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3/29/11 12:48 A

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Welcome to our new members. Hope we can learn from each other.

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3/26/11 3:14 P

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I'm new to the group and I have been cooking for 1 for about 6 years since I moved away from home and stopped living in the college dorm.

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MOODYMOLLYR Posts: 203
3/25/11 11:24 A

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Marnie5565 would you be willing to share the cookbooks you are getting your recipes from? I believe I have the South Beach Diet book but not the cookbook and I'm willing to pick up a few others used on Amazon if anyone has any suggestions.

I get lots of my food from church food pantries so most of my veggies are canned. I drain, rinse, and drain them again before using them as I can't afford to buy much in the way of fresh vegetables and the like.

When I buy meat I buy it in the family pack and divide it into single serve portions. Most of it I cook on a cast iron griddle using little or no oil or fat. Cooking it this way seems to give it better flavor. I have trouble with seasoning it though as I eat very little salt and most seasonings contain a large amount. I've taken to using coarse ground black pepper and garlic powder with an occaional dusting of Bolner's Fiesta Brand Taco seasoning.

I'd do batch cooking then freeze the extras but I don't own a microwave and can't really afford even a $50 one. I cook on the stovetop and in the oven.

I'll have trouble when hot weather comes as I love sandwiches and salads but can't afford the ingredients. I'm thinking of getting leaf lettuce and using it instead of bread or tortillas when I make sandwiches and wraps. Has anyone here tried this?


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MOODYMOLLYR Posts: 203
3/25/11 11:21 A

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Marnie5565 would you be willing to share the cookbooks you are getting your recipes from? I believe I have the South Beach Diet book but not the cookbook and I'm willing to pick up a few others used on Amazon if anyone has any suggestions.

I get lots of my food from church food pantries so most of my veggies are canned. I drain, rinse, and drain them again before using them as I can't afford to buy much in the way of fresh vegetables and the like.

When I buy meat I buy it in the family pack and divide it into single serve portions. Most of it I cook on a cast iron griddle using little or no oil or fat. Cooking it this way seems to give it better flavor. I have trouble with seasoning it though as I eat very little salt and most seasonings contain a large amount. I've taken to using coarse ground black pepper and garlic powder with an occaional dusting of Bolner's Fiesta Brand Taco seasoning.

I'd do batch cooking then freeze the extras but I don't own a microwave and can't really afford even a $50 one. I cook on the stovetop and in the oven.

I'll have trouble when hot weather comes as I love sandwiches and salads but can't afford the ingredients. I'm thinking of getting leaf lettuce and using it instead of bread or tortillas when I make sandwiches and wraps. Has anyone here tried this?


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MOODYMOLLYR Posts: 203
3/25/11 10:39 A

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Hello All;

I'm totally new to this site and not even sure how to use it to my advantage. So please, if you have any suggestions pass them on to me!

Although I've got many years of food service in my work background it's actually rather difficult to convert a recipe or develop a recipe of just one serving.

Is there a way to hunt single serve recipes in the recipe section of this site? I found one in the article on oatmeal but other than that I'm totally lost.

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3/22/11 11:44 P

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Welcome to the group, our new members.

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MRSGEORGE10 Posts: 6
3/22/11 11:09 P

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Excited about this group, its just me and my husband and am looking forward to learn how to do things for 2 not 4

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3/22/11 11:03 P

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Hi! I'm new. I cook mostly for me. My grown daughter lives with me and whenever I cook, she will probably eat some of it. I really like to cook in batches on the weekend because I'm less likely to take the time to cook during the week and that's how I end up going off the program. I usually cook a big batch of soup and make 5 salads, so I have soup and salad to grab in the a.m. and throw into the lunch bag. I hard boil eggs (a week's worth) or make muffins so I can grab and go for breakfast--I'm always running late! Dinner is a little more difficult. The dilemma is that I like to batch cook for dinner, but I invariably eat more than one serving--at least when I first make it. Then I package it up for the week and it's a little easier to stick to one portion. I'm lucky in that I don't get tired of eating the same thing--I'm happy it's all done for me!

