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11/20/11 3:22 P

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I just had a flash of what I perceived to be "brilliance" (it might be considered overstating the obvious, from other point of views, heh...)... and it's a little bit off the tangent of the cookbook but here goes anyway...

You know how we enter nutritional info for products into the nutritional tracking? Maybe we purchased a "new to us" kind of non-dairy product or okay, in my example, a certain brand of almond milk that I hadn't tried before, and the nutritional info on the package says "1 serving equals 1 cup." So, okay, I dutifully entered 1 cup = 1 serving. Then I saved it to my Favorites. We okay here, so far?? We've all done this, right?

Well, what I'm finding is that many times a recipe will call for maybe "2 oz. of milk" or "3 Tablespoons of milk" (and I'm mentally substituting my almond milk instead of cow milk because of allergies to commercially processed pasteurized homogenized cow milk)...but when I go find the Almond Milk in the Favorites, it's based on a serving being 1 cup, and then - me being "math-challenged" - I have to do all kinds of black majik and voodoo and weeping and knashing of teeth to attempt to figure out how 3 Tbs relates to "1 cup", doing all the conversions, figuring out again (because I never have it memorized) how many tablespoons is in a cup or how many teaspoons etc, and I can never find a "cheater chart" when I need it, etc.

Soooo what I did was to make ANOTHER entry in my Favorites for the same Almond Milk, same nutritional info but instead of labeling it 1 serving = 1 cup, I just selected 1 serving = 8 oz. That way I have two entries for the almond milk - one in the 1 cup unit (so if a recipe calls for 1/4 cup milk, I can select it and enter it as 0.25 cup serving that I used that day. Or if I poured a 2 oz shotglass full of milk into my cuppa coffee, then I can select the 8 oz = 1 serving food entry and then enter in that I had 2 oz of almond milk with my coffee. Or Tea. Or Hot chocolate. Or whatever!!

I plan to do the same thing again once I find my cheater conversion chart with the appropriate number of Tablespoons in 1 cup/1 serv, and/or Teaspoonfuls in a cup of milk. Off the top of my head, I *think* it's something like 2 Tablespoons = 1/8th of a cup?? (think that's how it goes for a "standard" serving of coffee to put in the filter of a coffee cup machine, the old fashioned kind pre-Kuerig or pre-Tassimo coffeemakers.). So that would be uhhhh lets's see 3 tsp = 1 Tbs = 6 tsp = 2 Tblsp = 1/8 of a cup, and then so 2 Tbs times 8 would be uh 16 Tablespoons per cup of milk or whatever.

And please don't get all technical on me, because I know there is the added factor of liquid measure being different than dry measure. The idea would still work, to make 2 or more entries for the exact same ingredient type food (stuff used in everyday baking or cooking in your favorite list and/or to be shared with other Sparkers looking up info on some new product that wasn't included in the original SparkPeople database (like the flour, milk, other liquids etc.) where one might be using either whole cups or units of cups, or they might be using fractions like teaspoons or tablespoons.

I'm sorry but everyone in the rest of the world outside USA, which admittedly is the MAJORITY of the world population, where they use metric, you all are getting a nice laugh at my expense, because it's easier to convert one unit from another in the decimal/metric system... so laugh on! I don't mind! (laughing is internal jogging, right??). But I couldn't "get it" when I was in elementary school back in the 60's and I'm still not getting it!!

Anyway. Just thought I'd share it here (it's too big to fit in the "secrets of success" area of SparkPeople!!).

Julia

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But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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MEWHENRYSMAMA's Photo MEWHENRYSMAMA Posts: 6,688
10/27/11 6:59 P

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I UNDERSTAND YOUR HUBBY WON'T EAT "EGG WHITES", BUT IF THE RECIPE IS CALLING FOR ONE EGG AND TWO WHITES HE WILL NOT TASTE THE DIFFERENCE. YOU HAVE A YOLK AND THE EXTRA WHITES ARE USUALLY FOR MOISTURE AND BINDING, AND KEEPS CHOLESTROL NUMBERS DOWN. I WOULD FIRST FOLLOW THE RECIPE AS IS BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES...DON'T HAVE HIM HELP YOU...JUST EAT, SO HIS TASTE BUDS ARE NOT PREPARED FOR SOMETHING HE ALREADY BELIEVES HE WON'T LIKE!! GOOD LUCK AND LET US KNOW THE RESULT.

