOL!

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9/14/13 6:09 P

I love cooking, and it is one of the most enjoyment aspects of my diet-exercise hobby.

Edited by: ALBERTJON at: 9/15/2013 (09:29)
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9/14/13 3:12 P

I love to bake. Actually, I am going to bake a Pumpkin Eclair Cake in just a few minutes. Sadly, I don't bake too often because it's only me and DH. We don't need the extra calories. So when I do bake, the neighbours are in for a treat!

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9/14/13 2:08 P

I'm the opposite, I HATE to bake. I'm just no good at it. I can screw up slice and bake cookies, LOL

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9/13/13 8:30 P

I love to cook and (sigh) bake. The baking is usually delicious but too many calories.

I use a non stick pan and a mister to spray olive oil. Some of my favourites are:

Pan fried trout with pepper and lemon

Black bean chicken (rinced black beans, diced chicken, salsa, onion, bell pepper)

Edited by: NSPIXIE at: 9/13/2013 (20:32)
LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/13/13 3:46 P

LD, thank you for the recipes, I'm definitely going to try those meatballs emoticon

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9/13/13 2:43 P

I love to cook, but I don't always have the motivation to plan/shop for everything. Between my husband being away and the summer heat, I haven't really cooked much in the past few months. Instead, we've done tons of salads, wraps, and other easy to throw together meals. Still with fresh foods and yummy flavors, but hardly gourmet! I'm SO looking forward to the weather cooling off and the farmers markets opening. I live in a very warm climate, so winter is our nice weather time of year. Also looking forward to having someone besides my kids to cook for when my hubby finally gets home.

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9/13/13 7:24 A

Here is the recipe for the soup.

Spaghetti and Meatball Soup

Recipe By: M. Koch, Eat What You Love

Review By: LDHAWKE98

This soup is exceptional, as are the meatballs. We both loved it. My hubby would like me cook the meatballs first before adding them to the soup but I thought it was fine as is. I will definitely make this recipe again.

1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
¾ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried oregano
1 (28 –ounce) can crushed tomatoes (I used no salt added)
1 (14 ounce) cans, or 4 cups, reduced-sodium beef broth
½ tsp. black pepper
1 recipe Italian Meatballs (page 324) shaped into 24 meatballs, uncooked
2 Tbsp. Parmesan cheese
¾ cup dry medium pasta shells
2 cups baby spinach leaves
3 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish

1. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and celery and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic, basil and oregano and cook for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes, broth and black pepper. Bring to a slow boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

2. While the broth simmers, make the meatballs.

3. Carefully add the meatballs to the simmering broth. Gently stir. Add the Parmesan and simmer for 10 more minutes.

4. Add the pasta and spinach, stir well, and cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked through. Serve each bowl garnished with 2 teaspoons of Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Make 6 Servings, 1 ½ cup each serving

NI Per Serving

Calories = 290
Carbs = 26g
Sugar = 7g
Fat = 10g
Protein = 23g

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
Fitness Minutes: (1,818)
Posts: 771
9/13/13 7:23 A

Here is the recipe for the meatballs. They are terrific!

Everyday Italian Meatballs

Posted By: LDHAWKE98
These are very easy to make. Simmer them in marinara sauce and serve with spaghetti, put them in a soup or into a sub sandwich. You can also serve them as appetizers.

Makes 18 Meatballs


½ lb lean ground beef
½ lb lean ground turkey
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 T dried minced onion
1 T dried parsley
1 large egg
2 T low-fat milk
1 teaspoon minced jarred garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, gently mix together all of the ingredients until combined. (Wash your hands first!)
3. Form into 1 ¼ inch balls. Place the meatballs onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until tops are browned and the meat is cooked through.

NI Information for 1 Meatball

55 calories; 2 g Carbs; 2.5 g fat; 6g Protein; 0 g Fiber; 15mg Cholesterol; 125 mg sodium

From: Eat What You Love

LDHAWKE Review: They are very easy to make and the baking time is quick. I didn't have ground turkey so I used 1 pound of lean ground beef. I baked them on the 9x13 inch pan lined with parchment paper for 15 minutes. Excellent! I will definitely make them again.

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/12/13 4:00 P

The spaghetti and meatball soup intrigues me. How do you make that?

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
Fitness Minutes: (1,818)
Posts: 771
9/12/13 1:04 P

I love to cook! Here are some of my favorite meals.

Beef Tips
Slow Cooker BBQ Turkey Meatballs
Best Oven Fried Chicken
Smothered Steak Burgers with Mushrooms
Spaghetti and Meatball Soup
Grilled London Broil
Melt in your Mouth Italian Sausages
Broccoli, Rice and Cheese Casserole

Those are just a few recipes.

LYNNIEV Posts: 394
9/12/13 9:45 A

I personally adore cooking and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. But some of us hate cooking as well.

So, if you love cooking, what are your favorite meals to fix and if you hate cooking, what are your strategies for creating healthy meals?


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