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Chicken Stir Fry! Bag of frozen stir fry veggies - usually can get the family size for $1-2. Chicken is cheap - cut into strips, cook the strips with the Pam in a frying pan to brown, then add the frozen veggies. The water will add some juices so it won't stick. Stir occasionally, and when it's almost done, add some teriyaki sauce and stir. If you want to cook up some instant brown rice to go with it, you can. Sometimes I do and you can serve the veggie/chicken mixture over it. Lately I've been going without.

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sounds yummy!

chicken bento & fruit salad
with ingredients that are on sale, a quick meal i like is a pre-cooked chicken ($5) & use the juices to steam a couple pounds of broccoli ($2) and serve the steamed juices over brown rice ($1) with some sweet chili or soy sauce. this tends to be enough for me, but sometimes I add slivered almonds or sesame seeds over the chicken, and sometimes add $2 worth of seasonal fruit on sale... right now perhaps a mixed/fruit salad for dessert, like 2 small diced apples (75c), 2 sliced banana (75c), and from the pantry, top with 50c worth of chopped nuts & some craisins/raisins with a sprinkle of cinnamon & nutmeg & a dollop of fat free coolwhip.

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2/20/13 11:16 A

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A go to meal for me in the winter is some great chili. You can add corn bread to the meal or something that my mom used to give us was a sandwich of just butter and iceburg lettuce. The coolness of the lettuce plays off the heat of the chili.

I follow a very simple recipe for my chili that makes it a great quick dinner during the work week:

1 lb ground beef or ground turkey (either one is good), browned
3 small cans of Mrs Grimes Chili beans
1 large can of Hunts tomato sauce
minced onion and chili powder to taste
(occasionally have added sliced mushrooms)

I use jiffy cornbread mix if I make cornbread. If you want to sneak in a bit more veggies, drain and rince a can of corn (or a cup of thawed frozen corn) to the mix.

For lettuce and butter sandwiches -- just use your regular butter/spread of choice and pile high with iceburg lettuce. You can use other lettuces, however, the cool and crispness of the iceburg really sets this off with chili.



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The new topic is a challenge -- post an dinner menu to feed a family of four for $10 or less.

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2/15/13 10:21 P

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oh, the bean, corn, avacodo salad sounds great!!! I am going to try it

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2/15/13 6:22 P

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dh has been doing the shopping for heat & eat foods since i've been sick... it is so way more expensive, i can't wait to get back to regular shopping/cooking. i've found shopping the sales for freggies & lean meats makes a huge diff!

i think my biggest tip would be stock up on sale items, freeze extras. i've been using ziplocks but i think my next gadget will be a foodsaver system.

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2/13/13 4:27 P

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I absolutely love this recipe! I've made it several times...

BEAN, CORN, AVOCADO SALAD
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2/13/13 10:28 A

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How did everyone do with their grocery shopping this week? Did you same some money? Or significant money? Try taking the challenge again this week. Can you reduce your grocery bill even further and still eat healthy?


The new topic of discussion is budget friendly side dishes.

Trying to figure out what to have with that chicken breast tonight? Not sure what will go with that baked fish?

Post some ideas for inexpensive side dishes or post a favorite recipe (or link to one)

How creative can we be on a budget?

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2/11/13 11:52 A

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Park further away from the stores you are going into get more steps in.


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Visit the SP library of workouts with Coach Nicole!

The radio, MP3 or You Tube some favorite tunes with a great beat. Dance while doing housework!

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a towel can be used for stretching, range of motion, isometrics & resistance. think instead of resistance bands or assist in difficult areas to stretch when our tummies/thighs get in the way. the action is different, the variety spices up the workout :)

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2/8/13 3:13 P

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2/8/13 10:18 A

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The topic for the next couple of days is fitness for free.

What are some things you can do that cost little or no money, but can make your workouts more interesting?

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I cut mine down a bunch. Just using what I have, bought some fresh spinach, tomato & onion for salads, some apples (needed to replenish fresh freggies) and got a bunch of Lean Cuisine and Smart One's for under $2 each for dinner. I need portion control and I'm starting here. I have no problem with bfast, lunch and snacks - and I already have food here for that. So I'm doing my own (insert here: Jenny Craig, Medifast, NutriSystem, Weight Watchers) program to get me on track so it's already counted. I will add a freggie to it for extra bulk and health! I spent less by far than I normally do!!
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2/7/13 3:10 P

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Great idea Lori!

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2/7/13 1:57 P

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I pack my lunch each day. I put a serving of whatever I have cooked for dinner in the freezer to pull out for lunch later.


Edited by: RICHILA at: 2/7/2013 (14:02)

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on a budget chicken broth -- I finally made this over the weekend and used some for last night's dinner. Supergood FREE chicken broth --- I had read where you can take the left over chicken bones and make chicken broth, so I had saved the last two chicken carcas' from the last two chicken's that I bought from the deli. I had them in the freezer. So I dumped them in a crockpot with enough water to cover. I added some peppers that had gone soft, carrot peelings, celery leaves and ends, an onion (ok that is the only thing that wasn't scrap from the veggie bin) --- let them cook for the day. put the stuff through a strainer and put the broth in freezer tubs to have to use for soups or whatever. It cost me the onion and I ended up with six 2-cup containers of broth. I didn't season as I decided to season as each dish deserved.

