SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=158 General discussion about cooking and food preparation. SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=158 Chicken, Chicken, Chicken. Recipe Ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34295817 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34287811 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34269926 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34264748 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34258446 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34257616 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34249758 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34205896 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34201623 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>www.campbellskitchen.com/recipes/lem<BR>on-chicken-scallopini-with-spinach-61222 </link> Tue, 5 Aug 2014 08:15:49 EST Crock Pot Liners http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34178604 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34158061 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34128387 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34128371 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34086978 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34070350 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34043581 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34035822 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34028254 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34022380 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33984699 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33944712 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33942780 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33863841 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..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33856717 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33832623 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33783460 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--- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33712701 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33708554 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33700410 What the heck is umami anyway? Thu, 22 May 2014 14:41:29 EST How to calculate breading ingredients? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33695511 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33693715 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33654782 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33647717 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33632842 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33632709 Do you have any recipes that cost less than $5 to make? Mon, 12 May 2014 13:44:34 EST Saving Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33626689 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33602628 What do you consider the important ingredient you have, <BR> Wed, 7 May 2014 21:02:31 EST Favorite Breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33600581 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33600562 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33592830 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33585276 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33564347 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33528972 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33512516 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33511276 Healthy of course! :) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:16:19 EST Grinding turkey instead of buying ground turkey? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33467025 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33459168 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33459144 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33451361 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33425398 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33415934 <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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33411622 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33408904 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33392872 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33386299 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33380501 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33379850 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33322861 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33322830 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 ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33313640 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 my fish choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33296767 I also like tilapia ( as of today I had bought some at a dollar store and I cooked it in a little real butter and squeezed lemon on it then used natures no sugar whole grain bread to make a fish sandwich with lettace and light mayo., very good haddock my favorite with shrimp, too Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:00:45 EST gluten free recipies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33275935 Just recently found out I have an allergy to gluten, I'm doing ok but so far am limited on good recipes. Any ideas? Any good websites out there? Looking for any advice, tips, etc. Food's to try and to avoid ( brand wise). <em>334</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:35:02 EST Chinese food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33270207 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 Entering My Own Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33246901 Is there any way to enter the nutritonal information myself rather than having it calculated? I find entering a recipe to be very cumbersome and I haven't figured out how to add my own ingredients. So the items that I'm having to select aren't really correct therefore the calculated nutritional information is inaccurate. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to know how to add my own food in the meal tracker, for the same reason. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:52:46 EST Whipping Cream? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33150888 Can a person whip half and half and get it whipped enough to make whipped topping? I am wanting to make some cheesecake using Splenda or Stevia. Most of the recipes I find call for Cool Whip, but I don't want to use Cool Whip. I couldn't find any whipping cream. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:55:14 EST entering recipes from other websites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33106707 Is there a way to copy/move a recipe from another site to SparkPeople Recipes? <BR> <BR> I don't always have time to enter everything from scratch. <BR> <BR> I see some recipes on here that acknowledge another site (i.e. SkinnyTaste) & then list ingredients but have no instructions; but the ingredients are enough for Nutrition Facts to be calculated. It'd be really great if I could copy the ingredients over and then even make my modifications (if I have any). <BR> <BR> Any suggestions... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:16:57 EST sweet potato or yams--what's the difference? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33094543 I have heard both sides of the fence--that there is no difference in calories and there is a huge difference in calories. And how do I know for sure of what I am buying is one or the other (I don't trust the produce people to label them correctly. Can anybody give me a definitive answer? Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:26:26 EST Cream cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33092456 I love cream cheese. I mean really really love cream cheese but its high in fat so I've been trying to avoid it. I just found this awesome product at the supermarket. It is from a company called Green Mountain and it is a blend of 1/2 cream cheese and 1/2 greek yogurt. It has half the fat and calories and three times the protein. The best part is it still tastes like cream cheese! I honestly couldn't tell difference. My mouth just threw a spark <em>236</em> Anyway just wanted to sh... