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Arow, I bought steel cut oats at Costco. I like eating them because it fills me up and lasts a lot longer than regular oats. The downside is time. They cook 10-20 minutes. Mimi has a great idea putting them in the crockpot. I'm the only person eating them. I'm thinking about buying a very small crockpot. There is one at WalMart that is a quart.

I think I'm having Garden Vegetable Soup from the WW week 1 book. I make that soup every week and love it. I'm on core, so it is also a snack. Maybe a small salad also.





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11/16/07 5:48 P

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Thank you Mimi I will look for it next time I shop.

I have to take things one goal at a time.

Goal for Valentine's Day

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Whole-grains are becoming so popular that I find steel cut oats in ALL supermarkets, in the cereal section or in the organic section.

Health foods stores should definetely carry it.

Supermarkets will carry it, depends on the demand in your area.

You can always ask the manager grocery store to order it especially for you (you may have to buy a case, with a possibility of 10% discount on a case).

Good luck

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11/16/07 8:45 A

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Thank you for that info on the steel cut oats. Are they available at grocery stores or at a health food store?



I have to take things one goal at a time.

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Ya'll have some great plans in place. I just hope to survive the day!! emoticon

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WHAT ARE STEEL CUT OATS?

Steel-Cut Oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces. They are golden in color and resemble mini rice particles.

How are they different from Rolled Oats?
Rolled oats are flake oats that have been steamed, rolled, re-steamed and toasted. Due to all of this additional processing they have lost some of their natural taste, goodness and texture.

What makes Steel-cut Oats so special?
Grains are essential to a healthy lifestyle and form the foundation of the food pyramid Steel-cut oats are inherently full of nutritional value and are high in B-Vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber while low in salt and unsaturated fat. One cup of steel-cut oatmeal contains more fiber than a bran muffin and twice as much fibre as Cream of Wheat.



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What are steel cut oats?


I have to take things one goal at a time.

Goal for Valentine's Day

/Weight Loss of 9 lbs!

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11/15/07 7:04 P

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My food plan for Thanksgiving will probably be on the road. We are leaving for Florida next Tuesday and for the past 7 years we have eaten Thanksgiving out. We have had some interesting Thanksgivings that way, that is for sure and have met some very nice people.

So we will probably be in Georgia somewhere.

I have to take things one goal at a time.

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I do like Mimi. I eat steel cut oats for breakfast and taco chili for lunch. Dinner will be at 4:00 so that will work out about right. If I eat beans for lunch, I have enough fiber in me to keep hunger at bay. That way I make better decisions at dinner.

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We are going to my DD's I am bringing the cranberry sauce (using splendal) sweet potatoes, and a veggie tray. I have what I will eat all set 25 points and still have WPA's in case a piece of pie decides to attack me.
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My game plan for any type of big holiday meal (this includes big picnics with family too) is to eat in moderation and watch my portions.

I'm sure for breakfast I'll have my usual oatmeal and yogurt. The rest of the day is going to be the part that gets tricky. We're going to my in-laws and MIL isn't sure if they're having dinner at 2 pm or 4:30 pm. So that's where it's tricky. If it's at 430, I'll have something for lunch at home, if it's at 2 pm I'll just wait.

The one thing nice is that my MIL and both SILs are on WW too. One SIL is in maintenance so I know that they are all going to be using light recipes (most likely WW recipes) when cooking. I'm planning to make a Pumpkin roll with a recipe I got from WW and still need to find a casserole to make. I'll be searching the recipe threads in the next few days.

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Here is my Game Plan for Thanksgiving that I've followed for the last 5 years, succesfully.

Couple of hours before the meal I eat 1 cup of my favorite turkey chili(only 2 1/2 points per cup), and about an hour before the guests arrive I eat 1 cup of my favorite steel cut oats with apples and pears (only 2 points per cup).
Lots of Fiber in those two dishes.
That means: I'm NOT hungry and therefore I have control of my choices and my portions.

Thankgiving meal Game Plan: 23 WW points total (I'll use part of my 35 weekly points allowance)

Turkey, 4 ounces = 4 points
Gravy, 1/8 cup = 1 point
Stuffing, 1/2 cup = 4 points (LOVE it!)
Mashed potatoes, 1/2 cup = 2 points
Lots of salad with light dressing = 2 points
Cranberry sauce, 1/4 cup = 2 points
Fresh fruit, 3 cups = 3 points
WW crustless pumpkin pie, 4 slices = 4 points (only 1 point per slice!)

Drink water again and again

And mostly, have a wonderful time with my family and friends.

TO HEALTH!

Mimi

p.s.

I'll post here the recipes for Turkey chili, Steel cut oats and Crustless pumpkin pie later.

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SUPERB TURKEY VEGGIE CHILI ( my favorite)

Makes 15 cups
Each cup is 3 WW points (with the 28 0z Vegetarian baked beans and 1 can of Pinto Beans)).
(With more onions and red peppers it's only 2 1/2 points per cup).

