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We have a Foodsaver vacuum sealer and I bought the attachment to seal mason jars. I have had more success keeping salads fresh in the jar using this method. It is amazing how long it stays fresh. I have also saved avocado halves in the bags and it continues to amaze me because they still look green after a couple of days. It takes a bit of time to prep but once done, it is easy to grab the salad. Makes fast food good food.


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Just taking a guess that this SP article about menopause may be of interest:

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Have seen some ideas for salads in a jar. They look really good. I want to try making some. Currently searching out recipes. Have you ever made something like that? Looks like its all in how you layer it in the jar; most can be done a few days ahead, with the last layer being something you add the day you're going to eat it. Will try & find some online pix to show....

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Turkey Dinner Goulash to be fixed in one of the new pressure cookers.

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If you have one of the new pressure cookers, try the website listed in the link. Love all her recipes. This is for a breakfast casserole only using 4 eggs (4 servings) and using a 6-cup IP bundt pan:



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I served some homemade potato soup with our fish, tonight. I didn't think hubby would want any of the soup, but, he requested it. That's a big win. Maybe b/c it is called "Loaded Baked Potato Soup"?? lol

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I'm making my own yogurt, again, but using 1% milk this time. I make a smaller batch, just incase it flops. LOL. emoticon

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www.messforless.net/keto-crack-chick
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Keto Diet Crack Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe.

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I have the first cookbook volume & have been happy with each recipe we've tried. Here is my recommendation for practical & good recipes for pressure cookers:


rootitoot.com/

The paper versions are only avail from the Rootitoot website. You can get the first cookbook from Amazon on Kindle. The 2nd volume (Kindle version) is now avail on Amazon, as well.


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If it were up to me, we'd have more homemade soups for meals. Hubby isn't a fan. Me, I think it's one of the best comfort foods AND it's good for you.

What is your favorite comfort food?

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Have you tried cauliflower that's been whipped up like mashed potatoes? First time I tried making it without a recipe. Didn't do so well.
I've recently tried a recipe similar to this link. We liked them so well that I made the recipe again for company, to go with meatloaf. OMG, you really must try.

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Fresh baby carrots are popular. But, have you ever had them cooked? Omygosh, they are yummy! First time I had them was at a restaurant. Cooked them at home and both my kids liked them! That's a win-win for all. emoticon

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SALT FREE CHILI TOPPING FOR POTATOES

1 to 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1/2 chopped red onion
4 stalks celery, thinly sliced

When these are done frying, put into 2 qt slow cooker with:

16 oz can no salt tomato sauce
16 oz can no salt pinto beans, drained
2 TBL sugar
2 tsp chili powder
a few shakes of pepper

Set slow cooker on high for the first hour, then 2-3 hrs on low setting. Serve scoops of chili over baked potatoes.

OPTION: If you're wanting more flavor, adding salsa to taste will work well.


I admit that my taste buds like salt. After making this, I first thought it was too plain. First time I added salt. 2nd time, I added garlic powder & cumin. Tonight, I ate it without adding anything and liked it just fine. For me, the no salt taste is one I need to get used to. Once I've tried something the first time, it is always better the other times. I have a friend who strictly keeps salt out of all her recipes, including bread dough. I didn't even know you could do that (without having it complicate the rising process of yeast dough.) But, it doesn't seem to matter in anything she fixes without salt.






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Figured out how to make fish tacos! Here's what I used:

3 pieces frozen cod
flour tortillas
shredded lettuce
shredded cheddar
chopped fresh mango

I cooked the frozen fish in the microwave, first, by putting them into a corning dish with a little water...zapping on high for 2-3 minutes at a time, turning them over each time I checked on them. So, I had microwaved them at least 8 minutes, total. To give them some flavor, I chopped them up in a frying pan with 2 Tbl butter, chopped garlic and a few spices . (lemon zest, and Mrs. Dash.) . I used the spices I had on hand. DIL mentioned cilantro, tho I didn't have any. DH can't tolerate anything hot & spicy.

Assembling the tacos:
Layer some of the shredded lettuce in the tortilla, first; then fish, cheese & mango.
DIL used some hot sauce.

In the end, DH was the one who said they weren't his cup of tree. DIL had 3 of them. I had 1. I have enough leftover fish to make 1 or 2 more tacos. I liked them, but they weren't as flavorful as what I've had at a restaurant. So, Idk what I've left out. Will look more closely at them, next time I order.

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Have you ever tried fish tacos? I've tried them from 2 diff restaurants. It's fish served on top of a mild coleslaw and sometimes topped with mango salsa, inside a slightly crunchy flour tortilla. I suppose they wouldn't be difficult to make. I'm sure glad I tried them. They're not at all what I was imagining (b/c I was thinking of traditional meat, tomato-y, hot sauce versions.) Instead, they are crisp & fresh.

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We had some Dole Whip, once, and fell in love with it. It was a pineapple vanilla swirl, actually. And I'm not even a pineapple fan. It was really good. There has been a recipe hack for it on P & FB, lately, so I tried it out. You'll need some kind of high speed blender.

