What a great goal. I love that you are separating this into two steps: first get into the habit of eating with family and then work on making the meals more nutritious. I think one of our big mistakes, especially with new years resolutions, is to bite off too much all at once and then fail when we could have succeeded by taking manageable steps one after the other.
BTW, the food safety experts of the world will tell you never to put food frozen into the crock pot. That because it's slow, low temperature cooking, as the food thaws, it spends a long period of time at temperatures that are idea for growing bacteria. 'course someone else here already said she/he always puts frozen meat into the crockpot and that family hasn't died...
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i put frozen anything in the crock pot. i make chile with frozen hambuger wich if you switch it for ground chicken or turkey you will save a bunch of calories. so go ahead and freeze the chicken for later
i started this at 248.8 pounds and am hoping i can lose at least 50 in one year.
current weight: 226.0
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Thank you, thank you for the support all of you gave me. I appreciate that my post was a bit whiny. That isn't my nature. I am making tacos tonight using my usual not too healthy recipe. Sparkpeople sent out a delicious looking slow cooker salsa chicken recipe and I thought I might give that a whirl next week. Anyone tried it? I am thinking I may be able to get away with putting the chicken in the slow cooker frozen and am curious if anyone has tried it that way. One of my hurdles is poor planning (on my part). Often I buy meat to cook with, I have great intentions, but, it ends up spoiling because I don't get to it like I think I will. I would love it if I could keep the chicken frozen. Also, I will ask my son (He is 17 and the only "child" home) to write down his work schedule and ask him what he enjoys eating. That sounds ridiculous, we are genuinely close, but, I don't know what his answer will be! My husband is a plain eater. We will see next week if they like the salsa chicken!
Edited by: CMALCOLMSON at: 1/4/2012 (11:22)
current weight: 215.0
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Would your family sit down with you to plan meals? Maybe each person could pick their favorite from a list of healthy choices then the pressures not on you so much.
DH and I are looking at adding some more healthy standards to our meal planning. We have our favorites but it feels like time to add some new ones. I want to try some more crockpot recipes and healthy chinese as that's what I crave when I want to go out.
Good luck with the meals!
Edited by: BET212 at: 1/4/2012 (00:31)
Brandyn--San Antonio, Tx
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Cards on the table time: We are lucky to get a sit down dinner 4 nights a week. I get so discouraged. It seems that there is always someone who doesn't like what is being served. Dinner comes at such an impossible time of day! That all being said, I want to learn how to and become motivated to serve a simple dinner every day. My family and I deserve it. I know that if we ate properly we would all feel better. I am modifying the challenge for myself - I want to serve dinner every day this week, no take out etc. I will work on making healthier choices down the road. Yesterday I made pot roast in the pressure cooker and tonight we are having leftovers from that. Wish me luck! Good luck to you all as well!
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