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10/17/10 10:33 A

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my dh would gobble that up; it's just his kind of thing.
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Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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JANC319 Posts: 1,244
10/17/10 8:15 A

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Sounds great!
Would be good with italian sausage, too.

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10/16/10 9:29 P

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I make a recipe that is kind of like homemade hamburger helper. It doesn't make a huge amount - enough for 2 generous servings. The best thing about this is that it only uses one pot!

1/2 lb ground beef or turkey
1/2 uncooked macaroni
1/2 tsp minced garlic (I use the stuff in the jar)
1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper

Brown the meat and drain fat. Add garlic and macaroni and stir it around a little bit to cook the garlic. Add the tomato sauce. Fill the can with water and add that too. Put in seasonings. Stir, cover, turn heat down, and simmer for about 10 minutes until the macaroni is cooked. You can stir it once or twice while it is cooking.

To make with rice (white rice), replace the macaroni with 1/4 cup rice, the rest of the ingredients stay the same. Cook covered for 15-20 minutes without stirring.

Sometimes I sprinkle in some dried onion flakes when I add the tomato sauce. You can also experiment with spices - add basil and oregano for instant Italian. Sometimes I make the Italian version, but use pepperoni for the meat (or in addition to the meat). When it is done cooking, I sprinkle a bit of mozzarella cheese on top, cover it again, and wait for the cheese to melt. It makes an easy pizza pasta!
The original recipe I got this from had onion and green pepper that was sauted as you browned the beef. I usually don't do that, but sometimes I add frozen corn at the end. Other frozen vegetables work too. It just takes a little math to figure out how long they need to cook. Round out the meal with a steamed vegetable and a salad (I like cucumber salad - cucumbers, onions, rice vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper).

I have made this without meat, too.



Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could...
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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ANIDUCK's Photo ANIDUCK Posts: 10,929
9/14/10 4:35 P

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Isn't she?!! She puts me to shame. Hey thanks for the link to the crockpot lady; love it! I've never even imagined cooking fish wrapped in foil in the crockpot. Gotta try it now.

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 9/14/2010 (16:36)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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JANC319 Posts: 1,244
9/14/10 3:31 P

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Wow, Carol! Thanks for all the great info!
You really need to find a job that takes advantage of your web searching skills. You are fantastic at it!

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9/14/10 12:06 P

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I don't eat clean but am eating healthier and healthier. I will check out the team, I know you can read the threads without joining. I will take a look and see if there are others like me there.

I second the protein; I have a boiled egg with my oatmeal, for example; a leftover piece meat or an egg or almond butter on the bagel; nuts in the oatmeal, etc.

There's a "What's for Dinner" thread on this team:
www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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I love Mimi Wilson's book, Once a Month Cooking, it's a classic and saves so much time and money, I have the 2001 version but the newer one is listed below, and YOU NEVER HAVE TO ASK OR WONDER "What's for dinner?".
www.amazon.com/Once---Month-Cooking-
Re
vised-Expanded/dp/0312366256/ref=sr_R>1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284474357&sr=1-1


If batch cooking is not for you, get a weekly plan (learned that from FlyLady), and one day a week make it a habit to menu plan for the upcoming week. It only takes 10-15 mins. Look in your pantry and freezer first, then fill in the blanks, then make a grocery list from the weekly menu. (Actually I fill in the blanks and complete the weekly menu based off of perusing grocery stores' online ads.)

On my personal weekly plan, I designate one day of the week for desk day, coupon clipping day, perusing online grocery store ads day, personal organizer/planner update day (my planner contains my goals and calendar and holiday stuff like birthdays), and weekly menu planning day. If a monthly budget is due I do that on the last week before the new month, and I pay bills too. I call this my Administration Day - one day a week on my weekly plan, I designate as Admin Day. Others call it Planning Day or Desk Day.

I love my crockpot. I'm usually using it for something once a week, and also making one meal in it (at a minimum) once a week. Example: cooking dried beans in it, or batchcooking Italian sauce in it one day, and making soup or a meal in it on a different day. I like these recipes better than SparkRecipe crockpot recipes, they are more organized here and user friendly:
A Year of Slow Cooking - Stephanie the crock pot lady
crockpot365.blogspot.com/
Click on Index, or search by ingredient.

