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5/15/12 11:34 P

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Carol, I think your hyperlinks should be helpful. Thank you for sending them. Getting around this site can get complicated for a newby. We all need help from time to time.
Welcome newby. Try the sites Carol laid out, and just click on the bars above for more suggestions. You'll be surprised what you can find just looking around.
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5/15/12 12:03 P

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CAROLFAITHWALKR... You sound a bit agitated that she asked her question...?

I think she was just feeling a bit overwhelmed, and was looking for some helpful suggestions or referrals, and maybe some comforting / calming words... I know how she feels... Especially when a person is new to Spark People... you can feel a bit overwhelmed with all the links and information available... Maybe she just needs a bit of guidance / help to sort out the info...

HUGS to both you and the person who posted the question...

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5/15/12 9:21 A

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I think this team's posts are full of fast, healthy, and inexpensive dinners???? Have you looked at this team's posts???? Only you know your family's likes and dislikes.

Here's an idea: pick one recipe from each of the threads. Example:

Pick one meal from the chicken & poultry thread:
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Pick one meal from the bean thread:
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Pick one meal from the soup, stew, chili & curry thread:
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Pick one meal from the beef thread:
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Pick one meal from the fish & seafood thread:
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Pick one meal from the pork & ham thread:
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That gives 6 days of the week that the meal planning is done.

Stephanie O'Dea's recipes are all tried and true. Here's an alphabetical index listing of her crockpot recipes, plus other links. Scroll down to the bottom to see the master list of links in the original posting in alpha order. Stephanie's is called A Year of Slow Cooking, also look at $5 Dinners:
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Also look at Who's Using the Crockpot Today thread, lots of good ideas there:
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5/15/12 8:45 A

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Here is a pork stew that I make. Stew freezes well, and is easy to reheat...

Linda's Pork Stew:

Ingredients:
2 pounds Pork steak, cubed.
3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in 8 peices each.
about 7-8 mini carots, cut in half.
1 stalk celery, diced.
1 large tomatoe diced.
1 medium onion, chopped.
3 cloves garlic, chopped.
1 teaspoon soy sauce.
Salt to taste.
Black pepper to taste.
2 teaspoons paprika.
1 cup beef stock.
About 1+1/2 cup water.
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1 Tablespoon butter.
1 Tablespoon flour.
Water.

Fry the pork in a hot pan until it starts to get a nice brown colour. Place into the slow cooker.
Fry the onions and celery to soften. Place into the slow cooker.
Place all the remaining ingredients that are in the top list, together into the slow cooker. Cook on high for about 4 hours.

Melt the butter, and mix in the flour. Slowly add water until you obtain a thin paste. Carefully whisk this into the stew, stiring the stew as you pour. Cover, and continue to cook for another hour. Adjust seasoning as you desire.

Serve with baking powder biscuits.

Enjoy! :)

Here is the recipe for biscuits as well...

This is just a simple, basic, baking powder buscuit recipe, that I made to go with any stew I might be making for supper.

Baking Powder Buscuits:

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour.
3 teaspoons baking powder.
1/2 teaspoon salt.
1/2 cup lard.
3/4 cup milk.
*plus a bit of flour for rolling out.

Directions:
Place all the dry ingredients into a large bowl, and fluff them with a fork to mix well.
Using a pastry blender, cut in the lard, until it looks crumbly, and is in about pea sized chunks.
With a fork, mix in the milk, and stir until it leaves the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface, and kneed 6 or 7 times, just till it loses some of its stickiness.
Pat or roll the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, until it is about 1 inch thick, and cut into squares, or your desired shape.
Place on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake in a preheated 425'F oven for about 15 minutes, or until they are done. (keep a close eye on them)
Cool on a wire cooling rack, and serve.


Linda aka TestycatladyP

If we are walking in the light
As He is in the light
We have fellowship
With one another

If we are willing to confess
Our own unrighteousness
He will wash away
All our transgressions


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5/15/12 1:22 A

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This is my third week at a new job and I need help figuring out that age old question--What's for dinner. I am walking through the door to my husband and two growing boy with not a hug from the bunch but instead the question--What's for dinner?--We are hungry!

Do any of you have healthy, fast and easy dinner ideas that can be pre-made? My husband does not cook but he doesn't mind pulling something out of the freezer and putting it into the oven. I would prefer to make meals where I can make extra and then freeze it so that I get two meals my cooking just once.

The Crock Pot that I own is extra large and can accommodate making enough food for several meals. But, I need some tried and true recipes that are healthy, fast and easy.

Also, I am looking for inexpensive options as my three guys have big appetites.

Please share with me some simple recipes as I am not the greatest cook but I want to learn how to make some meals that will keep my family asking for them again and again. Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas and recipes.


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