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7/7/12 1:38 P

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Hello everyone! I saw this team and thought, gee this is for me since my hubby and I are empty-nesters--three children all grown and out on their own! It is hard to plan, shop, and cook healthy for just two! Plus, hubby is a picky eater! Looking forward to the sharing of great ideas and strategies!

One day at a time!

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7/1/12 11:07 A

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Good Morning All,today I will cook up a previously frozen corned beef and make a complete sunday dinner,our neighbor will join us for dinner also.This is a large corned beef so if there are meat left overs I will freeze them for another meal later on.I am Irish and love corned beef and cabbage so today will cook up all the vege's to make it a complete meal.Realize that some of the vege's don't freeze well so will just try to eat them up during the week OR send our vegetarian neighbor home with them,he loves left over vege's.I too am trying to cut back on eating so much,Hubby is losing weight and I am not,guess I will have to try harder!!I reallly haven't been trying at all but last week I wrote down everything I ate for the entire week and am pleased with the results.will weigh myself this morning and hopefully will have lost some weight.In fact will do that right now!!OK I have lost a lb+ not enough to get excited about but I have to start somewhere.I just finished making breakfast for both of us.We both eat so differently that I have to cook two meals separately.He suffers from severe COPD and can't do much of anything although he used to be very active.Oh well such is life.I suffer from severe lower back pain with osteoarthritis and a degenerating disc,Last week lost my sister to Leukemia so need to get through that pain.I will make a vase in her honor and keep it in the family!! Just finished a large breakfast but am still hungry maybe I am feeling stressed over losing my sister!Had a bad night last night.weather was humid and I kept throwing off the blanket so will take a nap this morning before starting our sunday dinner.Thank goodness we live in s/w Oregon where it is still reasonably cool.Neither one of us likes hot humid weather so we live only about an hour + from the coast in a pretty little canyon way out in the boondocks.Love it out here,so quiet but will move closer to town next year for health reasons.Hope everyone reading this has a great day, CLinOregon



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Thanks BARBWMS. I forgot I had a recipe for homemade rice-a-roni. I need to look at it and see if I can cut it down for two. I have done really well in cutting down how much sauce I make for spaghetti and how much spaghetti I actually cook. I got a pasta measuring tool and I love it. Really does a good job in making just enough pasta. My husband is no go on the squash unless I make it in a casserole, but the recipe is not calorie friendly...uses mayo and cheese in it. I do use light mayo and often buy reduced fat cheese. I prefer boiled squash with a little onion in it.

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6/30/12 8:24 P

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Hi Susan, I can relate to your issues! After years of feeing teen age boys it was hard to downsize. My husband and I are both still working, so I make that work for us... leftovers become lunches. Other than that, I think in terms of entree size servings.. I hit Costco and buy chicken breasts, pork chops, even ground beef, and freeze in one meal servings. I upsize the veggie and fruits and salads and try to minimize the other things. I've made my own versions of things like Rice a Roni and pasta things mostly to limit the sodium and additives and they are working out well. I just put veggies in everything.. macaroni and cheese gets added zucchini and lots of fresh tomatoes. I grill veggies -- squash, onions, peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, leeks, etc or fruits ., with almost every meal and steam the rest. To be honest, my husband moped a bit at first, but he's fine now; one of his favorite things is mixed summer squashes cooked with salsa and a tiny bit of cheese on top. He also discovered he loves fresh cabbage, so I made an inside out stuffed cabbage with a tiny bit of tomato/meat sauce layered with shredded cabbage.. having lost about 40 pounds (I've lost 62) he's pleased at the new pant sizes!

Obviously I'm spending a little more time cooking, but that's where my freezer comes in handy... If I make too much I immediately put it in glass freezer containers and pop it in the freezer before we even have dinner.. then it's like a dinner in the bank for times we don't feel like cooking.

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HI, I'm Susan from Appomattox, VA. Saw this team on a post one day and thought about joining. I decided today to join to see if I can get some ideas and help with cooking for 2. It is just my huband and I am I am tired of having leftovers. I like to prepare just enough for one meal. My husabdn tends to like packaged things, like Rice -a -Roni and pasta dishes that make way too much for us. If there are leftovers I am tempted to eat more than I need to. I would also like to incorporate more veggies in my cooking. my husband is a non-veggie but I love veggies. Glad to be here.

