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Good stuff, thanks for the link.

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My apologies. I forgot to say it's under the red links tab. Here it is: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_links.a
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I see blogs, links, photos, announcements--but no cookbook. Can you just put the link here?


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To the right, below the scrolling box, you see some red links. One of these is to the Team cookbook. I just checked it and the link works. Let me know if you have any problems accessing it.

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Where is the team cookbook? I can't find it.


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Thank you--Bastet is the oldest of my nine cats. She is 16 1/2 and is the sweetest cat imaginable. She wants to love and mother everyone.

This is one of my soup recipes that is just so, so good. I really like it in the winter, but I have it all year 'round. I put it over low fat cornbread... sooo good!
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=1274121


I only have two recipes in my cookbook--Chicken and Mozzarella Won Tons and Fantastic Pizza wrap. They are both delicious... I decided that no way was I going to eat a lot less, so what I ate had to be low calorie--but it has to taste good, too because I'm a foodie!
recipes.sparkpeople.com/CookbookEdit.asp?i
d=341369


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Bastet.. first, love your cat! Next, have you entered these wonderful recipes in a SP cookbook. If so, if you post the links to the recipes in the Recipe thread (or here if you prefer) I will add them to the team cookbook.

Thanks!

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And I am going to double [or triple] the recipes and use them! They sound yummy!

My name is Tammy and I live in SW Missouri.



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You beat me to it!!! I was going to say thanks to EVERYONE who made such wonderful suggestions. Living alone has its benefits and drawbacks. Cooking for one is definitely a drawback for me.

Good weekend all......
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Thanks for taking time to list all of these recipes. They really sound good.



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I've lived alone for about 15 years, so I have some really great "for one" recipes!

This is a favorite of mine whether I am dieting or not. This serves one:

Fast Broccoli, Rice and Chicken

1 chicken breast, cut in cubes
1 container of Minute rice (your choice--the kind that comes in the ready to eat cups)
1 cup chicken broth
1 handful of frozen broccoli cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Your choice of seasonings

In a frying pan sprayed with Pam, brown the chicken cubes (takes about 4 minutes). Add Minute rice (I like the brown and wild rice),chicken broth, lemon juice and favorite seasonings. Cook on high 1 minute, then add the frozen cheese broccoli. Cook 5 more minutes. You may have to add more broth or water to keep from sticking.

Serve with sliced tomatoes or pickled beets. I also sometimes have some Light Wheat Nature's Own bread with it.

Very fast, very filling and delicious! I usually have this a couple of times a week.

My favorite cheese broccoli is the Green Giant three Cheese. It is only 45 calories per handful. The total calorie count for this meal, including bread/ beets, etc is 505 calories and it is a plate full! If I eat it all, I am stuffed!!


This is a soup that I make and freeze in one serving containers...Love this soup!
"Yummy 3-ingredient Potato Soup"

*3 cans chicken stock
*1 packet of Country gravy mix
*1 1lb package of frozen potatoes. (I use the country hash browns that are cut into cubes)

Mix together and simmer for 20 minutes, salt and pepper to taste....OMG only 85 cals per cup!

This is a pot pie recipe that I make and also freeze in single portions for later:
"Jeanine's Low Fat Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie"

* 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (white meat)
* 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
* 1 10.75-ounce can 98% fat-free, condensed mushroom soup
* 1/2 cup chicken broth
* 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon pepper
* 1 cup reduced fat baking mix (Bisquick)
* 1/2 cup fat free milk
* 1/2 container of Egg Beaters or 1 egg

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine chicken, frozen vegetables, cheese, broth, undiluted soup, salt and pepper in a Pam sprayed, 8 x 8-inch baking dish. Whisk baking mix, milk and Egg Beaters or egg together until blended. Pour over chicken and vegetables, spray with pam (I like butter Pam). Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is golden. I also add chunks of potatoes and mushrooms, but if you add them, add a little more (1/4 cup) of broth because the potatoes will take up your fluids and leave the pot pie too dry. You can also double the Parm if you want it more cheesy....just add 20 calories to the Calorie count!

Serves 4.