Either in SLOW COOKER or ON THE STOVE!

*** LESS than 10 minutes PREPARATION TIME.
*** Very easy to make.
*** SUPERB with Bush' VEGETARIAN Baked Beans with Brown Sugar and spice !!!

Total cooking time: 5- 6 hours in the SLOW COOKER.

NOTE: Can be done also over the stove. Simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour.

From : Slow Cooker cookbook: Easy Slow Cooking, by Barbara C. Jones
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INGREDIENTS:

I pound ground turkey
2 (15 ounce) cans Pinto beans, liquid reserved (I've substitute one can of pinto beans for Bush's best Vegetarian baked beans, 28 0z can with tangy sauce and brown sugar & spices. MORE CALORIES (50 calories more per 1/2 cup, still 0 fat, 5 grams of Fiber,and 12 grams of SUGAR, compare to Pinto beans, but WORTH the great FLAVOR.) YUMMY!)
1 (15 ounce) can Great Northern beans, liquid reserved
1 (14 ounce) can low sodium chicken broth
2 (15 ounce) cans Mexican Stewed tomatoes
1 ( 8 ounce) can whole kernel corn
1 large onion, chopped (I've used 3 large onions)
1 sweet red bell pepper, chopped (I've used 5 red peppers)
2 teaspoons prepared minced garlic (I like fresh garlic)
2 teaspoons ground cumin

METHOD:

* In skillet with little oil (I didn't add oil), cook and brown turkey before adding to large slow cooker. (I poured out all fat after browning)

* Add to large slow cooker beans, broth, tomatoes, corn, onion, bell pepper, garlic, cumin and salt to taste (I didn't add salt) and stir well.

* Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours.

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SLOW COOKER STEEL CUT OATS WITH APPLES AND PEARS

Quick and easy to prepare!

COOK AHEAD for the whole week! (especially if you're in a hurry in the morning)

Take it to work and heat it up. you'll be less hungry during the day.


Absolutely DELICIOUS!
I eat it every day once or more, for breakfast, snack, or dessert.

2 points per cup following the recipe as is.


NOTES!
1. you can make a smaller amount.
2. The amount of water has to be 4 times the amount of oats.
Example:
For 1/2 cup steel cut oats, use 2 cups water
3. This recipe makes enough for the whole week.
4. You may add raisens, dates, dried crunberrie, or other dried fruits, if you wish, while counting your points(calories).
Check Trader Joe's for wonderful selection of dried fruits.
5. I like to eat it hot with vanilla soyslender milk (you can use skim milk)
6. You may add pinch of ground cardemon, cloves, pumpkin spice......
7. It fills you up (HIGH FIBER: 8 grams per 1/4 cup dry steel cut oats plus high fiber in apple and pears)
8. I add splenda to taste and 1 TBS. of DaVinchi sugar free, fat free syrup (0 calories per 1 TBS.)
9. I add (for additional points) 1 cup berries
(I buy frozen berries at Trader Joe's)
11. It's also great with 2 TBS. FF (or low fat) cottage cheese
12. YUMMY with 1-2 tsp. low fat PEANUT BUTTER (for additional points)!!!


INGREDIENTS

4 small pears, peeled, seeded, and diced
4 smallapples, peeled, seeded, and diced
1 1/2 cups steel cut oats (I like the organic Steel Cut Oats Hot Cereal by Arrohead Mills)
6 cups water (or up to 7 cups water)
1 stick cinnamon

METHOD

Put everything in the slow cooker and cook for 6-8 hours on LOW.
Refrigirate.

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OTHER IDEAS FROM OTHER WW MEMBERS!

3 1/2 cups skim milk
3 1/2 cups water
2 cups steel cut oats
2 cinnamon sticks

Cook on low 4 hours

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If you don't want to do it in the crockpot:
1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water

pour water and steel cut oats into large saucepan, bring to rolling boil, cover, remove from heat and let sit a few hours (or overnight) until water is absorbed.
When the majority of the water is absorbed, I add cinnamon then divide up into small bowls for easy reheating during the week.

You can add bananas or spiced apples before you reheat.
You also can add 1 tsp of oil and some sf coffee flavoring at this time, along with a splash of fat free milk.

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Spiced Irish Oatmeal
6 servings

3 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
1 tablespoon brown sugar substitute
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1 dash ground cloves or ground nutmeg 3 cups nonfat milk

Combine ingredients. Cook on low setting in crockpot 4 hours.
Makes 3 cups (six 1/2-cup servings).

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Steel cut oats with apples and cranberries

1 1/2 cup steel cut oats
6 cups milk/water (half milk, half water - depends on my milk supply)
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries
2 apples, peeled and diced fairly large
1/2 cup or so SF caramel syrup (like davinci)
cinnamon, nutmeg to taste

Cook on high for about 4 hours. Refrigerate, then scoop out individual servings to reheat daily.

***If you prefer your apple with a bit of crunch, add it during the last hour.


WHAT ARE STEEL CUT OATS?

