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  1. ' Shalom Jo, Yes the Spirooli is still available. They have it on Amazon.com and several other places. Do a net search for Spirooli 3 in 1 spiral slicer. Here's a pic of it:
  2. Shalom Y'all! A few years ago, I discovered ZOODLES (noodles made from zucchini) and we had a ZOODLE-MANIA going on! Well, I STILL love my zoodles (made with a hand-cranked spiral slicer called a Spirooli. Here's my supper from tonight ZOODLES AND MEATBALLS! YUMMM!
  3. Source: South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook Shalom, My family says these are fantastic! PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY COOKIES (Gluten-free, dairy-free) Makes 24 cookies 3/4 cup granular sugar substitute (I use organic sucanat) 1 large organic egg 1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract 1 cup smooth organic peanut butter, trans-fat-free 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup sugar-free jam, any flavor Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Place sucanat, egg and vanilla into a mixing bowl (I used my Kitchen Aid with the paddle) and mix well #2 until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Stop mixer and add baking soda and peanut butter. Mix on #3 until the dough is mixed and it pulls together, about 1 minute. Scrape sides of the mixing bowl down. Scooping up dough with a small scooper (about 2 TB) roll dough into a ball with your hands and flatten slightly. PLace the cookies on the parchment about an inch apart. With your thumb, make an indentation in each cookie. Fill each indentation with about 1/2 teaspoon jam. Bake about 12-14 minutes, or until just golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet about 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool.
  4. White Bean Soup With Greens Phase 1 South Beach Diet recipes 6 servings Description This southern Italian soup features white beans. Choose from great Northern beans, cannellini beans, or any other white bean you happen to have on hand. Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds organic Swiss chard, escarole, or beet greens, trimmed 6 cups organic fat-free chicken broth 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 cup cooked white beans 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish Red-pepper flakes, for garnish Instructions Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the greens and cook for 7 minutes, or until barely tender. Drain the greens, squeezing out as much water as possible. (This can be done several hours before cooking in the soup. It is not necessary to cut the greens, because they will break apart while they cook in the soup.) Bring the broth to a simmer in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and greens. If using canned white beans, place them in a strainer and rinse them under cold running water to remove excess sodium. Add the beans to the broth. Simmer gently, partially covered, for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper to taste. (Do not add the salt before the soup has finished cooking, or it may become too salty.) Ladle the soup into heated bowls. Pass the cheese and pepper flakes at the table. Nutritional Information: 79 calories 2 g total fat (1 g saturated fat) 0 mg cholesterol 12 g carbohydrate 6 g protein 4 g fiber 1008 mg sodium
  5. Whoooo hoooooo! I am finally getting a Vita-Mix. My fmaily is buying it for me for Mother's Day and I just got notice that it shipped. It should be here in about a week. They bought me the Super 5000. I'm looking forward to making LOTS of cool stuff in it and may ask some dumb questions in here! LOL!
  6. Hey there! I'm the one who started the Spirooli threads and I still use mine. It was a hot item for discussion, but I guess people just got bored with it. I love mine. I just saw something recently where the Spirooli was being offered by some big company that handles gourmet cooking items, but I can't remember where I saw it!! arrrggghhhh, chemo brain!!!
