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11/25/13 5:03 P

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My big word of the day: oligosaccharides!
Beans contain long chain sugars that the human gut doesn't have enzymes for, so while much of the sugar you eat is broken down in saliva and absorbed from your stomach, the oligosaccharides make it further through your digestive tract and are consumed by bacteria that produce the gas. Like all sugar, though, oligosaccharides dissolve in water, so when you soak beans, the first soak water leaches out a lot of them, so if you dump that water you dump a lot of the flatulence. Lose some water soluble vitamins, too, I suppose, but I like being able to eat beans in large quantities without any of the stereotypical consequences.

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11/23/13 7:11 P

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I did not know that rinsing after soaking reduces the sugars that cause flatulance. I am trying to reduce the amount of sugar in my diet.

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9/18/13 7:40 P

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my biggest use of my crock pot is to cook dried beans up. Cheaper than canned, and I can rinse them after soaking to reduce the sugars that cause flatulence.


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9/16/13 3:31 P

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I'm no crockpot pro, but I have a couple go-to recipes (if they're complicated enough to call them recipes) that I use. Last week I made some shredded chicken verde tacos, with a few frozen chicken breasts and a jar of Trader Joe's Salsa Verde. I left that on for 8 hours on low, and then removed some of the liquid and shredded the chicken to use in whole wheat tortillas with a little cheese and sour cream. The chicken is also amazing without removing any liquid, and putting over brown rice. Versatile and tasty.

I've been doing a lot of shredded proteins in the slow cooker lately, so in an effort to not be a one-trick pony, I'm really looking forward to seeing if we can revive this thread a little!

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2/9/13 9:14 A

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Thanks for the link GREBJACK. I enjoy using the crockpot at least once a week.

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1/24/13 9:33 P

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The electric pressure cooker stands alone and is not used on the stove top. To use it, you set the time at high or low pressure, lock the lid, and you don't have to fool around with it anymore. It does not get to 15PSI (which is high for most stove top pressure cookers) but I use the standard times for recipes and have never had a problem. I think mine runs on high at 11 or 12 PSI. I like it because I don't have to hang around waiting for it to come to pressure to turn it down, and I never forget to set the timer. Mine also has a keep warm setting, a saute setting, a browning setting and a simmer setting.
In the morning, I put in my steel cut oats and the water, I usually hang around for it to come to pressure (that's a couple of minutes) just in case I didn't lock the lid or something, and when I see that it came to pressure I get in the shower. I let the pressure reduce naturally (probably about 10 or 15 minutes) -- time spent doing something else -- and I have oats for 5 days. I love mine.

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1/24/13 6:30 P

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What is an electric pressure cooker? Is it basically my stovetop pressure cooker with one of the stove's burners permanently wired into the bottom of it?

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1/23/13 9:35 P

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I use an electric pressure cooker. Once I started using the electric pressure cooker, I never used my crock pot again and I donated it. I do beans (from dry), brown rice and steel cut oats for the week. I do almost anything, but those items is where it saves me the most time.

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1/20/13 2:08 A

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thanks for the crockpot 365. Looks great! emoticon

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1/18/13 8:30 P

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I am a fan of a blogger who decided to cook something in the slow cooker every day for a year. Generally unprocessed ingredients, and her (?) combinations have been delicious.

crockpot365.blogspot.com/



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1/2/13 9:39 P

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I love the crock pot! I usually just buy whatever veggies are in season and whatever kind of meat I'm eating, and just throw them all in there. I don't need creamy soups and butter and all that crap. Just a little bit of fresh seasoning, delicious and real ingredients... and it's a lovely, healthy meal! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/30/12 11:39 P

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I tend to use my pressure cooker the way people would use a slow cooker. I should probably get out the slow cooker and use it, too.

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I'm making potato ham chowder in my crock pot right now (has to cook on low for 7 hours!). I had a funny happen; the other night I wanted to open a can of peas with a new cordless hand-held can opener a friend gave me for Christmas and did but it turned out it was a can of mushrooms! I put them in a baggie and back in the fridge and they got added to the chowder this morning. Could be interesting, it will go okay I think; the chowder is usually only potatoes, chicken broth, ham, cheese, onions, celery and black pepper (and later, half and half with some flour to thicken it).

I like finding recipes for the crock pot and changing them slightly to be more "real" and healthy.


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12/5/12 7:14 A

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Thank you, everyone, for your super helpful suggestions. I use my slow cooker a lot, and was looking for a way to jumpstart some new ideas. Thanks, especially, for sending me in the direction of the Paleo resources.

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12/5/12 2:23 A

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Hi MONADM1 and thank you for posting this. We have similar plans in the UK. That must be a really convenient way of keeping track of how much you're eating.

Hope you're having a great day!
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12/4/12 6:15 P

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The Ideal Protein diet is a commercially available line of protein products that are mainly sold through health-care professionals.

The products come in powder form and turn into soups, omelets, drinks, or puddings when you add water, and there are also a few premixed puddings and drinks, protein bars, and snacks that are similar to chips.

