SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard General discussion about cooking and food preparation. SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard Suggestions for what kind of cuisine Ukraine women I host an Airbnb here in the States and a group of Ukraine women have booked to stay at my place for a few days. Since my rates already include breakfast (I like feeding my guests) I was wondering what type of cuisine ladies from Ukraine would prefer when visiting a foreign country. Would they appreciate the deep-fried food we normally eat or would they prefer some of our uncommon dishes like Gumbo (my brother’s fave) and some PB&J’s? (for afternoon snacks). <BR> <BR> Opinions, suggestions,... Mon, 4 Jun 2018 19:38:36 EST tuna Is there a substitution for tuna? A lot of recipes call for tuna and I can't stand it. Wed, 30 May 2018 19:37:02 EST Grilling Season Is Here! Or maybe it never stopped for some. <BR> <BR> When I was single I found it tiresome to fire up the grill for just one meal for just one person. Consequently, on Saturdays I'd do my grocery shopping for the week and purchase chicken breasts and various cuts of pork and beef. Then on Sunday, usually in the later afternoon, I'd fire up the grill and cook a week's worth of meat. I purposely undercooked what I didn't intend to eat that evening and packaged individually for the refrigerator. ... Mon, 7 May 2018 18:24:20 EST In a rut I'm getting bored with the foods I've been making for dinner and packing for my lunch. I need to change it up but not sure what else to try. There are only so many ways you can cook fish without it all tasting the same. Same goes with chicken. Sun, 22 Apr 2018 01:04:37 EST Flour substitutes Any one know if almond flour is any healthier than wheat flour? And if I can substitute it in recipes? Thx! Thu, 12 Apr 2018 21:20:21 EST Do you drink distilled water? I've read so many different opinions as to whether distilled water is good for our health or not. Some say it washes out useful minerals, other say it's a myth and it takes only minerals not used in our metabolism with it... What do you think of distilled water? Mon, 9 Apr 2018 05:09:54 EST Induction? I'll be moving into a new, small home soon - downsizing to better suit my retirement. <BR> <BR> I like cooking (although I can't say I'm very good at it). New house will have induction stove. I'm thinking a dutch oven and a cast iron skillet should do the trick, but any tips and words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. <BR> <BR> Happy springtime! Sat, 7 Apr 2018 17:23:34 EST Coconut Scone Taste Has anyone ever had a mix to prepare food which had coconut and a bad taste? Could the coconut oil go bad? Sat, 31 Mar 2018 15:46:24 EST Which mineral oil for bamboo cutting boards? I bought bamboo cutting boards. The sticker recommends rubbing them with mineral oil to keep them looking good. All I'd known about mineral oil is that it's sold in drugstores, but not why. What a surprise to see that it's a laxative. Before taking time to treat my new cutting boards, I happened to see mineral oil in the hardware store and in Bed Bath and Beyond. These bottles were specific to treating wood; nothing about use as a laxative. <BR> <BR> Here's the question: Is the drugstore pro... Sun, 25 Mar 2018 13:12:48 EST Badia Spices now has dehydrated kale I tried it yesterday and it's a good way to easily add another veggie. If you tweet them a recipe, you may win a sample pack. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Tweet link <BR> <link><BR>6527173816320 </link> Sun, 25 Mar 2018 08:19:10 EST Rice as a side dish ... recipes please I need recipes for rice as a side dish for a pork chop, chicken leg, etc. Something easy yet tasty. <BR> Thank you in advance. Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:02:26 EST DEHYDRATED ZUCCHUNI I've posted this on several face book groups and no one seems to know. I'm interested in dehydrating zucchini and using as some flour replacement in hopes that it will lower the starch. I'm doing weight watchers and zucchunni is 0 points but I'm not sure if that is the same case when it is dehydrated. Any one know? Wed, 14 Mar 2018 10:32:53 EST Herbs and Spices Learning to cook with them, wondering what everyones favorites are and how you use them Wed, 7 Mar 2018 08:27:25 EST What healthy recipes have lots of vegetables I went to my doctor and she said she wants me to lose weight. She said to eat lots of vegetables and lean meat such as turkey and chicken. What are some healthy recipes that are inexpensive and easy to make for supper? I know how to operate the oven and stove and do not mind recipes that take time to make. Sat, 3 Mar 2018 17:00:04 EST Baked custard -- how to prevent hard crust on top So lately we've been eating a lot of baked custard -- the old-fashioned kind with individual servings baked in the oven but with the dishes sitting in water. <BR> <BR> I can't recall how to prevent the top forming a "crust." Sat, 3 Mar 2018 14:44:48 EST Thoughts on SP slideshow - Chef's knife for $39.95 I just watched the slideshow on cooking essentials. The recommendation was for a particular brand of chef's knife for $39.95. It won't be worth it. At that price, the manufacturer is making their own knock-off. Look for their Pro line and prepare to pay at least double for a decent knife. <BR> <BR> I loved the idea of including a blue-tooth speaker. I thought I was the only one who listened to books while prepping meals. <BR> <BR> My life changed when I went from rolls of parchment pa... Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:23:14 EST Is there a fast way to prep kale I like kale for a couple of reasons -- it's sturdier than spinach, spinach can be difficult to remove from things, it's full of nice nutrients. <BR> <BR> But it seems so labor intensive. <BR> Buying by the leaf is cheap, but you have to remove the giant vein up the middle and then chop the rest. <BR> I've bought the pre-washed and chopped, but it usually includes the giant veins that remain tough so you still have to go through it and decide if a stem is too big. <BR> If I want to make kale ... Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:56:33 EST Instant Pot Recipes Anybody have a good instant pot recipe? I love the convenience but I’m stilll new at it Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:00:50 EST Nut Butters I've been told to eat more nut butter. Other then peanut butter, what do you like? Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:26:46 EST Tenderize beef I bought some beef that was supposed to be tender but definitely isn't. I used half for dinner. <BR> What are some ways to tenderize it? <BR> I used the tried and true meat mallet, but it didn't make it tender enough. Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:29:00 EST Tote along breakfast Want to take breakfast for grandchild I drive to school in the morning. <BR> <BR> Fruit won't keep her filled til lunch. <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Feb 2018 05:40:28 EST Roasted Tomatoes - Nutritional Value? I am really enjoying roasted tomatoes but am not sure how cooking them affects the nutrient content. I buy a big tub of cherry/small tomatoes from COSCTO, put them on a cookie sheet with 1T or olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Would the nutritional value of the be the same as if they were cooked? And measure by weight? Wed, 7 Feb 2018 16:01:01 EST Sausage Links Good morning! <BR> <BR> Quick question...I have sausage that I want to cook up - sweet italian sausages (like you would use on a hoagie roll with peppers, onions, and sauce). <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever made this type of sausage in the crockpot? If so, are the results good? Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:21:57 EST Breakfast What have you had for breakfast today? Fri, 5 Jan 2018 08:01:19 EST Any vegetarians out there? Hello everyone! I am still learning how to cook. Are there any vegetarians out there with some cooking tips or recipes ? Thu, 4 Jan 2018 10:07:09 EST Freezing veggies Can fresh celery and onions be washed, diced and frozen for later use? If so, any special prep? Thanks! Wed, 3 Jan 2018 16:13:35 EST Need Ideas My bowling league has a Christmas Party where we all bring something and this year I have no ideas. It is a morning (9:00 am) league and there are always plenty of sweets but I'd like to have something different, appealing, and healthy. I tried Pinterest but was overloaded with the unhealthy things. <BR> Any ideas? Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:38:30 EST Favorite brand of eggs? We've been buying organic, cage free eggs for a while now. This week I bought a brand called Nellie's because it was on sale- for the first time, I can actually taste a difference between regular eggs and these. What's your favorite egg brand? Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:10:18 EST Mirepoix for the week -- ideas please I love it when grocery stores carry the veggie mix of celery, carrot, and onion already diced. Trader Joe sells it for $3 and it's worth the labor saving. <BR> <BR> I usually saute the entire container at once so it's soft enough to reheat and use quickly. <BR> <BR> Added to a morning skillet, it's a quick way to turn scrambled eggs into a frittata. <BR> <BR> With some broth, they help make a quick soup. <BR> <BR> What are some other ways? Tue, 14 Nov 2017 06:40:25 EST Recipes that fool you into thinking they're sweet No fruit or fake sweeteners allowed. <BR> <BR> I'm looking for recipes where the combination of ingredients make you think they have a sweetener in them. <BR> <BR> Example: If I make cocoa with cardamom, the cardamom smells sweet; if I add cinnamon, it smells even sweeter. Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:22:28 EST Can I substitute alcoholic cider for beer? I'm looking at a beer bread recipe. Noticed I don't have beer, but I do have an alcoholic cider. <BR> <BR> Can this be substituted? Sun, 5 Nov 2017 13:23:50 EST Tajin -- miracle fruit seasoning I had read about Tajin, a Mexican seasoning for fruit. Couldn't find it any of my ethnic markets and came across it in Walmart. <BR> <BR> I love the tang of the lime and the bit of the chile peppers. For our next family outing, I prepared a huge bowl of fruits and melons and put a bowl of Tajin on the side. