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Thank you. I wish the same for you and to all our other members who are trying so hard to lose the weight and eat healthy. I have learned through the years that it is I who has to walk the walk. I needed the encouragement from my love ones but I have to be willing to do the work. I also found that the less I expect from my husband the more I got.

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2/28/15 7:01 A

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These are all good goals. I wish you much success!
As for me, also want to continue to cook healthy.
And try at least one new recipes a week when I possibly can.
(Maybe getting a second job so will be using the slow cooker).
Also wanting to teach my boyfriend how to cook.
Chris is sweet but knows how to cook nothing but hotdogs and frozen pizza.
His mom was happy I got him a slow cooker book. lol
(I also gave him a Georgia Bull dog mug for Valentine's Day so he was ok with it).
I am going to go for now. Have a good day and a great weekend.
Your friend in Healthy Eating and Fitness, Holly emoticon


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When thinking positive seems to keep me on target. Which makes me feel that everything kept in its right perspective makes all things possible.

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That's great! I think trying new recipes helps me stay on track too!

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I have been trying new recipes and find that they are so in tune to my taste buds that I don't even think of straying. My reward..1.8 pound loss. Yeh me!

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On week 4 there was a link to healthy cooking resources. Some of these were articles I had saved as favorites so I could refer back to them (such as healthy substitutions), but some I have not read yet. I finished the four weeks and got my trophy, but I plan to refer back to these resources time and time again, until healthy cooking becomes second nature to me. emoticon

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Goal 1: continue trying a new recipe each week and continue analyzing my old recipes for nutrients.
Goal 2: learn how to cut sodium (I've been tracking for over a month and it is usually on the high side) Today I had a dill pickle- who knew they were so high in sodium!
Goal 3: learn more ways to prepare fish and have fish at least twice a week
Goal 4: have chicken at least twice a week
Goal 5: explore ways to use more vegetables and different ways to enjoy them

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My long term goal is to continue cooking healthy meals at home. Eating out will be done on special occasions only. I am getting close to goal and love the way I look and feel. I am able to get all the proteins and fiber into my diet. I love eating 3 to 5 veggies and fruit every day! My main struggle is menu planning, but I am striving to plan my menus for the week!

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I just spent my vacation over the holidays converting recipes into healthy meals. emoticon



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My long term goals are to make new healthier recipes each week mostly vegetable dishes. Also cook enough the first few days of the week to use for future meals.

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My long term goal is to create a way for my significant other to continue cooking healthy foods when I go back to Africa for two years. My goal is to teach him how to prepare and plan foods and keep the processed foods out of my kitchen.


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I'm aiming at reducing the amount of processed food in our diet and consistency.

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My cooking goal is to cook 2 times per week, but being able to eat five meals.

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My goals: 1) Eat out less 2) Limit processed food in the house 3) Know exactly what's in the food my family is eating 4) Eat more veggies 5)Stick to complex carbs and limit simple carbs.

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My long term goal is to eat out no more than twice a month and make those for special occasions at "fancy" restaurants, not fast food!

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My long term goals are to plan meals in advance and try to cook one new meal a week.

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My long term goals are to try one new recipe a week and to batch cook and prepare snacks each Sunday.

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My long term goal is to make our dinners healthier and keep trying new things.

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Long term goals are to cook healthy meals at home 4 days a week. I also will expand my batch cooking and freezing meals so I have healthy components for meals when I don't want to cook much after work.

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I already cook most meals at home, easier if you live out in the boonies like I do! For long term goals more freezer meals, they are working great and I make freezer meals for my parents too. I have changed quite a few of my favorite recipes to healthier options using less fat, more whole grains and less sodium. I will also use more whole wheat flour, and other whole grains, got some black rice the other day sounds tasty, all the colored rices are much more flavorful then the white rice. This is summer so bring the veggies on, love cooking from my gardens both veggies and herbs.

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My long-term goals are to cook dinner 5 out of 7 days a week; to cook healthy meals at least 4 out of those 5 meals; and to try at least 2 new recipes a week.

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My goal in joining this challenge was to find a way to help my husband adopt healthy eating/shopping without talking about calories. He has shared the shopping and cooking for a couple of years (I work and he is retired). We have been eating healthy for five years, only eat out once a month, but a treat for him could be the whole bag of pretzels. He now talks about serving size and makes more than one vegetable. He has also cut the use of artificial sweeteners to a diet Pepsi occasionally. And I have caught him with a cook book a few times. I had a recipe from SparkRecipes to a pile to try - yesterday one of the recipes was clipped to he cupboard door! I guess he wants me to make that one. Future goal - to continue sharing the kitchen duties - it has become a pleasant activity of ours - part of our new healthy lifestyle.

