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7/27/12 1:19 A

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7/27/12 1:16 A

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I have 17 siblings, and a lot of extended relatives and friends. It seemed to take me forever to get used to cooking for just my husband and I, when I first got married. I would try to share with is parents and grandparents sometimes, but more often then not we would eat and eat and eat it, till we couldn't look at it any longer and then throw the rest away. After a while I finally got used to cooking for just the two of us. Then we moved back in with my parents and part of my rent is to cook for the family again. Some where between 20 and 40 people depending on the night. And it took me a while to get used that again too! lol haha I just made half of what I usually do for my family, for the La Leche Meeting and it was way too much, of course there was probably only 1/4 of the people at LLL then is at the dinner table at home! lol haha When we finally move out in a few months, I can see it will be another learning curve to only cook for the five of us again!



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7/26/12 9:49 P

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Good ideas ladies. Thank you.

Jan it is good to see you. You wre missed! And you can share your cooler weather with me please! Haven't seen the 60's in a fewe months. :-(


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7/26/12 9:39 P

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I also buy chicken tenders and especially cook them for chicken salad and dishes that call for cooked chunks of chicken. I think I shared this before, but I read an easy way to cook b/s s/l chicken is do it like you would hard boiing eggs. Put in cold water and bring to a boil and then shut the heat off and let them sit 20 min. They don't come out all dried out this way.

Boy did we have some very good peaches for supper. The best fresh peaches I've had in a long time.

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7/26/12 6:05 P

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Good afternoon,

Cloudy, some light rain and it's supposed to reach 72 but I don't believe that. It's 2:30 and only 61.

We went to a local produce store and got the first (for us) cantaloupe for the year, Vidalia onions, artichokes, lettuce and corn on the cob.

I had a splurge off my food plan yesterday and paid for it with acid reflux last night. So a good reminder to get back on track.

Jan

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7/26/12 4:51 P

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Patty and Ann, Thank you both for the great suggestions. It is so much less daunting for me to tackle this new way of living with your help.

I ordered the two books you suggested along with two my nutritionist suggested. Four books should be enough to get me started. Don't you think?

I wrote this for another group and I thought it might help someone in this group. I won't be able to use all my suggestions anymore, but some are still viable.

There are some tricks to getting low fat protein. If you choose meat here are some ideas.

I like to buy chicken breast tenders. I will steam or microwave a whole bag of them at once. Then I have meat in the refrigerator to use for various recipes.

I buy fairly big packages of ground round instead of hamburger. I cook the whole package and take the meat out of the liquid left on the bottom of the pan. That cuts the fat considerably. It takes much less time to make something when the meat is already cooked.

Again, I precook eggs. I mark them HB (hard boiled) so that we don't get them mixed up with fresh eggs. Egg is a healthy protein. I use my eggs with salads, I hide them in meat loaves so they surprise people when the meat loaf is cut. Or I just pop one in my mouth for a quick snack.

Nuts, I love my nuts. The different kinds of nuts have much different qualities. Almonds are for munching. Their flavor is bland. Walnuts are great for baking. Their flavor is strong and they get better having been baked. Cashews, one of my favorite nuts. Don't eat too many, they are high fat. Macadamia nuts are surprisingly low carb and probably a good choice for a person with diabetes. I love peanut butter cookies. When I make them with Splenda they are a rewarding snack.

Yogurt is always good. It can be used for a sauce, or frozen for a dessert, It can be used for baking. Substituting plain yogurt for half the milk in rolls makes them softer and the texture is finer. This is especially good with sweet rolls. Yogurt can also be substituted for sour cream. That makes a baked potato elegant with a few chopped chives

Beans, How do I love thee, let me count the ways. Kidney bean salad, Baked beans, chili, refried beans. I could go on for a long time. I haven't forgotten one of my favorites, split pea soup. If I use turkey ham my soup is low fat and super satisfying.

There, you have it in a nutshell. There are many ways to get Low-fat protein and I haven't scratched the surface. How many ways can you think of?.

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7/26/12 3:25 P

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Judy,
Yes, I had problems when I first started low carb.
Luckily my sis was low carb at the same time, so she helped me.

I would recommend low carb sites, like low carb friends, Atkins and other sites. google them, and see what works well with what you like to eat.

I have to tell you, on low carb, you can not have potatoes...lol

have your meat, and some veggies for lunch and supper

'have eggs, bacon or sausage, omelets, with or without veggies.
quiche without crust, and use heavy cream instead of milk, as it's the fat that we need to get rid of the fat on our bodies.

