Pressure Cooker Recipes


 Unless otherwise noted, our Pressure Cooker recipes are made in a Cuisinart pressure cooker (electric).  You may need to adjust times/temps if using a different model.

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Pressure Cooker Italian Beef
Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
Pressure Cooker Rice
 

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Crockpot and slow cooker recipes


There are times when nothing but the slow cooker will do-  great for soups and stews, and we've even found some surprising uses-  who knew?  And let's face it, they don't heat up your kitchen like the oven will in the summer and on a cold winter's day, there's nothing like coming in to the smell of something delicious and hearty that you know will take the chill off.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Corned Beef Dinner w/Veggies
Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs
Slow Cooker Harvest Pork Roast
Slow Cooker Italian Beef
Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Polish Style Stuffed Cabbage
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage


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Salads

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Potatoes

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Fruits & Vegetables


Most of us love our fruits & veggies, and while we prefer locally grown organic, that's not always possible so I do not specify that in the recipes, no reason you can't go for the cheapest option or what is available in your area to make these - one exception seems to be fruits which are so much more flavorful when you can get them at the peak of season so a dish based on fresh strawberries will have a different flavor if you try to eat it in say, mid winter.

Avocado Salad
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Bountiful Garden Veggie Casserole
Celebrate Spring Salad
Creamy Eggplant Ziti Bake
Creamy Spaghetti Squash w/Peas
Easiest Ever Freezer Pickles
Easy Baked Tilapia w/Veggies
Fat burning soup - beef based 
Fat burning soup - chicken based
Fat burning soup - chicken based 2 - crockpot 
Fat burning soup - tomato based
Grilled Veggie Burgers
Harvest Pork Roast w/Veggies
Heavenly Peaches and Cream Cups
Italian Sausage & Pepper Hoagies 
Lemon Meringue Pie w/A Twist
Light & Easy Chinese Chicken Salad 
Lightened Up Tuna Salad Sandwich 
Main Dish Caprese Salad 
Mexican Pinwheels - Fancy
Mixed Berry Crisp
Not Your Average Chicken Salad Crescents 
Pasta & Cabbage
Pineapple Salad
Pink Lemonade Pie
Pork & Apple Cheddar Melt
Refreshing Berry Salad
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Sesame Green Beans
Slow Cooker Corned Beef Dinner w/Veggies 
Slow Cooker Harvest Pork Roast
Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Polish Style Stuffed Cabbage
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Slow Cooker Perfect Pot Roast
Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage
Southwest Salad 
Spinach, Chicken & Strawberry Salad
Steak Salad w/Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions
Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Somebody's Watching Me - Creepy Eyes Stuffed Mushrooms 
Taste of Thanksgiving Rings
Tex-Mex Casserole Jack-O-Lantern's
Triple Berry Spinach Salad
Tuna Mac
Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole
Updated Pork Chops & Applesauce
Winner, Winner, (One Dish) Chicken Dinner













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Soups, Stews, Chowders


Growing up, I knew soup from the red & white can, Grandma's stew and my all time comfort food (that I always gave the girls when they were sick so now it is major comfort for them as well-  Lipton Noodle Soup made with real chicken broth (from the box) served over torn up white bread - preferably Wonder- although Saltine crackers will do in a pinch.

We've come a long way, baby.  Now I love soups and make a wide variety of them and try to always keep at least one or two on hand in the freezer.  They are also an excellent budget stretching meal-  served with bread, rolls, muffins etc they fill you up using any odd bits of randomisity you have floating around in your fridge, freezer & pantry and soups are a perfect way to use up your leftovers before they can turn into science experiments.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Fat Burning Soup - Beef Based
Fat Burning Soup - Chicken Based
Fat Burning Soup - Chicken Based 2 - Crockpot
Fat Burning Soup - Tomato Based
Lentil Soup
Oven Baked Roux
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Potato Soup




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Snacks


We all need a little pick me up now and then, right?  Whether you prefer salty or sweet or a combination thereof, if you aren't mindlessly munching snacks usually won't make you blow your diet the way a gooey rich dessert will-  plus, well, YUMMY.

