SparkPeople 'The SparkPeople Cookbook' Official Team Team Messageboard This is the official team for "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight" SparkPeople 'The SparkPeople Cookbook' Official Team Team Messageboard Honey Mustard Roasted Chicken But I used a small roaster chicken and made it in a bunt pan, see below came out Great. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Honey Mustard Roasted Chicken <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 lb. potatoes, cut into wedges <BR> 2 lbs. chicken, rinsed <BR> 6 medium carrots, sliced <BR> 2 Tablespoons olive oil <BR> 1-1/2 Tablespoons honey <BR> 3 Tablespoons mustard <BR> 1 teaspoon dried rosemary <BR> 2 heads garlic, peeled <BR... Tue, 18 Aug 2015 01:03:09 EST Just received my copy of The SparkPeople Cookbook I have been on SparkPeople for a year now and have lost weight. I have been learning to cook for just myself which is a challenge. I just got my copy of The SparkPeople Cookbook and am very impressed with it. There is a lot of advice and a lot to learn. <BR> I would like to get cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage (fresh not frozen) into my diet besides putting in a salad. <BR> Does anyone have suggestions on how to use these up within a week? <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Aug 2015 15:20:19 EST Easy Lemon Chicken Made this last night and it was really good. <BR> <BR> Easy Lemon Chicken <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If you like lemons, you'll love this simple chicken dish <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 60 <BR> Number of Servings: 4 <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1-1/2 lb. chicken breast skinned and fat removed <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 3 lemons, juiced and zested, flesh cut into segmen... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 04:38:34 EST Peach-Tomato Salad with Basil and Feta <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Made this today <BR> Hmmmmmmmmm Yummy <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Introduction <BR> Sweet peaches and tangy tomatoes pair perfectly in this simple summer salad Sweet peaches and tangy tomatoes pair perfectly in this simple summer salad. <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 5 <BR> Number of Servings: 2 <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 large tomato, cored and sliced into wedges <BR> 1 large peach ... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 18:22:00 EST Turkey Burgers with Swiss and Garlic Mushrooms OK so I tried a Turkey Burger, not bad. Hubby said it was OK. We both much rather have a beef burger.. <BR> I think I rather save daily calories and have a beef burger with half the bun and lettuce toP, that I really enjoy, rather than have something that is just OK <BR> Also I think feeling satisfied with what I am eating will help me to stay on track. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Turkey Burgers with Swiss ... Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:59:07 EST Healthy Blueberry Scones Healthy Blueberry Scones <BR> <BR> Made them today. I didn't eat any, but hubby , daughter - in law and grandson loved them. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 20 <BR> Minutes to Cook 18 <BR> Number of Servings: 12 <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour <BR> 1 c. rolled oats <BR> 1/4 c. sugar <BR> 1 tbs. baking powder <BR> 1/2 c. skim milk <BR> 3 tbs. cooking oil <BR> 1 eg... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:37:01 EST I have replaced Ice Cream with Smoothies. I have replaced Ice Cream with Smoothies. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 1/2 cup Non Fat Plain Greek Yogurt = 65 calories <BR> 1/2 cup Skim Milk = 45 calories <BR> 1/2 Banana = 52 calories <BR> 1 scoop of Chocolate or Vanilla Natures Bounty Protein Shake Mix = 60 calories <BR> 8 ice cubes <BR> <BR> Total Calories 222 <BR> <BR> Put all ingredients in the blender on ice crusher setting until ice is crush... Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:16:57 EST Chicken Meatballs Chicken Meatballs <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Minutes to Prepare: 10 <BR> Minutes to Cook: 20 <BR> Number of Servings: 4 <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 12 oz lean ground chicken <BR> 1/2 cup bread crumbs <BR> 1 large egg white <BR> 1/2 tbsp minced garlic <BR> dash ground pepper <BR> dash rosemary <BR> dash oregano <BR> dash thyme <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. <BR> <BR> 2. M... Wed, 8 Jul 2015 08:44:29 EST Going to try this to night for Hubby My Husband loves chocolate !! But I don't want to make a whole cake, because I am sure to eat half of it. <em>4</em> <BR> Found this on Sparks hope he likes it , if he does I can make it for him whenever he wants it and not have cake sitting around tempting me. <em>24</em> <BR> Going to try this to night will let you know how he likes it <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Five-Minute Chocolate Mug Cake <BR> ... Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:07:05 EST New to this team! Hi I am new to the team but have known about SparkPeople since 2009. I just bought the cook book and am excited to try the oatmeal recipe and a few others. I must confess I don't cook and do not know what half the stuff means. Braising had me completely lost and most of the definitions were not well enough for a beginner. Sorry that is the only part of the book I have had a problem with. I'm glad I found this team even though when you initially search for the cook book as a team I couldn... Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:32:48 EST Hi Bella Here, Hi Bella Here, <BR> <BR> Silly me I thought I brought the Spark Cook Book !!! <BR> <BR> I didn't I brought the Spark Solution Book. <BR> <BR> Oh Well I will order the Cook book and get back to you <em>334</em> Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:41:08 EST Humus <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=85813 </link> <BR> <BR> Humus <BR> <BR> Made this for my Book Club meeting Wanted to bring something I could snack on. Everyone brings something , but 99% of it is junk food <BR> <BR> Well everyone loved it !!!! It was finished in no time <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> Guess I'll have to make 5 X the amount next meting. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:33:42 EST New Year's Eve Parties Is anyone hosting a party, or taking food to a party? What recipes from the SP Cookbook would work for this? Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:55:32 EST starting over!! Hello my name is Debra I have decided not to give up on my goal to change my life for the better .I lost a great amount of weight and then I was just stuck because I couldn't loose any more. Its been almost two years since I tried to get back on track. So I am feeling defeated so I decided to come back to Sparkle and get support and possible find a group or walking group in Charlotte to help me get restarted and to give me some tips on how to get back on track, and me remain accountable. I j... Sat, 6 Dec 2014 08:33:13 EST Sorry this is so late Thank you for all the kind birthday wishes and goodies. What a wonderful team we have here. You are all very dear to me. Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:32:10 EST Hi everyone!! I'm new...again Hi!! I'm Shelly and I just rejoined Spark! I had an account a long time ago but didn't utilize it like I should've! I'm an 8th grade teacher and have about 30 pounds to lose. I'm trying not to focus on the scale too much... I just want to feel good and healthy!! I tend to do well for awhile and then once I have a hiccup it goes downhill from there..I love how Spark is community based and I look forward to interacting with all of you, keeping each other on track, and exchanging advice :) Wed, 10 Sep 2014 09:41:03 EST Hello!!!! Hello!!!! My name is Andra. I am 31 yr old mom to two wonderful kids, Liam-who is almost 3 and Nora-who is 14 months. I have been married 7 years to my wonderful husband, Brad. I have been on spark people for a month. So far I have lost 4 pounds. I am hoping to find good food that I can cook that my family will enjoy. I LOVE to cook and I am always trying to find new recipes to try. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:34:20 EST Happy Birthday MELODYSUE Happy Birthday MELODYSUE <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 07:03:56 EST Recipe from cookbook I made the Spinach & Mushroom stuffed pork tenderloin. It was really good and I will cook again. Hubby liked it too. I served it with roasted green beans and parmesan risotto. <em>4</em> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 09:25:18 EST Ready to go! My name is Lori (BellaMitzi are the names of my two dogs) and I searched for a carb counter online and found this website! I am a sugar addict and I just got off a day detox eating program to get off sugar and bad carbs. I lost 12 lbs but now at a stand still. I need to lose 65 more lbs so this website is perfect for tracking what I eat and exercising WHICH I AVOID but know I must exercise to get the rest of this weight off. It seems to be harder to lose weight being 50+. I am excited on... Sun, 25 May 2014 18:18:09 EST Team Challenge week ending May 25, 2014 I'll include Monday, May 26th in this challenge as it is a holiday for our American friends. A lot of us will be cooking out and here's a great Spark article to keep us on track while enjoying the festivities. <BR> <em>232</em> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=52 </link> Sun, 18 May 2014 13:22:04 EST Team Challenge Week Ending May 17, 2014 Managing Sugar <BR> Everything in moderation. Cooking sometimes requires sugar in the recipe, even in savory dishes. Here's another Spark article to help with those sugar cravings and a list of different types of sugars to use in your recipes. Some won't sabotage your diet as much as others. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1663 </link> Sun, 11 May 2014 12:57:04 EST Weekly Challenge Week Ending May 10, 2014 Eating salads is a healthy and necessary part of our diet. Sometimes we think what is a healthy salad is actually more detrimental. Here's another great Spark article on the best and worst salads you might find helpful. This week's challenge is to make the right choices (not just salads). <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1388 </link> Mon, 5 May 2014 08:03:04 EST Birthday Wishes for SUNSHINE_ANGEL1 Today is our teammate's birthday. Take a minute to wish SUNSHINE_ANGEL1 a happy birthday. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>NSHINE_ANGEL1 </link> Thu, 1 May 2014 08:16:07 EST Weekly Challenge April 20-26, 2014 Healthy Diet Habits <BR> <BR> After the holiday binge here's a Spark reminder on eating the right stuff. See link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>et_strategies.asp?diet_stage=2&strateg<BR>y_num=2 </link> <BR> <BR> This article deals with power, variety, freshness and balance as well as the weekly recommended servings and sample serving sizes. <BR> <BR> A little refresher course for those of us who veered off track Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:03:15 EST Recipe points I love the recipe book and got my bonus points. My question is how can you get points for making a recipe if it is not listed in sparkrecipes? If I choose one from the track your food tab,recipe there is no get spark points. <em>40</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:25:00 EST Hello, Hello from Maryland! I am new today to SparkPeople and am feeling may way around. All looks very interesting. I am a new SP convert from WW. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:52:18 EST Birthday wishes for SUN_SET91 Today is SUN_SET91's birthday; let's wish her a birthday. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>N_SET91 </link> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:39:29 EST Starting Over I'm starting over (again). I'm at my highest weight ever. I feel sick and sad and disgusted with myself. I deserve better than what I've done to my body. I am stronger than this! I am taking back control starting right now! <BR> <BR> When we lost our home in the Colorado flood in September I guess I just gave up on myself. It was hard losing everything and starting over from square one. I gave up walking. I gave up eating healthier. I gave up on my goal of walking in the Bolder Boulder. <B... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:03:46 EST Team Challenge Week of April 6: Holiday Eating Tip Quick Fact <BR> Fact: Holiday Weight Gain <BR> Contrary to popular belief, most people only gain about one pound over the holidays. <BR> The bad news? Most people don't ever lose that extra weight. It may stick with them for a lifetime. <BR> <BR> As much as we look forward to holiday parties and dinners, many of us fear enjoying it too much – and packing on the pounds. <BR> <BR> Indeed, the average American consumes approximately 4,500 calories and 229 grams fat from eating a traditional Ho... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 08:39:05 EST Birthday wishes for PUMPKIN10311969 Cannot locate PUMPKIN10311969's spark page, so you can send your wishes through this thread. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>409</em> Sat, 5 Apr 2014 08:25:41 EST Recipe Modifications I like a lot of the recipes in the cookbook as written; others need a tweak to meet my family's tastes and preferences. <BR> <BR> I figured I wasn't alone in this situation and thought this could be a good place to discuss changes that worked--and those that don't. <BR> <BR> I'll go first--I really like the Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry, but my husband won't eat chick peas. I swap in 1C of dried red lentils and up the liquid just a bit. Works out great. I like serving with Naan (especially... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 20:02:43 EST Team challenge week of March 30, 2014: swaps <BR> Sometimes we have a great recipe, but the calories are too high. Here's another great Spark article on calorie swaps. This week let's try the lower calorie version whenever possible. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=10_smart_swaps_that_save_calories </link> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 14:36:16 EST Team Challenge Week of March 16, 2014 - Reality Here's a great Spark article on whether our goals are realistic. Take the reality check this week for the challenge . <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=697 </link> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 12:14:58 EST Team Challenge Week of March 9, 2014 - The Scale We hate to weigh ourselves when we have a bad week because it will only confirm the obvious. We know from the feel of our clothes, our appearance in the mirror and those rotten numbers that are in your face. Here's a great Spark article that will help take the stress out of weighing ourselves. <BR> <link><BR>s_articles.asp?id=691 </link> <BR> <BR> If you are not on maintenance and still struggling, try to keep to recipes in the SparkPeople Cookbook to... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 13:39:47 EST Birthday wishes for LARRYM32 Today is LARRYM32's birthday. His spark page is marked private and does not accept goodies so you can post your wishes here or through spark mail. <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Sat, 8 Mar 2014 07:22:20 EST coconut oil I have been reading about coconut oi and lowering blood sugar in diabetics. I would like to purchase some but I am very confused as to what kind. Does anyone know where I can get it and the best kind? I will also try to cook with it so does it have to be liquid form? <BR> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 09:32:17 EST Birthday Wishes for SLM0305 Today is SLM0305's birthday; let's send our best wishes to our teammate. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>M0305 </link> <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:25:46 EST Team Challenge Week of March 2, 2014 - Sweet Defea 13 Ways to Fight Sugar Cravings <BR> Sweet tooth raging out of control? Here's how to tame those sugar cravings. <BR> Save This Article For Later (from WebMD) <BR> <BR> Does that morning Danish leave you craving another treat two hours later? Do you grab a candy bar to cope with your afternoon slump -- and then reach for a cola to get out of your post-slump slump? <BR> <BR> If you’ve found that munching sugary snacks just makes you crave more sugary snacks, you’re not alone. Eating lots... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 14:48:13 EST Birthday Wishes for SGCSVCEEC Today is SGCSVCEEC's birthday. She has her page marked private so I can't add the link to wish her a happy birthday on her Spark page. You can send her a private message or go to this thread. <BR> <BR> In any event, Happy Birthday SGCSVCEEC <BR> <em>383</em> <em>409</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:00:58 EST Team Challenge Week of February 23, 2014: Baby St Definition: Baby Steps <BR> A tentative act or measure that is the first stage in a long or challenging process. <BR> <BR> This week some of us need to take this one step at a time. Don't look at what you are going to do tomorrow or what you did yesterday, just concentrate on the steps you take today. <BR> <BR> Cookbook recipe of the week challenge - post what you've tried and the page in the book associated with the recipe. We'll see how everyone rates these recipes for a winner. <BR> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 10:19:38 EST Hi! I joined Sparkpeople in January and I am still learning my way around. I just bought the Kindle edition of the cookbook and can't wait to start trying the recipes. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:24:31 EST Team Challenge Week of February 16, 2014 - S.A.D. So many have been shut in due to the cold, snowy weather. This can bring on seasonal affective disorder. This week's challenge is to keep up your energy level with exercise and eating foods good for you. Junk food will only exacerbate the problem. Let's get those endorphins kicked up a notch. <BR> <BR> Here's to warmer weather!!! <em>67</em> <BR> <BR> Definition <BR> By Mayo Clinic Staff <BR> Seasonal affective disorder (also called SAD) is a type of depression that occurs at the s... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 15:57:36 EST Team Challenge Week of February 9, 2014: Renewal Definition of Renewal: to begin or take up again; resume; to make effective for an additional period; to restore or replenish: to make, say, or do again; to revive; reestablish. <BR> <BR> Some of us are still trying to recover from the over indulgences of the past few months. Now is the time to renew and recommit. Journal our daily victories and defeats to see where changes can be made. <BR> <BR> If you're planning on a Cookbook recipe this week, share the results. <BR> <BR> Have a grea... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 13:17:24 EST Birthday Wishes Two teammates have birthdays. <BR> <BR> METALJEN73 <BR> <link><BR>TALJEN73 </link> <BR> <BR> COMFYGLAMDIVA <BR> (can't find her Spark page) <BR> <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> <em>144</em> Wed, 5 Feb 2014 08:46:05 EST Team Challenge Week of February 2, 2014 - RESIST RESIST: to fight against (something) : to try to stop or prevent (something); : to remain strong against the force or effect of (something) : to not be affected or harmed by (something); to prevent yourself from doing something that you want to do. <BR> <BR> There are so many temptations we face daily. We need to resist and remain strong. This week's challenge is to stay focused on our goal and resist the temptations for one week. (It's easier one step at a time.) <BR> <BR> This week's Co... Sun, 2 Feb 2014 13:54:02 EST Hi all I'm a newbie from Louisiana I'm here to get my cholesterol and triglyceride's down. I am hoping I can use this forum to make myself accountable. My husband is Cajun and their food can be pretty fattening Sat, 1 Feb 2014 14:03:10 EST TEAM CHALLENGE WEEK OF JANUARY 27, 2014 <em>386</em> <BR> PUSH <BR> Definition: <BR> <BR> exert force on (someone or something), typically with one's hand, in order to move them away from oneself or the origin of the force. <BR> <BR> a vigorous effort to do or obtain something. <BR> <em>386</em> <BR> <BR> Let's try to push away the foods we shouldn't eat and forward toward our goal! <BR> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:29:37 EST Spicy Mini Turkey Meatloaves Last night I tried the mini turkey meatloaves and I have to say, I will be making them often. Some modifications I made: <BR> 1) I don't have the large muffin tins, so I used the regular and made 12 of these babies. I used a half slice of turkey bacon per loaf. What a yummy addition that is! <BR> 2) I added some finely chopped red pepper, just because I had it on hand and always use it in my meatloaf. <BR> 3) I sauteed the onion, carrot, and red pepper along with some garlic in olive oil s... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:31:19 EST CHALLENGE WEEK OF 1-20-26-14: SUBJECT "TRY This week let's try a recipe from The Sparkpeople Cookbook. After we try it post here your results and recommendations. Happy eating! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:33:28 EST Birthday Wishes for TIME2BLOOM4ME <em>383</em> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:34:09 EST Slow cooker turkey sausage and bean stew - YUM here is the verdict: It was delicious. Some changes I made: <BR> 1) I had a little more sausage in the package, so added all of it <BR> 2) I used home made turkey stock (that I had made left over from Thanksgiving) <BR> Changes I WOULD have made <BR> 1) Could have used another can of beans (but I like beans) <BR> 2) It was not cooked in 4 hours on low. The onions and carrots were still kind of firm. I would recommend cooking it longer or changing the setting to high. <BR> Highly rec... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:08:54 EST Slow cooker turkey sausage and bean stew - YUM I recently made this. I consider myself a good cook but sort of a newbie with the slow cooker. <BR> <BR> here is the verdict: It was delicious. Some changes I made: <BR> 1) I had a little more sausage in the package, so added all of it <BR> 2) I used home made turkey stock (that I had made left over from Thanksgiving) <BR> Changes I WOULD have made <BR> 1) Could have used another can of beans (but I like beans) <BR> 2) It was not cooked in 4 hours on low. The onions and carrots ... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:06:55 EST Hello Everyone! I recently tried a recipe from the book and want to share it. I will find what I wrote on a different message board and post it here. I'm still a little overwhelmed by this site but I am loving it! Very happy to be part of this team! <BR> <BR> Barbara Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:59:01 EST Birthday Wishes PINKEUROGIRL Today is PINKEUROGIRL's birthday. Happy birthday from your teammates. Let's all wish PINKEUROGIRL a wonderful day! <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:51:52 EST HOW MANY GLASSES OF WATER DID YOU DRINK TODAY? OUR COUCHES TELLS US THAT WE NEED TO DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER PER DAY. THE HUMAN BODY NEEDS WATER EVERY DAY TO KEEP US HEALTHY. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:20:02 EST CHALLENGE FOR WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2014 This week's theme is "Determination". <BR> <BR> Definition: a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult; the act of finding out or calculating something; the act of officially deciding something. <BR> <BR> Dieting and sticking with it is very difficult. We need to be determined to give it our best effort this week to plan ahead, track, drink 8 glasses of water, stay within our calorie range and try at least one recipe from the SparkPeople Cookbook.... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:59:11 EST Birthday Wishes Today is JOELLEF's Birthday (not yesterday ... oops). Have a very happy birthday. <BR> <em>383</em> <em>410</em> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 08:41:35 EST Hi there I am new to SP. Been here just about ten days or so and still learning so much every day. Mostly how to navigate such a huge site with so much information. I am an avid cook and am really good at making fat and calorie laden recipe more healthy but still tasty but I was so ready for some new recipes so I bought the SP Cookbook. It looks pretty good to me! Can't wait to get started! <BR> <BR> I am certainly not going to have time to graze...............I will be too busy here!!!!!!! Sun, 12 Jan 2014 11:07:08 EST TEAM CHALLENGE WEEK OF JANUARY 6, 2014 Let's get rid of those holiday pounds. This week's theme is ACCOMPLISH <BR> <BR> Definition: <BR> to succeed in doing (something) <BR> <BR> Full Definition of ACCOMPLISH <BR> <BR> 1: to bring about (a result) by effort have much to accomplish today <BR> 2: to bring to completion : fulfill; accomplish a job <BR> 3: to succeed in reaching (a stage in a progression) <BR> 4: archaic <BR> a : to equip thoroughly <BR> b : perfect <BR> <BR> Synonyms <BR> perform, achieve, bring off, c... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 14:43:43 EST Happy Birthday KKINNEA! I wish you a lovely day, not just today because it is your birthday, but all year round. May you always wake up in the morning with a smile on your face. Happy Birthday to you. <em>383</em> <em>389</em> Mon, 6 Jan 2014 08:08:50 EST Happy Birthday AEICHLER ! Happy Birthday AEICHLER! I hope that it is a perfect day for you. <em>383</em> <em>250</em> <em>236</em> <em>389</em> <em>19</em> <em>144</em> <em>410</em> Sun, 5 Jan 2014 09:14:18 EST Cookies For some reason I always burn the bottoms, but the tops are perfect! <BR> Any ideas? Fri, 27 Dec 2013 18:56:03 EST TEAM CHALLENGE WEEK OF DEC 23, 2013 This is going to be a tough week for a lot of us with family and friends, lots of food indulgences and loss of willpower. The only advice I would give is limit your indulgence to one meal. Try to keep the calories in line, but a piece of cake or cookie once might help keep the weight and guilt trip away. <BR> <BR> Somehow I feel this week's challenge will be a joke for most of us (me included ... my husband has been baking for days for our company). <BR> <BR> Have a Merry Christmas and ... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 16:23:11 EST TEAM CHALLENGE WEEK OF DEC 16 2013 Reply to this post if you participated in this challenge and your results. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 17:51:37 EST Challenge for Week of December 16 Is there a place to post how we are doing for this challenge her on SP? I got the email but didn't see anything in the discussion forums. <BR> <BR> I am all up for a challenge to make things interesting and there is no better time for a daily cal check then as I am preparing for Christmas and New Years. <BR> <BR> Melody <BR> Sun, 15 Dec 2013 16:41:25 EST Bought the book, points never were added on! I bought the book yesterday from Amazon and it has been shipped. I clicked on the "get your 500 spark points" and downloaded the 4 free recipes. When I checked my spark points later the 500 points had NOT been added even tho the site said i had been "awarded 500 points", I am very disappointed and cannot seem to find anyone in tech support to help me... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 08:19:49 EST Recipe Review: Garlic Chicken Slaw in Lettuce Cups I've been craving Asian food lately and decided to make this for dinner tonight, hoping I would like it since I knew I'd have leftovers tomorrow. It is a hit! I added just a touch more of the black bean garlic paste and also a pinch of stevia because I thought it needed it to round out the flavor. The only other thing I changed was that I sauteed the broccoli slaw a minute or so longer. I prefer mine a little softer than it was at the two-minute mark. <BR> <BR> The meal got great reviews at... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 18:40:06 EST Smoothie Nutrition Information in Tracker I enjoy the smoothies from the cookbook but noticed that carbohydrates for each are not listed in the book or in the nutrition tracker. I have diabetes and need to keep track of my carb intake. I really don't want to enter all of these recipes manually to get the carbohydrate counts. Is this something SP would consider adding to the nutrition tracker (please)? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 7 Oct 2013 15:07:58 EST new here from Maine Hi everyone, I am here to learn to live healthier. I live in Whitefield Maine on 50 acres with hubby (24 years married) and our puppy Dessah. We have 5 children between us, and nearly 20 grandchildren ages 9 mos to 20. My husband recently was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, we are both diabetic. I have been diagnosed with a few mental illnesses, which are challenging. My A1C a few months ago was 11.7, It is down to 7.5 and my goal is to get it down to 6.0. We have only recently begun ... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 11:56:43 EST Hi I just bought the SparkPeople cookbook I got the kindle edition, which I will probably read on my PC as well as the kindle. Haven't had a chance to start reading it yet, but hopefully on the weekend. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to trying some new recipes... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:32:16 EST Recipe Review: The Downies' Honey-Ginger Salmon This is a really tasty recipe. I used both salmon fillets and Hake loins, and both tasted great. I was a little dismayed when I entered it in my tracker and a serving was just over 400 calories and contained about half my daily fat intake. <em>40</em> I know it's there on the recipe (and I should have expected a higher calorie count since it called for a quarter cup of oil), but I don't always look at that when I decide on a recipe to make. I would like to make this again, but probably w... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:40:54 EST how do you organize your recipes There are a few things I've made either from the cookbook or a community recipe that turned out really well, but then I seem to forget about it. I'm trying to figure out a way to put the ones I like in a notebook or something. Short of writing it on an index card and sticking them in a box old school has anyone found a way to do this? Sun, 14 Jul 2013 09:06:31 EST hello new to spark people hello, my name is Tammy. I weigh 330 pounds. I have been obese since I was a teenager. I am tired of the way I look. I am tired of carrying around this excess weight. I have medical problems that interferes with my weight and all my Dr.'s say I need to lose weight. Its like I don't already know that. I look in the mirror and I don't like what I see. I need to change my lifestyle habits to form healthy habits. I need to lose 175 pounds to meet my goal weight. I am starting off with small chang... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 21:45:54 EST Nutrition tracker Should I have a pull down list within the nutrition tracker for the recipes from this book? I have one for The Spark Solution but don't see one for this cookbook. It would make life easier. Thanks Wed, 26 Jun 2013 11:19:06 EST hello new to spark people hello I am new to the site here. let me share a little about me and why I am here.I am very obese earlier this year my doc told me that I was pre diabetic. I somehow got my A1C out of the danger zone because I lost a few pounds. but unfortunately I gained it all back and then some. I seriously took a reality check and looked in the mirror and I did not like what I saw. I was always overweight or obese. Now I am telling myself I have got to do something because it is affecting my health. Sleep... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:09:26 EST been here before been here before and hopefully this time I will win this battle and lose the weight and learn to live a healthy lifestyle Sat, 15 Jun 2013 17:59:33 EST Hello I am New...ish :) Hello everyone...I am new to this team, but not too new to SP. I just recieved my cookbook today!! I'm so excited! I just opened the box and saw how big the book really is and flipped through it a little. I'm excited to try all these recipes. What's your favorite? <em>4</em> <em>252</em> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:54:32 EST hello, new to spark people community hi my name is Tammy and I am new here. I have joined a few teams and challenges to get to know the other members and also lose weight. I am very obese. I weigh about 328. My weight discourages me and also I have medical related issues regarding my weight and all my Doctors can tell me is I got to lose weight. That is a downer. Obesity runs in my family so its going to be difficult to lose weight. I am looking for a buddy or someone that I can converse with on a regular basis of my progre... Thu, 30 May 2013 15:29:36 EST help! I need some help and/or advice.. I have made several recipes from the cookbook and I want to transfer them into my food tracker.. but cant seem to do it right. could someone please walk me thru it... thank you and love this team and cookbook.... looking forward to many many more recipes!! Wed, 1 May 2013 12:33:30 EST HI, tried my first cookbook recipe last night I received my SparkPeople cookbook on Tuesday and tried my first recipe last night. I made the Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup, and it was a huge success with my family. This morning it was the general recipe for a Breakfast Smoothie and I'm sure lunch today will find me opening it up again. Thank you for a book with accessible, healthy recipes. Love it! Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:21:23 EST Just downloaded Kindle Cookbook Today is my first day as a new member of SP..I am really excited and can not wait to try my first recipe from the cookbook! Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:45:06 EST Spark Cook Book Winner! Hi everyone. I'm Shirley from Indiana. I actually won the Spark Cook Book in the Official January Jumpstart Challenge. It was a great challenge in itself. I lost 3 lbs and am better prepared for my current challenge. It was a thrill winning the cook book. I have gone through it and sticky marked many recipes that I want to try. This will be a great help. I was in a slump thinking of new ideas for my sister's dinner. The large color pictures are so beautiful. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 11:12:50 EST WooHoo! Delivered Today! I quit participating, and have only been lurking yet not "spreading the spark" on Sparkpeople for a long time. <BR> <BR> Sunday, as I lurked - I ordered the cookbook and it was sitting outside when I came home from work today. <BR> <BR> I'm excited about getting back into the Spark. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:28:41 EST 50# in 2013 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:30 EST Got my cookbook today I am really excited to see what I will learn. <em>4</em> Mon, 4 Mar 2013 20:50:09 EST just got the book hi im cyndi im 56 and im ready to start cooking healthy <em>137</em> Sun, 3 Mar 2013 08:34:17 EST Still Trying Hi everyone, <BR> This is my third time returning to SparkPeople and I’m really determined that this time I’m going to succeed! (My first step is positive thinking, can you tell?). I used to like to cook a lot more than I do now and am kind of trying to get back into it. When my children were little the time it took to make a meal was more important to me than getting creative or trying something new. I have quite a collection of recipes I’ve printed from the SparkRecipe pages but thought ... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 13:07:51 EST I just bought the Kobo version.... I am so excited to have my cook book! I haven't even used it yet and I feel that it will be an enormous help to me. Can't wait to get started!! Sun, 24 Feb 2013 18:47:57 EST Not new to the program, but new to blogging Hi Everyone, <BR> My name is Christa. Single mom of 3 kids, just finished my MBA, and I work full time. I started Sparks last year and lost almost 50lbs. As I was finishing up school I stopped exercising and stress ate. So I gained 15 lbs back. I have made a commitment to myself that I need to drink my daily water requirements and exercise on a steady schedule, I will have success again. Looking forward to reaching my goals this year! Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:01:31 EST Calculation Help I'm trying to calculate how many calories are actually in my homemade gravy. The calculator says 60, but that can't be right. After roasting several cups of vegetables (white, sweet potatoes, zucchini, onions, carrots) I mix it with vegetable broth and puree. One half cup serving has to be more than 60 calories because pureeing would have more vegetables than sliced vegetables. Help me figure this sucker out please <em>198</em> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 16:27:36 EST ...and here we go again trying to find the motivation to make the changes in my life that I know are necessary to not only feel good about the way I look, but look good because of the way that I feel. I'm an empty nester that has used lots of excuses to not lose weight or more importantly to me, just get in shape and feel stronger. I'm hoping to use the tools that are available to make better choices and make lasting changes. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 15:02:45 EST I bought the Kindle version I've been making Sparkrecipes for years, so now I'm excited to own the Cookbook. My name is Kristy. I am a full time, working mom and wife. My daughter is 2.5 so it's hard to not just use the quicky old standbyes. I think having this cookbook will help a lot. I can just prop it up in it's cover on the counter when I cook. Yay! Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:22:09 EST My 10 lb down reward. I bought myself a copy of the book as a reward for dropping 10 lbs. I have made two of the recipes already, and I am glad I chose this for a reward. Sun, 17 Feb 2013 14:25:25 EST Just bought it ! I ordered the SparkPeople Cook Book, and it came in the mail today ! Me and my mom went to Shoprite and bought enough stuff for 2 of the dinner recipes in the book. I'm so excited to try them ! They look so good, and it's even better because it's healthy ! :) <em>9</em> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:25:47 EST How should I season? I have a hankering for spinach, tomatoes, onions, and tofu. I'm not sure what some good seasonings would be. Any suggestions? Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:04:39 EST More desserts Hello. I bought the cookbook and have found it a great jump start to cooking at home. <BR> <BR> I enjoy my sweets, and would love to see more easy recipes that don't require a long list of ingredients. That is my request for subsequent cookbooks or for spark recipes. Please. <BR> <BR> Some of the recipes in the book requires special flours or spices that are a bit exotic. <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 20:03:10 EST new book I just bought the cookbook today! I am so excited! I want to look through it today and start cooking tomorrow! Sun, 10 Feb 2013 19:55:12 EST Bought the book! I just bought the book on my Kindle and I'm hoping to make my first recipe sometime this week. Can't wait to see what everyone else has tried! Fri, 8 Feb 2013 01:24:03 EST Eating better The recipes look good and I am ready to start cooking Mon, 4 Feb 2013 01:41:13 EST add recipes to nutrition tracker Is there a way to add these recipes to my nutrition tracker? I really like this cookbook! Sun, 3 Feb 2013 18:37:32 EST Hello from Scotland! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Devin and I'm from Seattle, but I live in Glasgow, Scotland. I've been on Spark People before, but I'm recently back and I'm much more motivated to make positive life changes in order to reach my goals instead of just "wishing I could lose some weight." I don't know about you, but I've never wished away a single ounce!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I got the Spark People Cookbook a few days ago and tonight I made my first recipe: the fish packets on page 224, for two se... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:27:00 EST New mom seeing life a lot differently Hi everyone. I know it's been said time and time again, "A baby will totally change your life," but until you have actually experienced that change, you're clueless! At least I was. I am 40 years old and just had my first child (yes some of you just freaked out). I'm JUST starting, and what is incredible is how I am looking and life now. I want to be around for him and his children, so I know because I'm already 20 years behind most people, it is really going to take me being more serious abo... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:27:59 EST Cook BK on KINDLE I purchased the cookbook for my KINDLE and cannot find the code. The pages are not numbered right or something. Can anyone help me? I wish to collect the 500 points. I love the cookbook and cannot wait to try some of the recipes. I'm still reading. <BR> Thanks MEEKO20 <em>213</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 18:58:08 EST I am a foodie.I just got the Sparkpeople Cookbook! I am looking forward bunches to trying out these new recipes. I had Creole Chicken last night and it was delicious. Page 170. Served it with Brown basmati rice <em>334</em> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 19:54:14 EST Hello! Hello! I just got my cookbook today! Yay! Now I can learn how to cook and make healthy things! <em>4</em> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:38:59 EST New Book Hi, <BR> Just got my book yesterday and spent the evening going through it and setting up my menu for next week. Looks like I should be able to reach the team goal of 1 recipe a week. <BR> Becky Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:41:42 EST Brand New from MN Hi all, am soooo excited to start using the SP Cookbook! I like the goal a lot to make one recipe a week from it. What a creative way to get going and actually USE the thing. I love the pics. and many look very easy to make. I like no muss, no fuss recipes. Happy to join this team. I haven't been on SP long this time around. But its working and I'm thrilled! Good Luck all. I'm happy to have found this team. Blessings, Pam <em>252</em> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:54:29 EST Hello! I just purchased the cookbook on Tuesday and I have already made 3 recipes from the book!! Love, love, love this healthier way to cook for my family. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:54:30 EST Hi There, Just Got Cookbook Just got my cookbook and I am excited to try these recipes and see how everyone else is doing with them. Really like the Card planner that looks helpful, might make my own in Excel and add some more categories. But this will really help for the main meal planning, breakfast and lunch aren't a problem for me. But when I have to add my husbands interest at dinner than I have to work harder and taking care of us both. Just beginning. 