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My long term goals are to do more batch cooking for the freezer and to try 1 new recipe a week.

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I want to try 1 to 4 new recipes per month. I want to cook dinner at home 4 times per week.
I want to make substitutions for fat in recipes. I also plan to batch cook at least 1 time per month.

Edited by: SUEARNOLD1 at: 6/15/2014 (16:14)
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My long-term cooking goals are to find some new light and easy recipes for the summer and to try a new recipe at least twice a week.

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My long term cooking goal is to make my own frozen meals. I tend to get hooked on eating premade meals out of little packages, but generally I'm good about adding to them. They're great for when I'm busy or don't feel like cooking.

My goal is to make a big batch of food at least once a week, then divide it into portions and freeze it so I can I have healthier and more filling meals to eat in minutes.

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Hello all,

Found two recipes from curves that I will be trying this week. One is Salmon with mushrooms and bok choy. The other is a lighter version of beef stew. I am looking forward to making them and let them know how they are. Plan next to buy new veggies.

My long term cooking goal is to use healthier ways of cooking food. I will get help from Curves Complete which I will be joining next week. I also plan to add one vegetarian meal to my diet each week for lunch and for dinner.

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Add variety to your weekly meal plan. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
We've been trying new recipes almost every night since I joined SP. Love planning out the week. I have to plan to try new recipes.

Set your long-term cooking goals.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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We will keep trying at least one new recipe every week for a long term goal. I have looking at labels closer now and I am shocked. Keep going and keep reading!

Stick with your favorite healthy cooking techniques.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I miss my rice cooker. I am hoping my birthday or Mother's Day, I will get a new one. I am still trying to figure out the crockpot recipes. I just can't get those to turn out right. Sometimes, but not all the time.
I like Create Your Own Frozen Dinners and big batch cooking. Those tips help out!


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I learned to saute my veggies in low sodium chicken broth. And I continue to cook in bulk, separating servings for the next couple of days and for freezing. Veggie lasagna was a new dish and a big hit. I froze individual servings for future "take-out". Turkey breast was roasted, served two and froze the rest in individual servings as well.
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Try one new "lower/healthier something" recipe each week. This week it will be an almond pound cake recipe I found that uses almond flour instead of wheat flour. I'll serve that with fresh berries for dessert on Easter.

Continue to build a repertoire of spark recipes that we love, tossing out those that don't suit us.

Saute' my veggies with water rather than oil.



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My long term goal is to have a repertoire of fast, easy dishes with readily available ingredients that I can cook on days when I've worked late and really don't want to work in the kitchen.



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My main long term cooking goal is to continue and expand batch cooking and also to try a new recipe or food at least once a week and add that to my batch repertoire. I eat gluten free and really need new things to eat.

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My long term goals will be for me to continue batch cooking for lunches during the week and pre-portioning serving sizes so packing my lunch becomes much quicker.
I will also pre-cook several healthier meals for nights my hubby doesn't want to eat healthy, he can have his high fat food and I'll eat my already prepared, healthier food :-)

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Long-term?
Keep at least 2 nights dinners and 2 lunches in the freezer for emergencies.
Continue cooking a weeks worth of meals at a time.


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Continue to learn about the use of veggies

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I HAD TO QUITE MY LONG TERM COOKING BECAUSE OF MY HEALTH

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Long term goals -

Continue to modify recipes to exclude wheat and sugar
Plan ahead each week
Use freezer more to store extra servings when I get in a cooking frenzy and want to try all sorts of things
Try at least one new recipe each week
Try at least one new food each week

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ITS EASY ON ME TO

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I have time to start cooking more and I like trying new dishes so this challenge should be fun and easy!


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OKAY I AM GOING TO START PERPARING GOOD SIMPLE RECIPES

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Long term goals:

Have 3 "emergency" go-to recipes for those times when the planned menu just doesn't work
Keep a fun and easy to work in kitchen
Learn to cook different kinds of fish (so we can eat more of it)
Include one lunch or dinner out in each week's plan (to keep things fun)

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GOOD LUCK TO ALL LOVE TO COOK

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Goals:
Short term:
Continue making more homemade food
Continue working on planning and follow through

Long term:
Focus on nutrition and not on what is easiest
Reduce packaged foods
Try new foods and find new ways to prepare them.

