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Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals
      #3184 - 03/18/03 02:32 PM
Lana_Marie

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I have found that the IBS recipes take such a long time and I have trouble keeping up with all the ingredients because there alot that I don't have.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to quickly stock my cupboards with new ingredients? Also - any quick meal ideas? (IE: Thyme, and those types of ingredients - because I think soon I will have tons of these little ingredients and not use them very often)

I work two jobs and don't get home until later and my husband only knows how to make hamburger helper or fried eggs and bacon lol.

Any suggestions would help...I just find it so difficult to experiment with new meal ideas because I find these meals in the cookbook to take so long and because I don't want to find something else to make if it doesn't turn out lol.

I am 24 years old and have never really had to cook meals before because I was always able to buy the quick meals.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3185 - 03/18/03 02:37 PM
britsarah

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Quick easy meals I like - baked potatoes (microwave or stick 'em in the oven and forget them for an hour), pasta ( 10 minutes to cook or 2 minutes in the microwave if you can get the pre-cooked packs), potato gnocchi with a tin of tuna and a quick soy milk sauce thickened with cornstarch.
Check out previous posts - perhaps some stuff you could experiment with on the weekend then get your hubby to reheat.
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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3188 - 03/18/03 02:44 PM
Lorna

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Do you have Heather's book "The First Year"? There is a section in there about re-stocking your shelves. It's a wonder!!


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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3255 - 03/19/03 07:57 AM
Lana_Marie

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I have the book on order, but they still haven't called me that it's in...I have the IBS Cookbook. I will have to call the people there and see what's up because that will be so helpful.

Thank you,

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3256 - 03/19/03 07:58 AM
Lana_Marie

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What is potato gnocchi? I don't think I have heard of that before?

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3259 - 03/19/03 08:21 AM
Lorna

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Hopefully you get the book soon. I ordered mine from Heather's website and it arrived very quickly. If you've ordered it from a bookstore, keep calling them. You never know - it may be in a pile somewhere with your name on it!!

Anyway, when you do get it, as I said before, the re-stocking your shelves section is very helpful. I took my book to the grocery store and stocked up (I didn't even need a list as Heather already made it for me in the book!) My menu options varied immensely since I did this. (plain old oatmeal really isn't all that exciting after a while - although necessary during a flare-up!!)

Hopefully this helps and happy shopping!

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3263 - 03/19/03 08:38 AM
Lana_Marie

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Thanks Lorna -

I will keep on them! They should definately have the book by now - I ordered it in January I think. Time flies though - I can't believe its already March.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3273 - 03/19/03 09:24 AM
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They're a little pasta made out of potato. They're really dense. And yummy!

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Dinner in a Bag new
      #3276 - 03/19/03 09:39 AM
torbetta

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I love this recipe. It came from Quick Cooking. I only had to substitute ground turkey for the ground beef. You can put all the other ingrediants in a bag, spices in a plastic bag and store it in the cupboard and then just get it out with the meat and you will have dinner in about 30 min.

1 Pound of ground turkey
2 cans (14-1/2 oz) stewed tomatoes
1/4 cup dried onion (I usually use reg. onions and cook with turkey)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni

In a skillet, brown turkey; drain. Add tomatoes and seasonings: bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 min. Uncover; simmer until macaroni is tender and sauce it thickend. Makes 4 servings.



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Re: Dinner in a Bag new
      #3290 - 03/19/03 10:37 AM
Lana_Marie

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That sounds wonderful - my gosh - my mouth is watering. I will have to give it a try - I have printed it off.

Where do you get ground turkey anyways - I go to a supermarket and have not been able to find it in the meat aisle. Can you tell me what it looks like.

That and soy products. I have alot of trouble finding those. I can find soy milk, but as for the cheese and creams and everything. NO WAY!

Thanks

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3292 - 03/19/03 10:39 AM
Lana_Marie

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I don't know if I have ever seen them before, I really have to start taking more time to go grocery shopping and look for these new items.

I go with my husband and all he does is whine about how long I taking in the aisle or else he takes off and I have to spend the next 10 minutes hunting for him (I usually find him in the junk food aisle carrying diet coke and chips - ironic in itself LOL)

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Re: Dinner in a Bag new
      #3301 - 03/19/03 11:06 AM
SharonMello

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Heidi - My Mom (bless her soul) used to make this for us when we were kids (a very long time ago, it was) and called it Creamette Ravioli (because she used Creamette's elbow macaroni and I think she got the recipe from one of the boxes). But she used ground beef way, way back then. They didn't have ground turkey in the old days. Us kids, and my Dad too, just loved it.

