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I don't have the book, but I do enjoy the Spark recipes in the program.

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emoticon I hope you enjoy the recipes in the SparkPeople Cookbook.

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My name is Rae and I live in S Florida. I have been a member with SparkPeople since 2008. I am a Breast Cancer Survivor. I have been cancer free since December 2012.




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Hi everyone, I made my grocery list for this week. Went to the store yesterday shopping and I will never go on a Sunday again...... it was so crowded. emoticon

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Enjoy your book and you enjoy the recipes,

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Congrats for your new book. Enjoy it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I just bought the SparkPeople Cook Book. So many recipes. They all look so good. I can't wait to make my list for this coming week.

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Keep up the good work!

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SOMARI I'm just trying to get healthy. It is working I lost 21 pounds now and keep pushing to lose more. I learned that eating healthy don't have to be expensive. Thanks SP emoticon

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Those are great ingredient to keep in the pantry. You are always ready for your meals.

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I started cooking for several weeks my breakfast , including vegetables and egg beaters original. This way just add my coffee, toast, butter or any thing I need to complete my meal. I live with my son and I cook my own food, but sometimes I can eat the same food that my in-law cooks, Because they start tracking their food and eating more healthy now. I worked in restaurants years ago, and I can see what is in the pantry and easily I can fix a good meal. Always I have frozen veggies and fruit ,whole wheat pasta, tuna in water, turkey and fresh lettuce and tomato , wheat bread and tortillas, this way my meals can be salads, burritos or even diet turkey pozole. Sure chilly to spice a little.


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I have a master shopping list and get mostly the same basic things in every week so I always have the right stuff to make my meals without using a menu if I don't have time.

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Great idea. Keep up the good work.

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I've made a printable weekly calendar.
At the start of each week I fill in our meal plan for the next 7 days, then I find the corresponding recipes and print those out too ... and finally, I put it all into a plastic pocket and hang it on the fridge ... No Excuses!

it doesn't matter how many times you get knocked down, as long as you always remember to get back up!


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8/25/14 7:45 A

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THAT IS A SMART IDEA.. WHEN YOU WORK TOGETHER, YOU BOTH HAVE INPUT AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER? BEST WISHES.

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I have decided to sit down each Sunday with my other half and plan meals for the week. He can't cook beyond the very very basic so we are going to plan meals together so if I get caught up at work he can make a start even if it is only prepping veg etc. That way we won't reach for the takeaway menus!

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emoticon Good Morning

Sounds like a good idea.
You should first take an inventory of what you have available.
Get rid of anything old and get your pantry ready.
Look for recipes.
Look for things you have available.
Make a menu.
Make a list of items you need
Start cooking.

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My hubby does the shopping. I need to plan and make up lists for him to shop with. going to really make an effort to have the ingredients in the house so I don't have to make a last minute dash a couple of times a week.



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Is there coffee?
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I may not do this right ...but
I have juice for breakfast and lunch
So have to work out evening meals and snacks

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8/8/14 5:07 A

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That is a great idea. I've been having difficulty with meal preparation. I think that your idea may work for me; Thank you.

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I try to do a Sunday prep of veggies and fruit and make one soup or meal for the first part of the work week ... This seems to help me keep on track at the beginning of the week. Must need to come up with some more healthy options.

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I hope it works for you,

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I like your plan. Simple works better for me. I like to create favorite groupings in the tracker for things I commonly eat. I am having some frustration with the tracker because I didn't know how to delete items in the meal plans. The end result was I decided to turn off the automated meal planner and make my own plan.

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I start with what I have available and then make a list of what I need.
For breakfast I have either cold or hot cereal and coffee.
For lunch I have protein, veggies and a fruit and sometimes I have a sandwich with salad.
Dinner is usually a starch, protein and vegetables.
For snacks I have cold cereal, pudding, cheese, an egg or nuts. It varies depending on what I feel like having and what's available.
I have difficulty planning what to eat because I try to match my foods with nutrients and sometimes I don't get all the nutrients I need. emoticon

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5/7/14 12:52 P

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cheap and easy
I only eat three breakfasts
oatmeal with dried fruit in it
non fat yogurt with Grapenuts in it
soft boiled eggs with fruit on the side

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Lunch is usually a can of soup or a can of beans, sometimes a lean cuisine

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dinner is usually 2 vegetables, one starch, a protein and fruit for dessert

goal is to be able to walk again
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4/6/14 5:19 P

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I live by myself and it is kind of hard for me with meal planning with breakfast, lunch, and snack ideas I would like some suggestions from others on what to eat on a cheap budget thnaks

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4/5/14 1:59 A

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my dh and dont have kids so when we cook, we have to be aware of portion sizes to prevent food waste and to not get tempted with overeating. I also like to find items thatmake easy leftovers for healthy lunches.