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:05:37 EST Gluten Free Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33084517 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33057247 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 Tried something new for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33035039 I need to go grocery shopping and didn't have the ingredients for my usual smoothie breakfast this morning so decided to try something new. I had some cooked Quinoa in the fridge and just added some cinnamon and coconut milk and warmed it up a little. It was delicious! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:20:11 EST recomendations for meal planner and shopping list? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33029582 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 Savory Steel Cut Oats Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33029513 I'm not a huge fan of steel cut oats, especially not for breakfast (just my preference, I know others love them!). So, I was challenged to find a way to get this into my diet. Found and tried a great recipe for steel cut oats risotto with mushrooms and squash - YUM!! It takes a little while to prepare, but makes a ton. Thought I would share. <BR> http://www.food.com/recipe/steel-cut-oat<BR>-risotto-with-butternut-squash-and-mus<BR>hrooms-194145 Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:44:12 EST All NINJA Products - Your Opinions Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33026231 Yes, I did see the other NINJA thread and it seems to discuss the blender. But I want to know about the other products too. Has anyone tried the Searious Cooker? Does it brown nicely, and in a timely manner? What about the Mega Kitchen System for more than drinks? Has anyone ground their own meat in the food prep bowl? What about chopped salads (ex: broccoli)? Sauces, pureed soups? Doughs, batters? <BR> <BR> What features do you like about the cookers? Dislike? What do you like/dislike about... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 13:02:31 EST Infused Water--What do you put in yours? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33022000 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33014707 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32988879 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 ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32983392 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 Experimented with a bean cake recipe ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32983235 and was pleasantly surprised! Unfortunately the battery on my scale died so I was unable to precisely measure the ingredients, leaving me with no clue as to the calorie content (sorry!) but I will make this again now that I have a new battery. High in fibre and protein, I should imagine, and I used xylitol instead of sugar. <BR> <BR> <link>chefindisguise.com/2013/03/27/white-<BR>bean-coconut-cake/ </link> <BR> <BR> I have made black bean brownies before and, whilst I ate them, I think th... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:50:18 EST yummy asparagus, mushroom +whole wheat spaghetti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32968036 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 Kale --- giving it a 2nd chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32956378 A big bag of pre-cut kale was on sale. Now what do I do with it? <BR> <BR> I've tried kale but the family was not favorably impressed. I'm giving this stuff a second chance. I WANT to like it. <BR> <BR> I'm not a fan of the idea of green drinks --- no green smoothies. We like spinach and use it often for dinner but simply substituting kale did not work for us. Please share your favorite, family-friendly kale ideas. Vegetarian ideas only, please. <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:40:30 EST How do you make canned vegetables tasty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32948689 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 How to enter a homemade food not on Sparkpeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32923170 Hello, <BR> I have a lot of overripe bananas, so I need to make some stuff with them. I checked out the recipes on Sparkpeople, and while I found a couple promising ones I don't have all the ingredients for it right now. I only have $13 (poor college student), and the bananas will go bad before I get more money.) <BR> <BR> I have this awesome recipe from another site that I, and everyone else who has tried it, loves. Comparing it to some recipes on here, it doesn't seem that bad. I just have... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:32:08 EST Your Favorite Actifry Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32922958 just thought id start a page what we can all share our favorite actifry recipes with each other! <BR> <BR> i love just the french fries in them so yummy! but last night i tried the saucy chicken with pineapple but i made mine with pork it was great and whole family just loved it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Preparation Time: 15 minutes <BR> Cooking Time: 15 minutes <BR> Serve: 4 people <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips <BR> 2 ActiFry spoons cornstarc... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:50:34 EST Any great recipes for pearl couscous? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32922476 I recently discovered this during a work lunch catered in. It was awesome. Looking for some recipe variations. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:03:13 EST question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32922387 So I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question. I'm looking for some slow cooker recipes. I need to cut down my food budget and realize I'm spending most of my money on meat. So I want to try cutting out or limiting meat from my budget for a little while. I can do it meat is just something I eat, but I don't need to have. However my BF is different he loves to have for dinner a meat, rice, and veg. So i'm looking for some recipes that might win him over to try going meatless for... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:50:12 EST Smoothie creation & how to enter into tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32918249 Greetings! <BR> <BR> I may be in the wrong group,and if I am, please send me where I need to be <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I recently bought a Vitamix and now make my own smoothies (duh! <em>246</em> ). I typically make enough for 3-4 20 oz glasses. My question is this...how to I enter this on my nutrition tracker?? I can put in the amounts I used to make the whole thing, but that really isn't accurate, showing I had more than what was actually consumed. I suppose I could divide the amo... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:43:38 EST Fat Chance Cookbook recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32917119 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 Vegetable substitutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32915191 Was just looking at today's Recipe of the Day. I have often made something similar, either chicken or tuna casserole. But I cannot eat broccoli anymore. Can someone give me some ideas of what would substitute well for the broccoli? I think of asparagus, but that gives a totally different flavor to things and that flavor can become strong. The broccoli was a completely mild flavor in comparison. <BR> <BR> I also cannot eat beans, so am not interested in that for a substitute. (Sorry, re... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:24:34 EST And I thought I didn't like cooking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32915187 Isn't it funny how one thing can lead to another? First I found SparkPeople, then I began working my way to a healthier way of eating and to trying to conquer my lack of interest in exercise. Then I began feeling a little healthier. Which led to me watching a bunch of inspiring DVD's about food, weight, etc. Which made me realize I've been trying to remake my food plan using the same tired old recipes from the past 30 years...many of which, when I tried to adjust them to be "less fattenin... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:23:43 EST How to cook for one or two and stop shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32885290 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 still...it 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32848015 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32847715 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32844477 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 I have discovered frittatas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32837497 A great low fat meal and a great way to use up odds and ends of veggys, meats and cheeses. I use egg whites in mine. Low fat and filling and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or supper. And there are plenty of recipes online. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:23:24 EST Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32819348 This is the first recipe I made using sweet potatoes. I was in heaven. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 2 sweet potatoes sliced into ¼ inch slices <BR> 3 Tbsp. olive oil <BR> 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar <BR> ¼ tsp.dried dill <BR> ¼ tsp. garlic powder <BR> ¼ tsp. chili powder <BR> ¼ tsp.sea salt <BR> ¼ tsp.freshly ground black pepper <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> Preheat the oven to 400°F. <BR> Toss the sweet potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil and vinegar. Season with dill, garlic powder, ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:23:08 EST Pomegranates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32804332 I keep seeing recipes with pomegranate seed. They look beautiful and are supposed to be very heathful.I have never bought a pomegranate and know nothing about them....so... How do pick a good one and do you just eat the seeds? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:52:11 EST Fingerling Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32793292 First off, I apologize if this is a stupid question, but what exactly are fingerling potatoes? I've seen it mentioned in the Spark Solution book but I've never heard of them before. Thank you for your help. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:03:40 EST Fresh Ham http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32790115 We had some meat given to us, its home grown and very good! But there was a couple of pkgs marked "fresh ham" , I tried i pkg frying in a skillet, but it was tough and not very tasty. Does any one know how to cook Fresh Ham? Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:50:09 EST Storing Receipes on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32782467 I love all the Receipe's on SP but the idea of having to write each one down and then storing them in a folder is there a way of storing these great receipes that can be accessed from the AP on my phone. Thank you! <em>252</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:03:41 EST Cheese Sauce? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32739556 Is making a cheese sauce with flour unhealthy? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:44:01 EST How do I determine serving size? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32737273 I have a couple recipes that I more or less developed myself (throw together pasta and a variety of vegetables together). It is different every time. How do I determine what a serving size is? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:29:56 EST Love pie? Try this, you will not regret it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32728478 I'm from the UK so our pies tend to be savoury not sweet but I'm sure that this will work whether the pie is sweet or savoury! <BR> <BR> Instead of using pastry to top your pie, use.....pizza base instead! In the UK you can buy ready UNCOOKED rolled pizza dough (or make your own, really easy). In Asda (Walmart) you can buy individual pizza bases (uncooked) around 200kcals each, I top them on my favourite filling, brush with milk or egg white and pop in the oven until golden brown. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:12:35 EST inexpensive meals for family of 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32723182 Hi I'm new again and eager to succeed. I'm married with 4 kids and I work 3rd shift and long hours. My husband is New Orleans born and raised with definite likes and dislikes when it comes to the menu. He also preps most of the food which I believe will need to become my responsibility primarily until he gets that I'm serious. My daughter, my husband and myself are in need of drastic food overhaul. The other three are thin no matter what they eat. The two teenage boys eat like locusts c... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:10:11 EST How to Store and Ripen Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32720521 I was looking for an answer to the question "Can you freeze avocado?", but I wasn't finding exactly what I was looking for on this site. I did, however, find it on another site, so I thought I would share that info with you here! Who knew avocados had their own website? LOL Well, at least one, anyway. There are probably more. But I found this info on http://www.avocadocentral.com/how-to/how-t<BR>o-store-how-to-ripen-avocados. All the info I provide is straight from this page. I am jus... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:45:00 EST Vegetarian Recipies for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32718240 Before I became a vegetarian, I'd turn to chicken breast and veggies to lose weight. For animal welfare reasons, I have become a vegetarian - but I use that term loosely. My boyfriend calls me a Carb-etarian, and its caught up with me. I have to lose about 20#s in 2 months to fit into a bridesmaids dress... What do vegetarians eat to lose weight? Other than straight vegetables... I'm a vegetarian because I like animals, not because I like vegetables. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:46:09 EST French Women Don't Get Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32646202 Hi! I've been spending the last week in New Orleans and feeling GREAT and on track... but a lot of time in the French Quarter got me thinking: are we better off cooking with low-calorie replacements or just do what the French do and eat less of the really good stuff? What's your opinion? Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:05:51 EST Lentil Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32636436 Yesterday I made lentil soup to bring to work for lunch all week. I just had my first bowl and it is DELICIOUS! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564925 </link> <BR> <BR> I made a couple of changes to the recipe: <BR> -- I used a small can of diced tomatoes instead <BR> -- I doubled the lentils and broth <BR> <BR> I ate the bowl of soup with some gluten-free pita chips and hummus. A fantastic lunch -- enjoy! <BR> <em>210</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:37:27 EST I Feel Like a Cheater! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32636210 I enjoy cooking and I am a great cook, but sometimes I just don't feel like it! <BR> My local store always has those Smart Ones or Lean Cuisines on sale and I have coupons, so I buy and just substitute one of those for a meal. I fell like a cheater, but they are so convenient! Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:40:53 EST Broccoli stems (trunks) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32626176 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32603835 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 Tips for using old vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32599540 Just because your carrots are no longer crisp, or your potatoes are slightly soft, doesn't mean you need to toss them. At this point they are perfect for roasting. <BR> <BR> Carrots, potatoes, onions, cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, cherry or grape tomatoes and brussel sprouts are great roasters. <BR> <BR> Makes sure all items are of similar size. Toss with olive or canola oil, salt, pepper, and other seasonings (I like crushed red pepper and herbs de provence). Spread evenly on a foil o... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:48:10 EST Healthy Lunch Options http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32595278 I am trying to make better food choices in life. Trying to cut out the processed foods and sugary foods. Add Healthy alternatives but I tend to be a picky eater (willing to try new things, but have a hard time liking new things- even with an open mind) I'm having a heck a time coming up with Lunch Ideas I can pack for my lunch at work. <BR> <BR> I try to pack a serving of fresh fruit and veggies with something else, but its getting boring and i'm losing interest in trying to eat healthy. <... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:01:38 EST Potato Soup ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32577219 I read quite a few potato soup recipes back some time to try to figure nutrition counts and noticed that they pretty much always had milk or cream added to them. I had never used milk or cream in mine before, but have tried using it since then. My soup always comes out looking like spoiled milk when I add that. Why does that happen? All I have ever used was the potatoes boiled and American Cheese along with the seasonings and often ham. Might include some onion or something like carrot o... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 20:52:00 EST pb2 powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32560411 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 Turkey cooked in a Slow cooker/ Crock Pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32549126 Has anyone here ever cooked a whole Turkey in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker? <BR> <BR> I have an 11 lb. one that I put in a 7 quart pot. Sprayed it with Butter flavored Pam and sprinkled fresh ground pepper on it added about 12 ounces of water to it and set the pot on high. Plan on letting it cook all night. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 21:48:26 EST Sugar Free Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32534451 Greetings! <BR> <BR> I am looking for a sugar free recipe for cake. I have been asked to find one by my pastor. He doesn't want splenda or other artificial sweeteners. <BR> <BR> Is this even possible? I've looked at the recipes here at SP and they all have some sort of sweetener. Does anyone have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> ruthi Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:21:31 EST Meal planning idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32523904 I have a Pinterest board with over 200 recipes pinned to it, but rarely go back and make or re-make something once it's been pinned on the board for awhile. <BR> <BR> Today I just had a brainstorm on how this can help me for meal planning. I simply made a new, private board for this week's meal plan, then went to my main recipe board and started re-pinning the recipes I'd like to make this week. I can then look at the sub-set of recipes and edit and make notes to myself as needed. This sh... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:04:15 EST Sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32518700 Does anyone have any ideas on how to cut out sodium but keep flavor in recipes? This has been my biggest challenge so far. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:59:22 EST brussels spouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32490884 I'm bringing brussels sprouts for TG dinner. I want to grill them at home and just warm them up at the party house. Will that work, or will they be all soggy from being in the frig overnight and them reheating them? Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:38:05 EST burger serving size http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32483498 how do i know the perfect portion size of beef i need for home cooked burger ! <BR> <BR> and what if i dont have a gram scale only per cup or ml ! <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:18:12 EST Juicy Beef Roast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32480243 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 Electric Roasters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32477629 Has anyone used an electric roaster for their turkey? I tried one this year instead of using the oven like I always have before and am wondering about the difference in cooking and time. I had a 12 pound and a 16 pound turkey and both were done in less than 3 hours at 325 degrees. In fact, the 16 pound turkey was done at 300 degrees. Is it normal for the electric roaster to cook that fast or does that sound like the temperature is off? <BR> <BR> My parents had that roaster and used it fo... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:34:09 EST What protein have you eaten today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32475907 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 Seaweed Burrito http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32437522 Hi everyone. <BR> I was getting rather desperate with meal ideas, so one day I came up with this idea.. <BR> <BR> Seaweed Burrito <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 Nori Sheets <BR> Favorite vegetables, (example, cucumber, green onion, shredded cabbage or carrots) <BR> 1 tablespoon Vegenaise (no dairy of any kind, no soy, no gluten etc) <BR> Pepper to taste <BR> Garlic powder to taste <BR> Onion powder to taste <BR> 2 section of rice sticks (I use Kong Moon brand) <BR> Earth Balance buttery... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:40:09 EST Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32437305 I was writing to get any feedback upon makin the Crockpot Buffalo Chicken dish on here Sparkpeople. The end result was water and it did NOT turn out with buffalo taste, it all watered down into the pot. I did fall asleep and so it cooked 7 hours instead of the rec. 5-6, but still it would probably burned instead of the watered down stuff I got. I don't understand where I went wrong..I covered the frozen breasts with the dry blue cheese and went from there...please help...comments/suggestio... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:18:08 EST juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32423106 Anyone been on the juicing diet fad? Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:55:09 EST apple pie substitute? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32412709 I am trying to find something for Thanksgiving dinner that can stand in for apple pie for the 3 of us who are on healthy eating plans. I found a pumpkin custard recipe that I'm thinking will work for a pumpkin pie substitute (no crust makes it a ton healthier), but I still haven't found anything to sub for apple pie. And I really really would like to-- does anyone have any ideas? TIA! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:17:00 EST chicken pot pie ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32386940 I am thinking of making a chicken pot pie dinner. <BR> <BR> what side dishes or whatever would go good with chicken pot pie? i am reminiscing my childhood days and my nauna's chicken pot pie Sat, 9 Nov 2013 22:18:15 EST How to Measure My Home Made ButterNut Squash Soup- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32364700 Hi, <BR> <BR> I made my own butternut squash soup, with 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 1/2 white onion cut up, 3 gloves of garlic, and 96 ounces of homemade chicken bone stock, and 1 leek. I am taking the whole squash that I baked in the oven for 1 hour, adding it into the soup mix and pureed it. <BR> <BR> I then have been taking 8oz at a time for my serving size. How many calories would I then figure this whole soup to be per serving please? <BR> <BR> I tried just adding in butternut squash ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 18:09:39 EST meal planning for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32341447 I need to meal plan better what are some things you do/cook to help with your week? Sun, 3 Nov 2013 12:38:58 EST Is oil always a must in recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32327518 When I look at recipes and see how high the fat content is, I try to makeover the recipe by leaving out the oil or butter. Is it necessary to include oil in recipes? Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:47:57 EST 120 Calories in 1 Tbsp Canola Oil?