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I DON`T LIKE TO COOK

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breakfast -
eat oatmeal 2 days a week
eat fish 2 days a week
eat poached egg 2 days a week
eat fruit and veg with breakfast

lunch - eat either salad or veg soup

dinner
eat more veg
eat vegetarian 2 times a week
eat fish two times a week
eat poultry two times a week

eat fruit for dessert


goal is to be able to walk again
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I AM EATING FRESH FOODS THAT I GREW IN MY OWN GARDEN THIS YEAR

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Since I am trying to adopt a clean eating lifestyle, no chemical preservatives, pesticides, chemically treated food, no GMOs (genetically modified organisms) I do plan on cooking more things from scratch from now on and pumping everything up with as many vegetables as I can.
Really the only way I know to be completely GMO free is to get all my animal products, ie meat, dairy, eggs, organic and well organic meat is really expensive. So right now I am trying to get as many food products clean and non-GMO as I can afford, sadly not everything is clean and free of GMOs, but like weight loss, it is a process.

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I AM COOKING BETTER NOW

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My long term goal is to add one new meal to our menu plan for each week. I hope to find some more foods that we all enjoy.

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Long term goals:
-Keep planning meals...helps with grocery shopping too
-Have one whole family meatless meal every week. (For me to have only 2 "meat" meals a week)
-Try one new idea every week.
-Try new ways to get kids veggies.


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I wish I like to cook but I don`t

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Short-term goal: Eat fish at least once a week. Less pork and beef and find protein from other sources.

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Long-term goals:

Keep planning meals for a week at a time
Get rid ofthe freezer now that it's just two of us, and eat more fresh foods
Keep cutting back on animal products ubtil they are a rare addition

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IT IS ONLY ONE;OF ME BUT I GOT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PREPARE MY FOOD

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There are only two of us and I have always cooked full recipes, which leaves plenty of leftovers for another meal plus single-portions to freeze for something the husband can have with his salad on a work day (I make a week's worth of salads every Sunday afternoon). I do almost all the cooking on Saturday, Sunday and always make a soup for Monday, then leftovers Tues-Thur and something simple for Friday.

Long-term goals:
beef no more than once a week unless it is a small amount flavoring veggie soup
fish at least once a week
gradually make over the carb sides I buy packaged into healthier home-made versions (a lot less sodium!)


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I am going to start cooking in batch

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I really liked the cooking in batches idea, so I have added that theme to at least one meal I cook at home per week. This plus getting acquainted with the recipes in sparkpeople are my long term goals.

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I don`t bake sweets I only bake my other foods I cook by the day I should cook in batches but I don`t

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My long term goals are to continue making larger batches and freezing individual servings and to try a lower fat and lower sugar baked good twice a month. I plan to continue to cook using less fat and practice tossing in more vegetables than the recipe calls for.

I enjoyed this challenge.

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One of my long term goals is to use recipes from various Dean Ornish books. Also want to increase my consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially organic.

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1. meal plan so that 80-90% of all meals are home cooked
2. Try one new recipe each week
3. smart substitutions for baking so I can incorporate dessert into my diet guilt-free!

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My goal is to plan my meals in advance so I can have home-cooked dinner 6 times per week.

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Goal 1: follow recipes or make them over to be more healthy.
Goal 2: Only buy low or no fat low sodium canned or prepared foods.
Goal 3: produce marketing 2-3 times a week - purchasing loss leaders in different stores.
Goal 4: Modify all my childhood favorites, so I can still enjoy my history but enjoy the slender versions - taking smaller portions as well


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I am slowly trying to move my family to a cleaner way of eating. If we can get off of processed foods I would be happy.

I don't care if i need to take more time in the kitchen, it really is my favorite room to be in anymore, what i care about is the quality of the foods my family and I are eating. The better quality the ingredient the better quality the meal.

I still need to go through my recipe cards and see what can be tweaked to be healthier, but I'm really happy with where we have come.

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I bought leaner meats and I'm harvesting garden.


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I make out 3X5 cards. Each has a meat choice (chicken, turkey, lean beef, pork) a veggie and a low carb side dish. Ex. Turkey meat loaf, Veggie, and mashed cawlifower (very close to potatoes).

Each night, I let my husband choose one for the next night.