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You have great blogs CRAFTSFAN1. You are absolutely right. There are a LOT of documents for recipe planning out there;-) So much great information! WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!

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Sorry about last post! It is one about a binder organization system. It is super organized. (I love organizing!!!) and it is about recipes and customizing a binder for collecting recipes;-) organizationalbliss.blogspot.com/201
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Here's one that is way organized. Even has a video emoticon
organizationalbliss.blogspot.com/201
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I liked this article about organizing recipes too.......
www.simplify101.com/organizing-your-
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SHEILAFORDAN, I thought the same thing;-) Life was so different when we got married. SIGH:)

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I make my weekly planning as easy as possible.

I have 3 blogs about it.

How to plan the menu - How to track in advance - How to gather the recipes - How to make the shopping list

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That is a good idea shelter_pets I am going to try that and see if it works. I don't know why I didn't think of the binder and going to the library I used to do that when we were newly married.

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We are using weight watcher recipes. My husband likes them and they are pretty easy to find and follow.

Here's my plan:

I get the ww cookbooks from library. My husband tags the ones he'll try and then I copy them or I search them on the internet.

I bought a 3 inch binder from amazon and I put the recipes in sheet protectors so the pages don't get ruined when I am cooking.

I love the 3 inch binder. It is huge and has pockets in the front so I stick our receipts so we can see how much $$$ we are spending.

I like the binder because I don't just stick in a drawer or a cupboard, I keep it out on the counter. NO excuses.

I put the weight watchers standard grocery list in a sheet protector in the front of the binder. When I go to the grocery store I use a dry erase marker to cross off the items.

WW grocery list: www.weightwatchers.com/images
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With the sheet protectors, I can write in a dry erase marker the day that I will fix that meal. I put it in the binder for the order of the week. I look at it the night before after walking on treadmill and lay out my ingredients for the next day.

I LOVE dry erase and sheet protectors.

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I am terrible with meal planning whenever I try to plan a meal in advance it usually doesn't get eaten for a couple of days. We always end up wanting something different. My husband and I are the meat eaters my son is vegetarian and my baby is quite picky. Mealtime are really challenging for me from day to day.

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I use emeals. It'd the best. No hassle.

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Still keeping target goals in sight. The train is not going off the track yet. Only losing 1 lb a week. And that is frustrating.

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Sounds like a great plan Bubbac2u2



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I like this. I also do the bulk of my shopping once a month. Seems I still go to market once a week for milk and veggies. I like the idea of having all meals for the month planned. I also use the mix and match approach to daily meals. This uses all in the pantry and freezer each month

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I do 95% of my grocery shopping once a month. I keep a running list of things during the month for my list. I do a month of menus and then do mix and match just so we use all of them. Each month I can ad more if I find a recipe I want to try or delete something that I find we do not like. Wenever eat out and do not use a lot of convenience foods. It takes a little more effort but I feel that is beneficial especially since hubby is going through chemo. I can always choose one of the days menus that he really likes when his appetite. is poor.

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I was always a planner and shopped for a week at a time. However, now it's just my SO and I. I've always tried to keep fruits and such around but he'll buy ice cream and such, even knowing I am trying to watch myself as I have very little will power right now. I feel sabatoged. Anyway, for the past couple years, my work schedule is nasty..I am up at 4:30 am to be at work by 6 am and I will be there until anywhere from 6:30 - 9pm....I never know ahead as we have to stay until what's due out that day is gone. Therefore I pretty much have to brown bsg 2 meals and then cook/clean before bed. I have little time to prep for dinner and most dsys are lucky if I manage to pack 2 meals and the more prepping, the less sleep I get! I would so love a 7-8 hr night's rest! I also work about 6-8 hrs on Sat, so I have about 1 1/4 days to do housecleaning, laundry, bill pay, play with the dogs, shop, etc.so cooking all day Sunday idn't an option. I need a genie!

