SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard General discussion about cooking and food preparation. SparkPeople Recipes and Cooking General Discussion Messageboard 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 eating healthy..finally 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 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 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? 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 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 Camping in my Casita 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 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 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 Low calorie casserole 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 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 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? 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 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 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? 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 ?? 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? 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 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 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 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? 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 Anyone taken a cooking class? Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm writing an article for SparkPeople about taking a cooking class. Would anyone out there who has taken a cooking class be interested in being interviewed about it for the site? Thanks! <BR> <BR> Elizabeth Lowry <BR> Assistant Editor Wed, 7 Sep 2016 11:53:30 EST For the Love of Tofu <em>198</em> i'm into tofu. it's my favorite additive to vegie stir-fry. I need good recipes that are easily done, because i'm a lousy cook!! appreciate. Cook On! Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:21:18 EST Food delivery companies Anyone have experience w/these in houston area? Thanks- Sat, 27 Aug 2016 22:16:39 EST My Grocery Haul! 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 Ideas for healthy camping foods Hi there all, <BR> <BR> I'm planning a camping trip in September, and was wondering if anyone could suggest some healthy foods that travel well and are easy to cook for camping. Preferably dairy free, or easily made dairy free (i.e. just don't add the cheese/buy dairy free cheese) <BR> <BR> Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance <BR> <BR> K Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:12:13 EST Instapot 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 Need Help Calculating a Recipe I make This is my recipe for Iced Coffee that I drink everyday and can not figure out how to calculate it for sharing. Here is the recipe: <BR> 2/3 cup Coffee-mate Original Creamer (powder) <BR> 1 cup (1/2 cup brewed at a time of Gevalia Kafee Decaf Coffee <BR> 6-1/3 cups Splenda No Calorie Sweetener <BR> <BR> Brew 1 cup of your favorite coffee (I use Gevalia Decaf, easy on tummy) Normally I make 2 pots w/ 1/2 cup each of grounds. <BR> 2/3 cup of Coffee Mate Original <BR> 6-1/3 cups of Splenda <... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 11:43:09 EST Healthy lunch that you can eat cold?? I'm getting tired of sandwiches day in and day out and I know I can make a salad but I was wondering what you wonderful people eat for lunch. I don't have access to a kitchen so I have to prepare stuff I can eat cold, thanks in advance and have a wonderful day!! :) Wed, 3 Aug 2016 07:29:29 EST veggie sub I just wanted to share my favorite lunch. I chop a variety of garden vegetables like summer squash, cucumber, peppers, tomatoes and store them in individual containers for the week. I toast a sub roll and add the veggies with some pickles and some feta cheese. I sometimes melt some provolone on the toasted roll also. You can reduce calories by making a wrap. So many good vegetables right now! Tue, 2 Aug 2016 05:59:24 EST radishes good or bad I hear that radishes cause heartburn. <BR> <BR> Do you have a good way to eat them? Mon, 1 Aug 2016 19:45:09 EST Recipe Errors I have made several dishes from SparkPeople recipes with errors. I am entering recipes in my iPad so I have to look them back up on internet. I was in the process of looking up " Cola Chicken" which my copy says 159.2 calories. It doesn't show up, but... all the other "Cola chicken" recipes that do show up range from 50.6 calories to 373.3!! All 9, SparkPeople generated!! What's up with that? <BR> Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:51:22 EST What's for diner? I'm curious on what everyone else is eating? I'm eating romaine salad with tuna and hard boiled egg. I've been eating salads or steamed veggies with my protein. Any easy recipes that you can share? <em>4</em> Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:37:19 EST Logging Marinades I made the most amazing honey sriracha chicken tonight but when I went to log my meal, I wasn't sure how to log the marinade. You don't really consume all the marinade and usually end up throwing a large portion of it out (or at least with this recipe I did). How do you determine how many calories of the marinade you're actually consuming? I thought about totaling all the calories all the marinade ingredients and logging that I only consumed a certain amount of the marinade, but I guess I'... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 21:09:03 EST Potato salad trick 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 Tilapia recipe problems... A while back I tried this Spark recipe that was a Tilapia dish and it was baked with a mayo and parm cheese "crust". It was awful, I'm not sure if I put too much mayo or what but I couldn't even choke it down. I've always heard rave reviews about mayo/parm cheese crusted dishes and really want to make one work. <BR> Has anyone successfully made these type of dishes? Either with fish or chicken? I'd like to get more fish in my diet if possible. I can't do plain jane fish though, it's got to h... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:13:50 EST Healthy and Quick Office Lunch Okay, I found this recipe to make Quinoa Pizza Bowls. I always despised the bland taste of Quinoa bu this recipe really made it worth the while. <BR> <BR> What I later found out was how effective this recipe could be for an office lunch. <BR> <BR> Lets cut to the chase- <BR> <BR> Steps to Make Quinoa Pizza <BR> Step 1. Put pizza sauce in a microwave-safe bowl <BR> Step 2. Layer quinoa on top of the pizza sauce <BR> Step 3. Cover the quinoa with cheese <BR> Step 4. Add chopped onions, sweet... Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:13:13 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 dried limas If you soak and then cook dried limas - does 1 cup dried = a 1 cup prepared serving?????????????????????????? Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:59:20 EST Healthy Baking = An Oxymoron? what are your favourite recipes that are healthy and actually do taste good? I've made too many horse treat cookies and cocoa-flavoured cardboard squares. the ingredients are way too expensive to keep throwing away finished products that won't get eaten. :( Mon, 4 Jul 2016 19:51:42 EST Extremely low carb biscuit / muffin recipe 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 counting calories with home cooked meal I do a lot of my cooking out of recipe books like from my Grandmother.... how do I count calories when I cooking from old recipe books. <BR> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:27:52 EST Sushi What is the best option for a low - cal roll or item at a sushi restaurant? <em>4</em> Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:18:11 EST crock pot does anyone have any good crock pot meals for meatloaf? Thu, 19 May 2016 14:42:49 EST Miso Where can I get light miso for a miso sauce? Either in the Chicago area or on line. Tks. Wed, 4 May 2016 09:40:50 EST No Knead Bread I just checked and I don't yet see any recipes listed. I found some videos on You tube, though. I've made one loaf by blending some baby spinach into the hot water and then adding some Italian seasoning. I topped it with shredded cheese when it was done. Amazing! mmmm I've also made a loaf with some added cinnamon plus made two batches of plain dough for buns. I butter the tops to make it less crispy. So good! I also want to do some with banana and walnuts plus cinnamon buns. Anyone... Mon, 2 May 2016 06:14:21 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 Oatmeal I add 2 tablespoon of Flax seed and Chia seed to my Oatmeal. It doesn't change the taste.I only take Flax seed in morning. I have added Chia to water to drink during the day. Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:22:56 EST Boiling sugar cane drink for the 1st time! I got some nice black sugarcane! I am now making sugarcane drink from them! Asked the advice from an older chinese lady! She told me to chop the ends, chop them in 2, split them halfway, then boil them for 2 hours. <BR> <BR> She told me to add a specific type of sweetener which I forgot to buy. I put 3 crystals of rock sugar instead. Looking good! Fri, 22 Apr 2016 02:42:21 EST Banana milk shake! For one person. <BR> <BR> Freeze one banana, cut into chunks. <BR> Add one half cup milk. <BR> 4 to 5 ice cubes <BR> Into a sports bottle blender. <BR> Blend and enjoy! <BR> <BR> Sports bottle blenders makes cleaning up easy and all the fibre doesn't get filtered out! Thu, 21 Apr 2016 05:08:27 EST Icee What's your favorite icee Wed, 20 Apr 2016 22:36:00 EST Kale 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 Help eating out I have to watch my sodium, and it is so difficult eating out. I try to eat half/and take the rest home. But even half is high in sodium. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:29:09 EST Silicone Bakerware Does anybody use silicone bakeware? Is it sturdy? Non-stick? Easy to clean? Dish washer safe? Thanks. <BR> Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:51:14 EST Recipe Nutrition Calculator Website! I was looking to enter in the nutritional info for my homemade chicken pot pie recipe but I had no idea what the information would be for all of the ingredients combined so I searched online and found this website: <BR> <BR><BR>analysis.php <BR> <BR> and it is such a wonderful tool! I was able to add in all of the elements of my pot pie and come up with the information for 1/6 of the 9-inch pot pie so I can add it to my food tracker for dinner toni... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:08:05 EST Smoothie Ideas 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 When you "fall off the wagon". I fell off for 3 days, terribly. Now I'm really cutting back. What do you do when you get back on? Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:33:56 EST Ricotta or Cottage cheese I bought some low fat ricotta cheese recently. It expires on August 2016, which I like, however, I found it way too bland and tasteless! <BR> <BR> I love low fat cottage cheese but the used by date is always too soon, like only 3 weeks! However, I think cottage cheese tastes a lot better but has a lot more sodium. <BR> <BR> Do you prefer ricotta or cottage cheese? Sat, 9 Apr 2016 04:01:23 EST Low fat or full cream dairy Which is better? Recently there have been reports that taking the full fat stuff is better. What do you think? Sat, 9 Apr 2016 03:57:22 EST Good Oil For Poaching? I saw someone poach salmon in olive oil on a cooking show and they said it could also be done with chicken. <BR> <BR> However, I'm wondering what all oils are good for poaching chicken. Has anyone tried this method with an oil other than olive? <BR> <BR> From what little reading I've done very little oil is absorbed using this method, which is not the same as deep fat frying, but none of the sites I read went into what oils to use or even gave a recipe. <BR> <BR> You tube was also no h... Thu, 7 Apr 2016 18:34:52 EST Diabetic friendly I've tried tons of so-called "diabetic friendly" recipes from cookbooks and online sources. Why do they all taste like crap? Does "low carb" have to mean "low flavor"? I'm not a new diabetic, nor am I a picky eater. I seem to have better luck just making normal food, and just cutting out the starchy sides and bread. Thu, 31 Mar 2016 20:58:19 EST How to keep those calories down. Prepare a large amount of one vegetable and then find 2-3 different ways to serve it. For instance, roast carrots, cook them, and serve them raw with low calorie dip. Roast cabbage, cook in boiled dinner, and make cole slaw. <BR> I love having veggies in the fridge and when I am overtaken by a need to eat, I have something that I like and can fill up on but not take in a lot of calories. <BR> Gold potatoes have a sweeter flavor. When we have left over cooked potatoes. I dice them and spray ... Thu, 31 Mar 2016 18:52:46 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 Homemade salad dressing with REAL ingredients! 1.5 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (make sure it comes in a dark bottle and has been recently harvested) <BR> juice and zest of one lemon or several limes <BR> pinch of black pepper <BR> pinch of mustard (optional) <BR> <BR> Drizzle over greens and enjoy! <BR> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 05:05:22 EST Slow cooker Sometimes I work late and really don't feel up to cooking healthy. Are there any slow cooker recipes out there? If I can set and forget it, it would be nice to come home to a meal, healthy and ready. Thu, 24 Mar 2016 01:57:31 EST Egg whites and omelets Is it possible to make an omelet with just egg whites? We have omelets on Easter and my dad was wondering Thu, 24 Mar 2016 01:25:34 EST How many servings are in a recipe here. I go through recipes here and enjoy looking for something new to make. However I can only find that a certain recipes have 4 servings but does not tell you how much is the serving. (1 cup or 1/2 cup). For instance I was looking at the turkey chili but can not figure out how much you can have. Thank you. Fri, 4 Mar 2016 19:45:15 EST What To Eat I am looking for foods that are low in salt and low in potassium. Sun, 21 Feb 2016 09:06:39 EST Portioning out a slow cooker, any tips? Hi Everyone, <BR> One thing my husband and I struggle with is portion control. We are paying attention now, and I am looking for any tips about portioning out a slow cooker recipe. The recipe says "makes 12 servings" but doesnt say the volume. I want to get 12 containers and scoop the slow cooker evenly into them so I can be accurate but my husband thinks I'm going a little overboard. <BR> Does anyone have an easier way of doing this? Or any tips for the future? <BR> Thank you in advance... Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:08:51 EST making potato soup with a regular blender? I'm looking at some potato soup recipes and all of them call for immersion blender which I don't have... can I use regular blender (such as the one for smoothies...) to achieve the same creamy effect? Thanks for any guidance! Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:23:32 EST Trying to get pork chops tender I am always reading to cook things at a high temperature, but I either end up with them burned on the outside or too tough to eat (usually both). I have pork chops that were given to me for a Christmas gift (along with steak, hamburgers, etc) and found a recipe that looks good, but the thing calls for cooking at 425. If I cook long and low would that help make them tender? Or is meat tenderizer okay in pork? I have tried pork chops in the small slow cooker and I couldn't eat them (or even... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:20:57 EST Nutribullet thoughts? So I don't like kale and I was thinking if I put it in a smoothie I would be able to tolerate it. I also don't like berries because of the seeds. Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:10:43 EST When to weigh you protein..before or after cooking 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 Meal Planning to Avoid Waste- Any Suggestions? Hi Everyone, <BR> I find the biggest challenge I have as far as preparing more meals at home is that I end up over shopping and wasting a lot of food. This absolutely kills me! I have a family of 3- myself, my husband and our 5 year old son. It's a tricky balance to find meals that help me stick to my healthy eating plan, are fulfilling enough for my husbands big appetite, and kid friendly enough to please my son, without over buying at the grocery store. Any suggestions in this area are ... Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:57:59 EST Favorite dessert On Christmas I wanta know whats everyones fav dessert to make for christmas dinner thats healthy ?? I don't what im makeing ???? Mon, 7 Dec 2015 20:12:32 EST What can I replace "coolwhip" with in a recipe I want to follow a cheesecake recipe for my birthday, its an American recipe and has 4oz of "coolwhip" in the no-bake cheesecake part. <BR> <BR> I don't know what this actually is... cream substitute? We don't have the brand in the UK. <BR> <BR> Would real whipped cream substitute or has it got some sort of firming agent like cornflour which would affect the cheesecake? Thu, 24 Sep 2015 08:59:41 EST Grated Cauliflower ? I am wondering if anyone has purchased cauliflower that is already grated in packages and where you got it. My family actually likes it as a rice and potato substitute but I do not always have time to buy fresh and grate it. Sun, 13 Sep 2015 09:40:10 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 Canning Does anyone else can? I love it. I can control what goes into the foods. Tue, 1 Sep 2015 11:53:50 EST Bag Lunches School is right around the corner and I am going to have my daughter pack a lunch. I need some help! <BR> <BR> What are some ideas of what to pack for lunches? <BR> <BR> We have the basics, fruit cups and etc. We have the hardest time with the "main" thing to eat. She does not care for meat or beans much, and won't eat cheese and crackers. Any Suggestions?? Wed, 19 Aug 2015 22:19:44 EST Recipes on a budget What are some recipes that are budget friendly and healthy? I recently just got married and don't have a ton of money to spend on ingredients. I would be cooking for my husband and I. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:32:01 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 Trouble Making Muffin Quiches I'm loving egg muffins, or mini crustless quiches made in a muffin pan lately, but I am not having any luck getting them to pop out of the tray easily! <BR> <BR> I have used cooking spray, brushed on butter or oil myself, and left it alone. I've tried using paper muffin cups. No matter what I do, the egg muffins stick, and you lose half the muffin trying to get it out, and you're basically left with a pile of scrambled eggs. <BR> <BR> I haven't tried a silicone muffin tray, but I have had a... Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:47:00 EST Do you have a "secret ingredient" Do you have something that you use as a secret ingredient? For me, it's a mix of about 2 parts plain Greek yogurt to 1 part salsa. I use it for everything from vegetable dip to mayo replacement to enchilada sauce. <BR> <BR> What's your secret weapon? Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:23:05 EST How do you organize your recipes? Hello! <BR> <BR> I am going to ask you how you organize your recipes. <BR> <BR> I have a big plastic folder with cutout and handwritten recipes which is just helter-skelter. That with the result that I do not check among them as often as I would like. <BR> <BR> Have you them in one or more binders? In plastic pockets or do you paste them on paper? How do you handle them when there are several good recipes on both sides of eg a newsprint? Do you write them on a seperate paper? Do you use s... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 03:44:11 EST Nutribullet Smoothies Does anyone know how long you should blend a Nutribullet smoothie? I made my first one today with Romaine lettuce, apples and tangerines. It came out with little pieces of romaine in it. I put it on for longer (several times) and eventually just gave up. All of the smoothie directions in the booklet just say "until smooth". I also noticed that the unit was getting warm the longer I blended. <BR> Any help would be appreciated. <BR> <em>20</em> Fri, 5 Jun 2015 13:37:19 EST Need some really low fat grams recipes I have had to watch my fat grams intake for about 6 months now due to a medicine that caused my triglycerides to climb to over 1300. After changing Drs, meds and keeping my daily fat grams intake to 15 grams or less, my triglycerides are almost normal and I've lost almost 40 pounds. I need some new dinner options now. I don't want to get tired of my menu... Sun, 10 May 2015 22:54:06 EST Spiralizer 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 Favorite Breakfast What's your favorite breakfast? One of mine is poached eggs over thick tomato slices and served over a bed of fresh spinach. The tomato replaces the bread or toast. I also sprinkle a little sea salt and fresh ground pepper on the tomato to help bring out some flavor. Wed, 7 May 2014 12:31:39 EST What protein have you eaten today? 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 Do you drink 64 oz. of water per day? I'm just curious. If so, what benefits have you reaped from drinking the recommended amount of water daily? Mon, 2 May 2011 11:24:17 EST