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emoticon my long term goal is to continue making a menu. Sometimes I will think I am too busy and will wing it but then there I am on Wednesday trying to figure it out and not liking it at all. It is so much easier and better for my family when I plan!

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emoticon Thank you all for your helpful ideas. This week I started to cook items that can be frozen and then heated in a pan or microwave. I cook enough to last the week using ideas from SP. I use my crock pot (great for main dishes) rice cooker (for vegies - don't cook completely) and my stove top ( pastas). I plan my meals on Monday based on one of my SP challenges. I feel so smart. One thing I found really helpful is to save the broth/water from cooking to use in re-heating and steaming. emoticon



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My long term goals are to continue to cook healthy meals for me and husband. Keeping finding new receipes on the Sparkrecipes site. Set aside a couple of hours each weekend to prep veggies, cook meals ahead for the week and make it easier to eat healthy. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My long term goals include trying at least one new healthy recipe per week, cooking fish once per week, and freezing individual portions that I can pull out for healthy lunches.

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1) Meatless Mondays
2) Fish/Seafood once a week
3) Continue to try new recipes that are wholesome/healthy
4) Continue to pack family lunches 4 days a week

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My long term goals are to continue to make breakfast at home where it is much healthier and not give in to the convenience of fast food breakfast. I will also continue to use the toaster oven I bought instead of the big oven. This has really been a sound investment as my fiancée and I are on different work schedules so often we are heating up the oven for only one small piece of fish (usually salmon). The toaster oven cuts down on time and costs. I will continue to incorporate at least one new recipe into my weekly home cooking to keep variety fresh. This challenge has been awesome and I am grateful for the time and knowledge that everyone here has provided me.

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Keep doing what I'm doing. Cut out the rare beef and eat salmon at least twice a week and do meatless Monday...but more if possible. Keep using and eating all the fruits and veggies-which does get harder in winter when the price goes up and the quality goes down. Buy whole lugs of fruits and freeze for later-raspberries and blueberries especially.

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I'm definitely going tto restart this challenge!
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My long term goals are to continue trying new things, healthy
I didn't even eat a salad before this
I want to continue making a healthy recipe 5 days a week
I want to keep my refrigerator stocked with easy healthy items to throw together ESP. Salads, which I will experiment with further
I want to portion my freezer item to pull out and snack items, which I've gotten good at making the night before
Thanks all you Sparkers, I've learned so much
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At the beginning of the year, I subscribed to a recipe service that delivers weekly menus with recipes and shopping lists. I have really enjoyed the weekly e-mail and have tried a number of recipes... some of which I now use often. The key for me is big batch cooking. If I have food in the refrigerator that I can heat up and plate quickly then my chances of success go way up. I have been working on using up items in my freezer and supplementing with fresh fruit / veggies. I have enjoyed the challenge and the more I cook and use my kitchen tools the more confidence I have gained.

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I need to restart this challenge. i have been giving in to fast food and convieince stuff too often.

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Having several food intolerance's, I cook most of my meal already, but I tend to cook with a lot of fat, frying when I could have baked or grilled, adding margarine to mellow and blend flavors, and I am going to break these habits and replace them with healthier ones. I've already made a good start toward breaking the habit of adding margarine and salt to every vegetable I cook, so I'll work at getting that more ingrained into my mind. Trying new recipes is difficult because I don't eat eggs, much cheese, stocks from the store, and preserved meat. They all are headache triggers for me, but I do read recipes and incorporate the general ideas into my cooking, so I'm going to make sure those ideas are healthy ones.

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I, too, always like big batch cooking & have been looking more into freezer cooking (raw states). My daughter started doing this a while back & there's more & more information online with recipes for freezer cooking - you have to love Pinterest!!

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I love the "Big Batch" cooking idea. I plan on using it along with my meal planning.

I will also continue to buy fresh in season fruits and veggies and I want to grow my own fresh herbs.

I love trying new recipes each week, and trying a new fruit or vegetable at least once a week.

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I already do a majority of my cooking from scratch but I aim to try at least one new (healthy) recipe per week. I've taken my lunch to work every day but one this past 4 weeks and I will continue to take the majority of my lunches to work.

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Last week was pretty challenging because of our schedules, but all in all, this has been a good thing. We eat at home a lot more now and I keep adding healthy recipes to my recipe box. I nearly always take food to work with me - for breakfast, snacks and lunch. I'm also working in more fruits and veggies. It's going well!

