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Here are a few quick and easy recipes that not only are cheap, but definitely NOT unhealthy!

"Chicken Rice"

Difficulty: easy

Combine can of Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup in a pot with some rice. Cook until rice is finished. Stir pretty frequently to keep it from burning as it is a very dry recipe. Very tasty! You can add curry and pepper to it if you want.

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Cucumber salad

Difficulty: easy

Finely chop 3 cucumbers. Combine 1.5 tsp sugar, a fair amount of rice vinegar (3/4 cup or so), Kikoman Tempura Dipping Sauce to taste and 1 tbl water in a small bowl. Mix. Add cucumbers to bowl. You may also add shredded carrots if you choose. Hand toss and let marinate for a few minutes. While waiting, prepare 2 sheets of nori (dried seaweed) by placing on a clean, damp paper towel and pouring a small amount of rice vinegar on the center of the nori sheet. Using your hands, spread the rice vinegar all over the wrap to moisten it. Repeat with other side. When nori is moist (but still has some integrity to it) rip it up into strips. Add the nori strips to the cucumber salad while continuing to hand toss it. Serve and garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!

More coming soon...

Any recipes you like that aren't unhealthy or expensive?

Edited by Croc

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Why not just boil the rice first, then mix with the soup?

Having a George Foreman grill has come in handy this year in my apartment, especially since we're not allowed to have a real one on our balcony. Grill some chicken, mix with some sauce, serve with pasta. Or get any marinade, soak yer chicken in it, put it over whatever vegetables you like, grill, and serve.

Those are the main types of recipes that come to mind. I'm not exactly a gourmet chef.

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Because it wouldn't turn out right. As written, the soup acts as the hydrator and the rice absorbs all the flavor. I've never tried it cooking the rice first then adding the soup...but my guess is it would be runnier...and take longer to make.

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as in it isn't chock full of fats and high in calories.

costs? it isn't prohibitively expensive. no special items you cant find in your average grocery.

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I thought it was the partially hydrogenated soybean oil (transfat) they disliked?

Yes, which is present in margerine and not butter.

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Interesting "food for thought"...

I'm from Eastern Europe, we eat tons of Bacon, Sausage, Butter, Salt etc. but somehow stay very healthy because we all get excersise and eat tons of garlic, onions and other vegetables to balance it out.

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Here's an alternative to your cucumber salad (I like both methods, personally, although yours differs from the other one I've had):

Slice or chop cucumbers up. Add to bowl with chopped (but not real small pieces of) tomato. Slice up some chives and throw them in, too. Add Italian Dressing and you've got yourself a side-dish!

Edited by NOS2006

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Friend of mine has been eating like none of us ever has for a year now (super healthy) due to a myriad of afflictions. Amazing stuff I'm learning from him. You cannot eat what could be legitimately called "healthy" from chain supermarkets.

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Here's a slightly more expensive, slightly less healthy dish I've impressed a few people with. It's basically inspired by Alice Springs Chicken from the Outback, with my own spin on it.

You need:

- Pasta (any long-noodle type will do)

- Package of Alfredo sauce powder (or jar of the real stuff if you want to spend more)

- Smallest package of bacon you can find

- 1 Chicken breast / person

- Some honey mustard

Cook the pasta, enough for each person to cover a circle roughly the size of a CD. Cook the chicken breasts on a Foreman if you have it, or barbeque if possible, and place it on top of the pasta. Fry 2 strips bacon / person and place it on top of the chicken. Make (or just heat up) the Alfredo sauce, adding honey mustard until you can just taste it in the sauce. It will go slightly yellow. Pour the sauce on top of the chicken, bacon and pasta and you have a damn good meal.

You may want to put some vegetables on the side of this one, or don't blame me when you need a coronary :lol:

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Friend of mine has been eating like none of us ever has for a year now (super healthy) due to a myriad of afflictions. Amazing stuff I'm learning from him. You cannot eat what could be legitimately called "healthy" from chain supermarkets.

How do you figure? Plenty of organic/natural foods are available there...you just have to avoid the processed stuff, which isn't too hard to do.

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Well... it is slightly less healthy. If you prepare it so. If you only use 2 small pieces of bacon, and use a little Alfredo, the chicken and pasta certainly aren't going to kill you.

However... if you go all out and pile on the bacon and slather on the sauce... :P

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Cooking with Drew:

Triple chocolate cake, dark chocolate layer, white chocolate layer, milk chocoalte layer... with white chocolate almaretto iceing.

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Home made pound cake with a full pound of butter. Maple rum glaze and powdered sugar topping

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Dark chocolate tart with almaretto icing and crushed almonds on top

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Here's a Greek salad I love to make:

Salad

red leaf lettuce

spinach

mint leaves

Additional Ingredients

grilled mutton

coconut shreds

kalamata olives

red globe grapes

diced apples

feta cheese

Dressing

basalmic vinegar

kalamata olive oil/vinegar (from jar)

Everything to taste. Combine salad greens, mutton, apple, olives and grapes. Hand toss. Add dressing, but keep it light; add only in small increments until everything is coated, but not saturated. Crumble in feta and toss again. Serve and sprinkle coconut shreds to garnish.

