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ROFLOL, that you wished you liked sweets so you could give them up. That is just too funny for words!

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I understand. I wish I liked sweets so I could give them up, but I like food and it is hard to give that up. I just have to keep foods in the house that don't call to me. I never get hungry, but I get bored so that is when I graze.


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I wish I had not been raised on sweets, but my dad loved his desserts. There was a period of time when I was responsible for cooking supper (my mom worked) and I would spend so much time making nice tempting desserts that I always ran out tof time to make the meal so we often had Macaroni. Once dad got fed up and asked me to make something different, but next day, same thing. He said something like "I thought I asked you to make something different to supper tonight" and I said "I did, I cut up dill pickles and put them in. That's different"...... Shall we just say that he was not very amused......

I don't make much desserts nowadays, but I still like my sweets. I just don't want to wait while they bake or cook......

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I don't crave sweets, because I was never brought up with them. We never had dessert in our home, so when I heard someone ask for it, I was curious because I never had it. My mother would make a cake on a Sunday maybe every 2 or 3 months. My problem is portion control, I love to cook and eat.


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sounds good, staying away from sewwts now!

Winston Churchill commanded his troops to "SINK the Bismarck", and they did, so for Christmas we will sink the bismarck by not over-indulging. Yes I will indulge but with Gods help, "I WILL NOT OVER-INDULGE"! SETASIDE1@YAHOO.COM


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I didn't know you could freeze them either. My neighbors just gave me 5 lemons from her garden and now I can freeze them. Thank you. I made this recipe again for another group and of all the desserts mine was the one one that they came back for seconds and they were all gone and everyone wanted the recipe. I also have another one that is really simple.
1 Angel Food Cake Mix
1 Can SF Canned Cherries/blueberries

Mix all ingredients together and bake at 350 for 30 min or when ever knife comes out clean.
Made it and another one that disappeared and everyone wanted recipe.


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I never used to freeze lemons but I reacently heard about others that do it, and you can zest them while they are still frozen (of course they need to be thawed in order to ream them, lol
So yes, I would definately add a dusting of zest to these when I try them....

Don't have any pudding mix but will get some next month. Thanks so much for the recipe....

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Littlewind53-- I bet you could use the lemon zest from your lemons for a little added crunch.


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littlewind53- The recipe is called Lite Lemon Bars. Really simple. Only 3 ingredients.
1 Angel Food Cake Mix
1 SF FF Jello instant vanilla pudding (I used Lemon)
1 SF FF Jello Lemon gelatin

Take SF FF instant pudding add 2 C milk (I used FF 1/2 and 1/2). Stir until it begins to set.. (about 5 min). Then add package of SF FF jello gelatin and stir in, then add Angel Food Cake Mix (slowly) and mix all together and pour in a well greased 13x9 pan at 350 degrees. Cake is done when knife comes out clean. I usually heat oven when I begin. I add a tad of sprinkled powdered sugar. Took me all of 10 min to make from beginning. It makes about 20 bars. I figured out the nutritional values if you want them. Everyone at my Crocheting class loved them. I hope you try them, they are awesome.


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soinds great!

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OOOH, that sounds so delish. I love lemons and have some in the freezer just waiting for something to use them in...... I would love your recipe. Thanks so much....

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littlewinds53. I can relate to your transportation problem. We all have to do what we can and we can do it. Fortunately I can drive, which I am not sure that is so good LOL as I go to all the markets and buy way toooo much food. I am not going shopping this week and am determined to eat the food I already have. That will be my challenge this week. I made an AWESOME dessert with only 3 ingredients and it was awesome. Lite Lemon Bars. Don't know if you like them, but if you do, I can send you the recipe. Took me 5 min to put together.


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I know Safeway is expensive, but it is the closest to me and I can walk to it in the summer. Non of the other stores are within walking distance, it takes several bus transfers to get to most of them, and some are not even on bus routes. Going to Wal-Mart is a whole day's excusion, lol

Last week I was told about the T & T Markets which is an Asian Market. Apparently the produce and fruit is more than reasonably priced, so next time I need to go shopping I will try to find one of those.

