Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Menu and Meal Planning

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on February 19, 2009 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

To eat better, someone in the family has to take charge of meals. I firmly believe that eating out frequently, especially at fast food restaurants, packs on the pounds. My family eats out an average of once a week and rarely do we eat fast food. Cooking at home gives you more control of the money you spend also.

Confession: I love to eat and I love to cook. Eating at restaurants is a huge treat for my family.

Now I realize that many people don’t share my love of cooking but hopefully my tips will help make this chore easier. The burden of meals doesn’t have to fall on one person. Even children can and should help. Family members can take turns shopping, cooking and cleaning up.

1. Cooking will be much more stressful unless you’ved planned a menu 3 or 4 days in advance and done the grocery shopping. Then when you do get home, everything is on hand and ready to go. I am amazed at people who head out the door at five saying, “I have no idea what we’ll have for dinner.” If you shop for food without a list and a menu plan, you will waste time and money because you will purchase impulse items and forget important ingredients. A list keeps me focused.

2. Sit down with weekly sales circulars, your recipes and make a list of what you will cook for three or four days. Keep in mind the family schedule, planning easy, quick meals for busy days. Then make your grocery list. This takes me about 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Get a 3 ring notebook with plastic sleeves to keep your favorite recipes in so they are easy to find. If meal ideas are really a struggle, work on collecting 30 days worth of simple recipes that you can rotate.

Quick and easy meal suggestion: Try Jimmy Dean’s Breakfast Skillets with Ham. This costs between $4 to $6 and would make a great fast dinner. Add a fruit or green salad and your meal is ready in about 15 minutes. A serving has 270 calories, 4 grams of fat, with 1 gram saturated and 0 transfat.

Next time I will talk about Wii Fit!

Upadated on February 19, 2009

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