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Interesting. Did you use two different sized bunt cake pans to make that?

Nope, just a nordicware cake pan. They have lots of patterns. I've been slowly collecting them as they go on sale at TJ Max.

I have a pan that makes six small roses about the size of a very large cupcake. Chas and I decided that flowers were too expensive around valentines day, so I made him roses <french vanilla cake with red food coloring> instead. I used a small heart shaped pan to make green "leaves" for the roses. Arranged it all out on a platter, a *bam* I've got flowers for my honey on Valentines day. I earned big points for that one. :AH-HA_wink:

I can do some great dinners, but my best work is always on the dessert tray.

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Cosmopolitans are a favorite alcoholic beverage among family friends...and apparently I make the best Cosmos those lifelong alcoholics have ever consumed.

Croc's Cosmopolitan Recipe

Serves 2

2 shots vodka*

1 shot triple sec

1 shot natural cranberry juice (no sugar added)

1 shot POM pommegranate juice

2 key limes

Combine vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and POM in a shaker with ice. squeeze juice from one key lime into shaker. cut other key lime in half and then partially cut each lime half (keep halves intact). shake and pour into martini glasses and garnish with each partially cut key lime half. Serve.

The "secret ingredients" of this recipe are the unique addition of pommegranate juice and the choice of key limes that add a unique and exotic flavor to this old standby. Enjoy!

*Croc only serves the very best vodka to his guests; no vodka is better than Belvedere.

Edited by Croc

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How do you figure?  Plenty of organic/natural foods are available there...you just have to avoid the processed stuff, which isn't too hard to do.

Again- most chain supermarkets produce is irridated & grown with pesticides, which kills off too many of the best benefits of eating them in the first place. 95% of packaged foods are compromised with additives, chemicals & preservatives- generally garbage. Packaged 'healthy' claims are most always misleading or at least misdirecting. Add to that that most people don't know how to eat or what a given item does to the body (or doesn't) and it certainly can be hard to do what's the best for you.

Proper nutrition takes a great deal of study to obtain and perserverance to follow. Start while you're young.

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Japanese Seaweed Rice

Cook Japanese sticky rice until rice is tender and water is absorbed. Add rice vinegar to rice (not too much, just enough to moisten it). Add Kikoman Tempura Dipping Sauce to taste. Moisten 2 sheets of nori per technique described on page 1 of this thread. tear into strips. combine with rice. A yummy and fulfilling snack!

Miso Rice

Cook Japanese sticky rice, but instead of cooking it in just water, add two packets of miso soup mix to the water (preferably a mix of red and white miso). Add strips of moistened nori if you choose.

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Simple quiche recipe

Basic ingredients:

3-4 eggs

½ cup sour cream

1 ½ cup grated cheese (american, cheddar, swiss, combination, or other)

Splash of worcestershire sauce

Cap of lemon juice

Pinch of cayenne pepper or paprika

1 uncooked deep 9”-12” pastry shell

Select 2 special ingredients:

Ham, bacon, sausage, broccoli, mushrooms, onions, chives, spinach, etc…

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375. Place grated cheese & special ingredients (pan fry meat products first if raw) into pastry shell while evenly distributing throughout. Mix eggs, sour cream, & spices (Worcestershire, lemon juice, cayenne pepper) together in large bowl until smooth. Pour mixture into pastry shell over the special ingredients. Bake 35-40 minutes or until firm.

It’s very simple, keeps well, freezes great, and I’ve never had any complaints. As for the “healthy” part, I’ve prepared it with fat-free cheese & sour cream without any impact on flavor.

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I have heard too that regular butter is actually BETTER for you than the margerine or other fake butters. I am also leery of some of the diabetic sugar substitutes because of the chemicals in them.

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Good point.

Here's my opinion on the various sweeteners:

NutriSweet: stay away from this. it causes water retention and bloating. it builds up in your joints and can cause arthritis. Your internal organs may swell. If you're allergic to it, well you will swell up like a balloon if you consume it like my friend does. STAY AWAY

Splenda: this stuff is toxic. it is not made from sugar; the sweetness is derived from the chlorine in it. more than 15% of ingested Splenda is absorbed by the body. it has been known to cause severe reactions in some people, including unexplainable gastrointestinal pain (nothing shows up on tests). other people have developed rashes. STAY AWAY!!

Sweet n Low: this is the only one I will ingest. why? it was once on the carcinogenic list, then was proven to be so safe it was removed from said list. That makes it safe enough for me. If anyone knows of any documented ill effects, let me know...though it does NOT lead to cancer.

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NutriSweet (Aspartame) is akin to formaldehyde and it crystallizes in the joints. Don't even think about consuming products with this. For that matter, avoid ALL synthetic sweeteners and of course, no processed (white) sugar. Not easy to do in prepared foods.

If you want a harmless sweetener you need to find a natural one, like a stevia-based one.

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NutriSweet (Aspartame) is akin to formaldehyde and it crystallizes in the joints.

:blink::scratchchin::hissyfit::censored:

(I read this as I finish my fifth diet Coke)

Time to go back to green tea, I guess

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