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Costco Grilled Chicken Patties are back!

Last year in the deli section at Costco I found a wonderful Chicken Patty. They are Sabatino's Flame Broiled Spinach with Aged White Cheddar Chicken Patties. Then they disappeared. I finally found someone to ask about them after the first of the year and I was told they were seasonal (What, people don't eat chicken patties in the winter?!). Well, I found them again yesterday. They are fully cooked, gluten free, microwaveable, and 180 calories.

- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 7/6/2011 in Product Reviews | 1 Comment
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Dinner from Trader Joe's

Just had a wonderful, filling meal, that was 100% from Trader Joe's. I combined a third pkg of their frozen brown rice, with a half pkg. of their Chicken Asada and a half pkg. of their Julienne Sauté Vegetables. 287 calories and my plate was FULL! I also recently tried their Reduced Guilt Mac & Cheese (good, but a bit on the small side) and the Reduced Guilt bakes Ziti. Thought I'd be disappointed in the sauce for the Ziti but it was quite good. (I added more Parm. though!) So Good! Thanks TJ's!

- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 5/6/2011 in Product Reviews | 2 Comments
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Freezer organization

A few months ago I bought a chest freezer. They are notorious for their ability to swallow things and hide them in corners! I was able to find some baskets at Wal Mart that fit perfectly into the freezer. I used magnets to attach a white board to the top of the freezer door. I drew a rough diagram of each basket and labeled what each basket contained. I have seafood, cooked grains, breads, raw meats, ready to eat meals, nuts, soups, bean burgers, chicken broth packets...

- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 3/2/2011 in Organization | 5 Comments
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Vitalicious Golden Corn Vita Top

I recently read about Vitalicious muffin tops. I ordered a variety pack. I've only had 3 of them so far...an Apple Crunch, a Triple Chocolate and a Corn VitaTop. I wasn't all that impressed with the first two, but WOW, the corn muffin is wonderful. I'd made some corn bread from a mix or two and they were so bad I threw them out, but these are really delicious. I'd really consider ordering a case of these all by themselves, they are that good. Reviews on other flavors remain to be seen.

- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 2/21/2011 in Product Reviews | 2 Comments
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Tasty Bite Madras Lentils

While browsing in Costco the other day I happened upon a product called Tasty Bite Madras Lentils. 4 individual packages per box, 2 servings per package. It heats in the microwave in 90 seconds and has only 150 calories per serving. Had it over 1/2 cup brown rice and it was really tasty as the name implies! $6.89 per box in Raleigh. Less than $1.00 per serving. Can't beat that. Says it's all natural, vegetarian, gluten-free, no MSG/preservatives and Kosher to boot! Check it out.

- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 1/31/2011 in Product Reviews | 4 Comments
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Pre-cut your butter

I don't like the soft spreads so I continue to use stick butter. To make the measuring easier I cut the butter long ways into thirds. Then I cut the stick in half, then halve those and halve them again. You end up with 8 Tablespoons one way, and each tablespoon has been cut into a teaspoon from the other direction. When buttering a muffin or scrambling an egg, you have pre-measured units without dirtying a measuring spoon and scrapping the butter out making quite a mess in the process! emoticon

- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 10/22/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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Emptying the dishwasher for more steps

Under normal circumstances when I unload the dishwasher, I empty the contents and stack them for efficient distribution. It occurred to me that if I empty and put away one pot, lid, ladle, measuring cup etc at a time, I could get in a whole lot of added steps crossing my kitchen to the proper cabinet or drawer. Some items are stored close to the dishwasher and with those, I bend over each time I take a single plate or bowl and make an exercise out of it. Not bad for someone who dislikes exercising!

- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 10/14/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Don't forget the small stuff

I am usually low on Carbs (Atkins hangover!) and I had recently begun taking the juice of half a lemon with warm water in the morning to break a plateau. It worked fine, and I never thought about adding it into my nutrition info. Well, the juice of half a lemon has 6 carbs, so sometimes that's all I need to get me into the desired zone. Point is, add everything you consume. It may make a difference (good or bad!)

- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 10/14/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 1 Comment
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Mustard for leg cramps

I know it sounds crazy, but eating some plain old yellow mustard when you get a leg cramp will relieve that cramp in a matter of seconds. Don't ask me how it work but dip a teaspoon in the jar and eat about a half-inch worth from what sticks to the spoon will do the trick. Worked on a cramp that went from my toes to my groin and relieved it in about 10 seconds. Remarkable!

- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 10/9/2010 in Staying Healthy | 11 Comments
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Message Board shortcut

On the message board, I have my favorite topics and sometimes I spend a lot of time looking for those favorites. Just tonight it occurred to me that I could open a whole new session of Firefox and put my 5 favorites, each in their own tab. Tomorrow I can go to that Firefox session and just click on that tab, refresh the screen and answer the question, which is usually something having to do with cities or travel or the bucket list. 
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- Submitted by MARYELLEN301 9/16/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 0 Comments
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