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11/12/11 9:33 A

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Ha! My DH is a picky eater also and refused to eat healthy (even tho he should!) How about fish tacos? Another of my favrorites! Grill a tilapia filet. Put some shredded coleslaw mix on a whole wheat tortilla, add some Salsa and your cooked filet and fold! Yum! I usually mix some pineapple tidbits into some jarred salsa.


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11/12/11 1:22 A

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my hubby is a picky eater. do we struggle to cook because it is easier to just make a sandwich or grab fast food. although i do like to make things so i have leftovers for a healthy lunch the next day.

Don't forget to be awesome.


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10/31/11 9:41 P

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So glad to hear you enjoyed it. I have yet to find anyone that didn't like it. Sometimes, friends have substituted a different bean or added corn.

Here's one I just tried today and it was delicious!

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas:

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts thawed
1 green bell pepper sliced thin
1 red bell pepper sliced thin
1 yellow onion sliced thin
2 envelopes of McCormick Fajita seasoning
2 cups of Pace Chunky Med. Salsa


Place whole chicken breasts in crock pot
Add the sliced peppers and onion
Mix the seasoning into the salsa in a glass measuring cup
Pour over the chicken and veggies

Set crock pot on low for 4-5 hours. When fully cooked, shred chicken with two forks and stir thoroughly. Don't over cook or chicken will be dry.

I like to serve with whole wheat tortillas, shredded cheese, guacamole, & sour cream (the light varieties).

Edited by: BITTYGIRL51 at: 10/31/2011 (21:42)

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10/31/11 9:31 P

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Liked it much better than I expected to. I will be making it again.

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10/30/11 9:56 P

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Picked up the salsa today & I'm making the black bean chicken tomorrow. Crock pot's already plugged in & ready to go.

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10/17/11 2:53 P

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OOHHH! Going to try some black bean chicken SOON!

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9/18/11 5:27 A

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You can always cook lage batches on the weekend, refrigerate or freeze, and then reheat when you get home from work/gym. Not everything reheats well though, grains don't taste great reheated, but meats and vegetables are alright.

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9/7/11 5:34 P

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The Black Bean chicken that I mentioned earlier in this thread - I'm making tomorrow. It's 1 lb. frozen chicken breasts, 1/2 c. (uncooked) brown rice, 2 cans of black beans (undrained) and 1 16 oz jar of salsa. Put it all in the crock pot and simmer on low all day.

When you arrive home from work, just stir til the chicken breaks up. I serve on whole wheat tortillas with some shredded cheese and salsa. Enjoy!


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9/7/11 5:31 P

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Thanks KitKat, that sounds delish and would be great on my fish tacos! Yum!


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9/7/11 2:00 P

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My new favorite recipe is for Mexican Cole Slaw, I created it myself by mixing together a couple of other recipes and adding a few more ingredients. This is a dry slaw, not drippy, and makes a good topping on any salad, burger, chicken, fish or taco or even over eggs with salsa. I love it by itself with warm corn tortillas.

Mexican Cole Slaw

3 cups shredded cabbage
1 small jalapeņo pepper seeded, ribbed and minced (fresh)
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/2 cup corn (frozen or canned)
1/2 cup minced cilantro
Juice from 2 limes
salt and pepper to taste

Everything should be cut so fine that the corn looks big by comparison. I use my mandolin to do it quickly. Mix it all together, cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour to blend flavors. Stores in airtight container for at least a week (mine is always gone before that time though.)

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8/13/11 9:36 P

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Those fish tacos sound good! Thanks for sharing! Great ideas in the topic!

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8/13/11 9:11 P

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Quick and easy to prepare when you get home: FISH TACOS!

4 oz tilapia filets (fried in Pam in skillet or grilled)
Mission Carb Balance whole wheat tortillas (the ones with 8 or 9 g fiber)
Shredded Cole Slaw Mix
laughing cow light swiss cheese wedge
jar salsa (with a little pineapple juice and pineapple tidbits added to it)

Spread 1/2 cheese wedge on whole wheat tortilla
Add cole slaw mix to 1/2 tortilla
lay cooked fish on top
top fish with pineapple salsa
Fold Tortilla over and eat! YUM!


