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10/18/13 12:34 P

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I am the equivalent of your fiance at home! You can do one of two things- either rely on the closest approximation you can find, or enter in an approximation of the recipe on sparkrecipes. Depending on what you focus on with tracking you can worry about that more (eg i don't watch salt intake so i don't recalc a recipe if i add more salt when cooking. similarly spices/herbs don't really have significant calories so i don't worry about it much). I DO worry about fat so I'll update if I change those quantities [and if i use a diff amt of meat i just do a quick 'makeover' and it's so quick and easy]. If he makes some dishes on a regular basis, it may be well worth getting him to write down a base recipe for you to work off of. It's all about estimated intake v. expenditure- when in doubt overestimate the former and underestimate the latter. If you get really into it, you can get a kitchen scale (LIFECHANGING for cheese portions! and i love cheese lol), but generally veggies don't have that many cals to worry about.

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10/18/13 8:32 A

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We cook at home, everything made from scratch. I am lucky to have a fiance who can make things up off the top of his head and they are amazing! The problem is, I have NO IDEA how to track those calories.
For the most part, we use lean meats, and he has a huge garden that most of our veggies come out of. Does anyone have any suggestions? to further the problem, he doesnt measure anything, just adds things until it tastes good. So, its not like I know that there is 1 cup of this, 1 tablespoon of that, etc. to build a full recipe and then break it down into calories per serving. Help?!?!

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