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My long term goals after this challenge is over is to continue to find new recipes to try at least every week or so. I sometimes even take one that is a low fat version and make it into my "own" by changing up or leaving out something I may not have. This has resulted in lower cals for the meal and less things to buy that I don't normally have on hand. I find that leaving some things out doesn't deter from the good taste of the meal.
I have gone online to find recipes for making your own "Mrs. Dash" type of mixed spices with no salt added. I have made my own "Good Seasons" and "Turkey Rub". I buy my spices at the natural food co-op in bulk so they're lots cheaper and I have a lot of variety of them due to that as well. I love adding my own spices to many things I cook.
I love reading the health, motivational and fitness articles here on SP and even though I'm at goal, I will continue this way of life as I want to stay there!
Thanks for all the great ideas, challenges, and motivational tips for eating, staying within a budget and different ways to spice up the fitness routines!
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emoticon Week 4 Day 1

My goals for this week:

1. Keep challenging myself on using substitutions. I am using the "No Salt" brand of salt substitution and can't tell the difference in taste.

2. Try at least 1 new recipe a week.

3. Continue on with my batch cooking.

4. Try to be creative enough to plan ahead my meals using new recipes.

5. Continue to read up on health and weight articles provided by SparkPeople.

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to make more vegetables with herbs. just bought rosemary

Keep your EYE ON THE BALL. What is the goal?Will this action get you closer?
slowly but surely.

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be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to find fault with others


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2/16/12 9:06 A

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To make dinner at home 3 times a week

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2/11/12 5:41 P

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My long term cooking goals
- Cook at home 3X a week (with one meal a batch meal)
- Plan my meals in advance, make my list, and stick with it
-Continue to find ways to get my 5+ fruits/vegatables
-try one new recipe a month


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2/11/12 11:15 A

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My long term goal is to continue weighing the ingredients to any meal before I start cooking. My other long term goal is to cut down in portions, this is my real problem because I love my food so much. Its not easy for me, but on good days I am good but on bads days well I just seem to give up. So a challenge is probably what I need more than anything.

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2/11/12 6:58 A

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My long term goals are to continue looking for new, healthy recipes-- and ways to "healthify" those that sound so yummy but could use a little makeover. I discovered (the hard way) that just because a recipe is on SparkRecipes, it's not necessarily healthy (or, in some cases, accurate).

I bought the SparkPeople Cookbook, and my goal is to work my way through it-- instead of just flipping through looking for one or two things to try. I want to try something from all the different categories every week.

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2/1/12 11:16 P

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I am SO happy I purchased the SP Cookbook. It has opened my eyes up to endless possibilities. My long term goal is to continue making and collecting healthy recipes and to continue planning meals from the cookbook every week! I have always had an interest in cooking, and this has only broadened my passion and love for it. Thank you Sparkpeople!

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1/31/12 12:47 P

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My long term goals have already been put in place and practiced. Since I bought the SP Cookbook, I have planned my weekly menus from it. For the past three weeks, we have eaten 95% of our meals from the cookbook. I will continue using the SP cookbook and Sp recipes for meal planning. Also, some of my favorite cooking techniques are steaming, baking, poaching, sauteing and braising. I plan to continue using these methods and trying them with many new foods and recipes.

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1/31/12 12:10 P

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My long term goals are to continue trying new recipes, continue adding more vegetables to my meals and recipes, and tracking everything. emoticon

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1/28/12 7:40 P

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Long term goals:
-Make a menu/grocery list every Sunday, and shop on Sunday or Monday
-Cook a minimum of 5 days a week
-Cook at least one new food per month
-Shop at farmer's markets in the summer
-Try a new recipe at least once a month

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I just need to remember it I bite it i write it and all else will fall into place.

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1/27/12 8:34 A

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This has been a quick month. I will try to get more efficient with my menu planning. Most important what I put down to eat, I must eat. I will try to cook in batches at least once a week. Cook one meal that is enough for two and put it away, so that I can eat at a later time. I wll continue to make a soup every week. I will definitely batch half of this for another week later. Continue to use my beloved crockpot!! I need to weigh my food. I need to use my blender. I need to find my chopper and food scale. I have some organization to complete before the week is out.

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1/26/12 9:36 P

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Hi all I just joined this group. My long term cooking goals are to continue to cook healthy and try and keep that in my mind every time I shovel something into my face.



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1/26/12 7:42 A

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I'm just starting week 4 so I am have not compiled a list of long term goals but I will read the goals of others in this challenge to get some ideas. THANK YOU! I will get back to you with my goals in a few days.