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32300018 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 Another slow cooker question- chicken breasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32273682 So I'm looking for something to put in a slow cooker Sunday early afternoon then have for dinner after I finish studying in the lab, and then have leftovers for the week. I have 5 chicken breasts that are on the smaller side (8-9oz) that I'd like to eat whole, rather than chopping up, for saeity and because I've had a lot of stir fry and pasta typed meals with cubed chicken. <BR> <BR> Anyway, normally what I use a slow cooker for are shredded pork/chicken and also soups and chilis, so I'm wo... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:46:36 EST Favourite Soy "Butter" For Baking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32269438 Hi I was wondering if anyone would like to share their favourite lactose free (or dairy free) "butter" to use for baking? <BR> DO you have different ones for cookies, cakes, pies, etc? <BR> Thanks. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:29:04 EST Lactose-Free: Ok For Baking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32258577 Hi I was wondering if it is ok if I use lactose-free butter and lactose-free milk and lactose-free cream and lactose-free margarine when baking? I'm worried it's going to either be a bad combo or it's not going to rise, because I know that the butter helps it in some way, so does the lactose-free butter, milk and cream help as well or will it hurt it? Thanks. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:55:23 EST Work Potluck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32258172 I'm having a potluck at work next Monday and looking for a healthier dish to bring. I don't need to feed a lot of people, just 5-10. It is for my co-worker's 10 year anniversary with the company. I know she likes shrimp and isn't a big fan of bread. Any suggestions? Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:31:27 EST Hula hoop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32231918 Has anyone tried to hula hoop for exercise? Currently trying a weighted hoop. Any tips? Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:14:56 EST Had to share! Delicious Thanksgiving French toast. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32223688 Oh wow. That was delicious. I have leftover ham from Thanksgiving and was looking for recipes. I modified this recipe a bit but here's what I used; <BR> <BR> A 80 cal thin rye/wheat bread slice. <BR> 40g of lean leftover ham <BR> 30g of apple slices (the original recipe calls for apple butter) <BR> 10g of light cheddar cheese (shredded) <BR> 1-2 tbsp. pumpkin puree mixed with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 tsp brown sugar/splenda blend <BR> <BR> dip in egg or egg whites (I used egg... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:08:05 EST Lunch Crock http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32223058 I bought a lunch crock for work, the microwave is usually busy, and I was tired of my same old sandwich. Since its getting cooler, i decided to use it today. I pulled homemade veg. soup out of my freezer last night, but it was still frozen this AM. I brought it anyway and the crock really works! My soup was perfect when my lunch time arrived (11:15). <BR> I really recommend the Lunch Crock! I got mine from Amazon for about $20.00. There are a few things I thought of that would improve, but ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:53:50 EST HOW to change - OLD school meals to healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32220100 <em>4</em> How does one change from 'old school meals' (Meat, Potato, Veg), to more Healthy meals and choices. Especially difficult once the family has been raised, and moved on; leaving just you and your spouse! <em>469</em> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 06:36:25 EST What can I sub for shortening? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32183763 Found a recipe for Southern Cornbread (uses 3 c. cornmeal and only 2T. flour -- just like my Mother made). Anyway, it calls for 1/4 c. vegetable shortening. I haven't had shortening in the house in 25+ years. What can I sub? I have "I Can't Believe It's Butter", canola oil, and olive oil. What would you do? Thanks for much! Sat, 12 Oct 2013 07:22:50 EST Low Sugar/Carb Recipe Request! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32172356 If you are willing to share, I'd love to have your best low carb/sugar recipes, preferably your quick or easy dishes since we have kids! :) <BR> <BR> Thanks so much everyone! Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:21:06 EST Ideas For Less Than Fresh Produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32167606 Chop, drizzle, salt, pepper; roast at high temp. Use as a side or in soups, stews, sandwiches, salads or whatever comes to mind. Save the planet by saving your own money! Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:42:05 EST Has Anyone Made Banana Bread Without Sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32165203 I'm out of sugar but I have everything else I need to make banana bread! I do have brown sugar, but it's rock hard and I'm worried about it causing diarrhea- anyone know anything about that? <BR> <BR> What if I just skip the sugar the recipe calls for? Has anyone done this? I don't have applesauce or anything to substitute. Wed, 9 Oct 2013 16:18:31 EST Homemade coffee creamer-Pumpkin spice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32159016 I have one weakness and that's my flavored coffee creamers. It never occurred to me before that I could make it but a few months ago I stumbled on a homemade (but still fairly high in calories, fat and sugar) recipe for a different flavors of creamers. I experimented and made my first batch which was caramel vanilla. Then when we hit October, I decided to try a pumpkin spice flavor and it is sincerely the BOMB! I love it so much! So, I thought I'd share the recipe for anyone else who wan... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 19:58:28 EST entering recipies help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32152304 I am trying to enter my own recipies that I use all the time and I am having trouble. It will not allow me to try and change the serving size and I am just guessing at this time on serving sizes when all is said and done. <BR> <BR> I want to be as accurate as I can when entering food into my nurtition tracker, but it is not an easy process to enter recipies. <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone having any better luck or am I just having problems since I am never awake and alert enough to really put my be... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 22:24:16 EST suprise family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32134005 I am not a cook by any means. How ever, my family thinks i have finally learned how to cook and they are loving it. They don't realize they are just eating healthier thanks to Spark People and the recipes that members send in. So a BIG THANK YOU to all Sat, 5 Oct 2013 09:06:50 EST Banana Bread Dillema- Vinegar ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32124417 Hey, I am thinking of making banana bread tomorrow. I am lactose intolerant so I use a soy spread instead of butter. Because of this, I have to add a little bit of vinegar to help the cake rise;if I don't it stays flat, or, rises in bumpy way. <BR> <BR> My question is if I omit the sugar from the banana bread, but I still add 1-2 tsp of balsamic or white vinegar, will it taste funny? What is the least amount of sugar I should add to make it taste good? <BR> <BR> Thank you, much appreciated. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:51:45 EST Measuring Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32122042 When I make a baked potato, do I weigh it before or after it's cooked? I've noticed that the weight is lower after I bake it and I think it's because a lot of the water came out while it cooked. So, should I weigh it before or after it's cooked? <BR> <BR> Same goes with meat. Which weight matters? The meat usually weighs less after it's cooked. <BR> <BR> So, my big question is when should I be weighing my food? Before or after it's cooked? Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:36:15 EST Proper measurements? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32072766 Does anyone know of a good source for measuring ingredients? What I mean is if you are baking, for example, how many calories are in 1/2 C of sugar. The bag says a teaspoon is 16 calories, and I know that three teaspoons = a tablespoon etc.,but doing the math is a nuisance. I thought 8T= one cup and that is true if you are measuring milk or something like that but imagine my surprise to find that mayo requires 16 T to make a cup! I either missed something in the 4th grade or I've forgotten. A... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:12:28 EST Favorite healthy food/cooking blogs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32064265 I get so much healthy eating inspiration from my favorite cooking blogs. My absolute #1 is Smitten Kitchen but I have my shortlist on Lucky Oyster ( <link>bit.ly/190aiRw </link> ). <BR> <BR> What should I be reading?? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:24:03 EST Craving garlic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32052325 So recently the last week or so I've been craving garlic. Not just a hint of garlic something covered in it. Usually for this I go to my favorite wing place and get some Garlic Wings or my new favorite the Steak and Shake Garlic Burger. Since I know neither of these options are really healthy I was wondering if anyone had any idea's or recipes for something I could make that may also help calm the craving. Trying to keep those vampires away :p <em>333</em> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 04:24:03 EST HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32019170 Hi does anyone have any ideas on which peanut butter is the best to buy, I don't want to over do it on the calories...help I love peanut butter Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:06:14 EST Do the food vacuum sealers really work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32017814 I buy some things in bulk, then freeze in individual servings. But some of the foods, fish and seafood especially, are freezer burned by the time I'm ready to eat them and I end up tossing it out. So I was wondering if anyone here uses the food sealers and if they really do protect against freezer burn, especially with more 'delicate' foods, like fish. I even recently stopped buying fish (unless I'm going to use it within a day or two) because it's such a waste to throw it away when it become... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:55:19 EST Protein powder question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32008744 Good morning! I've been doing low carb for a few months and it's working great, but . . .I want to make some 'atkins like' bars - they call for protein powder - is this the kind you can buy at Walmart or General Nutrition - in those big containers? I don't want to sound ....silly, but I also don't want to spend $17 and have the wrong stuff. Thanks bunches!!!!! <em>24</em> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:52:29 EST Make Oriental Low Cal Salad Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31999153 I love salad and found a great mix of ingredients for a low calorie dressing that spreads nicely over a salad and is only about 65 calories a tablespoon. Mix 1 tbs of any kind of sweet oriental chili sauce with 1 tbs of any kind sesame oil and a little tiny bit of water to thin if needed. If you like a more vinegary flavor try using a bit of rice wine vinegar instead of the water. Its tasty. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 04:12:31 EST Bored of lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31995623 So bored of wraps, sandwiches, salads, soup for lunch. Any ideas for something different? Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:24:54 EST Such a Thing as Lactose Free Greek Yogurt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31982339 Is there such a thing as lactose free greek "plain" yogurt? Or can it be made with soy? <BR> What about feta cheese? Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:44:36 EST Cooking - love it or hate it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31965083 I personally adore cooking and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. But some of us hate cooking as well. <BR> <BR> So, if you love cooking, what are your favorite meals to fix and if you hate cooking, what are your strategies for creating healthy meals? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:45:44 EST What is/would be your "perfect" homemade trail mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31958502 This would be mine, although it might have too much sugar in it to eat regularly: <BR> ....golden raisins (I loath dark raisins) <BR> ....craisins (dried cranberries) <BR> ....dried blue berries <BR> ....dark chocolate chips <BR> ....peanut butter chips <BR> ....pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) <BR> ....chocolate-covered soy nuts <BR> ....almond pieces/almonds <BR> ....peanuts <BR> <BR> Do you make your own? What is your favorite commercial one? <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:01:28 EST Lactose free recipes...help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31955174 Do you have any good recipes to share for the Lactose Intolerant? Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:48:25 EST Meal Planning/Food Prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31953181 I am starting to think about meal planning and food prep and not sure the best way to get started. I am not a "cook" by any mean so I am not sure what i can freeze and not. I get paid twice a month so I would have to plan around that. Any help or suggestions is much appreciated. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:30:43 EST Regular pasta vs Whole wheat/grain pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31942056 I've heard a lot of different opinions ranging from body builders to everyday people like me and there still isn't enough difference for me to switch from regular pasta to whole wheat? Why sacrifice the taste for more fiber? I say add more veggies to the regular pasta and there is your more fiber. Haha. Does anyone have any ideas to make whole grain pasta ACTUALLY taste good? Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:27:44 EST Temperature for Muffins? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31935070 Hi All- <BR> <BR> I have a recipe in my SparkRecipe box for mixed fruit muffins, from a while ago. However, when I entered it, I forgot to enter the temperature for baking, and I can't find the original recipe. Is there any sort of general guideline for this that I could use? Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:32:27 EST "Homemade" low-calorie chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31923087 I like to occasionally eat my homemade avocado dip, my homemade hummus, and commercial low-sodium salsa with chips. There are 3 things I don't like about buying commercial chips: <BR> (1) they can be high in sodium <BR> (2) they can be expensive <BR> (3) they can be high in calories <BR> <BR> My solution: (1) I take from 1 to 6 Flatout multi-grain wraps and, using a pizza cutter, I cut each wrap into approx. 24 pieces/chips. Usually, I put all six on a cutting board, and cut them all at ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 20:11:34 EST How to adapt Pancake recipes to omit Eggs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31922016 DH can't eat eggs, and I would love to learn how to adapt pancake recipes to omit the eggs, and still have a nice, tasty product. Any advice? <BR> <BR> I have already seen that there are a number of "Eggless Pancakes" recipes, but would like to adapt my own pancake mix recipe to be used without eggs. I don't need to address any other dietary issues, just the eggs. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:58:15 EST dry beans versus canned beans??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31920005 Well, I don't want to cook the whole bag of dry beans, just a portion. So my question is how much of dry beans do I cook that will equal 1 can (or 15oz) of beans? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:57:13 EST Bumping Up Your Protein Intake in the AM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31917902 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 What to do with frozen broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31905563 Hi everyone: I have 2 boxes of frozen broccoli in my freezer - not a fan of frozen broccoli but our neighbor was moving - gave me different things from her freezer/fridge so I now have these 2 boxes. Any suggestions/recipes/ideas what to do with them. I won't eat it as is, I would like to incorporate it in something but I am not a great cook nor do I have the imagine to come up with anything. I LOVE fresh broccoli but frozen does not move me so the recipe would have to really cover up the... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 18:57:30 EST Non-white Pasta recommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31896595 <em>4</em> I would like to still be able to have pasta once or twice a week but would like to do it bit more "healthily." Like switch to a whole-grain pasta. So far I haven't found any though that I care much for- mostly it's the texture since the taste comes from what you eat WITH it. Can anyone recommend a brand that is better? Tue, 3 Sep 2013 14:20:48 EST So many restrictions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31862025 Hi! <BR> Does anyone else have to eat a very restricted diet? For the time being I have to eat gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and low or no sugar. Anyone in the same boat? Are there any snacks or meals that you recommend? Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:12:44 EST Need recipes to reduce cholestrol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31847014 <BR> <BR> My cholestrol is high and need to reduce the number....ideas for recipes or what to eat to make this happen? Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:46:15 EST Whipping cream?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31842704 I had some pickerel and the recipe I made last night called for whipping cream. I've never really used it before so I picked up a small container. It was delicious! Pickerel coated in whole wheat flour, dill, salt and pepper in a creamy, lemon mushroom sauce. <BR> <BR> Now I have a small carton of leftover whipping cream (heavy cream) and although I know I've come across other recipes that call for it, I can't think of any! I think I may have a bread machine recipe that calls for it but any ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:08:26 EST List 15 Items In Your Refrigerator http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31838615 Pantry items do not count. Ready, set ... GO! <BR> <BR> 1. 2% Milk <BR> 2. Worcestershire sauce <BR> 3. Low sodium soy sauce <BR> 4. Leftovers from my weekend cooking spree (YUM!) <BR> 5. A head of lettuce <BR> 6. Onions <BR> 7. Peppers <BR> 8. Carrots <BR> 9. W.W. cheese <BR> 10. Laughing cow lite Swiss cheese spread <BR> 11. Salad dressings <BR> 12. Lite mayonnaise <BR> 13. Mustard <BR> 14. Orange juice <BR> 15. A bottle of Diet 7-Up Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:40:50 EST Pomegranate walnut dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31823172 My father went to the Olive Oil Store and got a bunch of fancy bottles of oils and vinegar. I made a dressing of walnut oil and pomegranate white balsamic vinegar. Any ideas of what to put on a salad to use with the dressing? The vinegar is sharp and tangy and the walnut flavor is rather strong. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:47:04 EST Artichokes, Celery Roots and Fennel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31819938 Hi, I've never tried these 3 veggies b4. <BR> <BR> How do you prepare them? Are they nice? <BR> <BR> I'm looking for simple ways to prepare them. I've never tried them b4. Any help? Sat, 24 Aug 2013 03:52:44 EST What vegetables did you eat today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31811924 I took this idea from BEACHES20 for her fruit thread. I tried to Search for a similar vegetable thread. If there is one on The Recipes & Cooking General Discussion, please direct me to it, and I will add my daily vegetables to that thread. Thanks. <BR> ======= <BR> onions in my bean/bison stew <BR> steamed broccoli with turkey gravy Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:10:00 EST Labneh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31777631 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Do any of you make your own Labneh? I'm curious if any of you who do have made it using "Greek Gods" brand honey yogurt. <BR> <BR> Larry Sun, 18 Aug 2013 19:12:51 EST Tofu Dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31750586 I HATE COOKING!!! <em>28</em> (because I'm not good at it yet <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> Got that out of the way. Now about my dilemma... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> How many ounces are in an average block of tofu? A lot of dessert recipes I want to try say a block or half a block of tofu... but how do you measure an average block of tofu? <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! <em>334</em> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:36:51 EST Help! I seriously need some healthy sweet treats. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31733816 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 Are There Any Additives In This Meat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31707460 why does it say on some packaged sliced sandwich meat "eat within 10 days of opening" and on others there's just a "regular" expiry date? Are any additives added to make the meat stay fresh longer? Thanks. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:29:45 EST Favorite Crockpot Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31705433 I am about to get really busy with back to school and sports starting up for my son. To avoid fast food and pre-packaged food I am planning on utilizing my crockpot a lot more often. I have about four go to recipes for my crockpot, but I'm planning on using it at least three times per week and those four recipes would get really old, really fast. What are your favorite crockpot recipes? My family has no food allergies and we are up for trying new foods. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:05:22 EST Lo-fat Cheese? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31705331 Does anyone have a recommendation for a lo-fat cheese that tastes like real cheese, not something that masquarades as cheese? I love cheese and have been trying different lo-fat versions. So far, I haven't found one that doesn't taset like library paste! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:48:44 EST My new favorite lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31665451 Filling, definitely not a small serving and oh, so healthy! Refrigerator oatmeal! <BR> <BR> I made it with 2 servings of nonfat no sugar (any flavor) yogurt, 1/2 cup nonfat milk, 1.5 cups berries (mine was a mix of blackberries, rasberries and blueberries), 2 tbsp of chia seeds and 1/4 cup of dry oats. Mixed and put in fridge overnight. 367 calories and a lot of fiber and other good stuff. :-) Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:41:37 EST Making a weekly menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31646766 I can't believe how this has helped me stop overeating! I look forward to the meal that I planned and I will actually feel excited because I don't have to think of an idea for dinner it has already been done. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:50:39 EST What do you add to your egg white scramble/omelet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31625056 I have been making 1 whole egg/2 egg white scramble and have switched to all egg whites and find them very bland and hard to eat it all. What do you add to spice up your egg white omelets? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:36:19 EST All Time Favorite Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31453295 What is your all time favorite recipe? The recipe that you would make in a heart beat every single day and never get sick of it? <BR> <BR> Mine changes monthly but this month it's pizza made with a cauliflower and spinach crust. Ahmazing! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:40:11 EST What is the best tasting fish? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31431957 I want to start eating fish and I don't know what kind to buy. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 11:47:46 EST kitchen "collections" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31424338 Anything kitchen AND PIG related is calling to me... towels, trivets, plates, etc. Not really a tea drinker, but have an ever growing collection of tea balls... vintagey, aluminum mostly, but found one for $5 at a flea market that (although hinged lid is broken) ended up being STERLING silver!! <BR> <BR> I'm a sucker for nice heavy flatware... the more quirky the better. Found set of Fiesta flatware at a yard sale for $5... settings for 8... minus 2-3 pieces. Was heavily into crafting, ba... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:27:31 EST How to shop for an avacado? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31337937 Hey everybody! I have been wanting to try cooking and eating new things. One of the things I'm most excited about trying is avacado! My question is, when shopping for avacados, how do I pick the best one? Any tips on what to look for while I'm at the grocery store? Thanks! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:53:44 EST Cooking on the super tight Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31209785 Any suggestions for cooking healthy on a supper tight budget. I have five to feed and less then $200 a month. Carbs are cheap to purchase and kids like but I know that's not the best solution. We have a garden in and its growing okay. I live in a cool climate with a short growing season. Any suggestions would help! Thanks Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:23:33 EST avocadeos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31085033 what do you do with them buy them or eat them my dietion says she uses it instead of oil how any good ideas i have looked in the internet but not that smart on the computor Sun, 26 May 2013 13:18:20 EST Puerto Rican and love to cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31012757 Cooking is part of my heritage. I love to cook. My cooking and eating out have made me obese. Any suggestions on how to make my recipes healthier? Fri, 17 May 2013 08:00:03 EST Crohn's Disease and Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30964596 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have a good friend that has Crohn's disease and she's not sure of all the foods that she is able to eat - she would like to lose weight but she doesn't know what foods to start with. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much! Fri, 10 May 2013 22:21:24 EST Do you watch Food Network? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30835172 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 Actifry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30456084 Doesbanyone own one and what do you think of it? <BR> Any good recipes for it? <BR> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:59:57 EST Healthy Recipes for Ice Cream Maker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30435533 I just got an ice cream maker (kitchen-aid stand mixer attachment) and I'm looking for some healthy recipes for fro-yo or sorbet or whatever! Thanks in advance! I can't wait to try it out! Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:36:34 EST How can I get my family to eat brown rice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30371113 My family doesn't care to eat any kind of rice except white rice. I buy brown rice and end up eating it all myself. Any suggestions as to how I can incorporate healthier brown rice into recipes? Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:00:24 EST What to do with egg yokes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30338256 So today I am baking an angel food cake. It uses 1 1/4 C egg whites, but what shall I do with the egg yokes? I would rather not throw them out. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:48:20 EST cookbook for high blood pressure and diabetes?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30122494 I have a friend in her 60's that is obese, hyper-tensive and diabetic...the perfect storm. She claims that if she cooks for that she will eat only celery and other rabbit food. Does anyone know of a cookbook (or even this site) that has recipes that address these issues? I want to prove her wrong about the rabbit food but she will not listen to preaching. She already knows that she is in bad shape and she already knows that she needs to do this and needs to do that etc. She likes to cook thou... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:38:40 EST Popcorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=29784204 Last weekend I decided to make a bag of microwave popcorn, It almost caught on fire in the microwave. I had to throw it outside for the birds. My whole kitchen was filled with smoke.. <BR> As I got on site in the evening to track my food I watched a video and on it they showed how to make your own popcorn, with kernals and a brown paper bag.. WOW , I just made some and its GREAT. You can add your own spices to it to.. Microwave popcorn is gone to me now.. I will always make my popcorn this ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:20:29 EST Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, toaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=29140741 One of my meal plans says "what bran muffins, with raisins, toaster". <BR> <BR> I am confused... do I make these? I tried to find a recipe and couldn't find one. I found something similar to it, but the ingredients it says to make them are not on my grocery list, so I can't imagine that it is the correct recipe. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:32:24 EST Superfood salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=28727720 I thought I would share this salad idea. I got this for lunch at the Fred Meyer deli yesterday and was so happy to find something so tasty and healthy at a deli. If you Google Superfood Salad, you'll get lots of recipes and ideas. The one I had was basically: <BR> <BR> Curly kale cut into 1/4" ribbons as the base <BR> A little bit of shredded cabbage and grated carrot <BR> Sunflower seeds <BR> Fresh blueberries <BR> Red onion <BR> Edamame <BR> Cashews <BR> Cherry tomatoes <BR> <BR> It a... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:16:59 EST Meal Replacement Shakes for Diabetic Person? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=27207420 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 Vitamix Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=26463718 Does anyone have any good Vitamix recipes they have tried? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:31:58 EST Juicing Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=26337252 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=25505890 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=23962935 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 Low Carb alternatives to rice or pasta? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=23524900 I have found some awesome Sparkrecipes- both oven & crockpot- for dinner entrees like pulled pork, cream cheese salsa chicken, etc...but am now looking for some new low carb alternatives to buns, rice or pasta. <BR> <BR> I already pour my entree over boiled cabbage or whipped cauliflower, but I'm always looking for other alternates. I posted on the recipes & nutritional count for Whipped Cauliflower on the 'Secrets of Success' page, but here it is again: <BR> Whipped Cauliflower: Take 1 head... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 14:15:36 EST what kind of fruit did you eat today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=19269642 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=18741172 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 What Did You Have For Breakfast This Morning? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=14621663 Lately my breakfast meals have been a variation of: <BR> <BR> Oatmeal with warm fruit, such as: peaches, mangos, pineapples, apples, almonds, w/cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract. Cooked it in apple juice a few times and yummmy! <BR> <BR> Egg white omelets w/onions, jalepenos, tomatoes, green peppers, avocados, on whole wheat toast or in a ww wrap. <BR> <BR> Getting bored. What do you eat for breakfast? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Apr 2009 10:55:02 EST