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Cindy's Menu for Feb 1 - Feb 7 
Jan. 31, 2010 10:27 am 
Updated: Mar. 4, 2010 4:29 pm
Hello my friends, so glad to see you back for another installment of my menu for the next week.  I deviated from last weeks according to what I just had a craving for!  Like I said in a comment on my last blog, I know I don't have to follow it exactly but somehow I feel guilty for not following it since I've put this blog up.  It, at least, makes it easier to have something to fall back on if I don't exactly follow the menu!  I did post a personal recipe for one of the best cakes I've ever made, Coconut Fat Free Cake.  I frost it with the fat-free 7 Minute Frosting I and it's soooo yummy.  I tried it with a yellow cake and I like it better with a white cake for some reason.  You need to try it, you'd never know it was fat - free!

Life is good here in Pensacola.  We're in the midst of another little cold snap, it's noon here on Sunday and the temp is 48.8 degrees.  Last week we were in the 70's during the day.  Like my dearest husband says, we didn't move far enough south!  We're both wusses when it comes to cold weather.

I mentioned on the Recipe Exchange this last week about one of my twin boys (well men, they are 32!) was traveling in southeast Asia.  He is in Saigon (Ho-chi-min City) as I write this.  I was given great reassurance by Eake, Witchy Woman, Jena, SWchef, buckeye baker and Seabreeze from their comforting words.   That's one of the reasons I love AR, even when the topic on the Recipe Exchange is not pertaining to a food question, there are always friends who will come in and share their experiences and thoughts.  We are a great community if I say so myself!!

On to the menu.. can you believe it's already February??!  My, how time does fly when you are 53!!

Monday - Feb 1 - I'm going to put some of those homemade meatballs (with changes) that I froze into the crockpot with a jar of chili sauce and a cup of grape jelly.  I've been wanting to try that recipe for a while and this seems like a good time.  I'll put it in the crockpot in the morning and have my hubby turn it on low about 10am.  Should be good to go for when I get home.  Serve it with some home baked fries and broccoli.

Tuesday - Feb 2 - Cindy's Awesome Clam Chowder.  What can I say, I crave this stuff every so often and it's an easy meal that can be put together and done in about 1 hour.  Remember, I use a combination of skim milk and fat free 1/2 and 1/2 when I make this now and it's still very satisfying and rich.  I do use 3 cans of clams and 1 jar of clam juice also.

Wednesday - Feb 3 - Egg McMuffins (homemade).  Easy, peasy and yummy!  I use Egg Beaters and 2% cheese.  97% fat free ham. 

Thursday - Feb 4 - Left over Tacos de Matamoros.  This recipe uses 2 pounds of ground beef so I have enough to freeze and make 2 meals out if it.  I love this stuff wrapped in corn tortillas (I spray with cooking spray and place in a very hot, dry skillet until soft and pliable) and then fill them with the taco meat and cover with some enchilada sauce and 2% cheese.  Bake for about 20 minutes at 350.  A great, fast meal that's healthy!

Friday - Feb 5 - Corn & Chicken Soup in the Crockpot.  I found this recipe in an old cookbook and thought I'd try it this week.  All the ingredients sound good to me so we'll give it a whirl. 

Saturday - Feb 6 - Linguine with Shrimp and Tomatoes.  I love this stuff but I make it with Angel Hair pasta and add about 1 cup of fat-free 1/2 and 1/2 at the end.  You can also add some basil.

Sunday - Feb 7 - French Dip Sandwiches (GO SAINTS!!!!).  I have some of this frozen from a couple weeks ago so I'll pull it out and have a great meal to watch the Super Bowl by!

Here's hoping ya'll have a happy, healthy and loving week.. as I plan to do!  Leave me a comment, you know they are appreciated very much.  See you on the Recipe Exchange... Cindy