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Okanagan soy cheese for Canadians new
      #3302 - 03/19/03 11:06 AM
HeatherAdministrator

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There have been a lot of past posts about this - it's a brand in Canada, and seems to be fairly widely available (and people like it). Might do a board search for the brand to find those threads.

Also, check your grocery store in the produce section, not the dairy section. For some reason they hide the soy cheese by the tofu and bean sprouts.

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Re: Dinner in a Bag new
      #3303 - 03/19/03 11:08 AM
SharonMello

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Lana Marie - ground turkey looks like ground beef, just much lighter in color.

The soy cheeses are in the coolers with the milk products. They usually are by themselves and all together. Everything from soy sour cream to soy cheese, to soy yogurt. If the store doesn't have ground turkey, maybe they have turkey breasts or chicken breasts that they can grind for you minus the skin and bones, of course!

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Re: Dinner in a Bag new
      #3304 - 03/19/03 11:12 AM
Lana_Marie

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You can get them to do that for you? Grind while you wait?

Because I have not been able to find that. Is there anyway I could do that at home and then re-freeze the chicken breasts?

Also - are the any Canadian's here who shop at Superstore. I used to be a Safeway girl all the way, but they just don't seem to have the selection that Superstore does. I am just wondering because then maybe you others can let me know if you have found these types of things there.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3306 - 03/19/03 11:12 AM
SharonMello

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Lana Marie - buy a slow cooker/crock pot and search this forum for slow cooker/crock pot recipes. It basically is just dumping everything in the crockpot in the morning before work, turning it on, and coming home to a cooked meal.

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Re: Okanagan soy cheese for Canadians new
      #3307 - 03/19/03 11:14 AM
Lana_Marie

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Thanks Heather - Because I have not found them in the dairy section and I have gone up and down that aisle millions of times and haven't found anything.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3308 - 03/19/03 11:15 AM
Lana_Marie

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I have a slow cooker, but for some reason it makes the food taste like plastic. We got it as a wedding gift and have only used it twice because it gives our food a funny taste.

I have yet to find anything to take away the taste. I tried cooking just vinegar and water all day in it. Hoping it would cure it or something, but it never helped.

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Re: Dinner in a Bag new
      #3309 - 03/19/03 11:18 AM
SharonMello

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Lana Marie - yes, they should do that while you wait. Or you can do it at home.

Re: Freezing - the rule of thumb is you can freeze meats once when they're raw and then again after they're cooked. I wouldn't freeze any meats twice while still raw. It pays to be careful, especially with poultry.

Some food processors have grinding attachments or you can just buy a meat grinder and do it yourself. At least that way you know what's in it.

When and if you do it at the grocery store, tell them not to put any fat or skin in the grinder with the turkey. You never know what those butchers do!!

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3310 - 03/19/03 11:19 AM
SharonMello

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LM - what kind is it and does it have a removable crock or is it metal?

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3312 - 03/19/03 11:28 AM
Lana_Marie

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It has a removable crock and it's white. I think it might be ceramic almost. It feels like floor tile to be honest LOL. I don't know the brand name off the top of my head because I am at work and the pot is at home.

I can check tonight if you want?

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Re: Dinner in a Bag new
      #3314 - 03/19/03 11:31 AM
Lana_Marie

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I will absa-tootly have to give that a try then. My goodness I thought grocery shopping would be so easy, but we IBS-ers can't just pick stuff off the shelves and head on home, huh?

Noted about the twice freezing poultry...my goodness you people are gonna make a chef out of me yet - whether I want to or not ....I am learning so much here!

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3316 - 03/19/03 11:33 AM
SharonMello

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LM - I don't think the brand makes a difference. I just can't figure out why the food has a funny taste. What did you make in it that had the funny taste--everything or just specific foods? BTW, what does plastic taste like????

I have such good luck (most of the time) with my slow cooker. I find that most foods get done quicker than the recipe says, tho.


