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Old April 27 2013, 02:52 AM   #106
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Yeah there is nothing hard about the oats,they will be mushy and soft. We're just saying leave out all that sugar! If you let people add sugar to taste it be far less than in that recipe. The pumpkin is sweet in itself.
Exactly! The idea behind the recipe is great, pumpkin would definitely be a nutritious and tasty way to bulk up some oats, but it just needs modification. When you buy your pumpkin puree make sure it's pure pumpkin puree with nothing added. Pumpkin is sweet all on it's own, and doesn't need the added sugar or corn syrup that some prepackaged pumpkin pie fillings use. As teacake said, you can then let everyone add sugar (or brown sugar, because it's delicious) to taste. Hell, I have a major sweet tooth and the amount of sweetener that recipe called for blows my mind (especially considering it suggested a sugar substitute, which tend to be much sweeter than sugar).

It may take you a little while to learn, but there are usually easy, healthy ways to do just about anything, and when you eat healthy 90% of the time, it makes that slice of cheesecake at Christmas, or that weekend chocolate bar indulgence, or whatever occasional treat you fancy all the sweeter!

If you like, check the veggie thread for my vegetarian chili. That's a super healthy dish that is cost effective and very easy to make in bulk to feed a family. It's also very well cooked, to make chewing easy on your old folks. You might want to make it less spicy than I wrote it, though!
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Yeah there is nothing hard about the oats,they will be mushy and soft. We're just saying leave out all that sugar! If you let people add sugar to taste it be far less than in that recipe. The pumpkin is sweet in itself.
Exactly. And even without the pumpkin, people would add less sugar, honey, maple syrup than that recipe calls for.

I've found that with both sugar & salt, when you have fresh food with flavor, people voluntarily use less.
Definitely. Sugar and salt should enhance a flavor, not be the primary flavor in and of themselves.
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Old April 27 2013, 03:27 AM   #107
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Yeah there is nothing hard about the oats,they will be mushy and soft. We're just saying leave out all that sugar! If you let people add sugar to taste it be far less than in that recipe. The pumpkin is sweet in itself.
Exactly! The idea behind the recipe is great, pumpkin would definitely be a nutritious and tasty way to bulk up some oats, but it just needs modification. When you buy your pumpkin puree make sure it's pure pumpkin puree with nothing added. Pumpkin is sweet all on it's own, and doesn't need the added sugar or corn syrup that some prepackaged pumpkin pie fillings use. As teacake said, you can then let everyone add sugar (or brown sugar, because it's delicious) to taste. Hell, I have a major sweet tooth and the amount of sweetener that recipe called for blows my mind (especially considering it suggested a sugar substitute, which tend to be much sweeter than sugar).

It may take you a little while to learn, but there are usually easy, healthy ways to do just about anything, and when you eat healthy 90% of the time, it makes that slice of cheesecake at Christmas, or that weekend chocolate bar indulgence, or whatever occasional treat you fancy all the sweeter!

If you like, check the veggie thread for my vegetarian chili. That's a super healthy dish that is cost effective and very easy to make in bulk to feed a family. It's also very well cooked, to make chewing easy on your old folks. You might want to make it less spicy than I wrote it, though!
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Yeah there is nothing hard about the oats,they will be mushy and soft. We're just saying leave out all that sugar! If you let people add sugar to taste it be far less than in that recipe. The pumpkin is sweet in itself.
Exactly. And even without the pumpkin, people would add less sugar, honey, maple syrup than that recipe calls for.

I've found that with both sugar & salt, when you have fresh food with flavor, people voluntarily use less.
Definitely. Sugar and salt should enhance a flavor, not be the primary flavor in and of themselves.
Right thank you. I am mostly talking about the raw fruits though when it comes to softness. I love oatmeal and can cook it soft and I love adding real apples to it - mixed with cinnamon. But not everyone can eat that in my family. I like the pumpkin oatmeal because its high in Vitamin A something important to have in my case, I don't want my vision to get worse and its soft. Plus my folks love pumpkin pie so I can trick them into eating something healthy.
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Old April 27 2013, 03:31 AM   #108
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^Sounds like a good idea. As for the apples, boiled apples are delish and very soft; they'd make a great addition to oatmeal. As would poached pears!
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Old April 27 2013, 03:32 AM   #109
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You can always make apple sauce first and add that to porridge.

I wouldn't hold your breath as far as the vitamin A content of canned pumpkin. Do check the labels for no added sugars to it as tsq says. If you are trying to expand relatives palates it's always good to start with something they like and if they do love pumpkin pie this sounds like a good idea.
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Old April 29 2013, 12:49 AM   #110
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Right thank you. I am mostly talking about the raw fruits though when it comes to softness. I love oatmeal and can cook it soft and I love adding real apples to it - mixed with cinnamon. But not everyone can eat that in my family. I like the pumpkin oatmeal because its high in Vitamin A something important to have in my case, I don't want my vision to get worse and its soft. Plus my folks love pumpkin pie so I can trick them into eating something healthy.
I understand what you mean, Kenbushway. I take care of my mother, who is in a hospital bed at home. She only has upper dentures, so meal planning can be difficult. Often, I will fix two meals, which is physically and mentally exhausting.

