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 Very simple diabetic dinners? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=49781091 I'm struggling with providing healthy dinners for my husband who has Type 2 Diabetes. I'm not a good cook and what meals I did learn to cook over the years are too carb-heavy. <BR> <BR> We could have a salad every night, but for protein, we can't afford steak or salmon every night. For some reason, I have a really hard time cooking chicken. It dries out and I don't enjoy it at all. (In the old days, I used to fry it - I live in the South). <BR> <BR> I just don't enjoy cooking at all and w... Thu, 8 Aug 2019 21:36:22 EST air fryer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=49558493 Got one for Father's Day and love it. However I am trying to figure how to enter the food when we are not using oil. Bought some frozen french fries (came out great), but again, how do I enter the food? It's not cooked in oil. If you can help me I would appreciate it. <BR> <BR> Edwin - Lakeland, FL Sun, 14 Jul 2019 20:33:40 EST "Meal prep" without the monotony? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=49254034 I'd like to do more meal prep, but the idea of eating the same thing day after day isn't sustainable for my family. I love the idea of meal prepping a batch of ingredients that can be made into several different dishes throughout the week, but I'm too unimaginative to figure out how. I saw a great video on Frankie Celaya's "Struggle Meals" series that's just what I was looking for, but videos with that approach seem few and far between. Can anyone recommend plans or videos that subscribe to t... Mon, 10 Jun 2019 20:42:00 EST Chia Seeds- How do you use Them http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=48826550 I need to add more fiber to my diet. I have been curious about Chia Seeds. Could anyone give me some information on recipes and results? Thanks Thu, 25 Apr 2019 14:55:31 EST DuckSauce Chicken-wings in crockpot - recipe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=48625672 Seeking advice for cooking sweet 'n sour chicken wings (or combo of wings & drumsticks & potato) in my 4-quart crockpot, with minimal ingredients. <BR> <BR> Is the below a sensible strategy? <BR> <BR> (1) Smear oil on bottom of my 4-quart crockpot. (is that safe?) <BR> (2) Cut up a potato and a sweetPotato with just enough pieces to fill bottom of crockpot (on top of the smeared-oil). <BR> (3) Then pour enough filtered-water to cover the cut-up potatoes/yams. <BR> (4) Then put chicken wing... Thu, 4 Apr 2019 06:54:21 EST Tofu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=48448356 I've tried various recipes. How do you make it good? Sat, 16 Mar 2019 21:44:12 EST no-bake lasagna noodles http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=48377979 I bought a package but am not sure how to use them. The package just says add an extra 1/2 cup of water. Where? Sat, 9 Mar 2019 10:47:20 EST Avocados http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=48261595 Hi does anyone have any tricks that work for keeping 🥑? avocados from going brown ? Mon, 25 Feb 2019 17:22:44 EST Chicken drier than powder http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=47814676 I know how to fry chicken and cook it in pasta. But cooking it alone in a pan and baking it hasn't worked. What am I doing wrong when I put my chicken in the oven is dry as eating powder might be. Help. Sun, 13 Jan 2019 22:01:11 EST Freezing milk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=47682740 My husband and I do not drink milk. When needed for a recipe though I will buy a carton, use what I need then freeze the remainder in 1/2 cup portions in Ziplock bags. When the milk start to freeze lay the bag on it's side so you can stack it. <BR> <BR> Thaw at room temp then shake the bag as the fat will have separated. Wed, 2 Jan 2019 12:16:26 EST Favorite Cooking Blogs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=47648542 I'm always looking for new healthy cooking blogs to follow and would love to know about your favorites. <BR> <BR> Mine are: <BR> Sweet Peas and Saffron (Lots of meal prep here.) <BR> A Pinch of Healthy <BR> <BR> Sun, 30 Dec 2018 10:46:36 EST Air fryer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=47631561 Is air-fried better than baked? Fri, 28 Dec 2018 12:25:46 EST Spaghetti Squash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=47493395 Who has had luck with this guy? I like it, but I never manage to get distinct strands. It's basically just normal squash. When I pull it with a fork it looks like strands, but they clump together. Am I overcooking it? Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:12:12 EST Spreadable Butter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=47398134 Does anyone have any idea what the ratio is of butter to oil to make some spreadable butter? I ran out of it, but had both butter and oil (no money), so tried to make some. When I put it in the refrigerator it turned really hard like the regular stick of butter. I would like something I can spread on toast. Sat, 1 Dec 2018 21:56:55 EST what can be done with cabbage http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=46976439 that doesn't involve soup? All the recipes I've found involve lots of bacon, or cream. I don't want to coat it wth fat just to make it palatable. <BR> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:29:38 EST Which cookware sets do you like? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=46824210 Looking forward to cooking Thanksgiving dinner, I really need to purchase a new cookware set. I'd like something that has light weight pots and pans that distribute heat well. Does anyone have pros and cons they can share with me before I make my final decision? Sun, 30 Sep 2018 18:01:24 EST Okra, to use or give away? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=46756638 I got a produce basket from a local farm and it contained Okra. I have never eaten or cooked Okra. I have heard the texture can be pretty slimy so not sure about that. Should I try iy or give it away to someone who will truly enjoy it? Sun, 23 Sep 2018 13:36:33 EST Salad Dressing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=46542340 I don't know much about cooking and I am new to eating salads so keep that in mind. I got an Italian non fat dressing for my spinach salad but didn't like that it was so oily. Is there any nonoily low calorie dressing out there? I have a 5 year old son that would rather been in the toys isle than the grocery. Any other ideas to make my salad better would be great. I am currently putting frozen fully cooked chicken strips on mine. Thanks ahead of time as I need all the help I can get! Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:34:37 EST Does anyone use Paprika App to organize recipes? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=46500233 I have been using the Paprika App to organize recipes. Does anyone know how to save a recipe from Spark People into the Paprika App? Mon, 27 Aug 2018 09:10:00 EST Snacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=46456593 I work 12 your shifts and my downfall is quick snacks, any ideas of snacks to prepare the night before? And quick breakfasts? Wed, 22 Aug 2018 16:23:11 EST Breakfast Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=46444613 So I joined SparkPeople two and half weeks ago and am down 6 pounds (yay!) and that is definitely keeping me motivated to exercise and eat right. My problem is I've eaten the same thing for breakfast for two and a half weeks now (hard boiled egg, cheese stick and strawberries). It's getting really boring. So I'm looking for suggestions on what other people are eating and what kind of lean meats would be good for breakfast. Not an everyday type thing but something to mix it up a bit. I ne... Tue, 21 Aug 2018 11:25:17 EST How many times could oil be re-used? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=46058699 Chemistry suggests that repeated heating up of oil could release harmful substances... is that true? Thu, 12 Jul 2018 00:48:49 EST Do you drink distilled water? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=45115721 I've read so many different opinions as to whether distilled water is good for our health or not. Some say it washes out useful minerals, other say it's a myth and it takes only minerals not used in our metabolism with it... What do you think of distilled water? Mon, 9 Apr 2018 05:09:54 EST Nut Butters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=44543693 I've been told to eat more nut butter. Other then peanut butter, what do you like? Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:26:46 EST Sausage Links http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=44360128 Good morning! <BR> <BR> Quick question...I have sausage that I want to cook up - sweet italian sausages (like you would use on a hoagie roll with peppers, onions, and sauce). <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever made this type of sausage in the crockpot? If so, are the results good? Tue, 30 Jan 2018 08:21:57 EST Need Ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=43898246 My bowling league has a Christmas Party where we all bring something and this year I have no ideas. It is a morning (9:00 am) league and there are always plenty of sweets but I'd like to have something different, appealing, and healthy. I tried Pinterest but was overloaded with the unhealthy things. <BR> Any ideas? Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:38:30 EST America's Test Kitchen and Cooks Country http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=43314514 Since my retirement I have more time to cook real food instead of just assembling ingredients in a slow cooker. For some time I have been watching America's Test Kitchen and Cooks Country and taking copious notes because the recipes sound so delicious. <BR> Before I waste a bunch of money and time. has anyone tried any of the recipes from these shows? If so, which ones have you tried? Were they as good as advertised? <BR> My skepticism stems from having failed at several Martha Stewart reci... Sat, 14 Oct 2017 10:34:22 EST What do you put in your pasta? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=42258621 Hey! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for more ways to add veggies in my diet, and I'd love some ideas! <BR> Right now, I've started to put mushrooms (fairly common). I tried red bell peppers, but that just tasted odd to me. <BR> <BR> What do you put in to get your servings? Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:38:56 EST Air Fryer---anyone else have one? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=41274991 I just bought an air fryer...which isn't really a fryer at all. It is basically a convection oven, it cooks with air. So far, everything I cook in it is fantastic. <BR> <BR> Since it cooks without oil---this shouldn't add extra calories, right? <BR> <BR> Anyone else have one? Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:12:22 EST How do you cook your vegetables? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=158&imparent=39864726 Hi, I don't like salad and I have been cooking my vegetables for years. I am curious to see how people cook their vegetables. Thanks! Thu, 8 Sep 2016 11:10:43 EST