So for example, here is a menu for 1 day

breakfast

cheesy 3 egg omelet with either bacon or sausage

lunch
burgers with fried onions
cucumbers and grape tomatoes or coleslaw or salad

for supper

oven fried chicken
cauliflower and green beans topped with butter or coleslaw or salad

so, according to this menu for the day, do you see how easy it really is to eat low carb?
no pasta, no grains, no bread

I like taco salad, so I make it and serve it over lettuce without the chips. hubby has the chips
I make chili in my crockpot without beans or legumes
I make lasagna without noodles
spaghetti without noodles, either on top of spaghetti squash or bean sprouts
hope this helps...also google low carb menus. I know they are out there, just can't remember where.
Oh, wellness mama has some. just google her...
http://wellnessmama.com/wellness-101/
http://www.atkins.com/Home.aspx

http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/ THIS ONE HAS GREAT RECIPES, MENUS AND INFO. MY FAVORITE LOW CARB SITE.

Patty

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7/26/12 2:50 P

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Good Morning.All. It's another nice day. Our July has been on the cool side, makes me wonder what August will bring. Sept. is generally our hottest month.

Sarah, I got smart yesterday and decided to order some used paper backs on line. A little more expensive but I saved on gas running around town looking for the authors I like. With the on line books I got just two authors. All the books I ordered through abebooks.com are coming from the same book seller in Oregon.

Judy, do you have a food scale? It would be interesting to weigh for instance your potatoes before you dry them and then again after they are dried. I could live on your house mates diet. lol My grandson is going to have to find someone like that when he gets older. His the items he likes are so limited. Won't try anything new either. I blame his mother for not fixing vegetables when he was a toddler. Now his dad is much at fault for letting him have treats instead of eating what is served. Last time we BBQed there GS had a ice cream cone not long before we ate and he didn't eat much food. Soon after he's having another ice cream cone. You know the kind that come in a box with choc. coating. At 13 1/2 he's not over weight and so far hasn't gotten his growth spurt. Judy seems like soups are a good choice for you as easy to divy out in single servings. I'm ready to make some more beef stew in the crock pot. I'll have to pick up some beef on my next big shopping.

Last night at supper we had the first of the tomatoes DH has growing in the back yard. Pretty good.

Patty, I hope you have a good visit with your mother. Do you take her treats when you visit?



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7/26/12 12:28 P

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I am staying at home today. I have no plans in particular, just catch up with myself. I awakened early this morning so I may go back to bed for a while. My caregiver is supposed to be here today, but I haven't heard from her since Monday so I don't know if she is coming.

I dried some boiled potatoes this week. They turned golden brown in the food dryer. I didn't anticipate that. They dried nicely though. I wonder if they are going to disintegrate when I put them in soup? It is a good experiment though. If they do disintegrate, I'll have a thicker soup.
It may be a bit difficult to get an accurate carb count with those dehydrated potatoes, but I'll figure it out.

When you started counting carbs did you have a difficult time figuring out meals? I am not having much luck getting balance in the meals. Part of the problem is I've run out of salad makings. I don't have many veggies on hand right now. I don't have any idea how that happened. I guess I do. I didn't order a produce share from the co-op this last week and I haven't been shopping for a couple of weeks. The problem is I won't be able to go shopping for at least another week. Payday is the third and food stamps come on the eighth. I guess I'll go out and dig in my freezer. I am sure there are some vegetables out there.

There is so much in that freezer and a lot of it will not fit in with my new eating regimen. My room mate will be able to eat them. Its strange, she doesn't have diabetes and she generally doesn't eat a balanced diet. She likes her tapioca pudding, yogurt and ice cream. She will live on those three items most of the time. I can't remember the last time she actually ate a meal I prepared for her. I have given up

Now I am cooking for one. That is really difficult. I cook by eye to some extent and all my pans are huge. I had a large family and needed those large pans when my kids were growing up. I have gotten rid of many, but still I have several pans and they are quite large. Cooking by eye means that I start out with a reasonable amount of an ingredient and then add to it. As the ingredients accumulate each new ingredient gets bigger. I wind up with a huge pot full and usually no place to store the excess. I guess I am going to have to go back to following recipes strictly. I need to do that anyway, just so I can keep track of what I am eating.

I haven't been very good at making a plate of meat and vegetables. They are usually all mixed together. I like stir-fries and other mixed up foods. It is difficult to sort things out when your diet consists primarily of combined foods. Then again, since I am cooking for one, I can measure the separate ingredients before I mix them. Great idea Judy.

That is enough for now.

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7/26/12 10:25 A

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Hi Everyone

Patty it is great you are feeling better today! Hurray Enjoy your outing today.

Ann isn't it funny how some things are just better leftover? Glad the meatloaf was better. Did you find you some books to read?

What does everyone have planned today? As usual I just have some odd jobs to do.

Water---yes
eating--yes
moving- somewhat, not enough

Hope everyone has a great day!

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7/26/12 9:20 A

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Good morning Team,
I have had a couple of bad days this week, but today I am feeling fine. PTL

lunch at senior center, unless it is something that I can't have, then I will eat here first, and go with hubby and just visit while they eat.

then pick up cousin and go visit Mom

How was your yesterday? Mine not very good

did you drink your water?
no

did you move?
no

did you stick to your diet?
yes

make today a healthy day.
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