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  1. I got this from a Bobby Flay show and jotted down the recipe. I made it a while back and thought it was wonderful, definitely plan on trying it again. Eggplant is a veggie that DH likes, so I'm always looking for different ways to make it. This recipe was wonderfully garlicky and flavourful. Even if you're not crazy about eggplant, you might try it this way. 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic salt & pepper 2 tbsp rice vinegar 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp sesame oil 1/4 tsp red chili flakes Make a paste of the garlic by mashing the chopped garlic with a little salt (alternately, you could probably use the bottles mashed garlic). Add to a small bowl. Whisk in the vinegar, soy, sesame oil & chili flakes. Note - do not be tempted to replace the sesame oil with olive oil. Sesame oil is integral to the flavour. Slice the eggplant into 1/2 in slices. If you can use the japanese style eggplant, you would use about 4 eggplants. If you use regular eggplant, you want at least 8-12 slices, so buy as many eggplants that will give you that many. Sprinkle the slices with a bit of salt & pepper. If you have the points, drizzle the slices with olive oil, if not then spray with cooking spray. Grill the slices for roughly 5 min per side over medium heat until browned and heated through. Put the grilled eggplant slices into a shallow bowl and drizzle with the sauce.
  2. Amanda, I totally get what you're saying. I get so envious of people that have an easier time of losing weight. I want to smack those people who can just tweak a couple of things in their eating plan and the weight melts off. Or those that after being off fast food/sweets/whatever say that they've lost their taste for it. I've never lost my taste for any of it. I do eat healthy, never eat dessert, try to exercise regularly, don't smoke etc. yet the weight refuses to come off. It's human nature to be envious of those people that appear to have an easy time of something that is difficult for us. But boy oh boy, if anyone happens to capture a fairy godmother, could you send her my way please?
  3. Thanks for the info. I love cilantro and will often add it to salads. I guess I'll just continue to use dried coriander since I can never find it fresh.
  4. This is a question for the cooks out there. I can usually buy fresh cilantro but can never find fresh coriander. And then one day I was half watching a Jamie Oliver cooking show and I'm almost sure he said that they are both actually the same plant. Cilantro is the leaf of the plant and coriander is the stem. Does anyone know if that is true?
  5. Try adding some Torani or DaVinci syrup in, as part of the liquid. I always add the sugar free caramel. It sweetens the oatmeal without adding points and gives it a great flavour.
  6. The problem I have is that my trigger foods can change and sometimes with no notice. For example peanut butter. I usually keep it around for recipes and it doesn't tempt me otherwise. Then overnight it becomes an obsession. I have found some healthy snacks in the past that I am ok with for a long time, then suddenly I can't resist them. I constantly have to be on guard for this and often have to have a period of banning before I can get whatever it is under control again.
  7. I like to cook my oatmeal with milk and a splash of caramel SF syrup, then I mash a banana into it. This is one of my favourite comfort foods.
  8. Has anyone experienced a problem with bitterness using the yogurt? If so, maybe I'll try that instead of a different kind of sour cream. I hate wasting stuff by just making it and then dumping the whole thing in the garbage. I bet yogurt cheese would get you pretty close to the flavour of cream cheese. Maybe I'll give that a try. Has anyone else tried it with yogurt cheese?
  9. Do you like meatloaf? I always add grated zucchini & carrots to my meatloaf, along with sauteed onions & mushrooms (sauteeing them first helps keep the meatloaf moist). You can also add salsa to meatloaf. In spaghetti sauce I also add many types of grated or finely diced veggies: carrots, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli. Then I also add in mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, onion, celery etc. Try roasting your veggies, it really changes the taste and I seldom cook my veggies any other way. Spread assorted veggies on a baking sheet sprayed with a bit of Pam. Spray the top of the veggies again, then sprinkle with whatever spices take your fancy. Roast in a very hot oven (400 - 425) for 20 min or however long it takes until they are as crunchy as you like them to be. Instead of white potatoes, try making sweet potato french fries. Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and spray with Pam. Cut sweet potato into fries, spread in a single layer on the baking sheet and spray tops with Pam again. Sprinkle with seasoning (I like Emeril's Original Essence). Bake in a 400 oven for about 30 min. (again how long will be to your own taste).
  10. Ok, I tried this with the vanilla pudding and the sour cream. It had such a bitter aftertaste that I had to throw it all out. DH didn't like it either. Didn't anyone else get this? I don't know what I did any different.
  11. Paris, I finally tried this and it is excellent. I sub'ed small chicken breasts for the thighs. I'll definitely be keeping this recipe.
  12. Asian Green Bean Casserole The recipe calls for fresh green beans. You can make them up to 2 days ahead if you like. You can prepare the casserole ahead of time through step 3, cover and refrigerate. Let it stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking and then reheat it with its crispy topping just before serving. The grocery store didn’t have fresh green beans the day I was shopping, so instead I substituted a 2 lb bag of frozen French style green beans. I prefer this kind of bean, so to me the casserole was even better and I didn’t have to go through the effort of trimming or steaming the beans ahead of time. 2 lbs green beans, trimmed 1 tbsp peanut oil 1 bunch scallions, finely chopped 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 2 (8-ounce) pkgs sliced mushrooms 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce or reduced sodium soy sauce 1 tbsp water ½ tsp cornstarch dissolved in 1 tbsp water Dried ramen noodles from 1 (3 ounce) pkg ramen soup mix (discard the seasoning packet or use for something else) 1 tsp Sesame oil ¼ tsp onion powder 1. Steam the green beans over 1 inch boiling water until bright green and still quite crisp, about 5 minutes. Drain in a colander under cold running water to stop cooking, and set aside. 2. Heat the peanut oil in a non-stick wok or large skillet. Add the scallions, ginger and garlic and stir fry until the scallions are tender, 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until they release and reabsorb their juices, about 5 minutes. 3. Add the teriyaki or soy sauce and water. Bring to a boil and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens slightly, 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the green beans, tossing just to coat. 4. Preheat the oven to 400°. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick spray. Crumble the ramen noodles into a small bowl and drizzle with the sesame oil and onion powder, tossing to coat. 5. Spread the bean and mushroom mixture in the casserole dish and tope with the noodle mixture. Cover with foil and bake until bubbly, about 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until the topping is crisp, about 10 minutes more. Per serving (about 1 cup): 106 cal, 4 g Fat, 1 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 0 mg Chol, 146 mg Sod, 16 g Carb, 6 g Fibre, 5 g Prot, 90 mg Calc. Points value: 2
  13. I run about 4 x a week for my cardio workout. I'd like to add some strength training to my week. I have both the hand weights and the ankle weights. Can anyone suggest a basic video that can get me started on strength training?
  14. Has anyone tried these, and what did you think? Were the bagels as dense and satisfying as a regular bagel? Are they the same size as a regular bagel? For 2 pts for the bagels and 1 pt for a 10" wrap, I am definitely interested in how good they are. I tried ordering from The Alternative Bagel, but after the first order got delivered ok to Canada, all subsequent orders went missing. This company says they deliver to Canada so I'm hoping I'll have better luck with them.
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