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Littlewind53 - I can relate to you and the sales. But there are some things that I buy, like Asparagus, that I don't think will freeze very well, same as Kale. But I bought them at COSTCO so I have LOTS of veggies. I bought the fingerling potatoes, cut them in half add a little olive oil, thyme, rosemary and bake in the oven. Today I have carrots and onions and will add those too. I will put them in containers and those will last me all week. Safeway and Save Mart are too expensive for me even with the sales. I do most of my shopping at Wal-Mart. I bring in the sale papers from Safeway, SaveMart and Raleys and Wal-Mart matches the prices. With my limited income I have to do what I have to do. We all do.


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great idea

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leftovers are pretty good for freezing. if i make extra i will not eat a larger portion to reduce waste. i just save it for later.

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BEVIEG41 that can be a good thing, expeciall if a person works outside the home and often finds themselves short on time, or those evening when they have to get somewhere in a hurry. Putting into the Freezer is one thing, but what goes in must come out because it does need to be used..... lol

I don't like cooking every day because it seems then that all I do is cook and clean. So if I can make meals ahead (and I know I have control of the ingredients,) I don't have to cook every single day.

Another thing I really have to watch is sale items. There are a couple of stores here that offer a discount on the first Tuesday of each month..... Safeway gives 10 percent on orders over $35, while Save On Foods offers 15 percent of orders over $50. Because I am on a very limited fixed income, I like to do my shopping on that day to make my groceery money go further. So yes, I stock up some and some things do go into the freezer but I don't worry about it because I know what it is and it is always low/no So (low or no sodium).

But we are all different and must each do what is best for us.....

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my problem is grocery shopping. I buy so much good food and then cook it up and freeze it in smaller portions and before you know it I have a freezer full of foods. I have to learn to buy less foods.


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I really don't like commercially frozen meals.
Prefer to make my own foods.

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I don't buy frozen anything because of the sodium. When I watch my sodium I lose weight. I make everything from scratch and try to make smaller amounts as the more I make, the more I eat.


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i have a chest so will freeze more

Winston Churchill commanded his troops to "SINK the Bismarck", and they did, so for Christmas we will sink the bismarck by not over-indulging. Yes I will indulge but with Gods help, "I WILL NOT OVER-INDULGE"! SETASIDE1@YAHOO.COM


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I have a large upright freezer as well as the freezer portion on the top of my fridge. They are both full...... lol
When I cook chicken breasts, regardless of the type of recipe, I like to cook anywhere from 4 to 6 breasts at once, then I can package them individually to be pulled out later for a quick meal. Do the same thing with hamburger and freeze, then it is easy to pull out the amount needed for a recipe (I like to freeze in 1 cup portions) Also, cook extra mashed potatoes and measure out your portion sizes and freeze. Once frozen, you can bag them in resealable bags to be pulled out when needed. I always make big batches of tomato sauce and freeze in small portions. If I want to make gravy (not very often) I can freeze in ice cube trays and just pull one out when I want one..... Instant portion control....

It doesn't take much to cook the extra for the freezer, and makes it quite easy to mix and match at will. There is also the added benefit of knowing exactly what goes into the food you eat......

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Good ideas in this discussion, thanks. I don't use so much the frozen dinners, but do have some Trader Joe's stuff in the freezer. I did get some good ideas from this thread, so will try to put them into action.

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I love this discussion! I had been frozen dinner free for over a year before I moved and started picking them up again.

I agree about the sodium -- it's high. Also, I had started having concerns about processed foods and preservatives. Even though many don't add preservatives anymore, they are still processed.

Being single and working, I get the quick and easy aspect and I also add some type of veggie. I don't have mobility problems, but I'm learning to do things a little differently. For example, Buitoni makes a great mushroom ravioli (no cheese) and that takes about 10 minutes to cook (includes boiling the water). Whole Foods had an even better variety of really awesome pastas, but I won't have to those until it opens here.

Having said, that, I did pick up a couple recently because I was just running too behind in the evenings. I am finding they don't taste as good. Course, I've spent almost two years training myself to cook small portions or servings for one - four (max). I have almost zero freezer space, so I can't freeze a lot.

