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LITTLELOUIE71 SparkPoints: (45,393)
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9/3/14 2:58 P

I made Keema casserole from sparks recipes It is very good and cheap to make It makes 6 serving so I am freezing some for latter a serving is 199 cal add a fruit and your meal is complete

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
9/3/14 1:24 P

Pasta Roni (creamy parmesan, made with milk) + leftover cooked green beans + canned salmon. Tastes good - I just had it for lunch!

WGIANFRAN SparkPoints: (2,019)
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9/3/14 12:30 P

Dinner tonight is grilled salmon with pasta and fresh tomato sauce.

9/2/14 11:05 A

I think if you go to YouTube, her grandson put together some videos of her cooking and reminiscing. I've been wanting to watch all of them, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

FOXGLOVE999 SparkPoints: (26,519)
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8/31/14 4:01 P

Do you mean ramen noodles? Romaine is a type of lettuce. Ramen is an asian noodle. Generally speaking, ramen noodles are not great for nutritional value, but like all food with calories, you're not going to die of starvation, so whether or not it's a good choice really depends on your priorities.

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/31/14 2:03 P

I was going to have a shredded chicken pancake for dinner.
Changed my mind.
I will have a sugar free protein shake.
Simply want something sweet tonite.

GOALMOTO SparkPoints: (61,918)
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8/31/14 9:45 A

I have been eating romaine noodles off and on. And about a couple of weeks ago on the internet news it mentions that they could be bad if you have metabolic syndrome. They did the study over in the China area. I have used it to make lo main once in a while and eat it just as soup. So should I continue to eat it or not.

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/30/14 7:44 P

Just had leftover spare ribs for dinner with home made Hoisin sauce.
They were so delish!

MELODYVIDAL SparkPoints: (8,814)
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8/30/14 1:18 P

Thanks for all of the great ideas!. Lot of new things to try.

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/29/14 4:37 P

Spare ribs were on sale for $1.99 a pound.
Cooked in homemade Asian BBQ sauce until tender.
Removed the ribs.
Cooked the 'sauce' minus the fat until it was thick.
Broiled ribs in broiler, basting with the sauce.

The remaining sauce is in the freezer for another time.

They are delish and only about a dollar per serving.

ADGIRL618 SparkPoints: (16,361)
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8/29/14 3:42 P

Toast a corn tortilla in the microwave oven so it gets crunchy like a tostada shell. Then top it with anything on hand for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Breakfast: Black Beans (rinsed & drained), homemade pico with fresh from the garden tomatoes & a runny yolk egg.

Lunch: Lettuce, tomatoes, taco meat (I cook it in regular size batches and then freeze in individual snack size baggies since it's just me eating), salsa

Dinner: Fish Tostadas with pan seared cod (or other fish), coleslaw mix, slivered onions and hot sauce.

JMFWIFE SparkPoints: (12,833)
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8/28/14 4:25 P

Tonight's menu is baked potato tacos. Just baked potatoes topped with taco meat and our fave taco toppings. Pretty cheap since tomatoes are coming out of garden.

WITCHYONE333 SparkPoints: (9,771)
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8/28/14 4:02 P

Money's tight right now, so I'm cleaning out the freezer. Tonight is bean and barley soup with Whole Wheat Vikingerbrot (Viking bread). I'm watching a Viking movie, have a shawl clasped with a pennanular broach and by Ragnar's beard, this is delicious!

Seriously, make it fun, even if you are alone in the house. Especially if you are alone in the house!

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/27/14 12:13 P

Had the legs and thighs marinating in a spicy brine mixture I made for two days..
They were on sale for 69 cents a pound. Bought 5 pounds.
Baked them this morning and they came out awesome.
Usually don't like leg quarters. Changed my mind now.
Will have lots of freezer meals to enjoy!

KENANDLER SparkPoints: (11,173)
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8/27/14 10:40 A

Baked potatoes. they are cheap and awesome!

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/25/14 8:22 P

Chicken wings were on sale really cheap!
Marinaded then baked the lovely things in the oven.
Just finished enjoying some for dinner.
emoticon ! Get to enjoy them again tomorrow!

LITTLELOUIE71 SparkPoints: (45,393)
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8/25/14 6:40 P

I love to read and try new recipes I cook for one so it is challenging I made a pizza with flat bread today It was very good I am making spaghetti tonight I saute any vegetables that I have also garlic Then I put some of the water from the boiling noodles drain and then add the noodles It is really good Little Louie

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/25/14 6:31 A

Loved the Flatouts before going grain and legume free.
Pizza sounds great!

