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1/5/10 12:17 P

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I've been buying this TASTE OF HOME HEALTHY COOKING magazine... OMG! These recipes look GREAT! They have sooooo many! I also picked up EATING WELL. Not as many that I liked, but all of their recipes are also available on their website. he he...

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1/5/10 12:08 P

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good luck. You will do great.

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1/5/10 12:04 P

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OK so I'm going to try out the recipe on page 67 in Clean Eating magazine called Cod w/ spicy orange and black cherry sauce & couscous.

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1/5/10 11:43 A

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I've decided this year to try something new once a week...Sundays, which is the only day I don't mind putting more time/thought into what I'm cooking.
I especially want to get back into bread making and have a few recipes I really want to try.

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1/4/10 2:43 P

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Oh! Yeah I got it some time ago... Not much new info though... just a few more recipes. Glad I got it, but not sure I would have bought it had I had a chance to look it over first though...

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1/4/10 1:59 P

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Part of this years goals or plans is to try new recipes at least once a week (I have stacks I ripped from mags and marked in my cookbooks) to try then take the ones I like and enter into my ShopNcook software. Then make my menus from there. However first I think I am going to look through my clean eating mags, which I just can't rip, and try to make a menu plan from theirs. Also might just try to add the ones from our team cookbooks and do my menu plan from there.
I MUST learn to plan I will succeed that way.
On another note has the new revamped Clean Eating book been seen yet in Canada?

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1/3/10 3:06 P

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I am always trying new recipes. I am also really lucky to be able to buy almost all organic foods at comparable preices at my closest grocer. About three blocks away...

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1/3/10 1:54 P

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I was doing really well for a while trying new recipes but then "life" caught up with me and it seems that I put everything on hold. Now it's a new year and I'm determined to get back into it! Since there are only two of us, I usually try to see if I can cut a new recipe in half for the first time I make it. That way if we don't like it, I'm not wasting as much. I am fortunate to have two large grocery stores within a mile of my house and a great inexpensive organic store about 15 min away.

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1/3/10 10:32 A

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I agree with Labyrinth with going to the store and spending an hour (maybe more). I did this with a list of items (along with what kind of recipe they were listed in) that I had never heard of - I took notes as to price, brand selection and location in the store. I also visited some specialty/health food stores to find the "rare" things. Also, pick the brains of the store employees - they can be very helpful.

I was also not wanting to buy something, make it and end up hating it, wasting the ingredients. But I've found you can "hide" alot in soup. I'm notorious for dumping leftovers into chicken stock and making a soup. LOL

You will also want to try the items in different ways. Example: you may not like quinoa alone by itself, but in a chicken/tomatoe dish you may like it.

You could also ask here if anybody has suggested recipes for a particular ingredient. Also read the packages for recipes or websites you can visit to find more recipes.

I usually try a new recipe 2-3 times a week. I do have a willing guinea pig, my hubby. And he is more that willing to let me know when NOT to make something again. I will usually make notes on the recipe as to what changes I can make so we may like it better.

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1/3/10 10:07 A

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There's nothing more frustrating then to sit down and want to make something, and you don't have the ONE SPECIAL INGREDIENT that the recipe lists for! Extremely frustrating and irritating, especially if it is something you have never heard of!

This is how I generally plan my shopping. First, I have a list that I made on Word, that has the most common stuff I need, with a __ in front of the word. If I need it, I check it on the list. This gives me a starting point to look through cabinets and decide what I need (especially helpful for basics like flour, milk, yeast, salt, baking soda, powder etc...)

Then I sit down with my recipe books. Using a sticky note, I mark the recipes I want to try for the week. I generally try to figure out 4-5 dinners and 3-4 lunches. This is more then I usually make due to leftovers, but I always like more because sometimes that day, I'm just not in the mood for chicken and switch my mind to something else.

Then I re-check my list.

My primary grocery source is Wal-mart (2x a month). Most of my staples come from here because it's cheapest and I need to budget. It's 3 miles in one direction. The other direction, one mile, is Target, my second source, and usually where I get fresh veg and fruit (2x a week) as it is better there then Wal-mart.

Whole foods is last on my list as it is the most expensive (2x a month).

One thing that helped me is spending an hour in each store, and just walking around familiarizing myself with what was there. This was really helpful when I first started Spark and I spent time reading labels of all the crap I had been eating, comparing stuff, figuring out what I would buy but not actually buying it that day.

