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How often do you cook and what do you make?

I ask this, because many of my friends, though healthy and relatively thin, tend to cook really fast and seemingly unhealthy dishes for their families.

Things like, Hamburger helper, frozen foods, and a lot of pre packaged/processed foods.

I cook at least 5 times a week and cook from scratch. I use a lot of fresh herbs, seasonings...sometimes I feel like Martha Stewart!

I enjoy cooking and I love fine dining/cuisine.

Wed. Aug 15, 3:21pm

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I wish I could be like you. I don't mind cooking, but I just don't seem to have a knack for it. The most elaborate cooking I've done is put some seasoning on tilapia and baked it, or cooked some ground turkey and veggies and mixed it with wheat pasta and sauce. :( I'm not very advanced :(

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 3:26 PM

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I cook about 5 times a week. My range is small but we eat alot of turkey. Tonight we are having turkey burgers (no bun) with homemade baked fries and green beans seasoned with Mrs Dash. Man I love her! lol I have made eggplant lasgana, and spag carbanara recently. I read stuff in mags and usually try to fix it with a healthy twist. I am not creative. Sorry I am not more help. Also I plan my meals out a week in advance. If I didn't I would not cook at all.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 3:33 PM

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I cook 5 times a week and it's almost always a meat (chicken, turkey, turkey burgers, kabobs, etc.) with fresh fuits and vegetables. Rarely a starch, but once in a while. We get almost all of our fruits and veggie servings per day at dinner. The kids balked at this at first, but now we all look forward to a healthy dinner of lean meat, fruits and vegetables.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 3:49 PM

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I don't like to cook, but am getting used to it more and more. It used to be that my kids would complain about everything I made, that I just refused to do it. My husband then did the cooking. Now, I am cooking a lot of fish. I got the diet plan based on my blood type and unfortunately, I cannot have any chicken or beef!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 4:01 PM

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I like to cook, but on work night, my meals usually take 30 to 45 min to prepare, and we eat healthy.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 4:42 PM

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Love to cook, like the OP everything is from scratch. I want to know what is in my meal.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 4:47 PM

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I would say I cook healthy and natural 80% of the time and easy, quick and convenient (sometimes not so healthy) 20% .. i think its realistic.. but I always have lots of fruit and healthy snacks for the kids

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 5:21 PM

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I cook every meal for my family (though lunch is usually leftovers from the night before w/ salad on the side). I cook pretty healthy but it has to taste good or they won't eat it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 6:04 PM

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I cook dinner every day and it takes about 60-90 min. I love to cook and expirament. I cook from scratch. I cook low fat but I don' t focus on free range chicken or things like that. I just make what sounds good and low fat and full of veggies.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 7:38 PM

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I cook every meal, every day, except when my husband and I go out to dinner (rare--we date every week but usually not dinner). I'm cooking for six. Twenty years ago I represented myself as a lousy cook (you know, so folks at church and so on would understand why I didn't bring fabulous dishes to socials and picnics). At some point, my husband informed me I could no longer say that without lying.

I cook basic foods, for the most part; husband is a meat-and-potatoes farmboy. But we eat healthier than he did growing up. Tonight is homemade burgers (local beef from a small rancher who raises about 40 a year) with homemade buns, and lots of fruit because I've been craving fruit lately. I rarely cook a recipe as is--I'm always adapting and experimenting. I grow my own herbs and a veggie garden--beans are on and they are so sweet and good this year! Hm...beans with the burgers, too, I think...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 8:01 PM

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The only thing I cook everyday is breakfast. I make lunch and dinner every 2-3 days. I make enough to freeze and heat up later.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 8:07 PM

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I love to cook and I'm great at it! Think it's one of the reasons that my husband married me. I cook all of our meals (stay at home wife) except for twice a week we go out for breakfast.

Cook all fresh healthy food - I'm at the markets several times a week.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 9:45 PM

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My husband makes oatmeal for breakfast; I cook most of our dinners. In general we grill fish, chicken, and some beef experimenting with marinades and rubs, served with a cooked vege, salad and some fresh fruit for the kids. Occasionally I do a stir fry or pasta dish. I can make dinner in 30 minutes or less. On weekends when I have more time I'll make a soup from scratch or curried lentils or something like that. Lunch is usually leftovers and/or salad with a little tuna or protein from the night before with a piece of fresh fruit. I'm lucky that the farmer's market is very convenient to me. I buy chicken, fish, beef in family sized packages and then use a food saver to break down and freeze into meal size portions (family of 4). It's really very easy and fast to prepare healthy, yet tasty, meals.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007, 10:24 PM

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I cook from scratch too, but it usually doesn't take me longer than 15-20 minutes. I do a lot of chicken 'n veggie dishes. I start off the week with a roasted chicken and use that in several recipes. Something typical would be to start with steaming brocolli, carrots, red pepper, spinach, artichokes in my wok, and then add the chicken and some pasta (not much, but a little goes farther than you would think) toss together in a sauce of chicken broth, white wine, herbs and roasted red pepper paste w/a couple tsp capers. This will serve my husband and I and we'll both have lunch the next day. I have tons of variations on this theme...

Thursday, August 16, 2007, 7:25 AM

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