I have been half using the meal planner and half doing my own meals. I try to keep a lean meat (chicken / turkey / pork) of fish, serve with at list 2 vegetables and either some sort of baked potato, brown rice or pasta etc. I am making my own marinades, curry sauces, bolognaises, using stock cubs, campbells soups for sauces etc and just entering it on the meal planner with the button that gives you the option to enter a food not on the planner. I use the nutrional value for everything and just try to ensure that I am staying within the range of all targets set - calories / fat /carbs etc. Tonight for instance as it is New Years Eve made a specail meal for the household. Found a good Brushetta receipe on SParkreceipes.com and made this then a marinated pork chop dinner. At least that way we dont get board of the food as I find it I get bored on my diet I cheat - which I dont want to happen. I hope this info helps you, and so far I am happy with my weightloss so it seams to be working you just need to track the nutritional values really well. Good luck and Happy New Year, Tori
I was just looking at sparkrecipes.com and notice that you can add a prepared recipe to your daily meal plan. But its not an option to change an entire entree. It will record the nutritional info for you, but not add it to your menu for the next couple of weeks to make as a switch. I am going figure out something that works, I am determind. But for now its off to prepare some "Chicken Pot Mock Pie". Sounds good for a Sunday supper.
Edited by: KELLY1021 at: 12/30/2007 (10:53)
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I'm finding the same thing. I often click the button to change the whole meal and choose from one on the list, but even that list is limited. Using occasional easy Spark recipes has helped, and I have a few things in my freezer that are healthy that I substitute in a lot. I'm wondering if the options will expand once I lose the weight and can change to a maintenance level of calories rather than weight loss level.
If anyone finds any info on this question, I'd appreciate it too!
Alot of what is on the meal planner is fine for dinner w/my husband, he is truly not a picky eater.And will eat the same things over and over again. My 5 year old son is an extreme picky eater and I am always adjusting a portion of the meal so that he is getting what he needs. (i.e.- making a side of broccoli for him, or a piece of fruit instead of the veg. on our plate)I just like variety, who doesnt. I will look at the spark recipes page and see if I can start to modify things for myself. But still, any feed back......greatly appreciated here.
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I am not sure, hopefully someone here will know. I don't use the meal planner because of my family, it is just not practical to cook 2 different meals, actually at my house it is 3 because I accomadate a vegetarian, she does not require a totally different meal but when I plan I keep her in mind so that I know she is eating well. Hey team, anyone know the answer to this?
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I have the meal planner set for me and thus far I have followed it pretty closely. With a few additions and subtractions. My question is, does it ever change? It always seems like its the same meals week after week with little or no change. Veggies change but the meal itself is the same. I have been incorporating some of my own subs but I need more of a variety. Any helpful tidbits out there? Antone else having this issue too?
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