Friday, March 27, 2009

Diets/Loss Skinny Mom Seminar Recording

Diets/Loss: The Skinny Mom Weight Loss Seminar that I did yesterday went really well. Here's the diets/loss video in case you missed the seminar, you can watch the recording. We discussed why it's hard to lose weight, what four factors are important to look for in diets/loss programs to have the most chance for success, and I showed which diets/loss program I would recommend to anyone looking to lose weight. Check it out. You may be surprised at what you find.

Printable Grocery Lists for Healthy Weight Loss

This printable grocery list is designed for all my friends who are trying to lose weight. I concentrated on healthy choices and many small meals rather than 3 large meals. So, I included breakfast, snacks, and lunch items that you can use as you wish. This is different from my other lists because I want you to have healthy choices for snacks instead of relying on what's in the snack aisle (junk food). There are plenty of fruits and vegetables and a balance of protein and carbs with an emphasis on whole grains. Don't forget low-fat dairy products, which may help you lose weight.

Breakfast: Choose from toast, oatmeal, fruit, eggs, cottage cheese

Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Snacks: Choose from fruit, Melba Toast, Whole Wheat Bread

Lunch: Choose from Tuna or Lean Meat Sandwich, Salad, Vegetables, Leftovers

Dinners:

Day 1: Chicken with Firecracker BBQ Sauce p. 331, Brown Rice, Salad, Fresh Tomatoes

Day 2: Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry p. 470, Brown Rice, Salad, Broccoli

Day 3: Fajitas p. 374, Wheat Tortillas, Cauliflower, Carrots

Day 4: Pepper-Lime Chicken p. 467, Mashed Potatoes, Chard, Fresh Tomatoes

Day 5: Grilled Fish With Favorite Seasonings p. 358, Brown Rice, Summer Squash and Zucchini

Day 6: Southwestern Tri-Tip Roast p. 370, Baked Potatoes, Asparagus, Celery Sticks

Day 7: Spicy Black Beans and Rice P. 90, Green Beans, Spinach

Produce
Salad
Chard
Celery
Carrots
Cauliflower
1 Peppers
4 Onions
5 Slicing Tomatoes
2 Roma Tomatoes
Red Onion
Green Onions
1 Cup sliced Fresh Mushrooms
2 heads Garlic
2/3 Cup Lime Juice
2 Avocados
5 Limes
10 lbs. Potatoes
Asparagus

(Choose lots of fruit for snacks including your favorites. The following are suggestions.)

Grapefruit
Oranges
Berries
Apples
Plums
Peaches
Pears
Nectarines
Cherries

Dry
Melba Toast
2 lb. Brown Rice
Fajita Seasoning
Dried Chipotle Chili Pepper

Canned

Tuna Fish (enough for lunches)
Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
Water Chestnuts, sliced
Salsa
1 (15 oz.) Can Black Beans
1 (14.5 oz.) Can Mexican Style Stewed Tomatoes

Cold
Lean Meat (enough for lunches)
Eggs
Low-Fat Cottage Cheese
Low-Fat Sour Cream
2 oz. Cheddar Cheese
Skim Milk
Heart Healthy Margarine
16 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Halves
12 Oz. Beef Flank Steak
1 1/2 to 2 lb. Boneless Beef Tri-Tip Roast
1 1/2 lbs. Dressed, Whole Fish

Frozen
Spinach
Broccoli
Green Beans
Summer Squash and Zucchini

Bakery
Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas (8 inch)

Make Sure You Have: oatmeal, ketchup, white wine vinegar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, oil, salt, pepper, thyme, basil, oregano, cumin, cayenne pepper

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Weight Loss Seminar

I'll make this quick. I'm writing this to let everyone know I'm hosting a weight loss seminar today at 2:00 Mountain Time. I know that this is short notice, but I forgot to post anything about it earlier. Expect changes in the menus as I'll be focusing on eating healthier now that I've learned some more about it.

If you want to listen, just click this link and register. It will take a few minutes and then you can listen to the meeting when it starts. Hope you got this in time. If you want more information about when the next one is, just leave me a comment and I'll be sure to let you know.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Printable Grocery Lists with Twitter Search Requests

This week, I tried something new with the printable grocery lists. I searched on Twitter for people who were cooking dinner and read what they were cooking. Then, I used those menus for the basis of this week's printable grocery lists and menus. This is so fun to be the weekly menu planner. I'm learning to plan better for my family as I offer this service to others. I love my new cookbook and I'm learning new recipes as well. YUM! I can't wait for this week. We've got some great ideas from some twitter folks. The recipes are from the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book 14th Edition.