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1/24/12 11:34 P

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My long term goals are to keep planning menus a week ahead, make a list at the same time too. I loved that part. I'll also keep making a new recipe on fridays. My best friend enjoys that!

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1/23/12 9:37 P

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I guess for me the long-term goal is to continue my cooking plans in an organized manner. It has been wonderful having a shopping day and menus and KNOWING what is going to be for dinner sooner than a few hours before eating it!!!


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1/19/12 12:08 P

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Long term challenge is to learn to use the steamer and use it often!



Edited by: DUSTYPRAIRIE at: 1/22/2012 (08:39)
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1/8/12 2:52 A

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My long-term cooking goals:
-Keep working through the SparkPeople cookbook, trying new recipes & ideas
-Remember to use substitutions when baking & other times
-Serve more vegetables
-Don't fall back on frozen pizzas/boxed macaroni & cheese type things
-Keep making menus/meal plans for the week ahead, so I can avoid going to the grocery store more than twice a week

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My long term cooking goal is to learn more about healthy cooking. I will also try to cook more vegetarian meals but substituting beans like lentils for meat. I also switched to canola oil for cooking instead of vegetable. (I already use Olive but for my baking I prefer canola). I also like to substitute some of the oil with applesauce. I love trying new recipes as well but they don't always come out the way I think they should and with four children I have a hard time experimenting. I have plenty of cookbooks so I will try to cook at least one or two per week and to always have something healthy to eat in the fridge. Something that helped me in the beginning was as soon as I got back from the grocery I would go ahead and chop my salad vegetables and store them in containers so if the day got hectic I didn't fall back on something like a sandwhich or chips. It takes time but well worth the effort!

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12/29/11 8:42 A

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My long term cooking goals are:
1) to plan and follow my meals for the week
2) to avoid buying / eating out, unless expected and/or planned for
3) to include at least 3 vegetarian meals per week
4) to increase the vegetables in our diet


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12/27/11 10:13 P

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My goal is to not eat at a restaurant unless it's a special plan with special friends!
My goal is to have prepared food at any time I need it. I purchased containers that hold 1 cup and 1/2 cup and when I make anything, I eat one serving and then freeze the rest.... makes it so simple to grab a protein, a veg, and a fruit for a meal if I'm going out.
My goal is to always take food with me if I think I'll be gone over a meal time.
My "go to" restaurant is Subway for their spinach salads! when I need to.
My goal is to eat within my calorie level (less than 1300) per day which includes my healthy fats (Udos Choice).




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12/27/11 12:35 P

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Make new and redo recipes at home.. to get my family eating right and healthy!

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12/26/11 10:18 P

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My long term cooking goals are:
1) To prepare all of my lunches for work. If I make big batches of something -- not to repeat the same recipe within a month.
2) To keep my refrigerator and pantry stocked with healthy food so that if I need/want a snack it won't be sugary or fatty. It will be more likely to grab a container of yogurt, fruits, or veggies.
3) To go to different grocery stores to find out what they have that I can add to my meals. It will help me change things up a bit.


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12/26/11 4:27 P

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My long term cooking goals are as follows:
~Try 2 new recipes a week
~Use my fruits/vegetable book I got for Christmas to try new foods/way to eat them:)
~Get more confident cooking:)

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12/24/11 11:23 A

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crockpot hint: when cooking beans, I wash and soak when I get up in the morning, before putting in crock pot I drain in strainer, rinse, fill with water stir around, drain and rinse again, drain
before bed I put in crock pot, add brother two inches over beans, add seasoning, If adding meat (ground beef, ground turkey, ground anything, I cook, drain then add, If whole piece of meat or chunks I sear (brown on all sides then add) back to the beans, if adding meat I add here, stir through beans, then add seasoning and herbs, except red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper, I wait til the morning to add either of the latter two, heat intensifies big team with long cooking.
If I'm going straight to bed I cook it on low, if I'm going to be up an hour or two, I set it on high and then lower it to low, before bed. by the time I get up it is done.

I turn it off at this point, it either stays hot enough when I want it or I heat it in the microwave.

If I was going to be gone all day and wanted it when I got back home, (like after work) I would reverse this procedure.

Google crock pot cooking and see what it offers you in hints, I am also going to do that.

I heard you could bake a cake in a crockpot, I find this interesting enough to check out.

