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5/1/11 7:00 P

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zucchini fries!!! Sounds AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks! :)

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5/1/11 10:56 A

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Thanks for the tips on the Quinoa, LIFER74!

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4/30/11 8:42 P

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I have recently discovered quinoa, too. I learned that it has a bitter taste if you don't rinse it first. My weight watcher's leader told us she cooks it in apple juice and then adds cinnamon and applesauce for breakfast. I wasn't impressed with it that way (I'm not much for sweet breakfast cereals), but I liked the texture. So, I tried it again cooked in veggie broth (I make my own, so no added salt). I have it for breakfast sometimes with a small amount of smart balance light, and I had it last night for dinner with roasted veggies. I have also re-discovered roasted veggies since I got a new convection oven -- 10 minutes to cook without preheating! My newest roasted veggie experiment was cauliflower, and it is delicious!

Something else I tried last week is zucchini fries. Dip zucchini sticks in whipped egg whites and bread them with italian seasoned pancko. Bake them at 400 F until they get brown, flipping them once -- about 5 minutes per side in the convection oven. My kids (4 and 6) devoured them!

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4/30/11 7:00 P

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Love the tofu shirataki noodles! I had 2 big bowls of chicken soup made with 3 oz of chicken breast, scallions, carrots, celery and a package of shirataki noodles. Ridiculously low cal and yummy!

http://shiratakinoodles.net/

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4/29/11 6:13 P

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You are welcome Couzcat! emoticon

I love fish! emoticon emoticon though I don't make it a habit to eat goldfish; the other fish looked too plain by itself emoticon

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4/29/11 2:31 P

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Getting more into fish.

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4/29/11 10:15 A

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BET212 thanks for the link it's great!

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4/28/11 8:29 P

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COUZCAT....try this link. Last year a friend gave DH a ton of large artichokes that he'd grown. I didn't make them, but DH did using this article:

simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_coo
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I also thought they were too much work to be worth it but DH liked them emoticon

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4/28/11 9:10 A

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Thanks for the info Willowcat

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4/27/11 6:21 P

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COUZCAT, my mom used to prepare them. I don't particular care for something that takes so much work to eat, lol!. She snipped the sharp ends of the leaves off, then bottoms off (so they were flat) and set each one on a ring of onion in the bottom of a pot. The pot got enough water to cover the onions and a little bit of the artichoke bottoms. She popped the lid on the pot and steamed, but I don't know for how long (sorry)

Good luck with it!

btw - good for you for trying something new!!! even if it is a little intimidating!! :)

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4/27/11 6:04 P

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Thanks for the tip on the quinoa!



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4/27/11 2:08 P

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Has any one prepared fresh artichokes? They look a little intimidating to work with.

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4/27/11 1:48 P

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make sure you prep it correctly and use a metal mesh strainer, the grains are small like cous-cous. The first time I made it was a disaster and half ended up down the drain. needless to say I bought a new strainer, my friends had a good laugh though. I'm trying a new tex mex style dish with it tonight with grilled chicken and black beans and lots of spice. If it's any good i'll be sure to post it!

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4/27/11 12:34 P

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I've been wanting to try Quinoa since I heard it is high in protein for a grain. My friend even gave me some uncooked to try but I haven't yet. I'll add this to the weekly meal list. Thanks LUCKYSTR22 !

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4/27/11 10:59 A

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cous-cous...love it but it gets so dry...?

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4/27/11 10:48 A

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Quinoa! It has a light fluffy texture when cooked and a slightly nutty flavor. I use it instead of rice for my stir fry and in place of pasta for some dishes. I love it, it's high fiber, high protein, and low fat. It soaks up flavors really well and has become a staple in my kitchen. I recommend everyone try at least one dish, you will be a convert I swear!

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4/26/11 3:15 P

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yogurt with nutty granola and fruit.

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4/26/11 11:16 A

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fruit bowl from store with only berries

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4/26/11 12:24 A

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I like snap peas. They're good right out of the ref or microwaved for a few min

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4/25/11 6:07 P

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Roasted Edamame beans with spices (the recipe is on Sparkrecipes). These are high in protein and low in calories and make a delicious snack.

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4/25/11 4:59 P

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I love Avocados!!!

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4/24/11 5:53 P

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Grrrrr. I just got back from the grocery store. No fennel in sight-I was going to try adding it to my lunch salad mix :( they DID have brussel sprouts, but since they aren't on my menu and I'm being SUCH a good girl LOL!, I'll have to try them next week.