Pineapple Whip:

16 oz pkg frozen pineapple chunks

1/3 cup coconut milk (or whatever you have)

3 TBL sugar

1 tsp lemon juice concentrate

1 tsp lime juice concentrate

Pulverize for 5 minutes or so. You will need to stop blender for stirring it a few times. I kept thinking it wasn't going to work & that it was too dry. Don't give up, tho. Stir it down as needed. It WILL whip up into a creamy consistency. Ours had a few small pineapple pieces in it, but, was no matter. I served ours in 2 ice cream sundae glasses.
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Nutrition Facts
2 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 216.8
Total Fat 1.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 0.0 mg
Potassium 13.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 52.0 g
Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
Sugars 48.0 g
Protein 0.0 g
Vitamin A 3.4 %
Vitamin B-12 16.8 %
Vitamin B-6 0.0 %
Vitamin C 0.0 %
Vitamin D 10.1 %
Vitamin E 0.0 %
Calcium 3.4 %
Copper 0.0 %
Folate 2.0 %
Iron 0.0 %
Magnesium 3.4 %
Manganese 0.0 %
Niacin 0.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.0 %
Phosphorus 0.0 %
Riboflavin 0.0 %
Selenium 2.7 %
Thiamin 0.0 %
Zinc 1.3 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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I have a friend who has to stick to a low salt diet. It has me thinking more about ways to cut back on salt. These are things I do as a general rule:

If the recipe has ham, sausage, or any kind of soup in it? Do NOT add any more salt, even if the recipe calls for it. That extra tsp is def not necessary. This is something I've been doing for years & the salt was not missed.

If I fry eggs for breakfast, I do not put any salt on them. DH never adds any either. He doesn't seem to miss it. I sometimes pepper mine, but, the salt is simply not needed.

If a recipe has any canned food in it? Check to see if they have a low salt version.

In most cases, the salt is not missed. If you find you miss the salt, there is always a salt shaker to add later on. I'm finding that I'm more apt to miss the salt, at first, since I was just used to it. The more I don't use it, tho, the more I get used to not having it & not missing it.

I grew up putting salt on melon. I later found it wasn't necessary.
I also found that it isn't necessary to put butter on a muffin or sweet bread.
(These are 2 things I quit doing just out of laziness, really, but...found they weren't missed.)

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This week, I've chosen recipes out of my healthier cookbooks. I'm excited about us working towards our goal of eating healthier. We've done it before, but, got busy & lost focus.

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I used to make something we called "Zucchini Spaghetti." It is a good way to use up zucchini & tomatoes from the garden. You can serve over pasta OR spaghetti squash, instead. I've served it both ways & both are delicious. I'd long since lost the actual recipe & just made from memory. You'll need a large frying pan or 4 qt pan.

2 Tbl. canola oil in pan over medium heat. Add chopped onion (about 1/2+ cup), and some fresh chopped garlic (if you have it. Use garlic powder, if you don't have fresh.) As you're frying onion, peel & slice 4-6 zucchini. Keep frying onion & add zucchini as you go. Once you've added zucc's to pan, start preparing 3-4 tomatoes. 3 large beefsteak tomatoes, or more if they're a smaller variety. Clean & chop tomatoes, adding to pan as they're ready. Fry all this up till it seems done. IN THE MEANTIME, prepare the spaghetti noodles or spaghetti squash. When all is done, you'll assemble the meal on each plate...starting with spaghetti first, generous spoonfuls of the tomato/zucchini mixture. Lastly, you'll top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Each person can add their own salt & pepper to taste. I usually forgot to add any spices & it didn't seem to matter. If you prefer to add basil and/or oregano while frying the tomatoes, that would be a nice touch. I don't measure; roughly a 1/2 tsp of each or a few shakes. Hope you enjoy.


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FRUIT SALSA

2 granny smith apples (peel core & chop)

1 pkg of fresh strawberries (diced)

2 kiwi (peeled and diced)

2 rounded TBL brown sugar

2 rounded TBL apple jelly

1/4 C or less of OJ

[I didn't peel the apples. I chopped everything into small pieces.] Store in fridge in a covered bowl till ready to serve.

CINNAMON CHIPS

12-20 flour tortillas

small bowl of water with a pastry brush. (I used a rubber spatula to 'paint' with.)

cinnamon sugar

400 preheated oven. Prepping one tortilla at a time, lightly "paint" one side of the tortilla with water. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. With a sharp knife or pizza cutter, carefully cut tortilla into 8 wedges. Arrange wedges onto a baking sheet. Bake wedges in 400 oven for up to 8 minutes. Let them cool on a drying rack & store in container once they've cooled completely.

Serve cinnamon chips and fruit salsa together.

For 2 of us, I just used 12 small tortillas. For our brunch, we used 20 tortillas and had leftovers.


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One of the things that we served at our bruncheon was chips & fruit salsa. It wasn't the usual chips and spicy salsa, tho.