Basic Granola w/Variations
Easy Halloween Trail Mix
Homemade Caramel Corn
Our Favorite Crispix Mix - Large Batch
Spooky Rice Krispies Treats


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Sandwiches, Wraps, Pockets, Etc


I love sandwiches-  I think giving up bread would be harder for me than giving up desserts.  I know I embarrassed the heck out of my former stepfather but putting my spaghetti on my buttered bread and eating it like a sandwich- he was half Italian. ;)  Oh well.  They just taste sooo darned good.  Here are some we enjoy.

Beef or Chicken Fajitas
Grilled Veggie Burgers
Italian Beef Sandwiches
Italian Sausage & Pepper Hoagies
Lightented Up Tuna Salad Sandwich
Mexican Pinwheels- Basic
Mexican Pinwheels- Fancy
Pork & Apple Cheddar Melt
Roasted Chicken Wrap
Steak and Cheddar Sandwiches



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Condiments, Pickles, Preserves


Out of your favorite condiment or just want to know what goes in them?  Yeah, we're looking for alternatives to all of the stuff we can't pronounce that does weird stuff to our bodies, too.

Aioli (w/variations)
Basic Fajita Marinade
Easiest Ever Freezer Pickles
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Pasta, Rice, Grains

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Meat, Poultry, Fish


Sometimes it's the star of the show, others it's an accent-  here are our recipes using meat, seafood, poultry, etc.

Beef Stroganoff
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
Cashew Chicken
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Chicken Parmesan
Crawfish Fettucine
Creamed Chipped Beef aka SOS
Cubed Steak & Potato Pouches
Easy Baked Tilapia w/Veggies
Freakin' Awesome Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Fruit & Chicken Dinner Salad
Harvest Pork Roast w/Veggies
Hawaiian Chicken
Honey Mustard Chicken Strips
Italian Beef Sandwiches
Italian Sausage & Pepper Hoagies
Light & Easy Chinese Chicken Salad
Lightened Up Tuna Salad Sandwiches
Oriental Chicken Wings
Perfect Pot Roast
Pork & Apple Cheddar Melts
Pork Chops & Rice Casserole
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Pressure Cooker Italian Beef
Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
Puffy Chicken
Roasted Chicken Wrap
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Corned Beef Dinner w/Veggies
Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs
Slow Cooker Harvest Pork Roast
Slow Cooker Italian Beef
Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Polish Style Stuffed Cabbage
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Slow Cooker Perfect Pot Roast
Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage
Southwest Salad
Spinach, Chicken & Strawberry Salad
Steak Salad w/Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions
Steak and Cheddar Sandwiches
Taste of Thanksgiving Rings
Tex-Mex Casserole
Tuna Mac
Updated Pork Chops & Applesauce
Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole
Winner, Winner (one dish) Chicken Dinner
Worms on a Bun - Gross
Yummy Baked Ham


 
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Main Dishes


Unless you don't like anything mixed together *waves hi to Bugsy* you'll probably find several winning casseroles and main dish recipes here.  Part of the beauty of these dishes is that the protein (usually the more expensive component of a meal) is used as an accent in most of these recipes rather than the star.  Enjoy.

Beanie Weenie
Beef or Chicken Fajitas
Beef Stroganoff
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
Cashew Chicken
Chicken & Sausage Gumbo
Chicken Parmesan
Chili (no beans) no chop, no muss, no fuss
Crawfish Fettucine
Creamed Chipped Beef aka SOS
Creamy Eggplant Ziti Bake
Cubed Steak & Potato Pouches
Easy Baked Tilapia w/Veggies
Easy Cheese & Onion Enchilada Bake
Easy Fettucine Alfredo
Freakin' Awesome Buffalo Chicken Pizza 
Fruit & Chicken Dinner Salad
Harvest Pork Roast w/Veggies
Homemade Pizza (Quick 30 Minute Rise Crust)
Italian Sausage & Pepper Hoagies
Lentil Soup
Light & Easy Chinese Chicken Salad
Main Dish Caprese Salad
Not Your Average Chicken Salad Crescents
Perfect Pot Roast
Pork Chops & Rice Casserole
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Ravioli Lasagna
Simple Oven Roasted Sausage & Veggie Dinner
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Corned Beef Dinner w/Veggies
Slow Cooker Harvest Pork Roast
Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Polish Style Stuffed Cabbage
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage
Southwest Salad
Spinach, Chicken & Strawberry Salad
Steak & Cheddar Sandwiches
Steak Salad w/Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions
Taste of Thanksgiving Rings
Tex-Mex Casserole Jack-O-Lantern's
Tuna Mac
Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole
Winner, Winner (one dish) Chicken Dinner



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Meal Planning & Menus

As with many things, this is a work in progress- we will add links as we add them to the blog.  Thank you for your patience.

