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My Taste Buds are CRAVING cold-weather foods!

Monday, November 05, 2012

I did quite a bit of cooking this weekend!!

My friend Desi and her boyfriend came over for dinner Saturday night. I made a big, veggie lasagna -- with my homemade marinara -- a big bowl of salad, and mini cheesecakes with berries for the topping.

YUM!! emoticon

I've still got some lasagna left, and it is REALLY hitting the spot right now! In the summer, I tend to eat raw for the most part...bean salads, whole grain salads, regular salads, lots of hummus and salsa...

But now I want cold weather foods! Which is part of my downfall every winter. Almost everything is super healthy...but most of my cold-weather recipes involve lots of cheese on the top.

A little is good! I don't eat fish often, so the extra protein is always a good idea!

And this weekend, I also made a sweet potato shepherdess pie -- all veggies and beans, 100% vegan, and SOOO satisfying! And I pulled down a couple of jars of soup from the freezer (yes, I make my soups from scratch and freeze them), so I've got tomato basil soup and jambalaya ready to be eaten!!

But I seem to fall into that trap where I make the same 3-4 casseroles every week, EVERY YEAR, even though I start out healthy. And ALL of them have lots of cheese. It's what I crave in the winter!

PLEASE send me healthy cold-weather recipes!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 11/8/2012 7:08PM


Stick to those soup recipes and/or go to Spark recipes and try out some of the lower calorie casseroles. I tried a chhicken veggie casserole yesterday and other than needing some salt and pepper it is pretty darn good. I recommend those recipes for you to get that yummy comforting feeling.


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EASTENDCLAM 11/6/2012 7:50PM

    Send over the leftovers, that sounds delish. I want the recipe for the Shepardless Pie. A vegan son will be home for the Holidays (hopefully).

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ANYVAR54 11/6/2012 5:41PM

    I just love making chicken soup, but if you don't want to eat meat you can make it a veg soup. Just heat up onion, celery, peppers which are chopped in a bit on olive oil. Add the spices you want. (I add basil, sage, thyme, oregano, ) Add this to another pot that has cooked chicken, and any vegetables you want, and broth with water to the amt that you want. heat it all up.
You can have bread with this, or put a few croutons on top or not.
And you can leave out the chicken and add any kind of beans you want.
We have some in the fridge I am going to heat up for dinner.

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SHARJOPAUL 11/6/2012 7:54AM

    I love split pea soup with just a little extra sharp cheddar sprinkled on top., with a slice of molases cornbread.

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LOOKINGUP2012 11/6/2012 7:37AM

    Winter is my hard time to because these foods don't digest as fast.

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EELS4PEELS 11/5/2012 9:21PM

    I'm the same way! I love Casseroles and creamy soups when it gets chilly. I'll have to go through my recipe box and see what I've got! Everything you made last weekend sounds amazing!

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STFRENCH 11/5/2012 7:19PM

    Home-made lasagna is my son's meal of choice this week! Perfect for our freezing Northern England weather emoticon


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IRONBLOSSOM 11/5/2012 12:49PM

    Wow, you are an amazing cook. That is my next challenge in this weight loss lifestyle!

I hope you get lots of recipes so I can crib off of them! :-)

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MOTTAMAMALOU 11/5/2012 9:32AM

    You are making me hungry! emoticon

I'm not much of a cook so I wouldn't dare to send you a recipe.

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