There are plenty of people already doing weekly menu planning that will teach you how to do it for free, all you have to do is take the time to sign up and to read from your own IN Box.

Here are free, downloadable, printable weekly menu sheets you can hang on your fridge and so on. Keep blanks folded up in purse for times when you are waiting, or to do during lunch breaks. The first one is prettier, in color, and even looks good when printed in on a black & white printer:

sprik.blogspot.com/2010/08/weekly-me
nu
-binder-edition.html


www.5dollardinners.com/wp-content/up
lo
ads/2010/02/weekly_menu_planner.pdf


orgjunkie.com/wp-content/uploads/200
9/
04/menu-planner-template.pdf


www.merkurxr4ti.com/ebay/blt/weeklym
en
uplan-sample.pdf


theprojectgirl.com/downloads/theproj
ec
tgirl.com-mealplanner.pdf


theprojectgirl.com/downloads/theproj
ec
tgirl-mealplanner2.pdf


Pack of 7:
moneysavingmom.com/wp-content/upload
s/
2010/03/msm_menu_planning_pack.pdf


When you find one you like, some people laminate them and keep them on the fridge, using a wipe-off marker to re-do every week.

And there are also monthly ones.

Here are a couple of my favorite, free sites you can sign up to receive email from:

Meal Planning Magic
www.mealplanningmagic.com/

At I'm An Organizing Junkie, orgjunkie.com/ , Laura has a regular feature called "Menu Plan Monday". Examples:

Weekly menu 9/6
orgjunkie.com/2010/09/menu-plan-mond
ay
-september-6th.html


Weekly menu 9/13
orgjunkie.com/2010/09/menu-plan-mond
ay
-sept-13th.html


At I'm An Organizing Junkie, click on "MPM", then navigate to "Menu Planning Resources". Scroll down and just look at all the links . . . TONS of stuff there to help you out.

Even better in my opinion is Erin at $5 Dinners
www.5dollardinners.com/ ,
she cooks from scratch and has great ideas, recipes, tips, and how-tos, she'll make and link You Tube vids to her site that you'll receive in email, not to mention an excellent excellent garden planning site, schedule and resources. I listed Laura first because you asked about meal planning, but I love Erin's site, if you need a fast idea her recipes and photos of her cooking dinner are great. Erin also has a meal planning tab:
www.5dollardinners.com/category/meal
-p
lanning


I haven't explored this site yet, Good Cheap Eats, but it also has a menu planning functionality:
goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/every-week
-a
t-lifeasmom-i-post-our-meal/


She also has downloadable free checklists and planners, including a monthly menu planner; you could look up several of Laura's and Erin's weeks they've already posted, taking the ones just you and your family like, and fill in this monthly one, check it out:
lifeasmom.com/features/free-download
s-
for-your-personal-use


Edited by: CAROLFAITHWALKR at: 9/14/2010 (14:01)
"Exercise integrity in the moment of choice. Quality of life, and your personal freedom, depends upon what happens in the space between stimulus and response." - Stephen Covey


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JANC319 Posts: 1,244
9/14/10 10:30 A

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Lilguysmama, there is a new forum thread that might help. It's called "What did you eat today?"
Check it out! www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_mes
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9/13/10 10:02 P

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I strongly encourage you to sign up with the "Clean Eating & Recipes" team. They have an incredible cookbook and the members are always talking about this very thing--what to cook that is healthy. And we get in some very informative discussions about ingredients--the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Come join us

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it's a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they're terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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9/13/10 5:08 P

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In losing weight, I've found that protein at every meal is crucial. Even a couple of eggs on whole wheat toast is way better than cereal or a bagel. Protein smoothies are great too. Lots of fruit and vegetables. Dinner can be really simple, roast chicken, salad, brown rice. Try to stay away from processed food. It takes awhile to get it all figured out.

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9/13/10 4:09 P

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I have the hardest time to figure out what to make for dinners. I'm not the greatest cook.
Does anyone have easy recipes, or suggestions.

Breakfast: I usually have oatmeal bagel or cold cereal
Lunch: usaully have sandwiches or hotdogs/mac and cheese
Dinner:where i need help




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