FREE printable menu & shopping list templates
Eating to lose weight menus
Desperate times extremely drastic menu
Benefits of menu planning
Meal planning for everyone
Different types of menu plans
Seasonal menus
Our weekly menus
Monthly menus

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Desserts


Showstopping pastries or a humble rustic tart, desserts are loved by many and when you have a sweet tooth it can be the best part of a meal *cough cough* Ian and Dev *cough cough*.  Here are some sweet treats we particularly enjoy.

Awesome Loaded Oatmeal Cookies

Carrot Cake w/Cream Cheese Icing
French Silk Chocolate Pie
Green Tea Bundt Cake
Heavenly Peaches and Cream Cups
King Cake (Mardi Gras)
Lemon Meringue Pie w/A Twist
Microwave Fantasy Fudge
Mixed Berry Crisp
Oatmeal Lace Cookies
Pink Lemonade Pie
Snowball Cookies

Worms in Dirt Graveyard


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Cookies

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Hints, Tips & Shortcuts

Easy: not hard or difficult; requiring no great labor or effort; capable of being accomplished with ease.
Over the years we've heard about, run across or discovered (often by accident) numerous things that make our time spent in the kitchen a bit more pleasant- easier, if you will.  We're happy to share them here with you-  and if you know any great tips or hints that we missed, please leave a comment or shoot us an email so we can try them out and add them here.

