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porchmom84
10-13-2009, 10:01 PM
I've looked at recipe thread above and great stuff. I just bought the cookbook and would be interested in what recipes people have tried from it and liked--like even if you could mention the page number....what things freeze well, don't freeze well, etc.


porchmom84
10-14-2009, 08:10 PM
Great dinner tonight. ..page 78 "fried chicken" (I used garlic roasted melba toast) and 4 oz. cooked mushrooms (1 minute in microwave)...covered the chicken with mushrooms. YUM!:carrot:

gish24
10-15-2009, 12:29 PM
I've looked at recipe thread above and great stuff. I just bought the cookbook and would be interested in what recipes people have tried from it and liked--like even if you could mention the page number....what things freeze well, don't freeze well, etc.

Turkey lasagna on page 126 (I think)...LOVE it! So does my son :) Also the broccoli beef was pretty good.

Just made the crab cakes last night and used a little of the MRC mayo on the side as a tarter sauce (didn't even use a tsp). It was really good.


Roadqueen
10-19-2009, 08:01 PM
I just bought the cookbook too.

I made the Bread Pudding, page 187. It's very good, and the serving size
(1/4) is big. Had it for breakfast along with another egg and was totally full.

ali g
10-20-2009, 03:27 PM
Turkey lasagna on page 126 (I think)...LOVE it! So does my son :) Also the broccoli beef was pretty good.

Just made the crab cakes last night and used a little of the MRC mayo on the side as a tarter sauce (didn't even use a tsp). It was really good.
I made the turkey lasagna last night and it was kind of watery. Was yours?

gish24
10-20-2009, 04:17 PM
I made the turkey lasagna last night and it was kind of watery. Was yours?

No but I put the zucchini in between some paper towels for awhile just to soak up any moisture. It wasn't watery at all!

porchmom84
10-20-2009, 06:36 PM
I made the turkey lasagna last night and it was kind of watery. Was yours?
Mine was watery....but flavor was good and GREAT leftovers for freezer and today's lunch.

porchmom84
10-20-2009, 06:37 PM
Turkey lasagna on page 126 (I think)...LOVE it! So does my son :) Also the broccoli beef was pretty good.

Just made the crab cakes last night and used a little of the MRC mayo on the side as a tarter sauce (didn't even use a tsp). It was really good.

I ate the turkey lasagna for dinner instead of lunch--on green menu---did I goof?

whip1
10-20-2009, 06:39 PM
what is the name of this cookbook? I am in serious need of help in that dept also does it give calorie counts and stuff? Thanks

porchmom84
10-20-2009, 06:50 PM
what is the name of this cookbook? I am in serious need of help in that dept also does it give calorie counts and stuff? Thanks

Metabolic Research Center Cookbook. Doesn't give calorie counts but tells what it replaces on menus.

gish24
10-20-2009, 07:03 PM
I ate the turkey lasagna for dinner instead of lunch--on green menu---did I goof?

I did that the first time too...I don't think we are supposed to have cheese for dinner so I started using mine for lunch. Come to think of it, I have 2 pieces in the freezer that I can pull out for lunch this week!

3ducksmom
10-20-2009, 09:57 PM
Okay, I'm confused. The lasagna calls for tomato. Then it cooks them for 15 minutes. I thought we couldn't have cooked tomato? I was doing that with my chilli until someone told me it changes the glycemic index of them.

porchmom84
10-21-2009, 05:45 PM
Okay, I'm confused. The lasagna calls for tomato. Then it cooks them for 15 minutes. I thought we couldn't have cooked tomato? I was doing that with my chilli until someone told me it changes the glycemic index of them.

It's the tomato basil supplement (at least on page 104) and that's okay.

gish24
10-21-2009, 05:52 PM
It's the tomato basil supplement (at least on page 104) and that's okay.

Not the one on page 126...it calls for diced tomatoes...I have seen this in a couple other recipies as well...I don't use them cooked unless they call for it in the cookbook.

cmb9697
10-21-2009, 06:18 PM
I've tried to make my own MRC Chili here's the final outcome:

1 lb ground lean turkey
1 cup green onions (chopped finely or put through the food processor)
Chili powder
Walden Farms Ketchup
Walden Farms BBQ sauce

The first 2 ingredients were the only things measured. The ketchup and bbq sauce are simply added to your taste. You could throw in some diced tomatoes, and some other legal spices. It was good on some of the lo-cal bread toasted. Actually I shouldn't call it chili, it was more like a manwich consistency. It's hard to be creative with the same foods day after day.....