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Re: Dinner in a Bag new
      #3317 - 03/19/03 11:35 AM
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LM - just stick around, kiddo, and we'll see what we can do. Like I said before in a previous post, cooking can be very creative and adventurous. If you're either one, you will be okay with cooking.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3321 - 03/19/03 11:46 AM
Lana_Marie

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Come on Sharon Honey be honest - you never ate a piece of plastic as a kid and got in trouble for it LOL!
Just Joking!
I only cooked a roast with potatoes and carrots and onions in it. Nothing out of the normal! And it just made the whole meal taste terrible.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3323 - 03/19/03 11:50 AM
SharonMello

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Geez - I don't know wht to say except that maybe at the time your cooking skills needed honing maybe!????!!

Why don't you try one of the recipes for crockpots on this forum and see how it comes out. If it tastes terribly like plastic, then something's drastically wrong with that machine. Are you willing to give it a go???

I thought you were at work, so why aren't you working???

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3325 - 03/19/03 11:54 AM
Lana_Marie

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Our entire network crashed yesterday and it's gonna take 3 days until we get a new one. So I am just here to answer the phones and take care of inquiries.

In 3 days I will be going hay wire! I will look like Kramer off of Seinfeld next week LOL

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3330 - 03/19/03 12:05 PM
SharonMello

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LM - I look like Kramer every morning when I wake up! My cat even looks at me funny!!!
Don't get too bored. It's fun to be able to go "back and forth" with someone who's on the board the same time I am.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3334 - 03/19/03 12:26 PM
Lana_Marie

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LOL - You are too funny my gosh.

My cat has quite a personality too - isn't it funny how us cat owners can see those little expressions on their pets faces LOL.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals- cats!!?! new
      #3338 - 03/19/03 12:35 PM
britsarah

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Guys, don't get carried away! It's just taken me forever to read these posts!!! And spare a thought for those of us who are dog people - the only thing I ever got from cats was fleabites and they weren't even my cats
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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals- cats!!?! new
      #3341 - 03/19/03 12:40 PM
Lana_Marie

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LOL - Sorry to be so rude Sarah!

I am sure dogs have their own personalities as well. Us selfish cat people have no thought for other people and their animals LOL.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals new
      #3347 - 03/19/03 01:37 PM
torbetta

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We have the same problem. Speaking of men in snack aisle, my girls and I went to a birthday party last week with a bunch my friends and their kids. My friend told us about a dream she had just had, she was pregnant and she went grocery shopping with her husband. She went into labor and couldn't find her husband. They paged him and he was in the snack food area. We were all laughing about it. I can so see that happening to her too. Her last baby she didn't even know she was in labor and ended up at the hospital before it started. She was eight cm. dialated at that point. Needless to say she had her son minutes later. He will be two tomorrow.

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Re: Okanagan soy cheese for Canadians new
      #3362 - 03/19/03 05:08 PM
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Don't know where in Canada you are, but Zehrs markets carry them as does A and P. Check with the other specialty cheeses. The website is okcheese.com

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Re: Okanagan soy cheese for Canadians new
      #3399 - 03/19/03 07:36 PM
Lana_Marie

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I'm in Saskatchewan and sadly have never heard of Zehrs. We have Nutters here. Has anyone heard of that place?


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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals- cats!!?! new
      #3459 - 03/20/03 12:49 PM
britsarah

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That's ok Lana_Marie, just having issues with a ginger cat that seems to use our garden as a bathroom at the moment, so probably came over a bit rough. Also prob. jealous for your conversation with Sharon, I never seem on at the same time as anyone else because of the time difference. Poor me! Time to stop moaning...
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something quick for lana marie... new
      #3471 - 03/20/03 02:48 PM
junipertre3

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go to your grocery store and look in the canned soup aisle for "potato leek" soup. It is usually low in fat and dairy
free and perfect for an ibs sufferer, but check the back label to be sure. Baxters makes a great "potato garden leek"
soup. a bowl of that and a french demi-baguette and you've got heaven in 10 minutes.
also some angel hair pasta and a little prego sauce with french bread never hurt anyone either.

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Re: Suggestions for Easy Quick Meals- cats!!?! new
      #3492 - 03/20/03 05:02 PM
SharonMello

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Sarah - We used to have that problem in Fremont. I think about 6 cats used my front flower bed for a toilet. I tried everything--red pepper, black pepper, stuff from the hardware