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Baking
Roll out your cookie dough on powdered sugar instead of flower- adds a touch of sweetness and your cookies won't dry out as much.
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When storing cookies for extended periods (like to ship overseas to our soldier friends) put a slice of bread in the tightly sealed container- zip top bags work great.When making chocolate cakes, instead of flouring the pan, use cocoa powder.
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For a smooth finish on your cupcakes, microwave your icing for 30 seconds and dip them in- gives you that lovely fondant look when they dry.
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When making cream pies, dust baked crust with powdered sugar - prevents crust from becoming soggy.
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When making brownies or chocolate cake, replace water with cooled (brewed) coffee- the stronger the coffee, the more mocha-y the flavor.  Alternately you can add instant coffee or espresso powder.  Even a little bit really enhances and brings out the flavor of the chocolate.
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Unflavored, unwaxed dental floss is perfect for slicing cakes into layers- it is also great to slice your decorated cake without making a mess or dragging a knife through your design- wrap the floss (make sure it is longer than the cake) around your fingers like you do for flossing then push down through the cake to the bottom, let go of one end of the floss and pull through. Your fingers will get messy but your cake will stay lovely.
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Cleaning
Put a wooden spoon across the pot when you are cooking something that is prone to boiling over and you won't have the problem.
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For pots and pans with baked on grime, add dishwasher detergent or one of the individual packets of the detergent to the pan and let it soak while you clean the kitchen or overnight and the gunk washes right off.
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A used drier sheet will do the same thing- fill with hot soapy water, drop the used dryer sheet in and soak while you clean your kitchen or overnight, remover the drier sheet and wash/wipe clean.then take the dryer sheet and wipe clean.
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Eggs
To tell if an egg is fresh, cover with cold water. If it floats, it's rotten and needs to be tossed.
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To keep the shells from cracking, put a couple of toothpicks in with the eggs before boiling- it will prevent the shells from cracking.
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When you beat egg whites, beat up 2/3 of them until they form very stiff peaks then add the remaining 1/3. The beaten batch won't collapse and the additional whites with produce a glossy, firm texture.
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Fruits &Veggies
When you boil vegetables, start root vegetables with cold water, anything that grows above the ground in boiling water.
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Scrub potatoes with a bbq brush and the peels come off lickety split.
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Wrap celery in foil before putting in crisper to keep it fresh longer.
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A really easy way to core head lettuce is to give it (the core) a good thwack against the counter or cutting board and it will pull right out.
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To easily peel tomatoes, peaches, etc- place in boiling water for 1 minute then remove to cold water- skins slide right off.
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Freeze your head of cabbage for several hours or overnight then let it sit on the counter for a bit and the leaves peel right off and are very pliable so you can easily make your cabbage rolls. Alternately, you can boil for 10 minutes.
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Wash and trim your fresh herbs, green onions, etc as soon as you get them home and let dry completely. Once they are all clean and ready for use, put in a tight sealing container with a folded paper towel in the bottom. They stay fresh longer and it makes getting your recipes ready that much quicker.
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Herbs such as parsely, cilantro, etc can be stored upright in a glass in the fridge (who has room for this?). Make sure to change out the water frequently.
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Onions
To remove onion odor from your hands, rub them over stainless steel while running water (a spoon or table knife works great, or even running your wet hands over the faucet if yours is stainless will do the trick)- you don't even have to use soap to get rid of the smell, but that's just gross and will never be recommended by the divas. ;-)
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For some reason eating meatloaf made with onions makes several family members and friends all belchy later, but they didn't want me to leave them out because they are essential to the overall flavor.  One time I was out of fresh onions so I used some minced dried and no more belching.  This has worked every single time and everyone I have told who tries it has had the same results.
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The following tips are to prevent you from tearing up when chopping onions:
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We have NOT resorted to wearing goggles so can't verify but we have heard it works for others.
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Curling your tongue over your top teeth while slicing will help keep the tears at bay.
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Chop near an open flame- gas burner or candle both work
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Use a fan to blow the flames away from you.  A small personal fan will do it.
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Chop them by the sink while running water.
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Freeze for half an hour or so to cut down on the gases.  Storing them in the fridge does the same thing and has the added benefit of keeping them from sprouting for much longer.
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Breathe through your mouth.
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Use a very sharp knife- clean cuts expose less gas producing surface areas.
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Rice
For fluffy rice every time, brown slightly in dry pan over low heat before adding water or broth.
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To prevent rice from boiling over add a teaspoon of lemon juice to water- no taste and no spillover.
 
 
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Candy

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Cakes, Pies

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Breakfast, Brunch


These recipes are typically served in the morning, but around here we like our caffeine hit and mostly wait til lunch to eat-  occasionally on the weekends Ken will make a big breakfast, but for the most part, we do breakfast for dinner.  Whenever you choose to eat them, these recipes are particularly yummy.

Baked French Toast
Basic Granola w/Variations 
Finnish Oven Pancake
Pumpkin Pancakes
Strawberry Stuffed French Toast



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Breads, Rolls, Muffins


To me, there is little better than the smell of fresh baked bread, unless perhaps it's the taste.

Honey Oatmeal Bread


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Beverages

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Appetizers


Whether they're for a party, the holidays or just because, we all love appetizers-  what's not to like, right?  Finger foods, dips, etc attractively displayed-  bite sized morsels of yummy goodness.   Enjoy.

Mexican Pinwheels - Basic
Mexican Pinwheels - Fancy
Ole' Your Way
Somebody's Watching Me - Creepy Eyes Stuffed Mushrooms


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holidays

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Conversions

For your convenience, here are some easy links to convert our recipes if you use a different standard of measure.  Enjoy.

Commonly used measurement equivalents

Oven temperature conversions
(gas, fahrenheit, celsius, description)
Converting temperatures

Converting measurements
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Ingredient Substitutions

 Many times in cooking and baking there will be an ingredient you don't have on hand or would like to avoid-  here are the substitutions we have found that work for us.  If you know of others please feel free to leave in a comment or email us so we can add them.  Thanks!

Ingredient Substitutions

Alcohol Substitutes for use in recipes


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about make your own mixes


Whether it's to save time because you forgot to buy something, money because heck, they can get up there in price or you want to control the ingredients and don't want the added msg and ingredients you can't pronounce, there are a lot of good reasons to make your own seasoning blends and flavor packets.

