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4/19/21 5:00 P

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GSEGUIN2 - sounds like you're doing really awesome thus far. I don't plan out my lunches as often I will have left overs for lunch from the night before.

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My meal planning at this time only happens for dinner. I do it once a week and try to stick to what is planned. Hubby helps with the decisions as I get tired of making the choices all the time. It also eliminates him from complaining he did not get something. Soon I will start planning my lunch ahead of time as well.

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Make a double batch of something and freeze one portion. e.g. a stew or pasta sauce.

Prepare parts of the meal that can be prepared and frozen ahead of time then just pull the meal out and cook. Much nicer when freshly cooked rather than reheated from frozen.

Wash and prepare salad items that can be pre-done ahead of time and portion them out into one serve glass containers. (glass for health rather than plastic or Tupperware) Then each day just pull out your salad ready to just add your dressings and or salad meat.

Have fruit as your healthy treat for something sweet instead of sugar-laden cakes and biscuits. Use banana's and apple sauce to make your own healthy sweet treats they can be your substitute for sugar in the recipe works a treat I do it all the time.

Try to avoid any meal with wheat/gluten and the nightshade vegetables avoid them the meal will then be much healthier.

Rice and oats are a good alternative to wheat. Spelt pasta can work also as it's a lesser harmful version of wheat.

For salad dressing try using olive oil and vinegar either balsamic or apple cider vinegar as any store brought dressings and Mayonaise etc are not so healthy for you.

Tamari is a good substitute that is a wheat-free version of soy sauce.

Meal suggestions:

Stir-fry rice noodles with vegetables
Vegetable soup. (great way to use vegetables that need using up also)
Chicken and Salad
Turkey meatballs and coleslaw
Rice Paper rolls
Salmon steak (marinated or u marinated) with salad and or vegetables.

These are some ideas I have for meal planning anyhow.

Hope these tips help someone.

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baked pork chop and roasted broccoli and a baked potato for supper

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Having pizza and sald tonite

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2/18/21 7:47 P

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Made healthy loaves of whole wheat bread today. emoticon

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I read the two suggested articles;
Where is Danger Lurking in Your Kitchen?
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I'm learning to cook seafood/fish better.
Choices other than aluminum cookware are;
stainless steel
stainless with a disk bottom
clad tri-ply aluminum/stainless steel
enameled steel
Stainless steel or clad tri-ply makes for a durable and long lasting lobster and crab pot.

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2/14/21 2:37 P

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A good article I read is "6 Simple Swaps That Will Help You Eat Less Meat"
By: Jen Mueller, Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach, 1/29/2021




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2/12/21 1:52 P

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I use my Nutrition Tracker's meal plans.

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I write my favorites on sticky notes and put them on the calendar week to week, with a separate page that works as a "meal bank" for sticky notes that are not being used this week.

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4/30/20 10:36 A

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I've been meal planning on the weekend and after everyone heads for bed Sunday night I cook up the weeks meals and either freeze them or put them into the fridge. Last night I had a craving and realized I should prep extra veggies for the fridge to snack on (peeled carrots etc). Instead I grabbed a yogurt, which still worked with my plan but I would like more options. :)

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Since I am retired & home all day I don't meal prep for the week but I do make a meal plan for the week. I find this very helpful in staying on track with my health goals.

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Need plenty of focus time of meal planning. I'll start and do fine for 2 weeks than, can't seem to find the time to continue with planning.

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4/18/19 11:37 P

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I meal plan on the weekend. I start with doing an inventory of what I have on hand in the freezer, fridge and pantry and plan from there. This minimizes the amount of food I throw away. Used to really bad abut shopping, not cooking during the week; then, shopping the next week and throwing away the food I bought the previous week.

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I meal plan on the weekends. Recipes are usually 30 min or less since I don’t have a lot of time. Or I use the crockpot. I have a combo of recipe books I use and the spark recipe app as well as allrecipes.

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I like to write the menu for the week based in what I already have on my fridge and pantry. It is so easy to know what need to be done each day.

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I plan for 2 weeks but I change the ingredients to healthier options, cut back on the salt and sugars. I also try to use less over processed foods. I also have an Amish salvage grocery store I go to so I don’t pay full price on my organic foods.

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I use "EAT THIS MUCH" for my menu planner, it cost $60.00 yearly but incorporates leftovers, cooking skills and budget to make individual and can delete any foods not wanted, all recipes are simple and it can forward to local grocery discount store for delivery. It is a 2 week planner. It also incorporates exact % in planner, I use 50% carbs, 30% protein and 20% fat as I need to build muscle from operations and have hospital diet orders. My budget set at $5.00 total daily. You can also have any size meals, any number of meals in the correct order eaten. Extra large meals are standard size supper.