  7. Oh my Heavens, this is HYSTERICAL!!! Being a Messianic Jew, it hits home with me! LOL!
  8. food ideas Healthy Passover Meals By Sherri Langburt | 4/22/2005 Food is a key component of many Jewish holidays, but none more than Passover. With all its rules and restrictions, it can seem quite overwhelming – especially for Weight Watchers devotees. Don't stress! If the Red Sea could part, you certainly can meet the challenge of this holiday. It is easy to adjust your diet to fit the various Passover foods into your plan. WeightWatchers.com has prepared four Meal Plans with some holiday recipes, to help you celebrate. MEAL PLAN 1 PORTION POINTS® value Gefilte Fish 1 Piece (4 oz) 2 Tzimmes 3/4 cup 2 Chicken with Fennel and Olives 1 Serving 4 Zesty Tomato Salad 1 Serving 0 Fall Fruit Compote 1 Serving 2 Total POINTS Value 10 MEAL PLAN 2 PORTION POINTS value Matzo Ball Soup 1 Cup Broth with 2 (1.5") Matzo Balls 3 Zucchini Ribbon Salad 1 serving 2 Flanken 2 Slices 8 Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots 1 Serving 1 Passover Sponge Cake 1 Serving 3 Total POINTS Value 17 MEAL PLAN 3 PORTION POINTS value Beet-Fennel-Ginger Soup 1 Serving 0 Potato Kugel 1 Piece 4 Turkey with Honey Roasted Carrots 1 Serving 4 Eggplant, Tomato and Caper Salad 1 Serving 1 Spring Berries with Whipped Ricotta Cream 1 Serving 1 Total POINTS Value 10 MEAL PLAN 4 PORTION POINTS value Roasted Beet Salad 1 Serving 2 Roasted Fingerling Potatoes 1 Serving 1 Veal Alla Toscana 1 Serving 4 Sautéed Zucchini and Mint 1 Serving 1 Macaroon 2 Pieces 2 Total POINTS Value 10 To help you through the holiday, we created a tip card with the POINTS values of your Passover favorites. Keep this "cheat sheet" close by when you are cooking at home, or carry it with you to your family members' or friends' homes throughout the eight days. MEAL PLAN 5 PORTION POINTS value Matzo 1/2 Board 1 Hard Boiled Egg 1 2 Haroset 1/4 Cup 1 Boiled Potato 1 item 2 Horseradish 1 Tablespoon 0 Matzo Brie 1 Serving 5 Mandlebrot 1 Slice 5 Borsht with sour cream 1 cup with 2 tablespoons of sour cream 3.5 Red Wine 1 Serving 2 Cholent 1 Cup 4 NEXT STEPS For more of our most wonderful recipe ideas, read The Best Recipes of 2004. Subscriber Highlight: Remembering the ingredients in your favorite Passover dishes is easy – just store the recipes in your Recipe Builder and they'll always be right at your fingertips. Ready to start losing weight?
  9. My yearly checkup I went to the doctor for my yearly physical. The nurse starts with certain basics. How much do you weigh?" she asks. "115," I say. The nurse puts me on the scale. It turns out my weight is 140. The nurse asks, "Your height?" "5 foot 6," I say. The nurse checks and sees that I only measure 5' 1". She then takes my blood pressure and tells me it is very high. "Of course it's high!" I scream, "When I came in here I was tall and slender! Now I'm short and fat!" She put me on prozac.
  10. Hey Y'all, In reading about the new Mediterrean type diet, the Sonoma Diet, I came across recipes for this type of diet and most of them are CORE!! *There are some ingredients not Core, but the majority of recipes are. Check it out! http://www.sonomadietrecipes.com/
  11. Greek Garlic Chicken source: Sonoma Diet recipes 1 tsp. garlic, minced 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. dried oregano 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper 4 chicken breast halves, skin removed Non-stick cooking oil spray Preheat oven to 375°F. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, lemon juice, oil, and seasonings. Spray an oven-proof baking dish with non-stick cooking spray, arrange chicken pieces in the dish. Spoon garlic mixture on top of the breasts. Bake for 30-40 min. or until internal temperature registers 170°F. Serves 4
  12. Yeehaw and Amen from the mountains of North Carolina!
  13. No Nursing Home for Me About 2 years ago my wife and I were on a cruise through the western Mediterranean aboard a Princess liner. At dinner we noticed an elderly lady sitting alone along the rail of the grand stairway in the main dining room. I also noticed that all the staff, ships officers, waiters, busboys, etc., all seemed very familiar with this lady. I asked our waiter who the lady was, expecting to be told that she owned the line,but he said he only knew that she had been on board for the last four cruises, back-to-back. As we left the dining room one evening I caught her eye and stopped to say hello. We chatted and I said, "I understand you've been on this ship for the last four cruises". She replied, "Yes, that's true." I stated, "I don't understand" and she replied, without a pause, "It's cheaper than a nursing home". So, there will be no nursing home in my future. When I get old and feeble, I am going to get on a Princess Cruise Ship. The average cost for a nursing home is $200 per day. I have checked on reservations on a Princess and I can get a long term discount and senior discount price of $135 per day. That leaves $65 a day for: 1. Gratuities which will only be $10 per day. 2. I will have as many as 10 meals a day if I can waddle to the restaurant, or I can have room service (which means I can have breakfast-in-bed every day of the week). 3. Princess has as many as three swimming pools, a workout room, free washers and dryers, and shows every night. 4. They have free toothpaste and razors, and free soap and shampoo. 5. They will even treat you like a customer, not a patient. An extra $5 worth of tips will have the entire staff scrambling to help you. 6. I will get to meet new people every 7 or 14 days. 7. T.V. broken? Light bulb need changing? Need to have the mattress replaced? No Problem! They will fix everything and apologize for your inconvenience. 8. Clean sheets and towels every day, and you don't even have to ask for them. 9. If you fall in the nursing home and break a hip you are on Medicare; if you fall and break a hip on the Princess ship they will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life. Now hold on for the best! Do you want to see South America, the Panama Canal, Tahiti, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, or name where you want to go? Princess will have a ship ready to go. So don't look for me in a nursing home, just call shore to ship. ps: And don't forget, when you die, they just dump you over the side -- at no charge.