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6/27/12 1:26 P

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So many good ideas here... I've been seriously working on healthier meals, etc.. since January and I've lost a bit over 60 pounds. My husband has lost about 35 (he has less to lose than I!). One trick I'll share is due to the fact that he LOVES rice, pasta, potatoes, all the starchy things and isn't real good at limiting his portion sizes. SO, I have learned to pad all of those things with tons of extra vegetables.. rice always has whatever seasonal vegetables I can put in... right now, I add an equivalent amount of onions, tomatoes, zucchini, whatever else is ripe and fresh. To make him feel undeprived, I sprinkle a VERY small amount of grated sharp cheese on top when I serve it. It's working nicely.

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6/25/12 10:08 P

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Hi Vicki, I'm Kimberly form Oklahoma.
Thank you for posting back to me. I have at present lost 45 lbs via another source. I am however thrilled to join Spark People. I love finding new healthy and low cal recipes that are simple and flavorful. I like keeping track of what I am eating and how my exercise=se progress is going. I am also enjoying the new people I am meeting on here. Looking forward to staying at or around my goal weight. I don't want to go back to being unhealthy. I am her to maintain.
Happy Trails on you journey. Congrats on you 4 days without a scale.

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6/25/12 2:32 P

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I'm Vicki and I live in Florida.
I'm working towards making the healthiest choices I can when it comes to taking care of myself. I've put away the scale and will no longer weigh myself except when at the doctors office. I don't want to define who I am ever again by a number on the scale. I've done that for way too many years.
I do want to make exercise a top priority as I have a couple of health issues that exercise would improve. Also it would definately give me more energy.
I'll basically be doing a low fat plan because I feel it's the healthiest way to eat. I want to incorporate a lot more veggies and fruits into my food plan and a lot less red meats and oils as they don't agree with me very much. I don't consider this a diet since this will be the way I eat from now on.


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6/24/12 3:43 P

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Thank you for the post on adding avocado to fruit salad. Looking forward to try this soon. Also, I am in the process of trying the meal planning idea for a week at at a time. How does that work for you?

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6/24/12 11:41 A

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HI! My name is Lisa and I am member of Teachers with an Attitude and have been for 6 years. I am looking for some great ideas on cooking for two. I have been cooking like I used too for a family of four and when I do my boyfriend eats it all. He just lost thirty pounds on WW, but when we stopped doing it regularly he has been putting it back on. He does not have the willpower to leave some for tomorrow! I need to lose 30 and I have the willpower, but the diet is not working as great for me as it once did. I am 51 and in menopause. ARRGH!!! Thanks for letting me join! emoticon

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6/24/12 11:14 A

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Well so much for that last blog ,I deleted it accidently. SO anyway where was I??Talking about adding avocado to your fruit salad,wonderful taste and the color is so pretty sitting among the other fruit.To me that is a full meal deal and my dinner,,will take apart the chicken today and freeze most of it.Today is steak day so will cook some vege's up with that and that will be our dinner tonight.I am trying to write out a weeks dinners ahead of time so I can shop when I want and get everything for the following week.Just started this idea and hope it works.Hubby likes potatoes so will bake some up along with the steak.Well better get my day going,wishing all of you a happy day, CLin Oregon



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6/23/12 10:11 P

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Hi Everyone. I'm Katie and so glad to have found Spark People. I'd love to get some recipes that don't make a ton of left overs. I'm not a big veggie eater ... I really have to force myself in that area. Anyway... so glad to be here. Have a terrific weekend everyone.

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6/17/12 12:26 P

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I like the idea of looking forward a year on Sparkpeople!This gives me more ideas about how and when I want to lose the weight! Today is Fathers Day and will grill a steak and cook up some lobster for my sweet hubby,I am not a great lobster lover but do like the extra large shrimp so will cook up a few of those for my dinner plus will grill some vege's for me also.Hubby is not a great vege lover and getting him to eat anything other than mashed or baked potatoes and canned green sweet peas is most challenging.He will eat the small brussel sprouts but he does his thing and I do mine and we seem to get along OK with that!!I have been eating more vege's and whole wheat bread of which I have grown fond of.Tonight we will "pig out" but now and then that too is OK.Think I will make some scratch soup for lunch. Cooking for two is a challege and we do wind up with lots of frozen leftovers which I do try to use up in a timely fashion but that doesn't always happen,some ot the food gets fed to our outside four legged friends who live way out in the boondocks and they eat it all up,they are good neighbors.Today will be a kick back day and hubby doesn't want to go anywhere which is fine with me so all of you have a fun day and give your hubby or boyfriend an extra kiss.Best to all of you, CLin Oregon