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I'm just sneaking healthy recipes and more veggies and fruits into what I offer my husband. That seems to be working. I was looking at the new Spark Solutions book and it has some great sounding recipes to try. I can't really do the two week "jumpstart" because I've already been working at this for several months, but it still has a lot of good material in there. I do like trying new things

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My husband and I are trying to lose weight together, so it has been a lot easier to do this time since we are both trying. We have 3 healthy eating cookbooks and have been planning our meals according to these books instead of the grocery sales add like we used to, this has been working a lot better for us. emoticon

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I have a husband who states he wants to be a vegetarian but when I cook vegetarian for a while he starts complaining about the food! We are just about finished planting a big garden and he's doing a great job of helping me with it so maybe he will be more motivated to eat the produce.

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I am starting an herb garden. I want to cook more with whole, fresh foods. The fresh herbs will enhance the flavors. I have tried the herb garden before and hope I have more success bringing them in when the weather turns cold again.

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1. Make it through the winter. Past experience has taught me that I don't winter well, so my goal is to find a way to be as motivated as I am, now, beyond the weight-loss.
2. Continue cooking a wide variety of vegetables. dh would like to be veggie-free, and I've always cooked "for him." Cooking for me is new, and my goal is to continue along this path.
3. Continue cooking with a minimum amount of oil. I was getting carried away with the amount of healthy-for-you olive oil that I was using.

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I'm so glad that spring is finally here in the upper Midwest, and that the farmer's markets have begun. We have one almost every day somewhere within a 10 mile radius. I hope to take advantage of locally grown, pesticide-free produce to increase the amount of veggies/fruits in my meals. I also want to really get familiar with different kinds of greens this summer:-romain, arugula, chard, kale, spinach, buttercrisp, bibb- so many different kinds, I may want to try growing one or two myself.

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Making sure that I have herbs and spices on hand to cook with.

Planning meals ahead so that I know what I need to buy at the store.

Eating less beef and pork and more chicken, turkey and fish.

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Planning meals and snacks ahead of time so I have the ingredients on hand
Getting up each morning and deciding what we will be eating for the day so I have things out of the freezer, etc

I have a problem eating enough vegetables. I will try to remedy this by adding them into casseroles


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My goal is to continue to look for and use new recipes and to make the things ahead of time that I can so when I am hungry it is easier to put together a healthy meal. I have found that having chopped onions, cleaned vegs, etc. and cooked brown rice in the fridge is great.
I also realize that I need to have some snacks ready besides the fresh fruit in the bowl.

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My goal will be to contine this way of cooking long term. I am enjoying creating homemade meals that are just as good if not better than the one in restaurants. I am finding that my food taste better and I know what is going into the dishes.

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My long term goals....keep my SparkPeople Cook book handy and try out the healthy recipes at least once a week. emoticon

Keep shopping for more veggies/fruits each week.

Keep the red meat dinners down to maybe once a week.

Eat more chicken/fish meals

Cut out coupons on Sunday, Shop on Monday with a LIST!!!! Don't pick up the unnecessary deals that we just don't need.

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3/25/13 5:17 P

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my long term cooking goald is to continue to plan my meals and try a new recipe every week.

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3/24/13 11:13 A

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Long Term Cooking Goals
1. Make a habit of weighing and measuring food rather than my former ad lib approach
2. Make a menu plan for each road trip at least a week in advance so I can portion and freeze leftovers to take with me
3. Keep my Spark Recipe collection up to date with my favourite recipes
4. Use applesauce as a regular substitute for some of the oil when baking

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3/19/13 7:17 P

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I collected a few recipes from Chef Meg and from other SP members that sounded appetizing, and some of my personal all-time favorites. I saved them in my SP recipe box. I copied these same recipes in word processor.
When is time to do my weekly shopping I just take the ingredients of the recipes that I will use, sort them by category - this is a great time saver - and print. I also print together the selected recipes of the week.
When is time to cook, I use the shopping list to gather all the ingredients that I will be using for my weekly batch cooking.


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3/19/13 5:10 P

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-Cook something new at least 1 time a week.
-Cook at least 3 meals a week.
-Use leftovers in new ways.
-Keep kitchen organized.
-Continue to create my grocery list and meal plan on Sundays.

-Jennifer

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3/17/13 5:30 P

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I've put together quite a nice compilation of SP recipes in a binder. I love it except it's so huge! But that goes to show that I love alot of SP recipes and have a lot to try too. emoticon

Edited by: SEATTLE58 at: 3/17/2013 (17:33)
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