Steel-Cut Oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces. They are golden in color and resemble mini rice particles.

How are they different from Rolled Oats?
Rolled oats are flake oats that have been steamed, rolled, re-steamed and toasted. Due to all of this additional processing they have lost some of their natural taste, goodness and texture.

What makes Steel-cut Oats so special?
Grains are essential to a healthy lifestyle and form the foundation of the food pyramid Steel-cut oats are inherently full of nutritional value and are high in B-Vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber while low in salt and unsaturated fat. One cup of steel-cut oatmeal contains more fiber than a bran muffin and twice as much fibre as Cream of Wheat.

Note!

Whole-grains are becoming so popular that I find steel cut oats in ALL supermarkets, in the cereal section or in the organic section.

Health foods stores should definetely carry it.

Supermarkets will carry it, depends on the demand in your area.

You can always ask the manager grocery store to order it especially for you ( you may have to buy a case, with a possibility of 10% discount on a case.

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CRUSTLESS PUMPKIN PIE

Serves 6
1 point per serving

15 oz Libby's Solid Pack Pumpkin
12 oz fat-free evaporated milk
1/2 cup Egg Beaters Egg Beaters or equivalent eggs
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener
1 tsp vanilla extract

Spray pie tin with PAM. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into pie plate.
Bake at 400* for 15 mins., reduce heat to 325* for another 45 mins. or until a knife comes out clean.



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A Low Fat Thanksgiving
From Fiona Haynes

Tips for Low Fat Thanksgiving Feasting
If the thought of all that Thanksgiving feasting leaves you worried about eating too much fat-laden food, or simply overeating, here are some tips to help you enjoy Thanksgiving without expanding your waistline. Remember, many of the traditional foods served during Thanksgiving are perfectly healthful. Itís what we do to them that loads them with extra calories and fat. Let's look at the basic foods at the center of the feast:

Turkey has little fat, is full of protein and is an important source of B vitamins. Your best bet is turkey breast, but be sure to remove the skin first. A three-ounce serving of skinless turkey breast has about 120 calories and 1 gram of fat. If you choose to eat dark meat instead, a three-ounce skinless serving delivers around 160 calories and six grams of fat (two grams of which are saturated).


Sweet potatoes are a rich source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and fiber. Leave out the butter and excess sugar. Use orange juice and a sprinkling of brown sugar for flavor instead. Try these low fat Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Limit your portion size to no more than half a cup.


Regular potatoes are also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Lose the butter and heavy cream in Mashed Potatoes, and use either reduced sodium, fat-free chicken broth or fat-free milk and sour cream instead. Flavor with garlic, fresh herbs and ground black pepper. Again, keep your portion size small.


Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C, and contain compounds that are believed to block certain bacteria that cause infections. Add oranges to make Cranberry Orange Sauce and you add even more vitamin C. Or, for a slightly different cranberry sauce, try this delicious Cranberry Apple Sauce.


Pumpkin is a terrific source of beta-carotene and fiber. Enjoy a lighter crust Pumpkin Pie by using phyllo dough. Use egg whites, or egg substitute, and fat-free evaporated milk in the filling. Or try this light and flavorful Crustless Pumpkin Pie instead.


Vegetables should be steamed or roasted rather than slathered in butter or cheesy sauces. Skip the fried onion rings on top of the green beans (you could use toasted almonds or walnuts instead), and use vinaigrette dressings or herbs for flavor. Enjoy some sweet Glazed Acorn Squash Rings, some Sautťed Green Beans, some Roasted Carrots and Parsnips, or some Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts.

So now you can see how to enjoy the basic foods at the center of the Thanksgiving celebration. That leaves us with gravy and stuffing, which are notorious sources of fat and calories. Make a lower fat gravy by straining the fat from the drippings (a fat separator makes the job easier), and using cornstarch or a sprinkling of flour as thickening agents rather than a butter and flour roux. Add extra flavor to your gravy by using herbs and wine. You can make a low fat stuffing by omitting butter, using fat-free broth and, say, lean turkey or chicken sausage instead of pork sausage. Omit sausage altogether if you like, and use meaty mushrooms and extra vegetables instead.

As for appetizers, have plenty of fresh vegetables on hand. Use low-fat or fat-free sour cream and yogurt for dips. Delicious low-fat dips can include Spinach Dip or some salsas, including this Mango Black Bean Salsa. Have homemade baked pita chips or tortilla chips to go with them. Nuts and dried fruits make great snacks, too.

Finally, donít starve yourself beforehand. You will likely eat more if youíre super-hungry. That means donít skip breakfast; do fill up with whole-grain crackers, fruit and raw vegetables if hunger pangs strike before the big feast, and do drink plenty of water.

When the time comes to sit down to your Thanksgiving meal, you will be ready to enjoy it without overdoing it.



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Please share your food plan for Thanksgiving.
It's a great idea to have a Game Plan.
Let's Plan ahead and be ahead of the Game right after Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving






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