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6/12/12 12:55 P

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emoticon all!!!

~~~Mary~~~

This time next year, I will be glad I didn't QUIT today!!!

You CAN get back on track today. Even if you're moving slowly, you'll be moving in the right direction!

Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.� ~Vince Lombardi

Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
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6/12/12 10:51 A

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Hi! I'm Katie and I'm used to cooking for an army(my brothers). Now that it is just me and my S.O. I find it hard to not have a ton of leftovers that go to waste. Some leftovers are fine but, sometimes there is just too much!

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6/7/12 12:17 P

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Hi, I'm Lynette. I live alone as I'm a divorced empty nester. Love to use my crock-pot and I have a very full freezer and pantry which I want to use up. Then I vow to buy in small quantities. Looking fwd to this group!

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6/6/12 5:52 P

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Hi my name is Abbey! This team looks like a neat team to join, and just trying to get some new ideas on recipes because it is hard to cook for my fiancee and I. We seem to eat a lot of chicken breasts, and we try to eat fish once a week. We are not too picky on the food either. I want am looking forward to losing just a few more pounds and keeping it off, and getting in shape by July 21st, which I signed up for a Mudathlon that is 3 miles, and 40 obstacles. Look forward to hearing what everyone brings to the table! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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6/5/12 2:21 P

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Hello everyone!! I've been on this weight loss journey for awhile now and am still having trouble with portion control and eating single servings. I'm used to cooking for my family but since its just me now, i'm looking for new meal ideas for one that don't get boring and repetitive. emoticon

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6/2/12 8:09 P

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Hi everyone emoticon I am new to the team and hoping to find ideas for healthy meals here for one or two, which are also delish emoticon

~~~Mary~~~

This time next year, I will be glad I didn't QUIT today!!!

You CAN get back on track today. Even if you're moving slowly, you'll be moving in the right direction!

Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.� ~Vince Lombardi

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5/31/12 8:48 P

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Looking forward to joining this team! Have been a SP member for several years now. I enjoy healthy cooking for myself and husband. Always looking for new ways to prepare foods.

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5/29/12 10:56 P

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Welcome to SP. I am just a month new myself, but am finding this sight extremely helpful to me in my quest for better nutrition, health and weightloss. The tracking and all the recipes and information are really helping me not only lose weight, but I also hooked up with an excercise buddy in my city!. WooHoo Spark People!

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5/28/12 6:56 P

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Hey all--pretty new to SP. Also new to cooking. For the moment, I basically do lazy healthy. I do a bunch of prep--fresh fruit, fresh veggies with either red pepper hummus or vegetarian refried beans as dip, a nuts/seeds/raisins/craisins mix, and baked chicken prepared once a week w/most of it put in individual bags & frozen. Also, a few vegetarian frozen dinners and small cans of V8.

Not sure where to start for learning to cook and I don't want to be wasteful--which like pretty much everybody else is a big concern.

Edit: trying to go vegetarian but it's taking longer than I'd hoped. emoticon emoticon

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5/28/12 3:45 P

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Hi everyone, I'm also a "single" so it's hard to find a way to cook for one. And not waste a ton of food after getting bored eating it for a couple days lol. I look forward to great ideas and getting to know all of you!

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5/27/12 7:28 A

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Hello everybody! I'm new to the group, and my husband and I eat most of our meals at home. We are retired, and Empty Nesting after having 3 growing children took its toll as we dealt with leftovers for the first time. At first my husband cleaned the serving dishes, but now he saves the leftovers for his lunch because I use my protein supplement at lunch time. Our other challenge has been finding healthy alternatives to the meals we used to eat, as my husband is Type-2 diabetic. I love SP's recipes so much--every one I've tried has been a real hit, so it is now much easier to find meals that are healthier for us. I've even shared some of the recipes with my kids!

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5/24/12 3:00 P

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Hi every body I'm new to the team and I eat alone. I use a cooking device call a flavor- wave or No-wave you might have seen it advertised on TV I love it so to cook a meal I have no trouble. My thing is keeping food from going bad. I buy a lot of frozen food and only a few potatoes or tomatoes, but stuff like celery and lettuce is hard to keep.

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5/24/12 11:40 A

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Laurene I can understand your point of veiw! I'm Katrina and it's just my boyfriend and I eating at our house. We like to eat out but it is really breaking the bank. I can't wait to hear some of your ideas in this group on how to make cooking and eating at home for just the two of us easier. And I'm also excited to meet some new sparkers!