We have collected and refined many recipes for make your own spice mixes over the years- we are including several versions here so you can choose which you prefer based on what you have available and how big a batch you want to make.

Unless otherwise noted, mix all ingredients well - any not used can be stored in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months, frozen for longer.

Stir or shake well before each use.

Cream of (whatever) soup mix
Several variations including a low fat, low sodium version

Recipes for 1 envelope and large batch

Gravy Mix
Several varieties including easy oven-baked roux.

Homemade Pizza (Quick 30 Minute Rise Crust)

Several variations for all and for chicken


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Recipes


Here is a list of our recipes - alphabetized and linked for your convenience.

Avocado Salad
Awesome Loaded Oatmeal Cookies
Baked Eggplant Parmesan
Baked French Toast
Baked Spaghetti 
Basic Fajita Marinade
Basic Granola w/Variations
Beanie Weenie
Beef or Chicken Fajitas
Beef Stroganoff
Bountiful Garden Veggie Casserole 
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
Candy Corn (Cheesy Tortillas) and Jack-O-Lantern's (Tex-Mex Casserole)
Cashew Chicken
Celebrate Spring Salad
Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
Chicken Parmesan
Chili (no beans) no chop, no muss, no fuss
Crawfish Fettucine
Creamed Chipped Beef aka SOS
Creamy Eggplant Ziti Bake
Creamy Spaghetti Squash w/Peas
Cubed Steak & Potato Pouches
Delicious Carrot Cake with Best Ever Cream Cheese Icing
Easiest Ever Freezer Pickles
Easy Baked Tilapia w/Veggies
Easy Cheese & Onion Enchilada Bake
Easy Fettucine Alfredo
Easy Fried Rice
Easy Lo Mein
Easy Halloween Trail Mix
Fantasy Fudge - Microwave
Fat burning soup - beef based
Fat burning soup - chicken based
Fat burning soup - chicken based 2 - crockpot
Fat burning soup - tomato based
Finnish Oven Pancake
Freakin' Awesome Buffalo Chicken Pizza
French Silk Chocolate Pie
Fruit & Chicken Dinner Salad
Green Tea Bundt Cake
Grilled Veggie Burgers
Halloween Potions - Witches Brew, Swamp Water & More
Harvest Pork Roast w/Veggies
Hawaiian Chicken
Heavenly Peaches and Cream Cups
Homemade Caramel Corn
Homemade Pizza (quick 30 minute rise crust)
Honey Mustard Chicken Strips
Honey Oatmeal Bread
Irish Coffee
Italian Beef Sandwiches
Italian Sausage & Pepper Hoagies
King Cake (Mardi Gras)
Lemon Meringue Pie w/A Twist
Lentil Soup
Light & Easy Chinese Chicken Salad
Lightened Up Tuna Salad Sandwich
Main Dish Caprese Salad
Mexican Pinwheels - Basic
Mexican Pinwheels - Fancy
Mixed Berry Crisp
Not Your Average Chicken Salad Crescents
Oatmeal Lace Cookies
Ole Your Way
Oriental Chicken Wings
Our Favorite Crispix Mix - Large Batch
Oven Baked Roux
Pasta & Cabbage
Perfect Gravy
Perfect Pot Roast
Perfect Rice - Stovetop
Pineapple Salad
Pink Lemonade Pie
Pork & Apple Cheddar Melt
Pork Chops & Rice Casserole
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew
Pressure Cooker Italian Beef
Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
Pressure Cooker Rice 
Puffy Chicken
Pumpkin Pancakes
Ravioli Lasagna
Refreshing Berry Salad
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Roasted Chicken Wrap
Sesame Green Beans
Simple Oven Roasted Sausage & Veggie Dinner
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Corned Beef Dinner w/Veggies
Slow Cooker Country Style Pork Ribs
Slow Cooker Harvest Pork Roast
Slow Cooker Italian Beef
Slow Cooker Old Fashioned Polish Style Stuffed Cabbage
Slow Cooker Pepper Steak
Slow Cooker Perfect Pot Roast
Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage
Southwest Salad
Spinach, Chicken & Strawberry Salad
Steak & Cheddar Sandwiches
Steak Salad w/Mushrooms & Caramelized Onions
Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Snowball Cookies
Somebody's Watching Me - Creepy Eyes Stuffed Mushrooms
Spooky Rice Krispies Treats
Steak and Cheddar Sandwiches
Super Easy Bloody Eyeballs
Taste of Thanksgiving Rings
Tex-Mex Casserole Jack-O-Lantern's
Triple Berry Spinach Salad
Tuna Mac
Unstuffed Cabbage Casserole
Updated Pork Chops & Applesauce
Winner, Winner (one dish) Chicken Dinner
Worms in Dirt Graveyard
Worms on a Bun - Gross
Yummy Baked Ham