RYDERSAUNT14 SparkPoints: (25,020)
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8/25/14 4:30 A

Lately, my favorite is a flatout flat bread, put pizza sauce on it, and grilled chicken, (or whatever I have on hand) and cheese. Bake it at 350 for about 20 minutes. Very low carb!

EGRAMMY Posts: 13,491
8/24/14 8:43 P

Bean soup is our faborite

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
8/24/14 10:55 A

I've been having this for dinner lately (and leftovers for lunch or breakfast): bake 2 or 3 potatoes in the microwave until 'almost done.' Heat up a little olive oil in a non-stick frying pan. Rinse and drain a can of garbanzo beans until fairly dry (they don't have to be perfectly dry). Pour the beans into the hot pan and spread them out and fry them. When they have started to show color (dark brown spots, or dark spots), cut the baked potatoes in quarters and put them cut side down in the pan, adding more oil. Fry them until crispy brown, while continuing to stir the garbanzos (chickpeas). When they are hot and crisped (skins were left on), season with salt, pepper, parsley, garlic - whatever spice interests you at the moment. Pour EggBeaters (liquid egg whites, basically) over all and flip the egg over as it sets. Eat hot with ketchup and added seasoning (if needed).

I'm in love with this supper lately! Probably not a good dish for a family - they expect more, but I eat it late at night after a long day.

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 8/24/2014 (10:57)
MAKEWEE SparkPoints: (11,086)
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8/24/14 12:43 A

Thanks for this one! I'm tired for runny sauce.


VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/23/14 2:13 P

Discovered something new at the store.
We are all watching our carb and/or calorie intake.
Tried Xanthan powder which has no calories and use it to thicken sauces.
Used a very small amount when making ketchup and BBQ sauce.
Did a surprising job and added no calories.

BHENDRICK2 Posts: 1,207
8/23/14 12:46 P

great ideas

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/22/14 6:59 P

I create meals according to what is a good buy.
Saves me lots of money.

KENANDLER SparkPoints: (11,173)
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8/21/14 11:00 P

I love eating squash, okra, cucumbers, and tomatoes from my mother in laws garden. She has little tomatoes just right for my 17 month old.

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/19/14 9:29 P

Tasted the Hoisin sauce today and it wasn't as good as I thought it was yesterday.
BBQ sauce is wonderful!

8/19/14 5:37 P

This is my copy of the sauce (45 cal per 1/2 cup) used on my chicken dis from the Cheesecake Factory's SkinnyLicious Menu.

Tuscan Chicken - The Cheesecake Factory
Makes 1 1/2 cups of sauce.

1 1/2 pints Cherry Tomatoes
1/2 cup Sun-dried tomatoes, not in oil
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
Pinch red pepper flakes
Salt & Pepper
1 garlic, minced
1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. Capers
1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar

Preheat Oven 400F.
Mix cherry tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes on sheet pan. Bake 25 min.
Add garlic, (impt. garlic will burn if put in too early), Balsamic Vinegar, rosemary, capers and bake 5 min. more. They served it with grilled chicken and Farro (looks and tastes like barley).

This sauce freezes well and I reheat chicken in it and served it on whole wheat pasta.

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/19/14 2:26 P

Hoisin sauce turned out pretty good.
Am making BBQ sauce today.
Putting up large pork roast in crock pot and will use the BBQ sauce.
Will let you know how it works out.

SUGARSMOM2 SparkPoints: (242,960)
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8/19/14 10:44 A

I to buy ready cooked chicken on paydays . it helps make the meal quickly when i get home and i have lots of chicken to use in many ways . this is a real good buy at our local kroger . at times they sell them for $6.00. . I love soup but my hubby does not . He hates anything cooked with tomatoes or sauce that makes pizza . He is hard to cook for and a real problem at times . i can tell you many times he says he will not eat this or that . only to have him taste it and then he eats it . next time i make it starts all over again . i dont like this . sounds like a two year old . sorry guys but its true . I had more luck with my children in cooking for them . married for 57 years so it is not in the books to not carter to him . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

SUGARSMOM2 SparkPoints: (242,960)
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8/19/14 10:34 A

love the idea of balmasic vinegar and honey soy sauce to marinade my chicken . thank you so much . reading lots of good tips and they all make wonderful additions to any meal. I bought a book that was called clara kitchen . a recipe book or trip down memory lane for a very active older lady . she was alive and active in the depression . a time when trying to make ends meet was taking a cup of hot water and adding a tsp. of ketchup and making tomato soup . she has many ideas that can be addressed in our times .

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/19/14 8:02 A

Found a recipe for Hoisin sauce and am going to make it this week sugar free style.