For the chips:
flour tortillas, each spread lightly with water. Then sprinkle each with cinnamon sugar.
using a pizza cutter, cut each tortilla into 8 wedges. Arrange on cookie sheet
Using 350 oven, bake for 8 minutes. We were able to fit at least 2 cut up tortillas on each cookie sheet. Transfer to baking rack and let them cool. Once cooled, store in airtight container until ready to serve. Serve immediately or within a 24 hours of fixing. We had made ours the day before. We used 20 flour tortillas (for a group of 30+ ppl) and we had too much. Could've used more salsa and less tortilla chips. My friend promises to share her salsa recipe with me, soon.

Salsa is made from finely chopped strawberry, kiwi, and apple
A small amount of apple jelly & fruit juice were used, just enough so everything blends together. (I will give an updated version of the recipe once I talk my friend into giving it to me.) emoticon

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Meatless meals for lent

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This IS a grocery store link, BUT, they have some good recipes on their website.
These are breakfast & brunch recipes. Enjoy!

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Meatless Meals for Lent

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Healthy Easter Recipes. If you try any of these, please let us know what you think.

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Recipes for St. Patricks Day!

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Healthy Mardi Gras recipes!

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Jeannette's Healthy Living
Healthy Valentines Day Recipes

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How 'bout some healthy Valentines Day recipes?

www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19921/hol
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My goal is to use less of the fluffy white breads, rolls & buns. This is why I'm wanting to figure out how to make cauliflower pizza crust, find a healthy flat bread that doesn't crack, etc....

Please share healthy tips you've discovered...the yays & the nays.



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DH has had another pre-diabetic reading. A year ago, all was normal. We'd both been working on eating healthier. Having the tests all come back "normal" gave us a false sense of security. Sorry to say. It is not enough to think that b/c all is well "right now" that one doesn't have to keep up the diligence of taking good care of themselves.

All can be easier said than done, when it comes to making healthy choices. One does not like to hear they "can't" eat their favorite food (even if that food isn't good for you.) Guess that's where the "eating everything in moderation" comes into play.

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I got the cauliflower pizza crust; will cut up tiny small pieces of sirloin, for a topping. We've gotten tired of the usual toppings, for homemade pizza & trying other toppings.

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The next healthy thing I'm going to try, is the use the coupon for a cauliflower pizza crust. (To be honest, when I've seen the recipes for it....? I just can't picture how that thing actually stays together. How does it not fall apart???) I like to try new recipes & test things out. So, that will be my next "experiment." I'll make sure to post a "review." Have any of you tried making a pizza with a whipped cauliflower pizza crust? If so, plz DO TELL. Inquiring minds WANT to know. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The frozen "loaded potatoes" (whipped cauliflower) was very good. Once upon a time, I made everything from scratch. Now-a-days, I like quick & simple. I will look for recipes. In the meantime, I will enjoy some of the good flavorful frozen entrees from the store.

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I finally made some cauliflower-whipped-like-mashed-potatoes. I used a N-ja blender, so the consistency was smooth, like mashed potatoes. I had boiled some frozen riced cauliflower, drained & cooled it with cold water. Whipped it, in the blender, adding a pat of butter and 1/4 cup heavy cream. Once blended, transferred to cooking pan to reheat. I didn't add much for flavoring, which was my prob. I'll need to experiment. DH wasn't that thrilled. I liked knowing I was eating something healthier than potatoes.

In the meantime, we found several whipped cauliflower frozen entrees, at the local grocery. These have calories, but, usually still are very good....not too many calories. Visit your local frozen veggie aisle. You might be surprised at what you find.

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In various magazines, I'm finding some healthy fall recipes. Have you been able to find some, as well?

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I'm always looking for something new, something healthy, especially a healthy improvement to a comfort food recipe. Plz feel free to share, in this thread. emoticon

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www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/thank
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Here are some healthy Thanksgiving recipes. I saw some cauliflower recipes!

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Have you tried to make mashed potatoes, using cauliflower? I have not tried this, yet; but, I keep meaning to.....

I've gotten mixed reviews. Some say that it is a lil bit grainy. Others say that you can't tell the difference between the whipped cauliflower & mashed potatoes.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has tried this. emoticon

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diabeticgourmet.com/articles/21-tast
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This is a link for 21 diabetic friendly autumn recipes. Looks like there are some real yummy ones! emoticon

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One of my favorites, lately, are frozen "riced veggies". I've gotten 'riced broccoli', 'riced broccoli & cauliflower'. I like to mix them in with a box of wild rice. I've brought this dish to a potluck, before, and it got rave reviews. Ppl can't taste the veggies that are in there. It doesn't alter the taste of the wild rice mix.

If you haven't seen them, I encourage you to look in the frozen veggie aisle & check em out. emoticon

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What is your favorite go to healthy snack? ...healthy meal?

Please, let's share ideas.

I'm always fighting my sweet tooth. I'm always trying to come up with a healthy pot luck idea. (Many times, the pot luck choices are desserts...since those are easy options that one doesn't have to keep warm or keep cold.)

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