Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More

Posted by Debbra, Volunteer Mentor @debbraw, Fri, Feb 22 7:21pm

Some of the members of the Gratitude Discussion Group were interested in having a place to share recipes and food ideas. I’m hoping that we can use this thread as a place to have that kind of discussion. I’d love to hear your ideas for quick meals, comfort food, healthy snacks, and more.

Personally, I’ve just been through a bad reaction to one of my medications that left me with a very queasy stomach. I would love to hear ideas – or recipes – that might be used when you need to get something on your stomach, but don’t want to overdo it.

Hopefully, this thread will even be a place where we can share recipes for special treats and yummy rewards. It doesn’t always have to be healthy!

I’d love to hear from members who have been part of other discussions AND from new members who have good ideas, recipes and food tips to share. I’m excited to see who might start us off here with an awesome food suggestion!

@jakedduck1

@rosemarya
Oh Rosemary such ugly 4 letter words.
Cook, bake, peel, core, wrap etc.
Usually go out with family and a couple friends or a friend invites me over for dinner before my doctor put a stop to eating out.
My Mom says she gave us whatever too but I have no childhood memories of it.
I love apples, even have an apple tree. East at least 1 a day. Love fruit and Mellons. I prefer now that birthdays come and go unnoticed.
Jake

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@jakedduck1. Hi Jake, I hope you’ve had a good day in spite of everything else! I know what it’s like to go through what you’re going through. It’s terribly hard! And it’s difficult to find things as good as what we grew up with. I hope you can do so. If you ever need someone to commiserate with – I’m here!!…. Karen

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@jakedduck1 Salt can be a killer do as others have said don't eliminate it or overdo it I ,m not sure but 1500 is the max for women I don't know for nen but all your can good have alot of salt usually so opt for Low Sodium can goods or freash veggies and fruit

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@jakedduck1 What is your limit on daily sodium intake? Why is it restricted? You will need to pay attention to portion size for a serving. Please tell me you don’t use an electric can opener too. Read labels carefully. Fresh is typically the best. It is up to you.

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Hi, Everyone I've been trying to find salad dressings that tastes good but lower sodium. I just tried one i found and thought i would share . Its a ranch dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk
3/4 – 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper
freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste approximately 1-3 teaspoons, adjust to taste

I use 2% milk and black pepper my fitness ap says for a 2 tbsp serving is 93 cal, 9 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, sodium 124 mg. Much better than store bought

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@deirdrebrownw – Welcome to Connect! And thanks so much for your great book recommendation. I have not had chemo, but I recently had a bad reaction to meds that cause stomach bleeding and I was severely nauseated. I needed that book then – and I'm going to buy it for future reference. It's good to have that kind of thing on hand when you need it. Now that your treatment is finished, are you able to eat a little more of what you enjoy? I bet that was a difficult transition. Best of luck on your recovery.

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I am in heart failure, on a low-salt, low-fat, low sugar diet. My recommendation for anyone else on a low-salt diet: Fix sheet tray meals. You can buy a magazine or book on the topic. Tonight we're having roast chicken (small serving), roasted gold potatoes, with roasted carrots and onions. Easy to prepare on a jelly roll pan and seasoned with Herbs de Provence. Do not eat reduced calorie frozen meals; they're loaded with salt.

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@parus

@jakedduck1 What is your limit on daily sodium intake? Why is it restricted? You will need to pay attention to portion size for a serving. Please tell me you don’t use an electric can opener too. Read labels carefully. Fresh is typically the best. It is up to you.

