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4/23/08 1:35 A

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Thats a good one! I always try to buy organic, but in a rural area it can be hard, well at least in the winter months, to find a wide variety of organic produce. And even in the summer, we don't grow alot of the more exotic stuff locally.

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4/23/08 1:15 A

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Sophie Uliano's Veggie Cleaner Spray
From the show Oprah's Earth Day Event

Sophie Uliano's veggie cleaner spray... If you can't buy organic produce, you need to make sure you wash it thoroughly. Use this spray to make sure your fruit and vegetables are squeaky clean.

INGREDIENTS

* 1 cup water
* 1 cup distilled white vinegar
* 1 Tbsp. baking soda
* 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract


Combine all ingredients in a large container. Then, transfer to a spray bottle with a pump. Spray mixture on produce, and rinse thoroughly after 5 to 10 minutes.

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9/23/07 10:13 P

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I tried the slow cooker salsa chicken recipe on sparkrecipes and it was really good!

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9/8/07 1:47 P

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That sounds delicious too! Thanks.
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9/7/07 4:01 P

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Well, if you're going to eat some -- or all -- of the frosting, a spoon is less calories than a cookie or graham cracker, any day!

Something else that is good by the spoon, or on muffins or toast, is this:

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Alie Jo's Pumpkin Spread

1 Cup canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie mix
2 oz neufchatel cheese
2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed

Soften cheese in microwave for 15 seconds or so. Stir all ingredients together and chill for at least an hour, or overnight.

It soft-sets in the fridge. Can be spread over English muffin with peanut butter, or eaten with a spoon, like pudding.

Makes about 1 1/4 cup.


It can be spiced up, if you like, but it's fine without. Recipe is posted on SparkRecipes, and Nutrition info can be found there. I can't wait until I can get canned pumpkin again -- yum!

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9/7/07 9:21 A

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I really don't eat cookies or graham crackers either....just a spoon sounds like a good idea to me!
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Alie Jo, I use left over cream cheese frosting on grahmn crackers. My problem is, when I eat one of these, it's real easy to keep eating them till the frosting's gone!!

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9/6/07 10:38 P

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Frosting is also good on a soft cookie, Leslie. I like a frosted cookie as an occasional treat, and this cream cheese jobbie sounds wonderful!

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That frosting sounds delicious! Since I really don't eat cake, I guess I would just have to eat it as is!
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I'km going to have to try the dark chocolate pudding too, let us Know if it works with Splenda or other sugar free options!

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Cream Cheese Frosting! (it's always better than that stuff in the can)

1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk

Mix well, spread over cake, cupcakes, or eat all by it's self.

Makes enough to cover one 9"x13" cake

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Your Mexican cornbread sounds yuummy!! I need to buy the ingredients and try this!!


Thanks Alie Jo!!

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I will totally have to try the dark chocolate pudding, but using Splenda instead... doing the low carb thing and this has WAY too many in it for me. But it sounds so Yummy and I LOVE LOVE LOVE pudding.

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9/5/07 2:29 P

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Ooooh, dark choc-oh-late pudding. Mmm. *takes notes*

Here is a recipe I adapted.. from my own recipe, to make lower cal. emoticon It's practically a meal in itself, and once I checked the nutrients, and it had nearly *every one* in it! Except vitamin E, I think. I'll hafta put it in the recipe calculator again, maybe post it this time...

Alie Jo's Mexican Cornbread

1 lb ground beef OR ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 packet taco seasoning
1 16-oz can tomato sauce
1 16-oz can tomatoes
1 16 oz can kernel corn

1 16-oz can cream corn
1 box corn muffin mix
(with whatever liquid, eggs etc the mix calls for)

2 cups shredded cheese (I use colby or colby jack, but cheddar, mozzarella, or a mix of almost any cheeses will work)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a large baking pan with high sides, at least 9 x 13, if not larger.