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12/19/11 11:08 A

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perhaps lower the cooking time OR the cooking temperature, not both at once. If you have time, try staggering when you put your veggies in, let the meat get 1/2 way done to add the veggies so that the veggies are closer to fresh when dinner is ready to serve. I know that my second suggestion may not be doable since the whole reason Crockpots are wonderful is because they're "Fill and forget" meal makers.

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NANASAMM's Photo NANASAMM Posts: 2,393
12/18/11 10:45 P

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My longterm goal(s) is to keep trying new foods and techniques. It seems like I'm always throwing out "fresh" produce so I'm switching to frozen fruits and vegetables except things like onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes and red and green peppers. We never seem to have enough of those.

Another goal is to use my Crockpot more often. I have yet to figure out how to make meals that don't look brown at the end of cooking. I've been told to aim for the lower end of the cooking time so foods don't get overcooked. Any Crockpot hints will be appreciated. I just love the smell of dinner cooking...


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12/18/11 10:29 P

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One goal I have set up is when I go grocery shopping to buy fish for dinner that night. That way I get fish in at least once a week and try a new recipe. The second goal I have is to work on or favorite recipe as I cook them. The third goal I have is to keep my family on track too.

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12/13/11 12:03 P

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Goal 1 - Buy dinner out no more than once in every two months.I'm very close to the point that I can honestly have a shot at eating dinner out no more than once every two months.
Goal 2 - Pack ALL lunches, for everybody, every day. I need to build consistency in packing family lunches. My children are covered every day, but my husband is still eating lunch out more than three times a week between the times I just don't have time and when he has a lunch meeting for work.
Goal 3 - Overhaul the rest of the Family Favorites.
Goal 4 - Grow my own veggies. We're not in a position to buy all the fruits and veggies we should be getting (or that I think we should have) so the only viable option is to grow them ourselves

Only you can.


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12/11/11 4:13 A

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Love the way Spark Recipes all come complete with nutritional breakdown so it makes trying to find a meal to fit into my remaining allowances for the day really simple.
I generally eat at least four Spark Recipes each week, and if ever I can't decide what to cook for dinner I type in the ingredients I want to use and up pops a list of recipes for me. No way will I go back to the endless wasted hours of searching recipe books, only to give up and go buy take away!
For me, my long term cooking goal is to continue to make the best possible use of Spark Recipes! I've found so many delicious meals that way, quite a few of which are on regular rotation.

I deserve to be healthy and happy, and no one can do that for me but myself!


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12/11/11 3:51 A

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I plan to keep cooking healthy meals as often as I can, trying out new recipies at least 2 times per month. Where possible, I will make a larger batch and freeze single portions to keep ready for those days when life is just too hectic to start from scratch, to take away the temptation of a takeout or pizza.

My main problem is to get more protein into my diet - would love links to any high protein tried and tested recipies. Not so keen on using protein substitues - but fresh / real food ideas.

This challenge has been fun.

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I've tried to do the list of the freezer contents and always lost track. I'm not the only one that cooks and the other(s) to not track these things. I do put away healthful meals that I can pull out in a pinch and they really have saved me from being drug out to some crappy restaurant.





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I've enjoyed this challenge. Especially around the holidays, I was able to challenge myself to makeover some traditional recipes. Going forward, here are 2 things I am now doing:

1. Keep a list on the refrigerator on the contents on the freezer.
2. Printed the list of substitutions and taped it inside my cooking staples cabinet door.

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I cook for one. I try to buy meat when it's on sale and have it sliced, be it ham, roast, or pork tenderloin. Then I weigh them and package them in 4 or 8 oz packages and freeze them. I also buy ground meat, cook it up with seasonings, cut up onions and garlic and sometimes mushrooms. Some are flavored taco, some chili, some just "steak seasoning" and stored in 4 oz amounts and frozen. I did fry patties up, but mostly like it crumbled up. Then I can have a taco salad or make one serving of chili (without beans) or as a main dish with vegetables. I also found recipes that added zucchini or squash or other vegetables to chili, so I freeze serving size portions of tomato sauce, zucchini, pumpkin to which I add the meat and have one serving of chili. I buy chicken legs since I prefer dark meat, skin them, steam them with seasonings and onion and debone and pkg/freeze the cooked chicken in 4 oz portions to use in a meal later. Once in awhile, I skin and freeze one leg/thigh in a pkg for broiling later. By having serving size portions ready to eat, I have finally controlled my "second helping" problem. FINALLY!