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5/24/12 8:26 A

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Hi, my name is Laurene and it is just me and hubby at home.
I am working on managing my money which includes more cooking at home. I've gotten into a poor eating out routine and need help!
Excited to learn more on this team and make new spark friends.

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Hi!!! I'm Michelle. I am the cook for my fiancee and I. We only eat out once a month, so I make every meal. I find it hardest to make my fiancee's lunch box different and exciting. Looking forward to reading recipes, ideas on meals!!!

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5/23/12 12:43 A

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Hi! I'm Divya! My hubby and I are both starting to eat healthier and saving some pennies while doing so would be great. Problem is, we like totally different foods. He loves fish and Asian style foods and I am a total meat and potatoes girl.
I'm looking forward to learning some new recipes and especially shopping tips.
Take care!
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5/22/12 4:15 P

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Hi I'm new as of last night. It's just me and the dog and I'm looking to prevent K9 obesity by cutting down on the left overs I feed him emoticon . LOL don't worry, he does get leftovers but he's also my exercise buddy and he gets annoyed that I'm holding him back during our runs so he's probably burning more calories then I am. But really I hate having to throw away food, it goes against every instinct so finding a way to have fewer leftovers will be much appreciated. emoticon

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5/22/12 12:39 P

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Hello! I am currently living with my sister and we are on a tight budget. We often shop at our local market to save on cash, but we've found when we make a list to last, we end up spending way more than our usual budget and the plan falls apart.
On an average week, I will either cook for her and myself, or my boyfriend and myself. It would be easier to get some tips on quick meals or ready-made meals, as if we're feeling tired after a long day at work, it is all too easy to just pop out for dinner. We try to keep our outings healthy but I like knowing exactly what I'm putting into my meal and therefore, my body.

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Hi! I recently moved out of my parents house and into my own apartment. Now that I realized how much my dad cooked for my family I have no idea where to even start to grocery shop or cook other than instant mac n' cheese. I'm on a tight budget and would love to learn how to cook effectively and live on my own.

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5/20/12 8:44 P

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Hi! New team member here! Kids out of the house now. Just me and my husband (the cat doesn't get any people food LOL). Don't cook much, but would like to start cooking more - especially healthy stuff. Thanks to my husband, we don't eat anything that has both meat and dairy in it. He also dislikes heated/cooked cheese (except for when he buys pizza). No shellfish :-( No avocado, no eggplant. Nothing very spicy (like hot peppers). See the problem I have? Boring, huh?

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5/20/12 10:14 A

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Hi, I recently have started cooking for myself. I'm going through a relationship breakup and have found it hard to cook for just myself. I have always cooked with both our tastes in mind and would now like to develop my own. Since I'm the more adventurous one in food I was hoping to find some unusual dishes I can cook just for myself. Here's to a new phase in my life and a culinary experience I hope.

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just wanted to stop by and say hello team....

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5/18/12 4:26 P

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Good afternoon I am trying to cook for two my husband has just been told to go on an hypoglycemic diet too. So trying to cook for this meat and potatoes man is very challenging so any help would be appreciated

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Hi all I am Sabrina, I found this team by chance. I cook for one, and can I say it is challenging because I have a small freezer and that when I tend to buy cheap I have to buy a lot...So I, often, end up stuck eating the same thing for days!!!
Anyhoo, I would like to learn tricks about buying and cooking for one; as to minimize waste and maximize variety!!!

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Hi I'm rosenbud, I just joined this team. I belong to several more but it is a challenge for 1 -2 people cooking. When I lived alone many moons ago, I would eat cereal or anything to nothing for dinner. If I ate a good breakfast and lunch at work, I wouldn't need to eat dinner. I've been with my husband going on 24 years and that is where the pounds started because he was a big eater although not a big person. I have gotten our diet changed for the better and I am always interested in finding good recipes to do something different. I love to cook and experiment although my husband's tastes are not for experimental food. smile. Sometimes he can be a trooper and try something new. His whole menu has expanded since meeting me.
Wanted to say hello and introduce myself to the team. I can do that challenge where I cook a meal at least 3x's a week. It saves money too. So hello all I look forward to sharing and comparing. I just quit weight watchers (my 2nd time) because it was a bit much for me monthly and I wasn't getting anywhere with it.

If you are given lemons make a great lemonade or sprinkle it over your calamari. yum.... "DON'T WORRY BE HAPPY".


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Hi all!

I joined this team a while ago, but then started the Jenny Craig program, so I wasn't cooking for a while. Now I'm very close to maintenance, so I need to get back in the swing of things before we end up going out to eat too often.