Start to brown ground meat. With turkey, there is much less fat, and I usually don't drain it. With beef, you can drain in a sieve or strainer (and a neat WW trick is to run your sink sprayer over the meat, to remove more fat!), and return to pan. Put meat to one side of skillet, and add chopped onion and pepper, cooking for a few minutes more.

Stir meat and veg together, and add tomato sauce and taco seasoning, then tomatoes and corn. Combine and cook for 15 min or so, letting it boil and get thoroughly hot.

While that's cooking, combine the muffin mix with its egg and milk, or water, whatever it calls for. Then stir in the can of cream corn.

Now pour meat mixture into baking pan**. Sprinkle shredded cheese over top, as evenly as poss. Pour cornbread mixture over cheese, completely covering it all. I usually have to nudge it with a spoon. :)

Bake for 30-40 min. Top should be golden-brown and knife or toothpick will come out clean of batter, if not cheese. I usually make 8 portions out of it, but with so many veg, it could make 10, or even more if you serve a nice big salad.


** If you haven't a pan large enough to hold it all, then fill your pan half full of meat mixture, and reserve the rest to put on plates when serving. It's fully cooked, and the only reason the rest is put in the oven is to bake the cornbread.


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Dark Chocolate Pudding

Chocolaty but not too sweet
30 Minutes to Prepare and Cook

Ingredients

1/2 cup Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup Cornstarch
1 can evaporated Milk add enough water to milk to make 3 cups total liquid
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions
Mix sugar, cornstarch and cocoa till all the same color and consistency.
SLOWLY add milk mixing well while adding. You don't want any lumps.
Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly.
Reduce heat and cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat and add
vanilla. stirring well.
Cool and eat, or eat warm.
Makes a great pie if you pour it into a baked pie shell or graham cracker crust
and chill.
makes 6 servings

Number of Servings: 8

* Servings Per Recipe: 8
* Amount Per Serving
* Calories: 139.6

* Total Fat: 4.3 g
* Cholesterol: 13.9 mg
* Sodium: 52.4 mg
* Total Carbs: 23.2 g
* Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
* Protein: 4.3 g

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LADYBU6205_1969's Photo LADYBU6205_1969 SparkPoints: (8,698)
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9/4/07 9:50 P

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I adapted a recipe I found online to make it lower calorie...

Ingredients:

1 9-inch Nabisco Graham Cracker Pie Crust (or Nilla Waffer Crust)
1/3 Cup Splenda
1/2 Cup sifted all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 Cups 2% milk
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 Tablespoon butter, unsalted




Directions:

Mix Slenda, Flour, and Salt in saucepan; add milk gradually, stirring until smooth. Cook until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Mix a small portion of hot mixture into egg yolks, return to saucepan and boil an additonal 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, add vanilla and butter. Cool. Place bananas in bottom of graham cracker crust, add filling.


Number of Servings: 8

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9/4/07 9:47 P

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Turkey Smoked Sausage and Pasta

Ingredients:

6 oz Ronzoni, Whole Wheat Penna or Rotini
1/2 package of Lois Rich Turkey Smoked Sausage, diced
1 Tbsp. Garlic, minced from jar
1 Tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 Cup. Grape Tomatoes, halved
1/2 Cup Red Onion, chopped
1/2 Cup Green Bell Pepper, chopped


Directions:
Boil Penna or Rotini in water 13-15 minutes or until tender.

In frypan, fry sausage, garlic, Italian Seasoning, onions, and green pepper until veggies are tender and sausage is slightly browned.

Drain pasta and add to sausage mixture. Add grape tomatoes and heat until tomatoes are warm but not mushy.

Number of Servings: 3





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Tropical Ham and Pineapple Bake


Ingredients:

3 lb boneless, presliced ham
2 cups crushed pineapple, in juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup Diet V8 Splash, Tripical Blend
1 Tbsp. Corn Starch

Directions:

In bowl, combine all ingredients except ham. Place a layer of ham slices in baking dish, top with half pineapple mixture. Add remaining ham slices on top, and pour remaining pineapple mixture on top.
Makes 16- 3 oz servings of ham plus pineapple.