Since I have a sweet tooth, I have made sugar free jello and sugar free pudding and stored in 1 cup (jello) and 1/2 cup (pudding) little storage containers that I found at WalMart. To each I add like 6 almonds and 1 tsp unsweetened coconut for crunchiness. And i have learned not to bring anything in the house that is unhealthy. OH, and I found a good recipe for sugar free pumpkin pie - and baked it in 1 cup portions yesterday. I'm still "experimenting with the seasonings.. haha... the first time I got too much ginger, yesterday, I got a little too much cinnamon... I'll get it right one day, but in the meantime, I enjoy the "sweet" treat.

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Belinda I just sent you one of my favorite meatless recipes and some names of others.





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One goal I have is to add more meatless meals to my meal plans while still keeping the variety.

So far I only have 1 Meatless recipe that the entire family will willingly eat. If anyone has any ideas, please message them to me. We're from a meat and potatoes family, and my husband seems to have an allergy to vegetables (except broccoli...the man loves his broccoli).

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Well I made over a regular turkey breast and marinated and cooked it in a tandoori masala mix. It was accompanied by a sugarless cranberry chutney, baked cauliflower and mashed potatoes.





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I plan to continue making over my favorite recipies. Make sure I pack healthy meals and snacks when ever I go out for the day. Stop the need to grab fast food. Continue learning about healthy choices and put them into acton.

I press toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14


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Continue planning meals for the week and plan for lunches the next day. This has been huge time saver for me and makes the evening a little easier after long day. Keep using the recipes from SP to mix it up.

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Goals: pack lunch three times a week, eat at home (for lunch) twice a week

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My longterm goal will be to try 2 new spark/healthy recipes a month. Because I already plan a weeks worth of meals at a time and there is always 1 batch recipe that we use for leftovers and I take for lunch.

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Long term goal: continue planning meals and batch cooking and increase range of recipes cooked

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My longterm goal is to continue with my big batch cooking. It has been helping me eat better every day, and well as saving me money. I also want to continue to pack my lunches every day for the same reasons. Also, using the Sparkpeople cook book has gotten me away from the total fat free way that I used to try to cook, to using fat in moderation where it will have the biggest bang in terms of flavour. This is the first time I have ever taken this approach to cooking, and I like it! I made fajitas last night for dinner, and we wrapped them in lettuce leaves instead of tortillas - it was delicious!!!

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11/20/11 10:21 A

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My long term cooking goals really haven't changed much. Due to a frugal lifestyle (in part because it's just part of who I am and in part related to budgetary constraints), I cook 99% of all meals at home anyway. I try to experiment with at least 2 new recipes a week, but now the requirement of 2 new healthy recipes exists. (I'll still occasionally accept my son's suggestions of rather over-the-top dessert recipes from time to time, but that will be in addition to the 2 healthy ones - not as a replacement.) I would like to do more with soups and crockpot meals just because of the seasonal desire for hot, 'comfort'-type meals.
I will also do more substituting of healthier options - flax seed meal, chia seeds, whole grain rather than processed, and using applesauce/bananas/prunes to replace fat in baking recipes. Soups cover the 'batch' cooking pretty well here, just because there are only the two of us here. And I'll still be cooking up 6-8 chicken breasts at a time in order to have the cooked chicken handy for quick meals.

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11/17/11 4:15 P

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I guess my long term goals would be to continue to cook healthy meals for my family and try at least 1 new meal every other week or so. Hopefully I will find more and more healthy things my family will enjoy. I also plan to continue planning my meals for the week and keeping a master shopping list. It is definitely helpful to write things down as soon as I use them up or when they are close to being gone so I make sure I don't run out and I have everything I need for my meals. This has been a great challenge. I enjoy cooking so it is fun to learn more recipes and have lots of healthy meals to choose from.

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11/14/11 10:33 P

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Long-term: Continue to plan the meals for the week and batch cooking. I hope to keep making three meals a week and trying one new recipe that lets me experiment with a new cooking technique twice a month. Still haven't tried poaching.

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11/11/11 4:19 A

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My long term goal is to have the freezer stocked with many different things I have cooked fromthe recipe website...for those emergency cases when I don't have time to cook. That way I dont' have to rely on packaged/processed foods.

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11/6/11 9:41 A

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Long term goal is to cook more of a variety of meals for my kids, cook one meal that everyone will eat for dinner at least 2 times a week, and serve a veggie ever night for dinner even if the kids don't eat it.

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well I guess my long term goal is to stop relying on the food bank and get a budget for fresh produce. I'm doing ok with healthy cooking considering my situation but I really want a farmers market shopping spree. I hope folks reading this will think to donate healthy foods to their food bank this year!


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