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NEW: Videos and a Healthy Chef on SparkRecipes.com


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Thursday, July 30, 2009



Recently, we unveiled a redesigned SparkRecipes.com to make it even easier for you to find and share healthful meal ideas. We've also been hard at work on a few more improvements to the site that we think you'll love.


One of the biggest problems people face when they embark on a journey to healthy living is cooking. Whether you never learned how to cook or just don't know how to lighten up your favorite foods, many people fear the kitchen.


With SparkRecipes.com, you can overcome that fear and cook healthful, affordable meals at home.


Introducing "Healthy Home Cooking with Chef Meg"

We have joined forces with Chef Meg Galvin of the Midwest Culinary Institute. (Visit her "Healthy Home Cooking with Chef Meg" page here!) Chef Meg is a World Master Chef and full-time chef instructor; a wife and mother of three preteen boys; and an avid runner. With a passion for healthy living that was sparked during childhood, Chef Meg knows how important it is to find time for fitness and healthful meals with her family.


Chef Meg grew up on a farm in Kentucky, eating food that went straight from the field or the pasture to the table. Today, she continues to provide fresh and healthy meals for her own family--and now yours, too.


She took some of your recipes and gave them a makeover and shared plenty of original, healthful recipes, too. To help you feel more comfortable in the kitchen, Chef Meg did a handful of how-to videos, with plenty more to come. She'll teach you basic cooking techniques and show you how to make healthful meals for your family.


Watch Chef Meg's intro video here.



You can find a link to all of Chef Meg's original and made-over recipes and her videos on the SparkRecipes homepage, in the bottom righthand corner. You can also visit her "Healthy Home Cooking with Chef Meg" page here!


We'd love to know what you think about this new feature, especially the cooking videos, so check them out and then leave us a comment below. Tell us what you liked, what you didn't like, and what you'd like to see in the future.
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KRZYKAT3 8/27/2009 11:50PM

    I was disappointed every time I check her recipes. They maybe low fat but the sodium content is still out of sight!

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MEYLOSE 8/24/2009 5:51PM

    OH YEAH, more good stufff from SP, THANKX

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IMTRUELYBLESSED 8/24/2009 5:24PM

    It's awesome. Will be spending allot of time with Meg.

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SEXYNAILS 8/24/2009 5:08PM

  emoticon I love new ideas

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TAFOOT1 8/18/2009 5:47PM

  This is the best think that has happened to this site yet! I love Chef Meg's approach...I'm always in the market for new ideas and new recipes. Thanks for this enhancement to an already wonderful site!
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P-KAY92 8/16/2009 11:26AM

    Wonderful, I love to cook and try different things. I will be visiting this a lot.
Thank you!

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NOMOREFAT24 8/13/2009 12:38AM

    Thanks! I love to cook and collect receipes. All the SparkReceipes I print out I've made a note book to keep them in and label it SparkReceipes. Their great, have even made some my husband otherwise wouldn't have ate but now he loves them. Thanks!

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JANICEAFARIAS 8/6/2009 3:12PM

  Awesome! emoticon

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DRADISCH 8/6/2009 11:37AM

    Many thanks Great!!

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KNICKGIRL 8/6/2009 11:34AM

    Thanks so much for the great resources. This site just gets better and better!

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FREE_CAL 8/6/2009 10:42AM

  I will be checking into Chef Meg's website for ideas.

Thanks for bringing her onboard.

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PEREZITZEL 8/5/2009 11:23PM

    Great!!! Can't beleive there is someone who actually helps us out for free!! and keeps getting better!!!

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SMILINGEYES2 8/5/2009 4:01PM

    Great idea. Thanks for adding this resource.

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OSITO69 8/5/2009 11:25AM

  i really like the idea that she took some of our recipes and did a makeover so they are healthier. thanks meg!

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THINAGIN2 8/5/2009 10:42AM

    This is a good idea! I know that I will be trying lots of these.

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CEKOIS52 8/4/2009 9:40PM

  Great idea!

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LYNDALLAS 8/4/2009 4:04PM

    I would like to find out if I can have a receipe checked for calories and nutrients and also show how to lighten it up.

This is great news about Chef Meg.

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FISHINGLADY66 8/4/2009 3:26PM

    emoticon emoticon I will be trying some of her recipes.

