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4/2/11 2:29 P

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I wanted something different one day so I cooked chicken, then put a tsp. of olive oil in a pan. I through in some onions, hot banana pepper rings and pineapple in its own juice. I sprinkled on chili powder and I cooked about 15 min. I then put it on top of basamati rice. It was delicious.You can also eat it without the rice to save calories. I called it Hawaiian chili chicken.

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3/31/11 1:49 P

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I have some lean pork. The idea of making a foil pouch with meat & veggies sounds good for dinner tonight!

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3/31/11 10:03 A

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Hubby purchased a small turkey ham. We used some of it in a crock pot with brown beans. Not fast cooking wise, but a nutrious meal was ready when I came home from work. Made a quick pan of cornbread and heated a can of mixed greens (never can get enough folate!!). Heaven!

The next night we had two slices, 4 oz each, browned in a pan sprayed w/cooking spray and then added 4 rings of pineapple. Two small quartered potatoes and an onion were placed in foil sprayed w/cooking spray and wrapped - cooked in oven at 400 for about 45 minutes. Added a salad of bagged spinach and brocolli and supper was ready. Easy, quick and NO MESS!! There is still turkey ham left for Hubby's lunch sandwiches this week.

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2/28/11 8:15 P

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Hi, All- I just made Chef Meg's Tex Mex Calzones for my family tonight. Everyone LOVED them! They were really easy to make and the kids didn't even know that they had red peppers in them. The recipe is here on the site in the recipes section. You can modify them to make them lower carb, too, so you have a few options for suiting your needs. So good! Can't wait to try the rice cake pizza recipe below. That sounds like a great quick and easy lunch!

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2/24/11 4:19 P

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I just died and went to heaven... I have a wonderful super easy pizza idea.

You will Need:
2 Large Rice Cakes ( I used the the white cheddar) = Pizza Dough
Can of rotel tomatoes w/green chilis (you can get mild if you do not like spicy) = Sauce
2/3 cup of lowfat Mozzarella Cheese (you can use fat free if you want but I like some fat LOL)
Chopped fresh garlic cloves. Any other veggies you like to add on your pizza

Drain Rotel of it juice using a strainer put the amount you want on it, there are hardly any calories in this stuff 1/2 cup only has 30 (I add some to my salads and it make my dressing go further too). Then add chopped garlic (and any other veggie) then half the cheese on each one. Put this in a toaster oven on broil for just a few minutes and ...wow, wow, wow is all I can say ....My version is only 272 calories, 22 carbs, 10 grams of fat, and 16 grams of protein. I just did this today so I'm going to play with these I think I will make up small ones using the mini rice cakes for party snakes to take when invited out. I can tell you mushrooms, bell pepper would all be good on these the key is dont use real wet tomatoes so drain the rotel well and do not leave them in long. They tasted so good I will be making these a lot I know for a fact they don't taste diet and my hubby would even like them.

I was just thinking for breakfast too with a scrambled egg crumbled on top even a few bacon crumbles yummy

Enjoy Debbie

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2/23/11 8:31 A

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I love fajitas but most of all my husbands cooking does the trick for me. He cooks healthy lots of soups and vegetables.

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2/22/11 10:04 A

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My kids love fajitas. Then I can use the leftovers the next day to make "taco" salads. They also love "low carb beef enchilada bake." They eat it with tortilla chips. I eat it with tomatoes and lettuce. It also reheats very well.

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2/22/11 2:12 A

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I'm good with breakfast, good for lunches (most of the time) but dinner is where I fall short. I'm gonna spend tomorrow during my break at work to look through the dinner recipes to try and find some that I would like and my son would like, that will be fast and easy to make. That is my goal, to cook a healthy dinner at least 3 nights a week, then we can have leftovers the other nights.

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2/21/11 7:42 A

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Preparing a healthy meal when short on time is made easier with a rotisserie chicken. Since it is already cooked and ready to eat, simply serve with your choice of side dishes (vegetables, salad, soup, rolls, pasta/rice...) for a complete meal. Leftover chicken never goes to waste--use it for sandwiches, in soups, on salads, for taco filling, on pizza, mixed with BBQ sauce, in a casserole, or on pasta.

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2/20/11 7:15 A

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I love making meals that I can freeze for the nights when I just can't be bothered to cook.

I like to tell myself to snack on healthy things (carrots, cucumbers, peppers, etc) before I let myself go for the junk - sometimes the crunchy-ness satisfies my craving.

