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8/10/13 5:19 A

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SparkRecipes has a single-serve chocolate cake. Haven't tried it, looks good.

I only buy ice cream at a gelato or ice cream shop, one serving at a time. Otherwise, well, it just jumps in my mouth.



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8/9/13 11:42 P

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VTRICIA,

That's a great idea. I will have to try that. I don't have any thing to measure 43 g. How much cake mix is that in T or Cup?

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8/9/13 12:47 P

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I'm not sure if this will work for you, but I do a single serving cake from cake mix. I use a digital scale to get the single serving of cake (43 g) and add an egg and a quarter cup of unsweetened apple juice (instead of oil and water), and it microwaves in about 1:40 in my microwave. I sometimes add protein powder but it's important to keep track of all the calories. For spice cake mix, its 170+70+25, so that's 265, which is kind of big for a snack but not bad for a dessert. If you add protein powder, mix it in thoroughly with the cake mix before adding wet stuff.

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8/9/13 12:25 P

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I look at it this way. There are simple foods and there are processed foods.
My basic rules of eating are to eat foods in as natural and unprocessed a state as possible.
For example nuts are best raw and whole, although I will also put them in the food processor to make nut flours or nut butter as an occasional treat. Vegetables and fruits are usually best raw (except cabbages). Dairy is best raw, unpasteurized, full-fat, non-homogenized. Processing at home is superior to buying processed. We make our yogurt from raw whole milk and drink the whey in smoothies made with fresh fruit.
Foods that need cooking like meat and eggs are cooked as stews (crockpot) or stir-fried at home in healthy oil (coconut oil).
Sugar, grains and beans are not used at all.
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8/9/13 11:48 A

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I don't eat desserts unless I make them myself, and I rarely do for the very reasons you all mention. Dessert sections of cookbooks irritate me, because they'll only be seen a couple of times a year. I cook a meal and portion it out onto plates immediately, like a restaurant, never put serving bowls out. Any extra portions are frozen immediately, or given to my kids. Nothing left for seconds, so I never eat second helpings. This is why I prefer older cookbooks: portion sizes are much smaller than they are today.

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8/9/13 10:08 A

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One of my favorite summer recipes is my bean salad. I'll make a batch and have it as my lunch or as a side dish for dinner. Good source of protein and fiber and very filling. Even my husband loves it.

1-2 cans beans (kidney, great northern, black, black eyed peas, etc)
1 can green beans
1 cup shredded carrots (more or less to taste)
hard boiled egg, cut up (optional)

Rinse and drain the beans, mix all ingredients together. Serve with dressing of your choice.
Sometimes I'll add chopped pickle or shredded cheese when served.

 
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8/9/13 9:53 A

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SANDI,

I'm the same way. If I may a dessert of almost anything I will continue to eat it until its gone. I just don't keep them in the house. My real down fall is ice cream. I bought a bunch of single servings, but ate 2-3 at a time every day til they were gone.

Salads are always good. I always put some kind of protein in them so I remain full. Things like hard boiled egg, walnuts or almonds or maybe even raw sunflower seeds. I also put chicken. If I have leftover, I use that, if not I use canned chicken.

I also cook a lot of chicken. You can always double the batch and freeze some for the next week. Almost anything make more and freeze it. You can also break things into single servings and freeze them right away. It makes things more difficult to get at if your tendency is to overeat. I also make Crunchy Mexican Chicken it's fast and great. The recipe is in Spark Recipes. Anything with lean ham is a good choice also. Not the slices you find in the deli, but the loaf looking type you find in the meat department

That's all I can think of right now. I hope this helps. If your talking about sweets, let me know and I'll see if I can come up with other tips.

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8/9/13 8:29 A

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Ok, I'll start.

Tomato/basil salad. Cut up fresh tomatos, chopped fresh basil (lots), with 1 tsp balsamic vinegar + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar and topped with fresh ground pepper. Quick, easy, fresh, filling, but doesn't set up a craving....

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8/9/13 8:27 A

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Folks, I am working hard at maintaining but find my "food addiction" is proving quite a battle. I cannot cook all those wonderful recipes b/c I EAT THE WHOLE THING! e.g. I made the black bean brownies and ate the whole pan!!!

So, this thread is for ppl like me who would like to share their "simple foods".



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