* Calories: 325.6* Total Fat: 8.1 g * Cholesterol: 61.5 mg
* sodium: 849.5 mg * Total Carbs: 32.4 g * Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
* Protein: 29.7 g


I also make a single pizza using lavash bread pita pockets for the crust (50 calories), then I top it with Ragu Pizza sauce (I keep the sauce in an ice tray--each "cube" is a pizza--I also have ice trays of chicken and beef broth that I keep in the freezer), low fat mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, various veggies and mushrooms and sometimes crumbled lean beef and turkey pepperoni...bake at 400 degrees until brown and bubbly! My pizzas are about 220 calories! You can buy Lavash bread and lavash pita bread at Walmart.



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One of my favorite meals in the summer is gazpacho. I think everyone has their own recipe for this, and mine is just a very easy easy one. It works for me.

First.... get out your food processor.
Then...get out a big pot or bowl to mix everything that you put in your food processor.
(It will take a few rounds of processing. So, you will need to mix it all together.)

In the food processor I put (this is all approximate):

-1 can Veggie Broth
-8 large tomatoes (you cannot skip the tomato... very important to the mixture)
-2 large cucumbers
-1 green pepper
-1 mild pepper
-2 jalapeños
-10 baby carrots
- 1 medium zucchini or squash (or both)
- 2 tbsp olive oil (I used sesame oil this past time and it was good. You can actually skip the oil if you wanted to I bet.)
-add thyme,salt, and pepper to taste

I mix all of this in that bowl.

Then, I cut fresh corn off of the cobb and add it in. (I don't blend the raw corn.)

It is served cold and has minimal calories. The food processor does most of the work. The recipe isn't exact and you can add or delete things as you wish. I don't recommend adding broccoli.... I didn't like that much. I'm sure you can add cilantro or basil if you like. It comes out almost like a salsa but just so fresh! Enjoy!

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I float between Ellensburg and Tucson, both are good places to cook outside during the summer :)

But for me, if I cook enough for three meals, I end up eating all of it. One size does not fit all

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We do as much cooking as possible outside. We grill our vegs and use the leftovers for other meals. We do the same with our meat. We buy packages at Costco and grill it all at the same time, package and freeze it. Then, add vegs to it for our meals.

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I like to keep my meal interesting. this morning it was raining outside so for breakfast had Turkey chili (no beans) with sharp white onions. I ate this with rice crackers and zucchini chips - of course lots of coffee

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I also have back problems and can't stand very long, so I take scrubbed veggies to the table to cut. Then place in a foil lined cookie sheet/pan, topped with a little olive oil. I also sprinkle some red pepper flakes on it. I roast in my oven early in the day. When sufficiently browned, I can eat as is and then the leftovers make a fritata. I pour egg substitute over all, and then top with reduced fat shredded cheese. I can heat in the microwave or on stove top until cheese melts. Ummmmm good and great left overs.


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Frozen tilapia filet with a tsp of olive oil and cajun seasoning with an ice cube in a foil pack. Veggies and an ice cube in their own foil pack. Put it all on the grill. Tasty. A small chicken breast on the grill is good. leftovers can be used to lunch the next day.


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Hi DNA

I like cooked vegetables too, sometimes on low cal bread, or open faces on corn thins (only 22 calories) I manage to get all the fat I need so try not to all any extra, if I was stir frying I would use balsamic vinegar instead of oil. I also steam them

If you want to try something new the Walla Walla sweet onions are in season, thinly sliced with tomatoes they make a great sandwich with no cooking required, you can add cheese or meat too.

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Hi there.
I made a vegetarian style sandwich for my husband and I yesterday. It was delicious, although I need put deli thin sliced turkey on my husbands.

1)I get two whole wheat sandwich bread (prefer Sara lees, since only 90 calories for two slices).
2) toast bread on frying pan for 20 secs each.
3) I cut some veggies, and roasted them in the oven with olive oil balsamic vinegarette. I used zucchini and mushrooms..but you can use green peppers, red, spinach anything. You can either roast or use the stove top to soften them up. Season with salt and pepper.
4) on the toast, I spread cheese (use goat cheese, or Brie or cream cheese)
5) layered with cooked vegetables, turkey (or chicken,) and spinach or lettuce. Anything you want to put it in the sandwich.
It was soo delicious and healthy. Season the way you prefer. I like to use salt, pepper, and garlic seasoning..
My husband loved it! :)
I hope that helps.

