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WENPLUSKEN Posts: 560
6/22/17 3:41 A

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I just made my menu for a week and later today will organize my kitchen. We are not eating out this week so this will help our pocket book plus keep our family eating healthy foods. I plan on trying new recipes for two of the dinners on my menu.

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6/15/17 6:17 P

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Okay, cleaning out my kitchen will be worked on this week. I managed to create a healthy menu and am sticking to it. I plan on eating all my meals at home. So week 1 Is under full swing. Good luck to all will check in later to see how the rest are doing. Thanks for the support.

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6/14/17 4:48 P

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My goal is to plan the weeks menu and actually stick to it.

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5/28/17 1:31 P

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My goal is to cook all 7 days. I cook most nights, but life gets hectic with 4 kids in different activities and sometimes I slip and choose easier ways like pizza or fast food which does none of us any good. I need to plan my busy nights accordingly and either start dinner earlier or enlist one of the teens or my husband to chip in.

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5/28/17 9:53 A

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O wow. I wish I had that kind of dedication!
Starting a challenge now to see if I can make it happen.

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5/22/17 1:17 P

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Hi, Everyone! My goal is to learn to create healthier meals and snacks that my family will also enjoy. I would also like to learn to organize my time in preparing food.

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HARRIETT14 Posts: 4,959
5/19/17 7:25 P

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Today I tracked #706 days.

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WENPLUSKEN Posts: 560
5/18/17 10:08 P

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I just joined this challenge. My goals are to start creating menus each week and trying to find healthy recipes to use for these. I would also like to cook more meals a week and eat at home more often.

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5/1/17 9:33 A

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Welcome. As I wrote below your entry I have made some very good recipes from Sparks. I tried the roasted onions to find that when I shop again I will buy more onions so that I can make them again. I hope your successful with this challenge.

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4/30/17 9:06 P

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I joined this team yesterday with the goal of not only planning my weekly menus but following the plan. I have a well stocked freezer with meat and vegetables and I plan to make my menus appropriately. I plan to use at least one new recipe each week and try to make over my favorite recipes.

One problem already is that I don't quite understand how this challenge works. I do like the challenge format with the calendar and daily tasks which this challenge is not. I tried another challenge like this one but was unable to figure it out so I didn't get to complete any of it. I hope this one goes better.

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4/20/17 10:58 A

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Hi Everyone, I can tell you which recipes that I made and enjoy. Hoping that you will find them just as good. Salsa Turkey Burgers, juicy and surprisingly delicious. Spinach Stuffed Salmon. I didn't stuff the salmon because I had frozen pieces of 4 oz. I put the spinach mixture on top of each one. That was very good too. The Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken was good too. I hope that you all will try these recipes and let me know it you too enjoyed them.

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4/20/17 10:03 A

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My second day, still really not sure what to do. But still here, I seem to make the same meals over and over so need some new inspiration. emoticon

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4/19/17 10:49 P

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I'm looking forward to trying out some new recipes, and learning how to make the prep work go faster and last longer ...

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Hi I'm Judy! I just joined today looking forward to getting to know some new people, and learning some new recipes. emoticon

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4/19/17 9:15 A

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Welcome. That's a great idea, Jane and I'm going to join you on that note. I wish to use up what I have in the freezer however, I keep forgetting to take the food out so I make something different. Sometimes I just don't know where my head is.


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4/18/17 7:55 P

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Hi, I'm Jane and I just joined this team today. My goal is to do a better job planning ahead for meals, using up what I already have and only buying what I really need. emoticon

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4/10/17 6:02 P

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I doubled making the Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal having 4 breakfasts. I also made Asian Broccoli slaw which will also last me for a while.

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4/10/17 2:43 P

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Just started this challenge to help me plan my healthy meals and snacks for at least five days a week. What is the secret to doing this? I have dinner out or at boyfriend's 2x a week at least. have two dinners with my elderly parents and don't know what they have to cook until I get there. But I can have oatmeal with nuts and fruit for the two breakfasts and plan and take food for the first dinner and my lunch and snacks.

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4/10/17 9:42 A

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My goal is to read all about maintense which I'm afraid to go on. I don't know what's ahead of me when I do try it out.

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4/8/17 8:10 P

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My goal this week is to plan meals around food that is already in freezer. O have a chest type model and I have to rotate what in it so it doesn't spoil. Veggie packs slip to the bottom and the frequently used items are on top .

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3/29/17 9:08 A

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I think its great to be able to wake up in the morning and know exactly what your going to eat. Same for the rest of the meals. There is only two of us. Most of the time my husband does eat the food that I do so I have many meals ready on hand. Makes it easier for me. I take care of my husband who is suffering from early dementia and eats very little.

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3/28/17 2:21 P

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I have kept my fridge cleaned out. No unhealthy stuff in there. I have plenty of room for the healthy fruits and vegetables along with fish and chicken. We are enjoying our good eating plan. The crock pot has been a nice addition to some of the meals I prepare, as you indicated - no thinking what to eat at the last minute. Thinking ahead is the smart thing to do.

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3/20/17 11:50 A

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I used my crock pot to make oatmeal cereal for three mornings. Now I don't have to think about what I will have cause its already made. Same with making three peanut butter banana wraps.

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3/18/17 10:00 P

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Made my goal for the week by having 5 dinners at home. Now off to week 2.

2017 MY YEAR OF NO MORE EXCUSES.
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i haven't used my crock pot in a while but I think I will this week just for a change. There are so many great recipes that it's hard for me to choose which one I want to make.

