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big batch cooking!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

I do so much better if I cook ahead --- big batch cooking --- having extras in the freezer --- life is just easier if I can get more meals out of my time in the kitchen! Makes perfect sense and now that the weather is cooling off a bit - I am planning on getting back to doing more of this. A new month is coming fast and fall is here ---- soups, casseroles, etc. ---- easily doubled, easily stored, easily frozen ---- that's my goal for October ---- get back into the swing of big batch cooking!!! I'm starting off with a big pot of soup . . . . . . . . . .







I found lots of big batch recipes in spark recipes -- also lots of cookbooklets that were listed as big batch cookbooks --- here's one that I saved and am planning on trying some of the recipes:



recipes.sparkpeople.com/cookbooks.as
p?cookbook=347476

  
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MARCH_ 10/1/2011 7:02PM

    Even one "big" recipe a week adds up to freezer food!

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KATHYJO56 9/30/2011 4:52PM

    I should be doing this too! That is totally awesome and I can't wait for my Sparks Cookbook to come. I will be trying some of those. Thanks for the link. I am headed over to check it out! emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 9/30/2011 3:40PM

    I think it is thriftier, and I am sure that it is better for us! I enjoyed your blog as well as the comments before mine!

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BEEJAY49 9/30/2011 11:53AM

    I was going to mention big batch cooking for chocolate chip cookies, but I guess I better not. emoticon

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SIERRA4600 9/30/2011 10:52AM

    I love big batch cooking too. I do it to save time on getting a healthy meal on the table. Thanks for sharing the cook book.

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KITT52 9/30/2011 8:48AM

    I love my big batch cooking too but even better the family loves it too....always some thing yummy in the freezer when hunger hits.....I have a book called Big batch Cooking

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BARBARAROSE54 9/29/2011 11:38PM

    I love to batch cook. Thanks for link to cookbook.

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PINKNFITCARLA 9/29/2011 11:03PM

    Great job! I do a TON of big batch cooking, or just about everything imaginable.

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INDIANOAKS 9/29/2011 10:31PM

    WOO HOO for "big batch" cooking!!!! I tend to "big batch" cook/bake alot on weekends and LOVE it! Like this week we've been living on sloppy joes, chili, muffins and spaghetti sauce that I made last weekend -- I haven't completely cooked a meal YET this week (just add in salads, fruit, breadsticks etc)!!

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AZURE-SKY 9/29/2011 10:24PM

  I do a lot of big batch cooking, not just soups, stews, chili, etc.

I like to have the ingredients prepped to shorten cooking time, while having a fresh-cooked meal instead of something reheated. I make big batches of meatballs & freeze them in bags. I cook ground beef and freeze that also, to be thawed later & added to spaghetti sauce, tacos, chili.

I make my own spaghetti sauce & freeze it in meal-size containers. Instead of buying sliced turkey, ham, roast beef at the deli, I cook whole turkey breasts & slice, roast beef & slice, storing them all in the freezer for future meals. I roast a boneless ham, vacuum seal the slices & store in the fridge.

I even make stuffed shells and freeze them individually without sauce. Then I just thaw the number I need, along with a container of spaghetti sauce & some cooked ground beef. All I have to do is bake the shells in the sauce, & I have an Italian dinner on the table in no time.

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MADKAPKID 9/29/2011 10:11PM

    I love BIG BATCH cooking. I used to do it when the kids were younger...and NOW...after being part of a Sparks challenge, I have started doing it again. I LOVE IT! Saves time...and the meals are tasty. Great blog....have a joy filled day, Karen

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give PEAS a chance!

Monday, September 26, 2011



I tried a new recipe and just loved it ---- actually we've had it twice and both times it went over big --- thought I'd share it. It's from a JoAnna Lund recipe book - there's actually a spark team named for her -- they follow the exchange diet and they have a thread for recipes --- I just recently came across the team and enjoyed reading through the posts. Any way --- enjoy!

Crunchy Pea Salad

3c frozen peas, thawed
1 c diced celery
1 3/4 c chopped cauliflower
1/4 c chopped onion
2 T Hormel bacon bits
1/4 c Kraft FF ranch dressing
1/2 c FF mayo
1 T sugar substitute (I used Splenda)

Combine the veggies in a large bowl. In a small bowl add the dressing ingredients and mix well. Pour over veggies and stir to coat. Best if refrigerated for at least 30 minutes.

Makes 8 (3/4 c) servings
127 calories
4 gm fat
5 gm protein
18 gm carb
2 gm fiber

diabetic exchanges: 1 starch/1 veg/1/2 fat

  
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FLYCHRISTI 9/27/2011 10:15AM

    I will cook it this evening!!!
Thank you.
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 9/27/2011 6:56AM

    Sounds very good and I am going to copy it too. Thank you for sharing.
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BARBARAROSE54 9/27/2011 6:12AM

    looks yummy

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/26/2011 9:48PM

    Cute title!!
I am going to try that. Reminds me of the best parts of the old 7 layer salads.
Thanks for sharing..