If you are interested in more recipes, just let me know.
I really enjoy cooking healthy.
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There is a Cooking for One or Two Cookbook ( the link is below the scrolling feed on the right - click on the Links item), a number of recipes are for 4, but that's good for lunch or another dinner.

Also, there are some meal ideas that don't require a lot of prep work in the Meal Ideas thread in the Ideas Forum.

Good luck!

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My meals,especially this time of year, are cooked in the crockpot outside. That way our motor home stays cool. My prep work is done inside at the table also. It's just easier that way. We have a garden, so lots of fresh ingredients to work with. I cook chicken breasts, nothing fancy, just chicken and a little water to keep it moist. Then I break it down into serving sizes and go from there. It good for salads, fajitas, soup, but I mainly make salads. Any other kind of meat can be cooked that way. Also, any recipe for on top of the stove works in the crock pot. Prep, dump it in and turn it on. It's a no-brainer. I cook our meat about once a week, package and freeze. I have enough in the freezer to last a month or more.

I also have a toaster oven that I use outside. You could use it for baked beans, or anything you'd bake. It saves time and electricity.

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Tammy, thanks for the ideas. The fajitas sound great. I do occasionally buy prepared salads and add chicken. I will check out the Taste of Home website.

Mike: I had to chuckle at your response. I live in a NYC apartment = and I DON'T have a kitchen table. My kitchen has no room for a table. My eating table is an antique....and I wouldn't use it to prep food. It's in another room - not convenient to the kitchen. But thanks so much for very practical advice.

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Hi, Libby!

In this hot weather, I often buy already prepared caesar salads and add skillet grilled chicken. Is this something that would appeal to you? If I have leftover chicken, I use it to make a grilled chicken salad and DH and I aren't too picky about what's in it - just whatever is on hand. If I have some nice rolls to put it on, that's okay, and if not, bread or crackers work well.

I also prepared chicken fajitas buy cooking 1 1/2 pound of chicken tenderloins and a can of rotel in the crockpot. I also added some cumin and chili powder. I thought it was very easy, I put the chicken in frozen and so did not need to add water, etc. I love chicken like this, but you might want to change the amounts if you didn't want to eat it forever. If I really like something, and it saves me on fat grams, I can eat it more than onceemoticon I suspect it could be frozen for a later quick meal, too.

If you look at the Taste of Home website, I think they still have a link to their old Cooking for One or Two magazines. I used a lot of their things in the past once both my children were grown. I think they maybe include a recipe just for that purpose in the regular Taste of Home these days.

I hope this helps...

My name is Tammy and I live in SW Missouri.



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Hi Libby

I am confused, why not sit at the table in the kitchen and chop there? That is where I do my prep with the trash can next to my chair.

I dice or cut into strip 3 bell peppers at a time, and then keep them in a Ziploc in the refrigerator to use as wanted. If you looked there You would also see diced onions, diakon and Jicama sticks ready to eat.

I do a lot of cooking, at the table, in an electric frying pan or grill, if the table is to high for you, get a low end table, set it next to your chair and cook there



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Hello everyone.
I just discovered this team and it has my name written all over it!!
I live alone - but have access to the best ingredients, even though I'm not much of a cook. Also, due to back, spinal and knee problems, I can't stand very long to chop and dice and prepare, etc.

So, I've been using *(very healthy) prepared foods, which can be very expensive.

I'd dearly love to have some ideas and recipes for simple, nutritius meals for one that require little prep time - and are very tasty (hate bland.....) I don't eat meat, but I do eat poultry and fish.
I love salads, but as I said, I can't stand to chop veggies for too long.....so I've cut down on them.

Any ideas/suggestions would be gratefully appreciated. I do have a crockpot which I use occasionally, but I usually fly by 'the seat of my pants' with it. I'd love some simple crockpot recipes with few ingredients.....

Thanks so much in advance,
Libby
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