Day 1 Cream of Potato Soup p. 565, Green Salad, Rolls, Sliced Oranges

Day 2 Swedish Meatballs p. 379, French Bread, Salad, Apple Slices

Day 3 Chili p. 553, Cornbread p. 134, Salad, Berries with Whipped Cream

Day 4 Cilantro -Lime Trout p. 339 (Grilled), Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Bread, Lemon Slices, Lemon Meringue Pie p. 442

Day 5 Chicken with Mushroom Stuffing p. 542 (Crockpot), Broccoli, Lemon Meringue Pie

Day 6 Herb-Rubbed Leg of Lamb (or Roast Beef) p. 401, Asparagus, Rice, Sliced Oranges

Day 7 Lamb, Rice, Broccoli, Berries with Whipped Cream

Produce
Potatoes
4 Onions
Green Pepper
Green Salad
6 Oranges
6 Apples
Parsley or Cilantro
Lime Juice (3 Tbsp.)
Limes
Lemons (to make 1/3 cup lemon juice)
4 Cups Sliced or quartered mushrooms
Carrots
Asparagus

Dry
Noodles
1/4 Cup Chopped Walnuts
Rice

Canned
4 Cups Chicken Broth
2 15 oz. Cans Kidney Beans
2 14 1/2 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
1 15 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
Mint Jelly (optional)

Cold
Butter
Milk
Spray Whipped Cream
Eggs
Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream
2 lb. Ground Beef
8 oz. Ground Pork or Lamb
8 8-10 oz. Fresh or Frozen Dressed Trout, heads removed
8 small chicken legs, drumstick-thigh portion (about 5 lbs), skinned
1 5-7 lb. Whole Leg of Lamb or Beef Roast

Frozen
Dinner Rolls (or make your own)
2 Bags Frozen Berries
Peas
Pie Crust (or make your own)
Broccoli

Bakery
Bread
French Bread
10 oz. Sourdough Baguette

Make sure you have: flour, salt, dill, basil, pepper, allspice, nutmeg, beef bouillon granules, garlic, chili powder, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, oil, cornstarch, vanilla, cream of tartar, nonstick cooking spray, sage, rosemary, onion salt, Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack items

Friday, March 13, 2009

Favorite Printable Grocery Lists

This is the week when we do favorites and requests again on Printable Grocery Lists. Luckily, I've got the new cookbook and we're all on the same page. I have to tell you, I am impressed. This new book is very different than the last one. Of course, It has been over 13 years since I got the last one, but they seriously have added so much to the book that I didn't recognize it. But, I love it a bunch. No wonder people were frustrated not being able to find the recipes I was referring to. This book is now twice as thick as the old one. It has twice as many pages in it. With so much to look through, I didn't realize what the problem was until I got the new book. So, now I'm so excited to help for real with recipes you can find. By the way, the Mostaccioli recipe is from my friend, Wendy Kershaw, whose mother is Italian and cooks great stuff! Her blog is Whole Hearted Mom.

Day 1 Calzones p. 151, Green Salad, Orange Slices

Day 2 Barley Beef Soup p. 549 (crockpot), Green Salad, Dinner Rolls p. 152, Strawberry Chiffon Pie p. 444

Day 3 Steak and Potato Kabobs p. 325 (BBQ), Potluck Pasta Salad p. 504, Strawberry Chiffon Pie

Day 4 Waffles p. 139, Bacon, Eggs, Grapefruit

Day 5 Mostaccioli, Italian Vegetables, Berries with Whipped Cream

Day 6 Manchego and Mushroom Quesadillas p. 73, Spanish Rice p. 88, Corn, Applesauce,

Day 7 Roast Beef with onions, potatoes, and carrots (crockpot), Apple Pie p. 436

Produce
5 Onions
1 Red Onion
Green Onions
3 1/4 cups sliced Mushrooms
12 Green or Red Pepper
1 medium Zucchini
Green Salad
3 Oranges
6 Grapefruit
2 1/4 pounds cooking apples
Celery
Carrots
Potatoes
Lemon Juice
Strawberries
Cherry Tomatoes
Cilantro

Dry
Parmesan Cheese
Quick Cooking Barley
unflavored gelatin
8 oz. Dried Wagon Wheel Macaroni
1 (16 oz.) Box Mostaccioli
6 -7 or 8 inch Flour Tortillas
Long Grain Rice

Canned
1 Jar pizza sauce
1 Can Sliced Olives
1 Can Pitted Olives
4 (14 oz.) Cans Beef Broth
3 (14.5 oz.) Can Diced Tomatoes
Red Wine Vinegar and Oil Salad Dressing
8-Cups of your favorite meat or marinara sauce
Salsa
1 -4 oz. Can Diced Green Chili Peppers
Applesauce

Cold
2 1/2 lb. Beef Chuck Roast
12 oz. Stew Meat
2 Boneless Beef Sirloin Steaks
Bacon
12 Italian Sausage
4 oz. sliced pepperoni
1/2 cup cooked ham or Canadian bacon
8 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
12 oz. Cheddar Cheese
6 oz. Manchego Cheese
1- Cup Parmigiano Reggiano
3 Gallons Milk
2 Dozen Eggs
1 lb. Butter
1 Cup Whipping Cream
1 Can Whipping Cream Spray