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>asoning) </link> Sat, 4 Nov 2017 13:58:40 EST Soy Sauce Substitute? I like to have Chinese food sometimes, but I am not supposed to have soy. Does anyone know of anything that will work for a substitute for the soy sauce and not ruin the dish? Thanks Sun, 29 Oct 2017 23:11:46 EST America's Test Kitchen and Cooks Country Since my retirement I have more time to cook real food instead of just assembling ingredients in a slow cooker. For some time I have been watching America's Test Kitchen and Cooks Country and taking copious notes because the recipes sound so delicious. <BR> Before I waste a bunch of money and time. has anyone tried any of the recipes from these shows? If so, which ones have you tried? Were they as good as advertised? <BR> My skepticism stems from having failed at several Martha Stewart reci... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:34:22 EST Dry Beans What is your "go to" method for cooking dry beans? I usually soak overnight and then cook them all day in the crock pot but I never get quite the consistency that I want. Thu, 7 Sep 2017 21:29:17 EST Something fishy... Hi all, am in need of some cooking advice. I am not a fish eater, actually for years I have avoided fish at all cost with the exception of canned tuna. I know there are pretty major benefits to adding fish, especially certain fish, to ones meal options but I have no clue where or how to start adding more options in. I am NOT an overly competent cook so any suggestions for how to prepare fish, simple beginner tips, or even what a good "starter" type of fish might be--would be very much appreci... Fri, 1 Sep 2017 10:04:13 EST This lo calories veggie bake saves me all the time I slice up fresh yellow squash and zucchini layer them in a casserole dish with diced tomatoes (canned) and sliced onions, and with every layer of squash/zucchini, I sprinkle pepper, a little salt, and Italian seasoning. I have added up the calories of this and its 30 calories a cup. A little parmesan cheese on top is amazing! I make this 3 to 4 times a week. Its important to always have things like this handy when you are starving!!!! Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:14:01 EST recipes and sodium I'm looking at Spark Recipes that are vary in fat range from 3g - 30 g (I prefer 3) but extremely high in sodium. I'm informed by my doctor I need to lower my sodium because he said I have water retention because of high sodium, so sodium is the first thing I look at before I purchase. <BR> <BR> I found frozen spaghetti made from whole wheat in freezer and I use ground turkey for the meet because it's lower in fat than beef is. I'm looking for something to bake using bread crumbs as crust... Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:11:05 EST Cookware safety-old Revere stainless/copper bottom This seems the only remotely related board for my question. <BR> <BR> I have a few pieces of my mother's Revereware stainless pots with copper bottoms (1950's or perhaps 1940's), in good condition. A friend recently gave me an equally old piece that had been his mother's. The bottom of the interior is marked with many small, black dots. I feel them when I run my index finger over them. <BR> <BR> Does the pitting make the pot unsafe to use? If the answer is "yes and no," please spell out the... Sun, 27 Aug 2017 12:15:44 EST Mocktails Anyone know how to change cocktails to non-alcoholic drinks? I would guess some could use some "flavoring," but what do you do for the rest of the liquid? Water? I could see that for the recipe I was looking at this morning that was made with vodka, but don't know what you would use if something looked interesting and you didn't want alcohol. I never liked many alcohols much and now am not supposed to drink due to diabetes, but some of those drinks look like they might be good. Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:41:10 EST meatballs - that hold up in freezer and sauce I am looking for a recipe for a healthier meatball that will also hold up in sauce. I have tried 2 different recipes that use eggplant, another recipe with lentils. Both recipes with the eggplant will hold up in the freezer - lentil recipe, not so much. <BR> <BR> I am trying to avoid using meat if possible. I want to be able to make them up, freeze them and then when I want a few meatballs, take a couple out of the freezer and then pop them into some sauce to warm up and enjoy as part of a ... Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:30:57 EST Freezer Meals Does anyone here use freezer meals? I have found them to be huge time savers during the week. What types of meals do you freeze? What have you found that is helpful? Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:21:58 EST Loving blue apron and home chef We are loving blue apron and home chef. I love to cook but am caregiving and can't get out to shop. Sat, 15 Jul 2017 12:40:07 EST Home Delivery Options In the past we had "Home Chef" send us packages to make gourmet meals at home. The problem is that the meals aren't very healthy; high fats & calories. I really like having the shopping and some of the thinking done for me. Is the a comparable service that is healthier? There are a lot of choices out there. I do enjoy cooking! Thu, 13 Jul 2017 14:44:44 EST Does anyone "do" THM? I'm curious. Is anyone here combining spark and THM? Mon, 3 Jul 2017 22:10:30 EST What do you put in your pasta? Hey! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for more ways to add veggies in my diet, and I'd love some ideas! <BR> Right now, I've started to put mushrooms (fairly common). I tried red bell peppers, but that just tasted odd to me. <BR> <BR> What do you put in to get your servings? Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:38:56 EST Pork Chops -- very general I am having a heck of a time trying to do pork chops. When I have done them in the oven I could never get them tender. I am trying on top of the stove now. I have a pan that is really non-stick, so I am not using any extra fat. I have the pan on very low to cook low and slow to try to get the tenderness in it. But it is burning even when I have it that low. That is a problem for me with chicken, too. Most of the time when I am using that stove I can't get anything to heat enough to boil if it... Wed, 28 Jun 2017 21:32:32 EST Non Salad / Non cook Summer Dinner It's over 110 degrees again this week and I am not eating anymore salads. Dinner is now a smoothie or a sandwich. Looking for other ideas for a no-cook but healthy dinner during this crazy hot summer as it's only just starting and we have months more of this. Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:35:08 EST Air Fryer A few months ago I purchased an air fryer. I have used it a little bit, but am looking for new ideas on how to get the most out of it. <BR> <BR> Anyone else an air fryer user? What is your favorite thing to make? Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:30:26 EST Loving my new diet! Hi guys, <BR> <BR> I've recently begun healthy eating and exercise so I started following a diet called DASH diet. I found $0.99 book for on amazon (LOL). <BR> <BR> The book is called DASH Diet Made Easy: 25 DASH Diet Recipes for Beginners! <BR> <BR> by Oyam Zeza <BR> <BR> Has anyone heard of this diet? So far so good with the recipe book. <BR> <BR> <BR> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:05:33 EST Baba Ghanouj, Hummus. Are there any ways to make baba ghanouj, Hummus roasted pepper sauce, etc , low-fat and/ or low calorie? Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:16:30 EST Can salmon Do any of you use it? I love it right out of the can but I'll also take a bunch of lettuce and throw some on top. Any other ideas to do with it? Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:59:12 EST recipes from members How can i look up the RECIPES from other members. All I ever see are the nutritional values, but not the actual recipe. Help me understand please. <BR> thanks Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:06:57 EST Cooking for one I find it hard to get motivated with my cooking more healthy. I personally don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Plus I am not that good at it. Have tried looking for recipes/cookbooks that are for 1-2 people and don't have a long list of ingredients. I don't have the money to buy stuff I am only going to need for one recipe Wed, 14 Jun 2017 06:58:17 EST Eggland's Best videos on Sparkpeople I don't like ads, but I am loving those Eggland's Best videos on Sparkpeople site! I want to make them all. I even visited the website to get more ideas. Great advertising idea. They are even fun to watch. Wed, 7 Jun 2017 15:09:46 EST Eggplant/How to use in Salad Does anyone have an easy recipe for raw eggplant? Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:44:56 EST Seasoning Brown Rice Does anyone know of any ways to season brown rice? I usually have the Uncle Ben's because its easy, but any ideas on how to make it more flavorful? Also, I am making lemon pepper panko crusted fish tonight for dinner..if that helps. But any and all ideas are more than welcome :) Quick and easy would be nice. Mon, 22 May 2017 18:15:39 EST Coconut oil Is it healthier than other oils? Wed, 10 May 2017 19:44:19 EST Fathead Pizza Dough So I have read articles that tout fathead pizza as the end all be all for a low carb crust option. I have a couple of questions. Does anyone know if the carb counts are really fewer than other types of dough? I do know that almond flour has almost as many carbs as white so the lower carb count makes no sense to me. Second, does anyone know if the recipe will work with low fat cheese and cream cheese and egg white instead of whole egg? Sat, 6 May 2017 21:40:10 EST Iron skillet cooking I am not sure where I can ask about this. I try to follow the directions for cleaning my iron skillets and grill and seasoning them. I try very hard to clean with salt, though sometimes I do have to use soap because they just don't come clean. Then spread the oil on them and put them in the oven on low heat. I am using canola oil for that. Instead of winding up with a non-stick pan, I wind up with a sticky pan. What am I doing wrong? Do I need a different kind of oil? Mon, 1 May 2017 22:21:23 EST Do you create your own recipes? Can be easy or not Does anyone make up their own recipes? I tend to just "wing it" sometimes when I cook and come up with some yummy things. Just a matter of adding what I like and crossing my fingers. LOL <BR> It can be so simple- French style beans with marinara and grated parmesan. I do that because hubby would always add ketchup(!!!!) to his beans. Maybe everyone does this. I don't know. <BR> My favorite is soup. So easy to make and so easy to add whatever you need to reach you diet goals. Fro... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 03:51:40 EST Air Fryer---anyone else have one? I just bought an air fryer...which isn't really a fryer at all. It is basically a convection oven, it cooks with air. So far, everything I cook in it is fantastic. <BR> <BR> Since it cooks without oil---this shouldn't add extra calories, right? <BR> <BR> Anyone else have one? Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:12:22 EST off line software Sometimes I don't like to log on to the Internet. And sometimes Comcast doesn't let me log on to the Internet. I always think it is "Payback" because I discontinued or downgraded about all their services except Internet access. <em>211</em> just kidding! <BR> <BR> Can someone recommend an inexpensive offline software program similar to what SparkPeople has online? <BR> <BR> I used to use MasterCook but I think it is now too expensive for what I really want. I don't think I would u... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:17:00 EST carbs and diabetes How many carbs should a diabetic eat if they are wanting to loose weight??? <BR> I have been advised that a diabetic should stay away from doing a "real" low carb diet. Thanks for added confussion. <BR> <BR> Please help give me some advice??? :) Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:51:43 EST How do you eat your cheese? I just bought a round of brie. I've cut a bit and eaten it just like that. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions on eating cheese in general. I thought of eating it with fruit, like grapes but I don't have any grapes atm. <BR> <BR> I do have some nectarines but I prefer eating my fruit and cheese separately to really enjoy the flavors! <BR> <BR> What about you? How do you eat your cheese? Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:56:12 EST Baking substitution question Hello bakers! <BR> <BR> I have a quick question about subbing oat bran into a recipe. This recipe, in fact.<BR>ail.asp?recipe=1170609 <BR> <BR> I'd like to add a bit of fibre to this, but I'm not exactly sure how to do it. I've seen it suggested that I use only 1/4c at a 1:1 swap and soak it first. I've also seen it suggested that I add some extra liquid. I'm not a big baker, and I'm new to the whole oat bran thing (right now, I'm putting it in m... Sun, 5 Feb 2017 16:57:55 EST How do you cook your vegetables? Hi, I don't like salad and I have been cooking my vegetables for years. I am curious to see how people cook their vegetables. Thanks! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:10:43 EST Do I really need ("want"?) a food processor? I have a blender, a hand-held immersion blender, a mandolin and a very small food processor (about 2-3 cups I would guess) that will blend and chop (so-so job at chopping) but I cannot use it to slice or grate. <BR> <BR> I do like to cook but sometimes feel like I am forever slicing, dicing and chopping vegetables; it would be nice to just drop in some carrots and have little carrot coins appear almost instantly. But the machines do take up counter space and I am trying to simplify my life ... Thu, 7 Jul 2016 16:29:56 EST what's a tasty low or no-cal sugar substitute? I have Skinny Girl agave liquid. It leaves a weird aftertaste. What brands are out there that taste good? Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:20:06 EST Easy to shell eggs I tried this today and it works. Hubby and I went to the sister in laws house on Saturday. But it was too much too soon as I had had a stimulator implant put in my spine the day before. So Easter Sunday we made the decision to stay home. We had corn custard and fruit tarts left from the day before and I wanted deviled eggs also. After all what is Easter without eggs? I tried this method I found on the internet and to my surprise it worked. I put four eggs in a pan and co... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 02:04:14 EST No more steamed broccoli! Seriously, is there anything more boring than steamed broccoli? Yikes! <BR> <BR> I know it's great roasted with some olive oil and garlic. Any other ideas? Thu, 10 Sep 2015 08:34:55 EST Chicken Breast ideas/recipes? I realllly want to like chicken, because I know it's good for you and full of protein, plus it's my favorite meat if I had to choose. <BR> However, the chicken that I eat usually is of the fast food/restaurant variety (is it even chicken?!) ;) <BR> <BR> So, does anyone have any cooking tips or recipes that I can make for boneless, skinless, chicken breasts? What are your favorite ways to eat chicken? <BR> I'm a newbie to cooking (especially cooking chicken!) but I'd appreciate any feedback y... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:56:36 EST