E4FEwife
10-21-2009, 06:33 PM
This morning I made the "amazing cheesecake" (page 176.) I normally don't care for cheesecake but this was YUMMY! There are are couple other cheesecake recipes that I am going to have to try now. My only problem is that it makes 4 servings and I'm not sure I want to eat it 4 days in a row.

porchmom84
10-21-2009, 10:18 PM
[QUOTE=E4FEwife;2981208]This morning I made the "amazing cheesecake" (page 176.) I normally don't care for cheesecake but this was YUMMY! There are are couple other cheesecake recipes that I am going to have to try now. My only problem is that it makes 4 servings and I'm not sure I want to eat it 4 days in a row.[/QUOTE
I don't have any lemon supplement....was thinking of making it using 2 chocolate pudding supplements but wondered if that would be liquidy enough...you just add the supplements--not the supplements mixed with water ahead of time, right?

Lori123321
10-22-2009, 05:41 AM
Okay, I'm confused. The lasagna calls for tomato. Then it cooks them for 15 minutes. I thought we couldn't have cooked tomato? I was doing that with my chilli until someone told me it changes the glycemic index of them.

I asked about that at the center and they couldn't tell me why it was ok but since it was in the cookbook I could do it. There is one recipe that calls for cooking the tomatos for 4 hours. I want to use the tomato part as a base for chili.

Lori123321
10-22-2009, 05:49 AM
I like the honey mustard crusted chicken. It was a hit with the teenage boys as well.

E4FEwife
10-22-2009, 08:44 AM
[QUOTE=E4FEwife;2981208]This morning I made the "amazing cheesecake" (page 176.) I normally don't care for cheesecake but this was YUMMY! There are are couple other cheesecake recipes that I am going to have to try now. My only problem is that it makes 4 servings and I'm not sure I want to eat it 4 days in a row.[/QUOTE
I don't have any lemon supplement....was thinking of making it using 2 chocolate pudding supplements but wondered if that would be liquidy enough...you just add the supplements--not the supplements mixed with water ahead of time, right?

You can use 2 chocolates. There is a recipe in the cookbook (page 194) that is very similar; it adds butter flavored extract in the crust, but I don't think you need to use it. If you have butter flavored extract in your cupboard, then by all means use it. ;)

noahsmama
10-22-2009, 11:15 AM
This morning I made the "amazing cheesecake" (page 176.) I normally don't care for cheesecake but this was YUMMY! There are are couple other cheesecake recipes that I am going to have to try now. My only problem is that it makes 4 servings and I'm not sure I want to eat it 4 days in a row.

when I've made the amazing cheesecake, I only make it for 2 servings and it works out pretty well.

My fav recipes are the tuna casserole (pg 124?), broccoli/chkn casserole (pg. 98?), and the chili on pg. 150. Off the top of my head those are the ones that I make on a regular basis.

porchmom84
10-22-2009, 07:15 PM
I like the honey mustard crusted chicken. It was a hit with the teenage boys as well.

Thanks. I have teenage boys too so thats doubly good!

porchmom84
10-23-2009, 03:16 PM
Turkey lasagna on page 126 (I think)...LOVE it! So does my son :) Also the broccoli beef was pretty good.

Just made the crab cakes last night and used a little of the MRC mayo on the side as a tarter sauce (didn't even use a tsp). It was really good.

So on the turkey lasagna--it doesn't say you "use up a creamy"...maybe because 3 packets split amount 10 servings and they dont' think enough to matter??? Just want to make sure I'm not "cheating" without meaning to.

gish24
10-23-2009, 04:39 PM
So on the turkey lasagna--it doesn't say you "use up a creamy"...maybe because 3 packets split amount 10 servings and they dont' think enough to matter??? Just want to make sure I'm not "cheating" without meaning to.