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10/27/11 4:15 P

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My book arrived on Tuesday very impressed with it and pleased that there is lots of info as well as recipes.

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10/27/11 12:02 P

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I just got the cookbook today. I bought the kindle edition and it's the first book on my iPad so I'm really looking forward to using it.

I am surprised just how much info is in there before the recipes start so I've lots to read as well.

I've been AWOL from sp for many months and I decided today its time to come back, lose weight and get fit again.

Angela
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Dorset, England (Summer and Winter)

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If your life isn't awesome,
You've been watering the weeds.
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10/27/11 11:13 A

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Yes we can do this lol. But unfortunately when you're dealing with a stubborn hubby. You sometimes can't make the recipe without making some changes. Namely, I'll never get my hubby to eat egg whites only. So I'm not sure when it says eggs plus egg whites. How many eggs should i add to take the place of the egg whites?

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10/26/11 11:31 P

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JULIA, YOU HAD GREAT IDEAS ABOUT HERBS AND WILL CHECK THAT OUT! I ALSO THINK THE RECIPES CALL FOR MOSTLY BASIC THINGS AND YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BUY TO MANY UNUSUAL INGREDIENTS. ALSO, IF YOU COORDINATE YOU MAY BE ABLE TO PLAN RECIPES THAT USE INGEDIENTS THAT YOU DON'T USE ALL OF. FOR EXAMPLE, THERE ARE THINGS THAT CALL FOR A CUP OF SOMETHING AND YOU ARE LEFT WITH AN EXTRA CUP, IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER RECIPE THAT CALLS FOR IT, YOU CAN USE IT A DAY OR TWO LATER! WE CAN DO THIS.....
ENJOY!
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10/26/11 8:07 P

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I agree that the health food store is the BEST place to buy spices! I have found the SP recipes in general to be pretty inexpensive. I stock up on boneless, skinless chicken when it goes on sale (Foster Farms - anything under $2/lb). But looking over the cookbook and seeing how easy it is to roast a chicken, those are on sale all the time for under $1/lb. So, that is what I will be stocking up on. Cooking some of those birds up and freezing the meat for later then using the bones in a stock. Take it one meal at a time and not get overwhelmed. You can do this!

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10/26/11 7:45 P

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Someone mentioned spices being so expensive....

I thought I'd make a suggestion and that is, if you find a spice or herb that you really like, keep the container and try to find a local health food store where you can buy fresh herb/spices in bulk, and buy just the amount you need to refill your jar. Some will weigh your empty jar for you, set the tare weight, let you fill it up, and then charge for the difference. For example, a big bottle of the Tarragon (which is one of my absolute FAVORITES to use with chicken or some fishes) will run $5-7 a bottle (like the fancy McCormick glass bottles which I started collecting 20+ years ago)... I can buy the replacement to refill my jar for about $1-2 (last time it was about $45 a pound for tarragon, but my jar holds a fraction of an ounce in volume).

I realize this isn't going to be helpful for many who are out far away from the nearest health food store and buying a pound of spice or herb online will truly be expensive. Many of us are near a major metro area, though, but may not be as aware of what other options might be available.

Julia


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10/26/11 12:49 P

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The cookbook has a lot of information, but there are over 150 recipes to try. Make sure you read Appendix F, 25 Good, Cheap, Foods. Looks for recipes that feature fall produce and have few ingredients to save money in the kitchen. The Beef roast is one of my favorite recipe in the cookbook.