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3/18/11 2:58 P

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Hello!

New to this team. I love cooking just for myself, because it allows me to practice recipes before I make them for my friends and coworkers! I cook a major meal once or twice a week without reducing the size of the recipe so that I can bring individual portions to work for lunch. The rest of the time, I love cooking small meals for myself without recipes.

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3/9/11 1:48 P

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I batch cook only once in a while mainly because I'm not organized enough to freeze portions. Instead, I have been making quick meals. For instance, I'll make an omelet with green peppers and top with chopped spinach and hot sauce. On the side, I'll have a serving of sweet potato fries (frozen, that I place in the oven).

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3/7/11 9:32 A

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I'm new to the team and EXCITED about it!! Its just my husband and myself at home now and I think our biggest problem was that while I was still cooking for five, there was only two eating and we'd eat it all. Not good. Portion control went right out the window. I am working on changing my mind set and only cooking enough for the two of us and this looks like a great place to start. Thank you!!

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2/27/11 2:35 A

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I found it terribly difficult after my husband died and I wasted so much food that I started to feel really guilty about it. It is not always easy to downsize recipes for more than four people, up to 4 and I can freeze the ones left until I fancy them. It's much easier when all the quantities are of the same type, for example all in ozs or grams, but when you start mixing in cups etc, I get confused.
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2/25/11 10:50 A

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Hi, I am new to this team. I cook for one and do a lot of batch cooking. I aim for meals that I can portion and put most in the freezer that way I don't have to eat it every day.

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2/10/11 9:42 P

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Hi guys :) Just joined the team, love the idea. I find cooking for one really hard- I do a lot of deli sandwiches; if I end up cooking something, I have to eat the leftovers for days (it just took me four days to finish off the greek pasta salad I made for myself on Superbowl Sunday). I would love some fresh, new ideas for quick and easy recipes!

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2/9/11 12:09 P

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Hello, I am new to this group because I live alone and whenever I cook for myself I end up having left overs for three days and it is boring to eat the same for three days. I need some ideas and recipes for one. Thank you!

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1/31/11 5:22 P

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I bought a plastic steamer basket for the microwave - great for cooking any quantity of fresh veggies you wish. Love it for asparagus, squash, corn, anything you don't want to be water-logged. Just add a little seasoning and don't cook too long. delicious!

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1/31/11 5:11 P

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If you like butternut squash there is a great recipe in the cookbook - easy and few ingredients. Serves 6 but it's so good and lasts well in the refrigerator so you don't mind eating it several days in a row, or skip a day or two. It calls for a baked squash, remove seeds and scrape out meat. Beat 3 eggs and add, along with 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Pour into baking dish with 1-2 tbsp melted butter, pour 2 tbsp melted butter over top and sprinkle with chopped pecans. Bake at 350 for 30 min - yummmm.

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1/26/11 11:49 P

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Hello all! Looking to perk up my menus with healthy recipes for one. Particularly anything cake or chocolate that will fit in the "diet"space -- total chocoholic! -- Although if I really want to discard leftovers, it helps to have a house full of people to default the goodies to!



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1/24/11 2:27 P

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is there a program with ideas for dinner when your only cooking for 2.I end up cooking so much more and than eating it .

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1/23/11 6:02 P

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I'm new to this team, and am trying to find ways to cook for one with fresh food, without having to throw out spoiled stuff, and on a budget; or as close to all as possible...I would like to get recipes, as well as tips that others have figured out to make all of this a bit easier.

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1/23/11 6:02 P

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I'm new to this team, and am trying to find ways to cook for one with fresh food, without having to throw out spoiled stuff, and on a budget; or as close to all as possible...I would like to get recipes, as well as tips that others have figured out to make all of this a bit easier.

