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I am having a great time with these recipes.


Monday, March 04, 2013

I am making progress with my very old cook books and I am using myself as a guinea pig.
I am eating a lot of recipes I have made with oat bran and they satisfy me but I am a simple soul. I can well imagine if I post them on Spark I will hear blah and bland. I do love food but I do not really enjoy recipes with more ingredients than directions.

My spice rack is that of a minimalist and I like to eat vegetables but mostly cooked vegetables that I grew up with. I did have a cooking background and some nutrition courses in England.

I had just about forgotten about those days but lately I dug out my books about Oats, Beans and Barley and I have my head in the books for a while.

I am looking at high fiber cooking without too many ingredients. I will keep at this for a while. I have not lost weight in a very long time so I should know how it impacts on MY BLOOD SUGAR, MY TRIGLYCERIDES, MY TASTE BUDS AND MY Weight !.

These are my priorities and I am hoping to give you some feed back in a week or so. I might never get results with it but I will let you know later.

I have to hit the library tomorrow. I hope it helps me and if it fails I know I tried very hard. But I do like a challenge. Pat in Maine.

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EGGBASKET1 3/6/2013 9:45AM

    WAY TO GO, PAT ! GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR CHALLENGE ! HUGS...EGG

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NASFKAB 3/6/2013 6:00AM

  we eat very spicy food but am interested in what you are doing as I want to have simpler food now all the best

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CHAIRUL 3/5/2013 7:17PM

    I'm doing THAT TOO!!!!! And trying new recipes on Spark People too! You'd be so proud of me!!!! I made roasted vegetables last night! And Chris LOVED them(turnip,carrots,onions and red potatoes with chopped ginger) Yummy! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 3/5/2013 2:21PM

    Sounds like a plan! I love going through cookbooks & trying new things.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/5/2013 11:52AM

    I don't mind oats cooked in muffins and breads and such but don't care for hot cereals and they spike my blood sugar. I like barley in soup. And I like most kinds of beans other than limas and black beans.

I love to go though cookbooks and have a ton - some old ones too. They are often the best. Not trendy, fad type recipes but classics.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/5/2013 11:39AM

    That seems like a perfect challenge to finish out the winter. I'm looking forward to hearing more about it as you discover things you like.

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GINIEMIE 3/5/2013 11:30AM

    Cool, old cook books are better! No can of this, package of this...etc. I like whole wheat, oats recipes. Let me know what you come up with. If we like spice, most of us can figure out which ones would add some zing.
Hope this jumpstarts some changes for you.
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EFFIEANNIE 3/5/2013 9:43AM

    Sounds good to me. I don't use many spicy things, never use black pepper or anything hot. I do like garlic and onion in everything just about. I like things simple and need to increase my fiber. Would like to know if you come up with a winner.

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SUNNY332 3/5/2013 9:22AM

    Your blogs of late made me think about a diet and I went looking for it. It is called The Dukan Diet and Oat Bran is the cornerstone of this Diet and has a multitude of benefits. Here is the link which I hope helps you.

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You will have to copy the link then put it in your browser.

Let me know if this helps you.

Hugs, Sunny

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BETHGILLIGAN 3/5/2013 7:47AM

    You know I don't like to cook so this does not sound like fun to me!! LOL You, however, are loving this!! Good luck!! Hope you find some recipes you love!

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CHALLENGER15 3/5/2013 6:19AM

    I know that we have fun trying new things. I also understand what you mean about putting the recipes out there; I just cringe a lot of times when I read comments underneath a recipe. Sparkpeople comments aren't as bad as some of my recipe sites, but I still just cringe when I think about the fact that here is someone who has gone to all the trouble to try and post, and then there is so much criticism.

Have fun, my friend!