2nd week. Lost 5 lbs last week. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:23:35 EST Hi! Hi! My name is Alyssa if am 24 from Boston and am in the process of regaining my life back. I am loving Sparkpeople and bought the cookbook a few days ago. For dinner tonight is minestrone soup... Looks yummy! Good luck everyone and have a great day! Tue, 8 Jan 2013 07:21:10 EST The last plunge for good! Hi Everyone - <BR> <BR> I am 55 years old and married for 24 years to my love. He retired in September and me, I will be retiring in June when we are both pulling up roots from Canada's capital (Ottawa) and moving to a small town in Southern Ontario to see what adventures we can come up with. I have two daughters both grown women of 32 and 29. My DH has a son and daughter (45 and 42) and the daughter has a son and daughter (7 and 14) so I am a grandmom who they call Mamie. <BR> <BR> I hav... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 12:49:03 EST What's for Lunch? Love the cookbook. I'm starting to pack my lunch rather than eat out every day. Trying to figure out an easy, healthy lunch (while not eating the same thing every day) is challenging. Please share any ideas for a mobile, easy and healthy lunch. Wishing you all a healthy 2013! Fri, 4 Jan 2013 14:58:22 EST Hi, I'm Gloria Wow, I just got my Sparkpeople Cookbook today, it is so big and chock full of recipes and information, I can't wait to dig in and check it out! Mon, 31 Dec 2012 12:36:13 EST Hello from Chicago Illinois I am new to Spark, just read about it in Self magazine. I am looking forward to learning more, and getting on track in 2013. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 11:52:19 EST Help understanding calorie amount Ok, I just made some chocolate chip cookies for my parents. The cookie dough was from Papa Murphy's. Anyway, I went to put it on my tracker as I ate 2 cookies. I did make them a little bit smaller than a tablespoon. My questions is- from what other sparkpeople said about a serving size,is 245 calories for a serving. WOW, but what is a serving? On the container there is no information on what a serving size is or the calorie intake, just the name of the ingredients. <BR> The cookies are ok, I... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 18:04:37 EST Just got my SparkPeople Cookbook for Christmas! Hi! I just got my cookbook and I am so excited to try new receipes! I was just looking on the favortie receipes topic and, WOW, my mouth started watering just reading all the favorite picks! Very excited!! I hope this will help get my family to eat healthier too! I will get two goals made at one time! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 08:57:24 EST Hello from Lebanon, Maine! Hi my name is Kathie and have been Sparking for about a month now. Today I bought myself the Sparkpeople Cookbook and am really excited to start cooking healthy again. Looking forward to reading about all the great meals everybody is making!! <BR> husband and I are helping to raise our 2 little granddaughters age 5 and 4. So it is really important that we all live a healthy lifestyle. <em>286</em> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 19:15:08 EST Hello from Chattanooga, TN Hi, my name is Diane and I live in Chattanooga, TN. I am a traditional Southern girl and love the southern food. I guess that is what got me in trouble with my weight. I am retired from 30 years as a fourth grade teacher and am ready to focus on my next 30 years. Hopefully with the help of SP they will be much healthier. I love to cook and just purchased the cookbook in digital format. I can't wait to dig in to some of the recipes in there. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:22:13 EST Hi! I'm Brenda in Independence, Missouri Hi! Just wanted to stop by and introduce myself. My name is Brenda and I live in Independence, MO. I just joined SP 9/19/2012 and I'm still trying to learn how to eat healthy and lose weight. My cookbook just arrived today and I can't wait to try the recipes. <BR> <BR> I'm 62, married (almost 19 years), have 1 daughter, 1 step-daughter, and 5 step-sons. Thank goodness they're all I also have 6 grandsons, 5 grand-daughters, and 3 great grand-daughters. <BR> <BR> I retired 1 mon... Tue, 20 Nov 2012 20:39:45 EST Hello from North Texas First off: Hi I'm Tammy! I grew up in Houston but recently moved to the panhandle with my boyfriend. <BR> I recently got my cookbook! I absolutely love it and so does Ryan! He is mainly happy because I am cooking haha. It is a life saver because the main thing I new how to cook was spaghetti and then skillet meals. So he is excited as am I. So far my favorite recipe is "Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken" on page 181... yum!! Sat, 10 Nov 2012 21:31:59 EST Hello from South Texas Hello, <BR> <BR> I'm Pam and have been on and off of for years. Had a lot of success about two years ago but fell off my wagon a year and a half ago. Lost some ground. Not completely starting over, but bad enough. <BR> <BR> High blood pressure has brought me back. Got pretty scared and dashed off to the doctor. I'm on medication now and have to watch my salt intake pretty closely. I remember I had the sparkpeople cookbook and got it off the shelf, dusted off the cover ... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:26:09 EST Hi my name is Monica I'm offacially at the end of my rope. I'm 28 and I'm at the heaviest i have ever been. I hardly recognize myself. I have always been heavy but comfortable in my skin but recently i have lost my edge i just stoped caring. I contribute this to being stressed. I have been trying to get pregnant for 3 years and have had no sucess, i know my weight has a lot to do with it. But today is the day i have decided to chance my life. i dont want a diet, i want a lifestyle change i want to be healthy when... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:45:54 EST Hello from Waukesha, Wisconsin Greetings, <BR> <BR> My Indian name is Wabun anung which means Morning Star. I am Native American enrolled in the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans tribe in Wisconsin. I reside in Waukesha, WI. I used to weigh 431 pounds and I have lost 66 pounds. I currently weigh 365 pounds and I have type 2 Diabetes. I aspire to reach 291 pounds by August 2013. <BR> <BR> I dream about dancing at a Pow Wow in full regalia in the Women's Traditional category that I used to do when I was a kid. I am pas... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 01:15:07 EST Need new cookware! Ok, this shows you how long it really has been since I cooked. My pots and pans are completely shot. Actually bordering on gross. I went to buy a new set the other night and I had no IDEA there were so many varieties. <BR> <BR> What kind of pans do people here like? Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:14:21 EST Making healthier choices! Hello, <BR> <BR> I made a lifestyle change in February, 2012 from eating junk food and drinking pop to eating healthy foods and drinking 80+ ounces of water a day. As a result, I dropped over 70 pounds and I'm currently transitioning from weight loss to maintenance. <BR> <BR> One of my new goals is to cook healthier meals for my sons and husband and to teach them how to eat balanced meals. In the past, we did not eat fresh fruit or vegetables. That has changed! We also eat very littl... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 22:45:25 EST Hi, my name is Charlena Josephs I joined Spark People last month, but for some reason I am not doing what I am suppose to do. I seem to just want to eat everything in sight and not even exercise. I am turning into someone I don't recognize. I was always ready to exercise and try to watch my eating. I just don't know. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:07:03 EST hi, I'm kealoha79 basically I am here because I really need to lose weight and start a healthy lifestyle, but every time I try... I fail miserably. it is so discouraging, and I really need a support system of some kind to keep me on track. Sun, 14 Oct 2012 12:55:56 EST Sole I would really like a recipie for sole....does anyone have any suggestions? Tue, 9 Oct 2012 17:52:43 EST help with snack suggestion I need help with a good healthy snack or lunch/dinner suggestion for on the run. Here is my situation. I volunteer with a police dept. I could be in a car from 8-10 hours. We never know when we can get a break to eat or if we get called out of our break. I am looking for something I can put in a cooler (or small lunch bag) that will be in a trunk of the car. So I don't want anything that will spoil. Most times I could end up going through a fast food & getting a hamburger, which I am trying n... Tue, 9 Oct 2012 13:27:52 EST Veggie Substitutions? I got the cookbook last night. I'm determined to make at least one to two recipes a week. The problem is that many of the recipes call for meat. How do I fix and change these for veggie eating? <BR> <BR> Also, any suggestions on what to use as substitutions? I'm NOT a cook so I'm looking for all the help I can get!!! Sun, 7 Oct 2012 17:16:23 EST Greetings! Hi everyone! I've been with Spark since March but I've never been one to cook. Heck, my kitchen boasts sign saying "God Bless My Microwave". I've never been one to cook. But I really need to get myself in the kitchen. I'm hoping I can at least start making one or two recipes a week. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 13:38:04 EST New to Spark Hi I am Angela I am new, I do not have cookbook yet. I just ordered it and hope it has things for whole family. Sun, 7 Oct 2012 04:20:57 EST Hi I am Celeste I came across this site today and this is exactly what I have been looking for. I turned 44 years old yesterday and am tired of the up and down weight gain. I want to lose weight but I also want to start eating healthy again and start exercising. I am ready for this journey. Fri, 5 Oct 2012 15:32:08 EST Hello all! Just got my new SparkPeople cookbook and am eager to start cooking! <BR> If anyone has favorite recipes they'd like to share, I'd love to hear what they are. My boyfriend is quite finicky, so I'm hoping to teach him to learn to like more healthful foods and join me on my weight-loss journey. <BR> <BR> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 01:46:34 EST Portion Sizes This question is not just for the SP Cookbook, it is also for other SP recipes. When the recipes is made for more than 1 or 2 servings, how do you know what constitutes a serving? Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:27:02 EST Cookbook Recipe not in the data base! Hi ~ I am new to this team/board. I just got my new Sparkpeople Cookbook and found a recipe I will be trying. When doing a recipe search at SP, I found it was not in their database. Now I guess I have to enter this recipe???? Thanks, Sharon <BR> <BR> ps recipe is Baked Chicken Tenders on p 194 Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:04:22 EST Just Realized I Am Getting Old and Fat!! I finally admitted to myself this weekend that the reason I feel run down and tired all the time is that I need to lose weight. I need to get moving and stop eating so much junk. I have always loved dancing and horseback riding, but I've moved into town and my horses are too far away to ride more than every once in a great while. Also, my favorite mare, my best friend for 12 years, died last month, so I am down to just my little boy's mare, who in not ride-able at the moment due to an injury... Mon, 1 Oct 2012 17:42:27 EST Hi,my name is LJ Thank you all for being here.I just had jaw surgery on Tuesday,so typing is easier than talking,and Yogurt and f/f pudding are my friends lately. I hope everyone is having a great,productive day.God Bless Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:49:29 EST Ready to get cookin'! Just joined yesterday and got my books today! Cannot wait to dig in! Fri, 28 Sep 2012 18:59:56 EST Hello I just got the cookbook and this is my first week to plan my meals using the recipes in the book. I am kind of excited to see how it works out. After I started reading the explanations of the Spark Diet in the front I decided I needed to read The Spark also so I got it for my Kindle. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:21:17 EST The Kitchen Table (Chit-Chat) <em>756</em> Hope you are all Cookin' Up A Storm. <em>211</em> <BR> <BR> I gotta get my work out in today and then head to work..(I work nights..I'm the Closing Server at Cracker Barrel.) Gonna be a busy Friday Night! <BR> <BR> In other news: <BR> <BR> <em>503</em> TODAY! <em>410</em> <BR> <BR> Hope you all have a Goal Reachin' Day! <em>247</em> <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <em>304</em> <em>223</em> 's Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:17:21 EST Hello Everyone. Just wanted to take a moment to say hello. I am 100% ready to follow this path and get healthy. I appreciate all help and all new friends. Thu, 27 Sep 2012 19:27:43 EST Hi Everyone! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> So excited! Just got my cookbook in the mail about 10 mins ago! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I also bought the Spark 28-day breakthrough plan book! Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:34:02 EST Hi There This is new for me and I am excited. I need to lose 100 by October 2013 and hope to get a lot of support and motivation here. I have lost 80 lbs in the last year and I am ready to finish this journey.. I need all the help I can get. Mon, 24 Sep 2012 15:10:20 EST Camping Recipes?? Hello Everyone!! <BR> <BR> We are going on our first camping trip next weekend and I am trying to find healthy but kid friendly AND easy to make camping recipes. I have not had a chance to go through all the recipes in the cookbook to see if they are "camping" style or "camping" adaptable recipes. Any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance!! <BR> Kim Sun, 23 Sep 2012 17:30:10 EST Hello!! Hi my name is Kim, I joined SparkPeople a long time ago but never used it (silly, I know). Well when I finally committed to a lifestyle change a little over 2 months ago, this site changed everything for me! I purchased the book for my Kindle and it looks like there are some amazing recipes, I can't wait to try some!!! Sun, 23 Sep 2012 11:28:53 EST Hi I'm Candace Just received my cookbook in the mail and can't wait to look it over. I've already tried several of Chef Meg's recipes and find them easy to prepare and great for my weight loss journey. Fri, 14 Sep 2012 11:52:41 EST Looking for a fresh start Hi, I am currently looking to lose about 20 pounds. I have been successful in the past with the my weight loss, having lost about 80 pounds. Now a few of the pounds have started to creep back on. No matter what I do, I cannot get this weight back off. HELP!!! I refuse to go back to where I was. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:18:29 EST Hello Everyone Hello Everyone.. My name is Regina I am 43. I am 4 weeks and 3 days Post Op for the Gastric Sleeve I am on the Blended Phase of the diet I am looking for some recipe's to try because I am getting tired of baby food. I hope someone can help me. I am excited to get to know eveyone and hope I find others who have had this surgery done who can help that way i can help others that have had the same surgery. Thank You for your time in reading <em>41</em> Sun, 2 Sep 2012 16:42:20 EST A Little Disappointed tho' Not Discouraged I purchased the SP Cookbook for my Nook. I missed the fine print when ordering, b/c it is is not the full cookbook (probably a contractual thing) & all the great recipes everyone is mentioning here are not in the Nook version. So, I will be getting the full, hardback version this weekend. However, I did enjoy all the helpful tips, success stories & charts, etc. and the handful of recipes -- but am so looking forward to all the others. In the meantime, I'm still pulling recipes from SP. <BR> ... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:08:18 EST Hello, everyone! :-) I just received my cookbook yesterday. I've been waiting for it for several weeks (it was back-ordered) so I'm very excited!! :-) I look forward to interacting with you. <em>30</em> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 04:26:25 EST Just got the Sparkpeople cookbook Hi! I just bought the Sparkpeople cookbook and I was wondering what recipe I should try first? Any suggestions? <em>267</em> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 07:28:48 EST Back on the wagon.... I am restarting sparkpeople. I have no idea how to look for or add friends. Can someone please help me out here? =) Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:47:52 EST Started reading the cookbook this morning Hi everyone, I'm Debbie and just got my cookbook last night. Eager as I was to begin using it, I made the egg-white omelet with spinach and mushrooms for breakfast. Of course, that's a pretty simple recipe, but it was a start! Anyway, I made it exactly as written and it tasted great. Plus, it was satisfying. I'm really looking forward to making more stuff and hoping the cookbook helps keep me tracking. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:15:05 EST Hi I'm Debbie Hi everyone, my name is Debbie and I just received the cookbook. I am looking forward to trying some new recipes that taste great and help me eat healthier! Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:36:43 EST Hello New Friends! Hi, I'm Marcia. I'm a returning Sparker, after being gone appx 6mos. Needed to get back to a routine, get rid of the junk food (again) and get back on track. Doing this on my own & wanting to get cooking healthier & losing so I can come off all the meds I'm taking. Just bought the cookbook (ebook) & will be planning out the rest my week tonight. Also bought the Easy Vegan Meals to help with some good recipes to make all those veggies I'm not found tasty. LOL Mon, 20 Aug 2012 15:00:38 EST I made my first recipe... Hi everyone my name is Karen. I joined a few weeks ago after I received my cookbook but I haven't introduced myself yet. The cookbook looks great and I am looking forward to making a lot of recipes in there. Last night I made a half recipe of the Ratatouille with Whole-Wheat Pasta and it was very good. I used a whole can of the diced tomatoes though (a full recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups) so next time I will cut it back. I had leftovers for lunch today and ate it cold. It's great that way too! Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:17:46 EST Hi! I am Emma Hey everyone, I am new and just learning the pages. I wanted to introduce myself to the wonderful people on the forums I picked so far. Need company while making my weight loss journey and hope to bring joy and comfort to others! I will start posting once I get it down better. Look forward to making new friends! God Bless and have a beautiful day. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:26:16 EST 1 week in, 4 pounds down Hey guys! My name is Maggie, I am 27 and am trying to take a few pounds off and then most important, maintain that new weight, which always seems to be my hardest part! I just created my profile and started a blog today, so feel free to check it out, chat and share your stories with me! =) Tue, 14 Aug 2012 15:05:57 EST Change is coming!!!!! My husband and I are making huge dietary changes and I am so excited to see healthy versions of some of our favorite foods in the cookbook!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I am down 6.8 lbs, but still have another 42.2 lbs to go. Mon, 13 Aug 2012 19:24:07 EST Meatloaf I love this stuff when cooked right. But the last three times I've made it, it's turned out too mushy, yuck! Help? Mon, 13 Aug 2012 17:48:12 EST Hi Sparkers! Wow I am truly enjoying this cookbook! Easy healthy recipes that don't have funky ingredients that I cannot find! <BR> <BR> The best part is that the serving sizes are clear. I don't have to guess at it one bit! <BR> <BR> <em>284</em> Sat, 11 Aug 2012 20:51:12 EST good morning Sparkers! My name is Sonya and I am live in Texas. I have decided once again to lose weight and get healthier. I have had time to think about things and realized that I am not getting any healthier and I am not happy with the way I look and feel. I wanted this summer to be different. I wanted to fit into shorts and tank tops and feel comfortable. I havent done that and the summer is almost over. :-( But I am not gonna let that get me down because instead of being bummed about it, I need to get off my b... Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:22:33 EST Got Curves?! Hola Ive technically been on here for a while but Im just now getting more active on the site. Really looking forward to being down to my ideal body weight really soon. One of the big reasons for my wanting to lose weight besides getting fit is I want to break into the entertainment industry and well they don't seem to take kindly to bigger girls which is a shame! #gotcurves?! Thu, 9 Aug 2012 22:41:20 EST Excited About Getting Healthy Hello, I am looking forward to having a support group. I worked out and ate healthy until my 40's. I am in my late 40's now, and it is time to get back on track. Happy dieting everyone. Let's do this together. Mon, 6 Aug 2012 13:09:14 EST Just bought the book! Howdy from Tejas! Need to get 50 off by the end of my 50th year. I am 49 so I have a few months! Started 5 years ago. <BR> <BR> Angela <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 16:35:37 EST New Here Hi everyone. I am new here. Hoping joining the team would enhance my drive to achieve set goals. <BR> Femi Tue, 31 Jul 2012 00:26:33 EST Trying something new. Hello everyone! My name is Samantha and I am 23 years old. I am a vegetarian and I am a paramedic. I work A LOT. I work something called a 24/48. I work for 24 hours straight and have 48 hours off. It makes for a lot of bored eating and days where I can't exercise. I grab a lot of carb food because it's fast. I have put on a lot of weight and I am unhappy. I have started p90x and trying to eat less carbs and better portion control to lose some weight. My boyfriend and I are both trying to los... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:02:03 EST Vacation SparkPeople cooking a success Proud of myself. Went on 10 day vacation and used SparkPeople recipes. Everyone loved them and I maintained my program!! Yaaaaa! Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:22:45 EST need some advice i have been dealing with depression for years and was recently hospitalised because of became a risk to myself when i attempted O.D. when laid up in bed for a week and a half in a coma i lost muscle very quickly and increased my fat levels... all i want is to be fit... but will have to be very fit for my goals in life :/ any advice ???????? Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:37:53 EST I just got my cookbook I just received my Sparkpeople cookbook in the mail today. Pretty exited <em>756</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:28:39 EST 20 Recipes for Chocolate Lovers I've spent countless hours over the last month searching for chocolate recipes. I've written this blog in honor of all you chocolate lovers. <a href=>20 Recipes for Chocolate Lovers</a> . <BR> <BR> Enjoy - In Moderation! Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:05:09 EST Hey eveyone I actually bought my cookbook before I joined spark people. I have been one myfitnesspal and have a fitbit but I needed to have a closer look at my nutrition. I've never really cooked before but these recipes really easy. I don't think I'll be ruining anything. <BR> <BR> I'm currently unemployed (was a long term sub until the end of may), but will begin my first year teaching in August. I have to budget at the moment, and I'm worried about the cost of groceries. With all of the, I'm still ex... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 21:37:06 EST One week down Hello everyone, I just joined last week, I was able to loose 4.4lb in a week, that was amazing. <BR> I just ordered my SparkPeople Cookbook. I should have it by Monday! I am so excited and look forward to reading your thoughts on the different recipes and of course providing my two cents also. <em>381</em> Sat, 21 Jul 2012 16:29:22 EST Just arrived My new Spark people cookbook just arrived today! I'm anxious to try some new recipes and cooking ideas. Hopefully this will give me the kick I need so that the weight will finally start to come off. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:39:47 EST The Vitamix I have been thinking of getting one, and I would like to know from others who have one, is it really worth it? Do you use it every day? Are there certain recipes in the cookbook or on Spark recipes, where I'd be able to use it? I'd really appreciate some feedback. Thanks! Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:18:19 EST Kar815 Hi I would just like to introduce myself today is my first day on Sparkspeople I thought it was time to become accountable and make a healthy lifestyle change for myself. I know it wont be easy but Im going to keep a possitive outlook and make small changes for now and see how it goes. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:07:13 EST Quinoa Flaxseed Pizza Dough So last night I made the Meg-herita Pizza. Loved the pesto base & goat cheese combination! This is however my second time TRYING to make the pizza dough. The first time I don't think my water was hot enough. This time I made sure my water was the correct temperature but I still had problems with the dough rising. I baked it anyway - it was edible - but I don't know what I could have done wrong? <BR> <BR> I do not have a food processor so I had to mix it together by hand. Has anyone else had... Wed, 18 Jul 2012 14:25:39 EST New to all of this Hello all- <BR> I am new to SparkPeople but I want to do this right. I found out there was a cookbook and ran right out to Barnes and Noble and bought it. It was so new, the person helping me had to run to the back room to get me a copy! <BR> I am so excited about this book and the help it will bring me. I am not much of a cook, but I can follow a recipe. I bought this so my friend and I can plan meals, grocery shop, and cook some good healthy meals for both of our families. <BR> I have qui... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 12:34:41 EST hi everyone Happy to be a part of thissecret group Im from Ca area though lot of times I visit in Mirador TJ at my MIL house I have 3 kids one who would have been 6 is in heaven a busy skinny 3 year old cause she wont each much and a 10 month old whos turning 11 months old on the 28 of this month her grandma and I have a 5 dollar bet on wheter she'll fully be walking by her 1st birthday without help, and then Aug.28 my baby is one year old :) Even though I have a neurological musular disability that cau... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:01:58 EST Shirmiel Duncan Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am not necessarily new to spark people, but I am new to the message boards. Not sure what else to say but I will be happy to answer any questions that you all may have. Nice to meet you all. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 01:59:42 EST Hello everyone I have just received my Cookbook. I am from Alabama but hope to retire in the next year and split my time between here and Montana. I am married and have 2 grown children, 2 dogs and 1 grand dog. I am currently caring for my 80 year old mother and 99 year old grandmother. I have been struggling to lose weight for about 4 weeks now and haven't been very successful. I have finally got the 8 glasses of water down, I am tracking my food and trying to get my exercise in. The exercise has been ... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 10:42:27 EST Day 2 : New to Site Hello Everyone , <BR> <BR> My name is Michelle and I am from Pennsylvania. I am back on the wagon. I am frustrated with losing, gaining, all the yo-yo dieting. I am working on changing my mind set , with the way I think about food and change my approach to a way of life not a diet. But as a lot of you know easier said than done.I look forward to corresponding with you all. <BR> <BR> Michelle Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:16:16 EST Hi everyone! I am a new member, and am SO excited about SparkPeople and this cookbook!! I am a teacher, specializing in early childhood education, which is birth through third grade. I enjoy new cookbooks, so I'm ready to try this one! I love the extras you get when you register that you've bought the book, especially the superfoods/shopping list! I hope to maintain my enthusiasm and make my goals!! Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:37:03 EST Jumping In (Again) I've been using and loving SparkPeople for years, but with little success. It's not the fault of the program, but all my own. I've been letting life run me instead of me running my life. I decided to take another step by buying "The Spark" and "The SparkPeople Cookbook". I'm hoping this is a new beginning and I can take charge this time. I'm hoping these will help me by enhancing the wonderful websites. I'm so looking forward to making so many of the recipes and I'm hoping my family wil... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 09:40:01 EST Reached My Limit Hi, my name is Julie and I live in Southern California. I just joined Spark People and am learing my way around I never had a weight problem until my late 30s early 40s when I gained 30 lbs. I was able to lose it using an early plan of Weight Watchers. In my late 40s I had a series of lifte events happen to me and the way I coped was to eat. The problem was that I did not stop when I gained 30 lbs. this time. I kept going and going until I weigh 280 lbs. at 56 years old. I just complete... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 08:31:11 EST Getting Myself to a Healthier, Fitter Place! I'm a girl who has always dreamed of what life would be like if I was healthier and fitter. I'm taking my steps each day to get to that point. With hard work and determination, and family and friends support, I'm willing to go the distance! Wed, 4 Jul 2012 12:21:30 EST On my way to the old me :) What a struggle. Life, weight. Ups and downs. It sure has been fun though. But I miss the athletic teen and early twenty year old I used to be. With a top weight of 313 pounds and lowest weight of 160. I have tried alot of things but the one thing that I was never willing to let myself do. Was become an athlete again. I never saw it like that, until recently and the thought alone helps to motivate me. It also keeps me going when I have hit a long plateau. Like right now, I am going on 2 weeks... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 21:20:05 EST Starting a new journey Hi my name is Mary Ann. I live in Michigan. I am starting with a goal to lose 55lbs by April 2013. I tried several diets where I lost 20lbs then gained it right back, not reaching my goal. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I am very exited to find spark people to help me through this journey to lose weight and get my diabetes under control. Sat, 23 Jun 2012 12:57:22 EST Greek yogurt vs regular yogurt I have found several recipes that call for Greek yogurt. Can I substitute regular light yogurt? What would be the difference or benefit for the Greek yogurt? Thanks!! I recently purchased the cookbook. I have prepared just one recipe so far, but looking forward to trying several. Thanks! Thu, 21 Jun 2012 22:34:37 EST New To This Team Hi Everyone - My name is Carol and I live in sunny Arizona. I've been a member of SparkPeople for some time now and today I decided to purchase the SparkPeople Cookbook - Kindle Edition. I am really looking forward to trying the different recipes and getting DH eating healthy right along with me. I am also looking forward to sharing information and experiences, ups and downs, with all of you. <em>252</em> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:20:50 EST skinny_12 hello everyone im from nebraska Thu, 21 Jun 2012 19:35:08 EST Adding meals/recipes to tracker? I just got the book yesterday and made my first recipe from it today. I went to look for it on the website to add to my tracker but it's not coming up. Do I need to recreate it (not publically of course) in order to track it? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:34:12 EST Becoming my best Hello. <BR> <BR> As I look in the mirrow I don't like the person looking back at me. I have three kids, 10 year old girl, after whom the weight has been long gone. In the recent years I had two boys one after another. After my (now 22 month old) son was born the weight was comming of slowly, plus I had to have surgery so only about 25 pounds (the baby included) twere lost by the time he was 6 months old, and I found out I was pregnant with my youngest, who's now 6 1/2 months old. <BR>... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 18:14:31 EST Hi I am Sherry from Charlotte, NC I am excited to try more of the recipes recommended by the team. <BR> <BR> Sherry Thu, 14 Jun 2012 14:50:46 EST Excited about the cookbook Hi, my name is Shannon & I am a new SparkPeople member. I just received my cookbook in the mail today & am so excited about trying out new recipes. Last week (my first week as a member) I made Low-fat Cheeseburger Pie that I printed from the site & my husband & I really enjoyed it. This week my new recipe was Chef Meg's Slow Cooker Lasagna which was good & easy to make. Now, I'm ready to explore many, many more recipes!!!! <BR> <BR> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 17:26:45 EST New Member My name is Jeanette, my goal is to lose weight and be healthier. My interests are music, swimming, and riding a bicycle. I wanted to join Sparks because being at a healthy weight is important to me. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 23:00:03 EST Mine came in the mail yesterday Hi folks. I received my Sparkpeople Cookbook yesterday and am ready to fly. I am a mother to 3 beautiful children. My youngest is graduating from high school next week. I fell off the get healthy band wagon almost 2 years ago when my pc crashed. Now I've been back for a few weeks and have a new attitude and motivation to get healthy. This cookbook is the BOMB!!! Sat, 9 Jun 2012 22:06:05 EST Hello Im Eaine from Portland Oregon USA Im looking forward to all of the differant kinds of foods you can eat and yet lose weight through tracking of your calories and exercise. Thank You. Sat, 9 Jun 2012 21:45:22 EST a work in beginnings Looking forward getting to know you and learning new facts and behaviors to be successful. Thanks for the help in advance. Jean Sat, 9 Jun 2012 15:54:31 EST a work in beginnings Looking forward getting to know you and learning new facts and behaviors to be successful. Thanks for the help in advance. Jean Sat, 9 Jun 2012 15:54:30 EST a work in beginnings Looking forward getting to know you and learning new facts and behaviors to be successful. Thanks for the help in advance. Jean Sat, 9 Jun 2012 15:54:28 EST Karol :) Hey Everybody... Name is Karol. Here's the gist... My highest weight has been right around 190. At the beginning of May I had what I called 'my break through with food.' I decided that I was either gonna' finally get in shape or not!!! At which I weighed myself the next morning weighing in at 180. I've always worked out so that wasn't an issue for me. So I decided to start counting caloires; eating no more the 1700 a day. I gave myself six months to take off thirty pounds; five pou... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 03:13:07 EST Greetings from Chicago! Hello, everyone! My name is Tiffany and I recently purchased the cookbook and decided to join this team. I must say that I am absolutely excited to get to know all of you and to also learn more about your experiences with healthier eating. I hope to gain a lot of inspiration and motivation through being a part of this community! Sun, 3 Jun 2012 17:52:32 EST Just received my today in the mail Haven't opened it yet, will enjoy it later this afternoon and enjoy reading thru the recipes. <BR> Im a newbie just joined this past Tuesday hope this helps! :) Sat, 2 Jun 2012 13:35:35 EST Celebrating my mid point by getting Cookbook I have been wanting the cookbook for a while. I was very interested to learn about Chef Meg and watched the video from when she appeared on the Doctors. I was surprised to weigh in at precisely my midpoint to my goal this morning, and ordered it on my Kindle, and here I am! I wanted to be a chef when I was a little girl, and I love to cook. So I am pretty excited. :) Thu, 31 May 2012 14:48:56 EST Just Ordered Mine!!!!! Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Jennifer, and I live in Maryland. I have been a member on SparkPeople for a while now, but I have been an on-again, off-again member. I'm back now, as of May 21, 2012. I didn't realize SparkPeople had a cookbook, but it's in the mail and should be here next week. Yay!!!! Now that my hubby and I are cooking more meals at home, this cookbook is going to great. Can't Wait!!!!!! Thu, 31 May 2012 13:55:06 EST Howdy from TX Hi, y'all. I just joined the team after purchasing the cookbook and reading the first two chapters. WOW. I have already learned so much and relate especially to the content in chapter 2. I have been eating like Goldilocks my whole life! I am hoping that SP and this team will help me change that. <BR> <BR> I am a 30-something married mother of one 2 year old boy. :) Thu, 31 May 2012 10:46:04 EST Hi - I am new and just getting my SparkPage set Personal: My name is Kathleen (Kathy) I am a Connecticut native (born in Stamford - have lived in Milford for the last 34yrs.), married with 3 grown sons. 1974 graduate of Rippowam High School. <BR> <BR> I am a Weight Watcher's lifetime member..back in 1988 I lost 50lbs. Since then I have put some back on and now what do get back on track but with a busy life between work and home, I don't have time for meetings. This to me is the prefect solution. Wed, 30 May 2012 11:09:37 EST Hi everyone Hi everyone, I'm Michele. I just got my cookbook and have been looking/reading though it and thought this would be a great team to join to motivate me to try out some new recepies. My husband and I eat pretty healthy but I would like to add some variety to our meal plans. Sun, 27 May 2012 13:18:47 EST Howdy Ya'll Hello everyone! I am new to this site, so I thought I would introduce myself! I am a 27 year old female, married with no kids! I am a dog groomer by trade and have two cats, 4 rats, and a fish! I was born and raised in San Antonio, and moved to Pennsylvania when I was 14 after losing my father. Between the culture I grew up in, and the pain of losing my dad, food has ALWAYS been a crutch for me. Whenever I had a bad day, or a celebration, or just because, I would turn to food. I grew u... Sat, 26 May 2012 23:23:58 EST NEW HERE HELLO IM TRINITY FROM MASSACHUSETTS AND I AM READY FOR CHANGE AND TO MEET NEW POSITIVE MOTIVATING PEOPLE. Fri, 25 May 2012 17:42:00 EST cookbook I just received my cookbook today. The recipes all look really good and most look fairly easy to make. I can't wait to try some of them out. Mon, 21 May 2012 19:56:21 EST Hey Everyone Hi I'm Shannon. I'm new to this...obviously. Looking for support and a better system than ive been using to get thin for myself and so i can look great at my wedding. Sun, 20 May 2012 11:15:08 EST Healthy & Tasty Cooking! Hi! <BR> I have just received The New Spark Cookbook today! <em>104</em> <BR> Have been a member since 2010,and tried many of Chef Megs recipes on this site,all very easy and delicious,so it was a no brainer to order her Cookbook!!! <BR> I am excited to join this Team! <BR> Happy Cooking Everyone! Sun, 20 May 2012 01:27:17 EST Hi everyone!! :) My name is Steph. I'm 39 & need to lose about 60lbs. I was happy to find this team, because I enjoy cooking! I bought the SP cookbook yesterday & can't wait to try some recipes! Any & all advice would be helpful & welcoming!! <em>30</em> Sat, 19 May 2012 11:01:40 EST Hi everyone!! :) My name is Steph. I'm 39 & need to lose about 60lbs. I was happy to find this team, because I enjoy cooking! I bought the SP cookbook yesterday & can't wait to try some recipes! Any & all advice would be helpful & welcoming!! <em>30</em> Sat, 19 May 2012 11:01:19 EST Welcome Hello joining the team today <em>224</em> Wed, 16 May 2012 10:55:05 EST hi i am Tanya Hi there, <BR> I just got my spark cookbook today. I am looking forward to trying the receipes in this book. Hope everyone i having a grat day. <BR> <BR> Tanya Tue, 15 May 2012 21:33:30 EST Hi my name is Lisa HI my name is Lisa & I just got my cookbook today & joined this spark team. I turned 50 years old in January & in May I hit a high weight of 280.8 lbs. I really need help & encouragement in my weight loss journey. I have been heavy most of my teens adult life. Tue, 15 May 2012 13:38:02 EST I'm Chris First, I really don't cook much. So I really need your ideas to motivate me. I am cooking for myself . My husband won't eat vegetables and I want to eat lots of vegetables. I like to cook and freeze things so I can have nice meals ready fast. <BR> <BR> We have one daughter, 30, single, living about an hour away. <BR> <BR> I have fibromyalgia so I'd like to eat foods that lessen body inflammation. <BR> <BR> We live in Connecticut. I will put myself on the team map below. I will check th... Mon, 14 May 2012 06:08:59 EST Hi Everyone! Hi everyone! I'm new to SparkPeople. I just signed up tonight. I'm a 22 year old Army wife, mother of two four-legged furballs, and trying to expand our family by TWO feet now! My husband and I have been together for three and a half years, and in those years, I have gained around 70 lbs and went up 9-10 pant sizes. I can't believe I'm admitting this. I finally got to the point where I was disgusted with myself when looking in the mirror. It was affecting my self-confidence, my sex lif... Sun, 13 May 2012 22:01:03 EST Hi I'm Kim ! Where to start ??? Let's see... I am 41 years old ( will be 42 in 3 months ) and my goal is to lose 150 pounds by my 43rd Birthday ! I have 3 biological children and 3 step-children, and they range in ages from 3 to 20. I work alot of hours, and I sometimes meet myself coming and going. A few weeks ago I had a severe pancreatic attack. During my week long hospital stay, it was discovered, I am in the beginning stages of diabetes, and I have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and trigly... Fri, 11 May 2012 20:35:17 EST Hummus recipes? I have been buying hummus in the store. Now, I would like to try making my own. Does anyone have a favorite recipe they would like to share? Thanks! Thu, 10 May 2012 14:47:48 EST hello everyone! My name is Annette and I am new to this forum. I received my cookbook in the mail yesterday finally and have sat down and started to read it from page one. I have decided to look at this cookbook in a different manner than I have ever looked at cookbooks before. of