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hubby did shrimp stir fry with potatoes and red pepper. yum

i gained back the pounds i lost.

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5/1/12 6:33 P

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well looks like Cinco de Mayo is getting closer so I will try to create something new for the day,Maybe just some homemade or canned frijoles and mexican rice put together in a soft tortilla rolled up and some sour cream,avocado added on top. Thursday is my no meat day but the holiday is on Sat. so we may eat mexican food OUT, just to far ahead to plan.I love mexican food.Born near the mexican border so the food is a natural for me.Hubby is from Mass.and can live withOUT mexican food but likes my tacos.Maybe will make some chic.,enchiladas.so many recipes out there so will try one that sounds good.CLin Oregon



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4/2/12 5:07 P

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well you can get salmon and just cook 2 of them. we buy (I do) a package of frozen ones from the supermarket and cook them all up.

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I was craving homemade soup. It has been so long since I made a large stock pot full of soup that I hadn't used the wonderful new stockpot I bought over a year ago. Well I finally made my soup. My DH certainly would not have enjoyed it because I added fresh carrots. and celery and white beans, and white onion, and a large can of diced tomato, and fresh corn as well as chunks of ham. Of course I started with a good chicken stock. My seasonings consisted of salt, pepper, ginger, bay leaves (fresh) and cumin. I cooked it all day. Boy was it good. I made enough to share with my neighbor, Have two meals myself, and still have enough to freeze for four meals at a later date.

When my son came to visit me this week from Virginia he said that packages would start arriving -- things that he thought that I could use. Two of them arrived on Saturday. One was a clothes steamer so that I don't have to hurt my shoulder pushing an iron anymore. The other was a Sharper Image Indoor Grill with interchangeable plates for grilling, waffles, and griddling. I'm planning on selling the big gas grill at the garrage sale that I'm having in the near future. There is a meat market around the corner from me where I can buy one pork chop, or one steak, or one of so many different cuts of meat. What a find. I'm anxious to see just what else my son thought I couldn't live without. Time will tell.

I am looking forward to getting some and sharing some wonderful recipes with all of you. Thanks in advance for the help.
Lynda

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3/30/12 5:56 P

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emoticon Hello everyone. new to the team but not to Spark. I am divorced and cooking just for me. Always looking for good and easy recipes. One suggestion I might make for those cooks looking to cut down recipes is a popular recipe website. (I don't think we are supposed to post links to other sites but if you look you will find it. There is a recipe calculator where you can enter a recipe and then it will adjust it for how many servings you want to cook. It also has nutritional info per serving. I use it frequently and also use the Spark recipes.

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3/30/12 2:52 A

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NEWBIE!!! emoticon

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sorry about your hubby. try cutting what recipes you used in the past in half.

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Lynda, glad we are on the same team. I also am widowed, (4.5 years now, but seems like yesterday). I also found it very difficult to cook for one. While it is probably not the ideal way, I learned to cook for 1 by using the crock pot, and then dividing up the meals into frozen containers. Then I have the pick of meals in my own freezer! At any one time, I probably have 3 diffent meal types in my freezer. Of course, I eat out a lot too, thanks to my wonderful support group of friends. 2 years ago I had gastric bypass surgery, so I don't eat much, so even when I eat out, I get 4 meals out of one.

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Good Morning All, I tried those avocado tacos last week and they were marginal at best!!I love avocados but not as the main ingredient in my tacos.Yesterday I took cooked chicken pieces ,chopped them up small and added some dry taco seasoning to the water,reheated the chicken pieces in that,put some salad ingredients on a plate and some taco sauce,they were fantastic!!I cooked the tacos very soft for just about thirty seconds in olive oil,could have just zapped them in the microwave with no oil but think the oil gives them different texture and taste,anyway that took care of my comfort food needsCooked up some mexican rice also.Great lunch!!Hubby would have liked these if he were home.CLin Oregon.

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I'm a recent widow who lives alone unless you count my two dachshunds. I have no idea how to eat for just one, much less how to cook for just one. I know that there have been many nights that my dogs have eaten better that I have. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Lynda

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Hi all!

My husband and I cook for ourselves (and sometimes share leftovers with our dog :) ). We're eating fewer processed foods, and recently decided to try to significantly reduce red meat. We've recently started cooking fish regularly, and I'm working to add more beans, nuts and seeds to our diet (not hard because they're so good!). I'm looking forward to learning from your experience.


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