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Menus

Here are a list of our menus by week and year-  we try to eat seasonally or what is on sale so while you are of course free to look at any or all of them, if you go by month you should be able to get the fresh produce at its peak.

2013 Menus
Menu for week of  1/7
Menu for week of  1/14
Menu for week of  1/21
Menu for week of  1/28
Menu for week of  2/4
Menu for week of  2/11  Mardi Gras 2/12; Valentine's Day 2/14
Menu for week of  2/18
Menu for week of  2/25
Menu for week of  3/4
Menu for week of  3/11  St. Patrick's Day 3/17
Menu for week of  3/18
Menu for week of  3/25  Easter 3/31
Menu for week of  4/1  April Fool's Day 4/1
Menu for week of  4/8
Menu for week of  4/15
Menu for week of  4/22
Menu for week of  4/29
Menu for week of  5/6  Mother's Day 5/12
Menu for week of  5/13
Menu for week of  5/20
Menu for week of  5/27  Memorial Day 5/27
Menu for week of  6/3
Menu for week of  6/10  Father's Day 6/16
Menu for week of  6/17
Menu for week of  6/24
Menu for week of  7/1  Independence Day (4th of July) 7/4
Menu for week of  7/8
Menu for week of  7/15
Menu for week of  7/22
Menu for week of  7/29
Menu for week of  8/5
Menu for week of  8/12
Menu for week of  8/19
Menu for week of  8/26
Menu for week of  9/2  Labor Day 9/2
Menu for week of  9/9
Menu for week of  9/16
Menu for week of  9/23
Menu for week of  9/30
Menu for week of  10/7
Menu for week of  10/14
Menu for week of 10/21
Menu for week of  10/28  Halloween 10/31
Menu for week of  11/4
Menu for week of  11/11
Menu for week of  11/18
Menu for week of  11/25  Thanksgiving 11/28
Menu for week of  12/2
Menu for week of  12/9
Menu for week of  12/16
Menu for week of  12/23 Christmas Eve 12/24; Christmas Day 12/25
Menu for week of  12/30  New Year's Eve 12:/31; New Year's Day 1/1
 
2012 Menus
Menu for week of 1/2
Menu for week of 1/9
Menu for week of 1/16
Menu for week of 1/23
Menu for week of 1/30
Menu for week of 2/6
Menu for week of 2/13 Valentine's Day 2/14
Menu for week of 2/20 Mardi Gras 2/21
Menu for week of 2/27
Menu for week of 3/5
Menu for week of 3/12 St. Patrick's Day 3/17
Menu for week of 3/19
Menu for week of 3/26 April Fool's Day 4/1
Menu for week of 4/2 Easter 4/8
Menu for week of 4/9
Menu for week of 4/16
Menu for week of 4/23
Menu for week of 4/30 Cinco De Mayo 5/5
Menu for week of 5/7 Mother's Day 5/13
Menu for week of 5/14
Menu for week of 5/21
Menu for week of 5/28 Memorial Day 5/28
Menu for week of 6/4
Menu for week of 6/11 Father's Day 6/17
Menu for week of 6/18
Menu for week of 6/25
Menu for week of 7/2 Independence Day/4th of July 7/4
Menu for week of 7/9
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Menu for week of 10/29 Halloween 10/31
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Menu for week of 11/26
Menu for week of 12/3
Menu for week of 12/10
Menu for week of 12/17
Menu for week of 12/24 Christmas Eve 12/24; Christmas Day 12/25
Menu for week of 12/31 New Year's Eve 12/31 New Year's Day 1/1