course I know I am going to love it because I am always going to the recipes online and trying new ones. Everyone in my family loves them. Looking forward to meeting new and exciting people on here with the same struggles as I... Thu, 10 May 2012 12:32:08 EST Hi from the New Guy... Hello friends. <BR> I've been on the website for two weeks ( this is the second week} and have been hearing about the Cookbook. At first I thought, why buy the book with all the recipes on the site? <BR> Mainly, I did it for more of an appreciation move, Thanks for the site and all the help it contains, but then I got to e-thumbing through the book......YUM!!... <BR> I don't know if I was looking in the wrong places, but I am seeing some "must cooks"! <BR> That's it, just wanted to do the In... Wed, 9 May 2012 21:25:17 EST Loving Wife and Mother of 2! Hello, Everyone! My name is Melissa and I am 24 years young! I am a mother of 2 (1 and 3) and a loving wife. <BR> <BR> I became obsessed with researching anything and everything about Being Healthy for 3 reasons: <BR> - To have the ability to teach my children how to live a healthy life <BR> - To help my husband lose and maintain a healthy weight <BR> - To lose my 'baby' belly! <BR> <BR> As for my motivation and energy levels, they aren't where I want and need them to be. I set my al... Wed, 9 May 2012 01:34:23 EST New Member Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just found Sparkpeople in April and it is a total blessing! I am a lifelong binge/emotional eater. Since starting with spark, I have not been able to meet my daily requirements of calorie intake because I honestly do not feel hungry. When I feel a binge coming on or am in the middle of one I think about writing in my food journal and that brings me back to myself. I usually never fulfill my daily carb requirement. Any suggestions for low-fat, carb rich foods? Thanks ... Tue, 8 May 2012 23:58:22 EST My name is Irene and I want to ly ose weight. losing weight is not a easy. Keeping it off is harder. I need help and supprot Tue, 8 May 2012 17:26:19 EST HI I am divorced and don't cook much for one and this makes eating healthy a challenge. So today I took the challenge to a new level and bought this cookbook. Hoping it will challenge me to cook more. Being single I probably only have to make about 2 recipes a week as I can eat each one for several days. I don't mind eating the same thing a few times which is a good thing as so many recipes make way too much for one person. Tue, 8 May 2012 11:25:14 EST Hi, I'm new at this... Hello. My name is Jess. I'm 28 years old, a wife to a wonderful man, a mother of a 2 year old and a full time Physical Therapist Assistant. I joined SparkPeople because I need some help with motivation. I'd like to lose 30-50lbs. (I know it's a wide range, but I will be extatic with anything I'm able to accomplish) My husband tells me all the time that I am perfect as I am and that he doesn't want/need me to lose any weight. He doesn't understand that I'm unhappy with me, therefore I want to... Mon, 7 May 2012 12:39:46 EST hey spark people Hi people, I am new at sparks. I need to lose 100 lbs. My Doctor is very concerned for me. I dream every day to lose the weight but when theres food in front of me I just need to eat it even if Im not even hungry. Im 42 years old woman and I need some ideas on how to eat healthy or food plans. Im clueless on how to eat healthy. I also need motivation too. Im so depressed. I have artheritis in my spine which is extremely hard for me to walk long distances. I work as a cook of all things. But m... Fri, 4 May 2012 21:27:26 EST Just a question I am interested in getting the cookbook but have run into a problem before with buying cookbooks from the US as they are full of ingredients I can't get here in New Zealand. Can anyone tell me if there are a lot of specialist/brand name ingredients in it or is it more of a cooking from raw basic ingredents types of receipes? <BR> <BR> Tue, 1 May 2012 21:57:06 EST New to the team Hello everyone, <BR> I am so excited for this cookbook, I have wanted it since it came out but kept putting it off but now that I found that food has been my biggest hurdle, what do I have to lose (hopefully pounds). I am actually looking forward to sitting down and meal planning. <BR> <BR> -Jen Tue, 1 May 2012 17:29:47 EST New to team not to Sparkpeople Hi to everyone, ready to try some of these recipes. Won't try the cheese recipes though (hate cheese). Fri, 27 Apr 2012 19:35:55 EST Ready for the Challenge Hi fellow Spark People. My name is Mary and I just joined Spark People to help with a healthier life style. I think motivation has been a bigger of my problems. You know how it goes when you eat fast food and say oh Ill start tomorrow, and how one bite of something "good" leads to more bites. Along with motivation, cooking healthy, exercising and staying on track has been a major problem for me. I like to run, so I am hoping to get back into that as well. I do live a busy life and try... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:02:08 EST Hi all! Wanting to get fit and shed some weight. Any help would be wonderful. <BR> <BR> Best <BR> S. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 23:33:00 EST New and really trying to stay positive Hello all. I am Amber. I am new to Spark and i am really liking this so far. it seems so much more positive then a lot of the programs and seems like i will be able to maintain and stick to the life style instead of gaining it back. The only problem i am having right now is staying motivated. It is really hard to want to work out these days. Yesterday was the first day back to the gym in 2 months. I was going every morning and then i burnt out. i dont want that to happen again. So i made my p... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:12:28 EST Sarah in Oz now has the cook book! Hi I'm Sarah, 36, wife and mother of 2 under 2.5. <BR> <BR> While my family eat pasta and other high calorie foods I eat chicken and salad... BUT NOT ANYMORE. <BR> <BR> My book arrived yesterday and I have already marked all the pages that I want to try and I know they will be family favourites. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to us all eating the same meals again :) Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:16:44 EST Maybe the most deliously satisfying breakfast ever I know that's quite a statement to make, but it was unbelievable. I made the low-fat whole wheat pancake recipe on SparkRecipes with the addition of cinnamon and vanilla and for the topping I used the fruit salad with poppy-seed dressing from the cookbook. It was absolutely fabulous, satisfying and filling. <em>250</em> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 08:48:55 EST Fit2win4 Just joined Curves to add strength training and cardio to my program... excited about being healthy again. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 13:37:19 EST Getting back to healthy weight! Hey Everyone, <BR> I heard of this website from my mom who did it a couple of years ago. <BR> I am twentysomething and realized how much I miss being at a healthy weight. After Sophomore year in college the pounds just started coming and now that I have graduated, married, and started my first full-time sitting job, they are still coming. I recently found out I have an over-active thyroid and started taking medicine every morning. My goal is to get back to a healthy weight and fit into most o... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:22:38 EST Nutritional Info/Spark points I know that the recipes aren't listed on the recipe site so that people will have to buy the book, but I feel like I'm getting cheated out of those 3 points for making a recipe. <BR> <BR> And most of the recipes are not listed in the nutritional information. This is a pain when tracking my food. Right now I don't have my cookbook with me and I can't finish tracking my food from yesterday. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:48:25 EST Soon to be 50 program Hi I'm Margie De Leon and I am really excited to be a part of this website. I have 20 pounds I want to lose by July 29th, my 49th Bday. By 50 I want to not just have lost weight but maintained it and live a healthier life style for my boyfriend and my kids. Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:51:29 EST 12 Springtime Salad Recipes Here are some great suggestions for springtime salads. <BR> <BR> <a href=>Add the Spring Back Into Your Salad</a> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 17:28:10 EST motivation needed I am 67 years old and am losing weight very slowly, too slowly, and I get very frustrated when I weigh myself and have lost either 1lb or nothing and know I have stuck to the rules. I play golf and walk the dog, so get a decent amount of exercise. Does anyone find that this is a problem for them. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 04:23:06 EST new member Just got the book today and started to read it. I want to try the recipes asap Tue, 17 Apr 2012 15:44:45 EST Hi this is Joanne from the UK, aged 41 Hi l have joined this site as l am desperate for support and motivation to lose weight. <BR> I moved to Denmark one year to marry my now husband and have gained 23 kilos. I live in the middle of nowhere so its not possible to meet friends so l eat because l get quite lonely, its not possible to work as l cant speak the language which l am slowly learning so l tend to spend alot of time eating and watching TV whilst my husband is at work and l just cant seem to get my head round starting a die... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 10:18:26 EST Hello Hi, Im Samantha, Im 39 and a wife, mother, step mother, hairstylist, i have 2 children living at home. And i may have 2 more here soon. I am a step mother to a total of 14 kids and have one of my own. YES ITS ALOT!!!!!!! but I wouldnt change a thing... I am wanting to lose the weight for myself, my husband who I love with all my heart and is supporting me, and for the 2 children that may be moving in come June. I need to be able to keep up with a very VERY <BR> active10, and 11 year old. <BR>... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:04:36 EST Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer So I got a stand mixer for Christmas and I absolutely love it!! Only problem is the only thing I really use it for is baking. I have used it to mix stuff for mini meatloaf and pizza dough but other than that all sweets. Anyone have one of these that could toss out some good useful ideas for me to use this for? I want to use it soooo bad but don't need all those treats around! Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:36:06 EST It's time I've been busy the last couple of months and haven't been trying any new recipes. I think it is time to get my cookbook out again. If I pick out a couple of recipes and have the ingredient on hand, I usually make it. I have been trying to avoid the grocery store, shopping for sale items or fresh fruits and vegetables as I need them. <BR> Appreciate all the reviews and comments on the various recipes. Will let you all know how it goes. <BR> <BR> Mary Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:31:41 EST Baby Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Toasted A I brought this salad to a salad supper last night and barely got to eat some myself. It tasted great and I had no leftovers. I'm definitely fixing it again, next time for my family! Thu, 12 Apr 2012 11:17:19 EST New member My name is Heidi. I'm 31 years old. I'm getting married to my best friend in August on Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island in Georgia. I have a 12 year old son, Preston, and a 5 year old daughter, Emma. I joined Weight Watchers in January and lost 9 pounds but I think I've gained it all back. I went to meetings every weekend and the last time I went a couple weekends ago, no one still knew who I was and they were asking if that was my first meeting. And the leaders acted like it was a pain to an... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:49:25 EST How do you pick out a good/sweet melon? Looking for some advise on picking out melons. I am very hit or miss with my cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon selection. Figured this was the best place for some advise on the subject. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 12:40:46 EST hello Hello. I'm new to all of this and thought I would give it a try. I haven't always been big my whole life so i know i can get smaller I've done it before but this time it seems impossible to lose any weight. My husband don't always help but I know its self control. So please bare wit me as I write posts because I am new to all of this. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 09:11:51 EST cookbook I just ordered "The SparkPeople Cookbook" and waiting for it to arrive in the mail. Excited to read though it and start making new recipes. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 12:47:17 EST I have Slow Cooker Chicken Stew cooking! All of the ingredients are in the crockpot, it's early, and it's just starting to cook. I can't wait for supper! <BR> The slow cooker makes it easy, and the house will smell good all day. <BR> I'll let you know how I like it. <BR> Happy cooking, Sparkers. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 09:20:49 EST hi my name is wilma hi i am a 50 year old woman who finally decided to take control of my life so i joined a gym and spark people my goal is to loose 150 pounds by the summer of 2013. i got tired of looking in the mirror and this person i didn't know looking back at me so i thought it is time to do something about it Sun, 8 Apr 2012 10:46:53 EST Recipe Review: Minestrone Soup This soup recipe ranks right up there with my favorites from the cookbook. It is similar in many ways to other soup recipes I have, but the addition of basil pesto makes it different enough and truly delicious. This is one recipe I don't even tinker with because it's so good as written. One serving offers a lot of filling, healthy soup for the calories (tons of vegetables--hurray!), and I love that it freezes well, too. Wed, 4 Apr 2012 16:05:32 EST Time to Cook... I'm having trouble finding time to cook. Last night I actually did have time, but there was literally nothing in the house to eat and I didn't have time to run to the store... It's a little frustrating when that happens... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 07:38:54 EST I purchased the Kindle Version of Cookbook Hi everyone; <BR> <BR> Taking a moment to introduce myself to the group. Ordered and received my cookbook the other day. I'm only up to the smoothies portion but from what I see so far, I will surely be seeing some other recipes that I will find delicious and inspiring! Mon, 2 Apr 2012 11:42:57 EST Herb-Roasted Turkey Just wondering if anyone has made this? I plan on making it for Easter this Sunday. I have made the Lemon Herb Chicken and it was delish! I have made it a few times. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 20:14:39 EST I received my cookbook in the mail Tuesday..... I've been perusing my cookbook since it come Tuesday(?) and today I will be making my first recipe from it. I'm going to make Salmon Patties with Spicy-Sweet Yogurt Dressing, except I won't make the dressing because my husband doesn't like yogurt. Any suggestions for a substitution for the yogurt? Sun, 1 Apr 2012 16:36:23 EST Working at this again! This SparkPeople Cookbook is incredible! Great recipes, pictures and food info!! I just received it and will be working at losing weight again! I had joined SparkPeople last summer and lost 20 lbs and then got derailed through my own fault. Well, I am going to work (and cook!) to get back on track. I love the recipes I have found on this site and in this book - now I need to make the right choices. <em>756</em> Sun, 1 Apr 2012 10:05:48 EST Maple-Glazed Roasted Salmon I tried this for supper and really enjoyed it. I fixed some brown rice and sauteed some zucchini and summer squash to go with it. Very tasty. My family won't eat fish or seafood, so they got to eat leftovers tonight. I'll enjoy the leftovers. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 21:33:39 EST Baked Chicken Tenders with honey mustard sauce I fixed the baked chicken tenders from the SP cookbook with the honey mustard sauce. I would highly recommend it. My kids loved them and they are quick and easy to fix. The sauce didn't take long to make either and was very tasty. I will definitely make this again! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:16:29 EST My Kitchen is My New BFF I have always enjoyed cooking, but with SparkPeople and The SparkPeople Cookbook I REALLY enjoy creating delicious meals for myself and my family. I don't know exactly when the shift to nutritious foods really happened, but I find myself now not wishing to go out to eat as often. When we do go out I am so picky about where to go and what to order it is becoming an ordeal because I really enjoy creating for myself delicious eye appealing food! <em>4</em> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 11:38:41 EST Hello Everyone Well, they say the third times the charm, how about the fourth? I know I have failed for so long but I am simply looking to lessen my fluffiness, become healthier by hopefully shedding these weight-based illnesses I have or at least make them so minute that they don't bother my normal, everyday life routine. I just want stay the young, vibrant, bubbly person I am and I am being robbed of that joy at this point life. I cant do the jazz I love so here goes something! Sat, 31 Mar 2012 04:05:02 EST Wild Mushrooms This is the time of year in Ohio that everyone that loves wild mushrooms begins thinking of the hunt and the feast, if the hunt is successful. I have several healthier recipe options for these delectable treats which you can see below in my most recent blog. Does anyone else have any great recipes? <em>485</em> <BR> <link><BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4810910 </link> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:18:25 EST Chicken Oregano with sweet peppers This is not in the SP cookbook but it was a featured recipe the other day. I cooked it tonight and it was delicious. I did not use the wine but put 1c of broth instead. The rice even came out right. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 18:40:13 EST Introduction to the team Hello there! This is my first team to join...Is there a gluten free team I can join also? Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:25:16 EST Eggplant Help, Please So, I bought a baby eggplant at the store this weekend. I'm not a big eggplant fan, but I thought maybe if I make my own. <BR> <BR> Now, I have this thing home . . . . what do I do with it! Please help! I don't want slimy, slippery eggplant like I have had before. <BR> <BR> Please send me your ideas! Sun, 25 Mar 2012 22:19:34 EST Hi Everyone,first time doing this Hi Everyone This is the first time I've used an online diet club but I'm giving up too easily on my own so I thought as I use net alot this would be a great motivator and maybe I can in turn encourage others in the same way. <BR> I don't want to lose a great deal of weight but I'm aware that weight is creeping up and I keep putting off losing those stubborn 10 pounds I need to lose to feel healthier and fit into my fave jeans again! Sun, 25 Mar 2012 18:52:48 EST Ummmmmmmmmmm Hello all, I'm Jen. I just started a "Healthy Weight" class at my college because I needed one more credit to fill this semester. One of our class assignment is to pick an online nutritional analysis system to help us to track our calories, read nutrition labels & become more conscious of our daily eating habits. I have actually been wanting to do this anyway because in the past 3 years I somehow managed to accumulate 40lbs!!! YIKES!!! Anyway I have decided to utilize & hopef... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 20:12:25 EST Turkey Mini Meatloaf OMG........I just made this recipe (page 201) was so GOOOOODDDDD!!! <BR> <BR> I only added chili powder and not sauce because I'm not a big fan of "heat" was absolutley devine! <BR> <BR> I will make that, I hope that hubby likes it! (he's working today) Sat, 24 Mar 2012 18:03:16 EST Advice please Chicken Oregano with Sweet Peppers <BR> <BR> This is the recipe of the day. I don't want to put in the white wine. I am not a wine drinker and don't want to spend the money for wine just to cook. Besides I don't like it. What should I add instead or do I really need it? I have been looking for ways to incorporate peppers into my meals without just eating them raw and this sounds so delicious. <BR> <BR> <BR> 1.5 lbs. chicken pieces, skin removed <BR> <BR> 1/4 teaspoon salt <BR> <B... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 08:25:48 EST Hello Everybody! Hey people! My name is Lacy and I am trying to get my body ready for summer. I am 26 and my skin has started to loose its elacticity a little. My stomach used to be tight and firm and now my skin sems like it is changing. I am skinny but my tummy does not seem to be staying firm all on its own like it used to LOL. It used to be that I never had to work out. Now I wish that I would have all along. So, I have joined to get my body toned and bikin ready for summer! I was just wondering if anybod... Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:29:38 EST Hi I just received my SparkPeople cookbook. I'm excited to get into it and find all the good recipes. Any place in particular to start? Wed, 21 Mar 2012 18:39:27 EST Wisdom Teeth Extraction friendly recipes I got two of my wisdom teeth taken out yesterday and I am getting the other two taken out tomorrow. <BR> <BR> Can anyone recommend any budget-friendly, easy, surgery-friendly recipes? I made some homemade tomato soup yesterday: <BR> <BR><BR>tail.asp?recipe=2045282 <BR> <BR> It turned out pretty good! I'm hoping others will like it as well, <BR> <BR> But I feel like I can't eat soup for a week... or I at least need variety in my soup. <BR> <BR> Any... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:22:07 EST How do I get my spark points? I have been a member of sparkpeople for about 5 years now. I just got my copy of the Spark CookBook today and I can't find how to get my sparkpoints for purchasing it! <BR> <BR> On page 467, last paragraph it says you special code "SparkBook2" to get them. Where do I type this in at to redeem my points? Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:33:37 EST Lemon Chicken w/Spinach Pasta Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm making the Lemon Chicken w/Spinach Pasta, as I speak..... <BR> <BR> I do not have any spinach, so I am subbing with broccoli........:) It smells good! <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a "Sparking Day"..... <BR> <BR> Lisa Sat, 17 Mar 2012 17:42:07 EST Hello! I just bought the book, so I'm really excited to start reading it! I made a decision to be healthy and it can be really hard sometimes with my family not really caring what goes into our bodies. I realize that if I make this change in myself first, hopefully my family will follow by example. Please keep us in your prayers, this will not be an easy task! Fri, 16 Mar 2012 20:46:24 EST Hi Hi! <BR> Just purchased my cookbok yesterday. Looking forward to going thru it today, I bought the Nook version. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:36:17 EST Now I'm Cooking I never used to cook. I'd just eat snack food as meals... Or if someone else cooked, okay. Or I'd microwave a can of soup or tuna or something at most. I always hated cooking. But now, strangely, that's changed. I love to cook. Not bake. But cook! And it's so much fun to try out new foods and healthier foods! Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:41:41 EST Love, love this cookbook! This cookbook has changed my life! I have made so many recipes already and they are delicious. When it's time to go grocery shopping, I sit down with the cookbook and plan out my menu for the week and make my store list accordingly. This has saved me so much time and I also have all the ingredients I need to prepare the recipes. I also used Meg's store list in the back of the book and it was so helpful. Actually, I had to make the produce section much bigger because that's what I bought ... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:20:25 EST how do i get my points I have been suing the cook book and really enjoy all the things i have tried so far. I see on the Spark point page you can get points for trying a recipe. when i click on the link it takes me to a box to type in what I am looking for and many times I am told it can't be found. since i like what i make and enjoy the book its fine not to get the points. still learning to find my way around the site. thanks for any help you have <BR> Fran Thu, 15 Mar 2012 12:41:49 EST Cookbook Newbie! Hi, I am new to this group and just downloaded the cookbook to my tablet! I am reading from pg 1 and look forward to making my first quick & delicious recipe soon! Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:45:52 EST Crunchy Chicken Salad I made this to take along for my lunch on Saturday when I was helping with our middle school orchestra contest. It was terrific. I liked the combination of grapes, apples, chicken and pecans. It was very satisfying since it is high in protein. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 17:50:18 EST Another substitution question. I'm wondering if there is a gluten free substitution for panko crumbs. I am allergic to gluten, so I can't use them, but am wanting to try recipes like the chicken tenders. Any suggestions? Sun, 11 Mar 2012 19:28:31 EST Newbie Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I just received the cookbook and am very excited! I am making the Lemon-herb roasted Chicken right now! It smells heavenly....... <BR> <BR> I went right to the store and bought the panko bread crumbs because I am dying to make the chicken tenders! Everyone on here is raving about them......... <BR> <BR> Happy Sparking! Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:30:12 EST Good Soup Recomendation I want to make a batch of soup that I can eat with my husband as a side over the week. I want it to be budget friendly as well. Can anyone recommend any of the soup recipes? Sun, 11 Mar 2012 16:31:34 EST Slow Cooker Lasagna <em>213</em> Has anyone tried this recipe? I couldn't find a rating for it. I live alone so I am afraid to try something new in case I don't like it. There is no one else to eat it,. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 15:43:10 EST Hi! Hi! I just bought the cookbook this week and I am excited to try it! I am back on SparkPeople after a long hiatus, and I am excited to meet my goals. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:21:16 EST Hello Hello fellow Sparkers I'm excited and hope to stay motivated to reach my goals:) Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:46:49 EST 90 days ago........ Ninety days ago today I joined SP. I believe that was the best thing I ever did for myself. I am not the same person I was when I joined. I blogged about my journey today on my spark page. I invite you to read my blog and to leave a comment If you have been a member for longer, did these changes happen to you, did you feel this way. If you haven't been here for 90 days yet, watch to see if you notice any of these changes happening to you. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:07:06 EST New cookbook, new ideas! Hello, my name is Anna, and I'm from Ontario, Canada. <BR> I just got the cookbook yesterday, and am really happy to see a group dedicated to people that use it. <BR> I love to cook, and I have to say, just knowing that there are people out there that are going to be making the same recipes as I am, and have tried them and loved them makes a great deal of sense to me. <BR> I have a great collection of cookbooks, but there has never been one that came with a support system built right in!! ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:25:20 EST New to this team Just ordered the book, can't wait to get started with some new recipes. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 14:40:58 EST Newbie to the team Hello everybody, I'm Gwen and new to this team. I bought the SP Cookbook and have to admit I have not used it yet. After seeing the calories and stats on my food intake today...well, I've sincerely got to make better choices. <BR> <BR> I'm going to jump back and review some of the other topics here like: What is your favorite recipe. I'm curious to see what seems popular. <BR> <BR> One question I have is: How does your family like the recipes? I have a husband who is a big eater and picky c... Tue, 6 Mar 2012 23:28:12 EST