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Saturday, October 05, 2013



Well I have not done all that I wanted to this year and I see that as time gets away from me that I just may not be able to reach my goals for the year.
I still have an out of town wedding to attend and My niece's reception to plan for with out of town guests ( whicH I am EXCITED about ) for a week.
There is something about cooking for others that tends to hinder me on my weight loss journey. I feel like they would not like my "healthy" food and so I resort back to the old Heavy way of cooking and usually gain weight when others are staying at my home.

Are there any others out there in Spark land that do the same thing ? Do you have any good suggestions ...... ??? Of course I have cooked lean meals in the past but when we are running and gone from home all day... we tend to eat "out" or at least order " out " !! OUCH !!
I don't want to be stuck in the kitchen washing dishes while others visit either !
I have struggled with this over a year or so now and HAVE NOT found an easy answer. I do cook healthy some of the time just not the whole week.
I will try to grill chicken and steam veggies and do some salads but because of time restraints I am sure I will resolve back to the crock pot !

please feel free to share any fast easy low fat recipes for at least 5 or 6 people !

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SHANSHE 10/7/2013 10:20AM

    There are several healthy crockpot recipes, you just have to search for them... :) Best wishes, I understand your dilemma!

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CLUMBOY 10/7/2013 8:03AM

    I found a really nice little book "vegan slow cooking for two or just for you" by Kathy hester. its for a small crockpot but I am thinking the recipes would scale up. I haven't made a lot out of the book yet, but what I have made was good. can you do soups and big salads? here is a really good salad that is super easy:
Romaine lettuce
granny smith apple
low fat jarlsberg or swiss cheese (I like jarlsberg--think it has more flavor)
combine this in whatever proportion you like (obviously--go easy on the cheese)
the dressing is what makes this:
in the blender--combine:
the sweet equivalent of 1 c. sugar (I use a sugar/stevia blend so I end up using about 1/2 c. of it, which works out to about 1/4c of actual sugar--you can use any kind of sweetener, but you want the sweetening power of around a cup of sugar--start light and taste if you aren't certain)
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2/3 c. apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 c. chopped scallions
1 c. oil (grapeseed or canola--anything that hasn't much flavor of its own)
1 c. water
whirl this all up in the blender--its a lovely green color from the scallions.
I make this ahead, throw it in a quart jar and stick it in the frig. take it out and let it come to room temp for a little while before you serve--assemble the salad and dress it lightly to your taste.
this recipe makes about a quart of dressing--I usually just make a half a recipe and that's more than enough for the salad and then I keep the leftovers for later. you can run a recipe check on it--its not too bad. you could probably cut the oil even a little more and make up the difference with more water, but you need SOME oil.
this is a super yummy salad--pretty and quick with not a lot of ingredients. its wonderful with a clear broth based soup and a crispy whole grain bread.


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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/5/2013 8:35PM

    Unfortunately I don't cook & have no recipes to share. I hope that you find what you need. I know that SparkPeople has a LOT of recipes that you could use. Good luck. Remain true to YOU!

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