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I like to cook with beans, and make homemade chili or beans and rice or bean soup. I also like to cook eggs and often make omelets with vegetables. The newest meal my guys like is taco salad.

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I always put the recipe's I like on my Pinterest page. I've found some really good ones emoticon

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I have accumulated a lot of SP's recipes in the last few years. After I try one and I enjoy it I put it in a folder on my desk top according to the category. It makes so much easier to make my list for the supermarket.

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The taco layer dip is a great idea with veggies. A few healthy corn chips added in might make the transition easier. Keep it creative when we can.

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I usually try to mix it up and use what I already. So I start my week off with knowing what I already have and try to use everything in my freezer through out the week. (also cuts down on the grocery bill for the week) I have chicken(boneless, thighs, drumsticks, etc) flank steak, chuck roast, ground turkey. I also take note of what nights are busy for my family. Mondays I go into the office and get out at 5:00 so I try to make it easy for my husband to cook or use slow cooker recipe. Wednesdays we have Gymnastics so again I will use my crockpot for that night or prep as much as I can through out the day so when it comes time to cook it's just easy or just heat up.

Here is my week 1 meal plan for this coming week.
Dinners:
Sun - eggplant parm (using that eggplant)
Mon- Beef w/ broc stir fry (slow cooker)
Tues - Slow cooker salsa chicken
Wednesday - Chicken Piccata (skinny)
Thursday - Pasta Fagioli
Friday - Tacos (these last two days are hard we are going skiing for the weekend 3 hours away; so I will prep as much as I can so when we get there it's just cooking meat & heating up the shells)
Sat - Chili

Breakfast for the week:
Made (today Saturday) ahead egg mcmuffin copy cats 12 sandwiches no cheese and will freeze grab and go for the week

Lunch for the week:
Make Sunday Chicken salsa brown rice bowls. again grab and go for the week.

It takes a little time for the make ahead stuff which is why I broke it up between Saturday and Sunday. Also; NO ONE wants to eat the same stuff over and over again. So when I stick to meal planning I try to not revisit dinners more than 1 times in a three week stretch. Once you have your "recipes" set up; it makes it easier to plan and grocery shop and you keep variety.


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HARRIETT14 Posts: 12,819
10/6/16 8:26 A

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Today we will eat Layered Mexican Dip for dinner. I'm omitting the lime chips and serving it with vegetables instead. I think it should be interesting to see how it will go over.

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Am really enjoying planning ahead and also changing things if necessary. Would like to try a new pasta dish next week.

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HARRIETT14 Posts: 12,819
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Sometimes I over buy. When this happens I look for recipes that I haven't tried yet that includes the vegetables that I already have or I cut them up for an omelet.

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I am not usually a big planner of meals but since starting SparkPeople I am finding that I try to plan a week ahead and am trying lots of new recipes that I'm adding to my repertoire. I feel so much better about cooking because of this. Thanks SparkPeople!

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I still find new ways to make the same old stuff and find that I'm enjoying them more. During the week I look at the recipes on SP. This week I made Carrot Cranberry Salad and Tuna Salad low cal for lunch. For dinners I made White Beans Spinach with Linguine. It has been a great week of meals.

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We do have theme nights (Pizza Friday, Breakfast-for-dinner Monday), but the rest of the time I mix it up. I have a magnetic pad of paper on the fridge with the week's menu written on it. I have recipes that I reuse a lot because I know my toddler will eat them, but I try to make new things a few times a week, too.

As for setting the menu, I just sit down on Friday and make a list of what to eat for the week. From that I generate my grocery list, so I know we have what we need on hand.

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HARRIETT14 Posts: 12,819
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Bought salmon and white fish. Today I will cook both using recipes from SP. There will be enough for three meals. I still have two meals from when I made stuff peppers. Its great not to have to worry about whats for dinner. The fridge has the answer.

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I track my menus on a calendar I created in Excel (or you can get a free download), and I just fill in the days with my dinner ideas. I subscribe to a few different healthy recipe newsletters, so I have plenty of input. Also, when I make a meal that's a hit with the family, I copy and paste it to a future date. At this point I have my meals planned for all of April and half of May. (It is currently March 28)

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I believe for January I'm going to use about 10 meal plans and rotate them through the month and see how that works.

More beans -- so I'll be cooking some batches of beans to freeze. I need to get away from canned beans d/t the sodium.

Today I looked at some 3-5 ingredient dishes -- I really want to use more simplified meals -- cooking --- spend less time doing the cooking and clean up.

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Between looking at the supermarket's ads to see what vegetable is on sale and finding a recipe has become my way of planning some meals. I usually buy more than I can use for one meal thus have leftovers which tastes just as good as when I first make it. Love SP's recipes like I said before. Thank you for skinny taste web site. I will look into it. I have/love a habit of collecting recipes.