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GRIZ1GIRL 8/4/2009 12:13PM

    Thanks for the recipes update! Awesome!

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KRZYKAT3 8/3/2009 10:57PM

    ok, I like the idea of a chef. After strolling thorugh 6/8 of her rcipes I have not found one I would not have to remake to eat as is. WAY too much sodium for our house. We have heart patients who need to eat less than 2000 mg per day!

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BAMALAKEGIRL30 8/2/2009 10:34PM

    What a great and welcome resource. Its amazing how many different tools Sparkpeople offers. Now, there is no excuse not to be healthy......and it's free! I appreciate this website so much.

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SUSAN2009150 8/2/2009 2:23PM

    The how-do videos well people to learn how to cook better meals.

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BLUEBIRDOLLY 8/2/2009 2:57AM

    i read a few and i cant wait to try some. this was a great addition. Thanks

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PUDGERAIDER 8/1/2009 5:11PM

    Wow! That's really cool!

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ANDREA0301 8/1/2009 1:49PM

    Way cool! Thanks!

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MYCHARBEL 8/1/2009 10:43AM

    This is incredible!! THANK YOU! and Thank you Meg for joining with SPARKPEOPLE to help us out. You are amazing and a delight!
Peg

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MSPUDGE 8/1/2009 3:09AM

  This is an outstanding new tool! We have our very own chef! Thanks so much SP!
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MSPUDGE 8/1/2009 3:04AM

  This is an outstanding new tool! We have our very own chef! Thanks so much SP!
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OUBACHE 7/31/2009 9:38PM

    I agree. Sparkpeople keeps getting better and better. Every time I log on it seems I discover a new tool to help me with my struggle to lose weight and keep it off. Thanks!

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LIGHTHOUSE23 7/31/2009 9:16PM

    This is great! Thanks so much!!

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DIGBOI 7/31/2009 8:53PM

    Awesome!! I love those video clips

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DOOBRIE 7/31/2009 5:54PM

    The "how-to" videos are brilliant - looking forward to more.
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EAGLES54 7/31/2009 5:44PM

    I think this is awesome. A chef at our finger tips. I am truly looking forward to the "tweeked" recipes. I play around with recipes all the time since I am diabetic but this will be way cooler! Thanks a whole bunch.
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NO-41_RAZZYS_PL 7/31/2009 12:24PM

    Oh, Stepfanie, this is sooo AWESOME!! I've already got 2 sparkrecipe books, and a lot a' times I'll try to tweak em' in order to make em' lower cal, or no salt, etc., and NOW, we've got a sparkchef- how COOL is THAT?!! I think I'll go to Chef Meg's page from now on, and... hehe!! START another sparkrecipe book!! THANKS for all the hints/helps to make our life changes!! You are all the emoticon
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WOLFSPIRITS 7/31/2009 10:58AM

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A*L*P* 7/31/2009 10:28AM

    Great!

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BUSYWIFEANDMOM 7/31/2009 9:10AM

    This is great! To now actually have a chef at our fingertips, too, with healthy recipes and tips will be so incredibly helpful in keeping the spark alive. Thank you!!!

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DEBJNC 7/31/2009 8:36AM

    This is a great addition to the recipes section. I love cooking shows and now I have one at my fingertips!! Thanks for adding this tool. As always, Sparkpeople just keeps helping to make my life better and better!

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BLUECAMEO 7/31/2009 7:17AM

    Thank you

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FOOD_CRAZY 7/30/2009 10:41PM

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MYNAMEGOESHERE 7/30/2009 10:15PM

    I love it!
I have already saved a few of her recipes.

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/30/2009 10:02PM

    Sounds great.

Thanks for all the good things you add to the site, SP.

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GODINMYHEART 7/30/2009 9:05PM

    Woohoo! Juust what we needed! Sparpeople, you rock!!!!!!!

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TOXICANGEL-NZ 7/30/2009 8:45PM

    Wow, WAY cool ! ! !

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YOWSER 7/30/2009 6:27PM

  WooHoo!

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ONE_TINY_LADY 7/30/2009 6:23PM

    This site keeps getting better and better!

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MORGANLAFEE 7/30/2009 4:37PM

    Thanks for the awesome site and the constant improving of it. Recipes is something we all struggle with and this is a great addition.

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REGAND1 7/30/2009 4:34PM

    Wow! This site just keeps getting better and better!

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