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  1. I have found that soups and baked casseroles freeze best. Cream-soup (think 98% ff) doesn't stand up well, and ricotta cheese changes texture but (to me) still tastes good. Potatos, carrots and celery don't seem to do too well, so I try not to include them in soups or stews that I'm going to freeze.
  2. I don't have a trick to make it cook faster, but I bought a rice cooker and LOVE it because I don't notice how long it takes -- and I don't have to worry about constantly checking it or making sure it's not burning. So totally worth the investment. (And you can get a model that will steam veggies at the same time in a little basket above the rice...)
  3. This was SOOO funny. (My kids are 3.75 and 2, and boy can I relate...)
  4. So interesting. I'll have to try this at lunch - my breakfasts and dinners always have distractions b/c my kiddos are 2 and 3.75 years old. I'd be reeealllly skinny if I always ate slowly and only without distractions because I'd never get a chance to have a meal. Lol.
  5. Looks Core, but also looks like you'll be starving. (I'd be starving...) Also, I think you need more dairy, maybe have a couple of fruit as snacks. You can do it.
  6. Is the egg substitute just colored egg whites? That has a lot of protein. As a vegetarian (and I think you said you were lactose intolerant, too, right?) you have to be sure to get enough protein. (It's not that hard, b/c of beans, tofu, etc.) Re: potatos and corn v. pasta: corn is empty calories - not much nutrition there. Same with white potatos and white pasta. Sweet potatos and wheat pasta are much better nutritionally. So, if you're comparing white pasta against sweet potatos, then I'd say you're better off with the potatos. If you're comparing white potatos against wheat pasta (which also has protein, btw), you're better off with the pasta. My "thing" is that life is all about balance. Rigid rules don't always get you better nutrition.
  7. You will lose weight if you stay within points. You will keep it off if you learn how to manage your eating so that you're not falling off the wagon every few days. With working 12-hour shifts, is it possible to just steer clear of your BF when he wants to eat out? Or make it a special, once-a-week thing? Can you study for exams in a library or somewhere else where your roommate is not tempting you with takeout? Or can you fit a single takeout/fast food meal into your day (or every couple of days)? WW works if you want it to work. If you have the commitment (my substitute word for "willpower") to work 12-hour shifts, plus study for exams, you have the ability to commit to choose not to fill your body with junk. I know it's sometimes easier to reach for the junk that others are eating, but you already know that's not right for you. Could you try using just one packaged meal a day, instead of relying on it for two?
  8. If this sounds like the recipe, http://www.recipesource.com/ethnic/asia/japanese/00/rec0041.html then I'd say 2 points for 2 cups (chicken broth is 1 point per cup)
  9. What Momaste said. Plus - I find I'm far more filled if I have a hot, whole grain cereal (oatmeal, oat bran, Wheatena, etc) rather than a processed packaged cereal in the morning. You might also consider eating the 2 fresh oranges rather than squeezing them - it will fill you up more, and also has more nutritional value than the juice alone (keep the fiber in). You also might consider having some sort of protein with your cereal in the morning (1/2 c. of cottage cheese, or a yogurt, or something like that). I've also discovered that packaged meals have very little "real" food for the points value - it's disappointing, actually. The only Smart Ones I really like are the Santa Fe Rice and Beans, which I find can fill me up for lunch. Do you have a rice cooker? (I'd recommend it...) You can cook a few days' worth of rice (or quinoa, or barley) in just a short while, while you're doing other things (showering? Dressing?)and then have that on hand for add-ins for lunch or dinner. Barley keeps reaaally well in the freezer.
  10. Hi - can't answer your question re: burgers, but calorieking.com has the nutritional info for the nonfat frozen yogurt. Re: sugarfree ice cream, I have found in general that sugar-free foods aren't much more calorie-friendly than regular (sugar-free flavored coffees are an exception...). I didn't search, but maybe calorieking.com can be of help there, too.
  11. Hi - most of what I buy at Costco is stuff I could also get at a grocery store, but at better prices. Last time I went I got great bargains on fresh fish (tilapia and salmon). I also got a great buy on Skinny Cow sandwiches - a box of 20 for about $10, I think - it was a mix of chocolate and vanilla. The only bad thing is when I buy stuff like Skinny Cows in bulk, I tend to eat it more often. Lesson learned, I guess...
  12. I wonder whether they tweaked it or whether they realized the n.i. was wrong...could be they switched to "real" mayo instead of lowfat or something (a la Subway). Either way, that's too bad. I like some of Chik-fil-A's food, including their nuggets - which are real pieces of chicken (not low point, but worth an occasional splurge...)
  13. I think that's definitely enough variety - maybe consider making plain (unspiced) corn for a little more plain vanilla. I'd loooove to have some of your recipes though - esp the meatballs - I love, love, love Indian food. (And my almost-2-year-old also loves my "tandoori chicken" from my WW cookbook...)
  14. Edies, I read on a separate thread that your kids are 9, 7 and 2. I agree trying to get the 2-year-old to eat what you prepare might be a challenge, but IMO, the other kids are old enough to eat what you serve for the family. It's totally fair and appropriate to tell your kids that your house is not a restaurant, and although you're not going to force them to swallow food they say they don't like, you're not going to prepare a separate meal for them either. They won't starve. Maybe you can have them pick a meal or two a week? Or they can pick lunch but they eat what you serve at dinner? (I read that you homeschool them.) This way, they wont' feel as though they have NO choice in the matter, but you still won't drive yourself nuts.
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