Good luck!

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2/19/11 9:52 A

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I am not new to SP but have not been on the site for quite awhile. I am back and working hard this year to reach my goals!!!! I have found the best way for me is to drink the Herbalife Healthy Meals for breakfast and lunch, along with fruit and two healthy snacks in mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and a very healthy balanced meal for dinner. If I have enough calories remaining, I might have a snack 3 hours after dinner. It works for me not to have so many choices. When I have many choices, I usually make the wrong ones emoticon

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2/17/11 9:56 A

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Mine is batch cooking in large quantity and hard boiled egg with fruit on the side.

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Non-smoker after smoking 30 years and was at 3 packs a day.

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2/17/11 9:12 A

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I just made the Crock pot Cabbage Soup recipe from here. I put 2 cups into containers and put them in the fridge for the week, the other two containers I put in the freezer for next week. I dont like eggs and am diabetic so bagels, toast, english muffins are not a good fit for me too many carbs. This soup works great and it is so tasty.

Next time I will use low sodium V8 and chicken broth.

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2/17/11 3:47 A

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fruit and yogurt no cooking necessary. But my favorite is cabbage soup, onions, garlic, beef broth, and italian sausage.

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2/16/11 5:36 P

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You make a good point about the grocery store. The middle is where all the processed foods are.
I have 3 go-to breakfasts - oatmeal and fruit, protein smoothie, or egg white (with veggies and laughing cow light cheese wedge) on a low-carb tortilla.
If you keep cans of tuna in water, and skinless, boneless chicken breast, it's easy to add a salad or steamed veggie or two. I am also careful with carbs. Try shirataki tofu noodles to replace pasta once in a while. They are okay.

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2/15/11 3:33 P

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I like to make sure I get 8 oz. V8 low sodium juice with my breakfast. It's only 50 calories and has 850 mg of potassium. It's always hard to fit all my potassium in for the day.

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2/15/11 10:08 A

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I just made butternut squash soup for the first time - and it's jumped to the top of my favorites list!!
I used the recipe "Emily's Creamy Butternut Squash, Carrot & Apple Soup" submitted by thefrontburner. Very simple to do, and delish!

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2/15/11 3:20 A

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I got a new cookbook I got to check it out.Pam

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2/14/11 11:07 A

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Same breakfast every day: boiled egg and 1/2 cup of fruit. Boil eggs in batches ahead of time and keep in the fridge for a quick grab in the morning.
Other meals: fresh seafood or chicken with fresh veggies and 1/2 boiled potatoes or salads.
No bread or pasta (trigger foods for me).

When shopping avoid the center aisles - stick to the perimeter and look for one ingredient, fresh food. If it comes in a box and has a label - forget it!

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2/13/11 6:18 P

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My current favorite is a Nature's grain carb check bagel that is 150 calories and 19 grams of fiber. I eat one of those with peanut butter and cinnamon and I am full until lunch time. You can add walnuts, honey and/or bananas. I eat it in the car on the way to wherever I am going. I have also eaten one of the cinnamon swirl bagel and a cheese stick and that is fast and great too! Good luck! I love breakfast so...

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2/13/11 1:57 P

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A great place to start is a cookbook by Zonya Foco. She is a dietician and has great recipes. Ones of my favorites is kickin' chicken. You mix one cup of salsa with 1 tbsp of dijon mustard and 2 tbsp of brown sugar. Spread this over 4-5 chicken breasts and bake for about half an hour. While it's baking, I make a salad and bake some Ore-Ida fries. Just go easy on the fries. emoticon

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2/13/11 1:25 P

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Breakfast: 2/3 cup egg beaters, 1/2 cup skim milk, 2 slices diet whole wheat toast (35 cal each,) 1 cup sliced watermelon, 1 cup tomato juice, 16 oz water

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2/12/11 2:29 P

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I have mushroom and spinach frittata every morning. It is so filling that I only have half a serving, and I get a jump start on my veggies for the day. I make up a batch on the weekend and just reheat one serving every morning. It's low carb and I love it.

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2/12/11 11:25 A

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NOMOREBREAKS ~ I do that too with the hard boiled eggs, I also eat veggies instead of fruit sometimes.

Bo

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I love my dogs! Annie is a fearful dog and is doing great under careful management. I raw feed my dogs.

Diagnosed with Celiac Disease 02/25/2011

Non-smoker after smoking 30 years and was at 3 packs a day.

