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ITSRANDELLA's Photo ITSRANDELLA Posts: 344
4/5/09 2:43 A

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so they have a good beat? ba dump-bum. hehe

this is good feedback. I don't go out very much because, its expensive, too many calories to work off, and I always think I could make it better at home for a fraction of the price. but sometimes one has to and we just do what JoAnna always said, "do the best you can, the best you can."

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
~Dr. Seuss


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4/4/09 8:39 P

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Yes they do, but not a lot.

For a while they posted right on their menus ALL the nutritional info for ALL the food. lol That slowed down ordering of a lot of their 2000 calorie choices! lol (yes they had them!) So they took them off. However you can still request a menu with the calories on it. Those menus will only list their lower calorie foods though.

Mashed cauliflower is one of the, it's pretty good I think.

They also have a salad bar that's not bad.

I usually get the petite sirloin (I think it's like 200 calories), and salad bar, and cauliflower, they have green beans too that are listed as lower calorie then the cauliflower, but I have ordered them about 3 times, and didn't like them any of the times (I kept giving them another chance). They were nasty to me, and I highly highly doubt they are as low calorie as the menu listed cause they seemed to be swimming in oil every time I got them. I didn't finish them, every time I got them either. They were nasty and just overloaded with oil. However, I have liked the cauliflower every time. Nice flavor and not oily! lol hahaha

I get the beats, the lean deli meat, and a little tiny bit of blue cheese and a tiny bit of cottage cheese, and load up on the free veggies on the salad bar.

Ruby Tuesday's is not my favorite choice, but a lot of people in my family likes them, so I end up there sometimes. It's not bad once in a while. I do like the steak, and cauliflower ect. But, there's other foods I like better at other places. lol hahaha But, it's really not bad at all. I just got burned out on them, is what I think in reality. We were on vacation with my MIL, and that's where she wanted to eat every day! After a week, even though that was 6 months ago, I still really can't stomach the thought of going there again. However, before that burn out I think
I liked them pretty good. Now I just don't even like to think about them too much! lol

I begged to go some where else, but she wouldn't. And she's OCD so if you don't cooperate with her, she can make you feel miserable, with her complaining, and fake illnesses she can bring on if you don't do what she wants! lol hahaha



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ITSRANDELLA's Photo ITSRANDELLA Posts: 344
4/4/09 8:15 P

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I've never been to Ruby Tuesday's. do they have diet friendly choices?

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4/4/09 12:04 A

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Oh yeah those too! I never could get the cauliflower right. However, I must say that Ruby Tuesday's mashed cauliflower is pretty good! lol



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ITSRANDELLA's Photo ITSRANDELLA Posts: 344
4/2/09 11:56 P

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and what about those 'pretend' foods like dipping string beans in ketchup and pretending they're fries and the mashed cauliflower for potatoes? I never did think they were even close to mashed potatoes.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
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MAGNOLIAHONEY's Photo MAGNOLIAHONEY Posts: 4,000
4/2/09 11:22 P

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So true this is the best food plan I've ever been on. Not once have I felt deprived, or like I was eating "diet" food, or still starving after a "full" meal of a diet menu. As my husband and friends like to call some diet meals-toy food servings!



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ITSRANDELLA's Photo ITSRANDELLA Posts: 344
4/2/09 10:48 P

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Heather: you are so right! Not many people on other plans and those goofy menus can say they eat as good, healthy, real portions, real family foods like JoAnna's recipes and that don't call for weird ingredients! JoAnna surely knew all the pitfalls of trying to live healthy and met all those challenges with her experiences!

SpamStuff: Aww..how sweet of you to say! its taken me a while to get to where I am today, but I figured if I'm going to live this new 'healthy lifestyle' I have to try to adopt it while the weight was coming off. Like JoAnna, I took it off and put it back on, not as many times as she did, but getting it off and putting it back on once was enough for me. :-) I'm still learning how to control myself and trying to live real in the real world with my healthy eating habits. You'll get there, you will. with wonderful support here and armed with the HELP plan, you CAN do it! We all started at one point and the journey sometimes takes the scenic route. :-) But for me, I tried the 'perfect' every bite counted, strict rules diet the first time and I just couldn't keep it up. I set myself up for failure and I did. I've snapped out of it and now I try to at least learn from what works and doesn't and move on. I still have good days and not so good ones, but with recipes like this Texas Jo Casserole and support buddies like you and others here, we have the tools and we don't have to feel alone -because we aren't. We have a great group and we will help each other out. :-)

Randella

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
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SPAMSTUFF Posts: 95
4/2/09 9:57 P

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AMEN to that! HA HA!

 
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4/2/09 9:44 P

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Sometimes only one serving is hard. But, hey we used to eat two or more portions of UNhealthy foods, so at least it's healthy, that's a step in the right direction. And for it to taste good enough to want more, instead of feeling like you can barely choke it down like some "diet" food is a good thing!



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SPAMSTUFF Posts: 95
4/2/09 9:36 P

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Whatever you are doing is working! You have lost way more than i have, you are my hero!!!

 
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ITSRANDELLA's Photo ITSRANDELLA Posts: 344
4/2/09 9:29 P

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yes! you're right, its the combination of the two.

you're not the only one who does that (eat two portions.) I do that every now and then. I will stick to one portion of dessert though. And I have an HE dessert every night too :-)

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4/2/09 9:08 P

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I agree! That, and the brown sugar. It makes it have a sweet tang that you can't help but overeat! I'm ashamed to admit I ate two helpings LOL Oink oink!!

 
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ITSRANDELLA's Photo ITSRANDELLA Posts: 344
4/2/09 9:00 P

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I love this recipe! I think the olives is what makes it.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."
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4/2/09 7:42 P

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TEXAS JO CASSEROLE *
Cooking Healthy With a Man in Mind/Joanna Lund

Serves: 4

8 oz. ground 90% lean turkey or beef
c. chopped onion
c. frozen whole kernel corn
c. (2.5 oz. jar) sliced mushrooms, drained
c. (1 oz.) sliced ripe olives
1 c. hot cooked rotini pasta, drained
1 (10 oz.) can Healthy Request tomato soup
c. chunky salsa (any heat)
1 T. Brown Sugar Twin or Brown Sugar Splenda
1/3 c. (1 oz.) shredded Kraft reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8x8 baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray. In a large skillet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray, brown meat and onion. Stir in corn, mushrooms, olives, and rotini pasta. Add tomato soup, salsa, Brown Sugar Twin, and Cheddar cheese. Mix well to combine.
Spread mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake 30 minutes. Place baking dish on a wire rack and let set 5 minutes.
Cut into 4 servings.

Hint: 1 c. uncooked rotini pasta usually cooks to about 1 cups.

Nutritional Info:
293 calories, 9 g. fat, 18 g. protein, 35 g. carb, 698 mg. sodium, 5 g. fiber

HE: 2 protein, 1 bread, vegetable, fat, slider, 6 optional calories

DIABETIC: 2 meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable


 
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