The plan is very simple:
For breakfast, you eat one of those IP foods.
For lunch, you have another one, plus 2 cups of non-starchy vegetables, plus as much lettuce as you like.
For dinner, you have 5-8 ounces of meat, poultry, fish, eggs, or tofu, plus 2 cups of non-starchy vegetables, plus as much lettuce as you like.
You also have 1 snack per day, consisting of an additional IP product (i.e. a bar, chips, soy puffs)

The diet worked wonders for me, but if more than one person in a household eats that way, it can become fairly expensive. At 3 IP products per day per person, you need to spend about $400 (Canadian) per month per person, plus the cost of the fresh vegetables and the dinner protein.

My husband and I started on the IP protocol but discovered that we can achieve very similar results with non-IP products. We still use some of the IP products for convenience, but we have found many "real food" alternatives, and are still losing weight.

If you are interested in this diet, there is an SP team out here called the Ideal Protein Diet Sparkers. You may want to take a look at the discussions we are having, and you can ask more specific questions there, as well. The team members are very knowledgeable and helpful !



Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Have been able to maintain a lot of my weight loss, but regained about 20 pounds over 2 years

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12/4/12 2:01 A

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MONADM1 I'm intrigued to know what the IP diet is, you mention it in your signature. I haven't come across that before.
Thank you!
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12/3/12 10:53 P

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We buy rotisserie chicken rather often, for the sheer convenience. I freeze the carcasses and make chicken stock from them when a few have accumulated in my freezer. That way, I can control the sodium and the carbs in the broth, and add the herbs I like.

Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Have been able to maintain a lot of my weight loss, but regained about 20 pounds over 2 years

Time to take another run at "reducing"


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12/3/12 10:26 P

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I have no problem finding real food to cook in my slow cooker. I just adapt the recipes for the slow cooker or adapt the recipe to use my ingredients rather than processed and canned foods. I use a lot of low sodium beef and chicken broth.,,,,fresh veggies at the farmer's market etc. I made soups and stews using the seasonal veggies and they are always a hit.

Keep on track


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12/2/12 2:16 P

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MONADM1 I agree with your concern about SP's focus on low-fat. I tend to stay at the high end (or above) of my SP fat goal and at the low end (or even below) my carb goal. I try not to worry about that but keep getting SP advice and messages to change my ("bad") habits!

Also I find I often have to "makeover" any SP recipes because so many of them use processed ingredients, eg soup mix, sauce mix, cool whip (I'm not even sure what that last one is!). I do find them useful as inspiration about new food combinations or flavours and then I rewrite them.

CSAGIRL I use my slow cooker quite a bit but I don't really have special recipes for it. I do a lot of stews and casseroles. Essentially I chop veggies roughly, sit the meat on top, then add stock or beer (I'm a real beginner at the Paleo diet and I'm not sure that either of those liquids are suitable, but you could just use water, and add herbs for flavour). That's what I love about stews, especially cooked in a slow cooker - you can't really go wrong!

A couple of good general websites (I mean not specifically Paleo) are
www.bbcgoodfood.com/content/recipes/
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vourites/slow-cooker/

and
www.slowcookerrecipes.org.uk/
so they may have some suitable recipes or, at least, some that you can adapt a little to make them suitable.

Hope this helps!
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12/2/12 1:35 P

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CSAGIRL,

yesterday, I saw an interesting cookbook in my bookstore, called "Paleo slow-cooking". Here is a link:
www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Paleo-S
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w-Cooking-Gluten-free-Chrissy-Gower-R>Robb-Wolf/9781936608690-item.html?ik
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d=paleo&ikwsec=Books


Maybe you can put that on your Xmas wishlist. What I like about other Paleo cookbooks I own is that the ingredients are usually very "clean".

My main issue with the SP recipes is that "low-fat" is being touted as the gospel, while whole grains are promoted. This just does not work for my body. I tried following low-fat whole grain diets for years, with no success. The moment I cut out all starches and sugars and added more fat, I lost 51 pounds in 6 months.... Go figure !

Highest weight ever: 220 pounds. Followed the IP protocol from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.

In Maintenance mode since January 2013. Have been able to maintain a lot of my weight loss, but regained about 20 pounds over 2 years

Time to take another run at "reducing"


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I agree with you that the number of artificial ingredients in recipes for slow cookers is quite disturbing. I am interested in seeing where this topic goes as I NEVER use my slow cooker, and that's a pity. I do use my pressure cooker quite a bit, but not the slow cooker. I need to change that.

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Calling all real foodies,

I love my crockpot, and use it frequently, but too many of the SP recipes call for gross ingredients like Fat-Free Cream of X soup, and such. I'm having a hard time finding real foods you can make in a slow cooker.

So, what do you for easy meals with real foods in your slow cooker?

Right now, my stand-by is beans. I soak them overnight, then drain and rinse the next morning, then cook on high for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Half get frozen in their liquid for later, and the other half go on salads and in other dishes all week.

What are your favorites?


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