Number of Servings: 16




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From Kraft Magazine Spring 2007


Ingredients

1/2 C. Canned Peaches (extra lite syrup), drained
1/2 C. Cottage Cheese, 1% Milkfat
1/2 C. Raisin Bran

Place peaches into 12-oz cup; top with layers of cottage cheese and cereal.

Serve immediately. Or, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Number of Servings: 1

Lisa's Note: I also use crushed pineapple or mixed fruit. I don't open a big can...just use the fruit cups we use to pack our kids lunches! Yummy!



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9/2/07 10:21 P

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Tons of them, I can spend hours just reading cookbooks. I'll try and find some good ones though.

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That's great Shelly!!! Tell us some of your recipies too.

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I love recipes and cookbooks, so I think I'm going to like this discussion.

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Here is a recipe that helps me stay out of the fast food lanes..
Hope you enjoy it!

Make-Ahead Lunch Wraps
Contributed By: lubecki
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"These are a delicious make-ahead lunch to freeze as a handy lunch to bring to work! Just make, freeze, and then heat in the microwave for a very balanced meal."

Ingredients
2 cups Uncooked brown rice
4 cups Water
4 (15 ounce) cans Black beans
2 (15.5 ounce) cans Pinto beans
1 (10 ounce) can Whole kernel corn
1 (10 ounce) can Diced tomatoes and green chiles
16 (10 inch) flour tortillas
1 pound Pepper Jack cheese, shredded

Preparation
1. Combine rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat, and cool.

2. Place black beans and pinto beans into a colander or strainer, and rinse. Add corn and diced tomatoes with green chilies, and toss to mix. Transfer to a large bowl, and mix in rice and cheese.

3. Divide the mixture evenly among the tortillas, and roll up. Wrap individually in plastic wrap, place into a large freezer bag, and freeze. Reheat as needed in the microwave for lunch or snacks.





Directions
Yield 16 servings
Preparation
1. Combine rice and water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat, and cool.
2. Place black beans and pinto beans into a colander or strainer, and rinse. Add corn and diced tomatoes with green chilies, and toss to mix. Transfer to a large bowl, and mix in rice and cheese.
3. Divide the mixture evenly among the tortillas, and roll up. Wrap individually in plastic wrap, place into a large freezer bag, and freeze. Reheat as needed in the microwave for lunch or snacks.


Number of Servings: 16

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user SSHAUER.
Number of Servings: 16




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This is yummy, and reasonable to make. Calories, yep!! I guess the amount of calories depends on how much of this I eat at a time.


Rice Pudding




3C cooked rice
4C milk-devided (3C and 1C)

10T sugar (I use a bit less than 3/4 C)

2 large eggs

1C raisens (I don't use them)

2T margerine or butter

1t vanilla

cinnamon for top of pudding


In medium saucepan over medium heat combine cooked rice, 3C milk, and sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally 15 to 20 minutes till thick and slightly creamy. Beat remaining milk with the eggs. Stir that into the rice, and then stir in the raisens (the raisens are optional). Without letting the pudding boil, continue to cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in butter or margerine and the vanilla. Put the pudding in a bowl and srinkle with cinnamon. Enjoy!!!


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My fave is the Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad from McDonalds. It has less than 500 calories with dressing and oh my goodness....sooooo good...it's an addiction...

now...i want one *pout*

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Share your recipes or menu ideas here, anything related to food. I want them all! Good or bad! Maybe preface with HEALTHY or SPLURGE at the top of your message so we'll know whether to look or not. LOL. Some days you just want a little fat or sugar, ya know what I mean? ;)

My fave these days is a club salad from Subway. I don't even want any bread or crackers and it fills me up!

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