Angel Hair Pasta with Shrimp and Tomatoes
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Cindy's Awesome Clam Chowder inside!
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Jan. 31, 2010 10:39 am
I like how youcook with lowfat and low cal ingredients! I like to use all natural or organic, but have a hard time with the fat and calories. Butter is my favorite food group!
Jan. 31, 2010 10:40 am
Hi! It sounds delicious and I saved your corn and chicken soup. Yum!
Jan. 31, 2010 10:51 am
Yum!! Looks great!!
Jan. 31, 2010 11:11 am
looks like a very yummy week.
Jan. 31, 2010 1:13 pm
Mmmm your shrimp and spaghetti sounds like a quick and easy Cioppino. I'll have to try it since shrimp is a staple food in our house. I also love clam chowder in a bread bowl! :O)
Jan. 31, 2010 2:26 pm
This sounds so good. I want to try the corn and chicken soup. Keep posting the menu. I get many ideas from you. And you are right about the help from all the RE community on any subject.
Jan. 31, 2010 7:01 pm
Another great menu, Cindy, as always! The shrimp and pasta sounds really good...I may have to try that one!
Jan. 31, 2010 7:58 pm
Cindy, that soup sounds delicious. I will try the coconut cake too. Love coconut. I also appreciate finding guilt free recipes that taste good too, so thanks for posting them!
Feb. 1, 2010 6:42 am
Cindy, Found your blog a few days ago. Fantastic! I'm in the Florida Keys for a few months away from TN. Husband an avid fisherman. Love your down home notes. Hope you're blog is around while I'm down here........
Chris S. 
Feb. 1, 2010 8:16 am
By the way the meatballs with the grape jelly and chili sauce is deleicious. My grandmother use to make it all the time for special occasions and now its a quick and easy best recipe you can have on hand. I have had people think it was a secret recipe with tons of ingridents, but truth is that its two things combined. Hope you enjoy it, it great.
Feb. 1, 2010 9:34 am
Oh yes... the meatballs.. I make them for every carry in and holiday. they are so easy! :) I'm saving a few of your recipes. Winter blahs! Thanks for the new and EASY recipes.
Feb. 1, 2010 10:10 am
Hi Cindy, I'm on a quest to prepare healthy, delicious meals consistently for my family. My easy-going husband has been amazing for over four years of eating whatever's around (I'm not proud of this as a wife--my poor husband!), but now having one child with another on the way I KNOW it's time to make family meals a priority. Your blog & recipes are EXACTLY what I need to get me started--thank you for the inspiration! I'm going to the store for the corn & chicken soup ingredients this morning. ;-) Thanks again!
Feb. 1, 2010 11:30 am
Just stumbled on your blog this morning - what a treasure you are providing! And you write with great personality - love it. Thank you for sharing with us. You've inspired me in the kitchen again which will make all 7 of us happy. : D
Feb. 1, 2010 12:12 pm
I have made your clam chowder in the past for one daugther's soccer team and also a daughter's soroity. When people where licking the bowl and one dad came back for a 4th serving - I knew it was good!
Feb. 1, 2010 12:30 pm
I too live in Pensacola Cindy. Saw your site here and this inspires me know there are some good meals without the calories! Definitely will be trying these. Was craving colder weather sure got it didn't we?? Now crave just a little warmer lol
Feb. 1, 2010 12:38 pm
The meatballs are ALWAYS a hit... especially with the men in the room! It's so easy, and you can use frozen meatballs from your favorite shopping club. Let the company think you were rolling meatballs all night long!
Feb. 1, 2010 2:42 pm
Thank you all for all your kind words!! jkkjnichols - if you see this do you mind reviewing my Clam Chowder, please??? I need a lot more 5 stars!!!
Feb. 1, 2010 3:39 pm
Everything sounds great!
Feb. 1, 2010 3:40 pm
Great menu! Do you make the bread bowl for the chowder? If so, can you give the recipe? I've had NO luck with bread bowls...thanks!!
Feb. 1, 2010 4:11 pm
Barbara K, I used this recipe: (just the bread bowl part). I then opened them up and brushed with some EVOO and broiled them for a few minutes before filling with my clam chowder. Hope that works for you :)
Feb. 2, 2010 3:37 am
your clam chowder looks so good. I want to try that. We've started a "biggest loser" diet at work, so I'm trying to cook lowcal even more than usual. I love coconut cake so want to try your recipe.
Feb. 2, 2010 6:28 am
Hello, Cindy! Looks very delicious. I can`t believe it's February 2010. Time runs very quickly when you are 20-30 too.
Feb. 2, 2010 7:16 am
I enjoy reading your blog. I am a food junkie and like to check out the recipes you find on AR. The crock pot recipes are the ones I am gathering now. Love using since there is only 2 of us and a sporadic 24 year old to cook for.
Feb. 2, 2010 8:09 am
welp, i added 3 of these recipes to my recipe box this week. I enjoy seeing your menu every week Cindy~ ps, in addition to grape jelly and chili sauce , i also add cocktail sauce and boysenberry jelly to my meatballs- fantastic!
Feb. 2, 2010 8:33 am