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10/26/11 12:12 P

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Ive looked at the breakfast items so far and im wondering, "this book is so big. How much are recipes and how much is just reading info?" Already having probs with DH. He says we cant afford 3/7 days a week on our budget. So he is agreeing to two days a week so far. I think he feels cooking from a recipe will be mre expensive than just spices for the basic meats, carbs and veggies.

Kathleen from Texas
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The more I eat, the more "behind" I get.

Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.

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10/26/11 9:52 A

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So glad to have gotten my cookbook. Almost sorry I have food in the freezer ( already made). Can't wait to get cooking!!

One day at a time.


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10/25/11 3:10 P

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IT'S BIG, BIG, BIG, AIN'T IT GREAT!!
ENJOY!

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10/25/11 3:05 P

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i was really surprised when my cookbook came today, two days earllier than i had expected. was told it wouldn't be here til thursday. but was even more surprised by the size of the book, i don;t know what i had really expected. but i love it

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OH GIRL, GO FOR IT...I WILL BE WAITING FOR RESULTS!

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Im gonna try to cook three meals a day seven days a week from this cookbook. I had so many cookbooks sitting around and i bet i didnt cook most of the recipes. So i gave all of them away except for a bisquick cookbook and a slow cooker cookbook. Now i think i have a better chance of cooking all the recipes in the books.

Kathleen from Texas
NEVER LOSE YOUR SPARK

The more I eat, the more "behind" I get.

Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.

"I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards."
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLhF0xzDhFs&
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10/25/11 10:02 A

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One good combination for a whole meal is:

Maple Glazed Roasted Salmon
Roast Asparagus
Roast Potatoes in Garlic Herb Oil

They all cook at 400F just for different times. Delicious and convenient

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I AM PHYSICALLY UNABLE TO COOK RIGHT NOW, SO I AM LIVING THROUGH YOU ALL...SO LET ME KNOW ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU MAKE AND WHAT YOU THINK AND ANY CHANGES YOU MAKE!! I THANK YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REVIEWS!
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I was thrilled to see my cookbook arrive today. I have tried several recipes from the website and loved them. Having the book allows me to plan more thoroughly and share the information with others who are working towards a healthier lifestyle.
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I got my cookbook today, although I purchased mine from my local bookstore. I am taking a break, but I am actually reading through this cookbook. There is so much information and I am trying to soak it all in! I will be using sticky notes to mark the recipes I am going to try first, but I am sure I will try everything once. So far, I am loving it, and I haven't made anything out of it yet!

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UPS just delivered my cookbook and I tore it open in a flash! Everything LOOKS so good, I don't know which one to try first. In fact, my granddaughter was looking over my shoulder saying "Yum! That looks good!" I just flipped through it fast, so when I get done here I'm going to look at it further. Can't wait!

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10/24/11 3:09 P

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Hi!!!

I'm so excited I just got my sparkpeople cookbook..I can't wait to check out the recipes!!! I LOVE to cook and it will be great to have some healthy recipes in my arsenal!!

I'm always looking for new friends so feel free to add me as a friend.(I'm also very shy so I have a difficult time posting etc.) But I just had to share that I just got the book with somebody!!

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I am making the Orange Chicken tonight for dinner. I can not wait to try it.

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Got my cookbook delivered today too. Yippee! Cant wait to make my grocery list.

Kathleen from Texas
NEVER LOSE YOUR SPARK

The more I eat, the more "behind" I get.

Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.

"I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards."
- Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLhF0xzDhFs&
feature=youtube_gdata_player


www.thepetitionsite.com/2/september-
11th-any-person-suffering-after-overex
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10/24/11 12:06 P

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Some of those recipes look reeeeeaaaallly good. I have to pick one to fix for dinner tonight (just got my cookbook 2 days ago).

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10/24/11 11:55 A

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I was so happy when I opened my mailbox and saw that the Spark People Cookbook had arrived. Finally after I ordered it on 10/18/11. I am looking through it and I cannot wait to start trying out some of these recipes.

Thanks SP for a healthy cookbook that I am sure that myself and my family are going to use for many years.



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