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How is everyone coming with their budget shopping list/meal plans for next week. Will you be able to cut 1/3rd of your grocery bill this week?

A few hints --

1. If there is something that you love, don't cut it out. Cut other items that are not as high on your menu plans.

2. Check out the store's weekly ad/coupons. Are there some good bargain items that inspire a meal plan? If chicken breasts are on sale, perhaps digging out a new chicken recipe to try?

3. Shop produce that is in season. Now is a great time to find deals on citrus, like oranges. Tomatoes may be more expensive right now but are cheaper in the summer months. Plan some meals/recipes around low cost produce.

4. Create a list and stick to it! Cut out impulse buying.

5. Take a look in your pantry/fridge. Are there items in there that have to be used up? Try to create one day's worth of meals from just the food you already have in your house.

6. Simple is good. Do you need to fix a gourmet meal every time when a cup of soup and a sandwich will suffice?

7. Plan your menus around your schedule. You wouldn't plan on cooking a turkey dinner with all the trimmings after work during the week, especially if you have an appointment or two that same evening. If you are busy, either plan to cook ahead of time or create a menu that can be whipped up in a few minutes.

8. Brand names vs. Store Brands. I can tell you from experience that not all store brands are created equal. Some products are just as good or even better, others products are downright disgusting. Try out products to see which ones you can buy a lower cost version of and which you will not sacrifice brand names.


If you've come up with some good ideas, please share them!

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A swap that you can do if you use a lot of frozen meals like Lean Cuisine is to make your own. If you normally cook a meal for 2, cook it for 3 and freeze the extra serving. This can be your frozen meal at the office which will most likely be a lot less processed than those microwave meals from the store.



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2/5/13 6:26 P

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Swaps:

Apple cobbler....cut up apple in chunks, heat in microwave with a little water, cinnamon, sweetener. When done, add some dry oatmeal and chopped walnuts. YUM!



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Today I have a two-fold posting:

First -- just like the Biggest Loser last week, I'm challenging everyone to plan for their next grocery shopping trip. Whatever you usually spend for groceries, see if you can plan your meals so that your grocery costs are 1/3rd less than you normally spend and is still healthy. Use your ads and coupons to aid you in this challenge. I hope this gives you a few days to plan your grocery list.

Second -- the next discussion topic is healthy swaps!

Do you know any good swaps that are still budget friendly? For example, instead of buying (or indulging) in a chocolate cream pie, take a sugar free chocolate pudding cup, top with a square of graham cracker, crumbled and a tablespoon of fat free or sugar free cool whip.

What swaps have you found?

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I don't work, but I tend to be a creature of habit. I either eat leftovers from dinner if it's just a tiny amount or usually I have a sandwich (roast beef, ham or turkey) on a sandwich thin with mustard or low-cal mayo and veggies, and an apple. My drink is always my zero calorie Kirkland green iced tea (I have one a day). A lot of times I forget about snacks, but if I have one it might be an apple with peanut butter, low-cal laughing cow cheese with celery or wheat thins, kashi or Fiber One bar, etc....depends on the day.

My DH eats at work - they have a cafeteria that serves a healthy meal each day. He gets it unless it looks bad (to him), and then he gets a salad with a protein (like chicken), beans, veggies, etc. We're both trying to do better.

It's the night time that is hard - he rummages the cupboard after dinner and then puts food in front of me like I'm his eating buddy! Shame on him....breaking him of that habit now!!


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"To be is to do." - ~Voltaire
"Do be do be do." - ~Frank Sinatra

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I tend to trade off between a few selections.

If I'm in a huge hurry or it is freezing, I usually pack one of the healthy request soups. Other times it is a simple sandwich or a container of leftovers (if my hubby leaves me any)

I usually add to that a container of applesauce or an apple or orange or clementines. If I have fresh veggies cut up, I'll take those. Otherwise I'm low on veggies unless there are some in the soup or leftovers. Summertime I like to pack a salad. I'll add some diced turkey or low fat ham for protein. It is easy to pack a salad the night before if I'm making a salad for dinner anyway.

A couple of other often seen lunch staples include string cheese, yogurt, sugar free jello, sugar free pudding cup or a bag of baked chips.

I've cut down a 5 times a week fast food lunch to a twice a month fast food lunch over the past several months.

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I don't take a lunch to work anymore - I don't really have a job like that. But when I did, I would take in a healthy frozen dinner and some extra veggies to round out the meal!


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Are your gas prices going up again? Does it seem like you spend more at the grocery store each week, but bring home less food? Do you dread getting your monthly bills?

As many of us are trying to make ends meet, we are also faced with the reality that a lot of “healthy” stuff is not always budget friendly. Whether it is the cost of a gym membership or a trainer’s services, health foods or fresh produce, not all healthy options have to be outside our reach.

We will be conducting a discussion thread on healthy options that we can do and still stay within our budgets. Stop in often and see what subject we are discussing. We would love to hear your opinions!

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Trips to the grocery store can be budget busters without some pre-planning before your shopping trip. We will be discussing a variety of ways to get a better bang for your buck when it comes to healthy eating.


One of the easiest ways to save money is by packing your lunch each day instead of eating out each lunch hour. (and probably a lot healthier too!)


So the discussion for today is...

Do you take your lunch to work or do you eat out? What inexpensive, yet healthy, lunch ideas do you have that can be easily taken to the office each day?

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