Recently, I've noticed that Wal-mart and Target are both getting more variety in certain areas (Wal-mart less so) and they are now carrying (in my area) Greek Yogurt, Agave, Sucanate, etc... which before they did not. Doing a recon in the store is very helpful and will save you time later.

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1/2/10 8:10 P

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I think your best bet for trying new recipes without wasting a lot of $$ would be things that involve beans, rice, and veggies. I'm no recipe fiend like Laura, and I don't cook anywhere near as much ('cause I'm fortunate enough to have a hubby that likes to), but I know that you don't have to spend much to buy beans or rice - which are typically clean (learn to like brown rice!), and most veggies - even organic - aren't too much of an investment if you only buy for one recipe at a time.
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1/2/10 5:58 P

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I love to try new recipes and I do all the time change it to my own taste ect. sometimes you have to play with a recipe and write notes on the side of them so you can remember how you did it or what you will next time. just wish fresh fruit was affordable this time of year, but take what we can get.

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1/2/10 5:32 P

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That would be great - I am loving this team emoticon Everyone is so helpful. Someday down the road hopefully I'll be able to help someone too.






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That sound great.

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1/2/10 5:08 P

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I agree. I think it would be cool for others to see a menu plan. Maybe there is someone who wants to alternate weeks with me (I have someone in mind)
What I could do is plan my own meals for the week, then post that. Sort of kill two birds with one stone so to speak...

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1/2/10 3:41 P

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Laura - I would love to see a menu for a week just to see what the possibilities are just because I am so new to this - lol. I do try and plan my meals for a week knowing that there are always nights that may get screwed up. I always liked looking at the magazines that had the monthly dinners for a month - just to get ideas. It does sound like a lot of work though.






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1/2/10 3:21 P

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We are also getting to the point were we plan for a week.

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I try a new recipe almost every single day. I have sooo many recipes (and cookbooks) I want to try, and I have a really stocked kitchen. BUT, I also seem to have to go to the grocery store a lot anyhow, for fresh fruit & veggies.
So, when I look through my books and mags I boomark the recipes I want to try. A lot of them I already have ingredients for, some require planning (and my hubbie or guests to help eat, since it is just me and my daughter here most of the time)
My kitchen is pretty stocked. Too stocked maybe. I am constantly running around trying to use up the food. My plan is to use up food and only keep what I need for 1 week worth of meals in the house. Then maybe PLAN my meals out for a week in advance.
My grocery store (I am vcery lucky) has all those things that you would normally only find at a health food store. They also have organic foods at really competitve prices. I can afford to eat organic, so I do.
Anyhow, I was considering doing up a WEEKLY CLEAN EATING MEAL PLAN and posting once a week, with links to recipes and a printable grocery list. But, I am not sure I can commit to doing this every week. What do you guys think?

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Here's what I do:

I get several recipes that I'm interested in.
I look to see what I have in the kitchen.
The recipe that I have the most ingredients for I make first.

I do it one new food item at a time. And when I can afford it.

Don't worry your not alone. I'm going though the same thing your doing.

I have tried Kale (I like in salads and steamed but don't like sauted), Collard greens, acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash(I found out I like butternut the best and made soup twice now and like; who knew I could cook that and eat it; ha ha)

Well so just go slow and one new food at a time and if you can't afford just wait.

This is what I have been doing.

oh yea I go on spark and ask questions and get many answers. It's great.

Good luck

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I love to try new recipes and do so frequently. I have tried many on the SP site. Most of the items are easily found at the bigger supermarkets. I usually shop at a smaller store so I sometimes have to go to the bigger store. I've been reading and trying Tosca Reno's recipes and have found some things there I am not familiar with. I'm going to just start asking here as I come across them. I do understand what you're saying about buying the item and then wasting it - basically it you don't like it. I guess it's a hit or miss sort of thing. I'm new to all this so I'm just going to ask away. I'm thinking I didn't really help you with you're question at all but I can tell you it's fun to try new recipes and even though my family rolls their eyes I think they rather enjoy it as well.






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I never do, but I want to start...how much of a hassle is it find the foods you need? I've never heard of Basmati rice, acorn squash, spelt flour, Swiss chard, amaranth, sucanat, etc. Yes, I'm from the planet Don't Know Sh!t. I am getting frustrated. And then foods I've never heard off cost too much only because I don't know what it tastes like and I don't want to make waste. I would like alternatives to these ingredients and more, but I'm not sure where to look.

Maybe I'm putting too much thought into this ??

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