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The SO and I did something similar a year ago. There were coupons, and we got a number of frozen meals. They were a nice and easy way to get, say, 180, 200, 250, or even 320 calories well-portioned.

They work 'well' for lunch and/or dinner. There's a variety out there. There's vegetarian options. They're more healthful than they used to be, as you noted. Of course you can still get a "Hungry Man" or similar frozen dinner ... but they were nice as individual portions. It helped us with portion control: here was a fixed-size 'meal.' It was easily quantifiable.

And we had a freezer full of frozen veggies, too, sometimes as-is / naked, sometimes in a light sauce ... and there were the bags of broccoli in cheddar sauce. Yum. Relatively low calorie. Or the potatoes and snap peas. Often on sale.

... anway, the question was 'down side' ...

- sodium: that's the main problem. If you have one a day, you're probably 'ok,' but you'd want to keep an eye on other processed foods. Even the 'healthier' options are pretty high.

- cost: you can get a number of such dishes for a $1 to $2.50US these days depending on sale prices and coupons. That seems reasonable. But if you think about it, a 250 calorie frozen dinner for $2.50 is a cent per calorie. Microwaving is cheap, so doesn't add much in cooking costs. A cent per calorie doesn't seem like much, but think if all your food cost that much. You'd be spending at least $12.00-15.00 per day on food, and at maintenance closer to $20. That would be $600/month. If we just scaled linearly. And that's not even for *good* food. Basic grains and legumes are so much less than that per calorie, it's insane.

- resources: cooking them is cheap (microwave ... very efficient), but you've got to keep them frozen, and there's all the waste products, so it adds up.

- all-in-one: it's convenient having it all there for you, but if a frozen meal consists of three parts (say: pasta, meat, dessert), you can't have *just* the pasta. There's no mix-and-match.

- taste: after a while there's the repetition, and the fact that these are tasty as far as junk food is concerned but not compared to freshly cooked dishes. We stopped buying them on any scale last spring, but the SO bought a couple a couple months back just for a change, and she found that after most of a year of having only home-cooked (except for restaurant trips), she was very disappointed by the frozen.

Our alternative: for portion control get yourself a bunch of Pyrex (or similar) glass ramekins or custard cups, eaching holding about 3/4 cup. Place about 1/2 cup cooked beans in each. So something similar with, say, cooked rice, or use them to bake individual portions of mac-and-cheese and similar. Casseroles are great this way. Put the lids on them and freeze them if you won't get to them in the week, or just use the lids and refrigerate a while. A 1lb bag of beans makes 12-14 servings this way, for example. If you do something similar for desserts (puddings, custards, apple crisp ...) you can mix-and-match a carb/grain, a dessert, and that bowl of salad or naked veggies.

Aside: plain frozen veggies are *always* a good idea out of season ... they're full of nutrients, store a long time, don't go bad, and are low-cal so you don't care about portion control, so they're immune for the sodium / cost / waste criticisms leveled above, I think.

So, we found the frozen meals to be a good transition strategy, but long-term we liked other solutions.

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I have the same problem. Those work for getting your stomach used to smaller portions, but when they stop satisfying you, going to a trader joes, wegmans, whole foods, central market, or other new age market- will land you some healthier, and far tastier options too. You can get both fresh and frozen meals made for one or two people. All my friends cook a meal on the weekends, and portion them up for the entire week.... well solo, I tend to eat the whole batch in the first one or two sittings!

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Hi....
I'm having trouble with portion control lately. And I have painful joint and muscle problems - which keep me from spending too much time in the kitchen slicing and dicing, etc.

I've been buying Lean Cuisine and Smart Ones (Weight Watchers) frozen meals lately - stocking up when they are on sale. They seem to be much healthier and have far fewer chemicals and preservatives than they used to have. I supplement them with a large portion of steamed veggies.....totally naked. And/or a nice salad. It's filling and easy and tasty.....

I'd appreciate some thoughts on my strategy, please. For me, it's a convenient solution to a portion control issue and I use it only once daily. Any downers???

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