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HAARVIK
Posts: 38
12/12/12 11:05 A

I have actually changed course with my eating. I have eliminated all grains. I don't need them, and they also contribute to processed foods. When I switched, I lost 6 lbs. in 3 days. I then ate some grains to see what would happen, and added back 1 lbs per day that I ate them. Now back on no grain. It is amazing how much grains contribute to our weight gain, and I suspect our health issues. Read Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and you will gain a better understanding of this.



YOJULEZ
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12/12/12 11:01 A

Speaking of cookbooks, I really like anything by Ellie Krieger. She makes healthier versions of good comfort food stuff, and most of them have normal ingredients. I absolutely LOVE her turkey meatballs. Here's her Amazon store link. www.amazon.com/Ellie-Krieger/e/B001JPCBM0/
ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1355327993&sr=8-2-en
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Also she used to have a show on Food Network so a lot of her recipes are on their site: www.foodnetwork.com/ellie-krieger/recipes/
index.html




1GROVES2
Posts: 10,129
12/12/12 10:41 A

I understand totally with what you are saying (to the original poster).

I was so disappointed in the SP cookbook ! Most of the recipes are things I would never eat, need to have a gourmet store next door, very expen It sive and/or super time consuming! It was a big waste of money for me and it isn`t even conveinent to use, just a big clucky hard cover book! OK enough about that!

I have found grilling to be a great way to cook healthy. I wven grill veggies and that gives them a different taste, just be careful what veggies you put in your grill packet, some cook super fast and others take a long time, ( discovered this by mistake :(
Cooking healthy just takes some imagination with regular foods!
Good Luck
:)



JESUSCARES
Posts: 252
12/3/12 12:07 P

Thanks for the ideas.



YOJULEZ
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11/29/12 11:47 A

Cool, I'm glad you liked the Pinterest page. I figure all my cooking efforts should be documented so others can benefit :)

I hear you on the farm raised stuff, we actually don't have much fish at all because I won't buy farm raised, and wild caught (especially here in CO) is very expensive.



HAARVIK
Posts: 38
11/29/12 11:21 A

Nope, no offense at all. A lot of people have different ideas of what exotic is :).

We do like Tilapia, however most of it is farm raised and fed soy based food which is GMO. I try to avoid as much GMO food as I can. For this reason I eat no soy based products unless it is imported from Japan. 98% of US soy beans are GMO. When ever we get seafood we make sure it is wild caught and not farm raised. I'm with ya on the fishy taste. Makes me gag!

We do have some favorites that are healthy, but we also want to have more recipes in our arsenal. I love spices, but am limited due to the rest of the families choices. No cilantro, no jalapeno, and so on. Pretty much the basics when it comes to spices. Normally that isn't a problem as I can substitute some of them. What kills me is seeing something that is supposed to be healthy and "easy" to make. Yet the ingredients require you to either live near a gormet grocery store or have hundreds of spices in your pantry!

By the way, loved the Pinterest page you have up! Saw a few recipes on there that look very interesting.



YOJULEZ
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11/29/12 11:14 A

I hope you didn't find my olive oil comment rude, I just have some family members who do think it's exotic :) I also get picky eating, for a foodie I'm actually kind of picky. Like, I like red bell pepper, but not really green or yellow. I also don't like mango either :)

Cardamom is just a spice.

Eating healthy is also a good way to introduce new foods into your diet. Like, I used to think I hated sweet potatoes, because all I ever had was canned ones in a super sweet casserole thing at Thanksgiving. Once I actually had real ones, simpl cooked, I found that I really liked them. Same for a lot of veggies, I had only had overcooked, canned versions. Once I had fresh real ones, I found they were actually pretty good. In that meatloaf recipe I posted, it does have chopped up pieces of red bell pepper in it. But, you don't really taste them because they are very small, they just add good flavor to the meat. Same with the zucchini that's in it.

Also if you like orange roughy and flounder, you will probably like tilapia. Tilapia is a very mild non-fishy fish. I hate fishy fish (like salmon) but I can do tilapia. I also love halibut but it's too expensive to eat often, I usually save it for when I'm eating out.



HAARVIK
Posts: 38
11/29/12 7:58 A

Thanks for the replies!

No I don't think olive oil is exotic. I'm referring more to things like Couscous, cardamom, mango and things like that. We don't eat peppers, except me. I like banana peppers. I am the only one who likes rice and some other things like black eyed peas and hominy. Very picky eaters in my house so it makes it hard to prepare nutritional food and be able to please everyone and also have a variety. We love chicken, pork and beef. Also shrimp, orange roughy and flounder but not much else in the seafood arena.



LITTLE_NIKKE
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Posts: 312
11/28/12 11:41 P

I like eatingwell.com for recipes. They do sneak in the occasional tofu recipe, but for the most part use the standard chicken, beef, pork and seafood. They're also a nice place to start exploring some different vegetables (nothing crazy: just things like butternut squash, kale and Swiss chard). They tend to stay away from 'diet' food (low-fat cheeses, sugar substitutes) but use real foods in combinations that end up being healthier.

If there's an ingredient that you're not sure about, look at the comments - other people will have probably subbed it with something more familiar and let you know if it works or not!



YOJULEZ
SparkPoints: (15,605)
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Posts: 2,171
11/28/12 5:27 P

What healthy food magazines did you buy? Cooking Light usually has pretty simple recipes, unless you think olive oil or something like that is "exotic". The recipes on sparkrecipes are pretty simple for the most part also.

Another favorite site of mine is skinnytaste.com. She has a ton of really great recipes, and many are for "comfort food" type things, just done in a lighter way.

Also here's a few recipes that I like that are easy to make:

www.skinnytaste.com/2012/02/chicken-and-br
occoli-noodle-casserole.html

www.skinnytaste.com/2008/06/pork-chops-wit
h-dijon-herb-sauce-525-ww.html

traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com/201
2/09/chicken-pesto-lasagna-rolls.html<
/a> (500 calories per roll)
www.skinnytaste.com/2012/01/skinny-salisbu
ry-steak-with-mushroom.html

www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/bacon-topped-p
etite-turkey-meatloaf.html
(I made as one big loaf and cooked for longer)




HAARVIK
Posts: 38
11/28/12 11:38 A

So my wife and I want to eat healthier. We do try and buy fresh or frozen veggies and we try to stay away from processed foods as much as we can. however, we do come up short for recipes. The biggest issue is the ingredients. We are main line veggie and meat people. We don't like salmon, or most veggies. Pretty much Broccoli, corn, green beans, carrots, peas, celery, lettuce onions. Can't stand tofu or any other soy based product.

So where are the recipes for average people like us? We tried getting healthy food magazines but the recipes were geared for a 5 star, chef run restaurant not an average,kitchen! Where are the average people recipes?



 
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