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  1. I made this last week and didn't have any Cook and Serve Pudding. I looked through some cook books and found the recipe I was looking for: 2 tabl. corn starch and 1/2 cup Splenda along with the 2 cups of water called for in the recipe. Worked like a charm and I'm sure cheaper too. I think this pie would be good with cut up peaches and peach jello. Ann
  2. To take the 'bite' out of f/f plain yogurt add 1 tabl. of powdered non fat dry milk to each cup of yogurt. The add vanilla extract and Splenda if you want Vanilla Yogurt. This trick came from a local chef who had a show on PBS years ago. Ann
  3. I would warm the tortillas. I put them in the microwave right in the plastic bag and warm on half power (50% / medium). But the better way is to put them in a clean dish towel, and sprinkle some water on the towel and warm in the microwave. Just a few seconds is long enough. Ann
  4. When I bake muffins I use 1/2 sugar and 1/2 Splenda for the amount that the recipe calls for. Today the Parade magazine in the paper had an ad for Splenda Brown. I have been to 5 grocery stores and can not find it. Ann
  5. http://www.frugalmoms.com has a thread on Once a Month Cooking. I also have Mary Beth and Mimi's Once a Month Cookbook. There is a section in there of low fat recipes. I tried it one and it is a lot of work. Shopping and chopping one day and cooking the next. The two week plan last the two of us a month. You have to also be sure and have enough containers. Now I prefer to double up recipes in the crock pot. Like Chicken with sour cream, Cr. of Mushroom soup, and onion soup mix. You can easily put in twice the amount of chicken as that makes a lot of sauce. Swiss steak recipes in the crock pot are great to freeze too. When potatoes are on sale buy a bag and cook them all up, mash and freeze in the size container for one meal, or use instant mashed potatoes. Same for winter squash. Another quick supper is cut up a chicken breast or two and cook in a skillet and add a bag of the stir fry frozen vegetables. Ann
  6. If you attend just one W W meeting you are under no obligation to return. Call the W W in your area to inquire how much 'one' meeting will cost. I'm sure it won't be much more than eating lunch out. You will get a wealth of information plus the booklets and details will be explained to you by the leader. The second thing I would do would be to make the time to get some exercise. Gather the kids and take a walk. Put on some dance music and you and the kids dance around the room. Ann
  7. I am a W W follower and my DH is a newly diagnosed diabetic. We start a session of classes on Tuesday for diabetes. This past month I have been watching the carbs in our evening meals. He has been testing his blood sugar one meal each day. So far his counts have been great and on the low side. He has given up the chips with his lunch sandwich and cut out his stash in his 'private reserve' of Nestle Crunch Bars, Costco Cookies and ice cream. My DH does not need to loose weight and he is an avid walker so those are not our problems. The biggest problem he has is to keep his blood levels level as he takes blood thinners. He's not suppose to eat a lot of green vegetables. It makes cooking a challange. I would think a W W diet would be an excellent choice for your mother as long as she watches her carbs. I know a diabetic diet use to be exchanges like the old W W programs but now I'm told it is all about carbs. Did your mother ever attend classes for Diabetics. Maybe she can get a referal from her Dr. Or she could be refered to a dietition to help her make a food plan. Of course she has to want to make changes and I know they aren't easy. My DH went through the days of denial and anger. Thankfully he is past that now, especially since his buddies have told him they are also diabetics and he didn't know that. Ann
  8. 3 ounces of shrimp (tails off) = 70 calories and no fat That is about 11 shrimp from a frozen package I have. Shrimp and Fat Free Hot Dogs are a Diet Lovers Friend. Ann
  9. My stand by recipe is a little different. Chocolate Bran Muffins 3 cups Kellogg's Extra Fiber All Bran or Fiber One 2 1/2 cups water Soak the above for 5 minutes Mix in a large bowl: 1 box reduced Fat Brownie Mix (Betty Crocker has one and Ralph's which is a Kroger store makes one) (Kruxteaz has one but their mix weighs less) 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/4 cup mini choco. chips. (optional) Mix the dry ingred., then add the cereal mixture. Stir and stir and stir until all mixed together. 350 degree for 20 minutes. This makes 24 med. size muffins from tins that each cup holds 1/3 c. of water Not mini size. 1 1/2 pts each. Notes: the small amount of ch. chips does not add to the pts. I wrap two muffins at a time in plastic wrap and store all in a zip lock bag in the freezer. To eat, unwrap, put in microwave oven at 1/2 power (medium) for 1 1/2 minutes. Ann
  10. May I add another 'Pie' we made in a cooking class I took that was excellent. SOUTHWESTERN VEGETARIAN PIE (serves 6) 1 1/2 c. whole kernal corn 8 green onions, chopped 1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed under cold water and drained 1/3 c. shredded reduced fat Cheddar cheese 1/2 c. reduced fat baking mix 1/2 c. low fat milk 1/2 c. thick and chunky salsa 2 eggs or 1 egg and 2 egg whites or 1/2 cup egg substitute Thick and Chunky Salsa Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray Butter Pam on a 9 x 1 1/4 inch pie plate. In a med. bowl, gently combine the corn, drained beans, and onion. Layer mixture in greased pie plate. Sprinkle cheese on top of corn mixture. In the same bowl. lightly beat eggs, stir in milk, salsa, and baking mix, using a whisk if necessary to combine well. Pour into pie plate. Bake 35 - 40 min. or until tip of knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on rack 5 min. Serve with salsa. Per Serving: Calories 190, Fat 4.2g, Pro 12g, Carbo 34g, Chol 80mg, Sodium 390mg, Fiber 5g 5 points Ann
  11. This is one I like. 1/3 cup f/f milk 2/3 cup plain f/f yogurt 1 tsp. dry nonfat powdered milk (to cut the tart taste of the yogurt) vanilla and Splenda to taste. 1 cup of frozen mixed berries, blueberries or strawberries Mix in a blender and enjoy Ann
  12. I love Costco's frozen fish. I just wish the salmon pieces were a bit smaller. The Orange Roughy is wonderful too. Pricey though. I generally bake it as it is thin too. Their cooked shrimp with the tails off is a fast easy supper. Ann
  13. The bottle of 1% milk I have in the refrigerator has 120 calories and 2.5 g fat. for 1 cup. I have a box of Choc. s/f f/f Cook and Serve Pudding that is 30 calories per serving (4) 120 x 2 = 240 cal for the milk and the pudding 30 x 4 = 120 cal. total calories for 4 servings is 360 divided by 4 servings = 90 calories each. 2.5 g fat x 2 = 5 g fat divided by 4 servings = 1.25 g per serving. On my slider that is 2 pts per serving. The choc. pudding does have 1 g of fiber per serving but that won't change the points. Ann
  14. I also make these all the time. I only use 2 1/2 cups of water though. It does take a bit of stirring to incooperate the wet and dry together but it will come together. I also add 1/4 cup of mini choc. chips with out changing the points. I buy Ralph's brand (a S. Calif. grocery store) Lowfat Fudge Brownie Mix. Ralph's is a Kroger store. There is no web site on the box but there is an 800 phone number you might call to see where you might get the mix near you. 1 800 697-2448 It is distributed by Inter-American Products. Inc. Cincinnati Ohio 45202 Nutrition information for a 20.5 oz box. 1/18 or 1/4 cup dry mix (32g) 130 calories, 2.5g fat and 1g fiber. Ann
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