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10/19/07 4:17 P

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I LOVE crockpot cooking, well, acutally I hate to cook but I find the crock pot works best for me. I will have to search for some recipies. Do you have any favorites?

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NURSEKAY9253 Posts: 12
10/18/07 3:04 A

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I have found that making a few large meals with the crockpot and deviding them up into each day to re-heating them works. There are alot of good crockpot meals on the recipe page. I have found that if I cook the meals on the weekends then I will eat those and not snack as much. emoticon

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10/17/07 7:26 P

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I sometimes change the meal/add and subtract some. But always stay in the correct range.

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10/17/07 2:09 P

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that sound like a good ideal thank-u



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*MARY*'s Photo *MARY* Posts: 2,366
10/15/07 9:46 P

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I actually used to do that... hmmm, I wonder where those cards are now

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10/15/07 6:12 P

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Jameslou - love the card idea. I'll have to give that a try.

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10/15/07 4:15 P

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I also follow a plan similar to ADLINS. I eat mostly the same 4 or 5 things for breakfast and lunch during the week, then only have to plan for dinner and weekends.

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10/15/07 1:10 P

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That sounds like such a cool idea. Haveing fun while planning your list.

Keep up the great work
Sharleen

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10/15/07 11:56 A

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a little trick my super-organized mom taught me is to use index cards. write down the names of the entrees you enjoy eating on the front and the main ingredients for each on the back. On your planning day, simply pick out what you want & make a shopping list for ingredients you don't currently have. You can easily add cards to the stack when you find new foods you like, or take one away if you find it's too unhealthy or you're burned out. you can also sort them if you wish to reuse ingredients or leftovers. with cards, it's easy to get very detailed or simply play what-are-we-going-to-eat-this-week.

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10/10/07 9:56 P

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I find the meal planner to be a cool feature, but since I am such a fussy eater, most of the time there is nothing on there that I will eat. I have tried to switch things around but ended up not using the planner just because it was easier to hand enter things.

Hope it is helping you though
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10/10/07 3:00 P

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I knew about adding foods.. but I am going to check out changing the meal planner

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10/9/07 1:52 P

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Click the Show Meal Plans button at the top. Then on the right side, click Change next to the meal that it is showing. You can also delete individual items. Since I'm single, a lot of what they show would last me a week and you really do need to plan out in advance to make sure you have the items/ingredients.

And, just in case you didn't know, you can also add food items not already in Spark. And, you can bring SparkRecipes into the MealPlanner, but I think they show up in Favorites when you do that.

Good luck.

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10/9/07 12:21 P

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BROWN_HONDA... how do we do that?

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10/8/07 11:51 P

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I just figured out that there is a way to select another meal! I thought my only option was to add my own options. But, you can also select from a variety of meals. This should make it easier to plan for a week: when I can choose from lists of options.

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10/8/07 8:27 P

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I am so glad to see that I am not the only person that Don't plan ahead...

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10/7/07 10:50 P

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I didn't think I could do this, but I have been able to and enjoy it. But, I have a different spin on it.

First, I eat pretty much the same thing (boring I know) for breakfast 5 days a week. I have found a way to vary it if I need to, but it works for me. Then, lunch is usually the same thing as well, but I try for a bit of variety from week to week. That just leaves dinner. And, I looked at SP Meal Plans, but I'm single and would have to at least halve or quarter every recipe and to have all the ingredients that really does call for planning a week in advance.

So, I've started experimenting with recipes that give some leftovers (one or two days) and going from there. I usually cook on Sunday. I plan just one day in advance. Once I've got breakfast and lunch in and think about dinner (usually a meal I like or a frozen dinner or a leftover), then I can factor in the snacks. It's really very nice having it mapped out. So, start little - one day at a time and see if that doesn't work. And, go with meals you like or can prepare yourself rather than SP.

Good luck.

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10/7/07 10:39 P

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Sorry guys planning ahead is not my thing. So I am of no help to you on this one. Truthfully I do not make any decisions till the last min. With that being said I will try to answer you question.

The meal plans set up by spark people do not appeal to me either, so I would have to say takeing the time would probably be in your best interest. Good luck with the planning.

Sharleen

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10/7/07 5:39 P

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Take your time on that one... I know I had to. I don't use SP meal plans either... but maybe you can work on building up to planning a week in advance. Good luck.

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10/7/07 5:37 P

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I also have a hard time planning meals for a week! I know I should and it would save me time and money, but, to be honest, I HATE it!! I think I doing good if I get something planned 2 days in a row

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10/7/07 5:11 P

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One of the goals we are to work on is to plan our meals for one week. But, I'm having trouble with this one. The online meal plan doesn't appeal to me too much.

I was able to plan for two days at a time last week. My intake was reasonablly healthy.

But, the weekend really trips me up. Is the only solution just to spend the time or to use the online plan?



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