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ROSEWCI 3/5/2013 6:04AM

    EnJOY!!! emoticon

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SCHECK5 3/5/2013 4:56AM

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KATHY024 3/5/2013 2:18AM

    Sounds like a very good plan!! I love looking at cookbooks but like you if I have to hunt all over creation for the ingredients than I pass it by. My husband grew up on very spicy food and it really raised havoc with his stomach so he just loves bland now! Share away, we will like your recipes! emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 3/5/2013 12:54AM

    I don't use a lot of spices either. My cooking is
just ideas I get after I see what I have. It's
amazing what you can concoct. I always say
that's how most recipes are invented. I hope
you have luck at the library, otherwise just
look online. emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 3/4/2013 11:58PM

  Sounds like You are having fun going though your very old cookbooks and finding recipes you like. Enjoy using the recipes too. Hope that you find a lot of new things at the library. You might try Quacker Oaks, Red Mill, and companies that make the products to see if they have recipe books featuring their product in them. And then online for free recipe books etc. Enjoy your time doing it. Get a good night sleep. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week and Lovely Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GRACEISENUF 3/4/2013 11:53PM

    I am a no frills cook myself and I agree on a short ingredient list. I was raised on a farm in California so we ate plenty of meat and veggies and fresh fruit and salads.

Hope you have fun gathering ideas.

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EXOTEC 3/4/2013 11:33PM

    Don't discount "blah and bland"! That's pretty much my preference...good plain cooking. I like some extra seasoning, but it tends to be mild and herb-y. I'm about sick of everything having to be full of hot peppers or strong spices. I want to taste the food! Seasoning should enhance, not cover up. What are they covering up in those meats, that require so much "doctoring"??? No thanks.

I remember my grandmother making meatloaf with rolled oats instead of bread crumbs. Does your book have that sort of recipe? I remember there being egg, some spices, with tomato sauce or ketchup on top layered with bacon slices. It was delicious and simple.

I have tons of recipes, not only in books, but gleaned from many internet sites. My file here is many K long! LOL I've even been known to pick up a few of the ones posted here...although I can't usually use them as-is because they're all full of carbs and we're on a restricted diet. But I figure I can modify them.

I agree, cooking is a great and pleasurable pastime. Have fun!


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ARTJAC 3/4/2013 11:09PM

    I USE OUR LIBRARY FOR LOTS OF THINGS I CAN LOOK THEM UP ON LINE AND AND PUT THEM ON HOLD UNTIL THEY BECOME AVAILABLE AS WE HAVE A MOBILE LIBRARY WHICH VISITS OUR AREA ON WEDNESDAY AND YOU CAN PICK UP AND LOOK AT WHAT IS ON THE MOBILE AND THE STAFF ARE VERY HELPFUL HOPE YOU FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AT YOUR LIBRARY emoticon emoticon

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NEEDSHELP52 3/4/2013 11:02PM

    Pat, good luck and enjoy!!! HUGS, Terry emoticon emoticon

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POPSY190 3/4/2013 10:56PM

    If the library fails you I'd try looking on-line. I have a couple of old English books that I refer to now and again. One of them is the Be-Ro flour book - I don't think the company exists now! Modern books don't deal with things like rhubarb and redcurrants unless they become fashionable and then they are spoiled by being combined with odd ingredients! My father came from Wingate in Co Durham and I call Newcastle on Tyne my home city.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/4/2013 10:34PM

    Good luck at the library

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1CRAZYDOG 3/4/2013 10:20PM

    Good job!!!! We all have to work with what tastes good for us AND is good for us, so keep up your good job.

I am probably more of a recipe person than my Mom (Irish). She never had bland cooking . . . just not a lot of spices. But that's what I grew up with too. I just started experiementing with different spices, though, since I've been married and cooked. It's all what we get accustomed to.

All that is to say, you wouldn't hear boring or bland from me!

HUGS

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MILLISMA 3/4/2013 10:19PM

    Pat, I would be interested in hearing some of the recipes you come up with. I love getting out the old cookbooks but I have collected way too many of them.

Keep us posted.

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HARROWJET 3/4/2013 10:14PM

    I am looking for higher fiber recipes too, to help Ted with his diverticulitis. He is feeling much better and we want to keep it that way.

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WOWEETOO 3/4/2013 10:06PM

    stock up on books more snow headed your way lol
you gotta eat every once in a while i go through my cookbooks and i love it you never know what you forgot and are missing out on
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the lady mary

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