Former skinny person who never exercised and is now trying to make exercise a habit.


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2/12/11 5:03 A

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i BOUGHT FROSTED MINI WHEATS THEY WERE TO HIGH IN CALORIES NEXT TIME I WILL BUY SMARTER.
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2/8/11 11:04 A

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The fast breakfast ever:

Hard boil some eggs.
Cool.
Put each one individually in a ziplock baggie (or a washable container if you prefer).
Put them fridge.

Wash and cut some fruit.
Put a 1/2 C of it into each baggie with the hard boiled egg.

In the morning just grab and go.
(For those really in a hurry you can also peel the eggs before you put them in the baggie, but they will get fruit-slimy.)
This can be eaten while walking, driving, riding, at a desk, or anywhere. You eat the fruit first, then peel the egg and put the shell into the baggie for disposal.

But also, breakfast doesn't have to breakfast.
Just eat what you like. Have half a sandwich. Eat cottage cheese with berries or fruits or veggies. Have soup even. :)

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2/7/11 5:13 P

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Gosh, I'd hate to calculate how many of us have been trying for "years"!!! Just do NOT give up! I'm pretty dang determined this year. I know 2 things.
#1; I MUST log every piece of food I put into my mouth. I am
the queen of denial!
#2: I MUST exercise. Sometimes I freakin' hate it, but I know
I HAVE TO get moving, if I am going to lose any weight.
It makes me cranky, but then I always feel better after!
The fun part is joining groups and whining with the rest of us when we're sick of it or struggling, and cheering others on, when we are feeling good!

Enjoy your journey!

Oh, and I usually stick to a wheat english muffin and 2 egg whites fried up in a touch of olive oil. I top that off with a banana. I can eat it on the go, which it seems I always am!


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2/7/11 4:45 P

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My dh and I really like having greek yogurt with some fruit in the morning. Like eggs, it has a higher protein level which really helps us out. I went to the local grocery that has a good organic fridge area and selected a couple different brands and flavors of greek yogurt. My dh decided (and I agreed) that we really like the Chobani Greek Yogurt which you can buy by the case at Costco. I use this plain, with fruit, cereal or in a smoothie. By the way - the pinapple makes a wonderful dessert - 20 more calories and 2% fat instead of fat free, but a great treat.

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2/7/11 3:20 P

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Hello Renechar;

Thanks for the info about DH and thanks for the tips on how to prepare for beakfast as like you i was not a breakfast eater. I have a hard time planning my meals ahead of time because of my DH he doesn't like a lot of the samethings that I do. So I am finding myself having to prepare to different meals, but i am doing pretty well I think. Again thanks for the tips.

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2/7/11 1:16 P

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Hello, First off DH, means dear husband.

I have also tried to lose weight many times. Only failing to stay on a "diet". With SP I have something to help me plan my meals for the day, try new recipes and keep track of what I eat, The nutrition planner is a key tool for me!

I was not a breakfast eater, so I decided to get my breakfast ready in the evening, and when I woke up in the a.m. just pop it in the microwave, and it is done. That made it possible to start the day off right, then I go and track it. While there, I figure what I am going to eat for lunch, and so on... I have changed for the BETTER! I feel great about it.

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Thanks Bet212;

for your ideas they sound great i will give them a try. i have one question what is DH stand for? Again thank you for your help and the website you recommended.

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For breakfast I like oatmeal or oat bran with blueberries or any fruit really plus skim or almond milk and a little natural sweetener.

DH makes turkey or chicken sausage from ground meat ahead of time and freezes it so I just pop it in the microwave.

Eggs in a mug is easy....check out the Hungry Girl website. Basically spray cooking spray inside a mug, put in any veggies you have and/ add 1 egg with 1 egg white or two egg whites that have been mixed well together. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave another 30 seconds until set.

Smoothies are another good option with greek yogurt, fruit, skim milk if it needs thinning.

Brandyn--San Antonio, Tx

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Yes i am new to sparkpeople and i have tried several times to lose weight without success. I told myself one morning this year will be the year i will accomplish this task and learn to eat right. I was taught to eat everything on my plate when i was growing - up but i want to change this way of thinking. I was also taught to eat fat in everything we cooked. If there is anyone out there who could give me a few tips on healthy meals i would appreciate it. i especially need help for breakfast ideas that are fast and easy. Thanks all you sparkpeople i am really enjoying my being apart of this team.

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