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I am a huge fan of Skinnytaste.com and Gina Homolka's cookbook. She lately has started doing a weekly menu plan and posting it on her site with links to the recipes she uses, and she has already created the shopping list. Gina is a long time Weight Watcher, so all recipes are WW friendly and she lists points on each one. I'm not doing WW anymore, but I still use a lot of those recipes. It's a great site - check it out!

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10/28/15 7:00 A

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I look and see what I have and then go to SP and look at the recipes that I have saved to decide what I will have for the week. Whatever I am missing I shop for. Whatever is left over I freeze for another day.

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I try to plan my meals on Sunday for the week. It works pretty well although by Friday sometimes things go amiss! Last week our own Culture Fest! New Orleans Andouille Sausage Jambalaya. Tuesday was Chinese. Wednesday Italian Drunk Chicken and Thursday was British Beef Short Ribs! What a great week! I might add that all were cooked with minimal oil and they all tasted great!


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The morning before I know that I'm going to be out of the house until late in the afternoon I prepare our dinner so that it is ready when we get home. Today I make Mom's Meat Loaf and zucchini. tonight I will sap a sweet potato in the microwave.

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I'll start with a pound of vegetable for each day, then build around it.
I'll list seven different proteins
have freezer to microwave -ready containers & markers,labels
that's as far as got ..... working on it ( I'm new to team )

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We have been going to social events. I bring home doggy bags. What I do is encorperate the left overs with vegetables that I cook. This way nothing goes to waste.

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I have been increasing my recipes from SP. I find most of them very enjoyable. The Farmers Market is opened every Tuesday. Besides the market there is a farm in my area that has the most delicious fruits and vegetables. I'm going to be extremely unhappy when they close for the winter.

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I usually pick the types of meats that I want to eat for the week and then go and find healthy budget friendly recipes to compliment that meat and even have a meatless night once in a while. I stock up on seasonal vegetables and opt for the lower sodium canned versions of some of my favorite vegetables. I used to just read any cookbook but now I find ones that offer nutritional information and try new meals with low calories and few ingredients.

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I love emeals.com and I subscribe to the Paleo plan

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My name is Maria cizel, I weighed myself this Morning,I weighed 193.8 and I use to weigh in at 196.2 Pounds,So far this year.
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What a great idea JJ.

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I created my own meal planning/grocery shopping list form that has space for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 7 days and the shopping list in categories on the remainder of the page. I look up the recipes I want to make, list them on the appropriate day, and put the ingredients that I need to shop for on the grocery list. I've been using it for two weeks and, so far so good.

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I do the same thing. When I like a recipe I type good next to the name. This way I know which one I enjoyed enough to make it again.

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I reviewed several of the spark recipes for ideas. I cooked several meals last night and froze them for the week. I'm going to try to stick with my frozen dinners at least on the nights that are busy and I don't feel like cooking.

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We are going away for a few days and I'm worried about eating out for four days. I will try as hard as I can to stay within my healthy way of eating but it isn't so easy when your not at your own home.

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I feel like you LastChance. Luckily, my Hubby doesn't mind cooking, but it isn't always healthy. He buys box dinners at times, so I told him once or twice a week, the rest has to be healthy cooking. I used to enjoy cooking, not sure what happened. Hopefully with this challenge I will get my love of cooking back. So far we have kept with the menu I made for the week. Writing down a menu for the week has really helped. emoticon

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I have found that the recipes that Spark People offer are mostly delicious. They are either for four or six serving. Which is good for me. I enjoy just going into the refrig and pulling something out to eat. I prepare two to three recipes at a time. Perhaps you can look at some of them and find that you have most or all of the ingredients right at home.

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My goal is to learn to plan ahead so that I have a healthy meal prepared 6 out of 7 nights a week. I hate cooking, so I tend to put off meal planning, even though I have a freezer full of meats and vegetables. Then, 10 minutes before dinner time, I scramble to figure out what to fix that's fast and easy, and most of the time, we go out. For the past 3 weeks, I've been cooking at home, but my planning is bad! I joined this challenge hoping to be able to make a habit of planning ahead, cooking healthy food, and eating at home most evenings.

Any advice about meal planning will be VERY appreciated!

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Thank you for the vote of confidence. Today I was out until after five. Last night I prepared tonight's dinner. Husband wanted to eat out but I said "No". He enjoyed our meal. Yeah for me!

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It is so wonderful to go into my refrigerator and pull out my lunches. I find that dinner is a little more difficult for a whole week. I know that it can all come together soon.

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I don't have the book, but I do enjoy the Spark recipes in the program.

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emoticon I hope you enjoy the recipes in the SparkPeople Cookbook.

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