MAKEWEE SparkPoints: (11,086)
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8/19/14 12:35 A

A slice of grilled polenta topped with chopped chicken and tomato. A little parsley or basil to garnish and your dinner is ready. (For dessert, have a fresh orange)


VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/18/14 4:49 P

Anyone have a recipe for low carb Hoisin sauce?

LYNETTEMOM SparkPoints: (133,318)
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8/18/14 2:12 P

my fave (and low cost) dessert: freeze a banana that has been chopped into chunks and blend, until it is banana ice cream. NO other ingredients. I use a Bamix hand blender which is high powered.

LYNETTEMOM SparkPoints: (133,318)
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8/18/14 2:09 P

garbage soup: broth and whatever is in the fridge from veggies to pasta, rice, meat, you name it. Make sure you season it sufficiently. The possibilities are literally endless

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/17/14 3:59 P

Sounds delish!

DYANNE4293 SparkPoints: (147,615)
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8/17/14 1:26 P

I like using equal parts balsamic vinegar, honey, soy sauce, and 1-2 tsp ginger to marinate my chicken. Then grill it.

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/14/14 9:42 P

Also love any kind of eggs!
Add a little Feta cheese, spinach and chopped tomato.

JENORA234 Posts: 135
8/14/14 8:03 P

I love omelets, be careful not to add too much cheese :) I then cut up veggies, such as onion, green pepper, and tomato; sauté them before making omelet, add veggies, then cheese

VEG954 Posts: 7,436
8/14/14 10:52 A

Sounds so great and cost effective as well.
Thanks for sharing!

TIGGZZZ13 SparkPoints: (4,714)
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8/14/14 2:06 A

Cauliflower (from my garden), Spaghetti squash (from my garden), 2 carrots (shredded)
soy beans. with 2 TBSP butter, 1 tsp Basil and 1 tsp ground sage. Yummy

BEULAH45 Posts: 774
8/13/14 8:27 P

pinto beans, fried potatoes, corn bread

all needed food groups



8/11/14 4:48 P

I'm not feeling well so my husband bought a whole roasted chicken at the grocery store yesterday for $8.99. So far that one chicken has fed 3 people meat for 3 meals and I'm going to make soup out of what's left tonight. We had it with steamed potatoes and fresh veggies.

I could have done a chicken salad with some lettuce and 2 strips of bacon crumbled.

Chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato.

Baked sweet potato with chicken and green onions on top.

Eggs, fried sweet potato hash with onions.

Mini meat loaf, roasted sweet potato and roasted cauliflower.

Homemade sausage, baked potato and broccoli.

KASTRA Posts: 369
8/11/14 4:08 P

Does the three-ingredient cap count spices? If not...beans and rice, with a side of whatever veggie is leftover from another meal.

MSMITCHELL2696 SparkPoints: (15,368)
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8/10/14 11:14 P

bean burritos fit this wonderfully
one whole wheat tortilla
half cup fat free refried beans
half oz cheddaer cheese
very quick, easy and filling

PATTIE441 Posts: 45,286
8/9/14 9:36 P

(makes about 10 small pancakes)
1 large ripe banana
2 eggs or egg substitute
2 tbs flour
(Optional Additions: cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, - peanut butter (substitute the flour).
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until there are no lumps, or alternatively, whisk by hand. Heat a non-stick skillet with the grease of your choice or non-stick spray over medium-low heat. Pour two tablespoons of the batter in the skillet. It’s thin, so the pancakes will be very flimsy. Be careful flipping! After a few minutes, gently turn to the other side. Repeat for remaining batter, greasing the pan after every couple of pancakes.

Edited by: PATTIE441 at: 8/9/2014 (21:40)
MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,106)
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8/8/14 11:03 A

Chicken Soup:
4 oz chicken breast (use bone and skin to make broth; shred the rest for soup)
1lb shredded cabbage
1lb shredded carrots
8c previously mentioned broth and spices of choice (garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley for me)
Simmer on stove.

If all that mattered was calories, you could live off a ten dollar bag of rice (20lbs) for over 20 days.

Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 8/8/2014 (12:10)
ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
8/8/14 8:41 A

Frittata of leftover vegetables (or choice of vegetables from supermarket) using eggbeaters mixed with a few eggs. I use a dozen eggs for a frittata so I would only use 6 + eggbeaters. Can be eaten hot, warm, or cold. I put in plenty of onions!

BUCKEYESTEVEN SparkPoints: (9)
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8/8/14 3:38 A

Hey everyone I thought it would be cool if we had a fun topic on some healthy budget friendly dinner or lunch ideas that would cost less then 1 or 2 dollars to make all with only using 3 different items. One of my fav lunches is a 1/2 cup of brown rice, 1 can of tuna, and some franks hot sause. Cost would be little close to 1 dollar :-) Any other good ideas?

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