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1/23/11 5:03 P

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Hi. I just joined yesterday. I did dig out a couple of healthy cookbooks and make a weekly meal plan. I am terrible about eating leftovers. So I am hoping to find some great advice on cooking for one so I quit throwing everything out.

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1/22/11 12:38 A

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Hi I'm new. I live alone and have a habit of making too much food. Doesn't seem to matter how small I start out-always ends up being a few meals. I usually use fresh foods. I don't buy can or frozen. I use lots of veggies. I hope to find lots of ideas I can use for a l person home.

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6. Develop a plan for eating out at restaurants.
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CD4311102 Posts: 492
1/21/11 10:45 A

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Hello, I am new to the team. My husband and I are empty nesters and share the cooking duties. I am trying to add more veggies and reduce processed foods as we both need to drop a few pounds and I recently found out that I am pre-diabetic. I look forward to trying some recipes for 2 plus a little more for my lunch the next day. My husband will not eat leftovers!

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1/18/11 12:15 P

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Hello everyone! I'm new to the team. I am either cooking for myself or myself and my boyfriend. Sometimes it's hard to dirty all those dishes for one person. Hoping to find some good tips and recipes!

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1/17/11 8:58 A

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Hello,wish you good luck and happy training.

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1/14/11 12:35 P

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I too am new to sparks and am loveing it... never knew about it till my ZUMBA class decided we were gonna check it out.

I cook for 2 adults and 1 child, but so far it's not that hard.. my troubles come with learning variety in a healthy way.. I need some good tasting healthy dinner ideas :)

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1/13/11 10:12 P

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Hello, iam new to sparks and so far iam loving it . i cook for 2 adults and 1 child, but so far it's not that hard .my grandson loikes alot of what i cook and my husband will take the left overs to work , but i to have had a little trouble with soms of the flavors. iam looking for team help .

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1/12/11 5:47 P

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Welcome, MSLE088. I've only been here a month or so and already am hooked. It's made my commitment to a healthier lifestyle a whole lot easier. Hope it will do the same for you. Good luck and happy losing!

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1/11/11 12:46 P

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emoticon Hello, I'm new to the team. And pretty new to SP as well. I hope to lose some weight and gain some great lifestyle changes from this website!!! WE OUT CHEA!!!!

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1/4/11 8:41 A

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I do no not like to cook. Therefor we just grab whatever we can find or go out to eat! I cook maybe 2x a week and we eat leftovers. My husband doesnt care for alot of thing I do. It is hard to make things. So I dont cook food I would like to. I cook what my husband likes! Any advice would be greatly helpful!

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1/3/11 12:29 P

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Both of those are really good ideas. I think I will try the cookbook idea. I also made one for our kids and have lots of decorated paper left over. It would be real easy to make one for myself to use, keeping the healthy recipes handy. Thanks, Marnie.



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1/3/11 10:11 A

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I sat down last night and dug out my diet/healthy recipes/cookbooks and after looking over I liked, I grouped them together using the same main ingredients. An example: Brown rice will work in pilaf, soup, casseroles, and rice pudding. So by making a batch of brown rice I can have any of those within a few days time or freeze the rice for another time if I tire of it). I made a cookbook last year for my children that includes recipes that we have used forever and now I am going to start grouping together healthy recipes as mentioned above to incorporate in that book so I don't have to try and find the recipes in all my books.

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1/2/11 11:54 P

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Hi-I am new to this team. I have been cooking for 2 for a while now (10 years) and intentionally make enough for left overs for DH and I. I am looking for easier, healthier recipes for 2...my refrigerator tends to get over packed and things get lost in the shuffle.


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1/2/11 6:47 P

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I am also trying to cut the recipes in half - doesn't always work but I am trying!

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1/2/11 6:44 P

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Hi Folks

I actually cook for a family of 3, 2 adults and 1 senior. Over the last year I've incorporated all fresh veggies in lieu of canned and frozen, as well as lean meats. The switchover with exercise, I am down 40 pounds since Jan 2010, and my other half is down 65. trouble is, is my small meals tend to grow while cooking and turn into meals for 6 or so. I freeze the leftovers, but there has to be a better way.