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@parus
Electric can opener? mercy gracious no. At least not if I can help it. Pull tops!!!
My sodium was high so doc cut it out. She said you’ll get enough without adding any. It’s been normal every since. Most of what I eat doesn’t have labels, meat, fruits veggies. Lentils, beans, raisins don’t have any sodium. I get sodium free tuna and turkey for sandwiches. Don’t know my sodium limit. I could probably eat more than I do.
Take care,
Jake

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@harriethodgson1

I am in heart failure, on a low-salt, low-fat, low sugar diet. My recommendation for anyone else on a low-salt diet: Fix sheet tray meals. You can buy a magazine or book on the topic. Tonight we're having roast chicken (small serving), roasted gold potatoes, with roasted carrots and onions. Easy to prepare on a jelly roll pan and seasoned with Herbs de Provence. Do not eat reduced calorie frozen meals; they're loaded with salt.

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@harriethodgson1
Good dinner suggestion. I can’t have anything packaged, canned or frozen. I have cheated though, I put some canned tomatoes in my lentils.

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@danab

Hi, Everyone I've been trying to find salad dressings that tastes good but lower sodium. I just tried one i found and thought i would share . Its a ranch dressing

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup buttermilk or regular milk
3/4 – 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon dried chives
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/8 teaspoon finely cracked pepper
freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste approximately 1-3 teaspoons, adjust to taste

I use 2% milk and black pepper my fitness ap says for a 2 tbsp serving is 93 cal, 9 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, sodium 124 mg. Much better than store bought

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@danab
Hi Dan,
Have you ever tried making homemade mayonnaise?

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@jakedduck1

@harriethodgson1
Good dinner suggestion. I can’t have anything packaged, canned or frozen. I have cheated though, I put some canned tomatoes in my lentils.

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@jakedduck1 Canned tomatoes do come salt-free. I make spaghetti sauce with it, and with all of the other spices, we don't even notice that there is no salt in it.
JK

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 Canned tomatoes do come salt-free. I make spaghetti sauce with it, and with all of the other spices, we don't even notice that there is no salt in it.
JK

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I also use salt-free canned tomatoes and they are excellent.

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@parus

@jakedduck1 Are you one of those couch potato chefs?? Sounds to me like you have an aversion to things requiring effort.

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@parus
Obviously I’m not as active as I use to be. No more swimming 5 miles a day. Multiple shoulder surgeries took care of that. I can’t stand very long since I quit the Fentanyl but I get the housework drudgery done, do all errands and take care of my Mom etc. I’m not the lazy slouch you seem to think I am.
Jake

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 Jake, your dream dinner sounds good to me. Can you have steak? We generally have beef once a week. I rarely eat starches, so baked potatoes are a Godsend to prepare for my husband, either that or a yummy roll.

I hope you have a great birthday, and that you have something to eat that you do enjoy. Does your doctor allow a very occasional splurge, if the splurge is not too bad? A small steak with a plain baked potato doesn't sound too bad to me. Forget the sour cream, the cheesecake, and all though. I can't remember the last time I had cheesecake.
My husband is in incredible health and eats whaever he wants. It's tough preparing dinner for him when I can't eat many of the things that he eats. He is reasonably trim, takes no medications and goes to the gym about 3 days a week. He's 83 so that's pretty darned good. Most people think he's in his late 60s, early 70s. He has great genes. I do not.
JK

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@contentandwell
Wow, wish I had some of his genes. I’m envious of your hubby. Eats anything, no meds, healthy goes to the gym. I can have steak or any meat but only 4oz. I had some chicken and veggies (Jodee’s recipe)
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@contentandwell
Wow, wish I had some of his genes. I’m envious of your hubby. Eats anything, no meds, healthy goes to the gym. I can have steak or any meat but only 4oz. I had some chicken and veggies (Jodee’s recipe)
Jake

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@jakedduck1 I wish I had his genes too. I tell him I married him for his longevity genes. He does take ibuprofen occasionally if he has a headache, but that's pretty much it.
JK

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@contentandwell

@jakedduck1 I wish I had his genes too. I tell him I married him for his longevity genes. He does take ibuprofen occasionally if he has a headache, but that's pretty much it.
JK

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@contentandwell Wonder why some people have good genes and most of us don't do you think a past life is to blame? If so alot of us didn't fair so good haha

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