SparkPeople Cooking Made Easy Team Messageboard Need something new to cook? Simple & easy recipes? Recipes your kids and picky spouses will eat? Use & share any easy & delicious recipes you've tried or want to try! SparkPeople Cooking Made Easy Team Messageboard Hello I am new Discovered this team .cooking easy wow sounds like a great team <BR> 72 on WW free 7 weeks list 4 pounds,gained 4 pounds then today list two of the 4 <BR> Crazy but need to work on WW that works free is not working <em>46</em> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:16:35 EST Kicking up finger food night I love to do finger foods for dinner sometimes. A funny movie and some taquitos, lil smokies, mini corn dogs. but I would like to take it to the next level and really pull out the stops without blowing my calories for the month in one meal. Anyone have any ideas? Thu, 18 May 2017 05:29:38 EST What is your favorite cooking method? I love my crock pot. Put stuff in, stir (sometimes) and walk away. Later beautiful meal and the house smells A-Mazing. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:30:04 EST Roasted Chickpeas 1 can (12oz) Chickpeas drained and patted dry * might as well use 2 cans because these shrink! <BR> Place on cookie sheet, spray with olive oil can spray <BR> Sprinkle with favorite seasonings (I use garlic powder, smoked paprika and cayenne..salt optional <BR> Bake 450 oven 30-40 min til brown and crunchy. Watch carefully last few minutes to avoid burning. <BR> I use my air fryer which dries them out perfectly. <BR> Great healthy snack with tons of potassium! Enjoy! <em>593</em> Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:27:01 EST breakfast smoothies Hello im chatty <BR> i just joined and i want to change up my breakfast..i get tired of the omelete &amp; toast or the fruit and yogurt or what ever..what im interested in learning about is some simple breakfast drinks i can use with my ninja machine..I dont do powders just want simple real food that i can mix up and drink every once in a while instead of a full breakfast...but i dont want alot of carbs either for i dont want to drink my carbs up for the day..Am i making sense at all?? <BR> s... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:31:16 EST Hello! Hi there... been on SP for years (mainly for recipes), only recently became serious about "the rest of it." <BR> <BR> Travel a lot, but do all of the cooking when home. Always on the lookout for easy recipes and shortcuts. <BR> <BR> Kevin B. Mon, 5 Oct 2015 11:00:09 EST homemade creamer I use a lot of creamer in my coffee and tea, so I've been spending a good bit on fat free, sugar free creamer. I decided to start making my own, and it's delicious. I thought I'd share for anyone interested in a frothy, yummy, economical creamer you can make at home. <BR> <BR> Non-fat dry (powdered) milk <BR> Splenda <BR> Almond milk (or any variety of low-calorie milk you prefer) <BR> Vanilla extract (or cinnamon or any other spice such as nutmeg) <BR> <BR> I use a Tupperware jar, and I ... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:10:11 EST do you like chili? do you like chili ? how much ? why or why not ? <BR> thank you Mon, 20 Jul 2015 01:53:25 EST Hi I'm hotpot Hi I'm hotpot, pleased to meet you all Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:36:48 EST Hello! Hello everyone! My name is Crissy. I'm 30, been married 10 years to my amazing husband, have 2 children (9 year old son, 2 year old daughter), and I've been blessed with the ability to be a stay at home mother. <BR> I've joined SparkPeople because I'm so tired of being unhealthy and not being comfortable in my skin. When I started, I weighed 220 lbs and I have so far managed to lose 20 lbs. My goal is to weigh 100 lbs. which would put me at a healthy BMI for my very small height of 5' 1". <... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 15:54:54 EST Hello! I'm a 30 year old woman who is lucky enough to have been married to my amazing husband for almost 11 years. I've been blessed with 2 children (boy and a girl) and am currently living in southern Kentucky. <BR> As of right now, I'm weighing in at 100 lbs over a healthy weight for my height. It's so hard for me to write that because quite frankly, it's embarrassing that I've allowed myself to go this far. I've made excuses...heck, I'm pretty sure that I'm the Queen of the Excuses, but at the e... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:11:23 EST Lettuce Leaves As Wraps? Hi all. <BR> I see tasty looking pictures of wraps using lettuce leaves instead of tortillas and burgers sandwiched between lettuce leaves instead of buns. <BR> <BR> However, none of these things I've seen says WHAT KIND of lettuce they are using. <BR> <BR> Is there a lettuce that is generally used when using it for a wrap in this manner? I've eye balled some of the varieties at the grocery store, but am not sure which ones would be good, since they all also have varying flavors. And if I d... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 16:12:02 EST Brown Sugar Mis Hap Good evening all! <BR> I got a lot of great advice the last time I asked a question so here's another one <em>40</em> <BR> <BR> I accidentally left the zip loc bag of brown sugar open a smidge and it all dried out and turned into a brick! <em>101</em> <BR> <BR> I smashed it up with a meat mallet and ground it up with a potato masher and got what I needed for the recipe which I was already in the middle of (I know, I know! Proper Prior Planning and all that) <BR> <BR> So... My quest... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:04:29 EST New to team My name is Mary and I'm from Michigan. I joined this team because I absolutely love to cook and who doesn't like easy recipes?! <BR> I started gaining weight because I had a desk job and a busy schedule. My busy schedule led to me not exercising. Then I started eating bigger portions. So now I have about 40 lbs I'd like to lose. <BR> I'm eating less and drinking water more and trying to sneak in exercise. I'm also trying to find good tasting healthy recipes Thu, 9 Oct 2014 06:16:04 EST Sea Salt vs Table Salt I'm doing a little research in my attempt to switch completely away from table salt, and while I can read everything the vast Interwebz has to say on the subject, I also like to get word of mouth from people who have tried/done/used whatever it is I'm interested in. <BR> <BR> So... how many folks have switched to sea salt? <BR> Which kind? Not brand, but which type? There seem to be a million different kinds of sea salt, all with their own personalities. <BR> <BR> If you are a sea salt user... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:00:51 EST im back hi my name is cyndi and i am ready to do this again and this time im ready to get it done Fri, 8 Aug 2014 12:49:56 EST New, ready, excited Trying to find new exciting recipes that are healthy for me and my whole family. I don't want to be cooking one meal for them and one for me. Any help would be appreciated!! Looking forward to my lifestyle change!! Wed, 7 May 2014 11:03:15 EST Hi there, New from Kansas City, Missouri My name is Nycky to all my friends and I am just readopting Spark back into my life... I love to cook but now need to learn to cook healthier and still tasty foods...I could always use suggestions... Thanks Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:21:41 EST Some Irish Folklore A leprechaun (Irish: leipreachán) is a type of fairy in Irish folklore, usually taking the form of an old man, clad in a red or green coat, who enjoys partaking in mischief. Like other fairy creatures, leprechauns have been linked to the Tuatha Dé Danann of Irish mythology.[1] The Leprechauns spend all their time busily making shoes, and store away all their coins in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If ever captured by a human, the Leprechaun has the magical power to grant thre... Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:12:19 EST What are your favorite vegetables to add to quinoa I'm looking for healthy, easy veggie add to quinoa. Ideas? Thank you! Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:25:58 EST Hello from Colorado!! :) Hello!! My name is Tonia, and I am a wife and mother of 3. I lost my job of 8 1/2 years in October and I am slowly making my way out of my black hole of sadness that has been the past three months of my life. One of my goals this year is to reduce my food budget by 40% while eating whole, healthy foods. Sun, 5 Jan 2014 13:09:00 EST Love to Cook Hi all I love to cook, but work just drains me and I hate having a stack of pots and pans to clean for just one meal. <BR> <BR> Already have some one pot meals to share but would love to find more, plus crock-pot meals. <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 00:18:45 EST New to team I am so glad I found this group,,, I love finding and sharing recipes. I look forward to all the great recipes to be discovered and sharing mine as well. <BR> <BR> have a great day <BR> <BR> Dawn Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:59:01 EST Food Trivia California's Frank Epperson invented the Popsicle in 1905 when he was 11 yrs old. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:16:52 EST Printable Cute HEALTHY Recipe Cards Wow.. I have been gone too long from Sparks... since the end of Oct. My daughter got married, had out of town wedding guests stay for a week, and my PC died. So... I have not been able to get on here. So happy to have my Sparks back! <BR> <BR> I have posted several new recipe cards in my PHOTOS section for everyone to print out. Click on the cards to enlarge them, then save to your PC and print them for your home recipe box. Be sure to get the back of the cards as well if there is one. Enjoy... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:21:12 EST Let Me Introduce Myself My name Kristy. I'm 33 yrs old & my husband & I are trying to conceive our first child. I know I need to work on loosing weight & being healthier for myself & any future children. I'm a little sad today because my ob/gyn said she really thinks I should work on loosing weight before getting pregnant. She is a very sweet lady & I totally expected her to say that but it still doesn't feel good to hear. :) I am choosing today to get back involved in SP again, work on eating healthier, & most impo... Mon, 4 Nov 2013 17:14:19 EST Manually entering foods int food tracker I'm trying to clean house on my food tracker, since some food items nutritional values seem to have changed. I am manually entering my food items into the food tracker as favorites and trying to find best way to enter. Example -do you list serving by oz, gram, portion like Tbsp or cup.or just serving. I want to have accurate info for myself so I can really be accountable. Thanks for any suggestions you may have Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:40:06 EST New Recipe Cards To Print - HEALTHY - CUTE Hi Everyone... I have posted a couple more new recipe cards to my PHOTOS. Click on them to expand them, save to your computer and print them out for your home recipe box collection. Be sure you also save the back card with the directions. Enjoy! <BR> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 15:31:27 EST New to Team Hi. My name is Marge and I am from WI. I am married 43 yrs., have 4 kids and 7 grandkids. I love to cook and I read cookbooks like some people read novels. I am always looking for good, healthy new recipes and meal plans to try. Looking forward to sharing recipes with others. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:23:42 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 12:21:58 EST Gonna get it right this time Hello. I am a 38 year old mother of two. I have been struggling with my weight since age 19. <BR> I have been on every diet including lap band surgery. I have never been consistent or successful at weight loss despite having surgery. I have never exercised and watched my caloric intake for more than 3 months. Last year I reached my highest weight of 294 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I have decided that I won't be defeated by obesity and the diseases that come along with it. My weig... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:10:08 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 00:53:33 EST What did you experience NEW or NICE or NOT today? Let's try new things & comment on them here. Be it food, new clothes, new sights, sounds, new smells, new experiences, good or bad using all of our senses. <BR> This ought to be fun. <em>36</em> <em>434</em> <em>146</em> <em>135</em> <em>474</em> <em>20</em> <em>339</em> Sat, 14 Sep 2013 10:52:23 EST Getting the hang of posting... At least I think I am. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:15:16 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 02:37:05 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 01:35:04 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 01:16:52 EST Any Paleo ideas out there? So, I'm not Paleo by any means, but I am cutting out most processed foods, so Paleo recipes seem to fit with my plan most of the time. <BR> <BR> Anyone have any great recipes? I'm getting into a rut and would love some new suggestions! Wed, 14 Aug 2013 16:35:09 EST What did you have for Breakfast? I'm having coffee, 2 eggs & two corn tortillas cooked right on my gas burner with some spritzes of "I can't believe it's not butter". <em>490</em> 270 calories Fri, 2 Aug 2013 14:04:02 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 22:11:39 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 02:23:14 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 21:03:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( 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 20:46:06 EST all-in-one vs seperate dishes I am curious how you guys feel about all in one dishes as opposed to the starch dish and the veggie dish and then the meat/protein dish? Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:54:38 EST Spring Veggies what are your favorite veggie dishes to make for "in season" spring to make? Thu, 14 Mar 2013 20:53:26 EST Lets see how many Shamrocks we can collect before <em>137</em> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:08:56 EST I'm new to this team! Wow, I'm so happy that I found you all! I really lack imagination when it comes to cooking meals and I get tired of making the same old, same old! I think that this team could really be a help to me. It seems that I'm always looking into cookbooks and online and everywhere I can find, for ideas and healthy ones too. I've surfed through a couple of your threads and love how people are putting down what they've been eating! Super! I'll try to put in some good ideas too every now and then.... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:39:56 EST new new to group, not to cooking. can never have enough cooking tips and skillz. <BR> <BR> been cooking since I was 9. Tue, 5 Mar 2013 03:27:02 EST Healthy Pancake Toppings I still love pancakes and don't mind them once in a while. However; saying this I would like some options for syrup. I don't like the taste of sugar free syrup. Lite syrup is a help, but I would like your opinion on healthy options for pancake toppings? <BR> <BR> Keep in mind I have to use ingredients that I can purchase in a small town grocery store. We are limited to what we use. <BR> <BR> I am thinking of pure maple syrup, honey or applesauce with cinnamon. What do you folks use... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:53:27 EST Determined to get started and get healthy I have been visiting Spark People since April 2012 and kept putting off the inevitable. Now I know I really have to do something for myself and with Spark People I can get the support and help needed. <BR> I'm still trying to work my way round the site and understand it - even with the help of the tutorials. I love the meal plans but I also love the recipes, so I will be mixing them up. Although I wish my chosen recipes could be added to my meal plan and grocery list for the week. <BR> Wish m... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:51:58 EST New to this team Hello ladies (and gentlemen?) <BR> <BR> I'm Rayne (like Rain). I love to cook and do all I can to lighten up recipies that I love. I'm really looking forward to this team being an active group and learning new ways to cook and new foods to try and new "favorite" recipies. I work in the HVAC industry as a Rating Specialist. I work long hours and have trouble finding time to cook, so when I do I try to make larger batches so I can eat if for more than 1 day or repurpose it into some other me... Tue, 25 Sep 2012 16:44:24 EST Reaching my goal! Hello spark people out there. Thought that since I have been using Spark since March that I may as well introduce myself. I am one pound away from Sparks goal weight for me. I have lost 49 pounds to date and have been running regularily since I started this program. Spark has helped me to reach my goal and inspired me to become a healthier person. I have never run before and now am running 6k 4 times a week. I hope to run 10 k by spring time. People at work notice the weight loss and I am abl... Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:02:58 EST Bizarre vintage recipes from Bon Appetit magazine Guaranteed to kill your appetite. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>vintage-recipes-ever-slideshow/ </link> Sat, 22 Sep 2012 11:32:52 EST Silicone Muffin Tin I'm thinking about buying a silicone muffin tin but I would really like to know if they are better at releasing food than the traditional tins. Also, I've checked our local Wal-Mart & Target but didn't find any. Where did you get yours? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:40:36 EST hi everybody Just joined SP and looking forward to learning this site and meeting people, like cooking easy, so looking forward to recipes Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:10:19 EST Hi everyone I'm new to this team. Somewhat recently returned to spark, had been on and off here a lot. Changed name to Chef because I am trying to learn to cook at home more than I used to. Love the idea of a team that makes it easy. Wed, 8 Aug 2012 21:15:31 EST Hello everyone, I'm Chelsie, and I would like to lose 30 pounds. My original goal was 40, and I've lost 10 by simply altering my diet. So I suppose I'm well on my way. <BR> <BR> I have question though. <BR> Does anyone else have ankle pain while simply walking on a treadmill? <BR> If so, how do you cope/get rid of it? <BR> <BR> Its really hindering me and I can't seem to fix it. <BR> <BR> Thank you and good luck with all of your goals ^____^ Mon, 6 Aug 2012 14:51:27 EST ready to begin again hi my name is cyndi and im ready to make a lifestyle change once and for all Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:15:19 EST Hi from Ohio Hi, I'm new here and ready to lose weight :) Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:56:14 EST Hi from Ohio Hi, I'm new here and ready to lose weight :) Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:06:39 EST Hi all Been on spark people for awhile now but decided to look for some new groups. Love to cook and try new ideas. Looking forward to getting to know you all. Sat, 7 Jul 2012 11:04:43 EST its time i am so glad i dont have to do this journey alone, thanks for having me and letting me share this journey with all of you Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:22:03 EST Healthy Summer BBQ Side Dishes??? I am in need of some healthy side dish ideas to bring to a family BBQ this weekend. Anyone care to share? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! :) Tue, 19 Jun 2012 14:26:16 EST Hello everyone! Hello, Sparkfriends! My name is Stephanie, and I'm a 41-year old work-at-home-Mom living in the south with my husband of eighteen years and our two children. I recently reached my highest weight of 325 pounds, and I am now on my way to losing the weight and getting my life back. My husband and children deserve a happy, healthy wife and mother, and that's what I'm going to give them. I would love to add some new friends so we can help support each other! Good luck to you all! <BR> <BR> <em>2... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 09:17:07 EST Some general cooking questions I've got a box of white quinoa. I've never used quinoa before. I can see that it's cooked the same as rice, but how would you use it afer that? I've made rice salads before -- could you use quinoa chilled in salads? Could you use it in soup or as a base for casseroles? I will also be eventually trying red and black quinoa. Are there noticeable differences besides color? <BR> <BR> The CSA box comes on Wednesday. I'm getting a bunch of beets, which means beet greens. Given greens I knee-jerk g... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 16:10:10 EST my journey123 Hi i'm ,new I would like to join this group I am 60+ and trying very hard to lose 65lb. Since I started I have lost 14lbs but still have a long way to go. <BR> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:42:30 EST my journey123 Hi i'm ,new I would like to join this group I am 60+ and trying very hard to lose 65lb. Since I started I have lost 14lbs but still have a long way to go. <BR> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:42:29 EST I want to learn to like to cook Help! <BR> I don't like to cook, but would like to learn to like cooking. <em>30</em> <BR> I don't like figuring out what to cook. <BR> I prepare dinner 5-6 nights a weeks, a meat, a vegetable or two and maybe a starch. <BR> I have lots of healthy cooking recipe books, but don't use them. <BR> Looking are motivation to try new recipes and get ideas for new meals. <BR> Wed, 30 May 2012 19:02:24 EST Cooking for Picky Eaters So normally you would expect a question like this about kids mother in law is coming to visit in a month and last time she was her she called home to complain to my sister in law about the food we were serving her. What are you favorite recipes for picky eaters that are healthy enough for me to enjoy? Mon, 28 May 2012 22:56:39 EST huddle Just wanted to say hello, and to mention I tried the recipe for Vegan lentil Burgers and it was ok but It needed something,was to mushy for me. <em>39</em> Thu, 24 May 2012 21:18:30 EST Hello Everyone! Hi, my name is Tennille. I'm a stay at home mom to two boys (ages 21 months and 5 weeks). My goal is to not only loose weight and get healthy but to learn healthy food habbits that I can teach my children at an earlie age. With any luck they will never have to experience being over weight and will grow up being active and loving healthy foods. Thu, 24 May 2012 20:44:06 EST --------> Newbie Right here <--------- Just a quick note to say Hi and introduce myself. I'm new to the site but sadly not new to dieting. My fail safe diet has always been weight watchers and have had success but I find that I get a little neurotic when counting points. So I'm trying something new... counting calories! LOL <BR> <BR> I'm 35, live just outside Toronto and am looking forward to getting healthy and fit. <BR> Looking for friends and supporters who know what a struggle it can be keeping this train on the track!! Wed, 23 May 2012 19:38:59 EST Hi out there Hi All, <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople and just wanted to say hi! Any tips for survival? <em>40</em> <BR> So far the site has been easy to navigate and I'm looking forward to future discussions. <BR> <BR> Take care y'all <BR> Lida <BR> <BR> Wed, 23 May 2012 13:32:18 EST cook out/pot luck suggestions hello, <BR> <BR> with memorial day coming I'm sure quite a few of us will be going to cook outs or potlucks thoa weekend. its hard to stay healthy during these but I was wondering if anyone has any tasty but healthy recipes I can take with me? more specifically side dishes or desserts...thanks ahead of time! Tue, 22 May 2012 12:51:09 EST Hello All! Let the journey began Hello My name is Carolyn and I'm doing this for myself, first because I want to feel better, be more active and most of all to live longer. I need all the encouragement I can get, been over weight the biggest part of my life even had surgery in 2004 baraetric surgery witch helped for a little while lost from 350 lbs down to 155 lbs, then started the weight gain all over again, surgery is not the answer i know now it's a life stile change that I never made, so now I'm starting that journey.... Tue, 22 May 2012 00:09:16 EST Hello Sparkle Hello!!! My name is Russ Miller. I just recently joined sparkpeople. Someone suggested it to me as a way to help reduce my weight, blood pressure, blood sugar levels. My last A1C was 13.1 and normal for me should be 6.5. Blood pressure as through the roof and now exhibiting chest pains. Things have to change. The doctor put me on an 1800 calorie a day diet so that in short is why I need sparkpeople. Im still learning and have a ways to go so any assistance from you veterans out there... Sun, 20 May 2012 17:43:03 EST Brettswife4life Just found out about this site,by hearing a testimonial on you tube... Very hopeful and exited...Motivation and prayers welcomed Tue, 15 May 2012 14:18:03 EST New! Hiii! I am new.. I have been going over the boards again and again not knowing what to post or how to introduce myself.. but then I thought whats the worst that could happen?? so here I am! <BR> <BR> I want to lose weight.. lots.. so hopefully I can find encouragement, useful tips, lots of help and friends here, aswell as proividing the same for others.. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to meeting lots of people and getting the weight off!! Hope everyone is having a great monday! <BR> <BR> K... Mon, 14 May 2012 11:38:04 EST ShinnyRobin123 My name is Robin and I am married and have two sons. I love the Lord and people. I am so happy to be a part of your great team. I am so thankful to have found a program like this. I felt so alone in my struggles with weight most of my life. I feel maybe this will be my turning point. Thank you for your support and help. Thank you Sat, 12 May 2012 12:33:43 EST FOCUS & EXECUTE Hey everybody! New here. I'm 40 years old & have 130 pounds to shed. <BR> I've carried excess weight for over 20 years. <BR> I'd like to experience how the normal weight people live! ;) <BR> And, more importantly to reach my dream & goal of seeing my future grandchildren get married! Sat, 12 May 2012 08:22:16 EST My very unhealthy pizza recipe I just added I just added 2 recipes to sparkrecipies for my pizza Pam's crust and Pam's pizza toppings. Try it if you want. I've had good reviews for all that I've made it for. Thu, 10 May 2012 14:47:43 EST Carb addict newbie here!!! Hello! My name is Heather and I am from North Carolina. I am 5 feet even and unfortunately weigh 185 pounds right now. I shattered my ankle in September of 2009 and have 2 plates and 9 screws holding it all together. Due to the injury, and therefore lack of exercise, I gained around 50 pounds. I am all healed up now pretty much and just need some motivation to get this weight off and back to normal for me. I HATE being fat. Never have I been "ok" with it. I feel better when I am thinn... Thu, 10 May 2012 11:42:18 EST Freggie box questions 1. I got fresh fava beans, which I've never cooked before. I shelled and washed them. Do I remember right that they also need to be peeled? (Or was that raw garbanzos?). Also, can they be sauteed from raw, or do they need to be steamed? <BR> <BR> 2. I got some rhubarb. I'm thinking of making a compote of it, to eat over Greek yogurt. I thought of using sugar and cinnamon. Would you suggest anything else? Also, would you thicken it with a little cornstarch? <BR> <BR> 3. Broccoli rabe -- saut... Wed, 9 May 2012 18:39:47 EST New Member Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just found Sparkpeople in April and it is a total blessing! I am a lifelong binge/emotional eater. Since starting with spark, I have not been able to meet my daily requirements of calorie intake because I honestly do not feel hungry. When I feel a binge coming on or am in the middle of one I think about writing in my food journal and that brings me back to myself. I usually never fulfill my daily carb requirement. Any suggestions for low-fat, carb rich foods? Thanks ... Tue, 8 May 2012 23:58:22 EST My Journey to a healthier me My name is Cindy, I have just turned 30 and have had enough of feeling generally unwell. I am so happy to have found this website, I have quite a bit of weight to lose, and this seems like just the thing I have been looking for! I plan to lose 40Kg's in a year and just generally be healthier and fitter. Tue, 8 May 2012 00:47:34 EST GETTING STARTED To me, cooking a delicious meal, or even a meal for me,it has to be healthy, appealing, and easy to prepare. I want meals that fill me, and are good tasting. I am 63 years old, and I used to just grab a sandwich, fast meals, a Roman Noodle Diet. Quick fixes. Now I have cereal, All Bran Buds, in the a.m. and I try for fulfilling lunch and dinner. There are days I pig out on quick meals, but I am getting better at what I eat. Sat, 5 May 2012 15:55:25 EST HEY GUYS! Trying to lose weight and get back to my normal weight size of 115. I am 145 right now and 1 BMI from being obese and I would like to get in shape and look healthy again! Pray for me guys!! :D And praying for the rest of you guys! Fri, 4 May 2012 10:16:38 EST Tuna Salad with Yogurt versus Mayo 1 Can Albacore Tuna in water <BR> Vanilla Greek Yogurt to moisten <BR> relish, onion, boiled egg as preferred <BR> <BR> With the tuna and other items the yogurt can not be really tasted and it is health and adds just that much more protein. It has become one of my fav's after a strength workout. Thu, 3 May 2012 10:39:08 EST New the Team Greetings~ <BR> I've been on SP for about a month now and desperately need some NEW recipes. <BR> I'm looking forward to being a part of this team and sharing the journey with all my new spark friends! <BR> ~ Ne <BR> <em>224</em> Wed, 2 May 2012 17:52:41 EST Hello Hello everyone... Im 26 years old and I just had my second child 2 1/2 monhs ago.. It has been a little harder to lose weight this time around... I was doing insanity, but I was'nt eating enough.... Im trying to change my way of eating... I want to be healthy and lose this weight!! Wed, 2 May 2012 00:13:01 EST Hello Hello everyone... Im 26 years old and I just had my second child 2 1/2 monhs ago.. It has been a little harder to lose weight this time around... I was doing insanity, but I was'nt eating enough.... Im trying to change my way of eating... I want to be healthy and lost this weight!! Wed, 2 May 2012 00:12:48 EST A fresh Start Hi all, <BR> <BR> I a ma 29 mother of one special boy. I am looking to change my families habits and to lose 100+ pounds along the way. I look forward to learning new recipes and making new friends on my journey. Tue, 1 May 2012 12:49:44 EST Hello I am looking forward to obtaining some advice and/or tips on making a life style change for my family and I. I am 36 years old and the mother of four beautiful boys. While that does keep me busy I am also a first grade teacher and am taking classes online to complete another degree. Over the last ten years the pounds have just kept piling on and with an ever busy schedule I have not done much about it. I would be open to getting any tips or advice for making a life style change with such ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 21:19:29 EST Here we go I am a 29 year old single mother. I have always struggled with my weight and diet but it has become more of an issue since I have had my child. I am ready to change everything to insure a successful and healthy life for my child. I have issues with veggies and making the time to make my own meals. After work I am always sooo tired and just want to sleep. Really I need to get back into getting active. I am hoping this site will help keep me motivated and give me ideas to stay on this track. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 20:53:33 EST awt hi i am a 29 year old female with over 50 pounds to lose and i hope to make some new friends along the way who is trying to loss weight also Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:21:50 EST Melissa Hello, just joined the team today! I love to cook but go through times that it's just a bit of a drag. Currently, I'm on my let's experiment phase - it is the best phase EVER! So the easy part will come in handy for the drag time & hopefully I'll help you out during the experiment times. <BR> <BR> I've been on Spark for quite a while - lost a boat load of weight, quit smoking, & then gained back 1/4 of a boat. :( By cooking healthy again, I hope to be back where I should be!! Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:59:35 EST Hello Everyone! My Name is Donna. I am really looking forward to the challenge of meeting my goal of losing 50 lbs. I have done all the fad diets and expensive diets. I am ready to use the tools this website has to accomplish my goals. There seem to be a lot of fun and easy tools to use for weight loss. I am looking forward to meeting a lot of people with the same challenges and interests. I look forward to learning a lot as I lose weight. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 15:55:38 EST It Can Be Done!! Hi Everyone! I am so excited to be on this new weight loss journey, but I know I'm going to need all the support I can get. I know that It Can Be done with lots of hard work! Be Blessed!!! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 19:54:26 EST new beginning Hi I want to be healthier look and feel better. Cancer survivor, a chance to have a new life. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:58:26 EST Ready for the Challenge Hi fellow Spark People. My name is Mary and I just joined Spark People to help with a healthier life style. I think motivation has been a bigger of my problems. You know how it goes when you eat fast food and say oh Ill start tomorrow, and how one bite of something "good" leads to more bites. Along with motivation, cooking healthy, exercising and staying on track has been a major problem for me. I like to run, so I am hoping to get back into that as well. I do live a busy life and try... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:02:08 EST Newbie Good morning all. My name is Mary. I apologize now cuz i am not very good at this. I am looking for a way to lose weight the right way, with support and guidance from those ahead of me who have succeeded. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:56:47 EST Hello! Hi! My name is Shaneka and I am excited to be a part of the SparkPeople Community! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:19:01 EST Wedding Photo Blues Hi, I'm Nancy and new to this website. I hope to lose 35 lbs by Sept for my daughters wedding so I don't look like the fat embarassing family member in the photos that will hang on her walls for years to come. Tue, 24 Apr 2012 16:55:02 EST Hey Everyone!! Hi! I'm Torie! How is everyone! And might I add what an awesome site I am completely addicted! Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:46:08 EST Hi everyone any help would be very much appreciate hi i am new to sparkpeople i came across it when looking for free diets on the internet and thought this sounded fab, i am a very busy person as im sure you all are and have very little time to stop, i am desperate to lose a lot of weight and would apreciate any support help or advice that anyone can give me. i look forward to making new friends and losing weight along the weigh excuse the pun ;-D <BR> <BR> Theresa x Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:33:07 EST i realized i was fat today My name is Sarah, I'm 24, and a stay at home mom to a one year old daughter. I went to the mall today to find a bathing suit. I walked past a long mirror in a department store and had to do a double take. Am I really this big? Have the scales been right all along? As I kept walking through the store, passing mirrors and women thinner than I, the clothes racks became a maze and I had to leave. The anxiety was overwhelming. I got in my car and cried my whole way home. So here I am. Hoping to ... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 00:24:13 EST motivation needed I am 67 years old and am losing weight very slowly, too slowly, and I get very frustrated when I weigh myself and have lost either 1lb or nothing and know I have stuck to the rules. I play golf and walk the dog, so get a decent amount of exercise. Does anyone find that this is a problem for them. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 04:23:06 EST New Comer Hello I'm Amy, I just signed up to Spark today, and so far Im pretty impressed with the site. Does any one have suggestions of what my first step should be on getting started on here? And how do I keep track of calories burned per day? Would appreciate any feed back Thanks! Mon, 16 Apr 2012 20:17:37 EST Hello Hi! My name is Destinee, I am 29 and overweight. I have 4 kids and I am a stay at home mom. I currently weigh 197 lbs. and would like to eventually get down to 135 lbs. I would love any words of encouragement or tips to help me get started and stay on track. My biggest weaknesses are eating out of boredom and drinking too much soda! Thanks for letting my join your program, and I hope to be shedding of the pounds and setting a positive example for others! God bless, and have a great day... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:13:28 EST Really glad to be here Hi everyone <BR> Really glad to be here,and really need to lose weight as i have a wedding to go to in August,plus i am miserable with myself,I want to do a low carb diet as i feel this will do me good.I am going to start tommorrow.I am 54 years old and i am very happily married but been going through a very stressful time as my hubby has been in hospital really ill and has a long way to go in getting back to his fit self.We are in our second marriage and we have 7 children beetween us but we... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:54:21 EST Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer So I got a stand mixer for Christmas and I absolutely love it!! Only problem is the only thing I really use it for is baking. I have used it to mix stuff for mini meatloaf and pizza dough but other than that all sweets. Anyone have one of these that could toss out some good useful ideas for me to use this for? I want to use it soooo bad but don't need all those treats around! Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:34:34 EST Hi all Greetings to all of you. Your title caught my attention so I joined. I have a page you can check out. If any of you are from the state of Iowa I would love to quote you on any of your insurance needs. I represent Farmers Insurance. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 06:46:28 EST The time is now! Hello, I am Cindarosa. I am excited about starting this new journey. With all of you on SparyPeople Thu, 12 Apr 2012 23:05:28 EST Food tips for meals and snacks Not sure if there was a post similar to this because I am new here. But I wanted to start a topic with food tips to make a meal or snack healthier or lighter. <BR> <BR> When making tuna salad use cucumber slices instead of crackers. Thu, 12 Apr 2012 10:21:16 EST New member My name is Heidi. I'm 31 years old. I'm getting married to my best friend in August on Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island in Georgia. I have a 12 year old son, Preston, and a 5 year old daughter, Emma. I joined Weight Watchers in January and lost 9 pounds but I think I've gained it all back. I went to meetings every weekend and the last time I went a couple weekends ago, no one still knew who I was and they were asking if that was my first meeting. And the leaders acted like it was a pain to an... Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:49:25 EST hello Hello. I'm new to all of this and thought I would give it a try. I haven't always been big my whole life so i know i can get smaller I've done it before but this time it seems impossible to lose any weight. My husband don't always help but I know its self control. So please bare wit me as I write posts because I am new to all of this. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 09:11:50 EST Hi! I'm Back! Hey everyone! I'm so excira (excited) to be back but not so excited about the weight that I've slowly been gaining. <BR> <BR> I did so well last time and then left Sparks... thinking everything would be good. I learned and was living right. <BR> <BR> Then I'm not sure what happened. Slowly the weight has been coming back on. My pants started to get tighter and I was getting more winded. But, I was eating healthy, right? Well, I guess not as much as I thought. <BR> <BR> So, here I am with ... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:44:27 EST Challenge: Healthy under two minutes... I am just beginning to stand and walk after a vehicle accident over a year ago. I am looking for healthy, satisfying, QUICK (two minutes or under) recipes that I can make. I am trying to avoid gluten (wheat), refined grains, and added sugar. All suggestions are welcome. Mon, 9 Apr 2012 16:57:00 EST Hey.... Hey I'm danielle, i'm 23 and have a son who will be two in two months. i have been trying to get into shape and eat healthier to keep up with my son. Also to set a good example for my son. It's hard to exercise every other day, but i try to motivate myself by saying if i get toned i will get new outfits :D write me if any one wants to talk. thanks Danielle Mon, 9 Apr 2012 16:41:20 EST Hope this works; I'm new Hope this gets me motatived, I'm 62, 5'5, 193lbs and I lift weights 3 times a week. Now I'm going to start walking everyday until I'm walking 5 miles a day. Hope that's all I need. Sat, 7 Apr 2012 02:20:49 EST decided this is it - time to lose the weight Hi! I am 52 and 100 lbs overweight. Have been heavy all my life and I know the older you get the harder it is to lose the weight and get into a routine of exercise. I am bound and determined to do it this time. I really messed up my metabolisim. Tried alot of the fad diets only to gain again. I have maintained my current weight for the last 9 years so hopefully I can start losing the weight. If I can do a pound per week I will be excited. The weather is getting nicer out now so I will want to... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 12:33:14 EST COOKIES, easy and healthier Healthy Honey Oatmeal Cookies ----oven 350 <BR> <BR> 3 TBS room temp butter <BR> 1/3 C brwn sugar <BR> 1/4 C honey <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1 TBS water <BR> 1/2 C whole wheat flour <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp baking soda <BR> 1 3/4 C oatmeal (rolled oats) <BR> (Chopped dates or figs or raisins or nuts, 1/2 tsp cinnamon are optional) <BR> <BR> Spray cookie sheet with pam <BR> mix butter, sug, honey, egg & water thoroughly <BR> <BR> Sift dry ingredients then stir in oats, add to the wet mix & an... Wed, 4 Apr 2012 11:43:28 EST Hi everyone Hello I just wanted to stop by and say hi to everyone ... I joined the group a few days ago but have been exploring the site since. I'am a little slow at learning everything so please bare with me while I figure it all out Sat, 31 Mar 2012 18:38:35 EST What's in YOUR fridge? <link><BR>side-the-refrigerator-w_n_1385888.html<BR>?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7C<BR>dl12%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D147680 </link> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:26:32 EST Vintage cookbooks <link><BR>ntage-cookbooks_n_1388715.html?ref=topbar </link> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:14:09 EST Learning to cook Hi! <BR> Well, I don't know much about cooking. <BR> So, I decided to join this team may be I could get some useful tips. Fri, 30 Mar 2012 14:59:46 EST Artichoke I bought an artichoke this week, I have never had one before! (I am challenging myself to try one new vegetable each week.) <BR> <BR> What the heck do I do with it? Also, how do I know if it is good or not. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 15:02:39 EST My Weight Loss Journey Hi my name is Diane and I am a 61 y/o. I have been struggling with losing weight for years. I have tried all types of ways to lose. I recently had health issues that makes me have to eat right. I had part of my colon removed and I am determined to eat healthy and exercise regularly. I am basically shy and it is hard for me to talk to people. I have joined this site for support. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 17:26:58 EST Ready to learn My name is Dallas and I am a stay at home mom. My kids are 20 (off at collage), 18 in high school, and a 12 year old. Anxious to learn more about cooking. I love to cook and want to be able to cook healthy for me and my family.....let's cook! <BR> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:34:24 EST Newbie My name is Dexlyn, I'm on my way to losing weight. I have already lost 13. I currently have 54 more to lose. Wish me luck. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 11:31:29 EST Hello All~ I'm tired of all the temptation at work Alright where to start, Well first and foremost I'm so excited to have found this website. <BR> Secondly, I know I have a lot of HARD work in front of me- But I truly believe it will all be worth it in the end. I'm tired of sitting my little lazy butt on the couch when it’s a gorgeous day out (ok maybe I lied- NO little butt here- lol). In all honestly though I'm totally ready to challenge myself and put forth the effort to live a healthier lifestyle and I'm totally motivated to do this. I g... Fri, 23 Mar 2012 12:01:25 EST Getting back on track In 2007 I made a goal to lose 50 lbs in 50 weeks for my 50th birthday. I lost 60 and felt great. Continued to lose in 2008 for a total of 80 lbs. I maintained my weight while getting fit, working out at the gym 4-5 times a week. In 2009 I was downsized after a 20 year career. I was down, stressed, angry and depressed for over 18 months. I slowly have been gaining weight. Now with 20 lbs up I need to shake up my metabolism and get this weight off. Have been back to the gym and watching my foo... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:36:52 EST New today Hi! I'm Xan, 50-something, a teacher and editor with a very hectic schedule who's used to grab and go eating -- probably the biggest reason I'm so overweight (I need to lose 90 pounds). <BR> <BR> I used to love to cook, but have gotten out of the haft. When dinner isn't a protein shake, sandwich, or bowl of ice cream, it's a TV dinner. I really want to get back to cooking. I thought, from the name of this team, I could find others who were tentative cooks. Fri, 16 Mar 2012 21:31:09 EST Welcome! Welcome to all the new members of this team! Fri, 16 Mar 2012 13:04:45 EST What's everyone making for St. Patricks day? I know not everyone is Irish, but most of the people I know celebrate St. Pats in some form or another. For us it's all about food and family! All of us on my side are Irish, me being the last 100%er in our line. We usually do St. Pats pretty big. This year I have been looking at how to make big, healthy. We are all in training for the Tough Mudder and a weekend of high fat, high carb foods is not really conducive to what we are trying to accomplish. <BR> <BR> So, what are you making for St.... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:22:40 EST Happy Cooking! Good Morning! I love to cook all kinds of recipes, but like everyone else I'm busy. I'm looking forward to sharing ideas and recipes with all of you! Thu, 15 Mar 2012 07:11:47 EST Hi!! Hi my name is Tammy. i am 27 years old and the proud mother of 3 little girls. I have always been a little chunky, but i hit my highest weight back in 2011 when i broke my leg, ankle, and cracked my skull during a four wheeler accident. 5 months of being laid up really packed on the pounds. I am hoping to lose at least 90 lbs before my Oct 5, 2013 wedding. I have tried everything. Hopefully this site works. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:39:29 EST The new girl Hello! My name is Tiffany. I guess I'm the new girl. I am a sophomore in college and I am looking to lose weight. I love to try new things and I would be interested in any new classes you guys have tried and loved. I'm very friendly and positive and I've been told I'm a great motivator. Unfortunately, it's harder to motivate myself, so I'm in search of some extra support and advice. Sun, 11 Mar 2012 17:43:21 EST week 1 .... to loose 25 kg hey Guyzzzz , this is my 1st week to loose my target weight of 25 kg. I tried lots of time, but alwayz failed. This time for sure i m gonna stay committed. So on my 1st week I am 78 kg & to stay committed I am gonna include green tea for 2 cups daily & start walking as much as I can do. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 12:31:40 EST Getting on the wagon to stay! Hello, I am a well almost 33 year old woman who has accomplished many things in my life, but the one thing that has weighed me down is that I have found it very difficult to lose the pounds that have been finding me these past several years. I blamed this on coming from a big family, but when I look at my cousins....they are not like me and my family. Due to many excuses for my poor eating habits, and health issues such as vertigo, which by the way is not asked in the medical conditions page,... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 04:13:54 EST mocristy here! Hi, I just found this site and hope it can help me reach my weight loss goals. I finally recovered enough from my thyroidectomy back in October that I feel I can concentrate on the weight issue. This seems like a pretty good motivational tool to me. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:05:41 EST Five food myths busted <link><BR>/food-myths-busted </link> Sun, 4 Mar 2012 12:56:55 EST Ummm I am new to this... I am new to this. I am looking for ways to live a healthier lifestyle. I am looking for all the help and inspiration I can get. I am ready to be a healthier me. I know I will never be model size but I will be healthy..I very rarely have time to exercise because I have a 4 year old and a full time job. I not only want a healthy life for myself but for my little girl also. <BR> Thu, 1 Mar 2012 22:20:17 EST New member Hi My name is Ann. I love to cook and when I saw this team I Had to join! Look forward to talking to everyone! Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:25:03 EST Rebecca Dean Hello, I am new here and not real sure how this all works.. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:54:49 EST team member :) <em>213</em> Hi everyone! My name is Shelley and I just re-joined Spark! So excited to get back on track and make new friends! I love to cook, so this seems like the perfect team to be on! Can't wait to get to know you all better! Sun, 19 Feb 2012 11:14:03 EST Poached Salmon on Citrus Salad - WOW This was my favorite recipe from our upcoming menu. Growing up in the PNW, I eat a LOT of salmon and steelhead, but I'm usually pan roasting or grilling it. I've never really done much poaching. <BR> <BR> Well, that's all changed! This was the moistness, most delicate salmon I've ever eaten, just amazing! Plus, it's crazy-simple to make! <BR> <BR> The wontons were nice, but I could take them or leave them, the salmon didn't need anything extra to make it perfect! Pictures on the blog. <BR> ... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 11:31:29 EST Super Simple Steak with Golden Baby Zucchini Not only was this awesome, it might have been the simplest dinner I've ever made! <BR> <BR> Super Simple Steak with Golden Baby Zucchini <BR> Serves 4 <BR> Total Time: 25 minutes <BR> ________________________________________ <BR> Ingredients <BR> o 4 teaspoons olive oil <BR> o 1 1/2 pounds strip steak <BR> o Sea salt and coarse black pepper <BR> o 1 1/2 pounds small zucchini, halved lengthwise <BR> o 4 teaspoons lemon juice <BR> o 1 tsp garlic powder <BR> o 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilant... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 10:00:04 EST Ziploc Steam Bag Has anyone ever used the Ziploc Steam Bags? <BR> <BR> I am trying to find ways to get more Protein in my diet and thought if I could easily make Chicken at work for lunch that would really help. <BR> <BR> Do these work? How long does it take to make a chicken breast? <BR> <BR> I am also open to any other ideas!! <BR> <BR> I am just starting out with all of this so still using a lot of microwave meals until I get the hang of things. <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 24 Jan 2012 12:11:17 EST Hello everyone! Hi folks, I'm Perry. Been on SP for some time now, but just found this group. I'm a private chef, author, menu coordinator, and food blogger. 3rd generation chef, and, unfortunately, a lifetime dieter. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting some new folks! <BR> <BR> -Perry Tue, 24 Jan 2012 10:33:54 EST Hi! New Here! Hi, Name is Ashley and I am really ready to start my healthy journey to losing weight. I am using Sparkpeople, Blackberry Messenger, and Twitter. Would love to chat and get to know everyone. Sun, 1 Jan 2012 03:09:38 EST Looking for a Pumpkin Pie Recipe... Okay, I know this seems like a basic right now, but I have NEVER made one. And, of course, I have been assigned it for Sunday. I am not going to attempt the crust, so I just need a FABULOUS filling recipe... and any hints anyone would like to share with a rookie. <BR> <BR> Thank you & Happy Holidays! <BR> <em>471</em> <em>445</em> Mon, 19 Dec 2011 13:32:08 EST New Drink It's called pero (I know in spanish it means dog but it's me!!) <BR> It is a grain drink that I found at Winco & it's made from Barley, Malted Barley, Chicory & Rye. <BR> Since I quit drinking hardly any caffeine I took this up in place of coffee for a quick hot beverage as it is instant. <BR> <em>106</em> Fri, 9 Dec 2011 10:53:02 EST What did you drink last? Decaff. <em>106</em> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 10:56:11 EST Share your favorite Roasted Chicken recipes I am still a new cook and trying desperately to learn how to make some staples (like roasted chicken). I attempted my first this last weekend and, although it was beautiful, it didn't have a lot of flavor. So, instead of doing trail and error or just randomly picking things from a book, would you share what you like to do with your chicken? (Also, quantities are helpful since I am new... and mine was under-seasoned.) <BR> THANKS! <em>53</em> Wed, 19 Oct 2011 12:54:53 EST Let's post some easy/healthy recipes Let's post some easy, healthy 4 ingredients or less recipes & post them here! (spices & water won't count in the 4 ingredients) <BR> I'll post first. <BR> <BR> Beans <BR> diced Turkey Ham . <BR> diced onion <BR> corn <BR> <BR> Add spices as desired to plenty of water in pot/slow cooker Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:08:51 EST Hello! Hi! Was a "Sparker" couple years ago but lost the weight and got busy with life. I just had a little girl who is now 3 months old and looking to lose the baby weight plus some. Love this website. The support from everyone if awesome! Tue, 13 Sep 2011 13:02:11 EST Game of alphabet A...Apple <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> next will be B.............then C...etc. Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:43:28 EST Ranch Chicken I bottle of Ranch dressing 2 tbls. spicy brown mustard,2 tbls. brown sugar. Mix well,safe one half cup out. Place skinless,boneless breast cutlets in zip loc bag & pour in the mixed dressing, marinate over night or 4 hours,I like it better overnight. Grill& baste as you are grilling with the one half cup of marinate that you saved out. Enjoy Sat, 6 Aug 2011 18:27:16 EST Cottage cheese for breakfast A scoop of cootage cheese(Me a few scoops)fresh fruit-I use a mixture of frozen berries and cut up melon or peaches.a few nuts to taste-me a tablespoon.a tablespoon of dry cereal. it makes a great breakast and filling.Eventhough I tend to go overboard on everything,I still lose weight. Sat, 6 Aug 2011 13:30:37 EST Welcome new members. Please introduce yourself. Just a note to tell us a bit about yourself. <BR> I'm Rhonda & I love food but learning moderation, learning to re-create healthier old recipes! Sat, 6 Aug 2011 10:46:01 EST What is today's plan/goal? Mine is to stay hydrated at work today! I tend to forget to drink when I'm busy! <em>91</em> <BR> Rhonda Sat, 6 Aug 2011 10:41:21 EST Grilled Romaine Lettuce This recipe came from a TOPS member. <BR> Split a head of Romaine lettuce.Brush with Italian Dressing .put on grill ,cook for a few minutes. <BR> Per the lady who makes this dish,it can be a meal in its self. Tue, 2 Aug 2011 01:22:23 EST Word Game This game is fun. I'll say a word and the next person says another word that comes to mind when they read my word. <BR> Example: I'll say DOG <BR> The next person will read it and they may say CAT or SPOT or CANINE. <BR> We will just use one word though. <BR> I'll start. <BR> <BR> The word is SUN Sat, 30 Jul 2011 09:20:21 EST Easy Recipe with Chicken Slow cooker <BR> <BR> Skinless Chicken breasts or whatever parts you like <BR> <BR> Jar of Salsa <BR> <BR> You can add veggies to this if you like, potato, carrot, onion, squash etc for complete meal. <BR> <BR> You can make rice to serve with it too if you like. <BR> <BR> Or add rice to the pot with extra water of course. <BR> <BR> Enjoy! <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:21:03 EST Welcome..please introduce yourself Hi there..I'm Rhonda in high desert country... <BR> Please stop here and say hi and tell a bit about yourself & what state you live in and anything else you might want to add. <BR> Enjoy the journey. <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Jul 2011 11:13:40 EST Hi There! Hi, I'm new here (which is probably pretty self-explanatory considering the forum I'm posting in LOL). I live in Florida, and I have 2 kids. We're all pretty picky eaters, though I'm trying to get better about that. I cook at home most nights, but am in need of good, cost-effective, healthy family meals to make. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know everyone. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 20:06:21 EST TL Muller Hi, I'm Teresa and I am thrilled my sister introduced me to this web stie. I am married and have two teenagers at home. We recently began to eat healthier and we all joined the gym so we can exercise together. I hope to track calories and get new ideas for recipes. Our biggest challenge is not getting bored eating the same stuff day in and day out. I look forward to joining you all on our journey to better health. God bless! Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:36:25 EST Living & Loving In The Pacific NW Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Amy and I am from Washington. Between working full time and paying attention to my husband and daughter - cooking at home has been a real challenge for me. At the beginning of this year - I made a resolution to starting menu planning and making more of an effort to make home-cooked meals for my family. <BR> <BR> I started a blog: <link>madewithloveforthoseilove.blogspot.c<BR>om </link> where I try to post all of my meals along with recipes and nutrition in... Thu, 12 May 2011 21:59:28 EST Hello from Idaho Hello, My name is Ginger. I have been working on losing weight for 10 months. I have lost 30 pounds. I am looking for some ways to charge my diet up and hope to get things moving again. I have been on a plateau for two months. I really want to get the scale to move in the right direction. I am open for suggestions. It is just my sweetheart and I, we are both working together to be healthier. I look for easy one dish meals that are easy to take to work. We both work swing shift. <BR> <BR> I ... Sun, 17 Apr 2011 21:22:30 EST Hello :) What a great team to have! Thanks! <BR> <BR> I love to experiment with cooking... and fortunately I have a crew (my hubby & two teens) who love to taste test for me lol. Looking forward to picking up/sharing pointers! Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:10:18 EST HI! Needing to try something new I am Stephanie I am married with 2 wonderful kids. I have done weight watchers in the past and did really well on it after my first child, but just can't seem to stick with it now after having my second child. I thought trying something new might help me get excited about losing weight and help me to stick with it. I hope to learn a lot of new things to finally keep this weight off. I have a really picky son who I can't get to try anything, but lucky to have a husband that is willing to try a... Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:11:12 EST Chicken Noodle Soup? Anyone have a fabulous recipe? Having just made my first chicken stock, I'm itching to use it for a chicken noodle soup... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 15:43:33 EST I'm here and learning Hi Everyone, <BR> I've been on Spark for awhile now - but am new to this team. I made myself a New Year's Resolution to make 1 new recipe every week. I did this for two reasons: 1) I don't cook enough and rely on prepackaged food too often (not good for me or the family) and 2) to expand our horizons and learn to cook! <BR> So far, I have done really well - made a new halibut recipe from the Biggest Loser cookbook, made a new cookie recipe my son wanted, made a new soup and, because the per... Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:15:52 EST Sandwich Time!! Hello everyone Please use this to post your favorite low calorie/carb recipes Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:01:17 EST Hello Hello, <BR> <BR> I just started today and looking forward to changing my life, diet and body. I am also trying to quit smoking at the same time. I am ready for the challenge. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:49:14 EST Hello Everyone I'm Leslie, a 48 year old single mom of an 11 year old. I love to cook as my screen name says and have training in the culinary arts. I'm hoping I can provide recipes you'll love and information about techniques as well as advice on cooking fresh healthy food. Tue, 4 Jan 2011 03:15:26 EST Dry Beans Question I soaked them, boiled them.. and they tasted ok. BUT when I made my crock pot stuff, it was very very dry AND not as much flavor. <BR> <BR> What can I do to spice these up a bit and should I just add more water to compensate in the crockpot? Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:30:04 EST Hi Ya'll Hi Everyone!! My name is Rebecca and Im new to cooking made easy. I love finding new healthy ideas for me and my boyfriend! and alays looking for a new friend <em>334</em> Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:38:09 EST Hello.. just joining I have been exercising and doing a great job of getting to the gym. Am trying to get through the holidays without gaining weight and losing my momentum. Here is where it's all about the food. I love healthy food.. I just need to actually take the time to make it. Hoping looking here will help me plan ahead!! <BR> <BR> Sat, 6 Nov 2010 14:18:58 EST Hello Out There! Hey Everyone! So glad I found this SparkTeam! I am a 31-year-old working professional who works late hours and rarely has time (or feels) like cooking. Not to mention the fact I am not very good at it. Eating take out almost every night is taking a toll on both my wallet and waist line and I would love to find easy recipes even I could make... and then actually want to eat afterwards. <em>4</em> <BR> <BR> Hope I get to know you all better! Sun, 31 Oct 2010 18:45:28 EST Today I am going to....... Today I am going to not beat myself up for the mistakes I made yesterday! Fri, 22 Oct 2010 10:02:26 EST Holidays Post you ideas, thoughts or tips here. <BR> <em>431</em> <BR> <em>429</em> <BR> <em>446</em> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 15:35:14 EST Hello all! My name is Amanda, and I have a picky family, lol. I love to try new foods, new ways to cook things, etc, but the fam does not. Hubs is naturally thin, and apparently thinks that means he doesn't have to eat healthy (note to self: increase his life insurance coverage, lol), the 4yo likes snacks, but not meals, and the 1yo really only wants grilled cheese and carrots. <BR> I'm trying to cut back on red meat (I love beef, but I can't eat as much of it as I can, say, beans), and trying to have m... Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:24:29 EST New Here My name is Sammy, I'm married to a wonderful man, we got married in October of 2009. He is an active duty marine, he just got back from his 3rd and last deployment. We live in Southern California on Camp Pendleton. We just had our first baby, a beautiful little boy in August. I'm looking to become more healthy and lose the baby weight i gained (and then some). Having a 2 month old doesn't leave me a lot of time to work out, so i would love to find new ways to work out with my son. I'm interes... Wed, 6 Oct 2010 19:11:14 EST Getting back on track Hi to all. I hope everyone is doing wonderful. I have had huge set backs. I got very sick, didn't take care of myself, worked too much and too hard and got sicker. I did not exercise much and ate wrong. Kicked myself, but I am back to kick the weight now!!! <BR> Has something like this every happened to you? What were some of the ways you re-jump started your routine?? <BR> <BR> <em>38</em> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 21:27:37 EST Hi, new to the team Hi, I just joined Spark the beginning of Sept. and I love checking out all the Spark recipes. My family has been great to support me as I experiment with new recipes. I've tried a few of them and can't wait to spend some time reading all the team posts and learning more. <BR> I am so happy to have found the Spark site, I've learned so much already and I love seeing the scale slowly creeping down! Sat, 25 Sep 2010 21:16:29 EST New to Spark Excited to learn healthy ways to cook. Sat, 18 Sep 2010 01:52:17 EST Need Idea for Turkey Thighs I need some ideas for some turkey thighs that I took out of my freezer--I thought I would find some recipes in SP recipe section, but there are not very many ideas there. Maybe you all can help. Since they are already thawed out, I need to use them soon. <BR> <BR> Healthy, and easy would be best for me. <em>4</em> <em>428</em> <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Linda <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 12 Sep 2010 20:18:18 EST Help with Turkey Ideas I have a package of turkey thighs in my freezer that I do not know what to do with. I took them out of freezer, thinking I would find a recipe on SP Recipes...very little was there. Please give me some ideas of how to prepare the turkey thighs; there are two in the package. I need to fix them soon. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> Linda Sun, 12 Sep 2010 20:08:52 EST How many servings in a can of soup? I am at work - and trying to put in a recipe. I have no idea.. help? Wed, 8 Sep 2010 08:56:10 EST PERSONAL CHALLENGE What have you done to challenge yourself? Mon, 6 Sep 2010 22:58:03 EST A Picky Eater I'm 22, married to a wonderful man (26) and I have 2 dogs (Nemo and Buddy, both Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Nemo though is mixed with a Sh*tzu). I live in an apartment downtown in a very busy city. I'm 165 pounds. I consider my ideal weight to be about 130. I used to be fairly fit when I was younger, I did a lot of team sports. Unfortunately, I don't have any friends and I'm not big on joining strangers for a game of basketball or tennis. My husband has Cerebral Palsy and he has ver... Sat, 28 Aug 2010 12:31:23 EST IF If you could only eat one meat for the rest of your life what would it be? What are some of the ways you would prepare it to keep it being boring. <BR> <BR> I would have to choose chicken. I love it and have often said I could live on it. Grill, bake, broil, sauté. A Teriyaki marinade is awesome. Mix it with pasta, in a salad, with veggies, or just a plain old sandwich! Fri, 27 Aug 2010 18:51:33 EST Need help with family meals Hello, I am joining this forum to find out what others do when it comes to picky kids and husbands. I used to love cooking but since no one but me will eat what I made, I have given up. I have really refused to cook and my husband does all the cooking. Now there is just no good choices and I am gaining weight again...Help!! <BR> Fri, 20 Aug 2010 22:10:58 EST Lentils Ok - I have been a picky weird eater up until the last few years on Spark. I am NOW willing to try these things lol <BR> <BR> what do they taste like? What is the best way to cook them? What are best .. the red ones? etc?? <BR> <BR> HELP??! Thanks!! Thu, 5 Aug 2010 19:36:33 EST Newbie I have been on Spark for a few years. Lose some - stay steady - gain some - but for the most part have done really well. <BR> <BR> I LOVE spark recipes! I don't consider myself much of a cook - but I do think I am a work in progress! I love recipes that make leftovers for my work lunches. <BR> <BR> Samesee added me as a friend and I saw this as one of her teams and thought COOL.. :) So here I am... <BR> <BR> Looking forward to meeting all of you! <BR> <BR> Beth Tue, 3 Aug 2010 14:08:40 EST I'm old/new at the same time! Hi! I'm new to this team as well, though not new to SP. I joined over 3 years ago, but needed a fresh start. I deleted my old "self" and made room for my new self! I'm looking forward to sharing recipes! Mon, 2 Aug 2010 17:37:01 EST I'm just starting and really need some motivation I'm new to SP and have about 150 lbs to lose to reach my goal. I'm having a hard time making the right food choices and finding time and the motivation to excercise. I have an 11 month old son and a 6 year old it's hard to leave the house. My first stop today is to the store for a fittness DVD any suggestions???? Sat, 31 Jul 2010 11:59:03 EST not getting older- getting better Hi everyone: I've just started on my goal to regain my girlish figure ( a bit). I've lost 10 lbs the past month and want to lose another 10 by end of sept. Just found this site and it looks great and motivating for sure. Thanks Tue, 27 Jul 2010 21:17:32 EST Introduce yourself to Team Forum Hi i'm new to the team thing Mon, 19 Jul 2010 11:03:31 EST I want to live a healthy lifestyle Iam a 66 year old house wife I have 2 grown children a boy and agirl the gril is handicapped and lives at hone. Iam 5,2 inches weight 139 lbs/I enjoy walking,cooking, danceing, and going to church, thats abount all ican think of at this time. Sun, 11 Jul 2010 03:53:23 EST hello! Hello! I am renewing my dedication for the .... umm we won't discuss how many times. I am interested in finding new recipes especially that I can make for 1 since my husband travels so much for work. I get discouraged easily with cooking because I make something that tastes good and then I have to eat it all week and then I never want to make it again because I will once again have to eat it for a week. Tue, 6 Jul 2010 20:14:44 EST new and excited! I just joined and have already found some great looking recipes. As a Mom of two toddlers I have been trying to collect as many simple, easy, and yummy recipes so this forum looks perfect for me. Looking forward to meeting a bunch of you! Sat, 26 Jun 2010 02:53:57 EST Small meal planning changes I am working on getting back on the bandwagon with counting calories again. However, this time around, I realize I need to get my husband more on board with what he actually cooks/prepares for meals (we trade off cooking). <BR> <BR> So I'm looking for some ideas of small changes that we could agree to make to our meals (one month at a time) far I have the following two ideas but would like at least one more: <BR> <BR> 1. Serve two of the following with every meal: Veggie, salad, fr... Sat, 19 Jun 2010 16:35:52 EST New to Team Hi everyone! I'm going to give this team a try to see if it helps me get more motivated to cook for my VERY picky family. I've been on Spark since 2006 and love it. Mon, 14 Jun 2010 16:10:06 EST A hoy hoy Hello everyone, my name is Saoirse (pronounced "seer-sha" for anyone curious) from the Emerald Isle and it is my goal to learn as many quick, simple, healthy recipes as I can fit into my brain! <BR> <BR> Hoping to get some seasoned advice and offer some moral support :) <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Jun 2010 18:03:17 EST Hi, I'm new here! Hi! I joined SP about 2-3 weeks ago and am just now getting around to introducing myself. I'm a stay at home mom who loves to cook. I want to learn healthier eating habits and recipes to feed my family of 5. I look forward to getting to know some of the people on the team and finding some easy, healthy recipes! Fri, 14 May 2010 13:43:05 EST Hello from MN Hi. I am new here. I have 80 pounds to lose! I guess I can take it one day at a time!! <BR> <em>15</em> Sat, 1 May 2010 22:58:43 EST Hi Ashley From Central OR <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Hi, I am ashley. I recently joined SP to get my weight under control and to learn more options into cooking easy things with a busy shift of 10 hours four times a week. Tue, 6 Apr 2010 20:49:34 EST new here... Happy to find a place I can access from my Android phone and regular computer! Thanks for a great site! Mon, 5 Apr 2010 23:45:26 EST Can't cook, my goal is to learn! Hi! I can't cook. I am not sure I can even boil water! Yikes...but I am making it a goal to learn, even if it takes years. <BR> I have gone through some of the sparkpeople recipes and have made them favorites. My goal is to try to make 1 recipe each week and gain confidence in the kitchen. Does this sound reasonable? <BR> I can fry an egg, and I've made an omelet. It took me a long time to figure out how to make an omelet. It kept not working, but I'd just go back and watch youtube videos, s... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 19:58:28 EST Excited to join, hopefully not too hopeful :) Hello everyone, I am a mother and a wife. I am also an obese 30 year old woman who has struggled with weight loss all of her life. The only success I have had was with Herbal One, I am sure it wasn't the pills (too expensive and unhealthy to keep this up) but the constant monitoring (3 weigh-ins a week) and support. I really hope I can make this work with support from other members...are you looking for a weight loss buddy to chat with? Sun, 4 Apr 2010 01:49:03 EST hi everyone i'm ladysmith19 i am a young at heart 50ish year old with lots of weight to lose. I work full time enjoy lots of different things and always seem to be busy. I like cooking but never seem to get the time and i am really really disorganised so need all the encouragement I can get'. I also enjoy travelling and meeting new people Wed, 24 Mar 2010 18:06:19 EST Message Removed Message Removed Fri, 19 Mar 2010 06:23:15 EST cookin' in CO Hi all, <BR> If any of you have some 'tried and true' high altitude recipes to share, please do! <BR> I have had fun looking around on this team of creative cooks! <BR> I will get around to posting some ideas I use in a pinch, too! <BR> Thanks! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 14:12:05 EST Figuring Out the Nutritional Information How do I figure out the nutritional information for a meal I make? <BR> <BR> For example Saturday I made my "Lazy Lasagna". The whole family loves this dish. I start by cooking my noodles (I vary the noodle type - could be elbows, rotini, bow ties, whatever I have in the pantry!) in boiling water on the range. I generally use the whole box btw. I heat my oven to 350 degrees. Then while the noodles are cooking, I mix a small container of skim ricotta cheese (usually Sargentos or the store br... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:42:56 EST Hey Everyone! So I started my Spark Journey last Friday. This morning was my first weigh in... <BR> <BR> Down 5 lbs! WOO! <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am here because my fiance and I are eating separate at the moment which kind of stinks. I want to make healthy meals that even he will eat! Sat, 13 Mar 2010 08:28:44 EST Hi all! I'm a new Sparkie, been on the site about a week. I've tried to lose weight for years but only gained. I've never met a community as supportive as this one!! It has inspired me to start tracking calories (and actually, I'm starting in enjoy it) and stop letting excuses get in the way of gym time. Tue, 9 Mar 2010 23:03:15 EST Hi from Kimberley, BC, Canada My name is Lori and I need help. My boys have just informed me that they are sick of chicken. Even though I am the only one on this journey, I do not make a separate meal for them and me. We all eat what I eat. Guess I got into a rut with chicken. I look forward to share recipes and ideas. <BR> <BR> Bye for now. Mon, 8 Mar 2010 00:48:41 EST Newbie from PA Hi All! I am new to the group. I was a member of Spark a few years ago and stopped, but I am back now. <BR> Anyways, I am 31. I have been married for 9 years and I have a 12 y/o boy and 8y/o daughter. <BR> <BR> Dieting is hard for me because I HATE to cook, so I am always looking for very easy yummy recipes the whole family will like. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you all! <BR> Julie Tue, 2 Mar 2010 11:47:41 EST Hello Everyone I'm Jen!!!! <em>213</em> Looking forward to sharing recipes and checking out what has been posted already! Sun, 21 Feb 2010 15:57:34 EST Kristy from VA My name is Kristy and I live in Central VA. I have been married to my wonderful husband for one and half years. We have three wonderful (four-legged) children: Dodger, Maggie and Griffin. We hope to start a family in a couple of years and I do not want to have all the weight I have now on top of "baby weight". <BR> I currently work for Community Services. I recently started my Master's in Education. My life is challenging and my love for cooking has had to take a back seat to everything else ... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 15:17:38 EST Hi!! I'm a SAH Mom of 2 girls, I'm always trying to find healthy meals and snacks that we will all enjoy eating. I'm so glad I came across this site!! Fri, 19 Feb 2010 21:26:53 EST HI Always in search of new healthy recipes... I'm cooking and baking challenged, so cooking made easy, just makes sense, hahaha! Wed, 10 Feb 2010 22:33:12 EST Food For Thought The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life. <BR> <BR> -Cyril Connolly <em>344</em> Fri, 5 Feb 2010 09:54:59 EST Eggplant Lasagna 257 Cal (45 fat cal, 4.98g fat) 365 Days with the 330 Pound Woman has updated her blog with a zesty lasagna recipe that will make your lips go "YUM!" Such an easy recipe to make and it was simply delicious! If you love lasagna, this no meat version packs a punch and is very filling. Everyone at the table was satisfied! If your anything like Garfield and love a good lasagna, this is a must! <BR> <BR> To get the recipe, please check out my blog on blogger at <BR> <BR> <link>365dayswiththe330poundwoman.blogspot<BR>.com <... Wed, 3 Feb 2010 12:32:15 EST Love comparing healthy vs unhealthy caloric values Hello to all! I am so excited to be part of the Cooking Made Easy team! 2010 is the year of new biginnings and the birth of a new me! As I am on this journey, I am learnign so many things about nutrition and eating healthy. <BR> <BR> The day I debated getting a new set of keys made vs. bending over and picking them up, was the day it finally hit me. I was miserable and so uncomfortable. My body ached and hurt so bad, carrying around 330 pounds on a 5'3" frame is not easy! <BR> <BR> I ... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 09:07:20 EST Hi ! Hi everyone. I added this team a few weeks ago, I am just getting around to saying hi. I have been introducing alot more raw foods into my diet this past month, (usually 1 meal a day is raw) so I am looking for ideas and receipes for salads. As I learn to cook healthier I will hopefully be able to contribute to the team. Thanks.....Diane Mon, 1 Feb 2010 22:45:53 EST Banana Split Shake (216 Cal, 2g Fat, 4 PTS) I found this on, it was a delicious delight. We haven't really eaten any sweets since I have been making life style changes, the kids loved it! <BR> <BR> <BR> HG's Slurpable Split Shake <BR> <BR> Lickety Split! <BR> Woohoo! A banana split you can sip thru a straw. It's perfect for the lazy (and those who fear spoons!). Enjoy... <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> <BR> For Shake <BR> 1 small banana <BR> 1/2 cup light vanilla soymilk <BR> 1/4 cup Breyers Double Churn Free Creamy V... Mon, 1 Feb 2010 01:07:00 EST Hi, my name is Debra Hello ... I am not new to SparkPeople, but I am new to this team. I am hoping this team can help me. I am a 40 year old happily married Christian mother of four. I recently turned in my corporate executive career and board meetings for home cooked meals and diapers :) My kids are ages 13, 6, 5 and 18months. <BR> <BR> I, myself, am a very picky eater. I have just learned how to cook in the last few years. I was always the microwave mama. We have always been a processed food household.... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 20:53:43 EST Grapple Anyone ??? Grapple anyone? <BR> <BR> What's a grapple? Imagine the sweet distinctive flavor of Concord grapes combined with the crispness of a fresh, juicy Washington Extra Fancy apple. <BR> <BR> This variety of the apple is an absoultely delicious change of pace from your commmon ordinary apple. You have got to try them. <BR> <BR> Grâpple® brand apples begin either as Washington Extra Fancy Gala or Fuji Apples, depending upon the season. These "premium apples" are the ones that take on the grape... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 08:55:47 EST Wow! I feel great and I have only just begun!! Wed, 20 Jan 2010 20:28:57 EST Tilapia Recipe? Sorry if you've read this twice. I posted it in the wrong place before. <BR> <BR> I have some frozen tilapia filets I'd like to cook for dinner tonight. I also have an over abundance of onions I'd like to use up. Does anyone have a healthy recipe that they've already tried and loved? I usually just cook it in fat-free Italian dressing on it, but I'm looking for something different. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:23:06 EST Tilapia Recipe? I have some frozen tilapia filets I'd like to cook for dinner tonight. I also have an over abundance of onions I'd like to use up. Does anyone have a healthy recipe that they've already tried and loved? I usually just cook it in fat-free Italian dressing on it, but I'm looking for something different. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:06:57 EST Hello I am looking for recipes that are healthy and things I like like meatloaf,and things like that. Looking forward to the recipes that are here. Sun, 17 Jan 2010 22:20:11 EST I live with picky eaters I am not picky at all, in fact I'll eat just about anything especially if I don't have to cook it. My husband is very picky and my 9 year old is somewhat picky too. I don't really enjoy cooking as someone almost always complains. It is so annoying. I'm looking for some easy to prepare meals that just about anyone will eat. What everyone does eat is tacos, spaghetti and pizza. Gets pretty boring. Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:34:33 EST Hi from Acton, Ontario, Canada I joined SP in December and have spent the last few weeks roaming around the site. I am addicted! <BR> I have been married for 18 1/2 years to Frank. We have a daughter who just turned 16 and a son who will be 14 in March. My husband & I both work full time at the same company so we get to car pool and have some quiet discussion time every day. <BR> We are always on the lookout for easy healthy recipes. I have 2 crockpots that are used often. <BR> I am addicted to stamping as well as readi... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:21:15 EST Hi Hi, my name is Tara, and I'm new to spark people. So far, I've lost 2 lbs and love the great recipes on here. Cooking while working full-time and taking care of 2 kids is a lot of work. I'm hoping this year will be a healthier one.... Sat, 2 Jan 2010 22:56:58 EST Hi! hey guys, <BR> <BR> I am new to the idea of cooking, but not new to Sparkpeople. I've been on and off the site for a year and a bit, and I now have a support team to make these good habits stick, so I'm hoping to be here for the long run. I'm a busy 3rd year university student, who goes to school full time, but also works at least 30 hours a week as a supervisor at a local bulk foods store. I have either gone through periods of not eating very much at all, to not eating properly. I didn't de... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 12:34:49 EST I'm new to Sparks Hi - I am a mid 40's married mother of two teenagers. I love to cook but with a busy schedule find it hard to cook good healthy meals all week long. I wanted to join this team because I am looking for menu ideas - just regular home cooked meals that my family would like. I work full time and try to use my crockpot a lot but need ideas. I do have a question about the wonderful recipes that I have seen posted. Is there a way to post the recipes to my cookbook online or do I do a copy and p... Fri, 13 Nov 2009 06:33:14 EST I'm New Here Hi. I'm jennifer. I just joined today. I'm 29 y/o with a 7.5 year old daughter and have been married a little over 8 years. <BR> <BR> I've been overweight since the middle of the 4th grade. I'm at my highest right now of 256. I'm trying my hardest. I'm also working on the Wii Fit for about a 1/2 hour a day for 5 days a week. <BR> <BR> I don't know what else to say, but I'm looking forward to meeting you all. Fri, 13 Nov 2009 00:55:59 EST Tired of being Tired and unhealthy! :) Mon, 9 Nov 2009 10:48:49 EST Hey My name is stephanie and I just started using this website last week. I have a blog that I keep up with daily the link is on my sparkpage. Feel free to add me as a friend on spark page and follow my blog. :) best of luck to everyone! Wed, 28 Oct 2009 13:41:25 EST Hi Everyone! I love to cook but work about 1 hour away from my home so having something quick and easy to satisfy a family of boys is a must on my list. I look forward to getting, sharing and using some tasty fast meals that I can cook without hitting the local fast food places or ordering in. Sun, 18 Oct 2009 16:20:53 EST phyllis551 i;am looking forward to getting help and information to my quest to loseing weight Thu, 15 Oct 2009 20:56:40 EST MUFFINS PUMPKIN-DATE MUFFINS – Rated 4 out of 5 <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1 teaspoon baking soda <BR> ¼ teaspoon baking powder <BR> 1 ¼ to 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (more spice if no blackstrap molasses) <BR> ½ teaspoon salt <BR> 1 cup solid-pack canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie spiced pumpkin) <BR> ½ cup skim milk <BR> ¼ cup packed light brown sugar <BR> 3 tablespoons blackstrap molasses (or full flavor) <BR> 2 tablespoons canola oil <BR> 2 egg whites <BR> 2/3 cup s... Sun, 27 Sep 2009 23:17:10 EST question on sodium intake does anyone know how much a person's sodium intake a day should be? does it vary from person to person? <BR> i am 5' and weigh 112 <BR> thank you in advance to your answers Wed, 16 Sep 2009 12:20:01 EST Looking for Inspiration... Hello, I am a horrible cook (Not 1/2 bad at baking)... <BR> I am here looking for some inspiration for healthy and EASY meals that my husband and possibly my kids would enjoy also... <BR> Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:47:20 EST Hello! Hello! I'm new to this team, but not to Spark. I actually want to introduce myself and extend an invitation to the members of this team to my CLEAN EATS RECIPES team. I thought members here would be interested as GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! LOL! <BR> My team's focus is eating clean food (no processed foods such as white sugar or flour, chemicals, preservatives, etc) and exchanging recipes. There is a team cookbook that contains only healthy food and ingredients and the recipes are shared among ... Mon, 7 Sep 2009 15:54:02 EST Looking for chicken suggestions Hi All!! <BR> <BR> Need some suggestions for dinner. I have a bunch of chicken breasts cooked up and ready to go. <BR> <BR> I usually have chicken breast w/ salad for lunch, so not sure I want a salad for dinner, but was thinking of a chopped apple and chicken salad, but that means a trip to the store. <BR> <BR> I want to try the chicken spinach bake recipe the SP featured not that long ago, but I don't want to turn on my oven! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions for already cooked chicken breas... Wed, 12 Aug 2009 14:04:08 EST Low Cal brownie suggestion please We have a girls get together and they want brownies and everyone tries to watch what they eat. So does anyone on here know of a low cal recipe for brownies that I could do instead of searching the SP recipes as I would be there all day looking...LOL <BR> <BR> Any recipes you could pass on to me would so be greatly appreciated!! Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:28:22 EST New to Team, but not SP Hi Everyone! I am new to the team but have been on SP since mid-Feb. <BR> <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Almost at my goal and then I'll work on going for more weight loss and muscle toning. <BR> <BR> Love to cook but short on time, so looking for great ideas. <BR> Mon, 10 Aug 2009 15:33:04 EST New here! Hello, I just signed up on today! I have a husband who is a picky eater but will always try new foods I cook. I never have much time with work and the commute to and from, along with dealing with some health problems. It's so hard to come home and spend an hour or more cooking dinner, but the time I am done have eaten and cleaned up it's about time for bed! I am not the best cook but I sure am trying to learn and find some easier recipes! I'm looking forward to all this s... Sat, 8 Aug 2009 15:30:49 EST Hello there My name is Amy and I am on my 2nd day of SP....this is so invigorating and energizing.....makes me more motivated. I can use all the help anyone can pass on. I am a full time Respiratory Therapist, so making an easy but HEALTHY all for me. Sat, 8 Aug 2009 15:20:05 EST Looking for an active spark team! Hey everyone, <BR> My name is Danielle im 23 years old and am three classes away from having two degrees in the culinary arts. I love to cook and im looking for recipes to keep me interested in my diet. I look forward to sharing recipes and I hope this group is active! I've had bad luck so far picking spark teams that never post :( Sun, 2 Aug 2009 22:17:59 EST New to the Site and hoping that it'll help I am currently 29 years old and have been waging war with my weight since my first pregnancy. After giving birth, I became unmotivated and now, 11 years later, I realized that I should have cared a little more. I have lost weight and then I hit a plateau and get frustrated. I have joined a gym and now I need to change eating habits and make some lifestyle changes. I'm hoping that having the support from everybody on this site and by connecting with others have have faced the same challenges a... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 18:00:38 EST Greetings! Just joined (SP and the team!). I'm not a huge fan of cooking, I usually make my boyfriend do all of it. However, he is the pickiest eater ever, and so not diet friendly. He won't eat vegetables or fruit. He also won't eat most pork or any fish/seafood. Help! Mon, 6 Jul 2009 17:09:58 EST I'm new here My name is Sharon. I'm 49 years old and love to cook (and, unfortunately, to eat). I'm hoping to learn to cook healthier foods for myself and my husband and looking forward to possibly making new friends along my journey to a healthier new me. Thu, 2 Jul 2009 12:44:55 EST New Team Member! Hello everyone! I'm so excited to learn from you all and to try some easy, healthy recipes that my picky husband will eat! I've been a member on SparkPeople for a while, but just getting back into using it. I'm stranded at my house during the day with nothing to do after a recent appendectomy. I'm really trying to focus on my diet because I can't do any strenuous activity for another couple of weeks :-( Anyways - I'm happy to join your team! Wed, 1 Jul 2009 13:31:51 EST Prayer Request DSis#1 just called & they will be taking her DH to surgery at 7:30 tomorrow morning. DBIL#1 is 88 years old & has congestive heart failure. They’ve drained close to a gallon (or possibly more by now) of fluid from around his lungs & heart. He’s been hospitalized over a week & his doctors have decided to do surgery to repair one of the valves in his heart. He has also had problems with an irregular heartbeat & his doctor told him that he’ll try to do something to help with the irregular he... Mon, 22 Jun 2009 22:23:11 EST Healthy Potato Chips (MUST TRY) You make these in the microwave and I was VERY skeptical. I am a potato chip fanatic and I LOVE Lays. The baked variety just don't do it for me. But WAIT until you try these!! I only made them once and in the experimental stages, but I am going to try JUST cooking spray and maybe BBQ seasonings? Anyway, these ARE the real deal. You will be so happy!!! They are sooooo crispy and delish! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=667884&ff=1 </link> Tue, 16 Jun 2009 20:30:27 EST I've never cooked a real meal My name is Jackie and i am 21. I have been married for 2.5 years. I am in school right now to become an elementary school teacher. I hope to teach 4th, 5th or 6th grade. I graduate Spring 2010. I just Hit 179 on Thursday which puts me at 22 pounds lost since April 1st 2009. I had a pretty bad eatting day today nad got mad at my self and through away all the crap food i have in my house. I am going to start eating more clean food and not buy the crap food any more... Wish me luck! I would lve ... Sat, 13 Jun 2009 20:48:13 EST New girl in the kitchen Hi I'm Sharon from CA, looking for healthy way to cook foods and easier. Love food network shows and have lots of cookbooks. But I love to know more ways to cook meals, I have a 13 yr old who's very picky. Need help there. Sat, 13 Jun 2009 15:26:17 EST Looks Good! <link><BR>ate-angel-food-cake-with-berries.aspx </link> <BR> <BR> Jeanne Tue, 9 Jun 2009 00:07:22 EST Come on someone knows a good recipe for chicken My husband hates chicken unless its fried or dipped in honey BBQ like the wings. <BR> I love chicken any way. <BR> Has anyone found a healthy way to fry chicken in a skillet that maybe you have tweak that isn't so fattening. I cant figure out how to get around the white flour you coat it in. I know to use a different oil. the batter is what i need to figure out <BR> can you help? <BR> thanks Mon, 1 Jun 2009 13:39:41 EST New Member Hi everyone !!! Fri, 22 May 2009 09:52:17 EST Ola! Bueno! Bienevito! Hello All! <BR> This team has captured my interest. I found this team from my friend feed...Thank you Hickok! <BR> <BR> I am a 30-something (pretty close to 40... <em>40</em> ) mom of 3 who are all young adults. I am owned by a doxie who is 4yrs old. <BR> I am also a newlywed(?). <BR> <BR> My hobbies are as follows: <BR> gardening,photography,hiking,biking, <BR> walking,talking,camping, <BR> swimming,canoeing,rollerblading, <BR> cycling,scootering, <BR> cooking,reading,music,movies, <BR> s... Sat, 16 May 2009 12:03:20 EST new Hello everyone I am from Blue Bell PA and looking forward to the team. Hopefully the cooking tips will be really easy as I have just learned the art of boiling water!!!!! <em>24</em> Mon, 4 May 2009 19:03:12 EST Potatoes Scalloped Potatoes <BR> <BR> 4 large potatoes slices <BR> 1 can of chicken broth <BR> 1/4 cup flour <BR> 1/4 butter <BR> 1/4 cup miracle whip <BR> diced onions <BR> <BR> place sliced potatoes and diced onions in the bottom of the casserole dish. <BR> mix other ingredients together and pour over the top bake at 350* for 1 1/2 hours. or till potatoes are done. Sun, 26 Apr 2009 15:27:03 EST Beefy Cheesy Stroganoff This was very tasty. First here are the nutritional properties: (1 serving = 1 Cup, Makes 5 Cups.) <BR> <BR> Nutrition Information <BR> Calories <BR> 490 <BR> Total fat <BR> 26 g <BR> Saturated fat <BR> 12 g <BR> Cholesterol <BR> 125 mg <BR> Sodium <BR> 1130 mg <BR> Carbohydrate <BR> 33 g <BR> Dietary fiber <BR> 1 g <BR> Sugars <BR> 4 g <BR> Protein <BR> 29 g <BR> <BR> <BR> What You Need <BR> 1 lb. ground beef <BR> 2 cups water <BR> 3 cups medium egg noodles, uncooked <BR> ... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 10:08:11 EST 113 Calorie Brownies w/ 1gram of fat! Hey guys, I was searching the spark recipe website and came across this brown recipe. Check it out on the spark recipe page....Its called 113 calorie brownies. I made them and they are yummy. I can not believe they are low in fat. My whole family loves them! I just wanted to share what I found. Thu, 16 Apr 2009 18:11:12 EST Game - This or That? I'll name two items and you answer which one you like best and then you ask your own "This or That" question! <BR> <BR> Ketchup or Mustard? Fri, 10 Apr 2009 22:42:06 EST Afraid of Dessert and Snacking Sometimes I feel so worried about allowing my self to have a dessert or snacks. I am scared that if I try a bit of it I will eat too much. The other day I got a dessert recipe off spark and it was for peanut butter cookies. They were low fat but my husband and I ate all of them because they were so good in one sitting. I don't know what to do?? Will I ever be able to enjoy a dessert or snack? Fri, 10 Apr 2009 21:41:31 EST new Hey i new to the team.,And im looking for more ideas for cooking fast easy and for toddlers. Also i been getting a lot of my recipes of biggest loser and id love to share if you have some to trade back. Thanks <BR> Lisa Wed, 8 Apr 2009 17:33:25 EST Baked whole chicken anyone have any sort of ideals on a recipe for Baked whole chicken. i was even thinking to cook it in my crock but have never done that. <BR> I know how to bake a chicken, but would like some ideals on other recipes. I was going for brown rice and baked chicken. <BR> anyone out there have some suggestions? <BR> thanks!! Mon, 6 Apr 2009 09:17:06 EST SUGGESTION BOX What kind of recipes would you like to see. <BR> <BR> I need your help so let me know what you are interested in. <BR> <BR> Examples <BR> <BR> Particular food (zucchini, pork, shrimp etc) <BR> Ethnic group (Mexican, Italian, Asian) <BR> Type (soup, stew, casserole) <BR> <BR> Post all suggestions to this thread, please. <BR> <BR> Sherry Fri, 27 Mar 2009 11:59:15 EST Craving Doghnuts! In college they've started selling Doughnuts, the evil industry of tasty fried food has invaded our college..ahh! <BR> <BR> I've learned to hate fried foods, but I can't help my crave for doughnuts right now after seeing these delicious looking chocolate glazed ones they sell. Till now i've stood my ground and not bought any, thank God, but I still haven't got over my need for them. <BR> <BR> So what do you do when you're this situation? Please, don't tell me to make those baked doug... Wed, 25 Mar 2009 06:48:19 EST new Hello everyone I am new to cooking made easy. My name is Brenda and I am looking for easy stuff to cook I work a full time job and just can't find the time to cook. So I am always open to quick and easy. Thank you for welcoming me aboard. Brenda Tue, 24 Mar 2009 08:59:58 EST Protien bar recipes?? Does anyone have any good lo cal protien bar recipes? I am missing my peanut butter choclate zone bars since they have been recalled!! Sun, 22 Mar 2009 15:25:09 EST BREAKFAST BREAKFAST CASSEROLE *** <BR> <BR> Serving Size: 6 <BR> <BR> 1 1/4 pounds turkey breast -- ground <BR> 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes <BR> 1 teaspoon fennel seeds <BR> 2 cloves garlic -- minced <BR> 1/2 teaspoon black pepper <BR> <BR> 2 1/2 cups Egg Beaters® 99% egg substitute <BR> 1/2 cup skim milk <BR> 1 green bell pepper -- sliced into rings <BR> 1 ... Sun, 22 Mar 2009 12:31:56 EST new to your team just popped in to say to ev1 & hope you all having a grrr8 day! Thu, 19 Mar 2009 10:52:20 EST BREADS WHOLE-WHEAT IRISH SODA BREAD <BR> <BR> Serving Size : 24 <BR> Preparation Time :0:10 <BR> Start to Finish Time: "1:20" <BR> Yield: "2 loaves" <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 cups whole wheat flour <BR> 2 cups all-purpose flour -- more for dusting <BR> 1 teaspoon salt <BR> 1 teaspoon baking soda <BR> 2 1/4 cups buttermilk <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle with a littl... Sat, 14 Mar 2009 15:12:52 EST made the easiest yummy taco soup yesterday 2 lbs hamburger meat <BR> 1 onion (as much as you want to taste) <BR> 1 can kidney beans <BR> 1 can black beans <BR> 1 can pinto beans <BR> 1 can corn <BR> 2 cans diced tomatoes <BR> 1 packet taco seasoning (any kind you like) <BR> 1 packet ranch dressing mix <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Brown meat and onion, add seasoning mixes, then pore in cans with liquid, simmer about 30 minutes and eat. <BR> <BR> Great on a cold day <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Mar 2009 12:13:54 EST BEEF Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Blue Cheese *** <BR> <BR> Serving Size : 2 <BR> <BR> 2 beef tenderloin steaks <BR> <BR> ***TOPPING*** <BR> 1 ounce fat-free cream cheese <BR> 1 ounce blue cheese -- crumbled <BR> 1/8 cup plain low-fat yogurt <BR> 1/2 green onion -- chopped <BR> 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder <BR> 1/4 teaspoon onion powder <BR> ... Wed, 11 Mar 2009 18:57:22 EST VEGETABLES Sweet Onion Pie * <BR> <BR> Recipe By :Sherry G. Original <BR> <BR> Serving Size : 6 <BR> <BR> Categories : 10 carbs or lower Eggs <BR> Luncheon Onions <BR> Pie <BR> <BR> 6 pieces phyllo dough <BR> PAM -- butter flavor <BR> 2 sweet onions -- halved and sliced <BR> 1 tablespoon Smaart Balance <BR> 4 egg whites <BR> 1 cup half-and-half, fat free <BR> 2 teaspoons Italian flat leaf parsley -- chopped <BR> salt and pepper -- to taste <BR> pinch cayenne <BR> pinch paprika <BR> ... Tue, 10 Mar 2009 23:13:49 EST Hello everyone! hi there. i'm amy, and i have absolutely zero experience in cooking. since i now have a steady bf, we decided to make dinner for ourselves once a week. i'm going to do the tried and true dinner of chicken, mashed potatoes (from a box), and corn. i'm also thinking of making some healthy muffins for during the week. i think next week i'll do spaghetti. any good beginner recipes I can try? Tue, 10 Mar 2009 23:00:21 EST DESERTS (cakes, pies, cookies, etc.) Posted by EBLOOMING <BR> <BR> From Heart Healthy Living: <BR> <BR> Sweet Potato Cinnamon Bundt Cake with Orange Glaze <BR> Oven 350 - Bake 40-45 minutes Makes - 16 servings <BR> <BR> Nonstick cooking spray <BR> 1/2 cup butter, softened <BR> 1/2 cup granulated sugar (I use splenda/sugar mix) <BR> 2/3 cup brown sugar, divided (half for the nut mix) <BR> 1 egg & 2 egg whites <BR> 1 15 ounce can sweet potatoes, drained and mashed <BR> 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1 1/2 tsp baki... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 19:32:06 EST ITALIAN Italian Hot Sausage *** <BR> <BR> Serving Size : 12 <BR> <BR> Categories : Turkey, Pork, Italian <BR> <BR> 1/2 pound pork loin -- ground <BR> 1 1/2 pounds turkey breast -- ground <BR> 1 1/2 tablespoons fennel seeds -- crushed in the palm of your hand <BR> 2 tablespoons dried parsley -- minced (more or less to your taste) <BR> 4 cloves garlic <BR> 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes -- (more or less to your taste) <BR> 1/2 teaspoon oregano <BR> 1/2 teaspoon rosemary <BR> 1/2 t... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:45:26 EST SALADS Macaroni Salad with Creamy Dijon Dressing * <BR> <BR> Recipe By: Sherry G <BR> Serving Size : 12 <BR> Categories : Broccoli, Celery, Cucumber Green Bell Pepper, Green Onions, Red Onion <BR> Whole Wheat Pasta WW points 2 <BR> Yellow Bell Pepper <BR> <BR> ***DRESSING*** <BR> 4 ounces Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese <BR> 2 green onions -- cut in 2" pieces <BR> 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise <BR> 2 tablespoons skim milk <BR> 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard <BR> 2 tablespoons fresh lemon... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:43:27 EST BREADS/QUICK BREADS CORN BREAD *** <BR> <BR> Serving Size : 12 <BR> <BR> Categories : 20 carbs or less <BR> Buttermilk, Egg Beaters <BR> Quick Bread, Splenda <BR> Whole Wheat Flour <BR> <BR> 1 cup yellow cornmeal <BR> 1/2 cup flour <BR> 1/2 cup whole wheat flour <BR> 6 tablespoons Splenda -- more if you like it sweeter <BR> 1 teaspoon baking powder <BR> 1 cup buttermilk <BR> 1/4 cup Egg Beaters® 99% egg substitute <BR> 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt <BR> 1/4 cup Smart Bal <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:42:15 EST MEXICAN Texican Meatballs *** <BR> <BR> Serving Size: 4 <BR> Categories : 05 carbs or less <BR> Main Dish Turkey <BR> <BR> 1 pound turkey breast -- ground (or meat of your choice) <BR> 1/4 cup egg substitute, liquid <BR> 1/4 cup rolled oats -- pulsed in food processor <BR> 1/2 teaspoon cumin <BR> 1/2 teaspoon chili powder <BR> 1/4 teaspoon oregano <BR> <BR> Place rolled oats in bowl of food processor and pulse 3 or 4 times. Do not over process. <BR> <BR> Place all ingredients in a mediu... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:33:26 EST SEAFOOD Almond-Crusted Fish Fillets <BR> <BR> Serving Size: 4 <BR> Categories: seafood <BR> <BR> Cook Time: "0:10" <BR> Preparation Time :0:15 <BR> <BR> <BR> 3/4 cup slivered almonds -- divided <BR> 1/4 cup soy flour -- (whole wheat or all purpose is OK) <BR> 1 1/4 pounds Orange roughy -- 4 - 6 ounce fillets <BR> 1 teaspoon dried parsley <BR> 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt <BR> 1/2 teaspoon paprika <BR> 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper <BR> PAM <BR> <BR> In the bowl of a food processor, pulse ha... Mon, 9 Mar 2009 14:30:08 EST