2011 Menus 
Menu for week of 1/3
Menu for week of 1/10
Menu for week of 1/17
Menu for week of 1/24
Menu for week of 1/31
Menu for week of 2/7
Menu for week of 2/14 Valentine's Day 2/14
Menu for week of 2/21
Menu for week of 2/28 
Menu for week of 3/7 Mardi Gras 3/8
Menu for week of 3/14 St. Patrick's Day 3/17
Menu for week of 3/21
Menu for week of 3/28 April Fool's Day 4/1
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Menu for week of 4/11
Menu for week of 4/18 Easter 4/24
Menu for week of 4/25
Menu for week of 5/2 Cinco De Mayo 5/5 Mother's Day 5/8
Menu for week of 5/9
Menu for week of 5/16
Menu for week of 5/23
Menu for week of 5/30 Memorial Day 5/30
Menu for week of 6/13 Father's Day 6/19
Menu for week of 6/20
Menu for week of 6/27
Menu for week of 7/4 Independence Day (4th of July) 7/4
Menu for week of 7/11
Menu for week of 7/18
Menu for week of 7/25
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Menu for week of 8/29
Menu for week of 9/5 Labor Day 9/5
Menu for week of 9/12
Menu for week of 9/19
Menu for week of 9/26
Menu for week of 10/3
Menu for week of 10/10
Menu for week of 10/17
Menu for week of 10/24
Menu for week of 10/31 Halloween 10/31
Menu for week of 11/7
Menu for week of 11/14
Menu for week of 11/21 Thanksgiving 11/24
Menu for week of 11/28
Menu for week of 12/5
Menu for week of 12/12
Menu for week of 12/19 Christmas Eve 12/24; Christmas Day 12/25
Menu for week of 12/26 New Year's Eve 12/31; New Year's Day 1/1

2010 Menus
Menu for week of 1/4
Menu for week of 1/11
Menu for week of 1/18
Menu for week of 1/25
Menu for week of 2/1
Menu for week of 2/8 Valentine's Day 2/14
Menu for week of 2/15
Menu for week of 2/22 Mardi Gras 2/16
Menu for week of 3/1
Menu for week of 3/8
Menu for week of 3/15 St. Patrick's Day 3/17
Menu for week of 3/22
Menu for week of 3/29 April Fool's Day 4/1; Easter 4/4
Menu for week of 4/5
Menu for week of 4/12
Menu for week of 4/19
Menu for week of 4/26
Menu for week of 5/3 Cinco De Mayo 5/5; Mother's Day 5/9
Menu for week of 5/10
Menu for week of 5/17
Menu for week of 5/24
Menu for week of 5/31 Memorial Day 5/31
Menu for week of 6/7
Menu for week of 6/14 Father's Day 6/20
Menu for week of 6/21
Menu for week of 6/28 Independence Day (4th of July) 7/4
Menu for week of 7/5
Menu for week of 7/12
Menu for week of 7/19
Menu for week of 7/26
Menu for week of 8/2
Menu for week of 8/9
Menu for week of 8/16
Menu for week of 8/23
Menu for week of 8/30
Menu for week of 9/6 Labor Day 9/6
Menu for week of 9/13
Menu for week of 9/20
Menu for week of 9/27
Menu for week of 10/4
Menu for week of 10/11
Menu for week of 10/18
Menu for week of 10/25 Halloween 10/31
Menu for week of 11/1
Menu for week of 11/8
Menu for week of 11/15
Menu for week of 11/22 Thanksgiving 11/22
Menu for week of 11/29
Menu for week of 12/6
Menu for week of 12/13
Menu for week of 12/20 Christmas Eve 12/24; Christmas Day 12/25
Menu for week of 12/27 New Year's Eve 12/31; New Year's Day 1/1

