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2/10/14 12:45 A

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I only plan dinner since my son is in school. Leftovers are used as lunch for me and hubby. I use the hungry girl cookbook...big portions not alot of calories which is a win win situation to me. I would suggest Hungry Girl to the max since it's a combination of Hungry Girl 1-2-3, 200 under 200 and 300 under 300.

Even the desserts are guilt free! Most library's carry her books, so you can copy what you like or you can check out her page Hungrygirl.com

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12/12/12 8:23 P

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I have to admit that I think using a crock pot is the most useful tool I have in my kitchen, and I am starting to determine the best recipes for my lifestyle.

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5/12/11 9:29 P

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I will check out Sparks crock pot recipes again. It is like an ACE up the sleeve so to speak.


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5/12/11 8:50 P

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Planning ahead is always better, but this week has been one of total nonstop chaos of sorts. I did eat out and of course, the old adage think ahead didn't work and while traveling I went over calories today, but will get back on task tomorrow and I already have a crock meal in the works for tomorrow from one of the healthy recipes of sparkpeople. Hope to cook at least 2 more recipes this weekend. Trying to stay focused even with chaos. Week four is almost at an end now and hope to finish all tasks shortly. The challenge has been just that but it is a good source of focus and has helped me to be resolute with my healthy choices. Reda

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5/12/11 6:08 P

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Planning can be a drudge but...if you think ahead you can have a back up plan for those times you need something quick.


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5/12/11 4:33 P

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5/12/11 12:12 P

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Another site that I use all the time is supercook.com . You enter in ingredients that you have on hand and it will display recipes that you can make.

As for meal planning, it may be unconventional, but I look through recipes and jot down things that I want to eat for that week. I'm not a huge 'plan ahead' kind of person and I do only have to cook for myself so it's a bit easier.

Another website is www.readyseteat.com/ which shows you recipes and if any of the stores around you have the ingredients on sale.

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5/12/11 10:32 A

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great thank you i will try today emoticon

i started this at 248.8 pounds and am hoping i can lose at least 50 in one year.


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5/11/11 6:30 P

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Allrecipes has an ingredient search where you can put in those you have on hand and those ingredients that you don't want. It will then give you recipes that have what you entered.

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5/11/11 3:45 P

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I make a menu for each week using a variety of healthy cooking recipe sources like sparkrecipes and Cooking Light's website. Then I make a grocery list based upon that. I do switch meals around sometimes, but try to stick to the plan for the seven days. I search using a key ingredient to get ideas.

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5/11/11 3:02 P

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Thanks Mandy!!

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5/11/11 2:41 P

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I use the Sparkpeople meal plans to give me ideas, but adjust it to suit my needs/likes. And they provide a shopping list that you can print to make sure you have what you need. A lot of items you may already have, so just cross it off before you go to the store so you don't buy anything that you don't really need. I think this is the easiest way to start out, and then you can start creating your own menus once you feel comfortable with it. Good luck!

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5/11/11 9:50 A

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What is the best way to get started with planning meals! I feel lost at how to even begin! I mean do you start with dinner, breakfast? Do I use recipes or come up with my own stuff? I don't know how to even start doing this. It also doesn't help that I am short on cash so there is not a lot I can buy right now and have to use what is in the kitchen and maybe can buy a little. Please Help!

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