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 Grinding turkey instead of buying ground turkey? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33467025 Hi there, <BR> I'm not quite over the sticker shock when I was shopping for the 93 % and above ground turkey. I am still somewhat new hereabout 56 weeks into it. But anyway. The first time I bought it it was the 85%, when I got home & started cooking with it & tracking I realized it wasn't much better than ground beef.So today I was at the market & looked at it more ( the better stuff ) that was over $5 a pound! I can't do that! <BR> I was wondering, has anybody had any experience in grindin... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:39:24 EST Wow! Delicious "Lunch" Eats Like Dessert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33459168 I just invented the most deliciously decadent and healthy--you can call it lunch, I'll call it dessert--ever! I mixed 1 cup of Fage nonfat plain Greek yogurt with a sliced banana, healthy sprinkle of cinnamon and 1 T. organic honey. It was like this thick whip cream dessert thingy and it is SO good for you. 315 calories, 25 grams of protein, 57 carbs. Try it, you'll love it! Get good honey, though: it makes a HUGE difference. I only buy local raw honey--you can get it at Whole Foods by the bu... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:20:59 EST Milk help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33459144 Wondering whats best? I need more calcium in my diet. <BR> Almond? Soy? Coconut? Cow? Whole? skim? I need something tastey to drink as well as put on my cereal... <BR> thanks Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:12:51 EST Advance food prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33451361 I'm working on food for my son's graduation -- and the schedule is going to be very tight - planning on doing this at home to keep budget under control too. Had a brilliant idea, but need some thoughts - I want to do a crepe bar - crepes can be made in advance - it's the fillings, particularly savory fillings I'm thinking about - I made some yummy crepes last night - sauteed vegetables with a mushroom wine sauce - how much in advance can I prep a sauce and the veggies...and what do you think... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:24:00 EST Question about chicken in the crockpot... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33425398 I have what might be a stupid question, but here goes.. I was wondering if I could use chicken in place of beef for a 'crock pot roast' and if anyone has tried it with regular and sweet potatoes. I have a few things I'd like to use up but want to make sure it will taste fine first. Any input is appreciated. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:48:31 EST Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33415934 <BR> Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 lb jumbo cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined, chopped <BR> 1 medium tomato, diced <BR> 1 avocado, diced (good fat but optional) <BR> 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, diced fine <BR> 1/4 cup chopped red onion <BR> 2 limes, juice of <BR> 1 tsp olive oil (optional) <BR> 1 tbsp chopped cilantro <BR> salt and fresh pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Directions <BR> In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, pinch of salt... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:09:03 EST Easy to chew vegetable or fruit favorites? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33411622 I"ve recently lost several teeth and find I have to stick to easy to chew foods until I can get implants. <BR> While there are simple answers like cottage cheese and soup, I'm looking for some favorite low calorie vegetable or fruit recipes. They can be hot or cold. Just looking for something a little different than just plain cooked vegetables or fruit. <BR> Mon, 7 Apr 2014 21:03:24 EST Perogie dough-Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33408904 I'm making Perogies for Easter and would like to give a few to relatives to take home. I LOST my reciepe for the dough-it did Not have sour cream as a ingredient for the dough, I know some of the ingredients were flour, butter, and egg.. Help! Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:09:38 EST Sweet potato puree? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33392872 I found a recipe the other day (I thought on Spark) for chewy chocolate brownies that are gluten and sugar free. They called for almond butter and sweet potato puree, among other things. I looked up sweet potato puree on the 'net and got so many different things I have no idea what I needed to have in it. There was some with milk, some with butter, some with maple syrup and one that was plain sweet potato. All of them required a food processor, which I don't have. I used the beaters the ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:39:22 EST Calories in Leek Broth http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33386299 Greetings, everyone. <BR> I like to make a clear broth using leek tops, the odd bit of celery, and parsley stems, to sip on when it's cold here and I need a little something, but don't want an actual snack. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any idea how many calories are in that? <BR> <BR> I can't imagine it would be much at all. But I do need to know, because I'm trying hard to stay within prescribed limits. <BR> I don't see anything in prior discussions, having done a search within this... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 17:49:01 EST Cooking for the person who has no time. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33380501 I am trying to plan future meals for myself. I feel like it will save time and help with keeping myself on track. I find myself running to fast food for a quick meal most of the time. I'd would love some input on recipes that I could make in bulk and that I could freeze and pull out when I'm ready to eat it. I know a few recipes for soups, but not enough to keep a variety in which I won't be tired of it within a month. Any help would be much appreciated! Wed, 2 Apr 2014 19:11:49 EST Beef Stew Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33379850 Hi, making beef stew for dinner and Ooops, I don''t have the packaged seasoning. What type of spices can I add to make it taste like the packaged seasoning was added ? Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:27:17 EST Indian Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33322861 I was wondering if anyone has any recipes for easy Indian food? My husband and I are interested in trying to cook an Indian meal, and I thought I'd see if anyone had any suggestions! Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:05:40 EST Cilantro Lime Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33322830 If anyone loves cilantro like I do, you will absolutely love this chicken. I do have to admit that I didn't measure anything. I was kinda experimenting, just winging it, so to speak. But oh my gosh, it was so delicious. <BR> <BR> I used 4 frozen chicken tenders and placed in Tupperware. I probably used l/8 cup of extra light olive oil (it was what I had on hand). I chopped some cilantro, whatever amount you want. I minced 2 to 3 garlic cloves. I juiced one lime and also put the lime p... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:59:13 EST Why so much oil in marinade recipes ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33313640 Anyone know why so much oil is often called for? <BR> Can it be eliminated entirely or reduced significantly? <BR> How do you calculate how many calories to add to the prepared food when using a marinade? <BR> Thanks everyone for your help. Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:26:14 EST my fish choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33296767 I also like tilapia ( as of today I had bought some at a dollar store and I cooked it in a little real butter and squeezed lemon on it then used natures no sugar whole grain bread to make a fish sandwich with lettace and light mayo., very good haddock my favorite with shrimp, too Thu, 20 Mar 2014 15:00:45 EST gluten free recipies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33275935 Just recently found out I have an allergy to gluten, I'm doing ok but so far am limited on good recipes. Any ideas? Any good websites out there? Looking for any advice, tips, etc. Food's to try and to avoid ( brand wise). <em>334</em> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:35:02 EST Chinese food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33270207 Hi, looking for recipes similar to what is served at a Chinese Buffet-only healthier versions to make at home. Ideas? My family enjoys Chinese buffets and I'm trying to avoid them for now. Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:45:10 EST Entering My Own Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33246901 Is there any way to enter the nutritonal information myself rather than having it calculated? I find entering a recipe to be very cumbersome and I haven't figured out how to add my own ingredients. So the items that I'm having to select aren't really correct therefore the calculated nutritional information is inaccurate. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to know how to add my own food in the meal tracker, for the same reason. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:52:46 EST Whipping Cream? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33150888 Can a person whip half and half and get it whipped enough to make whipped topping? I am wanting to make some cheesecake using Splenda or Stevia. Most of the recipes I find call for Cool Whip, but I don't want to use Cool Whip. I couldn't find any whipping cream. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:55:14 EST entering recipes from other websites http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33106707 Is there a way to copy/move a recipe from another site to SparkPeople Recipes? <BR> <BR> I don't always have time to enter everything from scratch. <BR> <BR> I see some recipes on here that acknowledge another site (i.e. SkinnyTaste) & then list ingredients but have no instructions; but the ingredients are enough for Nutrition Facts to be calculated. It'd be really great if I could copy the ingredients over and then even make my modifications (if I have any). <BR> <BR> Any suggestions... Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:16:57 EST sweet potato or yams--what's the difference? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33094543 I have heard both sides of the fence--that there is no difference in calories and there is a huge difference in calories. And how do I know for sure of what I am buying is one or the other (I don't trust the produce people to label them correctly. Can anybody give me a definitive answer? Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:26:26 EST Cream cheese http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33092456 I love cream cheese. I mean really really love cream cheese but its high in fat so I've been trying to avoid it. I just found this awesome product at the supermarket. It is from a company called Green Mountain and it is a blend of 1/2 cream cheese and 1/2 greek yogurt. It has half the fat and calories and three times the protein. The best part is it still tastes like cream cheese! I honestly couldn't tell difference. My mouth just threw a spark <em>236</em> Anyway just wanted to sh... Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:05:37 EST Gluten Free Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33084517 Does anyone else need to follow a gluten free diet? I really could use some advise on alternative products to breads, pastas, pizza dough, etc. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:38:00 EST Super Fast Meal Idea's http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33057247 Looking for any and all super fast meal idea's that don't include stir fries. <BR> <BR> Any help would be greatly appreciated :) Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:50:58 EST Tried something new for breakfast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33035039 I need to go grocery shopping and didn't have the ingredients for my usual smoothie breakfast this morning so decided to try something new. I had some cooked Quinoa in the fridge and just added some cinnamon and coconut milk and warmed it up a little. It was delicious! Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:20:11 EST recomendations for meal planner and shopping list? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33029582 I'm looking for suggestions for a good meal planner. I track my food using the SP nutrition tracker but I find it quite limited for easy meal planning. It's missing drag-and-drop functionality and it's a huge pain to change the amounts of ingredients of recipes or food groups. <BR> <BR> I just started with Plan to Eat and so far I like it as a meal planner. But... I don't want to have to duplicate my effort in terms of inputting info on what I've eaten, on both Plan to Eat and SP. <BR> <... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 23:00:11 EST Savory Steel Cut Oats Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33029513 I'm not a huge fan of steel cut oats, especially not for breakfast (just my preference, I know others love them!). So, I was challenged to find a way to get this into my diet. Found and tried a great recipe for steel cut oats risotto with mushrooms and squash - YUM!! It takes a little while to prepare, but makes a ton. Thought I would share. <BR> http://www.food.com/recipe/steel-cut-oat<BR>-risotto-with-butternut-squash-and-mus<BR>hrooms-194145 Sun, 9 Feb 2014 22:44:12 EST All NINJA Products - Your Opinions Please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33026231 Yes, I did see the other NINJA thread and it seems to discuss the blender. But I want to know about the other products too. Has anyone tried the Searious Cooker? Does it brown nicely, and in a timely manner? What about the Mega Kitchen System for more than drinks? Has anyone ground their own meat in the food prep bowl? What about chopped salads (ex: broccoli)? Sauces, pureed soups? Doughs, batters? <BR> <BR> What features do you like about the cookers? Dislike? What do you like/dislike about... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 13:02:31 EST Infused Water--What do you put in yours? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33022000 I tried a delicious infused water this week while staying at a hotel. I couldn't figure out what was in it and they told me it was cucumber and mint. I was hooked. So today I bought a infuser pitcher and made my own. Now I have made a second batch with apples and cinnamon stick. Can you recommend any other good combos? Sat, 8 Feb 2014 21:35:55 EST Learning to cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=33014707 I need to learn how to cook! If I am going to take charge of my health and try and cut out a lot of processed food, I need to learn how to cook. I really don't like to cook because I am so impatient with everything. Besides SP are there any blogs, books, sights that you recommend for a beginner with easy and not with a lot of complicated ingredients. <BR> <BR> Thank you Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:00:21 EST Olive Oil & Unsalted Butter? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32988879 Hey all- <BR> <BR> I use olive oil daily to bake (kale, sweet potatoes, etc). <BR> <BR> I also use unsalted butter in instant potatoes and rice. <BR> <BR> How many additional calories can I assume I'm taking in from this? I wonder if these things are the culprits in holding me back from my goals. Thoughts? Tue, 4 Feb 2014 09:27:54 EST If You Have Ever Baked with Stevia ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32983392 Hi - I'ven thinking of trying stevia instead of sugar for baked goods but I can't figure out the measurements. How much stevia would you use when substiting sugar in a recipe? Also, how's the taste? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help!!! <BR> Jane Mon, 3 Feb 2014 16:29:59 EST Experimented with a bean cake recipe ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32983235 and was pleasantly surprised! Unfortunately the battery on my scale died so I was unable to precisely measure the ingredients, leaving me with no clue as to the calorie content (sorry!) but I will make this again now that I have a new battery. High in fibre and protein, I should imagine, and I used xylitol instead of sugar. <BR> <BR> <link>chefindisguise.com/2013/03/27/white-<BR>bean-coconut-cake/ </link> <BR> <BR> I have made black bean brownies before and, whilst I ate them, I think th... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 15:50:18 EST yummy asparagus, mushroom +whole wheat spaghetti http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32968036 Hello, <BR> <BR> I just 'invented' this informal 'recipe' that I thought would be a healthy way to up my vegetable intake. It is satisfying enough to serve as a main lunch dish. <BR> <BR> The amounts are 'to taste', but you can start with a cup of asparagus pieces and 1/2-2/3 cup of baby portabello mushroooms, + 'eyeball' the amount of whole wheat spaghetti to use, as a start. The intent is not to have a pile of spaghetti with the other ingredients on top of it, but to mix pieces of spagh... Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:08:48 EST Kale --- giving it a 2nd chance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32956378 A big bag of pre-cut kale was on sale. Now what do I do with it? <BR> <BR> I've tried kale but the family was not favorably impressed. I'm giving this stuff a second chance. I WANT to like it. <BR> <BR> I'm not a fan of the idea of green drinks --- no green smoothies. We like spinach and use it often for dinner but simply substituting kale did not work for us. Please share your favorite, family-friendly kale ideas. Vegetarian ideas only, please. <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:40:30 EST How do you make canned vegetables tasty? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32948689 I've decided try eating the recommended cups of veggies a day. It's not that I can't eat them plain, but I was wondering if anyone knew any quick ideas (or seasonings they like on them) to make them taste better? I usually eat green beans, corn, and peas. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:23:04 EST How to enter a homemade food not on Sparkpeople? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32923170 Hello, <BR> I have a lot of overripe bananas, so I need to make some stuff with them. I checked out the recipes on Sparkpeople, and while I found a couple promising ones I don't have all the ingredients for it right now. I only have $13 (poor college student), and the bananas will go bad before I get more money.) <BR> <BR> I have this awesome recipe from another site that I, and everyone else who has tried it, loves. Comparing it to some recipes on here, it doesn't seem that bad. I just have... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 15:32:08 EST Your Favorite Actifry Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32922958 just thought id start a page what we can all share our favorite actifry recipes with each other! <BR> <BR> i love just the french fries in them so yummy! but last night i tried the saucy chicken with pineapple but i made mine with pork it was great and whole family just loved it. <BR> <BR> <BR> Preparation Time: 15 minutes <BR> Cooking Time: 15 minutes <BR> Serve: 4 people <BR> Ingredients <BR> 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips <BR> 2 ActiFry spoons cornstarc... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:50:34 EST Any great recipes for pearl couscous? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32922476 I recently discovered this during a work lunch catered in. It was awesome. Looking for some recipe variations. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 13:03:13 EST question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32922387 So I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question. I'm looking for some slow cooker recipes. I need to cut down my food budget and realize I'm spending most of my money on meat. So I want to try cutting out or limiting meat from my budget for a little while. I can do it meat is just something I eat, but I don't need to have. However my BF is different he loves to have for dinner a meat, rice, and veg. So i'm looking for some recipes that might win him over to try going meatless for... Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:50:12 EST Smoothie creation & how to enter into tracker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32918249 Greetings! <BR> <BR> I may be in the wrong group,and if I am, please send me where I need to be <em>2</em> <BR> <BR> I recently bought a Vitamix and now make my own smoothies (duh! <em>246</em> ). I typically make enough for 3-4 20 oz glasses. My question is this...how to I enter this on my nutrition tracker?? I can put in the amounts I used to make the whole thing, but that really isn't accurate, showing I had more than what was actually consumed. I suppose I could divide the amo... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 21:43:38 EST Fat Chance Cookbook recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32917119 Has anyone bought and or tried any of the recipes from Lustig's Fat Chance cookbook? I am curious.......... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 18:37:31 EST Vegetable substitutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32915191 Was just looking at today's Recipe of the Day. I have often made something similar, either chicken or tuna casserole. But I cannot eat broccoli anymore. Can someone give me some ideas of what would substitute well for the broccoli? I think of asparagus, but that gives a totally different flavor to things and that flavor can become strong. The broccoli was a completely mild flavor in comparison. <BR> <BR> I also cannot eat beans, so am not interested in that for a substitute. (Sorry, re... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:24:34 EST And I thought I didn't like cooking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32915187 Isn't it funny how one thing can lead to another? First I found SparkPeople, then I began working my way to a healthier way of eating and to trying to conquer my lack of interest in exercise. Then I began feeling a little healthier. Which led to me watching a bunch of inspiring DVD's about food, weight, etc. Which made me realize I've been trying to remake my food plan using the same tired old recipes from the past 30 years...many of which, when I tried to adjust them to be "less fattenin... Sat, 25 Jan 2014 13:23:43 EST How to cook for one or two and stop shopping! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32885290 It seem so hard to get inspired to cook for just one or two people. Also, it's hard to keep fresh food in the house. If we shop for fruit or veggies and buy too much it goes bad. Otherwise, it seems we are going out daily. <BR> <BR> We have tried to stock the freezer and that helps, but still...it would be nice to have fresh. Seems like a lot of work for just one or two of us. <BR> <BR> The biggest problem is that if I'm in the store, I will get a candy bar or something bad! Like cooki... Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:29:26 EST Hard boiled eggs question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32848015 I enjoy a hard boiled egg as a quick snack, would they "keep" if after boiling and cool,remove shell, and freeze for later? Anyone try this? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:34:18 EST What do you make for breakfast if you are working? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32847715 I came up with a pretty neat idea, that works for me on 12hr shifts. I put a week worth of eggs in a muffin pan, bake in the oven, microwave some turkey bacon, pack up individual containers and toast the english muffin in the morning and assemble and microwave at work, low-cal and great tasting. I am always looking for ideas, I get to work to early to eat before I go so I need things that are easily transportable. Any suggestions would be awesome~ <em>490</em> <em>487</em> <em>474</em>... Thu, 16 Jan 2014 11:34:49 EST What are your favorite ways to eat lentils? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32844477 I was being adventurous and bought a bag of lentils. I have no idea what to do with them. What do you do with lentils? <BR> <em>239</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 01:29:44 EST I have discovered frittatas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32837497 A great low fat meal and a great way to use up odds and ends of veggys, meats and cheeses. I use egg whites in mine. Low fat and filling and can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or supper. And there are plenty of recipes online. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 05:23:24 EST Salt & Vinegar Sweet Potato Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32819348 This is the first recipe I made using sweet potatoes. I was in heaven. <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> 2 sweet potatoes sliced into ¼ inch slices <BR> 3 Tbsp. olive oil <BR> 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar <BR> ¼ tsp.dried dill <BR> ¼ tsp. garlic powder <BR> ¼ tsp. chili powder <BR> ¼ tsp.sea salt <BR> ¼ tsp.freshly ground black pepper <BR> <BR> Instructions <BR> <BR> Preheat the oven to 400°F. <BR> Toss the sweet potatoes in a large bowl with olive oil and vinegar. Season with dill, garlic powder, ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:23:08 EST Pomegranates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32804332 I keep seeing recipes with pomegranate seed. They look beautiful and are supposed to be very heathful.I have never bought a pomegranate and know nothing about them....so... How do pick a good one and do you just eat the seeds? Fri, 10 Jan 2014 09:52:11 EST Fingerling Potatoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32793292 First off, I apologize if this is a stupid question, but what exactly are fingerling potatoes? I've seen it mentioned in the Spark Solution book but I've never heard of them before. Thank you for your help. Wed, 8 Jan 2014 21:03:40 EST Fresh Ham http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32790115 We had some meat given to us, its home grown and very good! But there was a couple of pkgs marked "fresh ham" , I tried i pkg frying in a skillet, but it was tough and not very tasty. Does any one know how to cook Fresh Ham? Wed, 8 Jan 2014 10:50:09 EST Storing Receipes on SP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32782467 I love all the Receipe's on SP but the idea of having to write each one down and then storing them in a folder is there a way of storing these great receipes that can be accessed from the AP on my phone. Thank you! <em>252</em> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:03:41 EST Cheese Sauce? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32739556 Is making a cheese sauce with flour unhealthy? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 18:44:01 EST How do I determine serving size? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32737273 I have a couple recipes that I more or less developed myself (throw together pasta and a variety of vegetables together). It is different every time. How do I determine what a serving size is? Wed, 1 Jan 2014 11:29:56 EST Love pie? Try this, you will not regret it! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32728478 I'm from the UK so our pies tend to be savoury not sweet but I'm sure that this will work whether the pie is sweet or savoury! <BR> <BR> Instead of using pastry to top your pie, use.....pizza base instead! In the UK you can buy ready UNCOOKED rolled pizza dough (or make your own, really easy). In Asda (Walmart) you can buy individual pizza bases (uncooked) around 200kcals each, I top them on my favourite filling, brush with milk or egg white and pop in the oven until golden brown. <BR> <BR>... Tue, 31 Dec 2013 07:12:35 EST inexpensive meals for family of 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32723182 Hi I'm new again and eager to succeed. I'm married with 4 kids and I work 3rd shift and long hours. My husband is New Orleans born and raised with definite likes and dislikes when it comes to the menu. He also preps most of the food which I believe will need to become my responsibility primarily until he gets that I'm serious. My daughter, my husband and myself are in need of drastic food overhaul. The other three are thin no matter what they eat. The two teenage boys eat like locusts c... Mon, 30 Dec 2013 10:10:11 EST How to Store and Ripen Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32720521 I was looking for an answer to the question "Can you freeze avocado?", but I wasn't finding exactly what I was looking for on this site. I did, however, find it on another site, so I thought I would share that info with you here! Who knew avocados had their own website? LOL Well, at least one, anyway. There are probably more. But I found this info on http://www.avocadocentral.com/how-to/how-t<BR>o-store-how-to-ripen-avocados. All the info I provide is straight from this page. I am jus... Sun, 29 Dec 2013 22:45:00 EST Vegetarian Recipies for Weight Loss http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32718240 Before I became a vegetarian, I'd turn to chicken breast and veggies to lose weight. For animal welfare reasons, I have become a vegetarian - but I use that term loosely. My boyfriend calls me a Carb-etarian, and its caught up with me. I have to lose about 20#s in 2 months to fit into a bridesmaids dress... What do vegetarians eat to lose weight? Other than straight vegetables... I'm a vegetarian because I like animals, not because I like vegetables. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 16:46:09 EST French Women Don't Get Fat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32646202 Hi! I've been spending the last week in New Orleans and feeling GREAT and on track... but a lot of time in the French Quarter got me thinking: are we better off cooking with low-calorie replacements or just do what the French do and eat less of the really good stuff? What's your opinion? Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:05:51 EST Lentil Soup http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32636436 Yesterday I made lentil soup to bring to work for lunch all week. I just had my first bowl and it is DELICIOUS! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5564925 </link> <BR> <BR> I made a couple of changes to the recipe: <BR> -- I used a small can of diced tomatoes instead <BR> -- I doubled the lentils and broth <BR> <BR> I ate the bowl of soup with some gluten-free pita chips and hummus. A fantastic lunch -- enjoy! <BR> <em>210</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:37:27 EST I Feel Like a Cheater! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32636210 I enjoy cooking and I am a great cook, but sometimes I just don't feel like it! <BR> My local store always has those Smart Ones or Lean Cuisines on sale and I have coupons, so I buy and just substitute one of those for a meal. I fell like a cheater, but they are so convenient! Mon, 16 Dec 2013 11:40:53 EST Broccoli stems (trunks) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32626176 The big stems on your broccoli is still usable. A lot of folks don't like to use it because it is tough, but if you take a vegetable peeler and just peel the tough part off, you get the tasty, tender inside to use in soups, sautees and salads. <BR> <BR> It is actually my favorite part of broccoli! Steamed with a little olive oil and lemon and pepper- Yummy! Sat, 14 Dec 2013 20:40:33 EST How Do You Overcome Cooking Inertia? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32603835 I really hate to cook. This is probably one of the biggest reasons for my weight problem. How do you overcome your initial resistance to cooking? I mean both at the start of your program and on a daily basis? How do you make the process more enjoyable? Wed, 11 Dec 2013 12:12:58 EST Tips for using old vegetables http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32599540 Just because your carrots are no longer crisp, or your potatoes are slightly soft, doesn't mean you need to toss them. At this point they are perfect for roasting. <BR> <BR> Carrots, potatoes, onions, cauliflower, asparagus, broccoli, cherry or grape tomatoes and brussel sprouts are great roasters. <BR> <BR> Makes sure all items are of similar size. Toss with olive or canola oil, salt, pepper, and other seasonings (I like crushed red pepper and herbs de provence). Spread evenly on a foil o... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:48:10 EST Healthy Lunch Options http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32595278 I am trying to make better food choices in life. Trying to cut out the processed foods and sugary foods. Add Healthy alternatives but I tend to be a picky eater (willing to try new things, but have a hard time liking new things- even with an open mind) I'm having a heck a time coming up with Lunch Ideas I can pack for my lunch at work. <BR> <BR> I try to pack a serving of fresh fruit and veggies with something else, but its getting boring and i'm losing interest in trying to eat healthy. <... Tue, 10 Dec 2013 11:01:38 EST Potato Soup ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32577219 I read quite a few potato soup recipes back some time to try to figure nutrition counts and noticed that they pretty much always had milk or cream added to them. I had never used milk or cream in mine before, but have tried using it since then. My soup always comes out looking like spoiled milk when I add that. Why does that happen? All I have ever used was the potatoes boiled and American Cheese along with the seasonings and often ham. Might include some onion or something like carrot o... Sat, 7 Dec 2013 20:52:00 EST pb2 powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32560411 Does anyone know what this is and have you used it? Also where can it be bought? Thu, 5 Dec 2013 13:32:24 EST Turkey cooked in a Slow cooker/ Crock Pot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32549126 Has anyone here ever cooked a whole Turkey in a Crock Pot or Slow Cooker? <BR> <BR> I have an 11 lb. one that I put in a 7 quart pot. Sprayed it with Butter flavored Pam and sprinkled fresh ground pepper on it added about 12 ounces of water to it and set the pot on high. Plan on letting it cook all night. Tue, 3 Dec 2013 21:48:26 EST Sugar Free Baking http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32534451 Greetings! <BR> <BR> I am looking for a sugar free recipe for cake. I have been asked to find one by my pastor. He doesn't want splenda or other artificial sweeteners. <BR> <BR> Is this even possible? I've looked at the recipes here at SP and they all have some sort of sweetener. Does anyone have any suggestions? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> ruthi Sun, 1 Dec 2013 22:21:31 EST Meal planning idea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32523904 I have a Pinterest board with over 200 recipes pinned to it, but rarely go back and make or re-make something once it's been pinned on the board for awhile. <BR> <BR> Today I just had a brainstorm on how this can help me for meal planning. I simply made a new, private board for this week's meal plan, then went to my main recipe board and started re-pinning the recipes I'd like to make this week. I can then look at the sub-set of recipes and edit and make notes to myself as needed. This sh... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:04:15 EST Sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32518700 Does anyone have any ideas on how to cut out sodium but keep flavor in recipes? This has been my biggest challenge so far. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 19:59:22 EST brussels spouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32490884 I'm bringing brussels sprouts for TG dinner. I want to grill them at home and just warm them up at the party house. Will that work, or will they be all soggy from being in the frig overnight and them reheating them? Mon, 25 Nov 2013 14:38:05 EST burger serving size http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32483498 how do i know the perfect portion size of beef i need for home cooked burger ! <BR> <BR> and what if i dont have a gram scale only per cup or ml ! <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:18:12 EST Juicy Beef Roast? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32480243 So, I made the Beef Roast recipe in the Sparkpeople Cookbook, but it didn't come out too juicy. Anyone have any advice on how to do it? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sat, 23 Nov 2013 23:59:46 EST Electric Roasters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32477629 Has anyone used an electric roaster for their turkey? I tried one this year instead of using the oven like I always have before and am wondering about the difference in cooking and time. I had a 12 pound and a 16 pound turkey and both were done in less than 3 hours at 325 degrees. In fact, the 16 pound turkey was done at 300 degrees. Is it normal for the electric roaster to cook that fast or does that sound like the temperature is off? <BR> <BR> My parents had that roaster and used it fo... Sat, 23 Nov 2013 15:34:09 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 Seaweed Burrito http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32437522 Hi everyone. <BR> I was getting rather desperate with meal ideas, so one day I came up with this idea.. <BR> <BR> Seaweed Burrito <BR> <BR> Ingredients <BR> <BR> 4 Nori Sheets <BR> Favorite vegetables, (example, cucumber, green onion, shredded cabbage or carrots) <BR> 1 tablespoon Vegenaise (no dairy of any kind, no soy, no gluten etc) <BR> Pepper to taste <BR> Garlic powder to taste <BR> Onion powder to taste <BR> 2 section of rice sticks (I use Kong Moon brand) <BR> Earth Balance buttery... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:40:09 EST Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32437305 I was writing to get any feedback upon makin the Crockpot Buffalo Chicken dish on here Sparkpeople. The end result was water and it did NOT turn out with buffalo taste, it all watered down into the pot. I did fall asleep and so it cooked 7 hours instead of the rec. 5-6, but still it would probably burned instead of the watered down stuff I got. I don't understand where I went wrong..I covered the frozen breasts with the dry blue cheese and went from there...please help...comments/suggestio... Sun, 17 Nov 2013 11:18:08 EST juicing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32423106 Anyone been on the juicing diet fad? Fri, 15 Nov 2013 03:55:09 EST apple pie substitute? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32412709 I am trying to find something for Thanksgiving dinner that can stand in for apple pie for the 3 of us who are on healthy eating plans. I found a pumpkin custard recipe that I'm thinking will work for a pumpkin pie substitute (no crust makes it a ton healthier), but I still haven't found anything to sub for apple pie. And I really really would like to-- does anyone have any ideas? TIA! Wed, 13 Nov 2013 15:17:00 EST chicken pot pie ideas? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32386940 I am thinking of making a chicken pot pie dinner. <BR> <BR> what side dishes or whatever would go good with chicken pot pie? i am reminiscing my childhood days and my nauna's chicken pot pie Sat, 9 Nov 2013 22:18:15 EST How to Measure My Home Made ButterNut Squash Soup- http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32364700 Hi, <BR> <BR> I made my own butternut squash soup, with 3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 1/2 white onion cut up, 3 gloves of garlic, and 96 ounces of homemade chicken bone stock, and 1 leek. I am taking the whole squash that I baked in the oven for 1 hour, adding it into the soup mix and pureed it. <BR> <BR> I then have been taking 8oz at a time for my serving size. How many calories would I then figure this whole soup to be per serving please? <BR> <BR> I tried just adding in butternut squash ... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 18:09:39 EST meal planning for the week http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32341447 I need to meal plan better what are some things you do/cook to help with your week? Sun, 3 Nov 2013 12:38:58 EST Is oil always a must in recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32327518 When I look at recipes and see how high the fat content is, I try to makeover the recipe by leaving out the oil or butter. Is it necessary to include oil in recipes? Fri, 1 Nov 2013 11:47:57 EST 120 Calories in 1 Tbsp Canola Oil?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32300018 I'm shocked! I just tracked my breakfast(scrambled eggs) and looked at the calories for 1 tbsp canola oil- it's more than the calories in 1 egg! <BR> Might be switching to Pam. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:51:28 EST Another slow cooker question- chicken breasts http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32273682 So I'm looking for something to put in a slow cooker Sunday early afternoon then have for dinner after I finish studying in the lab, and then have leftovers for the week. I have 5 chicken breasts that are on the smaller side (8-9oz) that I'd like to eat whole, rather than chopping up, for saeity and because I've had a lot of stir fry and pasta typed meals with cubed chicken. <BR> <BR> Anyway, normally what I use a slow cooker for are shredded pork/chicken and also soups and chilis, so I'm wo... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:46:36 EST Favourite Soy "Butter" For Baking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32269438 Hi I was wondering if anyone would like to share their favourite lactose free (or dairy free) "butter" to use for baking? <BR> DO you have different ones for cookies, cakes, pies, etc? <BR> Thanks. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 23:29:04 EST Lactose-Free: Ok For Baking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32258577 Hi I was wondering if it is ok if I use lactose-free butter and lactose-free milk and lactose-free cream and lactose-free margarine when baking? I'm worried it's going to either be a bad combo or it's not going to rise, because I know that the butter helps it in some way, so does the lactose-free butter, milk and cream help as well or will it hurt it? Thanks. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:55:23 EST Work Potluck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32258172 I'm having a potluck at work next Monday and looking for a healthier dish to bring. I don't need to feed a lot of people, just 5-10. It is for my co-worker's 10 year anniversary with the company. I know she likes shrimp and isn't a big fan of bread. Any suggestions? Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:31:27 EST Hula hoop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32231918 Has anyone tried to hula hoop for exercise? Currently trying a weighted hoop. Any tips? Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:14:56 EST Had to share! Delicious Thanksgiving French toast. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32223688 Oh wow. That was delicious. I have leftover ham from Thanksgiving and was looking for recipes. I modified this recipe a bit but here's what I used; <BR> <BR> A 80 cal thin rye/wheat bread slice. <BR> 40g of lean leftover ham <BR> 30g of apple slices (the original recipe calls for apple butter) <BR> 10g of light cheddar cheese (shredded) <BR> 1-2 tbsp. pumpkin puree mixed with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 tsp brown sugar/splenda blend <BR> <BR> dip in egg or egg whites (I used egg... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:08:05 EST Lunch Crock http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32223058 I bought a lunch crock for work, the microwave is usually busy, and I was tired of my same old sandwich. Since its getting cooler, i decided to use it today. I pulled homemade veg. soup out of my freezer last night, but it was still frozen this AM. I brought it anyway and the crock really works! My soup was perfect when my lunch time arrived (11:15). <BR> I really recommend the Lunch Crock! I got mine from Amazon for about $20.00. There are a few things I thought of that would improve, but ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:53:50 EST HOW to change - OLD school meals to healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32220100 <em>4</em> How does one change from 'old school meals' (Meat, Potato, Veg), to more Healthy meals and choices. Especially difficult once the family has been raised, and moved on; leaving just you and your spouse! <em>469</em> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 06:36:25 EST What can I sub for shortening? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32183763 Found a recipe for Southern Cornbread (uses 3 c. cornmeal and only 2T. flour -- just like my Mother made). Anyway, it calls for 1/4 c. vegetable shortening. I haven't had shortening in the house in 25+ years. What can I sub? I have "I Can't Believe It's Butter", canola oil, and olive oil. What would you do? Thanks for much! Sat, 12 Oct 2013 07:22:50 EST Low Sugar/Carb Recipe Request! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32172356 If you are willing to share, I'd love to have your best low carb/sugar recipes, preferably your quick or easy dishes since we have kids! :) <BR> <BR> Thanks so much everyone! Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:21:06 EST Ideas For Less Than Fresh Produce http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32167606 Chop, drizzle, salt, pepper; roast at high temp. Use as a side or in soups, stews, sandwiches, salads or whatever comes to mind. Save the planet by saving your own money! Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:42:05 EST Has Anyone Made Banana Bread Without Sugar? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32165203 I'm out of sugar but I have everything else I need to make banana bread! I do have brown sugar, but it's rock hard and I'm worried about it causing diarrhea- anyone know anything about that? <BR> <BR> What if I just skip the sugar the recipe calls for? Has anyone done this? I don't have applesauce or anything to substitute. Wed, 9 Oct 2013 16:18:31 EST Homemade coffee creamer-Pumpkin spice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32159016 I have one weakness and that's my flavored coffee creamers. It never occurred to me before that I could make it but a few months ago I stumbled on a homemade (but still fairly high in calories, fat and sugar) recipe for a different flavors of creamers. I experimented and made my first batch which was caramel vanilla. Then when we hit October, I decided to try a pumpkin spice flavor and it is sincerely the BOMB! I love it so much! So, I thought I'd share the recipe for anyone else who wan... Tue, 8 Oct 2013 19:58:28 EST entering recipies help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32152304 I am trying to enter my own recipies that I use all the time and I am having trouble. It will not allow me to try and change the serving size and I am just guessing at this time on serving sizes when all is said and done. <BR> <BR> I want to be as accurate as I can when entering food into my nurtition tracker, but it is not an easy process to enter recipies. <BR> <BR> <BR> Anyone having any better luck or am I just having problems since I am never awake and alert enough to really put my be... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 22:24:16 EST suprise family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32134005 I am not a cook by any means. How ever, my family thinks i have finally learned how to cook and they are loving it. They don't realize they are just eating healthier thanks to Spark People and the recipes that members send in. So a BIG THANK YOU to all Sat, 5 Oct 2013 09:06:50 EST Banana Bread Dillema- Vinegar ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32124417 Hey, I am thinking of making banana bread tomorrow. I am lactose intolerant so I use a soy spread instead of butter. Because of this, I have to add a little bit of vinegar to help the cake rise;if I don't it stays flat, or, rises in bumpy way. <BR> <BR> My question is if I omit the sugar from the banana bread, but I still add 1-2 tsp of balsamic or white vinegar, will it taste funny? What is the least amount of sugar I should add to make it taste good? <BR> <BR> Thank you, much appreciated. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 22:51:45 EST Measuring Food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32122042 When I make a baked potato, do I weigh it before or after it's cooked? I've noticed that the weight is lower after I bake it and I think it's because a lot of the water came out while it cooked. So, should I weigh it before or after it's cooked? <BR> <BR> Same goes with meat. Which weight matters? The meat usually weighs less after it's cooked. <BR> <BR> So, my big question is when should I be weighing my food? Before or after it's cooked? Thu, 3 Oct 2013 15:36:15 EST Proper measurements? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32072766 Does anyone know of a good source for measuring ingredients? What I mean is if you are baking, for example, how many calories are in 1/2 C of sugar. The bag says a teaspoon is 16 calories, and I know that three teaspoons = a tablespoon etc.,but doing the math is a nuisance. I thought 8T= one cup and that is true if you are measuring milk or something like that but imagine my surprise to find that mayo requires 16 T to make a cup! I either missed something in the 4th grade or I've forgotten. A... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:12:28 EST Favorite healthy food/cooking blogs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32064265 I get so much healthy eating inspiration from my favorite cooking blogs. My absolute #1 is Smitten Kitchen but I have my shortlist on Lucky Oyster ( <link>bit.ly/190aiRw </link> ). <BR> <BR> What should I be reading?? Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:24:03 EST Craving garlic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32052325 So recently the last week or so I've been craving garlic. Not just a hint of garlic something covered in it. Usually for this I go to my favorite wing place and get some Garlic Wings or my new favorite the Steak and Shake Garlic Burger. Since I know neither of these options are really healthy I was wondering if anyone had any idea's or recipes for something I could make that may also help calm the craving. Trying to keep those vampires away :p <em>333</em> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 04:24:03 EST HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32019170 Hi does anyone have any ideas on which peanut butter is the best to buy, I don't want to over do it on the calories...help I love peanut butter Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:06:14 EST Do the food vacuum sealers really work? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32017814 I buy some things in bulk, then freeze in individual servings. But some of the foods, fish and seafood especially, are freezer burned by the time I'm ready to eat them and I end up tossing it out. So I was wondering if anyone here uses the food sealers and if they really do protect against freezer burn, especially with more 'delicate' foods, like fish. I even recently stopped buying fish (unless I'm going to use it within a day or two) because it's such a waste to throw it away when it become... Thu, 19 Sep 2013 11:55:19 EST Protein powder question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=32008744 Good morning! I've been doing low carb for a few months and it's working great, but . . .I want to make some 'atkins like' bars - they call for protein powder - is this the kind you can buy at Walmart or General Nutrition - in those big containers? I don't want to sound ....silly, but I also don't want to spend $17 and have the wrong stuff. Thanks bunches!!!!! <em>24</em> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 08:52:29 EST Make Oriental Low Cal Salad Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31999153 I love salad and found a great mix of ingredients for a low calorie dressing that spreads nicely over a salad and is only about 65 calories a tablespoon. Mix 1 tbs of any kind of sweet oriental chili sauce with 1 tbs of any kind sesame oil and a little tiny bit of water to thin if needed. If you like a more vinegary flavor try using a bit of rice wine vinegar instead of the water. Its tasty. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 04:12:31 EST Bored of lunch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31995623 So bored of wraps, sandwiches, salads, soup for lunch. Any ideas for something different? Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:24:54 EST Such a Thing as Lactose Free Greek Yogurt? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31982339 Is there such a thing as lactose free greek "plain" yogurt? Or can it be made with soy? <BR> What about feta cheese? Sat, 14 Sep 2013 21:44:36 EST Cooking - love it or hate it? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31965083 I personally adore cooking and I'm always looking for new recipes to try. But some of us hate cooking as well. <BR> <BR> So, if you love cooking, what are your favorite meals to fix and if you hate cooking, what are your strategies for creating healthy meals? <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 09:45:44 EST What is/would be your "perfect" homemade trail mix http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31958502 This would be mine, although it might have too much sugar in it to eat regularly: <BR> ....golden raisins (I loath dark raisins) <BR> ....craisins (dried cranberries) <BR> ....dried blue berries <BR> ....dark chocolate chips <BR> ....peanut butter chips <BR> ....pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) <BR> ....chocolate-covered soy nuts <BR> ....almond pieces/almonds <BR> ....peanuts <BR> <BR> Do you make your own? What is your favorite commercial one? <BR> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:01:28 EST Lactose free recipes...help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31955174 Do you have any good recipes to share for the Lactose Intolerant? Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:48:25 EST Meal Planning/Food Prep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31953181 I am starting to think about meal planning and food prep and not sure the best way to get started. I am not a "cook" by any mean so I am not sure what i can freeze and not. I get paid twice a month so I would have to plan around that. Any help or suggestions is much appreciated. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:30:43 EST Regular pasta vs Whole wheat/grain pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31942056 I've heard a lot of different opinions ranging from body builders to everyday people like me and there still isn't enough difference for me to switch from regular pasta to whole wheat? Why sacrifice the taste for more fiber? I say add more veggies to the regular pasta and there is your more fiber. Haha. Does anyone have any ideas to make whole grain pasta ACTUALLY taste good? Mon, 9 Sep 2013 10:27:44 EST Temperature for Muffins? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31935070 Hi All- <BR> <BR> I have a recipe in my SparkRecipe box for mixed fruit muffins, from a while ago. However, when I entered it, I forgot to enter the temperature for baking, and I can't find the original recipe. Is there any sort of general guideline for this that I could use? Sun, 8 Sep 2013 14:32:27 EST "Homemade" low-calorie chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31923087 I like to occasionally eat my homemade avocado dip, my homemade hummus, and commercial low-sodium salsa with chips. There are 3 things I don't like about buying commercial chips: <BR> (1) they can be high in sodium <BR> (2) they can be expensive <BR> (3) they can be high in calories <BR> <BR> My solution: (1) I take from 1 to 6 Flatout multi-grain wraps and, using a pizza cutter, I cut each wrap into approx. 24 pieces/chips. Usually, I put all six on a cutting board, and cut them all at ... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 20:11:34 EST How to adapt Pancake recipes to omit Eggs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31922016 DH can't eat eggs, and I would love to learn how to adapt pancake recipes to omit the eggs, and still have a nice, tasty product. Any advice? <BR> <BR> I have already seen that there are a number of "Eggless Pancakes" recipes, but would like to adapt my own pancake mix recipe to be used without eggs. I don't need to address any other dietary issues, just the eggs. Fri, 6 Sep 2013 15:58:15 EST dry beans versus canned beans??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31920005 Well, I don't want to cook the whole bag of dry beans, just a portion. So my question is how much of dry beans do I cook that will equal 1 can (or 15oz) of beans? <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance. <BR> Fri, 6 Sep 2013 09:57:13 EST Bumping Up Your Protein Intake in the AM! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31917902 So typically I do 6 egg whites (20g+ protein), but this morning I decided I wanted a big bowl of oatmeal. I follow a lot of healthy Instagram accounts, and a few of them recommended "Proats" which is "protein" and "oats" combined. I made a 1.5 serving of oatmeal, and added a scoop of my Body Fortress Chocolate Protein Powder (along with some goji berries, cinnamon, and raisings). It's not bad,I think I'd enjoy the powder more in some almond milk though, lol. But still, overall not bad. I'm ju... Fri, 6 Sep 2013 05:26:26 EST What to do with frozen broccoli http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31905563 Hi everyone: I have 2 boxes of frozen broccoli in my freezer - not a fan of frozen broccoli but our neighbor was moving - gave me different things from her freezer/fridge so I now have these 2 boxes. Any suggestions/recipes/ideas what to do with them. I won't eat it as is, I would like to incorporate it in something but I am not a great cook nor do I have the imagine to come up with anything. I LOVE fresh broccoli but frozen does not move me so the recipe would have to really cover up the... Wed, 4 Sep 2013 18:57:30 EST Non-white Pasta recommendations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31896595 <em>4</em> I would like to still be able to have pasta once or twice a week but would like to do it bit more "healthily." Like switch to a whole-grain pasta. So far I haven't found any though that I care much for- mostly it's the texture since the taste comes from what you eat WITH it. Can anyone recommend a brand that is better? Tue, 3 Sep 2013 14:20:48 EST So many restrictions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31862025 Hi! <BR> Does anyone else have to eat a very restricted diet? For the time being I have to eat gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and low or no sugar. Anyone in the same boat? Are there any snacks or meals that you recommend? Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:12:44 EST Need recipes to reduce cholestrol http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31847014 <BR> <BR> My cholestrol is high and need to reduce the number....ideas for recipes or what to eat to make this happen? Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:46:15 EST Whipping cream?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31842704 I had some pickerel and the recipe I made last night called for whipping cream. I've never really used it before so I picked up a small container. It was delicious! Pickerel coated in whole wheat flour, dill, salt and pepper in a creamy, lemon mushroom sauce. <BR> <BR> Now I have a small carton of leftover whipping cream (heavy cream) and although I know I've come across other recipes that call for it, I can't think of any! I think I may have a bread machine recipe that calls for it but any ... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 08:08:26 EST List 15 Items In Your Refrigerator http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31838615 Pantry items do not count. Ready, set ... GO! <BR> <BR> 1. 2% Milk <BR> 2. Worcestershire sauce <BR> 3. Low sodium soy sauce <BR> 4. Leftovers from my weekend cooking spree (YUM!) <BR> 5. A head of lettuce <BR> 6. Onions <BR> 7. Peppers <BR> 8. Carrots <BR> 9. W.W. cheese <BR> 10. Laughing cow lite Swiss cheese spread <BR> 11. Salad dressings <BR> 12. Lite mayonnaise <BR> 13. Mustard <BR> 14. Orange juice <BR> 15. A bottle of Diet 7-Up Mon, 26 Aug 2013 17:40:50 EST Pomegranate walnut dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31823172 My father went to the Olive Oil Store and got a bunch of fancy bottles of oils and vinegar. I made a dressing of walnut oil and pomegranate white balsamic vinegar. Any ideas of what to put on a salad to use with the dressing? The vinegar is sharp and tangy and the walnut flavor is rather strong. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:47:04 EST Artichokes, Celery Roots and Fennel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31819938 Hi, I've never tried these 3 veggies b4. <BR> <BR> How do you prepare them? Are they nice? <BR> <BR> I'm looking for simple ways to prepare them. I've never tried them b4. Any help? Sat, 24 Aug 2013 03:52:44 EST What vegetables did you eat today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31811924 I took this idea from BEACHES20 for her fruit thread. I tried to Search for a similar vegetable thread. If there is one on The Recipes & Cooking General Discussion, please direct me to it, and I will add my daily vegetables to that thread. Thanks. <BR> ======= <BR> onions in my bean/bison stew <BR> steamed broccoli with turkey gravy Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:10:00 EST Labneh http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31777631 Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Do any of you make your own Labneh? I'm curious if any of you who do have made it using "Greek Gods" brand honey yogurt. <BR> <BR> Larry Sun, 18 Aug 2013 19:12:51 EST Tofu Dilemma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31750586 I HATE COOKING!!! <em>28</em> (because I'm not good at it yet <em>211</em> ) <BR> <BR> Got that out of the way. Now about my dilemma... <BR> <BR> <em>24</em> How many ounces are in an average block of tofu? A lot of dessert recipes I want to try say a block or half a block of tofu... but how do you measure an average block of tofu? <BR> <BR> Thank you in advance! <em>334</em> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 05:36:51 EST Frozen cauliflower http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31736703 Ok, if over ambitious husband decides to make his wife mashed cauliflower, how does the wife track it?!?! It was a 1 lb bag of frozen cauliflower, 16 oz total. It cooked down to what we could best guess to be 2 cups. How in the world do I track that!? I can put in my own recipe on spark but 5 cups vs 2 cups, huh???? Tue, 13 Aug 2013 09:29:54 EST Help! I seriously need some healthy sweet treats. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31733816 I almost found myself in trouble tonight when I got a craving for sweets. I was able to control myself to an extent but still managed to eat one of my sons Little Debbie Fancy Cakes (only 1). At times like this I need something really sweet and fruit just doesn't cut it. <BR> <BR> I've also found myself craving chocolate. I admit I ate a teaspoon full of Hershey's chocolate syrup yesterday. <BR> <BR> Thankfully, this doesn't happen but every once in a while. <BR> <BR> Granted I was well w... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:09:53 EST Are There Any Additives In This Meat? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31707460 why does it say on some packaged sliced sandwich meat "eat within 10 days of opening" and on others there's just a "regular" expiry date? Are any additives added to make the meat stay fresh longer? Thanks. Fri, 9 Aug 2013 15:29:45 EST Favorite Crockpot Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31705433 I am about to get really busy with back to school and sports starting up for my son. To avoid fast food and pre-packaged food I am planning on utilizing my crockpot a lot more often. I have about four go to recipes for my crockpot, but I'm planning on using it at least three times per week and those four recipes would get really old, really fast. What are your favorite crockpot recipes? My family has no food allergies and we are up for trying new foods. <BR> <BR> Thanks for your help! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 10:05:22 EST Lo-fat Cheese? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31705331 Does anyone have a recommendation for a lo-fat cheese that tastes like real cheese, not something that masquarades as cheese? I love cheese and have been trying different lo-fat versions. So far, I haven't found one that doesn't taset like library paste! Fri, 9 Aug 2013 09:48:44 EST Crockpot Beer Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31699750 Hi All, <BR> <BR> I want to try making Crockpot Beer Chicken <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=1730792 </link> , but want to make it with bone in drumsticks/thighs. Do you think the calories would affected significantly? <BR> <BR> Thanks. Thu, 8 Aug 2013 16:47:20 EST Bisquick info on site dangerously WRONG http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31681746 According to this site, there is no phosphorus in Bisquick Heart Smart. According to the manufacturer, General Mills (800-336-9331), it contains over 300mg - MORE THAN REGULAR BISQUICK. This is dangerous for people on phosphorus-limited diets, like dialysis patients. Tue, 6 Aug 2013 11:22:52 EST Cheese Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31673358 I am lactose intolerant, but am particularly sensitive to cheese. For me, the older the cheese (so aged cheeses like parm are the absolute worst) the more of a problem I have with it. Lately I've noticed a trend of cheese being added to everything but not to ingredient lists. I specifically ask if there is cheese in things, and am often lied to, which is possibly out of ignorance, but they then should admit they don't know and ask someone who does know. The proof is when I have what feels... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 11:47:10 EST Millet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31668627 One of my goals is to try a new food each week. This week my new food is millet. I bought it, but I don't know what to do with it. What is your favorite millet recipe? Thanks for your help. Sun, 4 Aug 2013 22:20:16 EST My new favorite lunch! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31665451 Filling, definitely not a small serving and oh, so healthy! Refrigerator oatmeal! <BR> <BR> I made it with 2 servings of nonfat no sugar (any flavor) yogurt, 1/2 cup nonfat milk, 1.5 cups berries (mine was a mix of blackberries, rasberries and blueberries), 2 tbsp of chia seeds and 1/4 cup of dry oats. Mixed and put in fridge overnight. 367 calories and a lot of fiber and other good stuff. :-) Sun, 4 Aug 2013 14:41:37 EST Recipes shared http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31651526 I would like to see the recipes that are shared, but all I find on the page is the nutritional info and when I import it to my tracker there is no recipe with it. Am I doing something wrong? Fri, 2 Aug 2013 14:51:29 EST What is the easiest way to cut jicama? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31650801 <em>367</em> I like jicama and how good it is for you, but I don' t buy it because it is so difficult to cut. I also like sweet potato fries but it is such a struggle to it them. How do cut these? Fri, 2 Aug 2013 12:41:49 EST Difficulty thinking of new ideas! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31646767 I find myself cooking the same dishes over and over because I'm comfortable with them. Trying new things scares me because I'm not a very good cook. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:51:48 EST Making a weekly menu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31646766 I can't believe how this has helped me stop overeating! I look forward to the meal that I planned and I will actually feel excited because I don't have to think of an idea for dinner it has already been done. Fri, 2 Aug 2013 00:50:39 EST What do you add to your egg white scramble/omelet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31625056 I have been making 1 whole egg/2 egg white scramble and have switched to all egg whites and find them very bland and hard to eat it all. What do you add to spice up your egg white omelets? Tue, 30 Jul 2013 09:36:19 EST extract question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31621143 I bought maple extract to flavor my overnight oatmeal, but I am unsure how much of it I should use since I am not following any particular recipe. <BR> <BR> Can anyone advise? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:58:45 EST What items have the most sodium http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31618835 I have no clue how to track sodium Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:37:59 EST Rice recipes for rice cooker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31617610 I recently purchased a rice cooker and was wondering if anyone had some good rice recipes they would like to share. Preferably healthy ones. <em>4</em> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST making almond milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31616478 Has anyone ever used their blender to make almond milk? Or is it only possible in the food processor? Mon, 29 Jul 2013 10:09:34 EST Help with a recipe involving... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31602262 Cabbage, celery, carrots, and button mushrooms. <BR> <BR> These came in my bountiful basket this week and I need some help with a recipe. I was thinking a stir-fry or asian style soup, but would love suggestions from other sparkers! <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:44:13 EST Any true Vegan support groups out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31596722 Hey there, <BR> <BR> wanting to switch to a vegan lifestyle and wonder if there might be a support group on Sparks? Fri, 26 Jul 2013 22:43:54 EST How to track sodium when most is drained off http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31596494 I track sodium on my nutrition tracker. When I enter a new recipe, how do I enter the sodium used to cook noodles when most of it is drained off afterwards? Fri, 26 Jul 2013 21:57:51 EST Homemade mayo frustration!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31580092 AARGH!! I'm so mad!! I've successfully made homemade mayo twice, but the last 5 times, I have failed! 'The mayo just stays runny and never thickens..I don't know what I'm doing wrong!! Any suggestions? If I can't make it work, does anyone have any recommendations for healthy store bought brands? I shop at Trader Joe's...thanks for letting me vent!! Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:38:52 EST Best Freezer Meals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31567526 I'm a first time mom with a baby due in October, so trying to prepare meals in advance that will see us through the first month. I have a deep freeze waiting for contributions. Could anyone recommend good casseroles or slow cooker recipes that would be great as freezer meals? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 23 Jul 2013 10:52:50 EST spark people recipe conversion http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31560122 Has anyone else that has submitted recipe had the calculator, calculate the recipe for 1, when you put serving as 8 or 12. The first time that happened I thought I had made the mistake. But the other recipes I submitted the same thing happened & I double checked to make sure that I put in the correct servings. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:06:51 EST Recipe collection programs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31547006 Does anybody know of any good, preferably free, programs that can be downloaded to keep track of recipes? I see a lot of good ones here on Spark, or posted on Facebook, and I'd like to keep them all somewhere on my computer where I can search through them and organize them. I tried downloading something earlier that looked good, but it just ended up causing me a lot of problems and I had to get rid of it and spend a few hours getting my computer back in order. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 02:53:08 EST Lunch ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31535019 So I work 8-5 then I'm going to go straight to the gym from work. <BR> <BR> I'll have cereal for breakfast and some fruit for my morning 10 minute break. <BR> <BR> I get half an hour for lunch and was wondering if anyone could suggest some meal ideas I could have that will keep me full until I get home around 7pm and that isn't too heavy on my stomach as my job is quite physical and hot and I have to stand all day. <BR> <BR> I was thinking about having some pasta, but pasta everyday would ... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:23:26 EST Whey liquid question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31533272 I made a batch of greek yoghurt a few days ago and have frozen the liquid (whey?) strained off it in ice cube trays, about 30ml each portion. Does anyone have any idea how many calories might be in a 30ml portion? I did a search using 'whey liquid' but I'm guessing this could be very different to what I have. I was thinking of adding a couple of cubes to smoothies to use it up. Is there any other way I could use it - I believe you can use it as liquid when you are making bread but would appre... Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:56:51 EST Healthy meals for the whole family? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31509923 I've been eating something different from everyone else most nights. But I'd like to make one meal and be done. Especially when I start work again in two weeks! There are six of us and I don't like much meat ( I do enjoy seafood) but everyone else eats all kinds of meat. I'm looking for recipe ideas that are low on meat or that I can eat without the meat and still feel full. They also have to make enough food for all of us. What do you suggest? Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:18:37 EST Buying papayas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31509316 I keep hearing good things about papaya, and I want to try it, but I have no clue how to pick one or judge the slices. The only time I tried I ended up with a bad one. <BR> <BR> Any tips? Thanks! Tue, 16 Jul 2013 10:56:37 EST Do Rice Cookers make healthy meals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31489246 I am thinking about getting a Hamilton Beach simplicity programmable rice cooker. It has a small plastic steamer basket. I have never used a rice cooker before and am wondering if they really do make healthier meals. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 01:21:58 EST Lower fat alternative to buttermilk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31484825 Hello!! I was wondering what could be a lower fat alternative to buttermilk? I'm making bran muffins for the week ahead and would like to stick with as low fat as possible. Thoughts? Suggestions? Sat, 13 Jul 2013 13:05:42 EST All Time Favorite Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31453295 What is your all time favorite recipe? The recipe that you would make in a heart beat every single day and never get sick of it? <BR> <BR> Mine changes monthly but this month it's pizza made with a cauliflower and spinach crust. Ahmazing! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:40:11 EST Recipe Builder based on Metric system? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31450403 Hi - I am new and just started using the recipe builder. When I want to enter an amount that is a fraction of a whole, like 1 1/2 cups or 1.5 cups, I get a message that my entry is incorrect. To add that amount, I had to go to grams instead. Is the recipe builder based on the Metric system? If so, can I change it? Thanks! Tue, 9 Jul 2013 12:42:19 EST Camping food and recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31444212 Going camping on Thursday - I am hoping for some good recipes and suggestions for food to take with me for my family this trip - I have time to pre portion out some things, and we'd probably like to cook some too. Look forward to hearing your suggestions!! Mon, 8 Jul 2013 21:10:51 EST What is the best tasting fish? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31431957 I want to start eating fish and I don't know what kind to buy. Sun, 7 Jul 2013 11:47:46 EST kitchen "collections" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31424338 Anything kitchen AND PIG related is calling to me... towels, trivets, plates, etc. Not really a tea drinker, but have an ever growing collection of tea balls... vintagey, aluminum mostly, but found one for $5 at a flea market that (although hinged lid is broken) ended up being STERLING silver!! <BR> <BR> I'm a sucker for nice heavy flatware... the more quirky the better. Found set of Fiesta flatware at a yard sale for $5... settings for 8... minus 2-3 pieces. Was heavily into crafting, ba... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 12:27:31 EST coffee grinder? who knew!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31413810 I watch Chef Meg tell of her favs in the kitchen and one was the coffee grinder. Why? Because you can grind whole spices! They are best fresh ground she says. I am from Missouri, the Show Me State, so it wasn't good enough for me to take her at her word that it would work. I actually found a coffee grinder (identical to Chef Megs no less) as I was reorganizing my cabinets. I ALMOST threw it out because we don't grind coffee. Thankfully I didn't. I sure enough grabbed a stick of cinnamon and p... Fri, 5 Jul 2013 05:05:34 EST Rice and pasta measure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31402466 I have notice Minute brown rice box is put on their boxes know dry measure and cooked measure so a person cooks for more that one day. Can measure the rice AFTER IT IS COOKED. <BR> Pasta companies could do that too. It would not hurt them. Wed, 3 Jul 2013 17:23:41 EST New here and would like a "buddy"! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31383343 Hello! I'm 30 years old and just found this site. I'm currently doing weight watchers (I've had good success with this in the past), and thought this site could only help me out even more. I'd love to have some to be a buddy with and be able to share my successes and defeats. Message me if you're interested! <em>30</em> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 14:36:11 EST Gluten Free Dough 911 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31376680 Hello! Recipe experts - help! <BR> <BR> I'm working with almond flour, chickpea flour, and flaxseed meal to make this pizza dough recipe: <BR> <BR> <link>g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/<BR>books/HOPUB/WBCrecipe1big.jpg </link> <BR> <BR> However, the print was so small I thought that it said to mix 1/4 cup of water with yeast first... so when I added to all of the flours, I had a very crumbly mixture. Came back and saw it was supposed to be 3/4 cup of water. <BR> <BR> Are there an... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 18:04:00 EST new here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31368015 Just found ya by googling for pasta salads with feta. From what I've seen in literally minutes... looks like a good place to visit on a regular basis. <BR> <BR> Whenever I find a new food site, like to post one of 2 questions: <BR> <BR> 1) Do you use cast iron cookware? Have an ever growing collection of Wagner/Griswold/Lodge that were all acquired "for a song" at yard sales, flea markets or thrift stores. LOVE the old/odd stuff... several "corn" cob pans, cute little 1 egg, diamond sha... Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:16:27 EST Ooops--rhubarb coffee cake recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31359766 I put in the rhubarb coffee cake recipe just to see what I had eaten---I did not want it to post as a suggestion to use!! <em>39</em> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 11:59:38 EST asparagus questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31353574 Greetings! <BR> DH and I just harvested our first batch of asparagus. We can't decide what protein to pair with it. Our goal this summer is to pick out protein based on the veggie side rather than the other way around. That way we get our veggies in. <BR> Thanks Thu, 27 Jun 2013 16:17:59 EST Feta substitute http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31346488 I really don't like feta cheese and was wondering if anyone could suggest a substitute? <BR> <BR> I found a recipe for arugula and watermelon salad that I would like to try but it calls for feta. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:09:00 EST Any ideas for lean protein besides Chicken & turke http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31338723 I'm into my 3rd week of SP & loving it. But... we have been having oven problems & have been living without one for about 1 1/2 weeks. And I am getting mighty tired of rotisserie chicken & turkey burgers on the grill. Any ideas out there? Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:10:54 EST How to shop for an avacado? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31337937 Hey everybody! I have been wanting to try cooking and eating new things. One of the things I'm most excited about trying is avacado! My question is, when shopping for avacados, how do I pick the best one? Any tips on what to look for while I'm at the grocery store? Thanks! Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:53:44 EST left over cannellini beans and evaporated milk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31334214 Tonight I am cooking pasta alfredo with broccoli found in the spark solution book. It says I need to use half a cup on beans and 3/4 cup of evaporated milk. Is there anyway I can store them until I need them again? I read a post about coconut milk and am wondering if it will work here too? Please help Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:25:21 EST Delicious recipe from Taste of Home magazine http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31285913 If you have access to the current (summer 2013) issue of Taste of Home magazine (Canadian edition), I highly recommend the "Ratatouille with Feta Gratin" on page 43. I made it for the family tonight and we all enjoyed it. It is packed with veggies. I also added some "veggie ground round" for added protein. It could easily be made without the cheese/bread topping, for those who'd want to cut calories/dairy/gluten. Super-easy and tasty. This is my favorite cooking magazine. Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:45:36 EST Crockpot Queen http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31278126 I love the crockpot. It's the busy person's best friend. I can make enough food for my family to eat for more than one meal. It's fabulous. A lot of recipes can be adapted for the crockpot also. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:58:38 EST Using part of sweet potato http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31274655 If you use just half of a sweet potato is it possible to keep the other half for another time (uncooked) and if so how do you do so please? I wondered if they are the same as regular potatoes and you can just peel and dunk them in cold water? Many thanks. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 11:51:30 EST Whipped Cream stabilizer ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31256206 Just read a recipe for a berry angel food cake with whipped cream. In it there was a comment about adding a whipped cream stabilizer. I am not much of a baker so I have to ask what is a whipped cream stabilizer and why do you use one? Thanks in advance. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 08:25:29 EST Something other than sandwiches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31244828 Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could make for my farm guys? I know they get tired of sandwiches and chips in the field. I'm trying to make healthier choices for my husband who is trying to lose weight also. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:24:51 EST Electric Wok Cooking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31233423 I got an electric wok as a Christmas present and I've never opened it. I read that wok cooking is supposed to be healthier -- anybody have any tips or tricks? Or favorite recipes? Is using an electric wok a lot different from using a traditional wok? Thanks! Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:47:55 EST Cool Summer Eats? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31218862 Anybody have any suggestions for something good and healthy that isn't going to require my oven heating up my kitchen? Besides salads, I mean. Alabama weather is killing me already and it's not even July yet. I HATE the idea of turning on the oven/stove. Suggestions for any meals or nacks would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:32:31 EST Cooking on the super tight Budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31209785 Any suggestions for cooking healthy on a supper tight budget. I have five to feed and less then $200 a month. Carbs are cheap to purchase and kids like but I know that's not the best solution. We have a garden in and its growing okay. I live in a cool climate with a short growing season. Any suggestions would help! Thanks Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:23:33 EST How much rice? Two questions in one. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31197374 Firstly - how much rice is in one cup? We don't use cup measures in the UK so some recipes are really confusing <BR> <BR> Secondly, how much Arborio dry rice for a healthy portion? <BR> <BR> Sun, 9 Jun 2013 07:07:33 EST Saved recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31155304 I saved a recipe that I want to try later but I cannot find it. Where do they go? Tue, 4 Jun 2013 00:28:47 EST Mahi Mahi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31150766 Any one have a quick easy recipe? Mon, 3 Jun 2013 13:57:13 EST Healthy eating on a budget http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31125905 My boyfriend and I recently moved to a new place that is a little more expensive than we are used to and the first few months are going to be really tight. When I have a low budget I feel like the only thing I can get is the "bad" high calorie foods because they are cheaper. Does anyone have any meal plans or ideas for eating good, cheaply? <BR> <BR> I appreciate your responses! Fri, 31 May 2013 14:28:48 EST Black Bean Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31125194 I am so interested in making the Black Bean Chicken recipe posted ny LOSER1231, but I have a question. Has anyone made it with a whole cut-up chicken. I would make the rice on the side and just make the chicken and sauce part in the crock-pot. I love chicken breast but the DH only likes leg parts, so I was thinking about cutting up an entire chicken and using it. Any thoughts?? <em>38</em> Fri, 31 May 2013 12:18:54 EST How Do I account for the oil in homeade fried food http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31125125 Does anyone have a good idea on how to account for oil used in deep frying homeade recipes? I'm obviously not going to ingest all the oil that I'm using to fry but I need to put some sort of oil in. Any ideas? I made fried crab rangoon and even though all the ingredients are low fat, I need to honestly account for the oil too. Thanks! Fri, 31 May 2013 12:08:29 EST applesauce ??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31106691 Hi <BR> I am from the UK and would like to know what applesauce is and what can be used as a sub for it cause I have never heard of it and it is in lots of receipes <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Wed, 29 May 2013 08:30:24 EST Freedom to Feast! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31085036 Dear Sparkers, <BR> <BR> I can't believe the excitement and liberation that I am finding as I consider meal planning and recipe ideas! I joined Spark People 4 weeks ago and am finding my food interest moving toward grains and other different food ideas than ever before, such as meatless burgers! This feeling is sort of euphoric and motivational! I found some very interesting seafood burger recipes today. Here is the URL for one of the recipes that I plan to try ~ <BR> <BR> http://www.f... Sun, 26 May 2013 13:18:56 EST avocadeos http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31085033 what do you do with them buy them or eat them my dietion says she uses it instead of oil how any good ideas i have looked in the internet but not that smart on the computor Sun, 26 May 2013 13:18:20 EST Meat Expiry Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31071085 If you have meat that expires on May 25, and you cook it May 24... will it still expire on May 25 after it's cooked?? Fri, 24 May 2013 15:57:47 EST The Wonder of "Oopsie Bread" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31062180 So, I've heard of this "oopsie" stuff for a while now and tried several different recipes that left me less than impressed. They just didn't work out for me for whatever reason. That is, until last week! <BR> <BR> I finally found a recipe that delivers.. When you're trying to go carb free or just very low carb, for me, this little "oopsie" is no mistake! I've used this "bread" for hamburger buns, sub buns (held up really really well!) regular sandwiches, toast and even used the batter... Thu, 23 May 2013 11:21:11 EST Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31034479 Ok so I downloaded the spark recipe apps and going through alot of them and alot of good foods like one of the lasagnas they have is barely 336 calories a piece that's a little hard to believe when ground beef and lasagnas normally high in calories I also seen a good enchiladas another one that is barely 268 calories a piece are these numbers right in the recipes or do people guess on the calories and things I really wanna follow but am hoping these calorie numbers are right cuz there isn't ... Mon, 20 May 2013 03:43:13 EST Asian cooking -- favorite websites? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31014673 The whole of Asia is included in this topic, not just East Asia! If you like Middle Eastern food or Indian food, or whatever kind of food you like from anywhere in Asia, please feel free to respond! I'm always looking for new stuff to cook! <BR> <BR> Anyhow, I don't know about you guys, but I love East Asian food. I lived over there for a while, and want to make some of the food I discovered. <BR> I enjoy the Rasa Malaysia site for looking up recipes. Where do you go? <BR> <BR> What a... Fri, 17 May 2013 12:24:17 EST Puerto Rican and love to cook http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=31012757 Cooking is part of my heritage. I love to cook. My cooking and eating out have made me obese. Any suggestions on how to make my recipes healthier? Fri, 17 May 2013 08:00:03 EST Crohn's Disease and Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30964596 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I have a good friend that has Crohn's disease and she's not sure of all the foods that she is able to eat - she would like to lose weight but she doesn't know what foods to start with. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much! Fri, 10 May 2013 22:21:24 EST recipe (Paleo, GF, low carb)--microwave tortilla 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30951867 I recently found a microwave recipe for Wonder Bun, and have been playing around with it. My Wonder Bun, when cut in half for a sandwich, revealed a huge air pocket in the middle, so I began thinking about pitas...and poured a batch of batter onto a plate. What I got was a sort of tortilla, but have been hard at work perfecting the tortilla. Here's the recipe: <BR> <BR> Microwave Tortilla for 1 (flexible, freezable, reheatable) <BR> 1 T. chia meal <BR> 1 T. flax meal <BR> 2T. almond flour... Thu, 9 May 2013 10:41:08 EST I'm new :) questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30948955 So I'm new here and i am trying to find recipe's that i can fit in to my diet. however I'm super picky ://and cant seem to fine some good simple lunch and dinner recipes or meal plans can anyone help me? please and thank you :) <em>213</em> Thu, 9 May 2013 00:33:05 EST Rice Noodles Quantity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30939378 I had a recipe that called for 8 oz of rice noodles. <BR> I purchased a bag of rice noodles that had 6 oz package. I cooked it all and it was entirely too much. Should I have measured a cup raw to determine the amount? Tue, 7 May 2013 20:28:55 EST Looking for recipes to Gain Weight-pot luck http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30935677 This may not be the site to post but here goes. We are going to a pot luck to celebrate my brothers cancer free diagnosis. Yippee! He Beat Cancer! The treatments left him a little over 40 lbs Underweight and he needs to Gain. His still doesn't feel like eating much-only a few bites- due to the meds, so I'd like to make something nutritional and calorie dense , maybe something I can cut into brownie size bites. This would be for him, I making a chicken cassarole for the potluck to share.... Tue, 7 May 2013 11:06:12 EST Pressure cookers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30928272 Does anyone else use a pressure cooker? I've found it to be a great way to fix tough cuts of meat that would take all day in the oven or a slow cooker AND put a good meal on the table in a short amount of time. I'm looking for recipes or an easy way to convert standard recipes. Mon, 6 May 2013 13:49:18 EST Vegan Substitute for Egg Whites When Baking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30924526 I'm new to baking - anyone know of a good vegan substitute for when the recipe calls for egg white? <BR> <em>213</em> Mon, 6 May 2013 02:15:58 EST Shirataki Noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30905786 I have never tried these noodles. Please post your pros and cons about Shirataki noodles. <BR> <BR> Thank you! Fri, 3 May 2013 17:48:35 EST Cheesecake help! Wah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30903758 Hey, is any of you really good at cheesecakes? I only ever got one to turn out right one time, and it was a fluke. Mine aren't terrible or anything, but they crack a LOT. I've heard stuff about water baths and not opening the oven until it's cooled to room temperature to take it out, but I'm still having issues. :P <BR> <BR> Tell me your secrets, O Wise Masters! Fri, 3 May 2013 12:10:45 EST How many ways can you serve Salsa Chicken http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30900512 I've been on a hunt for recipes that are easy, inexpensive, and make several servings- perfect for packing into containers for last-minute lunches and dinners. A couple weeks ago, I tried the Tuna Noodle Casserole from the Sparkpeople cookbook. This weekend, I think I want to take on Salsa Chicken. <BR> <BR> I just know that I'm going to need to change up how I serve it to keep from getting bored, so I want to think of as many different ways as possible of serving it. <BR> <BR> So far, I'v... Fri, 3 May 2013 01:25:56 EST Do you have a Sparkrecipe you make over and over? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30896911 Lately I've been making Crispy Baked Egg Roll because they are easy to make and very tasty! I've made them with shrimp and chicken so far. I'm going to make them the next time I have to bring a dish to pass, too. We love them. I do change the recipe a bit, but basically follow it as is (I don't use oyster sauce). I think I found it because it was a recipe of the day a few months ago. <BR> <BR> <link>recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai<BR>l.asp?recipe=118348 </link> <BR> <BR> I j... Thu, 2 May 2013 15:55:47 EST How Can I Soften Too-Hard Cookies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30890985 Hi, they are plain cookies, sugar and vanilla but they came out really hard. At first I thought it was because I over-cooked them (they didn't appear very golden brown). What can I do to soften them? I read I should put them in the microwave but it didn't help much and they're in a plastic bag and that's not helping much either. <BR> And what can I do in the future when baking cookies to avoid this kind of thing? <BR> Thank you! Wed, 1 May 2013 22:28:26 EST Liquid Aminos? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30843276 I keep hearing about this stuff as a soy sauce substitute, but I'm not sure what it is. Is there anything I do with soy sauce that I can't use this for? Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:30:31 EST Eggs....Good for you or not so much? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30841633 Hello. So, many articles I read about healthy eating are conflicting when it comes to whether eggs are a do or a don't. Currently, I eat 1 egg a day at breakfast. For example, this morning I had eaten a fried egg in 1tsp extra light extra virgin olive oil on a piece of extra fiber whole wheat toast with 1 turkey sausage link. I like to think that this is healthy, but I want to get the opinion of others. What do you all think when it comes to eggs? <BR> <BR> Thanks Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:54:27 EST Do you watch Food Network? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30835172 I watch certain shows on Food Network, my fav being Iron Chef America.I watch Chopped, but get tired of how critical the judges are, even after they have had to do it themselves and know how hard it is. Also the one with Lunch Ladies a couple of years ago was a bit silly! I mean the lady that one said she sent food home to kids who were hungry calling it Back Pack Buddies, my school does that, but its through churches and local food pantry, not the school. I think thats illegal. Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:26:05 EST Help! Church dinner coming up! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30826858 So, I have a church dinner coming up this Sunday. I would like to take something healthy that I can make a meal of, because I'm 99% certain the rest of the foods there won't be things I usually eat. But, I also want to make it something that everyone else will enjoy as well. Any ideas? Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:02:42 EST Obsessed with DIY in the kitchen? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30817079 Is any of you here obsessed with figuring out how to make common grocery store products like peanut butter or Greek yogurt by yourself? <BR> <BR> For example, I really like trying to make my own bread. I'm no good at kneading by hand yet, so I mess it up a lot. My fiance says I should just use the dough hook on my mixer or buy a bread machine, but I refuse to give in!!!! I just figured out how to make my own hummus (and tahini! :O) recently, too. I want to figure out how to make various... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:51:05 EST Your Best Low-Cal Meringue Cookie Recipe, Please! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30810227 Today I made meringue cookies with 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 4 packets Nectresse, 3 egg whites, and two tablespoons of mini chocolate chips. I ended up with 15 lumpy mounds of fluff, estimating each to be around 40 - 45 calories (I HOPE!!). I'm sure I'll end up eating the majority of them myself, so why bother calculating the calories in each as opposed to a grand total, right? Haha! Next time I'll hopefully use less powdered sugar and more Nectresse... <BR> <BR> Anyway, what are your tastiest... Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:19:38 EST When recipes need to bake at different temperature http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30790277 What is a good rule of thumb to follow when two dishes require different times and temperatures? Your Fool-Proof Oven Baked Brown Rice needs to bake at 375 degrees for <BR> 1 hour while the Almond Chicken Casserole needs to bake at 350 for 25 - 30 minutes. <BR> Can both dishes be in the oven at the same time? Sat, 20 Apr 2013 11:03:31 EST Meal Planning Program http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30775914 Wasn't there at one time a "meal planning program" through SparkPeople you could order? I remember it was so much a month or something like that. I remember seeing it months ago but not exactly sure just how far back it was. <BR> <BR> Does SparkPeople still offer that and if so where can I find it? <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Mom of Spice Girl Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:10:06 EST Best way to reheat a grilled steak? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30763319 Hey there, what do you consider the best way to reheat a grilled steak from a night or two ago? I grilled 2 nice NY strip steaks that were on sale, and am wondering the best way to enjoy the one that's in my fridge? Unfortunately I didn't quite have the grill hot enough so its not seared as well as I would have liked on the outside, and the inside is more a pink medium than my preferred medium rare. Little over cooked. They where like 12 oz each, so I'll probably have half of one with some si... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 10:17:02 EST Storing vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30751101 I keep reading articles that suggest pre-cutting vegetables to have on hand for snacks - but what is the best way to store them? and other than carrots and celery what else keeps well; can be eaten raw and could be pre-cut? <BR> <BR> Thanks Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:32:15 EST What to serve with Tom Kha Gai http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30736017 I am trying to put together a lunch for a meal planning class and need to make sure different aspects of the meal are present and compliment one other (texture, flavor, colors, etc). I am planning on making Tom Kha Gai as the main dish and am looking for some complimentary accompaniments to complete the meal. I would like to incorporate a starch and fruit as a side dish or possibly even dessert. Does anyone have any suggestions? Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:08:22 EST Keeping falafels and risotto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30717556 I was reading a Spark recipe for chickpea falafels earlier and have no idea how you keep these or any falafels; any advice would be appreciated? <BR> <BR> Also with risotto, if I make a large batch am I able to freeze it and would you suggest adding extra sauce of some kind (more stock?) to microwave it later? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:32:05 EST Oil & Smoke Point ? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30656634 Does anyone know which cooking oils have the highest smoke point? <BR> TY Fri, 5 Apr 2013 13:46:28 EST Healthy Half & Half Substitute http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30627074 I haven't found much online so I figured I'd try you guys. I have a recipe for a wonderful Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce which I absolutely love, however it doesn't exactly coincide with healthy eating as it uses 2 cups of half & half. Does anyone know of a substitute that would create creamy, tasty & low fat? Tue, 2 Apr 2013 14:11:33 EST Serving for 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30601443 Hi there, I have never been on the forums. But I am wondering if there are recipes on here for serving 1 person? My kids and I are going on a mini vaca for spring break, and my husband is staying behind to work. But I want to pre-make some things for him so he can maybe just throw it in the microwave or oven. Any suggestions and help would be appreciated! Thanks and everyone have a great weekend! Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:49:18 EST Nutritional Yeast http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30601151 Today I learned about nutritional yeast from a grocery store toxin eliminating healthy eating session. The presenter suggested using it in salad dressings, as well as mixed with a little coconut oil and rice pasta for a better version of mac and cheese. I tried it...it was ok. It did taste cheesy, but had an interesting aftertaste. I think I could get used to it. She also suggested sprinkling it on popcorn...as it is supposed to taste like cheesies. We'll see! :P <BR> <BR> I was wondering if... Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:08:33 EST Leafy greens for wrapping sandwiches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30559153 What do you use in place of bread? Have you used any of the heartier greens (Kale, collards)? If so, how did you prep them? Tue, 26 Mar 2013 10:09:33 EST Salad dressing help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30496064 Lately I've been trying to eat more salads, especially at lunch. I've had some great successes but I'm having trouble finding a good salad dressing because I hate vinegar and so many of the common salad dressing use vinegar as a base. I've tried so many different recipes, even cutting the vinegar in half but it makes my stomach churn. Does anyone have some vinegar free salad dressing ideas? Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:06:00 EST Ridiculously quick and easy healthy cooking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30468411 Do you have any heathy recipes that take few ingredients or can be prepared with great ease and when you're pressed for time? <BR> <BR> I just discovered a delicious and very healthy meal that I can whip up in less than 20 mins. Makes one or two servings <BR> <BR> One pan peanut shrimp stir fry <BR> <BR> 4 oz frozen, peeled, cooked, deveined, tail off shrimp <BR> 2 cups of frozen asian stir fry veggies <BR> 1 tbsp olive oil <BR> 1 tbsp natural peanut butter <BR> 1 tbsp honey <BR> 1 tbsp... Sat, 16 Mar 2013 21:25:27 EST Actifry http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30456084 Doesbanyone own one and what do you think of it? <BR> Any good recipes for it? <BR> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:59:57 EST Healthy Recipes for Ice Cream Maker http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30435533 I just got an ice cream maker (kitchen-aid stand mixer attachment) and I'm looking for some healthy recipes for fro-yo or sorbet or whatever! Thanks in advance! I can't wait to try it out! Wed, 13 Mar 2013 07:36:34 EST baking salmon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30429724 For dinner tonight I am going to bake salmon for the first time. I have looked up how to do it, how long, what it should look like but the thing I am running into the most is skin off or on. Everything says to "cook skin side down first"...the salmon I bought doesn't have skin on it. Does anyone know how exactly to bake skinless salmon? :) Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:36:53 EST How can I get my family to eat brown rice? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30371113 My family doesn't care to eat any kind of rice except white rice. I buy brown rice and end up eating it all myself. Any suggestions as to how I can incorporate healthier brown rice into recipes? Wed, 6 Mar 2013 17:00:24 EST What to do with egg yokes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30338256 So today I am baking an angel food cake. It uses 1 1/4 C egg whites, but what shall I do with the egg yokes? I would rather not throw them out. Sun, 3 Mar 2013 11:48:20 EST The Worst Cooks in America http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30307981 Does anyone watch this show? I'm addicted. There are some great cooking tips on there and the recipes can be modified to suit your own tastes. Love it! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:02:48 EST What vegetables in smoothies? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30207037 So, I've started to add veggies to smoothies because I have a hard time with the taste. So far they are always a mix of milk, banana, and berry with 1 cup of raw spinach and a few tsp of chia seeds and a few ice cubes. What other veggies can I sneak in? Or are certain fruits better with certain veggies? I'm new to this...previously the only veggie I was eating was occasional salads and french fries...which, I don't think the french fries really count :/ Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:01:38 EST cookbook for high blood pressure and diabetes?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30122494 I have a friend in her 60's that is obese, hyper-tensive and diabetic...the perfect storm. She claims that if she cooks for that she will eat only celery and other rabbit food. Does anyone know of a cookbook (or even this site) that has recipes that address these issues? I want to prove her wrong about the rabbit food but she will not listen to preaching. She already knows that she is in bad shape and she already knows that she needs to do this and needs to do that etc. She likes to cook thou... Sat, 9 Feb 2013 20:38:40 EST Chicken breast is getting so boring! HELP! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30101816 So i bought two huge boxes of frozen breast because they were on sale and a lean meat! <BR> The problum is i'm having a hard time finding cheap, healthy but most imported recipes for good tasting meals! My family gets bored of the same old thing so i have to really switch it up. <BR> Please gimmie some good ideas! Thu, 7 Feb 2013 18:30:12 EST the best tip I found recently! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30071943 I was thinking of making vegetable broth when I heard "you should save all you cutoffs and skins from vegetables you are preparing and use them to make broth." How did I never think of this? I use lots of fresh produce and often give that stuff to the chickens. But even they say enough is enough! I started putting the onion skins, celery ends, carrot shavings ,etc in a freezer Ziploc bag and in one week I'd filled two quart size bags and it was enough to make broth. And it was the best veggie... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 15:08:25 EST What about cocktails? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30043138 Does anyone have any recipes or tips for making cocktails that are... better than others? I know I don't want to cut drinking out of my diet, but I would like to try and be responsible. <BR> <BR> <em>304</em> Fri, 1 Feb 2013 11:40:22 EST measuring pasta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=30016539 I measure pasta by the cup not by th ounce you can get way too calories by the ounce. I use whole grain thin Spaghetti. I measure 1/2 cup of spaghetti that is I have alot of less calories. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:37:23 EST Kale Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=29977128 I keep hearing about how yummy Kale Chips are and what a great substitute for potato chips they are....so my question is <BR> How do you make Kale Chips? Fri, 25 Jan 2013 14:19:35 EST Grocery List Program? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=29810900 I am notorious for going to a grocery store and just.... buying stuff. I never have a plan or a list. I decided that I'm going to start making weekly meal menus. A la elementary school. This way I have a list of exactly what I need to buy and I don't buy anything NOT on my list. <BR> <BR> I'm curious to know if there is a program or website (SP maybe?) that will allow you to put in your entire meal plan and then break down the grocery list and tell you what you need to buy. Or even put in r... Tue, 8 Jan 2013 10:39:42 EST Popcorn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=29784204 Last weekend I decided to make a bag of microwave popcorn, It almost caught on fire in the microwave. I had to throw it outside for the birds. My whole kitchen was filled with smoke.. <BR> As I got on site in the evening to track my food I watched a video and on it they showed how to make your own popcorn, with kernals and a brown paper bag.. WOW , I just made some and its GREAT. You can add your own spices to it to.. Microwave popcorn is gone to me now.. I will always make my popcorn this ... Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:20:29 EST Ninja 3 in 1 cooker - YOU HAVE TO GET ONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=29765027 I bought myself the Ninja 3 in 1 cooker before Christmas and have used it to cook nearly every meal since! For cakes it uses half the fat in you recipe!! It steam bakes making gluten free cakes moist for days. I made a red velvet for Christmas. I also steam roasted the prime beef and spiral ham. Made ham and beans over rice in it. But here's the best thing layered meals. Grain on the bottom of the pot, place meat on the little rack over the grain and top with veggies. Steam cook chicken, fis... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:40:47 EST Have any George Foreman grill favorites? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=29713459 I just got what I'm guessing is the newest/biggest George Foreman kitchen grill for Christmas. Never used anything like it before, but I do like the idea of grilling up some pineapple chicken (love chicken!). Do you have any kitchen grill favorites? I could use more grill ideas. :) Sat, 29 Dec 2012 09:13:19 EST Wheat Bran Muffins, with raisins, toaster http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=29140741 One of my meal plans says "what bran muffins, with raisins, toaster". <BR> <BR> I am confused... do I make these? I tried to find a recipe and couldn't find one. I found something similar to it, but the ingredients it says to make them are not on my grocery list, so I can't imagine that it is the correct recipe. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 18:32:24 EST the best powdered peanut butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=29043143 I think PB2 is awesome <BR> <BR> Fitznut is OK <BR> <BR> Byrd Mill dark roast is burnt tand bitter tasting, the light roast has no flavor. <BR> <BR> Anyone tried the ProteinPlus peanut flour? <BR> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 20:58:43 EST Stuffed and Grilled Poblano Peppers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=28852050 I bought some Poblano Peppers this summer and came up with this recipe. It was so very good I wanted to share <BR> 1 lb lean ground round, browned <BR> 1 can black beans, rinsed <BR> 1 cup cooked rice <BR> Canned tomatoes or Salsa to your taste <BR> Mix this together and stuff into Ploblano pepper halves. Make a foil wrap for them and grill for about 10 min. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve! Yummy! These are even good as cold leftovers! Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:11:29 EST Superfood salad http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=28727720 I thought I would share this salad idea. I got this for lunch at the Fred Meyer deli yesterday and was so happy to find something so tasty and healthy at a deli. If you Google Superfood Salad, you'll get lots of recipes and ideas. The one I had was basically: <BR> <BR> Curly kale cut into 1/4" ribbons as the base <BR> A little bit of shredded cabbage and grated carrot <BR> Sunflower seeds <BR> Fresh blueberries <BR> Red onion <BR> Edamame <BR> Cashews <BR> Cherry tomatoes <BR> <BR> It a... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 12:16:59 EST Recipe calculator http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=28415031 I am trying to enter a recipe, when I click on add an ingredient the screen comes up but I can't enter the ingredient. Is any one else having this problem or is it my computer. I have used this lots of times and have had no problem. Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:22:22 EST Cooking with Wine.. calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=28413949 I've heard that when you cook with wine, the alcohol cooks out of it. Since most calories in wine comes from the alcohol, how does it affect the calorie count? If you're using it in a recipe, how would you log that? <BR> <BR> I love cooking with wine! Gonna make a skinny beouf bourgenon this weekend(pretty sure I misspelled that..). Thu, 2 Aug 2012 11:33:00 EST need information http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=28413446 I want to put a recipe in the system so I can use it on my food tracker,, Can I do that? <BR> <BR> Shirley Thu, 2 Aug 2012 10:20:56 EST Histamine Intolerance recipies/snacks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=28337917 Hi Everyone! <BR> After years of digestive problems and months of unexplained unstoppable itchiness, I have diagnosed with histamine intolerance. Hopefully following the special diet will have a big impact... for the first time in ages my mouth and inner ear have not been itchy today, and I've only take one anti-histamine, very exciting!! <BR> <BR> The biggest impact this diet has had on me so far is the rule about no leftovers, no prepackaged foods, etc. <BR> <BR> So far really all I've b... Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:30:04 EST Almond Milk? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=27452952 Which brand do you prefer.....Silk or Almond Breeze???? <BR> <BR> I tried the Silk vanilla and HATE it! My kids seem to like it Sun, 22 Apr 2012 14:48:43 EST Tilapia? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=27436438 I have never cooked fish, I have eaten some. I liked tilapia..so I thought that would be a good place to start. I have no idea what to do with it? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. <em>4</em> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:37:04 EST Meal Replacement Shakes for Diabetic Person? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=27207420 Hi there, this is Scott Ewart,and I have taken the challenge of losing weight and getting more fit. <BR> <BR> And I noticed that having diabetes becomes a lifetime battle since progression to find an unyielding solution is still off the horizon. Since a sudden raise in blood sugar can result to serious health conditions, having meal replacement shakes for diabetic is a way to cut down the amount of medicines to take. <BR> <BR> Has anyone of you here tried taking shakes as meal replacem... Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:22:43 EST Any adult "fussy eaters"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=27135917 Ok so I'm kind of embarrassed to admit that, despite being in my mid-30s, I am and always have been a "fussy eater". Basically, I never really learned to enjoy healthy food, and I never really tried to be honest. <BR> <BR> So my challenge, on top of the whole exercising etc, is not just to eat healthy but to find varied ways to eat foods I'd normally not even look at. <BR> <BR> Today I had a teeny tiny victory when I made some stir-fried veggies with tuna. The dish was totally not somethin... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 00:10:47 EST Vitamix Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=26463718 Does anyone have any good Vitamix recipes they have tried? Tue, 10 Jan 2012 15:31:58 EST Juicing Calories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=26337252 I've taken to making fresh juices every morning, and I've been looking for way to track the calories in each juice. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to find out the caloric estimate per juice? I tried using the Spark Recipe program, but I felt that it wasn't accurate. <BR> <BR> Thanks for any suggestions! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 01:12:04 EST What are you having for dinner tonight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=25505890 My hubby is cooking tonight our menu will consist of: French onion chicken breast....cailfornia blend veggies and baked potato oooo yea and a garden salad!! Sun, 25 Sep 2011 07:33:23 EST Gluten Free Diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=24240977 Does any know how or if I can update my preferences so show that I am gluten free so that I will only get recipes and shopping list for gluten free meals? Fri, 27 May 2011 06:51:50 EST Do you drink 64 oz. of water per day? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=23962935 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 Low Carb alternatives to rice or pasta? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=23524900 I have found some awesome Sparkrecipes- both oven & crockpot- for dinner entrees like pulled pork, cream cheese salsa chicken, etc...but am now looking for some new low carb alternatives to buns, rice or pasta. <BR> <BR> I already pour my entree over boiled cabbage or whipped cauliflower, but I'm always looking for other alternates. I posted on the recipes & nutritional count for Whipped Cauliflower on the 'Secrets of Success' page, but here it is again: <BR> Whipped Cauliflower: Take 1 head... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 14:15:36 EST what kind of fruit did you eat today? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=19269642 I ate the most delicious sweet and juicy orange with my lunch. Mon, 19 Apr 2010 21:20:55 EST Feedback: New Ninja or Magic Bullet? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=18741172 I've been a faithful user of the Magic bullet for years, I love it! BUT, I've seen infomercials on the new Ninja. My question is, has anyone switched from the magic bullet to the Ninja and your feelings on it.. Is it better? the same? not as good? My bullet is going to need to be replaced soon and wondering which would be better. Thanks to any and all who can help! Lisa <BR> <em>304</em> Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:17:34 EST What Did You Have For Breakfast This Morning? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=14621663 Lately my breakfast meals have been a variation of: <BR> <BR> Oatmeal with warm fruit, such as: peaches, mangos, pineapples, apples, almonds, w/cinnamon, ginger, vanilla extract. Cooked it in apple juice a few times and yummmy! <BR> <BR> Egg white omelets w/onions, jalepenos, tomatoes, green peppers, avocados, on whole wheat toast or in a ww wrap. <BR> <BR> Getting bored. What do you eat for breakfast? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wed, 8 Apr 2009 10:55:02 EST New Obsession- Post Yours! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=14596756 My latest obsession in the kitchen is roasted cherry or grape tomatoes. Toss them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast them in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Awesome! Great cold on a sandwich too! <em>4</em> Mon, 6 Apr 2009 18:57:10 EST