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7/11/09 8:38 P

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Hi Everyone, I am new to the team. I have been reading some of your ideas. Great. I have one I have just started recently. I take the tops of the romaine lettuce and sautee them in olive oil and fresh garlic until tender. I then add beans(kidney, cannelini. or charro beans). You can also uso the tops in soups just like you would any other green. It is delicious. emoticon

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4/5/09 7:30 P

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SLOLOSER,

Thank you for the information. emoticon

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Well, the first thing is to pay attention to what kind of beans you eat and how they are prepared. Does it make a difference? (We do not all react the same way.)

If you find one type of bean particularly problematic, maybe you can switch to a different kind.

If you are cooking dry beans some people find soaking them longer may help, or just cooking them longer.

Beware of other gas causing foods that you may be eating as well such as broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, onions, artichokes, and asparagus.

Here's a link on gas by The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pu
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4/3/09 7:59 P

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I love increasing the amount of beans I eat - better for me and cheaper.
My problem is the gas. Any suggestions? emoticon

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Thanks for that link - I had no problems downloading it - and there are some great recipes.
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4/1/09 11:37 P

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SP has published an online mini-cookbook, "Delicious Dinners on a Dime."

www.sparkpeople.com/10recipes.pdf

I haven't tried any of them yet, but if my computer can read the whole document, I intend to look them over more carefully and maybe pick one.

Maybe I need to update my acrobat reader or something.

Edited by: SLOLOSER at: 4/5/2009 (18:13)
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3/30/09 7:51 A

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yummy can磘 remember the last time i had oxtail soup.brings back childhood memories though

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A very cheap easy meal, the recipe for which was passed on by my mother and was one she made at the end of the war in UK when things were very tight and I have changed slightly to my local ingredients.
You can use almost any amount of any combination of vegetables in this. It serves 8 as it stands at about 215cal per serve.
Oxtail Stewp
This is really a cross between a soup and a stew
This is a really cheap dish that easily feeds a family but takes time as the oxtail has a lot of fat and if it is not allowed to chill overnight and then the fat removed, the calorie value and fat content will be sky high.
The final taste is worth the trouble though.
165 Minutes to Prepare and Cook

Ingredients

500g oxtail (beef tail)
1 med carrot, roughly chopped
1 med onion, roughly chopped
1 med potato, roughly chopped
1 med carrot. diced, extra
1 med sweet potato, diced
400g pumpkin, peeled and diced
350g can red beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups finely shredded cabbage
1/4 cup pearl barley, rinsed
440g can diced Italian tomatoes with basil and herbs, undrained. then wash tin out with
3/4 tin water

Directions

Put the oxtail (trimmed of visible fat) with 1 roughly chopped carrot, onion and potato into a crockpot,
Cover with water, set on Auto and cook about 6hrs until meat is very tender.
Cool.
Remove vegetables to airtight container and store in refrigerator.
Remove meat from bones, disgarding fat. Put shredded meat into airtight container in fridge.
Put stock into container in fridge.'
Leave overnight
The next day, skim fat from stock, and from meat if any visible.
Put stock, meat, and vegetables back in crockpot, add rest of ingredients, including 3/4cup water used to wash out the tomato tin and cook 6hrs on Auto until everything is tender.
Serves 8

Number of Servings: 8
This recipe is now available from the shared recipes on my homepage
Enjoy

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3/27/09 8:00 P

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no i freeze them without cooking them as i said in what i wrote before after you have frozen them when you take them out you can then use them as fresh.if you use baking powder you bring it to boil and after that you only need about 10mins on boil ,without bakintg powder and for it to have a bit of a bite need to cook it in your sauce etc for between 30 and 45 mins.in tunisian cooking they tend to cook them for about 2 hours though.hope this helps you.but when your family has different taste it is a case of trail and error though.good luck,let me know how you got on.

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3/26/09 7:35 P

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I did find a few hummus recipes and ended up using the ideas and making my own with fresh spinach. The spinach made it too soft and then I took a couple of wasa crackers to help soak up the extra moisture.

Thanks for starting a new thread for left-em-overs. I am going to check it out now.

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Karen, it sounds easy, but I think you maybe left out a step.

Soak and freeze. There's a cooking phase right? There must be, because you say we can add baking soda in the water as we cook them.

How long do we cook them? How? At a rolling boil? Simmer?

I sometimes like my chick peas with some bite, but others in my family don't. None of like crunchy chick peas in our hummus.

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my husband comes from tunisia so we have chick peas on a daily basis.i buy only dried chick peas and i soak normally 500g at a time.ileave them to soak normally 20 to 24 hours then i bag them and put in the freezer.after that i use them the same as i would fresh.but if you want them to be soft but don磘 want to spend the time cooking them,you could put a bit of baking powder in the water as you cook them.but be careful too much can course them to go to soft.i like my chick peas with a bit of bite.hope this is a help.will go open that thread now.hope you all join me on it.

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Oh, and I often cut my chicken legs at the joint to make two pieces - a thigh and a drumstick. It does seem to make the chicken stretch father. Sometimes someone will only have half a piece that way or one and a half instead of two.