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We plan meals based off what is in the sales ad and what we have. We shop on a budget but I do have a semi stocked pantry and freezer that has some meat in it already. We buy family packs so we split that up for the freezer.

I know what we eat and how we eat, so I may use more flour this week but will wait till it is on sale to buy it since I know it goes on sale every 3 - 4 weeks. Same with other items.

Breakfasts are not to planned. SO eats yogurt only for breakfast. *shrugs* He is not the one with a weight issue, so more power to him. The kids get a grain item, some sort of egg, dairy, and fruit with breakfast. Sometimes egg is replaced with sausage, but I have a child with bad acid reflux and fatty sausage can make that worse. So it depends on how under control his acid is and what the rest of the days meals are like. I do admit that once a week (or every other week) I make large batches of waffles and pancakes and freeze them. I also sometimes make banana muffins and freeze them as well.

I always have a rice, Quinoa, potato, or pasta as a side for dinner. A meat or bean, and 2 vegetables.

Lunches are sandwiches for the kids, with a fruit, a vegetable, and a dairy.

My SO is not a fan of soups.He does like chili though. As a result, the kids see daddy not eating soup so they do not want to either. *sighs* I do still make soup or a chili once every other week or sometimes once a week during the winter months. I love making a simple Gazpacho during the summer for us (minus the one child).

Depending on what my week looks like will depend on what I make that week too. I do not want something like homemade pizza, lasagna, and so on on busy weeks. They take longer to make. Busy weeks I make things in the crock pot because I can just dump and cook. When I had many busy or tired weeks ahead (Like end of pregnancy and coming home with my newborn) I made many complete freezer meals. Most were crockpot or oven only. Some included rice. I have a rice cooker so that is still just a dump and ignore.



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I am very lucky. I just retired and my daughter's family live with me so I get to do some creative things. I plan a week in advance. Dinner is our meal together. Everyone makes their own breakfast.
I plan a protein, 2 vegetables (one green, one yellow or red) and a fruit salad for dessert.
Every week is two day poultry, two days fish, one day vegetarian, one day soup and one day red meat.
One day is something new. I try to do something from another culture or ethnic cuisine.
I am having a lot of fun with my meal planning and new retirement.

goal is to be able to walk again
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WHEN I COOK FOR MY FAMILY I START A WEEK AHEAD OF TIME

HELLO TO ALL I AM TRYING VERY HARD TO SUCCESS


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I have a hard time planning for meals. I could have anywhere from 2 to 10 people to make meals for at any time. I really don't know how to pre-plan my meals. Lunches are simpler. Most of the the time there is only me and my grandson. Today I made bacon and tomato sandwiches and had spinach on the side. Have any ideas on how to plan when you don't know how many to cook for.

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It is easy to plan your meals I am getting about 3 days of veggie a week

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I really enjoy cooking for just two. Sometimes my DH doesn't care for my more healthful recipes :) so I just freeze the extra portions and enjoy them later. I am trying to make at least two days a week vegetarian and am experimenting with spices more. I like to buy at the health stores where I can purchase a spoonful to try.

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Thank you sparkbjok. I got bogged down in weight loss process. I have backed off and looking at food in a new light. Back to thinking of food with excitement instead of just a chore. Thanks again for the encouragement. emoticon

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I try but it is hard

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It's more difficult cooking for two than for the family. I try to plan ahead and to try new recipes - maybe some I would have never cooked for the kids. I think it's a matter of getting back into the habit. Think small and plan just a couple meals a week (and enjoy the leftovers or freeze meals for those days of not planning). Good luck.

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I could use some encouragement. I have done meal planning for roughly 20 something years. The kids are grown and it is now hubby and I. When meal time comes around, I am not in the mood for whatever was planned. When kids were home, I had no time to second guess. I just followed the plan and it worked wonderfully. It was always nutritious, easy, and just a system so I never had to plan. I just rotated monthly meals with weekly grocery list. I kept a running inventory of pantry/freezers so never had to do any prep work for system to work. Now I try to do that and it fails miserably. Why can't I do it anymore? I appreciate any help. emoticon

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8/20/13 7:21 A

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I also check what's on hand. Have you checked out the weekly meal planner under articles and videos, nutrition. Not the pull down, there is a weekly swap out the recipe plan. I've started using it and it's great.

I will do this!


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