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12/12/12 3:05 P

Thanks for all the tips. I figure I would try to allow for everyone to eat healthy meals so that we all look and feel good. emoticon I like knowing I am not the only one feeding a large family. emoticon

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3/21/12 11:42 A

I make a baked ziti that is cheap and good! I don't have the recipie with me, but if you go on, and search for the Neely's recipie that is the one I use. I substitue whole wheat pasta, cottage cheese for ricotta, ground turkey or turkey sausage, etc. My whole family likes it and I've even had requests to bring it to work when we have our pot luck lunches! emoticon

BRANDONSMOM26 SparkPoints: (8,934)
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3/21/12 11:02 A

i make a chicken bake in the oven not for as many people but its easy to quadruple!
1lb any kind of chicken (i use leftovers for this)
4 cups of just slightly under cooked rice
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1tbsp soy sauce
1tbsp worcestershire
1 cup reduced fat shredded cheddar
mix everything but half of a cup of cheese, spread into a over safe dish. sprinkle the top with the rest of the cheese and garlic powder and bake at 350 until it bubbles

Edited by: BRANDONSMOM26 at: 3/21/2012 (11:05)
JETB133 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/20/12 7:33 P

I also have a family of seven to feed. I have recently started soup and sandwich Sundays. I make a big pot of soup, usually chilli or French onion or whatever the family likes and then I make two giant sandwiches on giant store bought Italian loaves of bread and toast them. I cut each loaf into eight pieces. Some of my families favorites are BBQ chicken, roasted veggie, turkey meatball and buffalo chicken sandwiches. This feed us all on Sunday and we have soup and sandwiches left over for the beginning of the week lunches.

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3/19/12 10:53 P

One onion, one bell pepper chopped. 1 lb of laura's lean ground beef, 2 cans black beans, two cans rotel, 4 tablespoons chili powder, 3 tablespoons cumin, salt to taste. Makes 12 ladles of chili for about 120 cal each.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,290
3/9/12 2:06 P

Instead of using noodles, use eggplant slices. EGGPLANT CAN BE PURCHASE FOR $1.29 LB. You can par boil them for a minute remove and start to layer. Ricotta cheese is low fat, has omega 3's for your brain and heart, calcium and protein. Add green bell pepper, chopped onion, and olives as you layer with some ricotta, parm, and tomato sauce. Yummy!
You can also use cottage cheese instead of Ricotta or even mix them for a more creamy lasagna.

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
3/8/12 8:45 A

I love my crockpot too !!

Take a family package of drumsticks or chicken thighs.
Place in your crockpot , dump a whole bottle of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce , cook on low for 6 hours. Delish and the chicken is so tender !

Or take a family package of drumsticks or chicken thighs and place on a foil covered baking dish and spray them with Olive Oil Pam, then sprinkle Lawry's season salt and bake 350 degrees for an hour or more. Turn them over once so they brown nicely on both sides.

ACORVINO1 SparkPoints: (3,646)
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3/7/12 10:06 P

best site for recipes! has detailed nutritional information and weight watchers points. Also breaks down food by category (i.e. chicken dishes, desserts, under $10, main course, snack, smoothies)

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3/1/12 10:03 A

Focus on veggies in season instead of emptier carbs.

Veggie lasagna is a good alternative to traditional fat and calorie laden Italian dishes, but go just as far for not much more cost. Maybe have a movie night and make some rattatouie, lol.

Frittattas and quiches make really filling, protein-rich, veggie-rich, nutrient-dense main dishes.

Roasted meats and poultry render out most of the fat, while being high in protein. Roasted root veggies are good...but try subbing more nutritious parsnips for potatoes, or broccoli & cauliflower.

Try substituting quinoa or lentil for rice, noodles, or potatoes.

If you write more about what you eat now, there are better ways to help!

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2/28/12 12:49 P

2/28/12 11:10 A

I have a family of seven to feed, so I make a lot of casseroles. I am looking for new recipes that that are healthy and to change things up a bit. I love using the oven and crock pot.

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