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  1. Denise is in my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery!
  2. Start with 1/2 cup of oats...then get creative... Apple Cinnamon: Add chopped apple or a few teaspoons of natural, unsweetened applesauce to oatmeal and cook. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Maple & Brown SugarUse sugar-free pancake syrup and a dash of cinnamon or artificial brown sugar replacement by Sugar Twin that is now available. Fruit & Cream: Add a little milk or vanilla protein powder and a few strawberries, blueberries, peaches, or a teaspoon of sugar free preserves. Maple Walnut:Add 1 tbsp sugar-free pancake syrup and a few chopped walnuts. French Vanilla:Add 1 tsp vanilla, a splash of low-fat milk, and a packet of artificial sweetener. Cinnamon Raisin:Try using a few dashes of cinnamon, a splash of sugar-free maple syrup and a teaspoon of raisins. Protein Boost:Stir in 1 scoop of your favorite protein powder. Butter Pecan:Add a splash of imitation butter flavor, teaspoon of Promise fat-free butter replacement or a few dashes of Butter Buds and a teaspoon of chopped pecans. Other Grains:Try a multi-grain hot cereal, 5 or 7-grain hot cereal, oat bran, or get even fancier and splurge on some imported McCann Steel Cut Oatmeal for a little change of pace when you are bored with regular oatmeal. Any of the flavor varieties listed above work well with these complex carbohydrate hot cereals.
  3. Beef and Bulgur Casserole – Core 6 servings, 6 Flex pts 8 servings, 4 Flex pts -- posted by Tiggsboo on the WW Core Board 1 lb lean ground beef (93% fat-free or less) 1 large onion chopped (about 1 cup) 1 can diced tomatoes, drained 1 red pepper, chopped 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 cup uncooked bulgur 2 cups water 2 tsp beef bouillon granules (or 2 cubes dissolved in above water) 1½ T dried parsley 1½ tsp salt ½ tsp dried oregano ¼ tsp pepper ½ cup grated ff or soy Parmesan cheese Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook ground beef, onion, garlic and pepper in a non-stick skillet, stirring frequently, until beef is brown. Pour into round casserole dish. Stir in remaining ingredients except cheese. Cover and bake about 45 minutes or until bulgur is tender. Stir in cheese. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired.
  4. Chinese Fried Bulgur – Core or 5 Flex pts 1 cup boiling water ½ cup bulgur, medium grain 2 tsp canola oil 2 large eggs, beaten ½ onion, diced ½ cup frozen green peas ½ carrot, finely diced 1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce 1. Put bulgur in a pot and pour boiling water over it. Stir, cover the pot and let sit for 30 minutes to absorb the water. 2. Put 1 teaspoon oil in a nonstick fry pan. Pour in egg and let it cook as an omelet. Remove from pan and cut the egg into slivers and set aside. 3. Add remaining oil to the pan. Sauté the onion and carrots. When onion begins to turn golden, add the green peas. Cook until the peas are soft. 4. Add the bulgur and mix well. Add the soy sauce and mix well. Add the egg, mix, and reheat. Serves 2 (2 cups per serving as a main dish) Per serving: 242 calories, 9 g fiber, 6 g fat (estimated WW POINTS 5 per serving)
  5. I have spent today making food to keep me OP during the week and these three are new ones that I made, tasted, and liked. Calabacitas Casserole with Polenta and Cheese 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 cups corn kernels, defrosted 4 cloves garlic, smashed 1 green chile pepper seeded and chopped or, 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped 2 small to medium zucchini, diced 1 small to medium yellow squash 1 large yellow skinned onion, chopped 1(14-ounce) can stewed tomatoes 2 teaspoons dark chili powder, just over 1/2 a palm full Salt and pepper 1 (16-ounce) tubes prepared polenta 2 cups, 10 ounces, shredded Monterey Jack, (I used FF cheddar, which made this all core) 3 scallions, chopped 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves or flat-leaf parsley Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add remaining 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, corn, garlic and chiles. Saute 3 minutes, add zucchini and yellow squash and onions, season with salt and pepper, chili powder; cook 7 to 8 minutes. Add stewed tomatoes and heat through. Transfer to baking dish. Cut 1 tube of polenta in 1/2-inch slices lengthwise. Top vegetables with polenta and cheese. Place in hot oven to melt cheese and warm polenta, 8 to 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped scallions and cilantro or flat-leaf parsley. Beef and bulgur casserole (Core) 1.5 lb lean ground beef 1 large onion chopped (about 1 cup) 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 c uncooked bulgur 2 c water 3 TBS fresh or 1 TBS dried parsley 2 tsp beef bouillon granules 1.5 tsp salt 1.5 tsp fresh or 1/2 tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp pepper 1/2 c grated FF or soy parmesan cheese Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook ground beef and onion in 10" skillet, stirring frequently, until beef is brown; drain. Stir in remaining ingredients except cheese. Pour into ungreased 2.5 quart casserole. Cover and bake about 45 minutes or until bulgur is tender. Stir in cheese. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired. Serves 6 -- posted by Tiggsboo on the WW Core Board ************ Wheat berry chili (core) 1 c wheat berries 3 c water 2 tsp canola or olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped 1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped 4 tsp chili powder 1/4 tsp hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco) 1/8 tsp black pepper 8 oz can tomato sauce 28 oz can diced tomatoes 2 c beef broth 15 oz can kidney beans 15 oz can white beans salt, to taste Bring wheat berries and 3 c water to a boil; reduce heat to simmer and cook for one hour until tender. Add more water during cooking, if necessary. Drain; rinse with cook water and drain thoroughly. Heat oil in large stock pot over medium heat; add onion, green pepper and yellow pepper and cook until tender, about five minutes. Add all remaining ingredients; increase heat and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook, uncovered, for one hour or until desired consistency is reached, stirring occasionally. Top with FF sour cream and/or FF or soy cheddar cheese, if desired. Serves 8 (1 c servings) -- posted by Horvie on the WW Core Board
  6. I have a Polar (actually 2 of them). Here is their website... http://www.polarusa.com/ You can get a very basic one or very specific one for the type of workouts you do. The first one, I bought many years ago and I don't think they even sell it anymore. It was very basic. The last one I bought a couple of years ago is M32 http://www.polarusa.com/Products/Consumer/M32.asp
  7. I don't remember the exact recipe, but my leader has one that is just chicken broth, refried beans, and some rotel (tomatoes with chilis). Personally, I think I would have to add some extra veggies to it, because it doesn't sound like very much.
  8. Here is the link for Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Biggest-Loser-Workout-Vol-2/dp/B000IHY9TI/sr=1-2/qid=1167263614/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2/104-7396845-8535902?ie=UTF8&s=dvd
  9. Please pray for one of our school families. Last night about 6 our time, Melinda (the mom) brought her two kids (7 and 4) home from soccer practice to find her house had company. The state department was there waiting for her. Her husband (Tony) was on a business trip in Kenya Africa and had been killed in a head on collision. She brought the kids to school this morning because she needed time to make arrangements and they really don't understand what has happened. I talked to her several times during morning. The state department (he worked for them) are trying to help her make arrangements to bring his body back to the U.S. but keeps calling to get her consent on things. When she came in at lunch time to eat with the kids and see if they wanted to go home (which they did) she told me that his body had been robbed after the accident and his wallet with all their personal information was missing. She had spent most of the morning calling credit card companies and the bank to close all accounts. Right now, they have no idea when his body will be back here for the funeral or any other details. I just don't know how she is holding up as well as she is, but what choice does she really have? Please pray for them all! Thanks!
  10. If you are just starting out with running, I would not recommend doing it every day. Your body need a rest in between to adjust to the jarring as well as your muscles, maybe even more than your muscles.
  11. I ordered it last night from QVC and it is supposed to arrive by Aug 8.
  12. Check out this link for runner's knee injuries... http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_5/194.shtml
  13. Thanks Tammy and CW. That is what I was thinking but I guess I needed another opinion.
  14. I have been running for quite a while off and on, just started back into it about 6 weeks ago. I have never had a run related injury, but think I have now. This past week, my right heel started hurting (only in the heel itself towards the back of the foot) and the pain comes and goes, some days no pain at all. Any ideas? Should I wait and see what happens? Should I go to the dr? Thanks for any help!
  15. Since we have a lot of runners, I thought I would ask this....What are your favorite running shoes? I am really needing to go look for some new ones, and while I know to go to a running specialty store, there are none nearby. I also know to try lots on and see which are comfy, actually running around the store:work_out: , yes I did this the last pair and plan to do again. Thanks for any tips!
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