SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard General discussion about cooking and food preparation. SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard Ground Venison Ideas? We just got a LOT of ground venison and possibly some elk meat too. I don't usually cook with game meat! <BR> <BR> We made burgers last night so I was trying to find something different to make tonight. I've got about a half pound thawed (saving some for my boyfriend to make himself a burger for lunch tomorrow). Do you guys have any recipe ideas that aren't just "Sub ground beef for venison"? I'd like to try something new but don't even know where to start! Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:06:46 EST What do use for vegans when making a "meat" pie? I'm a vegetarian, so i usually use quorn or soy mince to substitute "mince meat"... cooking for a vegan who does not eat soy, what can i substitute the meat with? Any ideas? Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:14:29 EST Getting there... I peddled a total of six miles yesterday, and I didn't fell as winded or tired as I have in previous days...I think that is good. <BR> <BR> I had planned to walk with a friend today, but the good Lord sent us rain, so that is out! All this means is that I will be peddling more this evening instead. <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:24:55 EST Whole wheat flour and whole wheat white flour My DH and I dislike the taste of whole wheat flour and whole wheat white flour in our recipes because there's always a kind of "off" taste. Not what we would say bitter, but a stale taste or an old taste and we've just don't care of it at all. So I hardly ever bake any more because of it and we really don't want a lot of baked items in the house also. So when I do bake, I have just gone back to good old-fashioned all-purpose white flour. I should add too, that with the other flours I've m... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:21:04 EST Using whole chicken and making broth I decided that it would be a good idea to make a whole chicken and the broth. Again. Now I really know why I always get boneless chicken. I was taking the bones out and the only ones that were whole were the larger ones in the wings and the leg bones. Everything else that I could find were little splinters and small chunks. No breast bones, no thigh bones. I had been seeing on programs to keep the bones and make more broth/stock with them. If you make the entire thing like that, how do... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:10:24 EST Favorite recipes for using up vegetables? I just made a huge bowl of soup to use up a large number of vegetables that were not going to get eaten before losing their nutrients. Do you have favorite strategies for using LOTS of vegetables that may be nearing their expiration date? <BR> <BR> My favorites are: soup with LOTS of veggies (today's soup: cauliflower, zucchini, onion, spinach, bok choy, carrots, celery, simmered in chicken broth with herbs, garlic and pepper flakes, then pureed. Suprisingly good for "clean out your fridge" ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:08:57 EST Pasta cooking weight I would love it if anyone can tell me how is measure out or weigh dried pasta. Do I weigh out the dry pasta before I cook it, or do I measure/weigh it after it is cooked? If the portion in a recipe calls for say 4 oz, how do I know if that is the cooked weight? I have avoided cooking pasta (which I love) because I could seriously over eat this. Thanks for any help in answering this question. <BR> <BR> I'm going to answer my own question: 2 oz of dry pasta (like angle hair, spaghetti & l... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:34:11 EST Difficulty planning meals My Mom has stuffed the freezer full of pork ribs, chops but very little chicken or fish. I am not a big pork eater, so I m having difficulty planning the menu. My Mom is on holiday for 10 days so I m in charge of the cooking for 10 days. I don't want to get any more groceries till I have used up what's in the freezer. Veggies are no problem, I know what to do with those! It's the pork I m having problems with! <BR> <BR> On the days I m on dialysis, I will fix sandwiches for lunch and eat out... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 01:54:22 EST zoodles I see a lot of recipes for zoodles, which i love, but does anyone know how much 1 cup of just plain zoodles is calorie and protein wise? Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:43:15 EST Baking cookies help please. Rather than buy some snacks Imam tring to bake my own. I can do the banana nut bread and the carrot pumpkin bar from spark people. I am having problems with my cookies. They come out flat or soft on the bottom. Also, I think I may be using the wrong baking sheet. ,it is a nonstick double layer sheet. Which brand or kind do you use or recommend. Also when the recipe calls for a prepared cookie sheet, do they mean to spray it with nonstick spray even if it is a nonstick baking sheet? Tha... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:32:47 EST adding receipes I have added all ingredients and filled in all blanks. I can not, however, fill in the cook time and the prep time for the receipe. I keep getting the message put a number in the proper blanks. Can anyone help me. <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:16:39 EST Calories!! I need some help with hitting my calorie ranges. I am looking for 1200+ daily. I have not hit that over the last few days. <BR> <BR> For breakfast, I have been doing veggies: Cup or more of spinach, half an onion, roma tomato, mushrooms, cheese, and turkey sausage. Sautee in a tablespoon of water. Comes in under 250 for a whole plate of food. Egg whites optional, corn tortilla optional. <BR> <BR> Lunch today, I had an orange and 1-1/3 pieces of veggie pizza. <BR> <BR> Had air-popp... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:08:57 EST Produce Co-op I have recently renewed my membership in a fruit and vegetable co-op. In addition to getting fresh fruits and vegetables for a reasonable cost, I love the idea the surprise I get every Saturday morning when I pick up my basket of fruit and vegetables. There are a variety of standard items such as apples, potatoes, salad greens, but there is usually an item or two that requires some imagination or creativity. It is a good way to go out of my comfort zone and experiment with new recipes. Doe... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:33:11 EST Brownies I had one of the best brownies in my life the other day at a friend's. <BR> She said she added blueberry greek yogurt to the mixture before baking. <BR> I tried it and, was not AS good, but still had a "choc covered berry" taste. <BR> <BR> You can also mix in applesause as half substitute for half the required amount of oil...less fat that way. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:14:44 EST Question about half cup/8oz. Drynor liquid? I have a basic question about a recipe measurement. It requires 8oz. Of sour cream for a noodle casserole. Is this a wet weight like a measuring cup or is this a scale weight. thanks for any info. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:51:55 EST Going unprocessed I have made the decision to go to an unprocessed food diet. Most of it is easy with the exception of finding new receipe choices. I have obstained from any flour, wheat or sugar, (including sugar subititutes) for the last month, however, now I'm getting a little bored and do not want to back slide. I've been feeling so much better but I'm afraid if I do not find some new choices I'm going to revert back to my old way of eating, HELP!!! <em>24</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:56:49 EST shortening substitutes? I was at a class tonight on baking (red velvet recipes). The recipes all call for shortening, but I don't like the idea of using a hydrogenated fat. I am wondering if a person used refined coconut oil (I think that is it -- that has the taste of the coconut taken out) would work in place of the shortening. I know that in many recipes butter will work. Just wondered what else would work in different recipes. These were cake and cookies, but I have also wondered on pie crust. Thanks. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:53:38 EST Beef Tripe I have a beef tripe that I received at a food pantry and have no idea how to cook it, any ideas? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:25:15 EST Fish for cycle I 15 day diet Cod is not listed as a fish for cycle 1...but is it ok? Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:35:12 EST blueberry smoothie? how would I make a blueberry smoothie? <BR> I have blueberries (a lot) <BR> Greek blueberry yogurt (a lot) <BR> I have no milk <BR> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:03:57 EST Greens in Soup I've had to throw out several batches of "beans and greens" soup that I didn't get to finish because the greens (spinach, kale, whatever) had gone slimy. I came up with a solution! Put some of the both part of the soup in the microwave and heat until HOT then throw a handful of greens of choice into a soup bowl and top with steaming broth; add the rest of the soup serving and heat and serve. The soup will cook the greens to al dente and preserve the soup for another day. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:44:46 EST Help with a Taco Party Hi I was invited to a Taco Party... actually several of the group are going to play music.. and the theme of the party is Taco's.. everyone is to bring a dish and they are going to serve them as finger food. I am stumped.. all I can think of is chicken. I know several of us are watching our weight, a lot of them will be drinking and eating and not caring at all what they are consuming as far as calories or nutrition goes.. its a party and they will all have a great time.. We do this every f... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:06:24 EST tasty 400 calorie lunches am looking for tasty 400 or less lunches that used already cookie chicken breast. I cook several chicken breast up in 3-4 oz portions. I want some ideas how to use. <BR> <BR> Currently I have been chopping up with some Tzatziki, tomato, onion and feta on a pita. <BR> <BR> Anyone have other ideas? Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:53:07 EST how to prepare a piece of grass fed beef? I just bought a piece of grass fed beef, topside. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of making steak with garlic potatoes. <BR> <BR> My question is, how do I cook the beef? Do I have to marinate it, or do I just rub it with salt and pepper before pan frying it? My neighbor told me to wash it first to get rid of the gammy smell. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:50:02 EST rice on a hale kale salad @ Boston pizza Ok, so the other day I attended Boston Pizza and I had the hale kale salad. I absolutely loved it and have never had a salad like it before. I'm curious on how they cooked the rice! It wasn't done in water like I know how to cook rice. IDK what kind of rice it was was it was crunchy. I tried some raw rice at home and I'm pretty sure thats not the same lolol. Does anyone know the trick or what I'm talking about?? Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:34:00 EST what can replace artificial sweeteners in recipes It is a rather weird question but I don't really want to use regular sugar (don't need even more calories) but I can't use artificial sweeteners due to the migraines I get when I drink or eat anything with it in them (especially Splenda). <BR> <BR> So what are some healthy alternatives that will sweeten up a dish without drastically changing the flavor or consistency of a recipe? Would brown sugar or honey work? <BR> <BR> Thanks for the help. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:40:08 EST I can't get my Quinoa right Hi, I've changed my diet to a gluten free based diet and I am keen to utilise quinoa as a rice substitute in meals but twice now I've cooked it and just can't seem to get it right. First time, as per instructions 5:1 water to quinoa for 25 minutes, came out absolute slush, next time tried 3:1 for 15 minutes, not so slushy but still stodgy. I thought it was supposed to be nutty and slightly crunchy. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong please? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:51:26 EST hummus? can you freeze hummus? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:46:24 EST organic beets question I just boiled some organic beets. They were yellowish whitish color. I never had an organic beet before. Can I pickle these beets? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tammy Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:42:48 EST Thug Kitchen and Oh She Glows Received my new cookbooks yesterday. Does anyone have any suggestions of which recipes from these books that I MUST try? :) Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:37:36 EST Best Diabetic/Vegetarian Recipes from Spark People What are the Best Diabetic/Vegetarian Recipes from Spark People? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:43:23 EST best way to thaw frozen bagged soup? basically, that's the question. I froze some bean soup a few weeks ago and want to thaw it out, but am not sure if putting the bag in a pot of room temp water would be the best way to go, or maybe it is. <BR> <BR> Can anybody clarify if this is the best idea or is there a better one? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:57:31 EST How to use up Greek yogurt? I have a 500g tub of Greek yogurt. <BR> <BR> Any tips on using it in recipes or other ways? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 06:38:05 EST Breakfast tips Hi all. I recently found out I have PCOS. One of the problems that goes along with it is Insulin Resistance. I am taking medication, but it upsets my stomach if I have too many carbs. I have a tendency to sleep too late to cook anything for breakfast. I usually have to eat on my way to work, and easiest is bagels or toast. This doesn't work well with medication. I need some ideas for easy breakfast that I can grab and go. I want a variety of foods so that I don't get bored. I am trying to eat... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:34:49 EST powdered protein Whats the best protein whey rice, pea,etc?? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:08:45 EST alphabetizing the sparkpeople recipes Is it possible to alphabetize my recipe collections? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Ceil Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:50:59 EST Raw Coconut Oil I am trying to eliminate artificial and processed foods from my diet. There are many respectable sources that report similar findings on the health benefits of unrefined raw coconut oil. It is 120 calories per tablespoon but due to its molecular structure it increases metabolism and reduces body fat. That explanation is here:<BR>and-weight-loss/. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have personal experience using raw coconut oil on a low calorie diet? It feel... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:01:31 EST pumpkin substitute I tried to make brownies with canned pumpkin instead of egg and oils, but my brownies were gritty! Even my husband said yuk!! <BR> <BR> I have tried 2 kinds of pumpkin, too, so it's not that. I read that when I'm mixing all I need to do is get the batter I wonder if I should use the mixer? <BR> <BR> Please let me know if anyone else has had this problem, and what to do about it! <BR> Until then, Merry Christmas!!! :) Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:48:08 EST Travel breakfast The hotel chain we stay at has a decent breakfast so egg whites from hard boiled eggs, ostmeal 1/2 an enjglish muffin and skim milk then I grab either an apple or a banana for later. <BR> A green tea bag to make later on. <BR> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:56:37 EST Any vegans around? I've cut dairy and red meat as a start since they cause some serious stomach problems, and I want to try and make the leap into veganism, since I'm already half way there (and allergic to almost all sea creatures). <BR> <BR> Having some trouble finding good dishes though. A lot of the stuff around the internet includes Chia seeds or Quinoa, which is seriously not in my budget. Any relatively cheap and easy recipes/ideas would be super appreciated! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:55:02 EST Help with Calculating Homemade recipe I have a wonderful Tortilla Soup Recipe that I make every winter. What is the easiest way to figure out how many calories are in a serving? Thanks Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:56 EST low carb and delicious alternatives I love the items for swapping reg. bread items. ie the flat breads work in savory , sweet and appetizers - the only draw back is they don't toast well - otherwise they are perfect. <BR> <BR> sweet mock cinnamon rolls <BR> this makes four servings. <BR> <BR> 4 flax/oat square flar breads <BR> some melted butter or margarine <BR> half tsp. good fresh cinnamon <BR> pinch salt, pinch nutmeg <BR> 1/4 tsp stevia <BR> slivered almonds <BR> soft philly spread <BR> <BR> place squares out f... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:39:55 EST Cooking with Dried Beans I love using dried beans for cooking. They are inexpensive and nutritious. Most Sparks recipes are for canned Beans (which is easy). I'd love to see your dried bean ideas. <BR> <BR> I tend to soak mine overnight and change the water to reduce the flatulence. <BR> Add spices (except salt) at the beginning of the cooking process. <BR> Add salt 2/3 of the way through cooking <BR> Add acid products (tomato, lemon juice) when beans are done. (It stops their cooking, I added it early one time--... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:41:50 EST smoked turkey Has anyone here cooked one? Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:28:01 EST Increase calories the healthy way? I am one of the few on this site trying to gain weight (currently 98 lbs...goal 133 lbs). My problem is trying to figure out how to increase the calories of my meals in a healthy way. I don't want to be eating out all the time or adding lots of sugary products to my meals. I am currently getting around 1400 calories a day on average and I need to be getting around 2200 calories a day. Any and all suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:16:32 EST Basting your turkey Try this for a delicious Turkey skin treat. <BR> <BR> 2\3cups of cider vinegar <BR> 1|2 cups brown sugar <BR> 2 tables spoons orange juice <BR> Grating from orange <BR> <BR> Boil for 10 minutes and adoring zest <BR> <BR> When turkey reaches 125 degrees start basting. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:23:49 EST Cranberry Sauce/Relish Using whole fresh cranberries, I'm looking for different ideas to make mine this year. Suggestions please! Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:01:02 EST White whole wheat flour? So just wondering if anyone knows, if I replace all-purpose flour with white whole wheat flour for holiday baking, will it make my cookies really dense like whole wheat flour does or will they cook similar to as if I used regular all purpose flour??? Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:57:44 EST Snacking food? I'd like to make up some easy snacks to eat while I'm sitting at the computer. It's so easy to reach over and just eat the candy I have. Does anyone have any good ideas? Thank you!! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:47:26 EST Substitution for heavy cream/half and half? I've got a recipe that calls for heavy cream or half and half. Is there a good substitution for this that is lower in calories and fat? Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:02:23 EST Squirrel Meat * Nutritional Information for 3 ounces of raw squirrel meat -- <BR> <BR> Calories: 102 <BR> Total fat: 3 grams <BR> Saturated fat: 0 <BR> Protein: 18 grams <BR> <BR> ========================================<BR>================= <BR> ** Recipe: Fried Squirrel - Southern Style <BR> <BR> Cut each squirrel into six pieces, dip each piece quickly into cold water, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roll in plenty of flour. Have some fat heated very hot in a frying pan and sauté the squir... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 22:44:29 EST Confused about the recipe calculator I just added one of my favorite recipes into the recipe calculator, since the cookbook it came from doesn't have nutrition information. But when I get to the end of the process, there is a warning not to submit recipes from a copyrighted source such as a cookbook or website. <BR> <BR> Is there any way I can add my recipe just for my own use, and have it available to add into the nutrition calculator? I don't want to get Spark in trouble with copyright violations, I just want to have the nu... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 16:40:54 EST flour for breakfast bread? I want to make this breakfast bread as a gift for a friend who is needing to make health and dietary changes. I do not have experience in baking. My question is about substituting the different types of flour. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/breakfast-bread/ </link> - Whole grain, yeast-free, dairy-free, vegan, sugar-free <BR> <BR> The ingredient in question is 1 cup spelt flour. I recently bought a bag of flour labeled as Whiite Ultra-Wheat Whole Grain Flour. S... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:55:22 EST Country style ribs Looking for a good recipe for country style ribs... Mine seem to get tough. Could I have your favorite recipe??... Thanks so much in advance Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:32:11 EST Persimmons? I received some persimmons in my basket from a food co-op that I belong to. What should I do with these? I have no experience with persimmons. Thanks for your help. Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:42:28 EST Rinsing/sorting quinoa? I'm new to making quinoa. The package said to "rinse and sort prior to cooking". It took me forever to find a way to rinse it because my strainers are all too big. Then sorting it after it was wet was like sorting through wet sand. What am I even looking for?? Any good tips to share on rinsing and sorting? And do you sort before rinsing? Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:27:11 EST Working out recipes with no grain I have been looking at an apple crisp recipe that is fairly simple, but it has oats in it and I am not supposed to have any grains. I was wondering if it was possible to make an apple crisp using ground nuts in place of the oats. I also need to change from sugar to something with less carbs or at least less sugar. I guess without the grain it will drop the carb count. <BR> <BR> I know that for pie crusts nuts are often substituted for cookies or graham crackers in those types of crusts so... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:55:12 EST My own home made recipes Hello! I was wondering if I can include my own home made recipes into my nutrition tracker. If so, can someone please let me know how to do this? Thank you so much! <BR> <BR> Cherylshealth <BR> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 21:24:40 EST Scalloped Potatoes - low potassium recipe I found this recipe on this website and it's missing the measurements of some ingredients. It was submitted by user GO4ITNOW4, the title is Scalloped Potatoes-low potassium. The directions say to melt butter and later on, stir in sage. But there are no measurements for the butter or the sage. If anyone else knows what the measurements might be, I'd love to have some help. Making this dish for a potluck tomorrow morning and have to bake it at 8 am, Pacific Standard time. Thanks. Sat, 4 Oct 2014 02:49:00 EST purslane Does any one have any good recipes using purslane? Nothing on the internet appealed to me really, a lot of salads. I want to cook it, I'm thinking of sweating it in some butter with onions, like I do zucchini. Thu, 2 Oct 2014 09:35:24 EST Healthy sack lunch: DIY Instant Noodles! I am so sick of packing sandwiches for lunch, and ramen noodles are my diet kryptonite. I saw this online and it's life-changing! <BR> <BR><BR>nstant-noodle-cups-food-lab.html <BR> <BR> I have those IKEA jars and they are kind of heavy and it's annoying to hand-wash those rubber gaskets so I got some of these: <BR> <BR><BR>ented-and-Non-Vented-Bowl-Set-with-Han<BR>dles.product.K39681.html?orderId=19914<BR>... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:17:57 EST Pumpkin Season! I tried this today. Easy to make! 1 small (16 0z) can pumpkin, one regular size box yellow cake mix DO NOT add eggs or oil- the can of pumpkin and cake mix only . Place pumpkin and cake mix into bowl, add pumpkin spice to taste ( I added some chopped nuts for a crunchier texture) Beat and bake as directed on package. My oven took a bit longer than the directions, test with toothpick. Top with powder sugar or cool whip. Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:03:34 EST cooking for 30 - 40 people.... I want to put on a benefit fundraiser dinner that will be served between a 2 hour span -- with the number of guests coming and going. I'm guessing he number of guests will be between 40 to 50 people, I would like whole meal suggestions - and can enlarge recipes, if I need to (although prefer not to :) ) I've been looking on-line, and can't find any, I find it hard to believe I am the only person that has ever cooked large, healthy meals for diabetics (so, yes, Carb count is important........ Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:01:23 EST Is there an ACTIVE group here for Nutribullet user Ran out of space for the final S, :) <BR> <BR> I have found groups, but they seem to be "dead".... and I need help with recipes. Someone game me a used one today, but without a manual or recipe book...... I have no idea what makes a good NB recipe. I threw something together and it was pretty terrible. Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:40:45 EST Whole Grains What is your favorite recipe? Greetings, <BR> My task today is to ask a question that I have about recipes. Well, I do have a question. I eat great, except I really don't have recipes for whole grains that I can put on my plate and LOVE them. I have <BR> already given the NIX to bread, crackers, but I would occasionally make my own totally whole grain bread. I really would like some help with incorporating at least one whole grain daily into my diet but quite frankly I don't have a clue. Any suggestions? Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:13:07 EST Soaring Meat Prices Due to the high prices of meat, I plan on using meat as either a "side" or in a cassarole. Would like to go "meatless" a few days a week. We do veggie Taco Tuesday, meatless spaghetti sauce, Needing new ideas for meatless on a budget. Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:46:58 EST Confused re Recipe Calculator I'm trying to put a recipe in the recipe calculator, but the measures are difficult! I was trying to add 1/2 cup of Splenda, but the only way I could find it (including the package) was in teaspoons. I don't have the foggiest idea of how to convert teaspoons to cups! Anyone know? Mon, 8 Sep 2014 14:30:27 EST Our ancestors didn't struggle with weight Maybe we need to go back to their way of preparing food. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:47:26 EST Black Bean and Mango <BR> Black Beans in Mango Sauce <BR> Healthy Black Bean Salad <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 8 ounces black beans (one can) <BR> 10 ounces mango, diced (one small mango) <BR> 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice <BR> 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice <BR> 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice <BR> 1 tablespoon maple syrup <BR> 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped <BR> Salt and pepper, to taste <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> <BR> 1Combine black beans and diced mango in a large bowl. <BR> 2Add the lime juice, le... Tue, 2 Sep 2014 14:13:48 EST Artificial sweetners I am looking for feedback regarding artificial sweetners. I have been using artificial sweetners to sweeten my coffee for at least 45 years -- and I have an occassional diet pop/soda -- but I drink only soda 2 or 3 times a month. I also drink 1-2 glasses of lemonade that is sweetened with the artifcal sweetners daily. My husband is suggesting strongly to me that I should give this up because that these drinks are making it difficult for me to lose weight. From what i Have read -- the ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:58:28 EST Food costs This is sort of a request - and may be in the wrong place. I was reading an old sparkblog which compared the cost of "fast food" to the amt of food which could be purchased at a local store for the same amt. I think those are good comparisons and haven't seen one like that recently...but here's the request could you do a comparison of a "fast food meal" cost to the cost of a similar meal made at home and anything additional which could possibly be purchased for the same amount of money. Sat, 30 Aug 2014 07:53:26 EST Low carb baking If there is a way, that is. I will be learning how to use non-grain flours, but got wondering about substitutes for sugar. Can you use something like stevia or Splenda in place of the white sugar and the regular amount of brown sugar if it calls for both? I know that there are blends with stevia or Splenda that are half and half that are used for baking. I am wondering how much of the sugar can be replaced by another sweetener in that case. I have found several recipes that sound like th... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:28:03 EST new recipe I read how much fat cheese has in it so I tried something new.. It might not sound good but I was surprised how good it was. I made an egg omolet with green peppers red peppers and just a little bit of onion but in place of cheese which I love in my omolet I used two tablespoons of coconut low fat yogurt and it was delicious. It sort of complemented the other ingredients and saved me some fat Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:32:12 EST Recipes for anti-inflammatory Whole30 I'm just getting through Day 1 and I'm already out of ideas! Anyone have any good tips on meals or recipes? Mon, 25 Aug 2014 18:59:52 EST How to prepare fresh green beans? Green beans are just hanging off my plants and I'm ready to can and cook some for dinner. In past years I'd put green beans, small potatoes and some small quartered onions in the crock pot with some fat back and cover with water, toss in a bay leaf, some garlic and cook all day. Eat with a side of corn bread, mmmm, mmmm, good! So now I'm trying to figure out how to season w/o using a big hunk of pork fat, but still come up with something tasty. Anyone have a healthier way to go? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:51:05 EST Chicken, Chicken, Chicken. Recipe Ideas? I am using up a large bag of frozen boneless chicken before its "use by" date, and I'm trying to make it interesting. I mostly bake one pot casseroles or make soups AND I'm looking for interesting ideas to try out! <BR> <BR> So far I've made: one pot meals: Chicken cacciatore, chicken satay, thai green curry chicken, chicken with rogan josh (curry) spicing, and mexican green chili chicken. <BR> Soups: chicken vegetable, African peanut chicken, tortilla soup with chicken. <BR> <BR> Do you h... Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:29:23 EST Mung Beans Has anyone cooked with mung beans? I just bought some from the bulk food section at the grocery store. I haven't done much googling on them yet, just curious about anyone's personal experience with them. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:08:29 EST Calories in Shrimp According to the food swap menu today, i can have 5 oz of shrimp for 140 calories. If each medium shrimp has just under 4 calories each, according to the nutrition label, this would be 37 shrimp!!!! This cant be correct! Need some input on this one! Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:53:32 EST Bake Sale Ideas? Some people at work are hosting a charity lunch and bake sale to raise funds for a coworker that was in a really bad motorcycle accident. The girl that was in the accident is one of the kindest, most giving people that I know so I want to help out by bringing a few items for the bake sale. I need some ideas. What are your favorite things to bring to a bake sale? Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:39:04 EST eat to live anybody trying this lifestyle would like to know how they are doing it what kind of meals their planning. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:33:56 EST Mushrooms Ok so I've been reading all these articles about the benefits of mushroom, the nutrients health benefits etc... BUT I have an issue with them they are squishy!!!! I have a texture issue with food and would love to learn to love them but I just don't know. Does anyone out there have any recipes, advise they would share on how to help??? Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:59:57 EST Tough chicken I usually bake my chicken, so that might have something to do with it, but does anyone here know why my chicken breast always turns out tough? It is either that or dry all the time (or even dry when it is tough). I baked it this time with a foil over the baking dish so that it wouldn't be as dry. Used the lemon, thyme and pepper that they had in the slow cooker rotisserie chicken recipe, but didn't have the length of time to make it in the slow cooker since it was already about 6:30. Actu... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:02:38 EST spices Know any good spices to use and not expensive. Tue, 5 Aug 2014 22:13:10 EST Campbell's Recipe I got in my email today Most of the Campbell's recipe's I get are all cheese, pasta, bread, etc. This on actually fits my guidelines for healthy eating! <BR> <link><BR>on-chicken-scallopini-with-spinach-61222 </link> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:15:49 EST Crock Pot Liners Will be using these liners from now on. They make clean up so easy! That makes for a lazy day of clean up as well. Fri, 1 Aug 2014 11:57:30 EST Peach ideas? I have to many peaches & they're ripe. What are some good healthy ideas or recipes? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:54:56 EST Ice cream question Has anyone used almond milk to make ice cream? I was trying to make some of that that is made in a bag and though it seemed to get thick and frozen, it started melting in a big hurry when I was trying to get it out of the bag. I had used a combination of the almond milk and some cream to cut down on how much lactose was in it. I am wanting to make my own because other than a couple of natural ice creams they all seem to have carrageenan in them and I also would like to cut down how many ca... Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:28:39 EST Cooking tender brisket? Can you cook brisket in the slow cooker and get it to come out tender? How long does it take. I think I tried it once and it was still too tough. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:24:01 EST Tzaziki! New found love. I never buy storebought dips/creams/sauces, except for maybe salsa. I always assumed that things like tzaziki, artichoke or spinach dip, and the like were super high in calories. I even started making my own hummus instead of buying it. <BR> <BR> A little while ago I was browsing recipes and saw one for tzaziki - and had instant enlightenment when I saw that its main ingredient is plain greek yogurt! <BR> <BR> I made a batch last night, and it was absolutely fantastic. And, it also solved a... Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:52:32 EST Zucchini Casserole I c Bisquick <BR> 4 eggs slightly beaten <BR> 1/3 c oil <BR> 1/4 c Parmsean cheese <BR> 1/4 c of Shredded cheese (Mexican or Cheddar) <BR> 1/2 teas garlic powder <BR> 1/2 teas Oregon <BR> 1 Tbsp Parsley <BR> 3 med zucchini <BR> <BR> Mix all the the ingredients except the zucchini. Mix it in a large bowl. clean the zucc and cut them in thin slices. Put oven on to 375 degree and spray the casserole dish with Pam. Put the ingredients in casserole dish. Cook for 35 min or until the top is... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:30:47 EST Chicken dishes I find that chicken is so low in calories and very high in protein. Look for new recipes with chicken. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:58:50 EST Eggplant! I'm trying to eat more eggplant but it's something that I haven't really used much of in the kitchen. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any recommendations/recipes? Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:26:33 EST Great way to organize your recipes from ALL sites I started using this great website tool for all my recipes. It's an online recipe box where I can add recipes from ANY website. I just click a button and it formats the recipe and copies it to my recipe box. Then I can edit it, and other stuff as well. I like that all my recipes are in one place. It makes it easy for me to search and find them. <BR> <BR> It doesn't copy nutrition info, but when I need that I click the link and it takes me to the original recipe. <BR> <BR> I also just starte... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 11:09:47 EST Spiralizer I just ordered a Spiralizer to be able to make "zoodles" and other kinds of vegetable noodles. Anyone else use one of these? Any suggestions? Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:50:34 EST keeping my own diet plan I have been successfully dieting for some time now and want to keep with what i have been doing. My diet plan mostly consists of whole grains, fruits(mostly Berries for diabetic reasons) And high protein meats and fish.I am trying to find a way to track my carbs and calories without using the meal plan provided by this site Wed, 2 Jul 2014 18:28:28 EST Easy Food for Work I am getting ready to go back to work and am looking for multiple ideas to take to work. I will likely have to keep it in a small cooler. Here's one I came up with today: <BR> Cabbage Roll- <BR> Grilled peppered chicken breast- 2 oz chopped <BR> Onion- raw chopped- 1/2 cupped <BR> Medium baked potato <BR> 1 Carrot chopped fine <BR> 4 tablespoon La Victoria chunky mild salsa <BR> 6 large leafs of cabbage boiled until soft enough to roll food in <BR> <BR> Mix everything together except the ca... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:48:58 EST Left over Chicken Marsala I have aloooot of left over chicken Marsala. There is only so much rice and chicken one can eat in a week, I am looking for different ways to eat it. I read online you can make a pizza with chicken marsala which I want to try, it sounds good! Any other suggestions? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 09:45:26 EST birthday cake Hello bakers, I want to make a cake for my son's birthday party but I'm terrible at decorating. Seriously terrible. How do I make a cake look cute without creating a mess? Any suggestions or tricks? Thanks <BR> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 03:12:45 EST Any ideas about a garbanzo salad recipe..... Ok, two days ago I was looking at recipes and found one that looked really good. It was (if I'm remembering correctly) garbanzo beans in a spicy yogurt dressing, then tossed with romaine lettuce. I thought I bookmarked it but today when I tried to find it, I hadn't. Does anyone recall seeing this recipe lately and can you point me towards it? I've tried every search term i could think of and can't find it. I know the recipe had a photo with it if that helps with clues. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 22:20:20 EST tuna with greek yogurt Just ate tuna salad using yogurt instead of mayo. It really tasted very good. Didn't miss the mayo at all. <em>4</em> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:14:00 EST Suggestions for potluck picnic for reunion? My family holds a reunion yearly and we started making it a potluck one last year. Any ideas of what potluck dish/food to take besides salads? There will be around 40-50 people, at least, possibly more. Last year there were too many potato salads, macaroni salads, etc. <BR> <em>304</em> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 19:46:16 EST This Has Probably Been Asked a 1000 Times But--- I'm new TODAY, and am playing with the features, with thoughts of canceling my WW subscription. Although I have been fairly successful on it, I think the "points" system is un-natural and chains one to WW for life! My question is WHERE or HOW do I calculate values for my own recipes and recipe servings--for example I make my own chicken and vegetable soup. WW has a feature that lets you enter recipe items and calculate WW points. Is there something here for doing that or how do I go about... Sat, 24 May 2014 10:00:24 EST IT IS DELICIOUS - Tastes Like Pineapple Cheesecake I just threw this together and was so impressed with myself. <BR> <BR> 1/2 Cup of 1% Lowfat Cottage Cheese <BR> 2 Pineapple Slices (cut up) <BR> 2 tsp of the pineapple juice <BR> 4 tsp of cool whip topping <BR> <BR> The numbers are great for this dessert (or snack) <BR> <BR> Calories - 199 <BR> Carbs - 27 <BR> Fat - 4 <BR> PROTEIN - 15 <BR> <BR> I think that's pretty darn good. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Fri, 23 May 2014 19:09:17 EST What is umami? What the heck is umami anyway? Thu, 22 May 2014 14:41:29 EST How to calculate breading ingredients? I was putting a recipe in the nutrition calculator for a breaded oven baked chicken and realized there's a problem. I didn't actually use all the breadcrumbs/flour/breading ingredient called for in the recipe. Most if it is tossed after breading the chicken. I suppose I could weigh the ingredients before and after and subtract the difference, but that seems unnecessarily complicated. <BR> <BR> Is there a standard percentage used to calculate breading? For instance, if a recipe calls for one... Wed, 21 May 2014 22:01:51 EST Liver... T_T I love love love liver, but I stay away from it because I don't know how to cook it. I found a recipe that said you should marinate the liver in lemon juice over night. I didn't have any lemons, so I used apple cider vinegar. I thought since they were both acidic it would be fine. <BR> <BR> The first bite is okay. The flavours were smooth. Thyme, rosemary, sage, all good stuff... but then the aftertaste was blood, copper, and something burnt/bitter. <BR> <BR> Help! Wed, 21 May 2014 14:31:49 EST Pablano Peppers, What To Do With Them I was given a dozen by a neighbor. I never made/bought this type of pepper, Looking for suggestions on how to use them. Thu, 15 May 2014 18:54:21 EST Dehydrated Peanut Butter Hi All! I'm excited to try some organic dehydrated peanut butter that i received and i know i can just mix it with water to make peanut butter itself, but does anyone know if i can just mix the powder straight into things like oatmeal or do i have to premix it into PB first and then add it? Any other hints or tips??? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Susan <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:04:35 EST Favorite Homestyle Recipe? Trying to keep the family happy, but also trying to make healthy changes to our recipes. Anyone have a favorite healthy homestyle recipe they would like to share?? Mon, 12 May 2014 14:11:59 EST $5 Recipes Do you have any recipes that cost less than $5 to make? Mon, 12 May 2014 13:44:34 EST Saving Recipes Am I allowed to save recipes from other sources as long as I don't share them publically? Sun, 11 May 2014 17:07:55 EST Ingredient What do you consider the important ingredient you have, <BR> Wed, 7 May 2014 21:02:31 EST Favorite Breakfast What's your favorite breakfast? One of mine is poached eggs over thick tomato slices and served over a bed of fresh spinach. The tomato replaces the bread or toast. I also sprinkle a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper on the tomato to help bring out some flavor. Wed, 7 May 2014 12:31:39 EST Red Cabbage I want to steam some red cabbage to use it up. Anyone know of what I might season it with? Wed, 7 May 2014 12:26:19 EST Cold Veggy Pizza Crust - Low Carb ideas? I'm supposed to make a cold veggy pizza for a potluck this weekend. It's the pizza that typically uses crescent rolls as a crust and then it's loaded with a cream cheese sauce and vegetables. I'm looking for a low carb substitution for the crescent rolls or at least a lower carb substitution. Any suggestions? Tue, 6 May 2014 09:49:37 EST Make Ahead Breakfast I had been buying my husband microwave egg white breakfasts, as he gets up earlier than I do and he will not make himself anything on the stove. After a trip to Costco, stocking our fridge with huge quantities of fresh veggies, I started searching for ways to use them up before they went bad. I happened to see the new pan I just purchased, a 4 mini pie pan from Wilton. Eureka! Why not try to make a breakfast omlet pie for him? <BR> <BR> Even though the pan was non-stick, I sprayed the bo... Mon, 5 May 2014 07:47:58 EST Orange Juice Concentrate Substitution in Recipe I have a recipe for Spicy Honey Orange Chicken that calls for orange juice concentrate. Even though it is not much (1 TBSP) I was trying to come up with a substitution, because I am trying to keep the frozen juices in my house to a minimum. (So, I don't drink too much of them!) <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any ideas? I love the taste of the recipe, but I also will drink too much juice if I keep it around! <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! <BR> Peg Fri, 2 May 2014 01:29:27 EST Anyone cook with Kamut This is a grain that originates from Egypt. I bought some yesterday and am.looking forward to trying it. Need recipes and how to cook it help. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 09:59:51 EST crystal light drinks? I am trying to.cut out soda and I was wondering if this would be a good substitute?! Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:12:33 EST Favorite Black Eyed Pea Recipes? Healthy of course! :) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:16:19 EST Grinding turkey instead of buying ground turkey? Hi there, <BR> I'm not quite over the sticker shock when I was shopping for the 93 % and above ground turkey. I am still somewhat new hereabout 56 weeks into it. But anyway. The first time I bought it it was the 85%, when I got home & started cooking with it & tracking I realized it wasn't much better than ground beef.So today I was at the market & looked at it more ( the better stuff ) that was over $5 a pound! I can't do that! <BR> I was wondering, has anybody had any experience in grindin... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:39:24 EST Wow! Delicious "Lunch" Eats Like Dessert! I just invented the most deliciously decadent and healthy--you can call it lunch, I'll call it dessert--ever! I mixed 1 cup of Fage nonfat plain Greek yogurt with a sliced banana, healthy sprinkle of cinnamon and 1 T. organic honey. It was like this thick whip cream dessert thingy and it is SO good for you. 315 calories, 25 grams of protein, 57 carbs. Try it, you'll love it! Get good honey, though: it makes a HUGE difference. I only buy local raw honey--you can get it at Whole Foods by the bu... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:20:59 EST Milk help Wondering whats best? I need more calcium in my diet. <BR> Almond? Soy? Coconut? Cow? Whole? skim? I need something tastey to drink as well as put on my cereal... <BR> thanks Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:12:51 EST Advance food prep I'm working on food for my son's graduation -- and the schedule is going to be very tight - planning on doing this at home to keep budget under control too. Had a brilliant idea, but need some thoughts - I want to do a crepe bar - crepes can be made in advance - it's the fillings, particularly savory fillings I'm thinking about - I made some yummy crepes last night - sauteed vegetables with a mushroom wine sauce - how much in advance can I prep a sauce and the veggies...and what do you think... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:24:00 EST Question about chicken in the crockpot... I have what might be a stupid question, but here goes.. I was wondering if I could use chicken in place of beef for a 'crock pot roast' and if anyone has tried it with regular and sweet potatoes. I have a few things I'd like to use up but want to make sure it will taste fine first. Any input is appreciated. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:48:31 EST Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad <BR> Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 lb jumbo cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined, chopped <BR> 1 medium tomato, diced <BR> 1 avocado, diced (good fat but optional) <BR> 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine <BR> 1/4 cup chopped red onion <BR> 2 limes, juice of <BR> 1 tsp olive oil (optional) <BR> 1 tbsp chopped cilantro <BR> salt and fresh pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, pinch of salt... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:09:03 EST Easy to chew vegetable or fruit favorites? I"ve recently lost several teeth and find I have to stick to easy to chew foods until I can get implants. <BR> While there are simple answers like cottage cheese and soup, I'm looking for some favorite low calorie vegetable or fruit recipes. They can be hot or cold. Just looking for something a little different than just plain cooked vegetables or fruit. <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:03:24 EST Perogie dough-Help! I'm making Perogies for Easter and would like to give a few to relatives to take home. I LOST my reciepe for the dough-it did Not have sour cream as a ingredient for the dough, I know some of the ingredients were flour, butter, and egg.. Help! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:09:38 EST Sweet potato puree? I found a recipe the other day (I thought on Spark) for chewy chocolate brownies that are gluten and sugar free. They called for almond butter and sweet potato puree, among other things. I looked up sweet potato puree on the 'net and got so many different things I have no idea what I needed to have in it. There was some with milk, some with butter, some with maple syrup and one that was plain sweet potato. All of them required a food processor, which I don't have. I used the beaters the ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:39:22 EST Calories in Leek Broth Greetings, everyone. <BR> I like to make a clear broth using leek tops, the odd bit of celery, and parsley stems, to sip on when it's cold here and I need a little something, but don't want an actual snack. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any idea how many calories are in that? <BR> <BR> I can't imagine it would be much at all. But I do need to know, because I'm trying hard to stay within prescribed limits. <BR> I don't see anything in prior discussions, having done a search within this... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:49:01 EST Cooking for the person who has no time. I am trying to plan future meals for myself. I feel like it will save time and help with keeping myself on track. I find myself running to fast food for a quick meal most of the time. I'd would love some input on recipes that I could make in bulk and that I could freeze and pull out when I'm ready to eat it. I know a few recipes for soups, but not enough to keep a variety in which I won't be tired of it within a month. Any help would be much appreciated! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:11:49 EST Beef Stew Help Hi, making beef stew for dinner and Ooops, I don''t have the packaged seasoning. What type of spices can I add to make it taste like the packaged seasoning was added ? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:27:17 EST Indian Food I was wondering if anyone has any recipes for easy Indian food? My husband and I are interested in trying to cook an Indian meal, and I thought I'd see if anyone had any suggestions! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:05:40 EST Cilantro Lime Chicken If anyone loves cilantro like I do, you will absolutely love this chicken. I do have to admit that I didn't measure anything. I was kinda experimenting, just winging it, so to speak. But oh my gosh, it was so delicious. <BR> <BR> I used 4 frozen chicken tenders and placed in Tupperware. I probably used l/8 cup of extra light olive oil (it was what I had on hand). I chopped some cilantro, whatever amount you want. I minced 2 to 3 garlic cloves. I juiced one lime and also put the lime p... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:59:13 EST Why so much oil in marinade recipes ? Anyone know why so much oil is often called for? <BR> Can it be eliminated entirely or reduced significantly? <BR> How do you calculate how many calories to add to the prepared food when using a marinade? <BR> Thanks everyone for your help. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:26:14 EST Chinese food Hi, looking for recipes similar to what is served at a Chinese Buffet-only healthier versions to make at home. Ideas? My family enjoys Chinese buffets and I'm trying to avoid them for now. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:45:10 EST Gluten Free Baking Does anyone else need to follow a gluten free diet? I really could use some advise on alternative products to breads, pastas, pizza dough, etc. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:38:00 EST Super Fast Meal Idea's Looking for any and all super fast meal idea's that don't include stir fries. <BR> <BR> Any help would be greatly appreciated :) Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:50:58 EST recomendations for meal planner and shopping list? I'm looking for suggestions for a good meal planner. I track my food using the SP nutrition tracker but I find it quite limited for easy meal planning. It's missing drag-and-drop functionality and it's a huge pain to change the amounts of ingredients of recipes or food groups. <BR> <BR> I just started with Plan to Eat and so far I like it as a meal planner. But... I don't want to have to duplicate my effort in terms of inputting info on what I've eaten, on both Plan to Eat and SP. <BR> <... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 23:00:11 EST Infused Water--What do you put in yours? I tried a delicious infused water this week while staying at a hotel. I couldn't figure out what was in it and they told me it was cucumber and mint. I was hooked. So today I bought a infuser pitcher and made my own. Now I have made a second batch with apples and cinnamon stick. Can you recommend any other good combos? Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:35:55 EST Learning to cook I need to learn how to cook! If I am going to take charge of my health and try and cut out a lot of processed food, I need to learn how to cook. I really don't like to cook because I am so impatient with everything. Besides SP are there any blogs, books, sights that you recommend for a beginner with easy and not with a lot of complicated ingredients. <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:00:21 EST Olive Oil & Unsalted Butter? Hey all- <BR> <BR> I use olive oil daily to bake (kale, sweet potatoes, etc). <BR> <BR> I also use unsalted butter in instant potatoes and rice. <BR> <BR> How many additional calories can I assume I'm taking in from this? I wonder if these things are the culprits in holding me back from my goals. Thoughts? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:27:54 EST If You Have Ever Baked with Stevia ... Hi - I'ven thinking of trying stevia instead of sugar for baked goods but I can't figure out the measurements. How much stevia would you use when substiting sugar in a recipe? Also, how's the taste? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help!!! <BR> Jane Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:29:59 EST yummy asparagus, mushroom +whole wheat spaghetti Hello, <BR> <BR> I just 'invented' this informal 'recipe' that I thought would be a healthy way to up my vegetable intake. It is satisfying enough to serve as a main lunch dish. <BR> <BR> The amounts are 'to taste', but you can start with a cup of asparagus pieces and 1/2-2/3 cup of baby portabello mushroooms, + 'eyeball' the amount of whole wheat spaghetti to use, as a start. The intent is not to have a pile of spaghetti with the other ingredients on top of it, but to mix pieces of spagh... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:08:48 EST How do you make canned vegetables tasty? I've decided try eating the recommended cups of veggies a day. It's not that I can't eat them plain, but I was wondering if anyone knew any quick ideas (or seasonings they like on them) to make them taste better? I usually eat green beans, corn, and peas. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:23:04 EST Fat Chance Cookbook recipes? Has anyone bought and or tried any of the recipes from Lustig's Fat Chance cookbook? I am curious.......... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:37:31 EST How to cook for one or two and stop shopping! It seem so hard to get inspired to cook for just one or two people. Also, it's hard to keep fresh food in the house. If we shop for fruit or veggies and buy too much it goes bad. Otherwise, it seems we are going out daily. <BR> <BR> We have tried to stock the freezer and that helps, but would be nice to have fresh. Seems like a lot of work for just one or two of us. <BR> <BR> The biggest problem is that if I'm in the store, I will get a candy bar or something bad! Like cooki... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:29:26 EST Hard boiled eggs question I enjoy a hard boiled egg as a quick snack, would they "keep" if after boiling and cool,remove shell, and freeze for later? Anyone try this? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:34:18 EST What do you make for breakfast if you are working? I came up with a pretty neat idea, that works for me on 12hr shifts. I put a week worth of eggs in a muffin pan, bake in the oven, microwave some turkey bacon, pack up individual containers and toast the english muffin in the morning and assemble and microwave at work, low-cal and great tasting. I am always looking for ideas, I get to work to early to eat before I go so I need things that are easily transportable. Any suggestions would be awesome~ <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>474</em>... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:34:49 EST What are your favorite ways to eat lentils? I was being adventurous and bought a bag of lentils. I have no idea what to do with them. What do you do with lentils? <BR> <em>239</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:29:44 EST Broccoli stems (trunks) The big stems on your broccoli is still usable. A lot of folks don't like to use it because it is tough, but if you take a vegetable peeler and just peel the tough part off, you get the tasty, tender inside to use in soups, sautees and salads. <BR> <BR> It is actually my favorite part of broccoli! Steamed with a little olive oil and lemon and pepper- Yummy! Sat, 14 Dec 2013 20:40:33 EST How Do You Overcome Cooking Inertia? I really hate to cook. This is probably one of the biggest reasons for my weight problem. How do you overcome your initial resistance to cooking? I mean both at the start of your program and on a daily basis? How do you make the process more enjoyable? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:12:58 EST pb2 powder Does anyone know what this is and have you used it? Also where can it be bought? Thu, 5 Dec 2013 13:32:24 EST Juicy Beef Roast? So, I made the Beef Roast recipe in the Sparkpeople Cookbook, but it didn't come out too juicy. Anyone have any advice on how to do it? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 23 Nov 2013 23:59:46 EST What protein have you eaten today? We have a thread about fruits and one about vegetables, so why not one about proteins? Meats, soy, beans, dairy, nuts, whatever your favorite form of protein is. <BR> <BR> I've been eating quite a bit of salmon lately. A salmon 'burger' (no bread) yesterday for lunch, just your garden-variety frozen salmon, and today for lunch I'm making salmon patties from canned. I like whole salmon filets as well. <BR> <BR> What yummy protein is on YOUR plate today? <em>4</em> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:40:52 EST 120 Calories in 1 Tbsp Canola Oil?? I'm shocked! I just tracked my breakfast(scrambled eggs) and looked at the calories for 1 tbsp canola oil- it's more than the calories in 1 egg! <BR> Might be switching to Pam. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:51:28 EST Bumping Up Your Protein Intake in the AM! So typically I do 6 egg whites (20g+ protein), but this morning I decided I wanted a big bowl of oatmeal. I follow a lot of healthy Instagram accounts, and a few of them recommended "Proats" which is "protein" and "oats" combined. I made a 1.5 serving of oatmeal, and added a scoop of my Body Fortress Chocolate Protein Powder (along with some goji berries, cinnamon, and raisings). It's not bad,I think I'd enjoy the powder more in some almond milk though, lol. But still, overall not bad. I'm ju... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 05:26:26 EST Help! I seriously need some healthy sweet treats. I almost found myself in trouble tonight when I got a craving for sweets. I was able to control myself to an extent but still managed to eat one of my sons Little Debbie Fancy Cakes (only 1). At times like this I need something really sweet and fruit just doesn't cut it. <BR> <BR> I've also found myself craving chocolate. I admit I ate a teaspoon full of Hershey's chocolate syrup yesterday. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, this doesn't happen but every once in a while. <BR> <BR> Granted I was well w... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:09:53 EST What is the best tasting fish? I want to start eating fish and I don't know what kind to buy. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 11:47:46 EST Do you watch Food Network? I watch certain shows on Food Network, my fav being Iron Chef America.I watch Chopped, but get tired of how critical the judges are, even after they have had to do it themselves and know how hard it is. Also the one with Lunch Ladies a couple of years ago was a bit silly! I mean the lady that one said she sent food home to kids who were hungry calling it Back Pack Buddies, my school does that, but its through churches and local food pantry, not the school. I think thats illegal. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:26:05 EST Meal Replacement Shakes for Diabetic Person? Hi there, this is Scott Ewart,and I have taken the challenge of losing weight and getting more fit. <BR> <BR> And I noticed that having diabetes becomes a lifetime battle since progression to find an unyielding solution is still off the horizon. Since a sudden raise in blood sugar can result to serious health conditions, having meal replacement shakes for diabetic is a way to cut down the amount of medicines to take. <BR> <BR> Has anyone of you here tried taking shakes as meal replacem... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:22:43 EST Juicing Calories I've taken to making fresh juices every morning, and I've been looking for way to track the calories in each juice. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to find out the caloric estimate per juice? I tried using the Spark Recipe program, but I felt that it wasn't accurate. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any suggestions! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 01:12:04 EST What are you having for dinner tonight? My hubby is cooking tonight our menu will consist of: French onion chicken breast....cailfornia blend veggies and baked potato oooo yea and a garden salad!! Sun, 25 Sep 2011 07:33:23 EST Do you drink 64 oz. of water per day? I'm just curious. If so, what benefits have you reaped from drinking the recommended amount of water daily? Mon, 2 May 2011 11:24:17 EST what kind of fruit did you eat today? I ate the most delicious sweet and juicy orange with my lunch. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:20:55 EST Feedback: New Ninja or Magic Bullet? I've been a faithful user of the Magic bullet for years, I love it! BUT, I've seen infomercials on the new Ninja. My question is, has anyone switched from the magic bullet to the Ninja and your feelings on it.. Is it better? the same? not as good? My bullet is going to need to be replaced soon and wondering which would be better. Thanks to any and all who can help! Lisa <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:17:34 EST