I think that is the other lasagna...the one I make doesn't call for any HNS. But you are right, there is not enough in a serving to count.

porchmom84
10-23-2009, 09:29 PM
I made baked fillets tonight, p. 91--tilapia fish. Very easy and very good. I didn't have green pepper so just used 1/2 c. mushrooms. steamed brocolli as veggie and added it in with fish after cooked.

GWE140
10-24-2009, 10:03 AM
My favorite recipe is not from the cookbook...but from Karen - her chicken finger melba/ranch powder coated recipe (on the MRC recipe thread - can't remember the exact name she called it)- When I make the chicken fingers I make up extra topping servings I just freeze the topping in bags and when in a hurry just take out a serving and coat my fish or chicken...My favorite lately is to put the topping on tilapia, tomatoes and zucchini and grilled together...Thanks Karen for a great recipe:carrot:...

cmb9697
10-24-2009, 10:15 AM
Has anyone seen a salsa recipie? I was going to try the breakfast casserole on pg 18 tomorrow am, but its asking for fresh salsa...

cmb9697
10-24-2009, 10:25 AM
duh.... never mind. I was looking in the wrong place. Found it in the dressing section.

E4FEwife
10-24-2009, 03:43 PM
One of my favorite recipes is steamed cinnamon-sugar apples. It's not in the cookbook (that I know of) and I just thought of it one day. I take a granny smith apple, cut the seeds out, and slice it into thin slices, I throw the slices into my Pampered Chef microwave vegetable steamer with a bit of water, microwave it for 2-3 minutes, drain the water and then sprinkle the steamed apples with splenda and cinnamon. It is soooooo yummy!!! My kids l-o-v-e it also. :dizzy:

nepeanut
10-24-2009, 03:57 PM
My favorites include the tuna casserole, I use chopped cauliflower instead of green beans. I also love the lasegna, the one with tomatos, not the supplement and my newest find, the spinach stuffed turkey roll. I didn't think I would like it because of the spinach, but, it is really good. I use the cookbook A LOT, in fact my consultant made a comment on Friday about it while looking at my food diary.

Hvnlymzic
10-24-2009, 06:05 PM
For all of you hot drink drinkers (as the weather gets cooler)...i have this with breakfast every morning and sometimes again at night if it's a cool day.

Pg 203 - Oriental Tea
1pkg orange supplement
1tsp instant tea (unsweetened, decalf)
Dash of nutmeg & cinnamon (I use pumpkin pie spice)
8oz boiling water
1pkg artificial sweetener (I omit this)

I microwave a mug of water, add the tea and supplement, stir, then add the spices. YUM! No idea why they call it oriental tea...i've seen it called Holiday Cider and Spiced Tea from different hand outs from my center.

~Sam

Lori123321
10-25-2009, 06:09 AM
I don't think this was in the cookbook but heard about it in my center. I am wanting to try this as the days get colder and Thanksgiving approaches.
Make a pot of apple cinnamon tea
add orange supplement to taste (not sure if you need more then one, put one in, taste and add another if needed)
spices and apple/orange slices
Fake hot apple cider! :stir:

porchmom84
10-25-2009, 02:20 PM
One of my favorite recipes is steamed cinnamon-sugar apples. It's not in the cookbook (that I know of) and I just thought of it one day. I take a granny smith apple, cut the seeds out, and slice it into thin slices, I throw the slices into my Pampered Chef microwave vegetable steamer with a bit of water, microwave it for 2-3 minutes, drain the water and then sprinkle the steamed apples with splenda and cinnamon. It is soooooo yummy!!! My kids l-o-v-e it also. :dizzy:

Thanks so much for sharing this today. I just had it with my lunch and it was easy and yummy. When you slice the apples so thin....it makes it seem like you're eating LOTS!....and with it warm....reminded me of apple pie....in a way...

rip
10-25-2009, 05:46 PM
Tortilla soup recipe is awesome. Great comfort food for these cold days.

Pcherr001
10-25-2009, 06:37 PM
I tried the broccoli chicken casserole (pg.98) and it had a really good flavor, but it was really watery, almost like a soup. Is it supose to be that way? I dont know, but it was still good.

noahsmama
10-25-2009, 11:00 PM
Tortilla soup recipe is awesome. Great comfort food for these cold days.

What page is that on out of curiosity? I tried the chicken and dumplings recipe and it didn't turn out like I thought it would.