2009 Menus
Menu for week of 1/5
Menu for week of 1/12
Menu for week of 1/19
Menu for week of 1/26
Menu for week of 2/2
Menu for week of 2/9 Valentine's Day 2/14
Menu for week of 2/16 Mardi Gras 2/24
Menu for week of 2/23
Menu for week of 3/2 
Menu for week of 3/9
Menu for week of 3/16 St. Patrick's Day 3/17
Menu for week of 3/23
Menu for week of 3/30 April Fool's Day 4/12
Menu for week of 4/6
Menu for week of 4/13
Menu for week of 4/20
Menu for week of 4/27
Menu for week of 5/4 Cinco De Mayo 5/5; Mother's Day 5/10
Menu for week of 5/11
Menu for week of 5/18
Menu for week of 5/25 Memorial Day 5/25
Menu for week of 6/1
Menu for week of 6/8
Menu for week of 6/15 Father's Day 6/21
Menu for week of 6/22
Menu for week of 6/29 Independence Day (4th of July) 7/4
Menu for week of 7/6
Menu for week of 7/13
Menu for week of 7/20
Menu for week of 7/27
Menu for week of 8/3
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Menu for week of 8/24
Menu for week of 8/31
Menu for week of 9/7 Labor Day 9/7
Menu for week of 9/14
Menu for week of 9/21
Menu for week of 9/28
Menu for week of 10/5
Menu for week of 10/12
Menu for week of 10/19
Menu for week of 10/26 Halloween 10/31
Menu for week of 11/2
Menu for week of 11/9
Menu for week of 11/16
Menu for week of 11/23 Thanksgiving 11/26
Menu for week of 11/30
Menu for week of 12/7
Menu for week of 12/14
Menu for week of 12/21 Christmas Eve 12/14; Christmas Day 12/25
Menu for week of 12/28 New Year's Eve 12/31; New Year's Day 1/1
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Eating to lose weight

Here's where we'll link all of our posts regarding the eating to lose weight plan.  Everything from the plan to recipes to menus to what I actually ate and how I am doing.  I love company, so feel free to join me on my journey to better health (and better fitting clothes) or just offer support, advice or encouragement.

I am doing my own eating plan, loosely based on the fat burning soup diet and the UDDD diet along with moving more in general.  To read about my plan and why I am doing it this way, see here.

I studied fitness and nutrition and have a piece of paper that says so, but I am not a registered dietitian, nutritionist or doctor, so use your own judgment and consult a professional before starting this or any diet, eating or exercise plan.

Believe it or not, it takes a lot of guts for me to do something like this publicly-  I know I will have days that are better than others and I hate not being perfect.  I don't mind posting my flaws, or making fun of myself, but its usually after the fact and this time I am taking you right along with me for all the ups and downs.

I'm providing both my menu plan and a daily diary because I want to show you that even though I veer off from course at times, I am still losing, not beating myself up, and most importantly, the plan adjusts with you, so I swap my days around or eat something not on the menu and it's okay, it's still working.  

I'm a lot more concerned with how I look and feel than what the scale says, so that will be my focus and I will keep you up to speed on if what I am doing is working, but I'll probably tell you how much I've lost when it is significant amount-  and surely by vacation time I'll let you know if I made goal.



Eating to lose weight - the plan
Eating to lose weight - week 1 menu
Eating to lose weight - week 2 menu
Eating to lose weight - week 3 menu

Losing it - Day 1
Losing it - Day 2
Losing it - Day 3
Losing it - Day 4
Losing it - Day  5
Losing it - Day 6
Losing it - Day 7
Losing it - Day 8
Losing it - Day 9
Losing it - Day 10
Losing it - Day 11
Losing it - Day 12
Losing it - Day 13
Losing it - Day 14
Losing it - Day 15
Losing it- Day 16
Losing it - Day 17
Losing it - Day 18
Losing it - Day 19
Losing it - Day 20
Losing it - Day 21

Tomato based fat burning soup recipe
Chicken based fat burning soup recipe
Chicken based fat burning soup recipe 2 - crockpot
Beef based fat burning soup recipe
Vegetarian based fat burning soup recipe
Fruit & chicken dinner salad recipe
Southwest dinner salad recipe (lower fat version)
 Lightened up tuna salad sandwich
Refreshing berry salad
Oven baked chicken parmesan
Celebrate spring salad
Pineapple salad
Avocado salad
Light & Easy Chinese chicken salad
 
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