Over the past year or so, I have been eating more healthy and bringing Mom with me... kicking and screaming. Although from Ohio, she is a Southern cook by nature... she wants butter on, and in, everything! She is the only human I know who would slice a doughnut in half and lavish butter on each half!

I have learned to make some of Mom's favorite dishes much more healthy. Sugar-free syrup or applesauce or Truvia (stevia plant natural sweetner) are healthier substitutes for sugar, sugar syrup, etc. Applesauce instead of sugar also makes cakes more moist, as well as, healthier.

I use Cavender's Greek Seasoning (Salt-free, of course) as a salt replacement and all around seasoning. This has lowered our sodium intake considerably.
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Old April 29 2013, 01:11 AM   #111
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Be careful with pasta generally. Theres nothing wrong with it at all, don't get me wrong, but watch your portions - pasta is very calorie dense and it's really easy to overeat with it. Check the portion size on the packet and measure it out until you're used to the right amount. It was definitely a source of 'hidden carbs' for me for years, I never realised how much I was eating!
Being Italian, it's generally understood that pasta should be the main course of at least one meal every day. Preferably, two or more.

Kidding aside, I do eat pasta most days, and even with my slow metabolism, I can work it off pretty easily. My portion is usually 80-90g of pasta if it's the main dish of the meal, less if it's just the first course. I wonder what is considered a "portion" of pasta in other situation.
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Old April 30 2013, 08:20 PM   #112
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Right thank you. I am mostly talking about the raw fruits though when it comes to softness. I love oatmeal and can cook it soft and I love adding real apples to it - mixed with cinnamon. But not everyone can eat that in my family. I like the pumpkin oatmeal because its high in Vitamin A something important to have in my case, I don't want my vision to get worse and its soft. Plus my folks love pumpkin pie so I can trick them into eating something healthy.
I understand what you mean, Kenbushway. I take care of my mother, who is in a hospital bed at home. She only has upper dentures, so meal planning can be difficult. Often, I will fix two meals, which is physically and mentally exhausting.

Over the past year or so, I have been eating more healthy and bringing Mom with me... kicking and screaming. Although from Ohio, she is a Southern cook by nature... she wants butter on, and in, everything! She is the only human I know who would slice a doughnut in half and lavish butter on each half!

I have learned to make some of Mom's favorite dishes much more healthy. Sugar-free syrup or applesauce or Truvia (stevia plant natural sweetner) are healthier substitutes for sugar, sugar syrup, etc. Applesauce instead of sugar also makes cakes more moist, as well as, healthier.

I use Cavender's Greek Seasoning (Salt-free, of course) as a salt replacement and all around seasoning. This has lowered our sodium intake considerably.
Thank very much for the advice and tips. Funny thing I was actually listening to The Ozark Mountain Daredevils song If you want to get to heaven when I clicked on the spice link.

Definitely have to lower sugar and sodium intake. I live in Ga, so I know what you mean by southern cooking. Love it but it will put you in a early grave if you have heart problems.

Could I buy this Greek seasoning at a store locally?
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Old April 30 2013, 08:22 PM   #113
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I cannot for the life of me figure out how to cook hash browns correctly. I tried 3 different times now, I am actually getting worse.
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Old April 30 2013, 08:41 PM   #114
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^Hash browns aren't exactly a healthy food...you sure you want advice on cooking them? Better to bake those potatoes than fry them.
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Old April 30 2013, 09:25 PM   #115
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Yeah...so far you're not doing too well on the whole "eating healthy" thing.
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Old April 30 2013, 09:56 PM   #116
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I didn't actually think of baking them. But its too hot here in Ga for baking anymore.
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Old April 30 2013, 10:05 PM   #117
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I have long held the opinion that Italian-American food is not Italian at all.

Beside, I vastly prefer onions to garlic, especially the cipolla rossa di Tropea. And then you have scallions, shallots, and leeks. Honestly, garlic is overrated.
Italian-American food tends to be southern Italian (to whatever extent it's still Italian at all). My family pretty much sneered at it, but then they came from Rome and Sardinia.

Garlic can be overused, but never overrated.
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If you're dying for a creamy sauce, though, a healthy alternative is pureed cauliflower. It really does have a very thick, creamy consistency, and with a few spices makes a great sauce for chicken or pasta. Or you can just puree it with some cottage cheese, fresh basil and pepper and eat it with a spoon. YUM!
Oh, this sounds terrific! I'm going to try this. It will satisfy my need for creamy sauces (lulz), and also allow me to consume more veggies, albeit in puréed form.
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Old May 1 2013, 02:52 AM   #119
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If you're dying for a creamy sauce, though, a healthy alternative is pureed cauliflower. It really does have a very thick, creamy consistency, and with a few spices makes a great sauce for chicken or pasta. Or you can just puree it with some cottage cheese, fresh basil and pepper and eat it with a spoon. YUM!
I've tried looking for recipes on how to make pureed cauliflower but they think I am looking for a healthy alternative to mash potatoes. Do you have a specific way of making it yourself?
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That's because pureed cauliflower can be a good substitute for mashed potatoes. Potatoes cause significant blood sugar spikes, and are generally not good for diabetics (I was heartbroken when I learned this because I'm pretty certain I was born a potato).
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