  14. Oh my goodness! These look awesome! I've copied a few to try. I like that so many of them use whole foods since I don't use artificial sweeteners or packaged FF foods. There were a lot of really great whole foods recipes to choose from. A real find! Thank you!
  15. I don't use aluminum in my cooking (health concerns) but I have been making the taco shells in the oven (whole grain tortillas draped over the oven racks) for years. It works great!
  16. Good morning! I feel special, LOL! Cordy invited me over to join you all! OK, here's the deal. We bought a house and we will move in around January 12th. That is the day after my bone marrow biopsy. I won't be able to Gazelle until that week (once my hip heals) because we don't have room for the Gazelle to be put up here in the apt. I KNOW that sounds like an excuse, but, really it's isn't. Sooooo, all that to say, I'd like to join in your Challenge, but can't start until after January 12th. Oh and my Gazelle's name is "Meshuggeneh"
  17. I must redeem my good name! I saw it only when I followed someone's suggestion to tell Santa to take of his beard and YIKES he did a strip tease!
  18. LOL! Good thing the "CENSORED" sign came out during the strip.
  19. Hey y'all! By request, here are some cinnamon ornament recipes: Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments Ingredients and Instructions Mix 3/4 to 1 cup applesauce with 1 (4.12-ounce) bottle ground cinnamon to form a stiff dough. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutters. Make hole for ribbon. Carefully put on rack to dry. Let air dry several days, turning occasionally. Makes 12 sweet-smelling, wonderfully aromatic ornaments. Note: These are NON-EDIBLE. Credits Recipe from: Author unknown. http://www.handmadecountry.com/ezine/cinnamon.html Cinnamon Dough Ornaments Recipe #1 1/2 cup cinnamon 1/2 cup store bought applesauce (homemade sauce will likely be too watery) Or, any equal portions of both ingredients depending on the quantity you desire. Directions: Stir together cinnamon and applesauce with a spoon until the dough becomes stiff, then use your hands to create a ball of dough. Place the ball of dough on a sheet of waxed paper, flatten slightly with your fingers. Place a second sheet of waxed paper over the top of the dough and roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters or your own template shapes. Air dry creations on a waxed paper-covered cookie sheet or a cooling rack for at least 24 hours until they are completely hard. Recipe #2 Mix 1 cup cinnamon and 1 cup applesauce with 1 Tablespoon of white glue. You want a consistency that can be rolled with a rolling pin but not quite as sticky or it will stick to your counter! Sprinkle counter with cinnamon and roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Cut a hole in shape with the straw so you will be able to hang them. Let dry about 24 hours. They shrink as they dry. Cut lengths of gold thread, make loops and hang. they will keep their scent for a few years. Refresh scent with cinnamon fragrance oil. Recipe #3 1 cup cinnamon 1 tbsp. ground cloves 1 tbsp. nutmeg 1 tbsp. allspice 1 tbsp ginger 3/4 c. applesauce In medium bowl, combine cinnamon, cloves, allspice, ginger & nutmeg. Add applesauce, stir to combine. Work mixture with hands 2 to 3 minutes or until dough is smooth and ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut dough with cookie cutters. Using straw or pencil, make small hole in top of ornament. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 150 degrees for 1 hour Remove from the cookie sheet and bake on the oven racks for another hour and a half. Use these ornaments to decorate gifts, hang on tree, etc. Recipe #4 Combine a 16 oz. jar of applesauce, 8 oz. or more of cinnamon, and 1 oz. of either allspice, nutmeg or cloves (I use allspice). Combine all ingredients and mix *very* well. Roll out dough to 1/4" thickness (putting plastic wrap around the rolling pin works well). Cut out the ornaments . While dough is still wet, poke a hole in each ornament . Dry in a 150F oven for about 3 hours, turning halfway through. Creative tips: For extra "sparkle," mix in decorative glitter. Make your own shapes by trimming the dough with a table knife following around patterns you've cut from cereal box cardboard. After cutting out shapes, use a drinking straw to create holes for jewelry or ornaments. Use toothpicks to make smaller holes for threading. Leave in dough until dry and remove. For a wall hanging, thread a colored ribbon through the shape. For a brooch, decorate with fabric paint and glue a metal clasp pin to the back (available at craft stores). Decorate creations with acrylic paint or fabric. The creations can be used as decorations on a gift box or bag. Important note: Adult supervision and participation is required for this activity.
  20. As a former paramedic and ER Tech, and the daughter of a nurse, I can relate to each and every one of these!
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