I looked for some bulgar for a recipe but didn't find any. I hope barley will be an okay replacement (hey, they both begin with B, right?) Its for a cold salad I want to try (One of Chef Meg's), so I think I will be okay.

Keep those great ideas coming!!

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4/24/11 4:40 P

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These are some great ideas!

If you do try the Shiritaki noodles, make sure and rinse them well. The Hungry Girl website has some good recipes using the noodles. My favorite is the Fettucine Hungry Girlfredo...it's 99 calories for the whole thing and feels like your eating something decadent.

I like the Fiber One bars and Lara Bars but they were getting kind of expensive. I'm gonna have to make my own and it looks like there are some good recipes on SP. I looked up Lara Bar recipes and they are basically chopped up dates with whatever add ins to make the flavor you want. Fiber One is still my favorite cereal but one day I'm gonna grind it up a la Hungry Girl and use it for coatings and crusts. Fiber and crunchy goodness all in one emoticon

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4/24/11 11:56 A

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Another fun thing are the mini sweet peppers that have appeared in the stores. Cut them in half length-wise and stuff with a dip either hot or cold. I did this with a warm artichoke and spinach dip from SP and it was a real hit. The dip needs to heat up in the oven so stuff the peppers and pop into the oven. While the dip heats, the peppers soften a bit which brings out their flavour.

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4/24/11 1:25 A

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My new food is egg whites. I cook up about 1 dozen at a time and store them in a bowl in the fridge. I crack and eat one at a time. I slice and pop out the egg yolk and discard. Egg whites are only 17 calories. I either eat plain with a bit of salt or ranch spritzer. I like to add them to tuna to add bulk.

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4/23/11 11:04 P

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I'll have to try the roasted brussel sprouts. I like them boiled but am always looking for different ways to eat the stuff I love.

We also cut up okra, spritz with olive oil and roast them until they turn into crunchy little morsels. It's better than popcorn my other favorite treat. emoticon

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4/23/11 9:16 P

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Awesome responses! I had to look up shiritaki noodles, as I've never heard of them. Sounds interesting! I have also heard brussel sprouts take on a whole new 'friendliness' when roasted, I have GOT to try that! And I have been curious about fennel for a long while! You have just encouraged me to try it! (adds to grocery list)

I am a big fan of Fiber One bars also. The oats and chocolate one is SOOO good, it is hard for me to eat just one (but I do) Great for that 3:00 pick-me-up at work. I hear they have 90 cal. bars now, but I haven't tried them yet.

Cantaloupe has (once again) become my FAVORITE fruit! So good for you and So yummy! It is really good mixed with halved seedless grapes for a simple fruit salad too :)

Things NOT to try: The 1st thing to mention is what I tried this past week. Non-fat Feta cheese. Just tastes like salt. No depth or flavor at all. Don't bother with it. LOL! A few calories for some flavor is totally worth it for me. :)

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4/23/11 7:00 P

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For me it is fennel. It is wonderful in soups and braises, roasted wedges with red onion wedges are a wonderful side dish and my favourite is raw. Crispy and refreshing. A very versatile tasty veggie.

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4/23/11 6:31 P

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I used to HATE brussel sprouts until I learned to halve them then roast them. Now, I really like them! So try different prep methods if you think you don't like a certain food...(although no one has convinced me yet that grapefruit is tasty...)

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4/23/11 4:38 P

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I love the thins! Great way to eat bread without eating too much of it. Greek yogurt is another favorite along with Almond milk, laughing cow cheese wedges, chia seeds (for use in smoothies, lemonade, oatmeal), oat bran (cooks like oatmeal but smoother). All of these I started eating in the last year of so. Once in a while I'll get shiritaki noodles...they're a little pricey but when I need a noodle fix they are great!

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I love those too. ANd they are great to make mini pizzas on. sauce cheese and lots of veggies......yummy! emoticon

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Thanks for the tip. Can't wait to try them. Arnold's regular bread is already a fave!

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Wish I could add an (ish) food...but thanks for the heads up on Arnolds 9 grain thins ! I can't wait to find it. YUM

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There are SOOOO many new, healthy/diet-friendly foods out there, and I know I haven't discovered them all. I'm curious as to what you found! My current fave is the Arnold 9 Grain Sandwich Thins. 100 calories of bread for a whole sandwich and REALLY tasty! I normally only eat 1 half with my lunch salad and it works just great! What have YOU found that really works for you?

(sorry if similar post is somewhere else... I just got here.. lol!)

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