SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard General discussion about cooking and food preparation. SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard Christmas Recipes Recently I've found this app for christmas recipes, that I want to share with you, available on Google Play and called: "Recipes For Christmas Easy" <BR> But as we have too many days for holiday, we should be making more dishes ;) <BR> Can you share any apps or websites for christmas recipes? Sat, 21 Nov 2015 18:50:53 EST Cholesterol, how to lower it? <em>40</em> <em>4</em> <BR> My cholesterol is going wild and its very high now, and rising up, what to do to lower it with food? Fri, 20 Nov 2015 09:23:56 EST Chocolate flavor? Hi! I make a delicious protein shake every morning. I really like it, but sometimes... I want chocolate. I had some left over chocolate chips and I threw some of those i there, but that was so many calories!! Is there something I can add to give me the chocolate taste without the chocolate calories? Maybe some type of coco powder? I don't know much about cooking. Thanks!!! Fri, 13 Nov 2015 22:04:11 EST Need Kid friendly inspiration! So while I try to cook healthy - I usually end up making 1.5 meals - one for kids and the other half for me. Such as spaghetti - I make them regular spag, turkey meatballs and if I have any veggies to hide in the sauce I do so.... then I make myself zoodles..... I love zoodles! My kids think I am a freak. *Sigh* Or I do things like taco meat - give them tortillas and me romaine wraps..... etc..... <BR> <BR> So I'm not inspired today at all - and feeling kind of - "order a pizza" mood; wh... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:26:35 EST Where can I find escarole? I have a recipe that has escarole in it. So far, I have checked Walmart and Kroger and I can't find it. I really want to try this recipe out. Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:53:33 EST Favorite Gluten Free items I am having a problem with swelling in the legs and the doctor said I need to lose weight and thinks I might need to stay away from Gluten items. Having a hard time finding items I like. ;( <em>198</em> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:13:41 EST Low Carb Pizza I submitted a recipe for Low Carb pizza and it didn't calculate it correctly, its suppose to be for 8 servings not 1 and I don't know how to adjust the problem Fri, 9 Oct 2015 15:38:05 EST Seasoning What do you like to use to season your food with? I am eating healthier but it seems so unsatisfying and bland. It's the reason I never stick with healthy eating. I'm not a fan of spicy foods either so hot sauce won't work for me. Thu, 8 Oct 2015 10:12:28 EST What can I replace "coolwhip" with in a recipe I want to follow a cheesecake recipe for my birthday, its an American recipe and has 4oz of "coolwhip" in the no-bake cheesecake part. <BR> <BR> I don't know what this actually is... cream substitute? We don't have the brand in the UK. <BR> <BR> Would real whipped cream substitute or has it got some sort of firming agent like cornflour which would affect the cheesecake? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:59:41 EST Is there a high fiber roll I can buy or make? I don't eat many processed carbs, but wondered if there is any place in western NY to buy high fiber and lower carb rolls. If not, does anyone on this board have a good recipe for a roll like this? I would like an occasional roll with my turkey burgers. Tue, 22 Sep 2015 23:33:17 EST Almond Flour...Can I make my own? Fairly new to this site and anxious to get variety in my meat, egg, veggie diet. Getting boring. Wondering if I can make my own almond flour and save some money. Is it worth making? Tue, 22 Sep 2015 23:30:31 EST Grated Cauliflower ? I am wondering if anyone has purchased cauliflower that is already grated in packages and where you got it. My family actually likes it as a rice and potato substitute but I do not always have time to buy fresh and grate it. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 09:40:10 EST No more steamed broccoli! Seriously, is there anything more boring than steamed broccoli? Yikes! <BR> <BR> I know it's great roasted with some olive oil and garlic. Any other ideas? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:34:55 EST No kitchen... I have no place to prepare or store foods. I have no kitchen or refrigerator. Nearly everything I eat needs to be eaten right away or shelf-stable. <BR> <BR> Its no surprise to me that many packaged foods are high in calories and not nutritionally balanced, but a very short period of tracking my consumption has made it really stand out. <BR> <BR> Any ideas on how to eat well without a refrigerator or cooking? Wed, 9 Sep 2015 09:34:05 EST Nutri Bullet/Magic Bullet What is the difference between the Nutri Bullet and the Magic Bullet? Sat, 5 Sep 2015 14:35:44 EST Canning Does anyone else can? I love it. I can control what goes into the foods. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:53:50 EST Sick of eggs for breakfast I am over 45, and I have hypothyroidism ( slow metabolism), thus have to watch my carb intake and I am not a big cook. I have been having eggs most mornings for breakfast but I am sick of it and would like some ideas for quick low carb (or no carb) breakfast. Does anyone have any deas Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:21:31 EST Qu about cooked veggies There are so many ways to cook veggies and when I go to list on sparks units don't always apply. For dinner I had acorn squash - they measure by cups - do I just pretend mashing cooked squash into a measuring cup. I know this sounds silly but oven roasted veggies have cooked down to half the volume they started out as. Please take this question seriously................... Mon, 24 Aug 2015 18:28:20 EST Bag Lunches School is right around the corner and I am going to have my daughter pack a lunch. I need some help! <BR> <BR> What are some ideas of what to pack for lunches? <BR> <BR> We have the basics, fruit cups and etc. We have the hardest time with the "main" thing to eat. She does not care for meat or beans much, and won't eat cheese and crackers. Any Suggestions?? Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:19:44 EST Coucous I am on a medical weight diet and can not use any kind of cooking oil. I was wondering if there is any recipes that have flavor and veggies mixed with the coucous Fri, 14 Aug 2015 02:34:40 EST Recipes on a budget What are some recipes that are budget friendly and healthy? I recently just got married and don't have a ton of money to spend on ingredients. I would be cooking for my husband and I. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:32:01 EST Kitchen tools must-haves? What are some kitchen tools that are must-haves or things that you use on a regular basis? What do you use them for? <BR> I'd love to hear your thoughts! <BR> Thanks! <BR> :) Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:58:01 EST Chicken Breast ideas/recipes? I realllly want to like chicken, because I know it's good for you and full of protein, plus it's my favorite meat if I had to choose. <BR> However, the chicken that I eat usually is of the fast food/restaurant variety (is it even chicken?!) ;) <BR> <BR> So, does anyone have any cooking tips or recipes that I can make for boneless, skinless, chicken breasts? What are your favorite ways to eat chicken? <BR> I'm a newbie to cooking (especially cooking chicken!) but I'd appreciate any feedback y... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:56:36 EST Trouble Making Muffin Quiches I'm loving egg muffins, or mini crustless quiches made in a muffin pan lately, but I am not having any luck getting them to pop out of the tray easily! <BR> <BR> I have used cooking spray, brushed on butter or oil myself, and left it alone. I've tried using paper muffin cups. No matter what I do, the egg muffins stick, and you lose half the muffin trying to get it out, and you're basically left with a pile of scrambled eggs. <BR> <BR> I haven't tried a silicone muffin tray, but I have had a... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:47:00 EST Vegetables At the risk of sounding like a little kid, I HATE vegetables. Any suggestions on incorporating vegetables without making them unhealthy (ie: adding butter, salt, sauces etc?) Fri, 7 Aug 2015 22:54:38 EST Low-Carb Meals Any one have any quick, easy, low-carb dinner suggestions or recipes? Fri, 7 Aug 2015 22:53:40 EST I cook for my adult son... I cook for my adult son. I live in his home and he works very hard. He does not like beans. I want to use them. Is it wrong to add beans that I blender into the food?? Or any ideas?? <em>38</em> <BR> <BR> Thank you!!!! <BR> <BR> Judy Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:08:35 EST Safe Places to Walk Hi. I've been walking by myself and homeless people target me often. Is there a safe place to walk? Best time of day or night? I really just want to feel safe when I walk. Thanks. Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:45:10 EST Farro I have been reading the Italian community magazine and it included a recipe for this grain. It looked line an interesting change from quinoa and wonder if any one uses it and has tips Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:47:51 EST Do you have a "secret ingredient" Do you have something that you use as a secret ingredient? For me, it's a mix of about 2 parts plain Greek yogurt to 1 part salsa. I use it for everything from vegetable dip to mayo replacement to enchilada sauce. <BR> <BR> What's your secret weapon? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:23:05 EST Recipe Generator App? I have been looking for an app to put in what I have on hand & give me ideas what to make. <BR> Come end of a week I have only a few things I'd like to use up it would be helpful if I could key a few it in for ideas? <BR> Anyone have an app such as this? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 06:00:15 EST Seafood medley receipe Hello I have a bag of seafood medley and was wondering if anyone had any good recipes? Obviously something on the healthier side lol Sat, 25 Jul 2015 15:42:59 EST feeling not so smart... I can not figure out a recipe without all the extra pages.. you know a print friendly button?? Sat, 25 Jul 2015 14:48:55 EST test <em>334</em> <BR> <img src=""> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:15:13 EST Hot air fryer <img src="">Several weeks ago I bought a hot air fryer. <BR> It works great, It fries without oil. <BR> The food comes out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. <BR> If you're looking to cut out cooking with oil this is the way to go. Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:06:08 EST Weekend dinner diet break? My friends and I have had a Sunday dinner tradition for a very long time - we would cook gorgeous elaborate meals, drink wine and cocktails and talk late into the night - right now I'm making jambalaya with shrimp, andouille sausage and duck breast for an evening with my best friend. <BR> <BR> Cooking makes me so happy - especially when I'm making something decadent and elegant and traditional. (I'm the happiest right now I've been in about two weeks) Most days I eat portion-controlled meal... Sun, 19 Jul 2015 15:21:19 EST How do i add a recipe or food that i can not find I have recipes from cookbooks and do not know how to add it to my nutrition tracker. I tried to add all the ingredients from a recipe and it came up with almost 1200 calories. The recipe says 230 calories per bar. I am new to this and im very confused on how to do it. any advice please Tue, 7 Jul 2015 19:26:31 EST How do you organize your recipes? Hello! <BR> <BR> I am going to ask you how you organize your recipes. <BR> <BR> I have a big plastic folder with cutout and handwritten recipes which is just helter-skelter. That with the result that I do not check among them as often as I would like. <BR> <BR> Have you them in one or more binders? In plastic pockets or do you paste them on paper? How do you handle them when there are several good recipes on both sides of eg a newsprint? Do you write them on a seperate paper? Do you use s... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 03:44:11 EST Side Dishes....! I'm having a hard time coming up with healthy side dishes. I'm tired of the salad on the side and I'm getting tired of eating the same thing every day. It's boring and bland :( <BR> <BR> Any ideas on quick, healthy side dishes with minimum ingredients? I need to switch it up before I get discouraged and give up. <em>39</em> Wed, 1 Jul 2015 22:28:54 EST Tracking home made recipes Does anyone else have the challenge of properly tracking the meals you make? <BR> <BR> I'm a pretty decent cook, and rarely use a recipe - or if I do, it's more for guidelines/inspiration than anything. I was taught how to cooked based on how things taste rather than what's printed on a page. <BR> In fact, the only time I can remember actually following a recipe as-written is when I'm baking. <BR> <BR> .......but the difficult part comes when I try to track it - between balancing work and ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:17:55 EST Blender Bottle Recipes? Hi, I've had my blender bottle for abt a month now. So handy and quick to clean up! I'm having fun making up recipes for smoothies! <BR> <BR> Today's recipe! : <BR> a small piece of carrot <BR> half a green apple <BR> quarter of an orange (skin removed) <BR> a small piece of pineapple <BR> 4 ice cubes <BR> water (it depends how thick you want it, if you want it thinner, add a bit more water) <BR> <BR> Blend! And drink! <BR> <BR> So, does anyone own a blender bottle? What are your fave rec... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 05:34:25 EST Cooking for one Does anyone have good strategies for cooking for one? Sat, 13 Jun 2015 18:52:36 EST Nutribullet Smoothies Does anyone know how long you should blend a Nutribullet smoothie? I made my first one today with Romaine lettuce, apples and tangerines. It came out with little pieces of romaine in it. I put it on for longer (several times) and eventually just gave up. All of the smoothie directions in the booklet just say "until smooth". I also noticed that the unit was getting warm the longer I blended. <BR> Any help would be appreciated. <BR> <em>20</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:37:19 EST Polenta and Grits Are polenta (cornmeal) and grits the same thing? Forgive my northern ignorance. Wed, 3 Jun 2015 23:27:43 EST Cheese question I'm pretty new at this. So here is my question. I look up recipes for low carb and a lot of them seem to come with a lot of cheese. Even if it's light cheese, it seems like a lot. Parmesan and ricotta seem to be two of the more popular ones. If you are trying to loose weight/cut calories isn't cheese sort of working against you? Tue, 2 Jun 2015 09:12:58 EST I'm allergic to vinegar. Help! It's in EVERYTHING! Any ideas for substitutes for mayo, mustard... salad dressings? <BR> <BR> I've tried making my own mayo but honestly I'm getting tired of lemon juice and I miss the taste of vinegar in things - I miss dill pickles like you wouldn't believe. But when anaphalaxis is the alternative you don't get a choice. <BR> <BR> I'm terribly boring in restaurants because I have to order everything plain. I start wheezing when I see the words "marinated", "glazed" or "served with" becaus... Thu, 28 May 2015 11:32:48 EST Cooking fish? I want to try cooking a trout fillet in a foil parcel in the oven but not sure how long it would be in there for? I've seen recommendations from 14-30 mins which is a big range <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks Wed, 27 May 2015 18:30:00 EST My bread changes calories? I weigh two pieces of bread, 88 grams the scale said <BR> But decide to have toast, 60 grams now at most <BR> <BR> Fewer calories? or all in my head Wed, 27 May 2015 06:50:22 EST Saving my Basil My basil got flatten from a falling tomato plant. Has anyone tried the method to preserve basil where you place salt in the bottom of a jar, add leaves, then olive oil and repeat until jar is full? What is a method you have used that is fairly easy and that works? Thank you! Sun, 24 May 2015 19:27:21 EST SP Food Table I like tracking my foods but I rarely if ever buy anything pre-made. I am having trouble finding what I feel should be basic ingredients already listed in the tracker or if they are, they are not listed by weight. For example pumpkin, yams, sweet potato, or even potato. My choices are small, medium or large. What? How do I know what SP considers a medium potato? <BR> <BR> Why not just 100 grams or even ounces? I would think that all basic fruits and vegetables along with kitchen sta... Wed, 13 May 2015 07:31:40 EST Need some really low fat grams recipes I have had to watch my fat grams intake for about 6 months now due to a medicine that caused my triglycerides to climb to over 1300. After changing Drs, meds and keeping my daily fat grams intake to 15 grams or less, my triglycerides are almost normal and I've lost almost 40 pounds. I need some new dinner options now. I don't want to get tired of my menu... Sun, 10 May 2015 22:54:06 EST Pre-cooking meals for the week I would really like to start pre-cooking my meals for the week- do all my cooking on saturday/sunday and have meals ready to eat. Does anyone else have experience with this? what are the best foods/recipes? meal ideas? and especially in regards to cooked veggies- which ones are best to reheat and eat? Sat, 9 May 2015 14:17:48 EST Replacing Agave Nectar I really want to try these popsicles, but I don't want to use agave nectar. Does anyone know how/with what I would replace that? This is the recipe I'm looking at.... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2736164#_a5y_p=3750199 </link> Sat, 9 May 2015 11:37:54 EST Cauliflower couscous/rice I've seen a lot of various recipes with different techniques for cooking ... wondered what others have found works best for them? <BR> <BR> thanks Wed, 6 May 2015 23:52:03 EST Dry Measure to Cooked Need help. When serving size is 1/4 cup dry (i.e.rice) how do I convert that to amount when cooked? Wed, 6 May 2015 09:35:18 EST taco's Ground turkey, black beans, white rice, lettuce tomato, cheeeese. Fri, 1 May 2015 13:19:09 EST Need Easy Tasty Vegan One Pot Meals I don't get home from work until 5:00 most days and now that summer is here, I'm outside working in the yard and garden, so my cooking time is very limited. I am vegan, and my husband is a carnivore, but he pretty much eats whatever I fix for him. With that said, I am looking to get back to eating healthy, hoping to take off this weight, but need to find some really easy, but tasty, vegan meals that my husband will also eat. I don't like to use hard to find strange ingredients, just simply... Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:09:38 EST It's morel mushroom time, any healthy recipes?? We have moved back to central Illinois after 11 years away and it's finally morel time! Anyone have healthy recipes? We always breaded them in egg and cracker crumbs and fried them in butter. I would love a tasty healthy way to prepare them. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:27:30 EST OPA greek yogurt dressings at only 50-70 calores per two TABLESPOONS and a fabulous taste.......this is now my go to dressing. it is not cheap, bt the flavor would be incredible in a full fat full calorie dressing, much less a low cal fat one. This stuff ROCKS. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 20:28:20 EST Cooking with wine How to calculate calories. Some are lost when wine iis cooked. Any thoughts? Sat, 25 Apr 2015 16:07:03 EST Editing a recipe Hi there - I just created a recipe and I think I did the servings wrong:( Is there anyway to edit once I've posted? <BR> Debbie <BR> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:48:05 EST recipe calculations I am using the recipe builder to try and keep my carbs I am type 2 diabetic...but it confuses me that if I had ingredients that add up to 15 carbs, once in the recipe builder, the carbs come out to 57. To make sure I had the serving size right I did the recipe as if it was one serving, just my serving...that is when I noticed the 15 carbs go to 57. I am aware that sometimes nutritional values go up when you cook something in a recipe...but that is more then double. Is this n... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:16:26 EST quinoa I am considering trying quinoa. I don't know how to cook it, I have no idea what it taste like or how to season it. Any suggestions or recipes? Sun, 12 Apr 2015 19:03:30 EST Saffron Substitute I was watching the "The Kitchen" this morning and one of their money saving tips was as follows. <BR> <BR> Saffron Taste=1/4 tsp Turmeric and 1/2 tsp Paprika <BR> <BR> I have tried exchanging it for plain turmeric but it wasn't nearly as good. Sun, 12 Apr 2015 13:25:01 EST Serving Size What is a typical serving size? I was reading a recipe for Lite Italian Wedding soup which has 6 servings but the serving size was not defined. Should I assume a cup? What about for a casserole or pasta salad? <BR> <BR> TIA Thu, 9 Apr 2015 16:44:46 EST Black Bean Smoothie--mind blown! Read an article about beans regulating blood sugar well into the afternoon if eaten for breakfast. Yes--I love beans in my scrambled eggs, but I also love my smoothies!! So this morning I made my normal smoothie of Almond milk, frozen berries, and Nature's Bounty chocolate protein powder--but I added 1/2 cup drained black beans. Made it thick and creamy and it didn't change the texture or taste one bit! I even had my ultra picky 16 year old daughter take a drink (without disclosing said w... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 13:01:27 EST Whole wheat pastry flour Any ideas where to buy whole wheat pastry flour? I am only finding whole wheat flour. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 19:43:53 EST freezer meals! help!!! ok so i've looked on pinterest and would love some recipes for freezer meals that i can just thaw and cook whenever.. i'm a mom of 2 boys under 5 so i'm pretty busy and would love some feed back! help us not eat out as much <BR> thanks Sun, 5 Apr 2015 04:49:23 EST Do you eat the stems of mushrooms when eating a fresh salad? Wed, 1 Apr 2015 13:18:31 EST Ground Venison Ideas? We just got a LOT of ground venison and possibly some elk meat too. I don't usually cook with game meat! <BR> <BR> We made burgers last night so I was trying to find something different to make tonight. I've got about a half pound thawed (saving some for my boyfriend to make himself a burger for lunch tomorrow). Do you guys have any recipe ideas that aren't just "Sub ground beef for venison"? I'd like to try something new but don't even know where to start! Sun, 29 Mar 2015 08:06:46 EST What do use for vegans when making a "meat" pie? I'm a vegetarian, so i usually use quorn or soy mince to substitute "mince meat"... cooking for a vegan who does not eat soy, what can i substitute the meat with? Any ideas? Sun, 29 Mar 2015 04:14:29 EST Getting there... I peddled a total of six miles yesterday, and I didn't fell as winded or tired as I have in previous days...I think that is good. <BR> <BR> I had planned to walk with a friend today, but the good Lord sent us rain, so that is out! All this means is that I will be peddling more this evening instead. <BR> <BR> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:24:55 EST Whole wheat flour and whole wheat white flour My DH and I dislike the taste of whole wheat flour and whole wheat white flour in our recipes because there's always a kind of "off" taste. Not what we would say bitter, but a stale taste or an old taste and we've just don't care of it at all. So I hardly ever bake any more because of it and we really don't want a lot of baked items in the house also. So when I do bake, I have just gone back to good old-fashioned all-purpose white flour. I should add too, that with the other flours I've m... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:21:04 EST Using whole chicken and making broth I decided that it would be a good idea to make a whole chicken and the broth. Again. Now I really know why I always get boneless chicken. I was taking the bones out and the only ones that were whole were the larger ones in the wings and the leg bones. Everything else that I could find were little splinters and small chunks. No breast bones, no thigh bones. I had been seeing on programs to keep the bones and make more broth/stock with them. If you make the entire thing like that, how do... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 22:10:24 EST Favorite recipes for using up vegetables? I just made a huge bowl of soup to use up a large number of vegetables that were not going to get eaten before losing their nutrients. Do you have favorite strategies for using LOTS of vegetables that may be nearing their expiration date? <BR> <BR> My favorites are: soup with LOTS of veggies (today's soup: cauliflower, zucchini, onion, spinach, bok choy, carrots, celery, simmered in chicken broth with herbs, garlic and pepper flakes, then pureed. Suprisingly good for "clean out your fridge" ... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:08:57 EST Pasta cooking weight I would love it if anyone can tell me how is measure out or weigh dried pasta. Do I weigh out the dry pasta before I cook it, or do I measure/weigh it after it is cooked? If the portion in a recipe calls for say 4 oz, how do I know if that is the cooked weight? I have avoided cooking pasta (which I love) because I could seriously over eat this. Thanks for any help in answering this question. <BR> <BR> I'm going to answer my own question: 2 oz of dry pasta (like angle hair, spaghetti & l... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:34:11 EST Difficulty planning meals My Mom has stuffed the freezer full of pork ribs, chops but very little chicken or fish. I am not a big pork eater, so I m having difficulty planning the menu. My Mom is on holiday for 10 days so I m in charge of the cooking for 10 days. I don't want to get any more groceries till I have used up what's in the freezer. Veggies are no problem, I know what to do with those! It's the pork I m having problems with! <BR> <BR> On the days I m on dialysis, I will fix sandwiches for lunch and eat out... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 01:54:22 EST zoodles I see a lot of recipes for zoodles, which i love, but does anyone know how much 1 cup of just plain zoodles is calorie and protein wise? Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:43:15 EST Baking cookies help please. Rather than buy some snacks Imam tring to bake my own. I can do the banana nut bread and the carrot pumpkin bar from spark people. I am having problems with my cookies. They come out flat or soft on the bottom. Also, I think I may be using the wrong baking sheet. ,it is a nonstick double layer sheet. Which brand or kind do you use or recommend. Also when the recipe calls for a prepared cookie sheet, do they mean to spray it with nonstick spray even if it is a nonstick baking sheet? Tha... Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:32:47 EST adding receipes I have added all ingredients and filled in all blanks. I can not, however, fill in the cook time and the prep time for the receipe. I keep getting the message put a number in the proper blanks. Can anyone help me. <BR> Sat, 21 Feb 2015 11:16:39 EST Calories!! I need some help with hitting my calorie ranges. I am looking for 1200+ daily. I have not hit that over the last few days. <BR> <BR> For breakfast, I have been doing veggies: Cup or more of spinach, half an onion, roma tomato, mushrooms, cheese, and turkey sausage. Sautee in a tablespoon of water. Comes in under 250 for a whole plate of food. Egg whites optional, corn tortilla optional. <BR> <BR> Lunch today, I had an orange and 1-1/3 pieces of veggie pizza. <BR> <BR> Had air-popp... Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:08:57 EST Produce Co-op I have recently renewed my membership in a fruit and vegetable co-op. In addition to getting fresh fruits and vegetables for a reasonable cost, I love the idea the surprise I get every Saturday morning when I pick up my basket of fruit and vegetables. There are a variety of standard items such as apples, potatoes, salad greens, but there is usually an item or two that requires some imagination or creativity. It is a good way to go out of my comfort zone and experiment with new recipes. Doe... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 09:33:11 EST Brownies I had one of the best brownies in my life the other day at a friend's. <BR> She said she added blueberry greek yogurt to the mixture before baking. <BR> I tried it and, was not AS good, but still had a "choc covered berry" taste. <BR> <BR> You can also mix in applesause as half substitute for half the required amount of oil...less fat that way. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:14:44 EST Question about half cup/8oz. Drynor liquid? I have a basic question about a recipe measurement. It requires 8oz. Of sour cream for a noodle casserole. Is this a wet weight like a measuring cup or is this a scale weight. thanks for any info. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:51:55 EST Going unprocessed I have made the decision to go to an unprocessed food diet. Most of it is easy with the exception of finding new receipe choices. I have obstained from any flour, wheat or sugar, (including sugar subititutes) for the last month, however, now I'm getting a little bored and do not want to back slide. I've been feeling so much better but I'm afraid if I do not find some new choices I'm going to revert back to my old way of eating, HELP!!! <em>24</em> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:56:49 EST shortening substitutes? I was at a class tonight on baking (red velvet recipes). The recipes all call for shortening, but I don't like the idea of using a hydrogenated fat. I am wondering if a person used refined coconut oil (I think that is it -- that has the taste of the coconut taken out) would work in place of the shortening. I know that in many recipes butter will work. Just wondered what else would work in different recipes. These were cake and cookies, but I have also wondered on pie crust. Thanks. Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:53:38 EST Beef Tripe I have a beef tripe that I received at a food pantry and have no idea how to cook it, any ideas? Sat, 7 Feb 2015 22:25:15 EST Fish for cycle I 15 day diet Cod is not listed as a fish for cycle 1...but is it ok? Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:35:12 EST blueberry smoothie? how would I make a blueberry smoothie? <BR> I have blueberries (a lot) <BR> Greek blueberry yogurt (a lot) <BR> I have no milk <BR> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:03:57 EST Greens in Soup I've had to throw out several batches of "beans and greens" soup that I didn't get to finish because the greens (spinach, kale, whatever) had gone slimy. I came up with a solution! Put some of the both part of the soup in the microwave and heat until HOT then throw a handful of greens of choice into a soup bowl and top with steaming broth; add the rest of the soup serving and heat and serve. The soup will cook the greens to al dente and preserve the soup for another day. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:44:46 EST Help with a Taco Party Hi I was invited to a Taco Party... actually several of the group are going to play music.. and the theme of the party is Taco's.. everyone is to bring a dish and they are going to serve them as finger food. I am stumped.. all I can think of is chicken. I know several of us are watching our weight, a lot of them will be drinking and eating and not caring at all what they are consuming as far as calories or nutrition goes.. its a party and they will all have a great time.. We do this every f... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:06:24 EST tasty 400 calorie lunches am looking for tasty 400 or less lunches that used already cookie chicken breast. I cook several chicken breast up in 3-4 oz portions. I want some ideas how to use. <BR> <BR> Currently I have been chopping up with some Tzatziki, tomato, onion and feta on a pita. <BR> <BR> Anyone have other ideas? Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:53:07 EST how to prepare a piece of grass fed beef? I just bought a piece of grass fed beef, topside. <BR> <BR> I was thinking of making steak with garlic potatoes. <BR> <BR> My question is, how do I cook the beef? Do I have to marinate it, or do I just rub it with salt and pepper before pan frying it? My neighbor told me to wash it first to get rid of the gammy smell. <BR> <BR> What do you think? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:50:02 EST rice on a hale kale salad @ Boston pizza Ok, so the other day I attended Boston Pizza and I had the hale kale salad. I absolutely loved it and have never had a salad like it before. I'm curious on how they cooked the rice! It wasn't done in water like I know how to cook rice. IDK what kind of rice it was was it was crunchy. I tried some raw rice at home and I'm pretty sure thats not the same lolol. Does anyone know the trick or what I'm talking about?? Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:34:00 EST what can replace artificial sweeteners in recipes It is a rather weird question but I don't really want to use regular sugar (don't need even more calories) but I can't use artificial sweeteners due to the migraines I get when I drink or eat anything with it in them (especially Splenda). <BR> <BR> So what are some healthy alternatives that will sweeten up a dish without drastically changing the flavor or consistency of a recipe? Would brown sugar or honey work? <BR> <BR> Thanks for the help. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 14:40:08 EST I can't get my Quinoa right Hi, I've changed my diet to a gluten free based diet and I am keen to utilise quinoa as a rice substitute in meals but twice now I've cooked it and just can't seem to get it right. First time, as per instructions 5:1 water to quinoa for 25 minutes, came out absolute slush, next time tried 3:1 for 15 minutes, not so slushy but still stodgy. I thought it was supposed to be nutty and slightly crunchy. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong please? Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:51:26 EST hummus? can you freeze hummus? Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:46:24 EST organic beets question I just boiled some organic beets. They were yellowish whitish color. I never had an organic beet before. Can I pickle these beets? <BR> <BR> <BR> Tammy Sun, 11 Jan 2015 18:42:48 EST Thug Kitchen and Oh She Glows Received my new cookbooks yesterday. Does anyone have any suggestions of which recipes from these books that I MUST try? :) Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:37:36 EST Best Diabetic/Vegetarian Recipes from Spark People What are the Best Diabetic/Vegetarian Recipes from Spark People? Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:43:23 EST best way to thaw frozen bagged soup? basically, that's the question. I froze some bean soup a few weeks ago and want to thaw it out, but am not sure if putting the bag in a pot of room temp water would be the best way to go, or maybe it is. <BR> <BR> Can anybody clarify if this is the best idea or is there a better one? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 20:57:31 EST How to use up Greek yogurt? I have a 500g tub of Greek yogurt. <BR> <BR> Any tips on using it in recipes or other ways? Tue, 6 Jan 2015 06:38:05 EST Breakfast tips Hi all. I recently found out I have PCOS. One of the problems that goes along with it is Insulin Resistance. I am taking medication, but it upsets my stomach if I have too many carbs. I have a tendency to sleep too late to cook anything for breakfast. I usually have to eat on my way to work, and easiest is bagels or toast. This doesn't work well with medication. I need some ideas for easy breakfast that I can grab and go. I want a variety of foods so that I don't get bored. I am trying to eat... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 00:34:49 EST powdered protein Whats the best protein whey rice, pea,etc?? Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:08:45 EST alphabetizing the sparkpeople recipes Is it possible to alphabetize my recipe collections? <BR> <BR> Thanks, <BR> Ceil Mon, 29 Dec 2014 18:50:59 EST Raw Coconut Oil I am trying to eliminate artificial and processed foods from my diet. There are many respectable sources that report similar findings on the health benefits of unrefined raw coconut oil. It is 120 calories per tablespoon but due to its molecular structure it increases metabolism and reduces body fat. That explanation is here:<BR>and-weight-loss/. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have personal experience using raw coconut oil on a low calorie diet? It feel... Mon, 29 Dec 2014 12:01:31 EST pumpkin substitute I tried to make brownies with canned pumpkin instead of egg and oils, but my brownies were gritty! Even my husband said yuk!! <BR> <BR> I have tried 2 kinds of pumpkin, too, so it's not that. I read that when I'm mixing all I need to do is get the batter I wonder if I should use the mixer? <BR> <BR> Please let me know if anyone else has had this problem, and what to do about it! <BR> Until then, Merry Christmas!!! :) Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:48:08 EST Travel breakfast The hotel chain we stay at has a decent breakfast so egg whites from hard boiled eggs, ostmeal 1/2 an enjglish muffin and skim milk then I grab either an apple or a banana for later. <BR> A green tea bag to make later on. <BR> Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:56:37 EST Any vegans around? I've cut dairy and red meat as a start since they cause some serious stomach problems, and I want to try and make the leap into veganism, since I'm already half way there (and allergic to almost all sea creatures). <BR> <BR> Having some trouble finding good dishes though. A lot of the stuff around the internet includes Chia seeds or Quinoa, which is seriously not in my budget. Any relatively cheap and easy recipes/ideas would be super appreciated! Fri, 19 Dec 2014 03:55:02 EST Help with Calculating Homemade recipe I have a wonderful Tortilla Soup Recipe that I make every winter. What is the easiest way to figure out how many calories are in a serving? Thanks Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:56 EST low carb and delicious alternatives I love the items for swapping reg. bread items. ie the flat breads work in savory , sweet and appetizers - the only draw back is they don't toast well - otherwise they are perfect. <BR> <BR> sweet mock cinnamon rolls <BR> this makes four servings. <BR> <BR> 4 flax/oat square flar breads <BR> some melted butter or margarine <BR> half tsp. good fresh cinnamon <BR> pinch salt, pinch nutmeg <BR> 1/4 tsp stevia <BR> slivered almonds <BR> soft philly spread <BR> <BR> place squares out f... Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:39:55 EST Cooking with Dried Beans I love using dried beans for cooking. They are inexpensive and nutritious. Most Sparks recipes are for canned Beans (which is easy). I'd love to see your dried bean ideas. <BR> <BR> I tend to soak mine overnight and change the water to reduce the flatulence. <BR> Add spices (except salt) at the beginning of the cooking process. <BR> Add salt 2/3 of the way through cooking <BR> Add acid products (tomato, lemon juice) when beans are done. (It stops their cooking, I added it early one time--... Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:41:50 EST smoked turkey Has anyone here cooked one? Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:28:01 EST Increase calories the healthy way? I am one of the few on this site trying to gain weight (currently 98 lbs...goal 133 lbs). My problem is trying to figure out how to increase the calories of my meals in a healthy way. I don't want to be eating out all the time or adding lots of sugary products to my meals. I am currently getting around 1400 calories a day on average and I need to be getting around 2200 calories a day. Any and all suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:16:32 EST Cranberry Sauce/Relish Using whole fresh cranberries, I'm looking for different ideas to make mine this year. Suggestions please! Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:01:02 EST White whole wheat flour? So just wondering if anyone knows, if I replace all-purpose flour with white whole wheat flour for holiday baking, will it make my cookies really dense like whole wheat flour does or will they cook similar to as if I used regular all purpose flour??? Sat, 15 Nov 2014 22:57:44 EST Snacking food? I'd like to make up some easy snacks to eat while I'm sitting at the computer. It's so easy to reach over and just eat the candy I have. Does anyone have any good ideas? Thank you!! Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:47:26 EST Our ancestors didn't struggle with weight Maybe we need to go back to their way of preparing food. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 09:47:26 EST Artificial sweetners I am looking for feedback regarding artificial sweetners. I have been using artificial sweetners to sweeten my coffee for at least 45 years -- and I have an occassional diet pop/soda -- but I drink only soda 2 or 3 times a month. I also drink 1-2 glasses of lemonade that is sweetened with the artifcal sweetners daily. My husband is suggesting strongly to me that I should give this up because that these drinks are making it difficult for me to lose weight. From what i Have read -- the ... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:58:28 EST How to prepare fresh green beans? Green beans are just hanging off my plants and I'm ready to can and cook some for dinner. In past years I'd put green beans, small potatoes and some small quartered onions in the crock pot with some fat back and cover with water, toss in a bay leaf, some garlic and cook all day. Eat with a side of corn bread, mmmm, mmmm, good! So now I'm trying to figure out how to season w/o using a big hunk of pork fat, but still come up with something tasty. Anyone have a healthier way to go? Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:51:05 EST Mung Beans Has anyone cooked with mung beans? I just bought some from the bulk food section at the grocery store. I haven't done much googling on them yet, just curious about anyone's personal experience with them. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:08:29 EST eat to live anybody trying this lifestyle would like to know how they are doing it what kind of meals their planning. Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:33:56 EST Peach ideas? I have to many peaches & they're ripe. What are some good healthy ideas or recipes? Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:54:56 EST Spiralizer I just ordered a Spiralizer to be able to make "zoodles" and other kinds of vegetable noodles. Anyone else use one of these? Any suggestions? Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:50:34 EST Liver... T_T I love love love liver, but I stay away from it because I don't know how to cook it. I found a recipe that said you should marinate the liver in lemon juice over night. I didn't have any lemons, so I used apple cider vinegar. I thought since they were both acidic it would be fine. <BR> <BR> The first bite is okay. The flavours were smooth. Thyme, rosemary, sage, all good stuff... but then the aftertaste was blood, copper, and something burnt/bitter. <BR> <BR> Help! Wed, 21 May 2014 14:31:49 EST Favorite Breakfast What's your favorite breakfast? One of mine is poached eggs over thick tomato slices and served over a bed of fresh spinach. The tomato replaces the bread or toast. I also sprinkle a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper on the tomato to help bring out some flavor. Wed, 7 May 2014 12:31:39 EST Cilantro Lime Chicken If anyone loves cilantro like I do, you will absolutely love this chicken. I do have to admit that I didn't measure anything. I was kinda experimenting, just winging it, so to speak. But oh my gosh, it was so delicious. <BR> <BR> I used 4 frozen chicken tenders and placed in Tupperware. I probably used l/8 cup of extra light olive oil (it was what I had on hand). I chopped some cilantro, whatever amount you want. I minced 2 to 3 garlic cloves. I juiced one lime and also put the lime p... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:59:13 EST Hard boiled eggs question I enjoy a hard boiled egg as a quick snack, would they "keep" if after boiling and cool,remove shell, and freeze for later? Anyone try this? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:34:18 EST What do you make for breakfast if you are working? I came up with a pretty neat idea, that works for me on 12hr shifts. I put a week worth of eggs in a muffin pan, bake in the oven, microwave some turkey bacon, pack up individual containers and toast the english muffin in the morning and assemble and microwave at work, low-cal and great tasting. I am always looking for ideas, I get to work to early to eat before I go so I need things that are easily transportable. Any suggestions would be awesome~ <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>474</em>... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:34:49 EST What protein have you eaten today? We have a thread about fruits and one about vegetables, so why not one about proteins? Meats, soy, beans, dairy, nuts, whatever your favorite form of protein is. <BR> <BR> I've been eating quite a bit of salmon lately. A salmon 'burger' (no bread) yesterday for lunch, just your garden-variety frozen salmon, and today for lunch I'm making salmon patties from canned. I like whole salmon filets as well. <BR> <BR> What yummy protein is on YOUR plate today? <em>4</em> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:40:52 EST Do you watch Food Network? I watch certain shows on Food Network, my fav being Iron Chef America.I watch Chopped, but get tired of how critical the judges are, even after they have had to do it themselves and know how hard it is. Also the one with Lunch Ladies a couple of years ago was a bit silly! I mean the lady that one said she sent food home to kids who were hungry calling it Back Pack Buddies, my school does that, but its through churches and local food pantry, not the school. I think thats illegal. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:26:05 EST Meal Replacement Shakes for Diabetic Person? Hi there, this is Scott Ewart,and I have taken the challenge of losing weight and getting more fit. <BR> <BR> And I noticed that having diabetes becomes a lifetime battle since progression to find an unyielding solution is still off the horizon. Since a sudden raise in blood sugar can result to serious health conditions, having meal replacement shakes for diabetic is a way to cut down the amount of medicines to take. <BR> <BR> Has anyone of you here tried taking shakes as meal replacem... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:22:43 EST Juicing Calories I've taken to making fresh juices every morning, and I've been looking for way to track the calories in each juice. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to find out the caloric estimate per juice? I tried using the Spark Recipe program, but I felt that it wasn't accurate. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any suggestions! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 01:12:04 EST Do you drink 64 oz. of water per day? I'm just curious. If so, what benefits have you reaped from drinking the recommended amount of water daily? Mon, 2 May 2011 11:24:17 EST what kind of fruit did you eat today? I ate the most delicious sweet and juicy orange with my lunch. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:20:55 EST Feedback: New Ninja or Magic Bullet? I've been a faithful user of the Magic bullet for years, I love it! BUT, I've seen infomercials on the new Ninja. My question is, has anyone switched from the magic bullet to the Ninja and your feelings on it.. Is it better? the same? not as good? My bullet is going to need to be replaced soon and wondering which would be better. Thanks to any and all who can help! Lisa <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:17:34 EST