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God main course for dinner in Crock pot all I have to do is add veggies.

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3/11/17 3:45 P

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I have learned that i must take care of myself before I can take care of anyone else. I find it very hard to put myself first.

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To plan and cook dinner at least 5 times this week. We eat at church 1 night a week and depending on how week goes sometimes will eat out friday or saturday evening.

2017 MY YEAR OF NO MORE EXCUSES.
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2/23/17 11:11 A

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My goal for this challenge is to have a healthy dinner planned for every night, with a couple of quick meals ready for days when my schedule unexpectedly changes.

I seem to lose energy and motivation in the late afternoon so if I haven't planned ahead or if something unexpected comes up I am very tempted to resort to takeout.

I need to use more of my resources - crockpot, prepping ahead, well stocked pantry - and keep them organized.

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2/20/17 10:01 A

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My challenge for the rest of my life is to take care of my husband who is unable to do so.

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My goal is to learn how to cook healthy meals including sides and also plan them out for me and my family especially my 10 year old son that is suffering from fatty liver. Does anyone know of a group on here that can teach me about planning a healthy plate

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2/18/17 6:56 P

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I started to clean my closets one at a time until I rearranged stuff. It was a job and a half and took the week to do it. I took everything out of my freezer one shelf at a time and made a list which I posted on the door. Didn't realize that I had so much.

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2/18/17 2:31 P

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Working on my meal plans. Got to clean out my fridge and organize my cabinets so I can find stuff better.

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You can do it. You have the most helpful urge to so go for it.

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2/16/17 6:57 A

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My goal is to clean put my kitchen and get the healthy ingredients towards the front. I'm usually good at cooking at home, but have been slacking for the last few weeks. I need to plan ahead and make more time to cook.

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2/13/17 9:56 A

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Today I would like to cook up some chicken and two side dishes that will last me several days.

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2/12/17 8:43 P

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I want to get back to healthy cooking using real ingredients. I plan to cook at home five times each week. I will take leftovers from home for my lunch at the office.
I want to lose 3 pounds in February. (I have already lost 1.8 this month).

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2/11/17 9:57 A

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Joined the Healthy Cooking Challenge. I make healthy choices on the fly but it's easier to order out when I don't plan. It's a vicious cycle and the scale isn't moving. Week 1 meal prep. Printed the Weekly Grocery Shopping List found recipes using Spark & Pinterest and I am ready for the week; breakfast; lunch and Dinner! This week's goal is to stick to the plan & make my husband stick to it too.

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Joined my team to lose one pound in February.

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2/5/17 2:30 P

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My main goal is to lower cholesterol.

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1/25/17 6:51 P

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My main challenge is to keep my sodium below 2500 since I have high blood pressure. So far so good.

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1/25/17 1:27 P

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I'd like to use a wider variety of fruits and vegetables in my meals.

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1/23/17 10:27 A

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I tried the same thing, cooking a new meal each week. To my delightful surprise the salsa turkey burger was delicious.

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1/23/17 8:26 A

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I want to maintain my interest in healthy new recipes, have a challenge to myself for at least one new recipe a week.

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1/19/17 6:41 P

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I don't think about the why's or what for's I just do it. In this way I can follow my recipes that I have chosen and am very happy and satisfied.

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I do a lot of the week one items, my problem is the energy to actually do the cooking when the time comes. I need to strengthen the good habits I already have and figure out how to bust the cooking inertia.

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1/17/17 7:27 P

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I wish mine was like that. Never thought about it when I bought it.

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1/17/17 12:24 P

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I had a friend tell me that she sets up the cooker the night before, hers has the removable crock, and puts the crock in the fridge, then the next day she just puts it in the cooker. Definitely going to try that!

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1/16/17 8:01 P

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That's a good idea. Some people set the cooker before they go to bed. I for one do not like that idea. Setting it up between breakfast and lunch is better for me. I'm retired.

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1/15/17 8:32 P

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Thanks Harriett14, I do cook extra and use the leftovers for lunches. I've just started trying to use a slow cooker but I find that I often forget to set it up and then "poof" it's dinner time. I'm going to try setting reminders on my calendar.

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1/15/17 8:10 P

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When I cook I cook recipes for four or six people this way I don't have to cook everyday. Using a crock pot makes meals easier. Perhaps you would like to try that method.

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I've gotten better at meal planning but struggling with actually cooking it. I've tried to pick simple/easy meals and leaving a night or two empty for wiggle room but I lack the motivation to actually do it.

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My husband has some things wrong with him and one of them is lack of appetite. That has not stopped me from food shopping. My freezer was a mess and I didn't know exactly what was in it. I bought some open trays, took everything out shelf by shelf and entered them on Excel, printed out the sheet and put it on the door of the freezer. Now on to the freezer in the refrigerator. Its so much easier to prepare when you know what you have.

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Planning meals is not a strong suit for me so will start incorporating it so I can get healthy.

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Taking inventory of what is in freezer and fridge, than planning meals for next week.

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10/6/16 8:28 A

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I started to clean out the closets too. I have a few more to go. I'm finding it difficult to get rid of some things more than others.

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Cleaning out pantry and going through all the cabinets.

Take a deep breath and Smile.


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10/5/16 9:40 A

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I am going to cook up some different types of dinners this week such as apple stuffed acorn squash and layered Mexican dip. I know that it's a dip but I'm going to eat it as a salad leaving out the tortilla chips.

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