SparkPeople Official Healthy Cooking Challenge Team Messageboard In just 4 weeks, SparkPeople's Official Healthy Cooking Challenge will help you carve out time and develop the skills you need to cook more healthful meals at home! By completing the program, you'll earn a special SparkTrophy to display on your SparkPage, too. Join the Team anytime to start the challenge! SparkPeople Official Healthy Cooking Challenge Team Messageboard New to a healthy lifestyle I want to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and so I can lose this weight naturally with adapting new habits and throwing out my old ways of eating and understand that if I want this lifestyle i need to stick with it. Sat, 1 Aug 2020 11:07:23 EST Hi Hi my name is Pam. I am new looking forward to learning to eat healthier <BR> Sun, 21 Jun 2020 20:19:56 EST Hi! Hi, just joined this challenge...thought it might help me get back to regular eating...this covid-19 situation has made eating anything not made by myself at my own table too difficult. I struggle at work and cannot eat from restaurants or other people's cooking. I realise that this is somewhat "disordered eating" and so I want to re-inspire a positive attitude about food in general. Tue, 9 Jun 2020 15:24:08 EST Hi! I'm Lori Hey everybody, <BR> <BR> I couldn't find the "join team" button, so hopefully just the intro will work. :-) <BR> <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople sporadically for years, and when I can obsess and spend hours upon hours here, I do well, but when I try to limit access to a half hour or so a day, I tend to go rogue. My biggest challenge with meal planning is perfectionism in regards to the nutritional information. I can list all the nutritional info in most of what I'm putting together, but the... Sun, 29 Dec 2019 10:20:04 EST New team member Hello! My name is Amanda. I am a stay at home mom to my 4 girls and a new resident to Chicago! I love it here! I was an active SP member years ago and recently jumped back in when I realized walking this city isn’t so easy. Too tired, too fast! I’m hiking almost daily and have completely changed my eating. Cooking at home and getting my girls in on the ..... fun? Lol Sun, 17 Nov 2019 22:05:05 EST Goals for this challenge I'm looking forward to going through the steps in this challenge to see if I have missed anything. I make a home cooked meal and already plan out our meals each week, but am looking for new ideas and insights. Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:01:36 EST just checking in - from Kelly :) Good afternoon Spark Friends! <BR> <BR> I wanted to take a minute to reach out to each of the clubs I’m a moderator for. I joined SparkPeople a few months back and was actively taking the challenges and making friends and accomplishing my weight loss goals. Then a few things started to change in my life. I had to deal with a family crisis, some health complications of my own, and an 8-yr old child who is suffering from yet-to-be-diagnosed health issues. I don't have healthy coping skills, so... Sun, 24 Mar 2019 16:43:22 EST Hi, my name is Lisa I have a food addiction, more specifically, sugar addiction. I am ready to give up. I have for years kept track of weight and sometimes (not often enough) tracked my food on this site, but keep doing that without any success of actually losing weight/improving my health. I am diabetic and in this last year been diagnosed bulimic. My weight has gone up instead of down the last few months. My cholesterol is high. I have never posted here before and thought maybe if I had a few friends I might h... Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:35:36 EST Greens I love greens of all kinds and am looking to add various types of greens to my weekly meals. Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:21:00 EST cooking oils I found some recipes with avocado oil and sesame oil, has anyone used either. They both sound good. Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:45:29 EST Week One - Food Planning recently, I started ordering weekly shipments of dinner meals from Blue Apron. <BR> <BR> As of now, I enjoy them very much. They send all the ingredients needed, for four main courses. All of the food is fresh, and the recipes are very good. Last night, I had Sweet and Sour Salmon w/ a jasmine rice and vegetable melody. It was only 650 calories. <BR> <BR> See with me, I eat right all day long, but, as soon as, dinner comes around it is like I lose all control. This website helps with the p... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:19:40 EST Open to change Hi there. I am excited and motivated to change my eating habits. We eat pretty lean at home, very little meat ( maybe 4 times a month) and eat mostly vegetarian with some fish. Everything is always grilled or baked. My challenge is night time snacking, and I hope to kick this habit. So hears to a new me😊 Cheers, Angela Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:29:31 EST Appetite This has been an issue since forever - I'm just not hungry in the mornings. It 11 am and my oatmeal is staring back at me. Any suggestions? Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:16:38 EST Nutrition Tune up GG here and checking in. Listening to others on Spark is always a good plan. So I'm anxious to hear all your tips, and strategies. And recipes... muffins please . Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:14:16 EST Getting healthy for 2017 I'm 50. I love eating and cooking. So I hope to get a lot of fresh ideas from everyone. Sun, 8 Jan 2017 14:32:02 EST Week one I wrote out a grocery list full of healthy foods and stuck to it. I have written most of my meals for the week on the calendar. Great start! Sat, 28 May 2016 21:17:25 EST Cooking for the wee ones I have a daughter who is 3 years old. I've deliberately avoided most of the "kids menu" foods - chicken nuggets, hot dogs, etc. When I do, I make "nuggets" from scratch with chicken breast pieces, fresh butcher-shop sausages, homemade mac and cheese, and so on. She's as good as a toddler gets for trying new foods, and willingly eats a lot of veggies, but I feel like I'm in a rut as far as recipes go. <BR> <BR> For those of you with young kids, tell me your kids' fave foods/meals! I need... Wed, 4 May 2016 14:51:32 EST Need help for a picky husband Hello I'm Julie and although I love to cook I also don't have a lot of time so I like quick meals that don't have a lot of ingredients. Please help me Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:36:13 EST Cooking I don't like cooking,so I hope this helps. Name is Jocelyn and I have a lot to lose. I want to do this healthy. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:14:11 EST More variety I want to have more variety in what I cook, and have a better since about what goes into my recipe. Mon, 18 Apr 2016 16:43:30 EST goals My goals is to make all dinner and lunches at home. No take out. Meals with more vegetables Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:53:59 EST Help with a muffin recipe I'm looking for a muffin recipe. I want to make apple oatmeal muffins. I do not want to use any artificial sweeteners, but I would like them to be low in sugar possibly substituting applesauce for the sugar. <BR> I found a recipe on spark a while ago that I wanted to try and now can't find it. Does anyone have a tasty muffin recipe for me to try? Fri, 1 Apr 2016 09:50:46 EST Hey Hey y'all! The 21 Day challenge had me check out the sparkteams and I'm glad they did. This challenge sounds informative and fun and I can't wait to hop to it! I'm working on shedding weight in order to get healthier and i want something sustainable for the long haul and this seems like the best place to do it. I've learned a bunch already, had to painfully unlearn some things, and have way more learning to do. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:04:37 EST What is your favorite spice? If I have to choose, I'd say Smoked Paprika is my favorite. What about you? <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:49:19 EST HELLO! Thanks for having me. Looking forward to learning how to cook healthy. Wed, 2 Mar 2016 12:18:48 EST New to this group I'm using less oil, even the ones that are good for me and not treating myself with food for completed tasks. It may not sound like much, but these things are hard for me. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 17:53:37 EST Week 1 Goal My goal for week 1 is to get better at meal planning. My husband and I are pretty busy most days, so it helps to have breakfasts and lunches ready to grab and go in the mornings before work. Guess I better clean out the pantry, freezer, and fridge to see what I have to start with. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:23:11 EST Need Cookware Advice Please I'm not a good cook and don't cook fancy meals, just every day basics. Most of my cookware is very old (20+ years) and in need of replacement. In addition, one of my goals this year is to cook a lot more meals at home and I think buying a fun new set of cookware will help motivate me to do that. I have picked out several sets that I think will serve me well. Some are "hard anodized" and some are "porcelain enamel" aluminum. Based on the prices and comments/reviews I'm finding online the ... Sat, 9 Jan 2016 16:03:18 EST Long term cooking goals To vary my meal plan each week. Get my parents (who I also cook for) involved in planning the meals. Buy some cooking equipment that I do not have to help me better prepare the meals. Locate new recipes each week and try at least one to two new veggies per month. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:19:07 EST Instead of Used raspberry vinaigrette dressing instead of light ranch. Saved on calories and carbs. Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:15:34 EST Pre-planning - no resolutions --- except..... continuation of what has been working so far <BR> <BR> <em>368</em> <em>412</em> <em>368</em> <em>412</em> <em>368</em> <em>440</em> <em>368</em> <em>407</em> <em>440</em> <em>368</em> <em>407</em> <em>368</em> <em>412</em> <em>368</em> <em>440</em> <em>368</em> <em>412</em> <em>368</em> <em>440</em> <em>368</em> <em>440</em> <em>368</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>407</em> <em>368</em> <em>412</em> <em>368</em> ... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:41:55 EST Grocery List Organtization This week I made my grocery list out and kept the layout of the stores I use in mind. Put the like items together and cut my time in the stores by 15 minutes. I've also made an inventory of all the foods I have so that when the last of something is used whoever removed it can write it on the new sheet of paper on the fridge. <BR> <BR> I've also made a list of my kitchen equipment and found I'm missing a few items that would help me greatly. Good items for Christmas presents. Sun, 13 Dec 2015 04:40:01 EST Hi Hi, I am new to this challenge. I struggle with cooking healthy meals when I have my kiddos with me half time. Sometimes my energy is low, and it's just easier to run and pick something up for us. I am hoping that this will help me make meal time more of a family time, with fresh home cooked meals at the ready. I can do this. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 15:54:30 EST Inconsistent Efforts Hello all... <BR> <BR> Been on SP for years (mainly for recipes), just recently decided to give it a bigger effort. <BR> <BR> Lack of consistency is my Achilles heel. I run a small business, travel a lot, and have a dozen more excuses at my disposal. :) <BR> <BR> Hope to be around a bit; could use this challenge as an occasional kick in the butt. <BR> <BR> Kevin B. Sat, 5 Dec 2015 09:11:42 EST new, sort of I am trying sparkpeople for the 3rd time, I hope to find a place here. I look forward to the challenges and being successful on this journey =) Tue, 1 Dec 2015 16:26:15 EST My Goal To go the 4 weeks without eating out of the house. I have done this before but I have been lazy lately. This includes my morning coffee, lunch and dinner. My WHOLE family will benefit from this. When I cook dinner my husband and son who both work full time get to take leftovers to work for lunch so it saves EVERYONE money! WHOOT WHOOT! Mon, 26 Oct 2015 07:23:21 EST Cooking for one or two i am hoping to get some ideas and suggestions how to manage cooking alone. most things come in family size. Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:53:05 EST Question about humus. I finally tried my hand at making homemade humus. The only problem is my husband is not a humus fan and it's too much for me to eat by myself. <BR> <BR> So my question is can you freeze humus? If yes, for up to how long? Tue, 4 Aug 2015 11:23:10 EST This is me Hi Everyone, I am new here and am looking forward to sharing this journey with you all. Fri, 10 Jul 2015 04:28:44 EST Fresh Start I have been going to the gym since January. Also been using the SparkPeople tracking food & fitness. Health issues are the reason I started this journey. I feel so much better already, after losing 25 pounds. This challenge will help me in my effort to cook healthy, cheap, quick, and easy meals. Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:30:54 EST I buy more food than we need My pantry, refrigerator, and freezer are stuffed with healthy food. I always want to try new recipes and that requires buying more ingredients. I need to eat more of what I already have and stop buying what I don't need. Today I planned my meals, went to the store with my list, and bought foods that weren't on it even though I knew I wasn't supposed to. How could I resist gorgeous fresh broccoli, beautiful blueberries, and some great looking celery? On my next trip to the supermarket, I commi... Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:42:04 EST Week One I planned my Breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast every morning I have a bagel with cream cheese. <BR> For lunch this week: <BR> Mon-turkey wrap/string chees <BR> Tues-Same <BR> Wed- soup/banana <BR> Thur- soup/banana <BR> Friday-soup/carrots <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> Monday- Taco (2) <BR> Tue-pork chops/ green beans <BR> Wed- Beef stew <BR> Thur-spaghetti <BR> Friday-Sloppy Joe <BR> <BR> I did not have to over haul my kitchen I have been do this weight thing for quite sometime. <BR> ... Thu, 28 May 2015 11:27:46 EST Week 1 I have done pretty well with meal planning in the past, but have fallen off that consistent wagon. I have gotten back into the habit this week, but would like to have it stick again. <BR> <BR> We are moving into our new house in a little over two weeks; new kitchen = fresh start! I am looking forward to new appliances and new environment to cook in. <BR> <BR> This weeks menu has been made; we planned a dinner out tonight, tomorrow will be grilled chicken ceaser salad, wednesday will be croc... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:26:28 EST Question regarding meal planning I was wondering how should I plan my meals. should I go by what I have available in my freezer, cabinets and refrigerator or do I decide what I want to have this week to eat for breakfast, lunch & dinner then plan and shop for the week? <BR> Which do you think is best or do you have any suggestions that may help? <em>38</em> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:21:27 EST Food processors I'm looking at getting a food processor. Around an 8 to 10 cupper and spending around $25 to $50. Any advice? Which brand? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:08:35 EST Just Saying HI Hello all my name is Yolanda.. Just trying something new to help me get my family fit. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:25:30 EST Goals To get myself and my family to start eating very healthy. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 04:13:12 EST My goals My goal is to gain 10 lbs by July, I hope I can do this. I been small all my life, I would like to be healthy. I need some friendly support. Sat, 28 Mar 2015 03:31:59 EST I HAVE to do this! I just got a call from my dr that I am showing signs of kidney faillure. She is changing me from lisinopril, which can cause kidney failure, to Norvasc, whtch has its own side effects. I need to eat right, exercise, and try to get off all meds. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:24:59 EST Healthy Lifestyle Hello, My name is Yvonne and I'm looking to make a change to my eating habits by not only eating healthy, but learning portion control too. <BR> <em>550</em> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:36:56 EST New to SparkPeople I have started tracking all the food I consume. My problem is that I am addicted to chocolate. I have weaned myself to 72%. Portion control. I grew up with desserts after each evening meal and have continued this my entire life. Even though they were homemade desserts or ice cream...need to cut back on my sugar intake. Need to lose 15-20 pounds. Can no longer run because of a knee injury and once weather cooperates I will be back on my bike. Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:00:04 EST Eat more vegetables s&#128515; My goal is to have vegetables at each meal even if it is just a little. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:52:37 EST cook brown rice in cooker? I use evaporated milk in place of creamer and ill be making brown rice tomorrow. Not sure ifi can use the rice cooker for the rice. Any ssuggestions? Thu, 19 Feb 2015 23:36:46 EST Goal I hope to cook healthy and reach weight goal Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:54:04 EST fresh vegetables I was just wondering what we do for fresh vegetables. I usually go twice a week for those then end up buying half the store, of course! :) Thanks, Michelle Tue, 3 Feb 2015 06:30:32 EST Rice vinegar What is the difference between rice wine vinegar and rice vinegar? Is there any difference. If the recipe calls for rice wine vinegar and I just use rice vinegar is it going to turn out. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:21:04 EST Eggs Had Eggs for Breakfast but thought tomorrow is going to be porridge And I am going to soak it in water tonight in the fridge ready then after that because it is Sunday I am making Bacon grilled no fat with a poached egg. tomatoes to. <em>41</em> set me up for the day. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:35:26 EST Hello Hello I have started this challenge. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:51:13 EST my goals for the week 1. to eat a healthy breakfast each day <BR> 2. to cook real meals for my family and not just throw something together at the last minute <BR> 3. to pack my meal for work each day Mon, 12 Jan 2015 19:56:37 EST Goals for week 1 My goals for my first week of healthy cooking are: <BR> 1. Planning my meals every day <BR> 2. Making my own recipe book <BR> 3. Shopping for healthy ingriedients Tue, 6 Jan 2015 08:38:07 EST Starting over Re-introducing myself. I started challenge once but did not complete. I am starting over. New year start. My name is gracolet and I'm looking forward to eating healthy again. Mon, 5 Jan 2015 01:13:23 EST Goals for 2015 My goals are to: <BR> <BR> 1. take 10 minutes 3x's a week to exercise <BR> <BR> 2. to eat healthier <BR> <BR> 3. portion control (weigh out my food) Mon, 29 Dec 2014 19:24:40 EST My goal My goals are to find healthy recipes that my husband and I both will enjoy, and use those recipes to create my meal plans. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:58:04 EST Excited for this challenge Hi Everyone! I am super excited to start this challenge! I know that a majority of being healthy is eathing healthy, which means a lot of cooking myself and not going out. I love to cook, but do not even know where to start making it healthy. I am a true southern girl who grew up on southern food (everything fried of course) and that's how I learned to cook. I look forward to all of the ideas and support throughout this challenge. Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:50:54 EST Hello Everyone I am new to this challenge and is still learning my way around the community. I have a host of health issues that I am trying to address practically and realistically. Beginning with diet and making more healthy eating choices. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to gain and learn a lot from being here. I do enjoy cooking and coming up with new experiments and tasting testing ideas. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:56:29 EST Goals My goals : <BR> plan heathly meals in advance <BR> make a shopping list for weeks meals <BR> make at lest 2 home cooked meals aday and making better lunches for my kids <BR> being perpared so i dont turn to fast food. <BR> <em>306</em> <em>198</em> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 05:59:04 EST My Goals... <em>213</em> <BR> My goals are to start eating wholesome foods,more fresh veggies and fruit,whole grains. Prep all I eat. I have a full and very busy schedule and prepping would be to my advantage.I plan on using my nutribullet and making fresh green smoothies to start my day, of course need my coffee will try to drink this black or with just 1/2&1/2 no sugar and I'm not one for artificial sweeteners.. Eat 3 small meals and 3 snacks a day. I plan on exercising everyday for 30 minutes to s... Wed, 5 Nov 2014 07:51:05 EST Carbs and Cholesterol Help Hi, everyone! <BR> <BR> I need a little help here. I was just informed that I need to actively pursue a low carb and low cholesterol diet for a while. My annual physical showed my cholesterol and hemoglobin (blood sugar) levels are a little higher than the standard range they accept as healthy. I am by no means in the danger zone but due to family history it would be safer/easier to bring them down now and keep an eye on them better. I'm building up to an active workout schedule, which I... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:29:58 EST Meal planning What's help me in the past is only having two options for lunch and breakfast each. Then change every week. Then it isn't so overwhelming with the additional 7 dinners and saves money as well. Instead of planning 21 plus meals a week it's only 11. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 03:20:11 EST It is a rough week I usually plan my meals closer to the beginning of each month Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:45:53 EST Healthy eating I would love to buy healthy but I am on a fixed income Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:54:10 EST Successes and challenges of week one Success -- cleaned out my refrigerator and freezer. I also cleaned out one shelf in a cupboard. It felt great to create some more space for healthy stuff. <BR> <BR> Challenges -- Found planning a week's menu overwhelming. I have never done that. I live alone and tend to fix what I am in the mood for that moment. I also do not cook much ( hence taking this challenge). I might have to work more at figuring out what works for me in the planning department. I did start next weeks grocery... Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:42:15 EST pomegranate juice Is 100% pomegranate juice supposed to taste Sour/bitter? My daughter who lives in Poland just got some 100% pure juice and she said it tasted kind of sour/bitter similar to apple cider vinegar but not as strong. I've only had pomegranate juice in other juices so I'm not sure. <BR> <BR> Has anyone had 100% pure pomegranate juice? How does it taste? Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:46:46 EST hungry I only eat when I am hungry and then I eat root foods, nuts, and soy. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:21:14 EST New to the Challenge Hello My name is Alicia, I decided to take the challenge in hope of obtaining quick and easy recipes. My schedule is busy and long, so I find myself eating out more than I should. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:53:53 EST Healthy Eating After the 4 week challenge is over, I will continue cooking with fruit and vegetables and continue to wean my self away from process foods. So far, I am doing will and I like the way I feel when I eat root foods, and when I try too eat the process foods my body does not like at all and that is a good thing. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:19:19 EST New Recipe Hi all, I wanted to share my new recipe with everyone, I hope you will at least try it once. <BR> 1 corn on a cob, cut the kennels of the cob, 1 can of black beans (drained, with a quick raise), onions (I love onions so I use a lot of them). Combine and cook all ingredients together with a tablespoon of Olive oil, season to your liking, set aside. Lay out a medium size whole wheat tortillas, then place about a cup of the cooked ingredients on the tortillas. Then get a couple of spoonfuls of... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:50:02 EST Help! -- Organizing a Tiny Kitchen? My spouse and I are renting an itty bitty loft, and while our kitchen has fantastic counters, it's also a super tiny kitchen. Any tips on how to organize a small space for its maximum potential? <BR> <BR> Bonus points if your suggestions work for someone who can't reach the back of the middle shelves in any of the cupboards (tiny chefs, unite)! Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:24:38 EST My goals for week 1 Hi everobody! <BR> Since I've been avoiding all cooking, I'm going to take up this new challenge of making a proper (healthy) meal starting tomorrow. I'm not sure if I'll make it though... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 04:09:49 EST Healthy Me with Healthy Meals My name is Carrie and the reason I joined this challenge is I love to cook but need to cook healthy meals. Plus during the week I tend to go out for lunch and am hoping that with healthy meal ideas that leftover or easy to cook meals will also make great lunches. Sun, 10 Aug 2014 17:21:09 EST Hello Everyone My name is Charlene. I want to learn how to cook right with a plan. The goals are to: <BR> <BR> Eat healthy! <BR> Save money!! <BR> Lose weight!!! Sat, 9 Aug 2014 08:20:25 EST Planning Planning healthy meals and making out the grocery list is not so tough on me but being a workaholic finding the time to actually do some of the cooking is a bigger factor.For this week not only am I going to work more on my meal planning but also work on better time management. Sat, 9 Aug 2014 06:07:01 EST Breakfast? So, I've planned out my meals tomorrow and I thought I was doing well until I starting thinking about breakfast (I plan backwards :D) and I have no idea what to eat. <BR> I was brought up with cereal and toast for breakfast as I'm sure most of us were, so how do you go about getting ideas for a healthier breakfast? <BR> <BR> I am really stumped at the moment because I don't really have anything 'breakfast-y' in the house except for maybe milk! (and some old cereal but they are being binned!)... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 17:02:42 EST My goals for week 1 I think I eat pretty healthy as it is, my problem is sneaking in a bag of chips, or a piece of candy with all the healthy foods. If we are going to have pizza, my goal is to not send out for one, I will challenge myself and make my own. Planning and recording my meals are helping. My part of the kitchen has been organized and cleaned of junk food. I asked my husband to move all of his goodie away from my area of the kitchen so I won't be temped (he agreed). My challenge for the this week ... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 15:57:26 EST Healthy Eating Hi, I am new to this program, but not new to trying to stay healthy. I am looking for new ideas. <BR> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:50:39 EST Hi There Hi Everyone!! I am new to this challenge. I haven't really honestly given the challenge a try, but I think if I follow thru with this for only 4 weeks, there will definitely be some improvement. This past week we ate out a lot. We don't normally do this, but I think with a menu planned out for the week, I don't see it happening. I'll be seeing you around this challenge!! Jen Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:58:01 EST Week one goals Hi everyone, I just joined this challenge, and I am eager to get started. While I find that I definitely cook healthy for my family when I ma planned and think ahead, we tend to fall back on less healthy choices when I am cooking at the last minute, or just feel a lack of motivation to get in the kitchen. I am hoping that this week, I can get a meal plan in place and stick to it! Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:48:50 EST you wont believe this recipe <em>43</em> i hate to waste food, its getting to be so expensive at the grocery. it was saturday and i was busy cleaning my kitchen fridge of "over due" guests and aliens. i found a good amount of left over marinara sauce, some french lentil soup(probably no one will want seconds), some turkish meatballs (the country not poultry) that didn't go over so good. it all had the same basic seasoning so i decided to make a pot of chile from the leftovers. i added some sautéed onions and peppers , ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:09:03 EST im new hi everyone! im star and this is the beginning to success, eating and cooking healthy is an excellent foundation of weight loss. I enjoy learning, positive criticism, and I enjoy cooking. recently im adding more veggies and less carbs. my goal for august is to cut out 90% of carbs. we will succeed, failure is not an option. GO TEAM <em>381</em> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 04:21:00 EST My goals for week 1 I plan to clean out my pantry, restock with healthier foods. <BR> I can save time by planning meals, so I won't have to grocery shop as often which can truly save on the calories. <BR> <em>252</em> <em>521</em> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:06:24 EST Just start I am lazy and get frustrated with starting a new way of eating. It takes time and effort. I think I need some motivation and then once I start there is no stopping me. I just have to start!!! <BR> <BR> Any encouragement? Please send my way. <BR> anxious, <BR> deb Sat, 5 Jul 2014 13:19:00 EST Week 1 goals I'm aiming to become more organized with meal planning so that I don't end up in a lurch and resort to fast food for lunch and or dinners as often. I also want to plan snacks so that I have healthier options around instead of grabbing something "quick" and much worse for me health-wise. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:02:03 EST Just starting the challenge Just starting the challenge hoping to pick up some new tips, I cook all my meals at home and take meals to work with me each night I work. Lately I have been remaking some of my recipes to make lower calorie and more nutritious meals, the biggest problem I have is recipes all make way more then I want to eat, leftovers are fine once or maybe twice but no more then that unless it is a soup. So many recipes are for 4-6 or more people, I have been cutting recipes back, and there are some that ... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:22:57 EST Weigh in 185.5 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:27:55 EST Hello, I joined Tuesday June 3, 2014 I have been yo-yo dieting for many years, I would succeed and lose major amounts. Show off what I did, then go back to my old habits. Then I finally figured out what I was doing wrong. I lost some weight and kept it off. Dieting is a bad word. I prefer lifestyle change. Changing my lifestyle, of no activity, overeating, feeling bored, lonely and frustrated was easier than I thought. I began to read labels, I began to plan my meals ahead of time. I began packing my lunch the night befo... Thu, 5 Jun 2014 14:49:52 EST Hello All My Name is Jo Ann and I've been a member since 2006 but I haven't really used the spark pages at all, I wasn't taking advantage of the resources available to me. Now I have to get down to business as my health has gotten worse. Type 2 Diabetes, Thyroid issues and Cholesterol Issues. I need to make this happen and the support will be Appreciated. <BR> Ready to Start Mon, 2 Jun 2014 00:03:44 EST Met week 1 challenge goals I have been busy this week, cleaning and organizing my cupboard and pantry, and buying good, healthy fruits and vegetables. I also only ate out once and tried to make good food choices. Planning my meals ahead really helps, especially in the morning when I need to get ready for work and don't know what to make for breakfast or take for lunch. Sometimes I even pack some of my lunch the night before. Looking forward to week 2 of challenge. Sun, 1 Jun 2014 11:18:07 EST Prepping lettuce for salads all week I want to wash and tear my lettuce and keep it in a big bag or bowl for the week, so all I have to do to get ready for lunches is take out what I need. Does anyone else do this? Does the lettuce turn bad after washing it and keeping it in a sealed bag or bowl. I want convenience, but not wastefulness. Thanks for any ideas you may have. Sat, 31 May 2014 15:13:23 EST Hello Hi <BR> I am a 63 yr. old looking to live a better, healthier lifestyle. I am motivated and ready to begin. I love to cook, crochet, read cookbooks and work on genealogy. I am always looking for new healthy recipes and any advice to live a better lifestyle..I work part-time and often don't have the time to get a lot of exercise in my day. I am hoping to get in a short walk after dinner when I can. I look forward to this challenge. Mon, 26 May 2014 12:43:59 EST Things Learned from this Challenge THIS CHALLENGE HAS TAUGHT ME SO MUCH AS WELL AS REMINDED ME OF THINGS THAT I USE TO DO BUT STOPPED DOING. I BECAME SO BUSY WITH LIFE THAT I JUST DIDN'T PUT IN THE TIME TO CONCENTRATE ON COOKING AND EATING HEALTHY. <BR> <BR> I'VE RELEARNED (SOMEWHAT) TO PLAN MEALS, MAKE SHOPPING LISTS, HAVE THE PROPER TOOLS, USING SUBSTITUTES TO LIGHTEN MEALS, SEASONING FOODS, BULK COOKING AND MAKING HEALTHY MEALS. <BR> <BR> MY GOAL FOR THE FUTURE IS TO CONTINUE TO USE WHAT I'VE LEARNED TO CONTINUE TO COOK ... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:54:47 EST new sweetner there's a new" no calorie" sweetner from japan we will be seeing soon.ADVANTAME, same guide lines as the rest, they say it tastes better, i hope, i try to avoid the pink and blue. if i go to a restaurant that gives extra lemons, i sqweeze them amd add the yellow one, it makes pretty good diet lemon aide <BR> <em>474</em> Sun, 25 May 2014 14:23:18 EST other substitute <BR> I made the Cauliflower "Mashed Potatoes" and substituted the light cream cheese instead of the regular one. It was delicious. <em>4</em> Sat, 24 May 2014 17:16:47 EST My term long healthy cooking goal My long term healthy cooking goal is to cook three to four healthy meals weekly and to continue lightening the meals with substitutes suggested in the articles. <BR> <em>550</em> Sat, 24 May 2014 16:54:24 EST change the mindset I've decided that before I have the "cheat day that turns into a cheat weekend" I need to ask myself if the TASTE of a food is worth the way it makes me feel afterward. Is that bag of Ruffles more important than lengthening my life or feeling like a balloon the next day and having trouble breathing. It's going to be a challenge (cause Ruffles are so good!) but after a few times, it'll be a habit, right! Tue, 20 May 2014 11:41:23 EST Newbie! Hi! just found this challenge and it seemed right up my alley - I work 11 hour days, 5-6 days a week and am exhausted when I get home. I'm taking on this challenge so I won't keep grabbing unhealthy take out for dinner (I'm great at work but very, very bad at home) - thanks for the motivation! Mon, 19 May 2014 12:22:16 EST Introduction I've already started doing this but wanted to get some formal structure to it. <BR> <BR> I love cooking and pretty good at it if I say so myself... <BR> <BR> But I always love to learn and get new information!!!! It's one of the topics that I can actually contribute as well. <BR> <BR> So here we go.. Thu, 15 May 2014 15:12:55 EST Hello... .....New lady on the block New here, and excited about challenge. Live in Tennessee and love it here and I am 52 years old trying to loose a bunch of weight. Wed, 14 May 2014 16:28:05 EST looking for good veggie-grilling cookbooks... Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I love the idea of trying to eat veggies in new ways, and would love to do some grilling. there're thousands of grilling books out there, and some of the more vegetarian seem to include a lot of tofu possibilities (I HATE tofu). Sparkrecipes are good and all, but I love a good cookbook on my shelves to reference and never use e-books or nookbooks or whatever. I'm a paper type of person and always have been. <BR> <BR> Have you guys run across any pretty good grilling boo... Tue, 13 May 2014 14:42:51 EST a secret for home made salsa <em>551</em> if you are like me , you enjoy your homemade salsa fresh, but what to do with the leftovers? i put ot in a plastic container and freeze it for other soups and casseroles, you can keep adding to the same container until you gather the amount you need for some other dish or you can use it the next day to make a great mexican rice. i saw pioneer woman took her mexican rice and put it into a baking dish and sprinkled it with shredded cheddar, then baked it in the oven for 20 min... Fri, 9 May 2014 15:48:33 EST Newbie Hey all. I'm Karlene, just getting restarted :) I am always struggling with the food part of health. What to buy, how to cook, portions, etc.. so I'm glad to have found this Challenge. <BR> Thanks Karlene Wed, 30 Apr 2014 07:04:24 EST Healthy Eating and Shopping My goal: make sure I've got enough of the right foods in my house. We usually shop once a week or week and a half. After a while, we run out and I go around hungrier than I should. <BR> <BR> My next goal is to make sure I have enough pre-made salads, or whatever, to reach into the fridge for when I'm hungry. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:02:18 EST I LOVE week THREE:-) Week 3 Action Plan <BR> Make smart substitutions. Make your favorite recipes healthier by swapping just a few key ingredients. Try 1-2 of these simple swaps in your recipes this week! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<BR>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <BR> Printed this out and put in cookbook. This was great and so was the next one. I printed both. The tips to become a better baker sidetracked me you can see below <BR> <BR> Become a better baker. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:03:26 EST Hello! Hi, I'm Susan I just started trying to loose weight. I have been working with a personal trainer for about 4 weeks now and I really enjoy it. I am going to loose about 140 pounds. I need all the support I can get. I joined and they have some great meal options. I would like to be able to link it to this site. Does anyone know if that is even possible? If not they should that would save a lot of time in tracking my food intake. Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:42:39 EST veggie pizza with flourless cauliflower crust This recipe was posted on Sparkpeople so I thought I would try this as my new recipe challenge. The pizza was not too bad but needed some more spices too make it more tasty. I did not use the pizza sauce just used tomato sauce and didn't have garlic in the pizza that might have made it better. I was disappointed in the video that was with the recipe her portions for the cauliflower were more in the video than what the recipe called for. But all in all I would recommend this recipe. Thu, 3 Apr 2014 18:01:14 EST Good cook wannabe Hi there, <BR> I am new here. I am trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle as I progress through my 40s. I am also a cancer survivor and want to put nothing but good stuff in my body. I lost around 45lbs in the last three years and I want to lose another 40lbs. I am not a good cook so often I eat out. I really am very tired of eating out, because I can't ever find veggies. Plus I will be getting married in the Fall and I'd like to be able to cook good healthy feels for my fiance and I-he's a g... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 11:35:52 EST great find the other day i found a jar of sauce in the freezer i had forgotten to mark, i opened it and realized it was spaghetti sauce. i wanted to make chili for dinner so i quickly changed the spice from italian to mexican, it worked out great, who knew? i added beans and green pepper and cumin. so if you make too much spaghetti sauce you can turn it into chile one day up the road. <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:39:45 EST Hi All Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Kristy. I am 33 (about to be 34 in a couple of weeks). I have been married for 2 years now to an amazing man. I recently quit my job to become a stay at home wife and work on getting a couple of businesses started. We are working on starting a home baking business. My husband went to culinary school for about a year and has always wanted to open a food business. I loved watching cooking shows on tv and wanted to be a cook from the age of about 10. So, after ... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:37:02 EST new receipe I am going to try a spark recipe this week - the pizza with flourless cauliflower crust. Sun, 30 Mar 2014 18:25:57 EST common denominators hi, i will try to cook healthier this month, it is lent and we have given up fried foods and butter, i didnt realize that it is hard to go out to eat or do fast food and not have anything fried.:-( <BR> my biggest problem on this challenge will be finding meals that we can share, my significant other is extremely picky, like i think she was raised by aliens. it is very difficult to try something new. i love Indian recipes, things with friend will not eat chicken. try cooking wi... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:59:27 EST new and wanting to eat healthy Hello, my name is Nancy and I joined sparkpeople 2 days ago. I am still learning the ropes about this program and have decided to join this cooking team challenge. I am a widow but do have family members who live with me. I am truly interested in eating health and so are my family members. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:20:43 EST Hi I am new here I hope to start the year off right and maybe lose some of this weight and eat healthy. I love to cook new things except for liver yuk. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 01:52:48 EST Already overwhelmed :( Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just ended a semester of college friday. I only get 3 weeks to get things done (like projects). One of the big project I have is to paint our kitchen! It's a huge kitchen that encompasses our back door, hall, dining room and the kitchen itself. Am currently organizing the cabinets (just moved here last July). Hoping to find a place for everything and everything in a place. <BR> <BR> I also need to get home organized as well...started to do a binder that should ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:26:34 EST Menu planning??? Whaaaat Needing any advice out there on menu planning. I've attempted, thought about planning menu but never seem to get it done. I sit down with paper, pen, recipes and ideas all around me...then it seems daunting and as my list grows, it seems expensive. I normally shop for meals each day instead of once a week. Please send advice or ideas on how to make a weekly menu easy. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:17:11 EST Recipe Help I tried this recipe tonight for dinner: <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=797473 </link> <BR> <BR> The tortillas that I had were already soft so I didn't do the sauce thing but they just fell apart when I tried to roll them. Any suggestions for that? <BR> <BR> The recipe is very flavorful and I definitely want to try it again (probably with some chicken next time) but I'd like to get the tortilla issue fixed. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:30:06 EST vegetable soup hi, i make it a practice to either once a week or every other week to clean out my vegetable drawer and go through my freezer. in the process i take everything that can be salvaged and turn it into vegtable soup. then i have usually 2-3 mason jars full and they keep for a week or more and it is better than anything in a can and low in fats and calories. i also feel good about not wasting and saving some money.last week i made broccoli cheese soup using shaker parmesian and it was delicious. ... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:17:38 EST Week 1, going so far so good! I am really feeling motivated by this challenge and am sticking to it! I turned down Peanut M&M's yesterday and today was cinnamon and sugar pretzels. I'm noticing work is going to be my hardest place to be successful. As a group, we joke about all of the "yummy" food we eat and how much we can make for pot lucks and all it does it encourage overeating and weight gain. So far I'm sticking to what I've packed and have not strayed at all. <BR> <BR> Feeling very confident and motivated moving f... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:53:54 EST have faith my friend and i have been trying to eat healthier since jan 4. today is feb 18, so thats about 6 weeks of eating better(not perfect). all of a sudden today we both realized we werent craving anything..........we couldnt even figure what to fix for dinner. we survived valentines weekend with only a few flubs, i bought some dark chocolate with almond nuggets, but we tried to control ourselves and they are about the healthiest treat. <BR> anyway, heres my point, i think it takes about 6 wee... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:45:45 EST Trying to get back on track AGAIN Hi all! My name is Tiffany <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I've been off and on this website since October, I fall prey to my usual pattern of woo hoo motivation for a week then dead in the water for 2. I'm hoping changing my focus to eating and cooking better will work. <BR> <BR> I am a rock star with breakfast, it's always healthy and on track. Lunch is hit or miss, depends on my level of laziness on whether it's a can of spaghetti-o's or a salad and sandwich. Dinner is the most difficult. I h... Sun, 16 Feb 2014 11:23:59 EST Good Substitute For Broccoli? Okay, here's the thing..........I REALLY hate broccoli. Seriously, I just can't gag the stuff down. <em>24</em> I see a lot of healthy recipes that call for it. Is there anything else that can be easily substituted when a recipe calls for it? Sun, 16 Feb 2014 01:29:15 EST Starting over Hi, my name is Carol. I'm just returning to Sparks after 7 years to find my way back to a fit life. I had reached my goals and maintained until a year ago and managed, through the stresses of life, put the weight back on. I lost my motivation and now have vowed to get fit and stay fit. I'm having to retrain myself to eating properly and to get moving. I look forward to being apart of Sparks again. <em>521</em> Fri, 7 Feb 2014 21:20:55 EST Goals I joined this challenge to eat at home more often and skip fast food. I am going to school full time and working full time so I am looking for tips to make eating at home easier and faster. My goal this week is to eat at home 5 times. I am also eating at least 2 fruit or vegetables each day. Tue, 4 Feb 2014 07:26:23 EST How Do We Track Our Fiber HI I have tried to find a way to track my fiber. I can put that down as a goal , still is there any way the tracker will track it accurately so that we can get feed back on our reports about it.?? Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:39:20 EST I'm working towards... actually fixing the meals I have on my monthly white board. I'm really good at thinking up interesting meals that I think my son and I will enjoy but when it comes time to make them I fall flat. So I'm starting out for one week. For one week, 7 little days, I'm going to use only things I have on hand to make nutritious, cheap meals that will also help with lunches and snacks. If I can make it one week than it will become two weeks and so on. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 17:27:53 EST New to the challenge & Spark People Just starting this challenge. I did my menu plan over the weekend and went grocery shopping on Monday. So this challenge fits in for me! :) I love to cook and try new recipes. Hubby enjoys cooking too, thank goodness!! Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:40:43 EST Team spins How do I get this team to show up on my team spins menu? All of my other teams are there except this one. Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:47:15 EST Introduction Hello, <BR> I am new to sparkpeople. I joined this challenge because I know how important food prepping is for those with busy schedules and families. When I stopped food prepping a few months ago guess what happened, the weight came back! Now I am recommitting to food prepping on the weekend and eating clean. Yesterday I smoked two chickens, made vegetable soup in the crock pot and homemade protein bars. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 08:13:27 EST batch cooking sort of I haven't done batch cooking or once a month cooking exactly how they say do it. I have fixed an extra pot pie or lasagna and frozen it. Most of the recipes I fix really don't seem a fit for freezing. The closest I get is when I fix marina sauce in the slow cooker. I would love to do this more as it seems like on some meals it would allow for more time to prep veggies or other go alongs. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:28:15 EST My Goal I want to learn how to include my healthy eating into our menu without adding on to my expenses. I have two picky eaters ( my husband and my 16 yr old) so we have set recipes. I have slipped hidden veggies into some meals but they always seem to pick them out. Making two dishes of the same meal just doesn't work- too much time and money waste. Feeding six people with such varied taste is a huge challenge. <BR> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 13:13:59 EST Potluck ideas I have a potluck luncheon next week. I'm making stuffed green pepper soup but need one more idea. I think for my second dish I'd like to go meatless but it's not necessary. All suggestions are welcome whether they have meat or not. <BR> <BR> Thank you Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:33:24 EST Team Goal Question I signed up for the goal to cook at least 2 meals a week at home. When I went into my Other Goals section to record things, when I selected this goal it asked me how much - how much what? It has a drop down menu to select from that is 6, 72, 60, 150, 5, 8, 87, and 105. I can't think what these choices could be - you could never do 150 meals in a week for eg. and we are to record by the day not the week. Anyone know how to do this one? Sun, 8 Dec 2013 18:23:41 EST Challenge Completed I have followed all the steps of the challenge and have learned some things along the way. I will continue on my quest for healthier cooking and look forward to joining more SP "official challenges" in the future. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation! <em>223</em> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 11:33:41 EST New printable recipe cards to share... Hey everyone... I have several new recipe cards posted in my PHOTOS section of my Spark page for you to take. Click the recipe to enlarge it and save it to your PC... then print it out for your recipe box at home. Be sure to take the back of the card as well if there is one. ENJOY! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 02:37:59 EST New and Nervous Hi everyone! I need help. I have a difficult time preparing healthy meals for my family. Once I leave work, which is at 5:30p, I pick the children up, head home, help them with their homework (homework is a lot more complex these days), and still try to cook a healthy dinner, get the kids in the shower, read them a book, etc. It can be pretty overwhelming. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 10:03:57 EST Is there anyone out there? Just joined this group and did not see any new posts other than the weigh in post. <BR> My goal this week is to make my vegetables more interesting and still stay healthy. <BR> It is so easy to just steam something and that is it, but it is boring after a while. I want to use more coriander since it is good with greens and is good for diabetes. <BR> <BR> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 18:32:36 EST Goals! I love to cook but lately I've been too lazy to plan, shop, prep, and cook so... I eat fast food. A sickening amount of fast food. <BR> <BR> My goals for this challenge are: <BR> 1. To get back in the habit of cooking. <BR> 2. To take lunch to work! I always always skip this and I always regret it and have to go spend $10 on lunch. <BR> 3. Eat breakfast at least most days of the week. I am so terrible at this but I'm always starving by lunch. <BR> 4. To organize my kitchen into something tha... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 22:32:47 EST Hi I'm New-ish For some reason when I cook I always end up with enough for an army. And after 29 years of marriage I'm sick of cooking! I need to spice up my menus with some new things I hope to get here! :) Tue, 5 Nov 2013 15:12:30 EST Hello All hello everyone! thanks for all the interesting reading!! you guys are awesome!! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:25:46 EST I am so lost I thought there were goals we were suppose to reach but I can't figure out where to find it. I swore I read where the would send me a message telling me what I need to do for each challenge that happens but so far nothing,, I am not sure what to do. I feel like a newbie but it is what it is <BR> <BR> thank you <BR> <BR> Dawn Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:10:52 EST Something fun to share... Hi Team! As some of you know... I create digital recipe cards in Paint Shop Pro... then add a recipe to it that is on the healthy side. I post them in my PHOTO section so everyone that has an interest in them can save them to their computer and print them out for their own home recipe collection. My own cards, I print them out on light weight card stock paper... I add clear contact paper to the front and the back, then I cut them out. Please feel free to see what recipe cards I have posted an... Mon, 21 Oct 2013 12:34:23 EST hello My name is Danie and I have successfully lost 15 lbs using sparkpeople in the past. however, I've had 2 kids since then and have seriously fallen off the wagon. having my kids has given me new motivation to cook more often and provide healthier meals for us. so here's to starting over for what seems like the hundredth time. <em>521</em> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:32:21 EST Goals I want to learn how to better plan meals. Eat less fast food and cook more meals so that when my son grows up I can help him live a healthy lifestyle. I also want to be able to eat foods that will help me lose my babyweight. Sun, 20 Oct 2013 13:01:01 EST Hello Hi, my name is Diane. I wanted to join this challenge because I'd like to try more variety, it seems like I eat the same old things all the time. I'm losing the weight a little at a time but I need something different. I hope this helps. Sun, 13 Oct 2013 02:58:15 EST My intro: Cooking for one isn't fun I decided to join this team to encourage myself to cook and plan meals. This was easy when I had a roommate because the cooking options seemed limitless. Cooking for one is not as fun for me because I don't like eating leftovers more than one day; and I get tired of eating the meals that seem the best and easiest to cook for one person. Working out is the easy part for me; and I know planning and cooking meals is the difficult part for me. I look forward to the challenges as a way to kick-... Sun, 6 Oct 2013 16:25:02 EST Tracking nutrition for home cooked meals I love to cook and make healthy meals, but so many recipes don't include nutritional info so it is hard to figure out portion size and nutritional values for these meals. I did buy 1 cookbook that does list this but so many don't. Any suggestions Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:23:51 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 8 -14 ) 1)I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. <BR> &#8213; Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 2)The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. <BR> &#8213; George Carlin <BR> <BR> 3)Lies require commitment. <BR> &#8213; Veronica Roth, <BR> <BR> 4)A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. <BR> Anne Roiphe <BR> <BR> 5)The world's biggest power is the youth and bea... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:42:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 1 - 7 ) 1)The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation. <BR> &#8213; Cheryl Hughes <BR> <BR> 2)Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see. <BR> &#8213; ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:19:43 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 25 - 31 ) 1)Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. <BR> Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> 2)There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. <BR> Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> 4)Speak when you are an... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:57:09 EST Newton, KS I live in a somewhat small town in Kansas. I am married and have lost 63 pds and am here to continue to lose the next 70. Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:00:58 EST on $31 per week? I am the leader of the food stamp challenge and trying to shop cook and eat healthy on just $31 per week, instead of my normal $59 per week. So far three solid weeks at or very near goal. In other words , financial goal met but not quite healthy enough. <BR> PS - the savings in shopping are being donated to New Mexico Roadrunner food bank monthly. At the end of this month I will write a check for $100 to help the really hungry in my area. Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:28:44 EST Frugal Healthy Cooking I'm hoping you guys can give me some tips to eat both healthy and cheaply. I can't seem to figure it out. If I cook healthy food at home, it costs more than when we eat at fast food places for a week. We can't afford to keep spending so much money, so I gotta figure out how to strike a happy medium. <BR> <BR> Any tips, ideas, recipes, anything? I would really appreciate them! <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Tue, 3 Sep 2013 10:44:49 EST My week two goals It's not really big batch cooking, but for my week two goals I cleaned and portioned out fruits and vegetables so that they are available to eat raw or to use in recipes. Sun, 1 Sep 2013 23:33:28 EST cut out butter I cut out butter and donuts and less bread Tue, 27 Aug 2013 20:59:02 EST Challenge goals My goal is to eat vegetables, fruits, chicken, fish, tuna, brown rice, whole wheat bread and other healthy choices. Skip sugar, soda, processed foods, salt and junk food. Avoid eating out and do meal prepping each week. Drink green tea, almond milk and water. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:57:06 EST making dinner I will make dinner using healthy recipes that I found online. <em>224</em> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:12:54 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 18- 24) QUOTES ON RAISING CHILDREN <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1)Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 2)I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.' <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 3)Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 02:40:28 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 11- 17 )) QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> 2)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 3)Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 4)The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. <BR> Mah... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:38:01 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 4-10 ) QUOTES ON DREAMS <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. Lawrence <BR> <BR> 2)Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to cha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:20:01 EST Hello from clearwater fl Hello everyone. I am excited to be here and get started. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 13:45:40 EST Menu planning I am not very good at creating a menu for the week. I am better at having lots of healthy food in the house so I can pick healthy meals all the time. I also have a sprouts 5 blocks away so it is quick to run down there and get missing ingredients. I tend to eat what I am craving at the moment. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 11:58:27 EST Hello From NY Hello, my name is Laurie. I'm a 30 something stay at home mom on the quest to be healthier, and lose weight. I chose healthier first because I need to be a better example for my children. I have been on the weight loss roller coaster for most of my adult life. I don't want my children to follow the same path. So now I am eating more fruits and veggies, in the hopes they will follow my example. I work out as often as I can, normally 4-5 days a week. My kids (2 and 5) mimic me, which is ... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:44:31 EST Hi Hi. I am Lynda. I usually eat at home and pack my own meals. However, I find that my family and I are stuck on the same things. Could use ideas for packing sack lunches for my 16 year old who is not a sandwich lover and needs to be able to survive being shoved in a backpack. <em>43</em> Thu, 8 Aug 2013 21:00:38 EST Have not received my week 2 challenge I would like to start week 2 of the challenge, but I have not gotten an e-mail yet. It is Tues. Wonder up is up? Any suggestions? Tue, 6 Aug 2013 18:36:51 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 28 - Aug 3) QUOTES ON PATIENCE <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)Patience - the gift of being able to see past the emotion. <BR> Rodney Williams <BR> <BR> 2)He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. <BR> David Hume <BR> <BR> 3)Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices. <BR> St. T... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:14:39 EST New to spark hello my name is Amanda, I am 33 years old and I make all our meals at home we very rarely go out to eat, I plan my meals every friday before I go shopping for the week my issue is I make bad choices with nutrition. Everything I make is loaded with to much of everything so I need to learn to add more veggies and lighten up on the cheese and butter. I also need help finding kid friendly foods my kids are super picky its hard to get them to touch veggies that are not fried. ok I will stop ramb... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:02:10 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 21 -27 ) QUOTES ON HAPPINESS <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” <BR> &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” <BR> &#8213; Dalai Lama XIV <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” <BR> &#8213; George Burns <BR> <BR> 4)Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” <BR> &... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:27:00 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 14 - 20 ) QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It's a grain. It's like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.” <BR> &#8213; James Patterson <BR> <BR> 2)One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” <BR> &#8213; Virginia Woolf, <BR> <BR> 3)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” <BR> &#8213; Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 4)I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the fo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:07:18 EST Week 3 will be a challange But that is a good thing. The first two weeks were for the most part things I had already started doing well before this challenge, mostly to save money. So now I am on to substitutions. I doubt I will be baking anything since it is summer and turning on the oven makes the house heat up but I shall see about the rest of my cooking. <BR> <BR> So far I substitute cooking spay for butter and oil. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:44:26 EST Difficult Planning I feel like it is hard to plan well rounded meals with so little haha! Already went to the store this month so I will work with what I have, right? :) Sun, 14 Jul 2013 19:57:22 EST My goals My overall goals are to make sure I am getting the right amount of nutrients every day through food! Not vitamins and supplements, because those do not absorb for me. So, I want to learn to integrate all the important food groups into a meal to make it balanced and healthy. I know that's a very broad goal, but I can't narrow it down! My biggest goal is not to lose weight, if that is a side effect of being healthy then fine! I just want to feel good :) Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:38:32 EST Alicia Hi my name is Alicia, and I am on the road to healthy eating, but I need more options. I want to learn to cook more healthy meals with my tiny kitchen and tiny budget! Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:34:06 EST My goals My goal is to find a better way to feed my family. I would like to eat home cooked dinners at least 5 times a week. This means only one restaurant meal per week and one takeout dinner per week. I also need to figure out some quick and easy lunch ideas so I can stay out of the cafeteria at work. I would love to use as much fresh produce as possible. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 21:51:15 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 7-13) QUOTES ON LEADERSHIP <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. <BR> Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> 2)If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. <BR> John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> 3)A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 4)A leader is best when people barely know he exi... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:41:55 EST I did it This challenge has been great. I cleaned out my shelves and have started cooking more. I really appreciate my slow cooker and rice cooker. I am steadily loosing weight. I will continue on this way and follow your advice. <BR> I still have pre-diabetes, I use this as my challenge also. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 14:24:15 EST Lunch ideas I' m looking for some good, healthy lunch ideas. I bring my lunch to work and want to try some healthier lunch meals or salads. I always enjoy trying new things. Any ideas Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:52:46 EST My Goals I found out I am pre-diabetic (still). My goal is to incorporate more diabetes friendly foods into my diet. I have been p-d for at least 8 yrs. During the last 3 years I have lost 30+ lbs but I still have p-d. <BR> Thanks for the help in organizing all this info. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 20:46:54 EST Goal 1 I had already cleaned up the kitchen, yea!! <BR> So, my plan is to start working on eating at home more often. <BR> Being single, it's very easy to just grab something out. It can be cheaper, so I've been telling myself, but maybe not so healthy. So that is my goal, to cook at home and eat better. This is my first week of doing just that. So far, so good! I do go out with friends from work every now and then, but that's ok to splurge once in awhile. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 23:11:26 EST Challenge: met I have completed week 4 of the healthy cooking challenge. My long term cooking goals are: <BR> <BR> 1. Continue to use the healthy cooking techniques I've learned. <BR> 2. Keep my healthy cooking tools in a convenient place and well-organized. <BR> 3. Continue to try new recipes to increase variety in my diet. <BR> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 08:36:52 EST Loving this Challenge I've been having fun with this challenge. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> After not regularly cooking meals each day for over a year now, I have been pre-planning, and cooking meals this last week. And I'm loving it! I'd forgotten how much I really do enjoy cooking. Even tried a couple of SparkPeople recipes that will be added to the recipe box. <BR> <BR> This weekend, I'm working on my meal plan for next week. <em>244</em> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:47:25 EST Week 1 I'm new here, found out I have insulin resistance so my doctor and nutrition advisor has clearly stated for the first 2 weeks I must stay away from carbs. Carbs are horrible for me and I understand this, I can eat the most wholesome carbs and still NOT LOOSE A POUND! It's called by another name, syndrome X. <BR> <BR> We already cleared out our pantry and got rid of all the junk food like chips, crackers, cereals, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, beets, and all fruit. I can't have fruit ... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 02:49:39 EST Goals... My goals for this challenge are to pre-plan my meal and organize my kitchen. I want to cook healthy meals more often at home rather than eating out....I also want to get in the habit of taking my healthy lunch with me. Sat, 8 Jun 2013 18:51:39 EST Its me I actually joined SP last September, but I haven't been very active in the community and haven't lost much weight. I have actually gained! I'm hoping this challenge will help me organize my meals and be proactive rather than just reacting when I feel hungry! The small steps should help me reach my goal.... Sat, 8 Jun 2013 18:42:39 EST cooking for one--big batch shopping After my last child left home, I had a difficult time transitioning to cooking for one. (I am single)One of the problems I had was food shopping for one. I learned that I didn't necessarily need to look for small packages of meat, which can be more expensive. Stores generally have better deals on larger family packs. I now buy these, portion them out, and freeze. For fish and chicken, I get those really cheap fold-over sandwich bags, place one over my hand, pick up one piece, invert the b... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 08:42:57 EST Good idea to rat yogurt Do you think it's good to eat yogurt daily Mon, 3 Jun 2013 23:26:37 EST Week 1 Starting the week with an organized kitchen, meals planned out and taking my daily walks. So excited for another week to come!! Finally made the decision to get healthy and begin again. I love the support and all the information on SparkPeople, I feel so lucky to have found this site, thanks Womans World. Good Luck all of you, and I hope you enjoy this as much as I am! Sun, 2 Jun 2013 14:37:20 EST Ugh, getting older It has always been enough for me to just work out and not have to think about what I eat. I've never been super skinny, but I've always been within a healthy range, and anytime I started to gain weight, I'd jump on the treadmill and be back to normal in a week or two.... until now. I've been working out like crazy and my weight has barley budged..... I guess its finally time to learn how to eat healthy. Sun, 2 Jun 2013 11:02:57 EST trying new foods. My family likes to try 1 new food every week. Not necessarily a completely new food but maybe a new way to eat it. ie. trying a thai chicken or indian chicken. Maybe a new food combination. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 17:33:31 EST My goal My first goal is to start cooking for my own wants again. My daughter and husband are both picky eaters who can deep fry anything without gaining an ounce. I have been successful with introducing some new foods to my daughter (she recently discovered that she likes Thai) but I catch her picking out beans and veggies. Tonight I am having kale and shrimp. Leftover chili for them <em>4</em> Thu, 30 May 2013 11:09:07 EST Week One I might blog about this and I'm keeping a OneNote notebook with all my weightloss stuff but I think I'll also just stick all my stuff (goals, menu) for week one of this challenge right here! <BR> <BR> I love to cook. I really do! So why do I need this challenge? Because I started living by myself for the first time ever about a year ago and I promptly stopped cooking. I just don't have the drive to cook for myself (especially knowing that I have to clean up afterword!). Cooking for one after... Tue, 28 May 2013 09:36:33 EST This Week's Meal Plan I like to try out recipes from Sparkpeople . . . some are duds but I've found a lot of great recipes here! <BR> <BR> So this week, making my meal plan for the week, I decided to go with all new recipes that I haven't tried yet. <BR> <BR> Here is what I came up with: (links to the recipes are included at the end of each day) <BR> <BR> Sunday - Church Run with our Motorcycle Association, dinner at the Church <BR> <BR> Monday - <BR> Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin <BR> Ranch-style mashed pota... Sun, 19 May 2013 08:33:12 EST menu complete I finished my weekly menu and also made a grocery shopping list ..I'm excited to try these new recipes and see which ones my family can't live without Sat, 18 May 2013 17:05:24 EST hi this is my first week on this challenge and I'm supre excited about learning how to cook healthier for my family Sat, 18 May 2013 16:54:19 EST Cooking and Gardening Goals Goals <BR> --Try at least one new menu item each week <BR> --Better Garden planning and find what other items I can freeze besides corn <BR> --Find a better why to organize the recipes that are successful. <BR> <BR> Obstetrical <BR> --Finicky DH that wants to eat healthier, but not try anything new. <BR> --Planning time, I can get lost looking at new recipes, but never seem to get anywhere. <BR> <BR> Successes <BR> --I made a chicken breast and veggies quesadillas last week that everyone lo... Fri, 17 May 2013 11:55:24 EST Weekly goal Cooking dinner at home isn't a problem, I do that every night, but tend to go out for lunch several times a week with coworkers. One is mandatory so my goal this week is to take and eat lunch each day except Tuesday! Mon, 13 May 2013 08:40:25 EST cooking light beginner I am very new to this challenge and am learning slowly how to cook healthy since all i have ever know is not cooking healthy. I would love to hear from all of you any tips you may have for me. I am starting will cutting out most butter and whole milk in my foods. Sat, 11 May 2013 10:28:25 EST HOW TO USE THE TRACKER FOR DIABETIC VEGGIE MEALS?? I am pre-diabetic and I am not sure how to use the tracker to get diabetic vegetarian meals that are affordable for 1 or 2 people. (without fancy dishes). I am on a fixed income and it is difficult. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. <em>304</em> <BR> Chelsea <em>30</em> Thu, 2 May 2013 07:47:02 EST Week 1 complete Week 1 is complete for me. It has been nice to plan some different meals out of the Diet cook books that we have at home, and get out of the routine of eating the same things every week! Thu, 18 Apr 2013 14:11:25 EST erratic work schedule a very erratic work schedule has led me to rely to much on fast food and find myself snacking on unwise choices and overall not being satisfied with it. I enjoy cooking but am in need of quick, healthier things I can make ahead and have ready for the week. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:42:54 EST Soy milk Recently while visiting my sister I tried silk soy milk vanilla flavored. It was tasty. I'm wondering if you can cook with it like regular milk. Is the vanilla going to effect the taste of what ever I make? Thu, 11 Apr 2013 09:08:06 EST Being Consistent !!!! Hello I am Wen, I am new as of today April 6 2013~. It is nice to meet you all and hope we can help each other.. It will be a challenge for me to eat healthy everyday,But I would like to cook a batch for the week and know that I am starting out right. For me that will be my first challenge... WE CAN DO IT!!!! :) Sat, 6 Apr 2013 12:32:52 EST Healthier I love to cook (and eat). My goal is to replace high calorie meals and desserts with leaner, healthier choices. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:17:24 EST cooking big meals I already do several of the tips for cooking big batches of meals. In my house we eat lots of leftovers. It really does save time. <BR> For the people who say they don't eat left overs, most microwave foods are cooked and then frozen. Then you buy it and reheat it. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:39:53 EST VEGETABLE MAKEOVER I will learn ways to make vegetables taste good and make you want to eat them. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:03:39 EST New to sparkpeople Hi, my name is Shilo. I am 26 years old and have a two year old daughter. My boyfriend and I have been together for five years and will hopefully be getting married in the near future. We are foster parents to a 17 year old girl and love it. I am a very busy person will my family, college, working full time, gym, and church. I am realizing how important it is for me to plan meals ahead of time. I joined this team because I am hoping to get some healthy recipes work on planning meals rather th... Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:19:24 EST Vitamix experience? Should I get one? Thinking about getting a Vitamix. <BR> If you have any information or experience with one please let me know. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 21:47:07 EST Hi my name is Carole, I am 49 and this is my first challenge. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 19:46:44 EST new I am new to this group, but not to cooking. starting learning at 9 years old. but want to learn how to make HEALTHIER food now. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 03:25:21 EST Introduction Hi. I'm Heather M. from Flagstaff, AZ. I cook on a regular basis for my parents and myself. I am pretty good at adapting recipes to make them more healthful and searching out new healthy recipes. I am working on loosing weight and would like to get to where I can plan meals better and not have to go to the store as often. I have two black Siamese mix cats, a boy and a girl named Bucky and Grace and I collect dolls and frogs. I also enjoy sewing and fashion design. <em>239</em> <em>201</e... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:59:46 EST A team of folk looking to cook! Sounds like fun! Hi, My name is Linda, I'm 59 years old and have been working at getting back to a healthy weight seriously since Christmas 2012. I've just discovered SparkPeople, and am trying to figure out how this system works. <BR> So far - my weight loss program has consisted of mostly fruit and some veggies. The weight has been responsive, but I know I want to incorporate grains and things back into my everyday fare. I've enjoyed the light feeling of these last two months, and have decided to try t... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 21:51:54 EST Lo Mein noodles We made homemade egg rolls tonight, but ended up making way to much filling. I thought the extra would be good over lo mein noodles but I have never bought them before. Could someone give me a suggestion on a brand? Sun, 3 Mar 2013 17:20:52 EST Faster green smoothies One of my goals is to drink a green smoothie daily. <BR> At the beginning, I spent a lot of time fixing them and made a mess. <BR> Each time, I gather everything, like fruits, leafy green, herbs, chia, ginger,etc.; washing fruits and veggies, cut, measure, etc. and then, wrap leftovers, and refrigerate again. <BR> But now, I have some shortcuts I want to share with you. <BR> Preparation in advance <BR> Leafy greens and herbs - I buy 1 leafy green at a time, wash it, dry it, wrap in towels, an... Sat, 2 Mar 2013 17:46:42 EST Hello Team Using Dr. Oz's week menu to kickstart my metabolism. May replace some items I don't like. Started water therapy three months ago (had back & pain issues) and finally at place to get out of bed, stop emotional eating and eat healthier. Have added Green tea (replaces diet Coke), taking Sensa to move to smaller portions, taking Raspberry ketones to kickstart metabolism and added healthy snacks. Sat, 2 Mar 2013 04:33:24 EST Week One Friday March 01 2013 <BR> Week 01 Day 01 <BR> <BR> I printed off a bunch of weekly planners for activities and one specific for meals. My husband and I are sitting down either tonight or tomorrow morning and going through my healthy cookbooks and websites to create a menu for our week. (we'll do this weekly as we go grocery shopping on Saturday afternoon or evening) <BR> <BR> We made over our kitchen. I scrubbed everything down today and when my husband got home we went through the food in ... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 20:09:56 EST Vegetable Dish So I have the task of bringing a hot vegetable dish to my husband's family's Easter dinner on the 23rd and I have no idea what to make. I want to make something that is healthy so I can eat it, but I want it to be something that everyone else will enjoy. Any ideas? Fri, 1 Mar 2013 00:41:10 EST Cold lunch ideas What would you bring for a cold lunch where you can't re-heat something? I like bringing a lunch bag to work but I work in client's homes where it is discouraged to use their kitchen appliances for ourselves. I like to have something that I can just grab and eat since I'm usually pretty busy. Any suggestions? Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:28:50 EST Making a better shopping list Since my spinal surgery last year has made my husband think he can shop better than me. He has bought nothing but unhealthy foods. He thinks eating prepared food is healthy and when I bring up what is in the these prepackaged foods he gets mad and says they won't hurt you. He even says if I want to lose weight I need to skip a meal. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Well, I am now making out the list and sometimes I go shopping with him to make sure we get what we need. We are eating healthier and now ... Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:37:11 EST New Here - Hello! This is only my second post - so I am definitely new here. I already focus on cooking and eating healthier. I still have more to learn - but we changed our eating lifestyle about 5 years ago and it has become habit (at least at home). My biggest struggle is when I am out and about with the kids. I hate getting everyone out of the car - especially when time is a concern - but anything you get without getting out of the car is definitely not healthy. I need to come up with unique ways to g... Thu, 14 Feb 2013 10:05:04 EST Hello Team Hi, I am new to the challenges here at Sparks people but identified this challenge as one of my personel goals with my quest of becoming healthier. I weighed in at 267 in December 2012 when I went to an appointment at a Bariatric Center. I decided that I did not want to consider surgery for myself until I proved to myself that I needed a surgical intervention. Since then I have not been on a diet rather changing my life plan be a healthier one. When my eyes opened up in December I realize tha... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:25:07 EST Hello Team Hi, my name is Gwen and I've only started cooking the last couple of months (November when I joined Spark People). Before that, I would order out, or eat fast food, or throw together something quick and usually unhealthy. <BR> <BR> I would like to learn methods that would make me a better cook, a faster cook and more confident around spices. When I cooked before, my meals were exceedingly bland. I want to change that and I'm eager to learn! Tue, 5 Feb 2013 09:20:13 EST Freezing Experiments I definitely want to focus on finding big-batch things I can freeze. We have made some turkey-zucchini burgers that froze very well; and I think our tomato sauce would freeze as well -- and since that is a time consuming (but worth it!) recipe, it'd be nice to have extra frozen on the side. <BR> <BR> My husband has been doing a lot of hte food prep, and he has come to adore my food processor. He says "if that thing dies, I will be out the door and replacing it before the broken blade stops... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 22:42:22 EST Hello This is a big goal for me along with many others. I am happy to be a part of the team and share my cooking ideas/recipes and use your cooking tips as well. I have a lot of yummy low cal. meals to share. Thanks and glad to be here! <em>381</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 13:09:41 EST Just taking advantage of the community of Spark Hi there, I'm Leah. I never know what to say about myself in introductions so I'll just say I've been a member of SparkPeople for awhile, but only starting committing myself a couple of weeks ago. I just wrote my first blog post, and look forward to the adventure this year will bring! Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:25:33 EST Week 1 This week my goal is to buy more veggies and fruits and eat them. I work out alot but feel like i need to work on what i eat i need all the help i can get to find ways to eat healthier and cook healthier. Going to buy a white board to post all that i need to buy the kids can help me do my list when things finish. Cant wait to learn all i can for a healthier me! <em>267</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:34:57 EST New I am happy to be in weight loss journey and so want to be back where I once were. Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:10:56 EST Week 4 in general So week 4 <BR> Goals are in action mainly to stick to what I learnt here like using Substitutions, Meal plans, Trying new Recipes, Organising the Kitchen and keeping to what I need to do for me. <BR> <BR> Adding variety to meals is fun and makes mealtimes more interesting thats where the new recipes come in and so far they have all worked out great. <BR> <BR> Long term goals are broken down so I can easily meet them like keeping to using new cooking methods. It is easier if I decide to coo... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 06:14:05 EST Re Organised Cookbooks I have lots of cookbooks and I mean lots that are never used and most of them are full of recipes that are high fat and no longer what we eat. <BR> I also have plenty of books that are low fat, healthy eating and provide variety and contain recipes with foods that I do use. Then there is the SP Cookbook that is used a lot. <BR> So a big sort out was in order. Get the books I don't use anymore shifted and get the books I do use into a place that I get to them easily. <BR> So a big sort out has... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:04:21 EST Getting Started making healthier choices! I am using all the tools I possibly can to plan my meals and track them with the handy spark meal planner tool- that's a good reminder ! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:08:09 EST Great idea I love the idea of buying some Rubbermaid single serving containers and microwaving them! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:05:37 EST here's the goals My goals are to plan daily what meal I'm cooking healthy esp. supper. My other goal is to get the flavor not the fat with spices as I cook! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 08:02:53 EST just started My goals are to use spices and refer to articles on Spark, and do more baking. My other goal is to drink more water, and of course follow the calorie recommendation and only try loosing 2 pounds a week not a pound per day. I also want to drink water, and drink a little more daily! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:43:12 EST no more bacon grease and garlic salt cooking! Hi everyone! My mom wasn't a great cook,and dad taught me the no no of cooking with garlic salt and bacon grease. lol So I am in serious need of some healthy cooking skills that I can impress dad with. So I need to revamp the spice rack, and start baking more! The articles for this challenge are very informative, I can't wait to get started - eating healthier! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:34:34 EST Getting Started making healthier choices! Hi! I'm so excited about finding! It looks so educational to me, and offers knowledge that I can use about loosing weight that just isn't out there. I want to know how to cook healthier than my dad's advice "use garlic salt and bacon greese" lol. I need to apply this to myself, and try eating just one serving of what I want, and use spices to add flavor instead. I was literally killing myself on my machine, and eating the wrong potions that were low cal trying to reach an unrea... Wed, 16 Jan 2013 05:30:03 EST The New Guy Hello Everyone, <BR> My name is Carl, and I just joined sparkpeople and llooking forward to learning how to eat better and work on being healthy Wed, 16 Jan 2013 01:21:02 EST Week One: Progress Update I am doing pretty good so far. I made a list of meals for the week and am following them. It's really nice to know in advance what my day holds for me. I also gave the pantry a good clean up and had already done the same to the fridge. My measuring cups, spoons and scale are in plain sight and ready to use. Ready to stay on track and looking forward to next week's action steps. :) Tue, 15 Jan 2013 12:18:13 EST My goals for the week Newcomer to SparkPeople, and I really want this to work! My goals include meal planning for the week, to prepare a healthy supper every evening, and to watch portion sizes. I've already cleaned the kitchen and organized my recipe binders! Tue, 15 Jan 2013 05:10:18 EST This is working Ok I am exercising and eating healthy and the combination is working as I down 2 pounds <BR> down <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> So making little changes gets results. <BR> Writing in my Food journal means I have an account of waht I am doing and can see where I need to make changes. <em>252</em> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:24:12 EST New recipes I have found Oh I love new recipes and trying out new ideas or finding modified recipes of things I already make. <BR> I found these <BR> Mini Frittatas <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=356514 </link> <BR> They are great and so easy to do. <BR> <BR> This will be for Sunday dinner <BR> Buffalo Mac n Cheese <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=2311198 </link> <BR> <BR> This will be for Tuesday as we have a busy day so I will make it Monday ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:42:23 EST Less fat Ok I have been doing for this a while now and the results so far have been good. <BR> I have steamer the sort that is the pan with the steamer pans on top. It looks like this one <BR> <link><BR>Stainless-Steamer-Diameter/dp/B005BX4J<BR>IU/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=13<BR>57831186&sr=1-3 </link> <BR> <BR> What I have been doing is steaming my vegetables like onions before adding them to other dishes. So my onions and bell peppers are steamed then ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:29:14 EST Baking I am using skimmed milk in my baking and using the half and half sugar the we have in England half sugar half sweetner. It is just as good as using sugar but with half the calories and cakes still rise well. <BR> I am not baking as much as anyway as it is too uch temptation but when family come round it means I can still have a dessert or cake and not ruin my healthy eating plan and no one knows. <BR> <BR> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:16:33 EST making Substitutions This week I bought in Whole wheat pasta and wholegrain bread along with brown rice. <BR> So that I can now have healthier meals that are more filling as well. <BR> <BR> Here in England we have half and half sugar. Half sugar and half sweetner and I have used that in making some fruit scones and no one knew the difference so that is a good substitution when no one even notices. <BR> <BR> Skimmed milk in baking and even in Yorkshire pudding and it still works just as well. <BR> SoI am really ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 10:11:26 EST week 1 goals Create a shopping list and meal plan and stick to it <BR> Sneak 10 minute exercise (3-5 times a day) Wed, 9 Jan 2013 10:22:05 EST My Batch cook off I love batch cooking and decided to do some mince that can be used for various recipes. I have cooked off the mince with loads of vegetables and added the sauce as well and divided it into portions ready to use. I now have mince ready for things like Cottage pie, chilli or for using to stuff pepper with. <BR> I made a huge curry and had plenty left over to freeze I am planning on using some of it in a pie for when my son comes over. Pastry top only that way I can control the amount I have. <B... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 03:11:25 EST Hi Hi, I'm babygirl... it reminds me of why I began the weight loss journey... again. This is my first challenge and I am actually excited. I just spend half my lunch hour surfing recipe options on Sparkpeople. My issue isn't cooking, it's knowing what to cook and making what I can cook fit into my lifestyle. I think this will be a great challenge. <em>213</em> Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:37:39 EST My Tools Tools I use a lot in the kitchen are: <BR> Hand held blender: great for soups and sauces. I blend up vegetable soups so they are nice thick and comforting. Homemade sauces are a breeze with this as you can add all those vegetables and blitz them up and no one has a clue they are eating hidden veggies. <BR> <BR> Crockpot: I have just started using one and the results are brilliant. I had a hospital appointment and that meant I was out all day as I had to travel to get there. So I did a meal i... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 03:21:23 EST Making over meals. My family likes traditional foods, so I try to make them a little healthier by making small changes. Using less oil, eliminating salt but sometimes I go overboard on garlic & hot spices. Most of the time my family likes the changes or they don't even notice the difference. Thu, 3 Jan 2013 21:55:32 EST Food shopping I make out a list of what I need and stick to it as much as possible. I may have to make a few alterations but that is fine provided I stick to the plan. <BR> Whole wheat pasta and rice <BR> Whole grain cereals <BR> Lots of fruit and vegetables <BR> Canned beans <BR> Meats are things like Chicken, fish or turkey with the occaisional Lamb or beef both are expensive so I don't get them often. <BR> <BR> Bread is wholegrain and there are so many varieties to chose from you cannot get fed up with... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 03:58:03 EST Week 1 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Happy New Year!! My name is Karen and as of today I seriously put myself on a diet. For the first week for breakfast I will be having either scrambled eggs with onion cooked in the microwave and 4 1" slices of kielbasa sausage and a glass of low-fat milk or I will be fixing french toast with raspberries or strawberries on top and low-fat whipped topping...Lunch will consist of a chef salad with iceburg lettece, onion, cucumber, bell pepper, avadcado and lean cuisine ... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:47:36 EST Hello everyone! My name is Cristy, and I'm 37, happily married for seven years, and my husband and I are the proud parents of four rescued dogs, two Lab mixes and two American Eskimos. I work for a husband-wife team that own several small businesses and am their accountant/human resources/IT and many other resources' person. <BR> <BR> I'm joining this challenge to get me & my hubby back in the habit of eating healthy at home, and cooking healthy tasty meals for ourselve. I am also seeking to inspire myself... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 12:54:00 EST Happy New Year I'm Teena and like most people in the USA, one of my resolutions is to lose weight. I need to lose 30 pounds. My calorie range is 1200-1300. I would like to learn recipes that satisfy and are low calorie, low fat, and low carb. Tue, 1 Jan 2013 10:46:24 EST Hi and happy New Year! My name is Jacque, and I'm 31, happily married for a year & a half, and my husband and I are expecting our first baby in April. I'm a work-from-home web designer and I plan to continue that after our baby is born, as best I can. <BR> <BR> I'm joining this challenge to get me & hubby back in the habit of eating at home, and cooking healthy tasty meals for ourselves, as well as to inspire myself to plan meals more often! We don't plan currently and I know we waste grocery money that way. <... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 03:20:31 EST Hi Hi. My name is Stacy and have two sons. I joined the January challenge last week and now am joining this one. I am looking for ways to create healthy meals for my family and not just quick and easy meals (like I have been doing). Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:01:20 EST Goals My goals for the next 4 weeks is to cook meals for my family that are healthy. I spent today cleaning out my pantry of junk and organizing it. I cook, but it isn't always healthy. I have focused on just getting something fixed to eat but not necessarily healthy. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 19:58:06 EST Hey there! Hi! I'm Lori & I just joined SparkPeople today. I'm looking forward to my weight loss journey. This time I intend for it to be the LAST time I lose this weight. But this time I also have a wonderful man who's with me in this journey as he wants to lose weight too. So it's gonna be a "team" effort. <em>104</em> More so on my end as I'll be the one preparing the meals but that's ok. I love to cook! <BR> <BR> I'm hoping by being a part of this team that I'll be able to streamline my kitc... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 23:24:58 EST Kitchen sort out Well the kitchen has had a makeover of sorts. Things have been moved around so they are easier to get to. <BR> Crockpot is no longer in the corner but moved to a location that is easy to get to and to get to the socket to plug it in. <BR> Pasta and rice all whole grain are now at the front of the cupboard and spices and other things are all sorted out and in date. <BR> My steamer pan is easier to get to as is my pressure cooker so I can steam vegetables and pressure cook stews and soups keep... Sun, 30 Dec 2012 04:54:28 EST Healthy cooking techniques. I will continue to use substitution where appropriate, I use what ever techniques is needed to make the recipe healthier and flavor filled. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:16:20 EST Long Term Goals I plan to continue to cook from scratch and doing recipe makeovers to make the recipes I cook healthier. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:12:46 EST Add variety to weekly meal plan In the last four weeks I have not made any soups, so I decided to make Cream of Bean and Broccoli Soup, but I also decided it needed a healthy make-over. It can be found as Cream of Bean and Broccoli (sydletziii makeover). It can be made with and without beans-both versions were good. Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:10:46 EST Hello All! I'm Nicki. I had a baby in August and I'm working to get into shape. I want to live healthier and just show my daughters that they don't have to go down this road. I've always been an emotion eater and I would like to put my emotions into something productive. A year ago I quit smoking after ten years, so if I could do that I know I can do this! One day at a time, right?? <BR> Also any support helps, as my husband is one of those I'm going to eat a box of chocolates in front of you while yo... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 03:54:08 EST New to this challenge My goal is to make healthy meals out of whole foods, and stay away from the other junk in the supermarket. <BR> <BR> I do not really like to cook anymore, but am making an effort for my health. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 19:49:19 EST Hi there Hi I am Paula and embarking on a new healthy eating programme. I have been diagnosed with PCOS nad need to get to grips with eating a low Gi diet that will be for keeps. <BR> So here I am learning new ways to adopt healthy eating plans that will stay with me. <BR> I live in England so some things will be a lttle different on my shopping list but it will be a healthy list just the same. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 09:26:51 EST Reflection of week 3 I love this challenge most of all because I love to cook. There were a few setbacks cooking this week caused by my not tracking Wednesday and Thursday and only partially of Friday, but a 4 pound gain has motivated me to be more diligent in tracking before eating. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:28:45 EST Step 4 Find a healthier recipe Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup has lots of sodium, heavy cream, and regular milk, but I needed cream of mushroom soup for my recipe. I found a recipe in sparkpeople articles for making cream soup. I made modified it to be even healthier by eliminating the salt and using 2% milk. Sat, 22 Dec 2012 23:25:37 EST Nice ways to say no to food pushers. For those of you that celebrate the holidays. Here is a link for some nice ways to say no to all those food pushers. Just click the link and in power yourself. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>on_articles.asp?id=1685 </link> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:55:11 EST i MISS kitchen love -- Hi everyone - <BR> <BR> I'm sylvie & not *new* but sadly, inactive for some time. <BR> Started nursing school and through the stress and workload, managed to fall off track. <BR> <BR> A little about me -- i'm 39, and in April of 2011 decided I needed to get myself healthy. <BR> I am a compulsive eater, binger & food/sugar addict working at my recovery. <BR> Since April of 2011 I have lost 114 lbs (started at 315) and felt fantastic, but have gained about 15-20 of that back since startin... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 09:35:37 EST Meal planning on the web page I am very new to this. Is it possible to put the weeks meal plan on the Nutrition page so I can get a shopping list from this? How do I do this? Tue, 18 Dec 2012 05:57:49 EST Task 4 Finding a Healthy Recipe For this task I will find a healthy recipe, but I love to cook and finding older unhealthy recipes and turning them into healthy tasteful delights is not only a challenge, its fun. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:54:37 EST Task 3 Flavor without Fats This was the most helpful of all the articles. I love to cook and I use herbs and spices all the time, but this article was full of important (at least to me) and useful information that I did NOT know. I printed it out. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:32:21 EST Task 2 Become a Better Baker I love to bake and sometimes use unsweetened applesauce in my bake goods, but I prefer to make the serving size smaller or reduce the amounts of chocolate and follow the europeans style and add healthier fruits and nuts. I also use artificial sweeteners designed for baking when possible. Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:29:31 EST Task 1 Make Smart Substitutions I have tried some of the suggestions in the past and for the most part did not like the results, that is not to say that someone else will not like it. I usually cut the amount of meat in half and increase the amount of vegetables, I use artificial sweeteners when possible, and this week I am making my own healthier version of cream of mushroom soup, which will be fun because I have never made a roux before ( I have a friend who is a chef to teach me <em>30</em> ) Sun, 16 Dec 2012 22:25:52 EST "Share your goals in our Week 1 forum." Trying to be a "good girl" and completely follow all the instructions for earning my "SparkPeople's Healthy Cooking Trophy!" :) LOL <BR> OK... my goal this week is to... figure it out. :D <BR> I am going to try and make a menu plan for the week. With our lifestyle around here that may be tricky. But, I'm going to give it a go. And, while doing so, I also am going to try to include at least one "new" healthy recipe a week for the next 4 weeks. So... wow!!! For me this WILL be a challe... Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:05:08 EST Starting over I have deprived my family of healthy cooking for a few weeks now. I started this challege once before but am ready to do it full force again. Yes we will be traveling, but I will make the better healthy food choices then. <BR> <BR> Heres to new healthy eating!!! Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:24:27 EST Hello there... My name is Cassie. I'm not too sure what to put here. haha Right now I have just a short term goal to lose 10 lbs. I figure each 10 lbs would motivate me to lose more, right? :) Wed, 12 Dec 2012 17:07:17 EST New Hey! I'm new here!!! Wanting to cook healthy to save money and both hubby and I want/need to lose weight.!!! Loving the information. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 14:03:40 EST Losing weight during holidays If you celebrate the holidays here a link that might prove helpful during this time of year. <link><BR>r-Holidays-26105691?utm_campaign=tagal<BR>ert_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=<BR><BR>il&spi_medium=email&spi_source=popsuga<BR> </link> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:27:33 EST Tools I have in the Kitchen to save me time. I have a: <BR> 1. Food scale <BR> 2. Food Processor <BR> 3. Six level food dehydrator <BR> 4. Crockpots: 4 to cook several meals for the week in advance, they are portioned then frozen <BR> 5. Blenders: 2 for different purposes, one has a single eight prong blade at the bottom, the other has a second blade half-way up the support shaft for making ice drinks. <BR> 6. Coffee Maker: 2, one is 12 cup and the other is single serving. <BR> 7. Adjustable Toaster <BR> 8. Toaster Oven <BR> 9. Voice a... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:40:11 EST Time saving and cooking strategies that I use A friend taught me a long time ago that I should keep enough food and spices to last a year. I do keep a running list, but it is computerized and using dragon naturally speaking software, I update my list by voice while in the kitchen. The list is divided into categories: <BR> 1. canned foods <BR> 2. non food cooking aids <BR> 3.Spices and baking products <BR> 4.Vegetables <BR> 5. breakables such as eggs, crackers, bread <BR> 6. Frozen items <BR> As a family we sit down on Sunday and decide w... Sun, 9 Dec 2012 14:21:02 EST Big batch cooking Since I like to cook from scratch, I have to categories for big batch cooking. Prep items like dry beans that have been cooked and then divided for into small portions for later use. Meats that are paracooked. onions, and peppers that have been sliced. When I cook I always double or triple the recipe then freeze the left over amounts as individual servings do not forget to label and date items if you can vacuum seal the items they last even longer. Sun, 9 Dec 2012 11:19:13 EST NON-HIGH PROTEIN DIET AND NO FRUCTOSE DIET GOT A CALL FROM DOCTOR TO GO ON A NON-HIGH PROTEIN DIET AND NO FRUCTOSE. I AM LOOKING FOR SUGGESTIONS ON WHAT YOU CAN EAT. THIS SEEMS HARD. FOODS YOU CAN HAVE ON ONE OF THE DIETS IS AGAINST THE FOODS YOU CAN HAVE ON THE OTHER. OPEN FOR SUGGESTIONS Thu, 6 Dec 2012 08:12:59 EST goals and progress I am still creating the menu for the week, but today I homemade chicken fajitas- I baked the chicken and the meal was made both healthy and was very good. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 22:59:05 EST Hello everyone Hello everyone my name is Syd, I love to cook so I figured this would be a great challenge and give me an excuse to create healthier recipes from favorites that are not so heathy. Wed, 5 Dec 2012 22:55:54 EST Week One Goals My main goal for Week One will be menu planning, grocery shopping accordingly, and then actually preparing those planned meals!! I am embarrassed to admit how many times I have planned my weekly menu & purchased the necessary ingredients, but end up wasting good food (and the money spent to buy it) because I make all kinds of excuses to NOT cook. I hope that "going public" here will help me break this cycle. I will keep things very simple to start with, to help ensure success. And I hope ... Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:07:53 EST Hello Everyone! Hello All, My name is Susan and I tend to view cooking as a dreaded chore. Hope to change that and learn to enjoy the process through this challenge (although my biggest challenge is going to be actually sticking with the challenge...) <BR> <BR> Best wishes to all as we strive to reach our goals here through SparkPeople! <em>213</em> Sun, 2 Dec 2012 13:03:37 EST Official Healthy Cooking Challenge Hi my name is Viola and am excited about joining all of you in this challenge. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:07:36 EST New to spark people! Hi everyone I am here to meet encouraging people trying to lose weight just like me or maintaining it too!! I have been on many diets before and struggled with them, or lost and gained it all back plus some. I am hoping this site will help me once and for all make the changes I Need for life! I have seen some incredible success stories on here and I hope I can be one of them someday! Any tips are greatly appreciated :) Sat, 17 Nov 2012 19:26:04 EST I am going to make all these soups this year! By the end of the year, I plan to make all 7 of the "Super Soups" that were on the front page today. Anyone want to join me? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>uper_soups </link> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 01:34:41 EST Learning to cook gluten free This week I have gotten rid of all the gluten products in the house. I have been cooking from scratch & freezing (only me). Its amazing how much you can learn on google when it comes to cooking, lol! it has been my friend! <em>198</em> Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:14:52 EST Howdy! Howdy! I'm Kym from GA. I'm new to this cooking thing. And I'm learning how to be gluten free, lactose free and mostly need to be diabetic meals. Kinda scary for someone who has always hated to cook. BUT I am actually having fun learning @ 46y how to cook healthy. I have 2 grown children and I wish I had set a better example for them. I am looking forward to fixing them a healthy, tasty meal that is gluten free. Looking forward to all that I can learn on this team!!! <em>213</em> Sat, 10 Nov 2012 21:08:46 EST Healthy cooking challenge I already eat fairly healthy. I just eat too much. My challenge is finding recipes that appeal to my entire family. I have a husband who wants meat, a vegetarian, a vegan & a child to feed So finding recipes that are tasty and meet all these requirements is trying. Fri, 9 Nov 2012 21:00:02 EST My 1st week goals I will take stock of what I already have in my pantry. For medical reasons, I am going gluten free, with a history of absolutely no cooking experience, lol! <BR> <BR> 1- clear out fridge & pantry. <BR> 2- plan menu with food I already have. <BR> 3- Gather any recipes- from gluten free cookbook or online. (Google is amazing for cooking help!) <BR> 4- Make shopping list for any other items needed. <BR> 5- Almost forgot, label shelves in pantry & freezer. <BR> 6- Date all food as it goes into... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 17:39:00 EST Kitchen Makeover My goal is to clear of the dinner table and begin eating meals there as well as go through my cupboard and organize it. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:20:50 EST George foreman grill ? I got one used at a rummage sale no directions does anyone ever use it to grill their veggies? IF so for how long? Mon, 5 Nov 2012 19:00:37 EST