SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=158 General discussion about cooking and food preparation. SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard_topics.asp?imboard=158 Dry Beans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42959076 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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42898851 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42869195 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42859553 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42849849 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42732722 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42710059 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42678406 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42409484 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42390523 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42288780 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42258621 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42240082 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42227063 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42213704 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42181118 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. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42174349 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42126766 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42113456 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42096635 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42027225 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42015721 Does anyone have an easy recipe for raw eggplant? Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:44:56 EST Seasoning Brown Rice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41873169 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41761699 Is it healthier than other oils? Wed, 10 May 2017 19:44:19 EST Fathead Pizza Dough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41723525 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 Can you freeze avocados? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41681254 I love avocados especially a couple slices on sandwich instead of mayo. But my problem is that they turn by the next time i want some. I am only one in house that eats them(hubby doesn't know what he is missing). So, I am wondering is there a way to freeze the slices or some way to preserve them Tue, 2 May 2017 10:48:02 EST Iron skillet cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41676616 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 I hate to cook! Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41504500 I am widowed and always have hated to cook. If it's not easy or processed I just don't do it. Can anyone help with some really easy recipes that don't require lots of time, preparation and ingredients? Thank you! Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:05:28 EST Easter candy or desert recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41499283 Anyone know a good low carb type food for Easter?.... Something that is sweet, and delicious. Sat, 15 Apr 2017 03:19:20 EST Do you create your own recipes? Can be easy or not http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41446916 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 Making failed dinner leftovers palatable http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41421968 I made a butternut squash risotto last night and it did not go over well with any of us- not horrible, but just not good. Now, I have at least another family meal worth of food that no one wants to eat. Any suggestions what to add to make it better? <BR> ingredients already there- red pepper, mushroom, onion, butternut squash, veg stock, white wine, arborio rice, greens, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, coriander. Kids ate it with Parmesan which helped, but not enough. <BR> Part of the problem... Fri, 7 Apr 2017 11:26:41 EST Air Fryer---anyone else have one? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41274991 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 eating healthy..finally http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41269411 Last week we went shopping and bought nothing but fresh vegetables, chicken breasts, fish etc. <BR> so far every day this week i've made a low calorie, low carb meal which was ridiculously filling and delicious. <BR> i wish i would've started eating healthy a long time ago. Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:30:22 EST Bento box ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41234160 I have found that the box is great for portion control. I'm just running out of ideas. I've made ham and cheese skewers, salads, fruit, veggie sticks, etc. I'd just like something more creative. Any ideas? Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:05:51 EST off line software http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41223658 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 Have you tried tempeh? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41191802 Does anyone use tempeh? I have a recipe for BBQ Tempeh sandwiches but haven't made it yet. Anything I should know or look for? Thanks. Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:46:59 EST carbs and diabetes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41034305 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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40997743 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 Camping in my Casita http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40986466 I am going to be on the road, camping this summer. My Casita does have a small stove and refrigerator. I plan to pre-cook my favorite soups and store them frozen for on the road use - but that won't take care of many days. Breakfasts are always the same for me - cereal and milk, but does anyone have ideas for other, more camping fun meals that will stay at my 1200-1500 limit? <BR> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:58:53 EST Blue Apron Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40962330 Question ? <BR> How do you know what the calorie count is for the Blue Apron meals listed in the searches? <BR> I am curious as to how you figure it out. <BR> Please help and advise. <BR> Mjo Sun, 12 Feb 2017 08:54:47 EST Baking substitution question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40912732 Hello bakers! <BR> <BR> I have a quick question about subbing oat bran into a recipe. This recipe, in fact. https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-det<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 Low calorie casserole http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40905120 I need a low calorie casserole dish. I gained every single pound back plus some. Since we had to put our dog to sleep, I'm having trouble going for walks because the memories hurt too much. I also am having coughing problems that make me have 2 puffers. So any low calorie casserole recipes would help me. I'm hoping my husband will like them, as I feel he is, not intentionally he is just soooo picky, not helping me loose the weight. I'm taking some PGX supplements to help make me feel full. Sat, 4 Feb 2017 14:31:20 EST Pressure Cooker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40843807 Has anyone found some really yummy recipes for their Instant Pot that are friendly for weight loss? I love my Instant Pot but usually make pasta dishes in it. Looking for a healthy variety. Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:36:13 EST Olive Oil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40818315 What ways can I incorporate this in my Diabetic life ? Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:26:44 EST How to get nutrition value from a recipe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40731550 As we know, not all recipes have the nutritional value added to it, making it hard to log what you ate. How do I take a recipe and get the nutritional value correct? I tried the SparkRecipe calculator but it came out crazy high calories etc. help? Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:37:46 EST Cooking without an oven http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40721081 Is there any way to convert a recipe that calls for baking in the oven to either a stovetop or microwave? I have a couple of recipes in my fitness meal plan, one of which calls for baking a yam and the other calls for roasting a pork chop. At the place where I'm living now there isn't an oven, unfortunately. I'm also not sure that I'd be able to find a good slow cooker. Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:13:30 EST Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40714403 Good morning, I have some old recipes that I would like to remove from my list. Does anyone know how to do this? Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:01:53 EST Raw Kohlrabi? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40710652 Anyone eat raw kohlrabi? How do you cut it? Any other suggestions? Will too much at one time cause any digestive problems? Thanks! Tue, 10 Jan 2017 21:47:53 EST Recipe Section Idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40608975 I was wondering if when people post their recipes they make suggestions on what to serve with them if it not already an option. Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:55:42 EST I am Newbie this forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40471282 Hey, I am Mariea Jarin. I'm new to this forum. I am a foodie and love to try new recipes. <BR> <BR> Want to say that this forum seems a good place to learn. Glad to have found it and look forward to picking up good tips, advice and at some time in the future being able to give back. <BR> <BR> --Mariea Jarin <BR> Mon, 5 Dec 2016 03:15:32 EST printing recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40122837 wondering how I can print the recipes without all the ads and comments. <BR> I want to be able to print the recipes so I shop for ingredients and have the recipe available to cook with. can anyone tell me how to do this Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:57:52 EST Low carb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40120002 I would love to know what your favorite low carb snack recipe or swap out . I am following Atkins and find I am eating the same food over and over getting a little boring. Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:51:22 EST Food Swaps http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40106585 In the past few weeks I have exchanged normal pasta for spaghetti squash with rave reviews (with a pesto, arriabiata sauce). Then I made cauliflower "wings" with great results. The cauliflower can be crumbled or ground into "rice" and substituted for rice in a lot of recipes. This has been fun, finding some creative ways to enjoy some tastes hitherto off the table for weight loss. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone has any other great ideas for food swaps? Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:53:38 EST Nutrient info for fried food? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40092785 I am trying to add a recipe in my Recipe Box, just for my reference when I track my food. I found all the ingredients - but how do I get the recipe site to know it is a fried food? I am sure that will have to add calories. I use a cup of oil, but most stays in the pan... Something has got to be absorbed though, right? Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:27:15 EST Calculating Calories From Home Cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40087569 Hi, everybody. I was so excited to find the recipe generator calculator. <BR> <BR> I am making a lentil soup and entered all of the ingredients. I was wondering if there is a way to get servings on a specific serving size? The calculator added it up as if it was one entire serving. Make sense? Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:11:03 EST Healthy Green Juice ?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40082929 Hello, Have you tried any of the green detox juices. And does it help with weight loss? <BR> <BR> Could you share simple recipes with easy to get ingredients. I don't find kale or celery easily in my place. Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:48:32 EST Sliced Eggplant? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40050642 I have tried cutting eggplant in my spiralizer and it was a disaster. Then I tried it on my mandolin (the "as seen on TV"' one). It was a little bit better, but it was very hard to slice through the skin, and didn't even work that well with skinned eggplant. Must I resign myself to the knife and cuttingboard? <BR> Wed, 5 Oct 2016 10:22:13 EST Just curious about your pantry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40046417 Finances are a bit tight these days so my pantry isn't quite as full as I'd like it to be, but even when it is-- <BR> <BR> I've realized over the past couple of years that I really enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. But a ton of times I'll check out something that sounds and looks good, and find that I'm missing one or a few ingredients. I know I can substitute sometimes--I'm not very good at it, but it's something I might work on becoming more knowledgeable about--but there's a list ... Tue, 4 Oct 2016 19:57:26 EST Finally perfected Bananna Pancakes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=40027131 So, I kept seeing these recipes for bananna pancakes that would never turn out well for me, but this does: <BR> 1 Bananna (slice and microwave for a minute to soften, then mash well with a fork) <BR> 1 Egg (or egg white, comes out the same) <BR> 2 Tbsp Coconut flour (this is the essential ingredient) <BR> <BR> dollop onto a medium high non-stick sprayed griddle (silver dollar sized), wait a minute then flip.. <BR> TOTALLY YUMMERS doesn't even need syrup or butter! Sun, 2 Oct 2016 10:14:38 EST Freezing soups or casseroles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=39974060 Last week the food pantry gave us 3 pound hams. I was planning to thaw it enough to cut a good chunk off and put it back in the freezer, but had vehicle problems and the entire ham thawed. I am thinking of trying to make some things I can freeze, but I am not sure of the freezing. I make potato soup with ham and things like scalloped potatoes and ham, but the last time I tried freezing cooked potatoes I had to throw everything out. Is it possible to freeze those items? The other recipes ... Sat, 24 Sep 2016 12:31:10 EST How do you cook your vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=39864726 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 My Grocery Haul! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=39775393 Today, I bought : <BR> <BR> 2 cans of smoked herring <BR> 1 can of smoked kippers (I just wanted to try them, I read about them in British books) <BR> Onion and chive cottage cheese (have to finish it in 3 weeks, they don't last long!) <BR> 2 packets of onion and chive tortilla wraps! <BR> I also got some back bacon, should last for like 5 to 6 meals. I turn them into bacon sandwiches, maybe a bacon wrap with the tortillas! <BR> <BR> Looks like I'm all set for at least 3 weeks! Fri, 26 Aug 2016 07:50:23 EST Instapot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=39618944 Any instapot or electric pressure cooker cooks out there? I'm new to this and am looking for tips and tricks along with some good recipes :) <BR> Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:17:12 EST Potato salad trick http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=39515858 I made potato salad as I usually do (a fairly light version) but I substituted a bit less than half of the potatoes for steamed cauliflower. Fantastic! It cut the calories almost in half and I love it just as much as my regular potato salad(s) (I make a few different versions). I still get the resistant starch I'm after with the potatoes but the calories are much lower and it tastes just as great (really!). It was such a lovely surprise, I wanted to share. Wed, 20 Jul 2016 18:27:12 EST Do I really need ("want"?) a food processor? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=39423334 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 Extremely low carb biscuit / muffin recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=39377027 Hello folks, <BR> <BR> Thought I'd share this recipe I found on YouTube. I tried it out last night after my Amazon order arrived and I was quite surprised how good these biscuits tasted. They're about 7g to 10g of carbs each (w/ my modified recipe - about 4g using the original recipe and depending on which almond meal you use). I think these may make great hamburger buns, or for making a sandwich. <BR> <BR> Here's the original recipe: <BR> <BR> 1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of Almond flour <BR>... Thu, 30 Jun 2016 22:11:30 EST crock pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=39059967 does anyone have any good crock pot meals for meatloaf? Thu, 19 May 2016 14:42:49 EST what's a tasty low or no-cal sugar substitute? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=38894846 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 Icee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=38816896 What's your favorite icee Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:36:00 EST Kale http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=38794025 Tried it in oven <BR> Tried it in salad <BR> Hate it <BR> Any ideas <em>29</em> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 09:31:39 EST Smoothie Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=38753762 I've been having a smoothie for breakfast on work days and I'm starting to get sick of my usual strawberry smoothie with greek yogurt. Sometimes I mix it up and add blueberries, mango, spinach or banana. My MIL gave me some chocolate protein powder, but I'm not a fan, plus it has like 240 calories in one scoop! <BR> <BR> I'm look for some inspiration. What is your favorite smoothie? Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:38:00 EST Easy to shell eggs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=38614766 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 When to weigh you protein..before or after cooking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=38009080 I have Googled this question many times and continue to find conflicting answers. Does it matter if I weigh before or after? What has worked for you? Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:47:16 EST No more steamed broccoli! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=37098087 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 Canning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=37037192 Does anyone else can? I love it. I can control what goes into the foods. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:53:50 EST Chicken Breast ideas/recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=36910600 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 Spiralizer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=34022380 I just ordered a Spiralizer to be able to make "zoodles" and other kinds of vegetable noodles. Anyone else use one of these? Any suggestions? Tue, 8 Jul 2014 14:50:34 EST What protein have you eaten today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32475907 We have a thread about fruits and one about vegetables, so why not one about proteins? Meats, soy, beans, dairy, nuts, whatever your favorite form of protein is. <BR> <BR> I've been eating quite a bit of salmon lately. A salmon 'burger' (no bread) yesterday for lunch, just your garden-variety frozen salmon, and today for lunch I'm making salmon patties from canned. I like whole salmon filets as well. <BR> <BR> What yummy protein is on YOUR plate today? <em>4</em> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 09:40:52 EST