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6/26/12 12:58 A

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I hate cooking, too. lol

Running to the refrigerator is not considered exercise.

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday!


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6/25/12 5:09 A

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Bay,

Yep, I stir-fry veggies- delicious! I love soy sauce... right now I have a few stir-fry mixes in the freezer. I am used to eating lots of veggies because I've done South Beach where fruit is a no-no for the first few weeks...lol. I really like veggies, but hate cooking... emoticon

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6/25/12 12:56 A

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Lissa, have you tried stir-frying veggies yet? There are so many varieties of stir-fry to choose from in the frozen section, or you can just throw together whatever you have of leftovers.

I add a little soy sauce to the pan of veggies and let it all get tender and it is AMAZING! Others on here turned me on to it and I'm so glad they did! It's so different from steamed veggies or plain old raw baby carrots, which I'm getting very tired of. lol

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6/24/12 9:15 P

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I am loving the recipe threads! I am -not- a good cook or very creative in the kitchen, so this is giving me some ideas. Usually I just steam some veggies and mix them with my entrees and call it a day and it's soooo boring, even after only 2/3 (ish) weeks. I've never had plain greek yogurt as to be totally honest plain yogurt terrifies me... does it really taste like sour cream?
something I'll have to check out. I developed a taste for sour cream during pregnancy even though I never liked it before, and now I crave it quite often (even though my baby is 1.5 years, hahah) emoticon

These threads are really encouraging me not to give up on this diet yet. Thanks all!

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If you're on the floor, bring out the fire,
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Gonna push it to the limit, give it more."
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4/21/12 6:58 A

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Thanks for sharing all your great suggestions. I have been focusing on being creative with the shakes. But I think this is a great way to get a lot of taste variety in everyday food plan.
Shakes are relatively sweet, and these options would give the opportunity to have all the other flavors, bulk, and crunch.

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4/20/12 7:03 P

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NDHUNTRESS-I love seeds, including sunflower seeds, as well, and am a little sad not to have them right now, but I have been filling the void with beans and want to make a veggie dish with lentils, as well.
Also, an idea for you, since you specified sunflowers seeds: have you ever tried sproted sunflower seeds? They are just what they sound like-germinated sunflower seed kernels, and they grow a green "grassy" bit, but they do taste like sunflower seeds! And since sprouts are plants/veggies....you could have them on a salad! Also they are crunchy just like a seed itself would be. :)

I think they would go well with a very savory type dressing, sometime I'll have to post one I make which I shared on the Simple Diet's facebook page-it's there now, though. It meets the "less than 15 cals. per Tbsp." requirement for dressings and condiments, and I have heard of raw foodist people making the sunflower seed sprouts into long, makeshift "noodles" with a bowlful of them and some cheesy, savory dressing to stand in for mac 'n cheese. Of course, we CAN have mac 'n cheese, but these are less caloric! Anyways, just wanted to share that! lol!


BayBerryBear- hmm, you'll have to try chilling that original combo and let us know. I do think it sounds like it would be good that way, and, with summer on it's way, it would be really nice to have some chilled dishes to choose from in one's repertoire, yes?

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4/18/12 11:12 P

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So far, I think this is my favorite thread. Great ideas, ladies!

Huntress ~ After reading about your "Asian salad", I'm wondering if that would be good chilled. Cook entree, mix it all up and then chill. What do you guys think?

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4/18/12 8:30 P

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Those are really good ideas!
I really can't tell the difference between sour cream and Greek yogurt (and yes, I have eaten sour cream with a spoon!)

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4/18/12 6:50 P

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I made a yummy big salad today since I was feeling the need for a substantial looking plate of food. Chopped up 3 cups of romaine lettuce and diced up a red pepper and put them in a big bowl. Topped it with 1 cup of heated up shelf stable chili (I used low sodium Amy's Chili) which counts as an entree (based on the nutrition label). Then I dice up half an avocado (counts as one veggie serving). So filling and tasty. High in fiber too because of the beans in the chili. Whole meal was 3 veggie servings and one entree and kept me full for a really long time. I realize if I really wanted to I could have topped it with some plain Greek yogurt too (if I wanted to use up part of shake serving) but I didn't feel like I needed it. Only bummer is that the can of chili is really 1 and a half servings so the leftover half of a serving can either be used as a half of an entree serving if I'm extra hungry one day or I can pass it along to someone else in the family. As a filling hot entree, the chili would also be good on a baked potato! Actually... the plain Greek yogurt would be great with chives and tossed on top of a plain baked potato too. I love this eating plan!!!!!

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3/27/12 11:05 P

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Thanks for sharing your creative suggestions! Great ideas!

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3/27/12 6:58 P

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I love this variation. I eat many of my entrees exactly like this.

During Week One, I used to chop up 1/2 a sweet potato, cook it and put it on top of the greens and under an entree. Incredibly filling. If I'd known about Hungry Girl's rec. re: Tofu Shiritake Noodles by House Foods, I probably would have thrown a bag of that in, too. (Low carb -- 3 g; Gluten-free; Vegan, No Cholesterol, No Sugar -- Cals: 20 for 1/2 bag, Fat 0.5 and Protein 1g).

One of my regular faves on top of salads is Amy's Mexican Tamale Pie (made with organic veggies and beans) -- on top of organic mixed greens or spinach with cucumbers and tomatoes etc. Technically, one could eat 2 of these as they're 150 cals, 3 g of fat, and 5 g of protein -- but one is very filling, so I've never tried to eat 2 at one meal. I love herbs -- and I often chop up some fresh basil or cilantro and decoratively garnish the top. If you're wanting more protein and cals for your meal-- a serving of 100 cal 0% Greek Yogurt will get you there in a jiffy.

Sounds like your supermarket carries lots of different Walden Farms products. So far, I've only been able to find Ranch and Balsamic Vinegar around here. Next time I'm out of town, I plan on visiting supermarkets to see if they carry a broader selection.

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3/25/12 10:09 P

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Neat, Huntress! This was kinda like an Asian Chicken salad. Thanks for sharing.

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3/25/12 10:09 P

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I was just wondering today about how to make a "chef" salad!

Thanks! I'll have to try that. Just happen to have that meal in my freezer! lol

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3/25/12 8:19 P

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Okay I love salads and have really been missing when I use to have a salad with meat & sunflower seeds. So tonight I tried something different to see if it would work and it turned out great.

Shredded lettuce (this is low calorie so have as much as you like) I used 4 cups
Lean Cusine Chicken with Almonds entree (cook per package instructions)
Waldens Farms Raspberry vinaigrette
Black pepper - to taste

While your entree is cooking get your lettuce in a medium sized bowl top with waldens farms dressing & season with black pepper. When entree is done cooking mix the meat with the rice then add to salad. The rice from the entree gave me the crunch I have been missing & the chicken really hit the spot.

I think I will try this with other entrees will let you all know how it goes.

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