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8/12/11 10:33 P

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I am also a teacher ready to start school soon! I know how hard it is. I am planning on exercising after school and eating late as well. My favorite friend is the crock pot. Sometimes I will prepare food at night, throw it in the crockpot in the morning, and there's our supper. I especially like that I can take the leftovers for lunch the next day. I also like some the Sparkpeople's casserole recipes. These can be made ahead of time to pop into the oven. Good luck!

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Tonight, I'm going to 'fry' a package of chicken breasts, set them aside, stirfry all the vegs in the garden and that will be supper. I'll have about 2 1/2# of chicken breasts left and that's what our dinner will be for the rest of the week. There are a lot of things you can do with cooked chicken breast.

I also bought 4# of 7% hamburger when I went shopping. I'm going to use one for taco salad, one for hamburger sandwiches, one to go with Spanish rice and one for hamburger gravy, maybe. It's also versitile.

I have a pork roast. It's so hot I'm not cooking inside. I'll probably put it into the crockpot and use the BBQd pork recipe from Hungry Girl. It suites us and is low cal and low sugar. There is a lot you can do with pulled pork, also.

These are more for 4 people, but we have them twice and move on to something else. Dh doesn't care, likes a LOT of sandwiches and is easy to get along with when it comes to meals.

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8/12/11 5:08 P

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My trick - prep extra veg, meat, etc. Who says it has to be a hot meal?

Another thing I like to do is have breakfast for supper. What is faster than that? Omelettes that are pre-mixed in a baggie-type bag; whole grain waffles w/fruit and nuts; oatmeal or kamut w/ftruit and nuts.

Just suggestions. Let us know what you put on your menu plan.

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8/11/11 1:13 A

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Welcome.

Plan ahead, That's the best advice any one here can give you. Once you get in the groove, your shopping list will reflect the menus you plan.

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8/10/11 9:14 P

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Welcome! Check out the team cookbook (the link is under LINKS below the scrolling box) as it has a lot of recipes. Consider cooking a recipe for 4 as well as it might provide two meals of a meal and two lunches (one for each).

Also, in the Ideas Forum there is a thread for meal ideas that doesn't necessarily involve a recipe but putting together various items.

I also work out in the evenings and have figured out ways to get a meal without doing a lot of prep or clean-up (as it's just me I don't want to do more than I have to).

Good luck!

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8/10/11 3:37 P

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The key is to prepare some things ahead of time and place in the freezer. Then all you need to do is take them out to thaw for when you arrive home. l also fall back on Hungry Girl alot. You will find quick easy recipes on her website or in her cookbooks.

My favorite crock pot recipe is here on SP - it's called Black Bean Chicken. It's just 4 ingredients simmering in the crock pot all day.

I like to serve it on whole wheat tortillas with cheese. Check it out..


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8/10/11 9:43 A

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It's SO worth it to take some time during the weekends to cook...As a single, I make sure I have lots of food on hand so after the gym, I just make a salad, and pop things in the oven! Check out my link below for an Italian inspired recipe book...the dishes are really fast, simple, and healthy...Enjoy! and best to u on your journey!

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This time of year I love Horiatiki Salata (Greek Salad). It is super easy to make (10 minutes) and uses fresh tomatoes and cucumbers.

There are several recipes for it her on SP

This one says it serves 4 as a side or first course. Half of it makes a great main course for one.

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Even if you are not a cook, you can play with the recipe a bit. Add more cucumber if you like. Leave out the olives if you don't have them. (I love black olives, but often do not have them in the house.)

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is a variation of the recipe for one with the addition of green pepper and cider vinegar. The measurements would drive me slightly crazy, but I am sure they are just there to get the nutritonal info exactly right. After all tomatoes and cukes do come in different sizes.

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Hey everyone!! I am a teacher and school is about to start so I am needing some fast healthy recipes for two...they need to be fast because we like to go to the gym after work and sometimes don't get home until 7 or closer til 8... and they need to be healthy for obvious reasons my husband and I are trying to get healthy ASAP! Right now we don't like to cook long meals after the gym because we are both tired and we don't want to eat too late...and during the school year I try to go to bed early. I need recipes because I am not a natural cooker..so ideas of what sounds good don't just pop into my head-- I have never been able to say oh this with this sounds good with a dash of that... I follow recipes pretty strictly.. in fear of messing them up!!

Can't wait to hear suggestions!!!!

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