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MADKAPKID 9/26/2011 8:21PM

    I am willing to 'GIVE PEAS" a chance. LOL Of course you now I am humming the song...right? Anyway, the recipe sounds pertty good. Thank you for sharing.....have a joy filled day,Karen

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HIGH 5 Friday!

Friday, September 23, 2011

It's Friday! and that is the start of the weekend for me --- ahhhhhh............ the weekend! I have a Friday "ritual" -- I start the day by telling myself that it's the weekend, not the WEAKend! And then I have to remind myself of that -- all day on Friday ---- again on Saturday --- and again on Sunday. The reason I have to remind myself is b/c it's easy to get off track on the weekends --- just so much living to do that involves food! But I'm not complaining --- if a reminder keeps me out of trouble --- then a reminder it shall be!!!

Here's to a STRONG weekend ---- here's to a HIGH 5 Friday ---- I can do this!

  
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PILLYWIGGIN 9/24/2011 4:45PM

    High Five to you too Jane - and enjoy your un-weak weekend!

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MADKAPKID 9/23/2011 11:27PM

    High 5 to you too my friend. Lets move and groove and and a health weekend. WOO HOO! Have a wonderful day, Karen emoticon

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INDIANOAKS 9/23/2011 3:11PM

    LOVE that saying not a "WEAKend"!!! GREAT thing to keep in mind!!

WOO HOO -- have a SUPER weekend!!

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JINLYNN 9/23/2011 3:00PM

    I like your positive attitude and your saying. Thanks for sharing and a high five to you!
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HEALTHYHAPPYDEB 9/23/2011 2:45PM

    I love all of your High Five guys! So cute!
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/23/2011 10:03AM

    High five, my friend! Have a healthy weekend! emoticon

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SMAN1964 9/23/2011 9:07AM

  ^5

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Time for HIGH 5 !!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tomorrow starts the HIGH 5 Challenge on the Progress, Not Perfection Team. I have been getting myself into the "starting" position ---- I have my food diary ready, I have my daily check off sheet ready, I have set my ticker to reflect the High 5 Challenge days, and I'm going to the grocery in the morning to get the couple of items I need to make it a little more interesting with a couple of new recipes ---- so ---- I think I'm good to go!



Here's to a HIGH 5 week!!

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LUVDOGZ 9/21/2011 10:20PM

    Cute blog fellow high fiver! Love your pics! Keep up the great work!

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BARBARAROSE54 9/21/2011 12:23PM

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1COUNTRY_GAL 9/21/2011 12:01AM

    emoticon emoticonHIGH FIVE Fellow teammate! SPARK ON emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonDiana

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ITCANBEDUN 9/18/2011 11:00PM

    Love this blog. You can do this. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 9/18/2011 9:54PM

    Great blog...and you ALWAYS find the best pictures!

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MADKAPKID 9/18/2011 9:26PM

    High 5 to you too... Karen emoticon

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discovered another one!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I discovered another bad habit! This is the second blog I've typed about bad habits! I can't believe I haven't noticed these before ---- I don't like to dwell on the negative --- but if I don't, then I won't get rid of them ---- so I've gotta dwell in order to boot 'em outta my life!

This bad habit is over eating when I'm not feeling well. I discovered it these last couple of days as I've had this cough/cold to deal with --- it started on Thursday evening and I just noticed my food diary hasn't been filled in since Friday morning. I even stopped tracking! why did I do that???? I honestly can't believe that I stopped! I've not been purposely over eating or bingeing ---- but I stopped writing. I've been drinking alot of orange juice (calories! eeeek!!) and I tend to want to eat salty things like pretzels, crackers, etc. --- I think b/c it's harder to taste things with a cold and the salty is stronger flavors ---- I also eat chicken soup ---which has more salt ---- I'm seeing a pattern! I tend to also eat cold things like fudge bars --- even though I only have the sugar free ones in my freezer - it's still over eating if I have too many ---- and just b/c I have a cold/cough, is not a good enough reason to have too many OR to stop writing them down altogether!!! wow! I bad!

So now that I have awareness of what I tend to do when I'm not feeling well, I plan to not let this happen again --- I need to be on track even when I'm sick ---- I need to stay on program every possible day that I can - no excuses ---- I have to make the right choices in order to have a successful weight loss journey.




One more bad habit revealed ----- I'm going to do my best to terminate it! Done! No more! that's my story and I'm sticking to it!


Keeping my eyes opened ---

  
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MADKAPKID 9/12/2011 11:44PM

    Jane, I hope you are feeling better. I do understand what you are saying though. I find myself falling back into old habits/comfort food eating, when I am under the weather. It is something I am working at changing. WE can do it. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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BEEJAY49 9/12/2011 4:23PM

    I hope you're feeling better! And that's MY story and I'm sticking to it! HUGS!

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SHAMROCKY2K 9/12/2011 12:04AM

    Cute blog.. we're all just kids at heart and love stories with pictures.
I get it. I probably do the same as you.. and never really thought about it. Good realization.


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CAMELA_55 9/11/2011 10:08PM

    I think understanding yourself is a HUGE factor in gaining control over eating habits. So glad you discovered this about yourself. Get well soon!
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BARBARAROSE54 9/11/2011 9:28PM

    feel better soon emoticon

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