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Casseroles are wonderful in the Winter. Great for putting all the vegetables you have hanging around. One pot meals are great for the cook as well as the family.

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12/22/11 8:03 A

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As it has been said "variety is the spice of life.". On a personal note, I have been trying things which I can use to make a meal. The casseroles may be an easy way for some to get a healthy meal all at the same time. Interesting observation.
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It's funny to see most people here on Sparks cooking casseroles and the like when over here it would be the last thing on the menu.

I often take a bit here and a bit there and see if they fit, I think that makes for interesting cookery.

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Thanks for giving me a smile....It's winter in my world and being reminded that you are having to look for recipes that don't heat up the kitchen reminds me to enjoy the time when cooking is great for warming my house!!

I am at the stage with the book that I am not doing specific recipes so much anymore but being inspired by some to create similar things...part of the fun of a cookbook to take from this one and that one to make something totally new.

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12/20/11 10:03 P

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I love the recipes in the cookbook. The problem was that almost the same time I got the book I fell ill and it's taken me almost a month to get back on my feet. The thought of cooking just made me want to oof my cookies.

We have just started Summer over here in Australia, so I'll be looking at the recipes like salads or the ones I can do on the BBQ, way too hot inside to have the oven on.

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Thanks, you guys! Glad you like the cookbook. SO now one question remains: Which recipes are you making for your celebrations this month?

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12/20/11 12:25 P

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Thank you so much for looking into this. I realize it isn't an exact science. I, too, am really enjoying the cookbook. emoticon
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Thank you Stephanie, I appreciate your response. And I do LOVE the cookbook!

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Stepfanie----thank you so much for your quick response!!!

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12/20/11 9:20 A

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Hi, everyone. GREAT discussion here.
You're right--it can be difficult to get an exact calculation of ingredients, and some thing in the nutrition tracker vary (we don't get those numbers on our own. They come from a standard database.)
That said, I looked at the quesadilla recipe and analyzed EVERY ingredient! The problem: We were calculating too much chicken per quesadilla! The stats as shown in the cookbook are correct, and the nutrition tracker/recipe has been updated.
If you find any other discrepancies, please let me know. Send me a SparkMail.
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12/20/11 6:21 A

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That's where I've found the most discrepancies.

If you look at lamb loin for instance you'll find at least 5 different versions of it. From Australian loin, domestic loin and all sorts in between. It can be very confusing, even more so when you post recipes from another country as we are not all able to find the same ingredients.

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That is a good idea. I haven't thought of doing it that way. Personally, I haven't actually paid that close of attention because the portions are near enough to what I need, and I haven't really dug down and made that many yet. However, it is nice to know if you are in the ball park of what you need. emoticon

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If you are not sure what the recipe's caloric make up is just click onto the link near the nutritional info (View full nutritional breakdown of "whatever the recipe is" calories by ingredient)

You can get a run down of the entire ingredient breakdown per serving. It'll also give you an idea of what ingredients were used, as opposed to what you think was used.


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12/19/11 11:33 P

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I am glad. Looking forward to learning what they say. emoticon

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I sent an email to one of the SP Coaches...it is being looked into...

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This is rather odd. I know that some of the recipes come with rice and then there is a section lower that adds additional foods and the extra calories. For example, the Slow cooker Salsa chicken-does the rice factor in? I think this is an important issue, and perhaps the leaders should be contacted for more exact information. I know they are working on updates. I am glad you are on the ball. This is a great help to us all. I, am quite interested in what is learned. emoticon

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I noticed the same thing with another recipe, although I can't remember which one. The calorie count in the book seemed really low. I added the ingredients in the Recipe Calculator and discovered it was nearly double!

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12/15/11 10:48 A

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I agree. However I realize especially in the beginning it is almost an obessesssion until you are comfortable with what you are doing. Some of us (including myself have the tendency towards perfectionism which borders on compulsion. It is a mindset. You are correct and relaxing with it and accepting a few more calories will relieve stress. It really doesn't matter. emoticon Your comments will help ease many minds. emoticon

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You could, as Hungrywoman suggests and calculate the recipe manually, but what a pain!!

I have always taken the kilojoule/calorie count on Sparks with a grain of salt as many things can make a difference. I figure as long as I'm tracking what I eat and am staying withing certain boundaries, what does it matter if you are over or under 100 calories or so?

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It is extremely frustrating. This is not an exact science by any means. If you want to know exactly what the nutrients are you can always calculate as you go, and compare. You can then put your values in the tracker under foods not listed. Tedious, but possible. Sorry you are having so much difficulty.

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But that's just it, I didn't add the ingredients manually. I selected the recipe from sparkpeople, it is exactly the same recipe as written in the book but they are different nutrition results. I am guessing I should trust the online totals but its frustrating to not be able to use the cookbook to meal plan because some of the nutrition numbers aren't right.

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I am not certain why this happened to you. However, I remember that when I began watching nutrients I would note differences. Not all items were the same. Sometimes different brands add or alter the number of something. I hope you find the answers you are seeking. I know it is frustrating to think you are doing everything just right and something is off.
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Has anyone else noticed nutrition differences from the book and when you track it on Spark People?? Most recent example, I made the Chicken Vegetable Quesadillas with Ranch Yogurt Sauce and the book says it is 235.2 calories and 6.5 grams fat but on the nutrition tracker it came up as 369 calories and 11grams of fat?!?!?! I'm not sure which nutrition facts to follow and concerned that I have to enter everything in SP while I am menu planning so I can make sure my numbers are what I think they are.

Anybody know the reasoning behind any of this or noticed this with other recipes?

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