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1/1/11 4:09 P

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Hi Im Jenn. I am basically starting this whole new health plan out from scratch. I am cooking for one and am guilty of cooking it and then eventually throwing it out since it lacks any flavor on the 2nd day. I would like to know other recipes and change meals different days of the week.

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1/1/11 9:36 A

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I am trying to do the same thing. getting better but it definitely is difficult thing to do. We will get there!

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1/1/11 1:08 A

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I'm cooking for one and having a terrible time with expirations and portion control. I look forward to more cooking for one or two meals instead of five or eight. A freezer can only hold so much and I feel badly about throwing away food. I look forward to feeling good about what I cook, the amount I cook, the quality of food and the flavor for one person.

And I look forward to sharing all of this with you in 2011!

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12/30/10 5:40 P

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Welcome aboard. I have cooked healthy for years and years My only problem is that I love what I cook and eat too much plus have not exercised much so you know what happens then don't you? What I have found out is that herbs and seasonings can make a big difference in how others react to the food you prepare. And usually it is good. Sometimes if it is a drastic change in the taste it doesn't go over good.

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12/30/10 2:51 P

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Hiya I'm Sue, and living in the UK. I'm trying to cook fresh healthy meals for myself and other half without him realising its healthy lol. Looking forward to getting to know you all

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12/26/10 9:36 A

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Hi, I cook for two, but have always cooked for a family of four. On a day when I cook for the family of four, I make something that I can freeze for another time when I don't feel much like cooking. Works really well with soups. I also make larger batches of wild rice/brown rice and freeze the remainder in serving size bags that I heat in the microwave later...saves time and money!!!

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12/23/10 1:22 A

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I am a college student who lives by herself. I have made a goal to reduce the amount of take out food to one meal a week and eat mainly home cooked meals. Challenge is finding recipes for single people without throwing out or wasting food. So I'm hoping I can get some great tips from this team.

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12/19/10 8:24 A

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I have been trying to lose weight for years and part of my problem is that I cook too much food. I hope to learn to cook smaller amounts of food. Cooking for one or two would be perfect for me. I usually cook for myself and sometimes my neighbor.

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12/7/10 10:53 P

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Hi My name is Erin. I just got back on from having a baby(hes 6 weeks old)... hoping to find easier and healthier ways to cook for 2! plus trying to find new things to make...not so easy getting to the grocery store these days!

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12/2/10 11:33 A

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Hi and happy holidays. I going through the empty nest syndrome and have relearn how to cook for just 2 of us. I am sick of eating left overs for the entire week. Hoping to get some guidance and new Ideas on this.

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12/1/10 11:17 P

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Hi, I am new to this team. I have come back and forth to spark I am not so worried about losing weight just trying to find the right balance and maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle. The working out isn't so hard it is the eating right. I am a picky eater and tend to stick to what I like.....never afraid to try something new though. I am a total carb overloader.....always. I cannot seem to fight this habit. I turn to bread and cheese for everything if anyone has some good recipes to help me lower the amount I consume I am all ears. Go light on the meat cause I am not really big on it, as well as the beans (of course my husband is a meat man). So if anyone has ideas plz let me know. I hope this team will be ecouraging and also maybe I will find some recipes to live by!

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11/28/10 11:14 A

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Hi Everyone, I'm hoping to find new recipes and ideas for 2. I think it would be easier this way to keep portion control. emoticon

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11/17/10 12:58 A

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Hi there! I'm joining the team looking for new ideas and willing to share. My food plan is very low carb, 1300-1400 calories per day, 3 meals and one optional snack. This is the cleanest I've ever eaten in my life and I want to hang onto this forever. emoticon

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Welcome to our new members. Hope we are able to learn new things from each other.

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