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10/28/19 10:43 P

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I am diabetic and am on low sodium. I cook using 99% lean groun turkey or chicken.

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8/11/19 3:59 P

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Thanks so much for the links and also the info about batch cooking. I admire you for being disciplined enough to do it. I have another Spark friend who cooks in batches and she always has her freezer packed with wonderful healthy foods.

I don't have an instant pot or pressure cooker of any kind, but I do have a slow cooker.

You have given me some good ideas. Now, I just have to overcome my dislike of the kitchen and chronic depression (and maybe a little laziness?) to implement them.

Many thanks for spending the time to help me!!

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URBANREDNEK Posts: 10,832
8/11/19 2:42 P

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I don't follow a low-carb way of eating but have found a lot of low-carb options to be super easy (and delicious). A place to start is dietdoctor.com: www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes?s=&sea
rch=&st=recipe


Even their low-carb "bread" recipe is far easier to make than normal bread, and we include it frequently for sandwiches. I tweaked it a bit to suit our preferences:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=3500107


If you have an Instant Pot or other make of electronic pressure cooker, then it can make dinner choices incredibly easy - without needing an oven. I love doing big batches of hard-boiled (steamed) eggs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, and easy soups and stews (just throw everything in). Doing batches means that I can pop individual servings in to the freezer for future meals. If you do a search on "low carb instant pot recipes" you will find tons of great suggestions. A couple that I found: www.delish.com/food-news/g25685840/instant
-pot-keto-recipes/?slide=1
and www.ibreatheimhungry.com/35-best-low-carb-
paleo-instant-pot-recipes/


I also get my husband involved in doing big batches of lower carb veggies - which means that we both can pick and choose a variety over a few days. We work together to chop up rutabaga and turnip in to "fries", do halves of radishes and brussels sprouts, chunks of broccoli and kohlrabi, and "steaks" of cabbage and cauliflower - then coat in a bit of olive oil and roast all together until lightly caramelized. With a half-hour or so of chopping and an hour in the oven, we have enough cooked vegetables for us both to enjoy for 3 days. While we're at it, we also chop some onion / celery / carrot (mire poix) and freeze it in bags.

We also batch cook meats, which we then portion and freeze for future meals. It's pretty common for me to have a pork loin roast, a beef roast, and a batch of a couple of dozen chicken thighs (I prefer these to breasts: almost impossible to dry out, more flavourful, and higher in nutrients) all in the oven at the same time. I also do batches of up to 4 pounds of ground beef: I buy the regular 80/20, cook it loose in a large skillet, then drain and rinse it to get out the majority of the fat (just as good as purchasing the extra lean, but much cheaper). I then portion and freeze it, to add to future soups, stews, or a quick stir-fry.

While it may seem a bit more work doing the batch cooking, I have found that it makes all of the other days much easier. A dinner then becomes a matter of either nuking a choice of protein and vegetables, or warming up some frozen soup or stew, or creating a quick new soup / stew / stir-fry (put some oil in a skillet, add in some frozen mire poix, toss in our choice of frozen cooked protein, add some mushrooms, add some purchased frozen veggies or some leftover roasted ones - heat through and add a sauce: delicious dinner on the table in under 20 minutes).

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8/11/19 12:59 P

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Thank you so much for the great suggestions! The slow cooker salsa chicken sounds tasty and easy. So do the rest of your ideas. I will definitely check out budgetbytes.com today.

Thanks again!!!

Miller

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"Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it." ~unknown

"Let me not miss all that I am by punishing myself for what I am not." - unknown

"The rest of your life is being shaped right now by the dreams you have, the choices you make, & the person you decide to be."~unknown

"Growth is becoming comfortable with discomfort." - John Dowd, Jr.
"Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life."


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NIRERIN Posts: 14,652
8/11/19 12:03 P

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Have you tried the slow cooker salsa chicken in the recipe section? It seems to be a crowd pleaser, though you might need to watch the sodium.What about burgers or lettuce wraps or taco salad sans the tortilla chips? Kabobs are pretty simple. Skewer of meats, skewer of cubes of vegetables and cook til done. Keep each skewer a single ingredient for easier cooking.

budgetbytes.com is a website I like for cheap and easy recipes. You will have to sort through to figure out which ones will meet your needs, but you might find some techniques that improve your chicken skills.

-google first. ask questions later.

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8/8/19 9:36 P

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I'm struggling with providing healthy dinners for my husband who has Type 2 Diabetes. I'm not a good cook and what meals I did learn to cook over the years are too carb-heavy.

We could have a salad every night, but for protein, we can't afford steak or salmon every night. For some reason, I have a really hard time cooking chicken. It dries out and I don't enjoy it at all. (In the old days, I used to fry it - I live in the South).

I just don't enjoy cooking at all and would NEVER cook again if I didn't have to.

Does anyone know of any simple dinner menus that even a non-cook could handle?

Thanks.

Miller

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"Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it." ~unknown

"Let me not miss all that I am by punishing myself for what I am not." - unknown

"The rest of your life is being shaped right now by the dreams you have, the choices you make, & the person you decide to be."~unknown

"Growth is becoming comfortable with discomfort." - John Dowd, Jr.
"Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life."


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