Even if I eat both portions, it "feels" like more than if I keep it intact! emoticon

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I'll have to try that crockpot technique.

I'd love to have that black bean soup recipe!

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3/25/09 11:15 P

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there are two ways I do my dried beans. Either in the crockpot overnight or all day long and when I want them done earlier I put them in a pot cover them with water and bring the water to a rapid boil. Then I turn off the pot and let the bean sit in the hot water for one hour. I drain that water and put in fresh and cook with seasonings and it usually takes a couple of hours and they are done.

I made a black bean soup this past weekend and my family loved it - me too me too.

I just bought 5 cans of chickpeas on sale. There were no dried ones and I have never cooked those dried before but if I find a bag might try it. Now I need a good recipe!

We buy both legs and breast too because most of my family love the white meat.

I learned the smaller the pieces I cut meat up into the further it goes and the more mouths I can feed.

I agree those leftovers made good next meals. Omelets are a favorite of mine. I am not a pizza fan I only eat it couple of times a year if that much. Soups and stews, jambalayas, cool tomato sauces with leftover veggies, yeah a left over thread is calling!!!

Well time to get to that hummus recipe. Have a great night everybody!!

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Dried beans are definitely cheaper than canned, however they aren't as convenient.

We have made our own hummus. I have never bought it ready made. However, I will confess I generally use the canned chick peas when I make it. It's really easy to do with the canned chick peas. It takes a lot longer with the dried ones, and I'm not really good at getting them soft enough.

I do like making bean soup, and for that I use dried beans. Lots of little different little beans, peas, and lentils.

I'm not sure what I would exclude from the list or add to it...
... but I'd probably add cabbage. (I'd have to check the current price.) Carrots, onions, eggs, and oatmeal would probably top my list, so I agree with the blog on those. I don't think I would have listed frozen fruit and berries, although I do agree they are really healthy. I've been wishing I could grow some wild blueberries. Too bad you can't plant them.

I agree that for a budget list, chicken legs are better than chicken breast, although we do buy both.



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A leftovers, make overs thread is a great idea! Why don't you start one, Karen? You can make another thread in this forum.


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yes we are roughly the same jeanine,but with left overs you can make nice salad,pizza磗,soups,omelettes etc.depending on the left overs.maybe we should do a thread on left overs ,make overs or has it already been done?

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I like them all, I bought fresh strawberries this past week because they were on sale. I usually look for what looks good and what is on sale. Since this is not a pay week for us - we have to be very careful on what we buy in food. I'm only going to get the things we really need, have to stay within budget and this has been three weeks before I get paid again. It hurts, but we are doing it. Eating lots of leftovers and they are good.

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Instead of canned beans I prefer doing dried beans. They last a while, look for the sales and I just cook a half a bag and do many things with the pot. One good thing about using portion control is that my food goes so much further!

I have seen salmon in the package not the can that comes out like tuna but it may be more expensive!

I like everything on the list but the vegetables were slim. I get what is on sale, cauliflower, squashes(including zucchini), greens, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes (prefer them fresh), aparagus, and now with spring gardens being planted it won't be long til the harvest starts coming in and so much will be available at local market stands as well.

Same in the frozen department, I usually get brocolli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts. Those are my few frozen varieties I keep on hand. Every now and then green giant will have a sale on their mixed variety veggies that are pretty good.

I try to keep 'back-ups' on hand just in case I didn't get to the store. I box of dried milk, which I hardly use and I couple of cans of evaporated milk too. Their shelf life is longer than the refrigerator milk so the cost goes a ways. I only use it when it's been there too long or I didn't get to get milk for one reason or another.

I don't like to eat the same thing everyday and if I did I wouldn't stay on this plan at all. I like color, variety and lots of different flavors and smells.

Also I go for chicken legs over breasts. One leg per meal! Get them on sale and buy up a couple of long packs of 12 and freeze them down into 4's. When I cook them that is enough to spread across 4 meals during the week.

Am going to try to make my own hummus because a can of Chickpeas is much cheaper than the little container of hummus that cost me close to 4 bucks. I might even find them dry and do them up myself huh! All of this is an adventure and so far a good one.

Thanks for the tips!

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I like everything on the list but the yogurt (except sweetened frozen and
that's no good). Since I'm a picky eater, this is nice to know.

Also does anyone know if you can get deboned canned salmon? I know,
I know the price but I love the taste but the bones get to me and I don't
even want to eat it if I take the bones out. I want it to look like tuna out
of the can. Any ideas? emoticon

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well you can磘 get tinned salmon over here for a kick off.but i would deffinately put oatmeal on the list and sultanas.what about you?.you haven磘 said ,that磗 not like you you are not usually backwards at coming forward.

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Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love mo


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25 Cheap, Healthy, and Delicious Foods is the top of a dailySpark blog item today.

www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?post=25_
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eap_healthy_and_delicious_foods


What do you think? Is there anything you would add?
(Or subtract?) Is there anything there that you think you will start eating more of?

Anything you want a recipe for?

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