Frozen
Vegetables (for soup)
Dinner Rolls (or make your own)
2 Pie Shells (or make your own)
20 oz. package Potato Wedges
Peas
Italian Vegetable Mix
Berries
Corn

Make Sure You Have: flour, yeast, salt, oil, cornmeal, oregano, basil, garlic, bay leaf, sugar, shortening, vinegar, thyme, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, baking powder, vanilla, crushed red pepper, chili powder, hot sauce, cinnamon, nutmeg, BREAKFAST and LUNCH and SNACK items

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Got My New Cookbook Just In Time for Favorites and Requests

I just got my new cookbook. Yay! Now, we're all on the same page with the current edition of Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. So, send me your favorites and requests for this month. I'll include them. Then, your family will thank you for cooking such great meals. Remember, the recipes don't have to come from the cookbook, but give me a link to where I can find them if they don't. Thanks a ton and I'm looking forward to this month's requests and favorites. My kids are already giving me ideas.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Printable Grocery Lists with Requests

Well, I'm still waiting for my new cookbook. I looked today and it wasn't there, so while we wait, I'm adding some favorites of some of my readers. The rest of the recipes in our printable grocery list are from the 1996 version of Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. I think I'll have the new edition in hand by next week. If you order now, Amazon has a special where you can sign up for an Amazon card and get $30 credit, which makes your book free with credit left over. I don't get much from Amazon for your book, I just want you to be on the same page with recipes so you don't get frustrated when you're cooking. Life is hard enough.

We're starting the request month a couple weeks early. Who said I had to follow my own rules? So, the corn pudding recipe and the Barbecued Mullet are from Jack Simmons' blog, EatnBetter. The Pull Apart Pizza and the Beef Stew are from Lynn Di Carlo's blog, Lynn's Kitchen Life. Make sure you click on the links and print out those recipes to make your meal planning easier. Thanks for all the suggestions that came in. We're not through with the requests. My kids requested the pizza and Tamale Pie. If you have a request for a favorite dish or a recipe you'd like included, you can e-mail me or comment.

Day 1: Chili p. 461, Corn Pudding, Brussel Sprouts, Applesauce Spice Cake p. 132

Day 2: Mac and Cheese p. 361, Peas, Ham, Applesauce Spice Cake

Day 3: Barbecued Mullet with Grandma Simmons Sweet BBQ Sauce, Thick Fries, Mixed Veggies, Berry Pie

Day 4: Tamale Pie p. 64, Corn, Berry Pie

Day 5: Benjamin's Pull Apart Pizza, Salad, Pears

Day 6: Hamburgers, Salad, Peaches, Chocolate Milkshakes

Day 7: Beef Stew with Dumplings, Rolls, Cherry Cobbler

Produce
6 Onions
2 Bell Peppers
2 Tomatoes
1 Lemon
Fresh Cilantro or Parsley
Mushrooms
Green Salad
Potatoes
Carrots
Celery

Dry
1 box Jiffy corn meal muffin mix
Elbow Macaroni
Bread
Hamburger Buns
1 pkg. McCormick® Beef Stew Seasoning Mix
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix

Canned
14 1/2 oz. Can Diced Tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) Cans Kidney Beans
15 oz. Can Pinto Beans
8 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 can cream style corn
6 oz. Can Vegetable Juice Cocktail
4 oz. Can Diced Green Chili Peppers
1 Jar Pizza Sauce
Black Olives
Pears
Peaches

Cold
12 oz. Ground Beef
8 oz sour cream
eggs
butter
buttermilk
milk
6 oz. American Cheese or Sharp Cheddar
2 oz. Cheddar Cheese
1 lb. Ham Steak
2 Cans Refrigerator Biscuits
2 Cups Mozarella Cheese
Sliced Pepperoni
2 lbs. stew beef

Frozen
Chocolate Ice Cream (for milkshakes)
Vanilla Ice Cream (for Cobbler)
Hamburger Patties
Thick French Fries
Mixed Vegetables (your favorite medley)
Corn
Pitted Tart Red Cherries
Mixed Berries
Brussel Sprouts
Peas
Pie Crust or make your own
Rolls or make your own
Fish "Select fresh silver mullet (not the red European variety) about 1-11/2 pounds each. Allow one fish for every two people unless the fish are small. Then allow one per person." (Jack also said that chicken, beef, and pork work well with the BBQ sauce if you can't find the fish you like)

Make Sure You Have: garlic, chili powder, basil, pepper, oil, sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, shortening, vanilla, catsup, dried minced onion, French's mustard, brown sugar, cumin, cornmeal, whole wheat flour, salt, cornstarch