I tried the broccoli chicken casserole (pg.98) and it had a really good flavor, but it was really watery, almost like a soup. Is it supose to be that way? I dont know, but it was still good.
When I made it it was watery too and I cut down the amount of water that I mixed with my supplement and that seemed to help. I also use the yellow american cheese slices from the deli and to me that made a world of difference. yummy!

Pcherr001
10-26-2009, 12:57 PM
I tried a pancake recipe that I found on the recipe forum and they were ok, not my buttermilk pancakes, but doable. I just dont like that almost all breakfast food calls for a creamy, is there anything you can use instead?

porchmom84
10-26-2009, 08:11 PM
This isn't in the cookbook and was posted by someone else but is SO GOOD...wanted to include in this thread. Thanks Karen wherever you are!

Originally Posted by Karen1234 View Post
OK, New Recipe for all of you that is absolutely delicious... I got the idea from the ranch seasoning mix commercial I've seen a few times in the past week, decided to give it a try, it was a huge hit with family & I... here goes:

Ranch Chicken Fingers:

Ingredients:
16-20 Roasted Garlic Melba Toast Rounds
2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken brst
1 packet of ranch dressing mix/seasoning
2-3 tbsp of olive oil
cracked black pepper to taste
pam olive oil spray

Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pour 2-3 tbsp of Olive Oil into a large glass casserole dish and set aside. Place Melba toast into food processor and grind until the consistency of bread crumbs (or crush in a baggy by hand until fine). Place into a mixing bowl, add packet of ranch dressing mix and several twists of freshly cracked black pepper then mix all together. Slice chicken into long strips. Place 1/4 of the chicken at a time into mixture and coat evenly then place into casserole dish until all chicken coated and in dish. Pour remaining melba toast mixture over chicken. Spray all chicken with pam olive oil cooking spray. Cover with foil and bake 10-15 minutes, uncover and increase oven temp to Broil and bake another 7-10 minutes until chicken is done and crispy.

Makes 8 - 4 oz servings
Accounts for 1 protein (4 oz.) and approx 1/2 bread serving

Incidental discovery:
Some of the melba toast was more coursely cut than the rest of the bread crumbs and when I poured it over the chicken, it settled to the bottom of the pan. When this came out of the oven it was absolutely divine and reminded me very much of a delicious stuffing, the melba toast had plumped up just like stuffing does when moisture is added. It was sooooooooo goood that I plan to attempt to make stuffing this way in the very near future and I will post that recipe when I've tried it. I bet this would be so wonderful with our Thanksgiving Turkey!
Karen, thank you this was a great alternative to my usual chicken dinner! Appreciate you sharing it with us!

Pcherr001
10-27-2009, 02:13 AM
I tried the oriental tea, it is in the cookbook, and it was so good!!! It taste just like apple cider, I know its orange but its delicious!!

WANTING IT ALL
10-30-2009, 01:18 AM
I will try the Bread Pudding in the morning sounds great. My favorite is the spinach and artichoke casserole page 146, yummy, only can have for lunch. My other favorite is the Turkey Lasagna page 126, the secret I have found to it not being watery is to make sure you cook all of the water out of ingredients when its all together in the pot. Both of these freeze great.

My favorite breakfeast is chicken salad with green peas. 2oz of shredded up chicken that you have cooked with one boiled egg, 2 teaspoons of mrc mayo and 1/4c of green peas and some salt and pepper and garlic powder to taste yummyyyyyyyyyyy. your starch is your peas. :carrot:

porchmom84
11-02-2009, 08:33 PM
I had the Skillet Cabbage tonight page 97. It was pretty good. The main thing I noticed was that a serving size was 2 cups and it was really filling!

smiles123
11-04-2009, 11:00 PM
I really like the vegi pizza, but don't know what page it's on... have it memorized at this point. :) ...I make my "crust" with spaghetti squash. Yummy!

It's especially useful as an item I can freeze and take for lunches throughout the week.

porchmom84
11-08-2009, 02:23 PM
Page 39 Combination Soup--just made it for lunch and it's yummy!

porchmom84
11-22-2009, 11:18 PM
page 39 combination soup....add 4 oz chicken to it. Wonderful!