This is my first time actually contributing/writing anything on boards etc on allrecipes but i've been raving about this website for years to all of my friends. I just took a look at your menu and i noticed the shrimp linguini and just wanted to let you know that i tried the shrimp lemon pepper linguini and it was fantastic, if you're looking for another shrimp pasta recipe. (i don't even love lemon generally so i took a leap and tried it..awesome!)
Feb. 2, 2010 8:37 am
oh these sound yummy! Have you made the chicken and corn soup before? I was thinking of making it next week.
Feb. 2, 2010 10:56 am
Hey Cindy--love the blog and you made me laugh with your cold snap at 48. I am in WI and it got up to 10 yesterday, overnight it was -10. I have little kids and also try to plan meals a week in advance to save sanity, pain and money. Keep the ideas coming...I get tired of making the same thing over and over again and LOVE my crockpot when its 5:30 and we are coming home! Keep up the good work!!!! Can't wait to see more!
Feb. 2, 2010 11:30 am
Cindy, You are my hero!! Thank you for your great blogs and the terrific low fat-easy menu ideas. We too are trying to cut fat and carbs & I appreciate any and all ideas and hints. I am planning on French Dip sandwiches for Super Bowl and am rooting for 'dem Saints too! I am also making a Greek Salad Layered Dip (BH & G recipe) and Sam the Cooking Guy's Baked chicken eggrolls. I will keep reading & enjoying your blogs - God bless! Jerri
Feb. 2, 2010 11:38 am
Thanks so much for sharing your menu each week! It helps me with choosing some lower fat/cal options for my family. I have the chicken and corn chowder in the crockpot right now... I did add in some fresh potatoes and a creamy soup base in place of the potato soup... DH couldn't find it at the store last night LOL! Thanks again and keep the blog coming, I look forward to the menu and your wit each week :)
Feb. 2, 2010 1:19 pm
I've been making those meatballs for years. They are my kids' favorites. RE: pasta & shrimp --I often use evaporated skim milk instead of creams or even the fat free half/half. Try adding a 1/4 C low fat ranch dressing and spinach. That's how I make this dish.
Feb. 2, 2010 4:09 pm
Thank you all for commenting on this weeks menu. I just finished our dinner tonight (Cindy's Awesome Calm Chowder) and it was AWESOME if I say so myself!!! Happy Tuesday eveing everyone, let's watch American Idol tonight!
Feb. 2, 2010 4:16 pm
The recipes look wonderful! I have made the meatballs using barbeque sauce and grape jelly. My baby (age 36) has always requested it for any "special" or not so special occasion. After he was married I received a phone call from his wife begging for the recipe...It's almost embarrassing it is so easy! I've got to do the shrimp and tomatoes.
Feb. 2, 2010 4:56 pm
Your weekly menu sounds great. It is very cold here this week, so the clam chowder and corn and chicken soup would be perfect!! Thanks for the fat free cake idea, i'm going to make it tonite!!
Feb. 2, 2010 9:20 pm
i looked up the recipe for fat free coconut cake but did not know where to find low sugar white cake mix. I don't buy a lot of cake mixes so can somebody enlighten me
Feb. 3, 2010 4:17 am
Look's and sounds awesome, will be trying this for sure
A. Ferrell 
Feb. 3, 2010 4:56 am
I was having a hard time finding something that sounded good for this week...thanks for making some decisions for me!
Feb. 3, 2010 1:15 pm
Yum! I love the Tacos de Matamoros recipe. Delish.
Feb. 3, 2010 6:41 pm
Hi Cindy, My parents live near Stockton, in Modesto. I had an office in Pensacola. I still travel there every other month or so. Searching for recipes I found yours. Based upon what I read, my family and I will follow your travels. ~ Brian
Feb. 3, 2010 7:12 pm
Great ideas! Keep them coming!
Feb. 4, 2010 10:02 am
Hi Cindy, Just found your blog,looks great.I make french dip every now and then,it's one of our favorites along with reubens. But I'm trying to gain weight but my husband is doing the gaining. any ideas?
Mar. 4, 2010 4:29 pm
Linguine and Shrimp was so delicious! I enjoy trying your recipes Cindy~ thanks!
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I grew up in Stockton, CA and then lived most of my 1st married life in Lemoore, CA. We raised our 3 boys (twins and one more 20 months later)up together but when the youngest son graduated from high school, I realized life was too short to stay in an unhappy, dead marriage. After 23 years, a divorce and a new life. I moved to the Biloxi, MS area and met my wonderful husband now. He is all I could ask for. We have a kitty and a camper and we love them both! She camps with us all the time. I quit my job in August, '08 and my husband is retired (again) so we are enjoying our time together. ***UPDATE*** I'm working again and really liking my job. I don't have to bring it home with me and it's 32 hours per week, which works out perfect. Very happy to report that we are very happy again with a new job!!!
My favorite things to cook
My new favorite is finding low fat, healthy recipes to try. I'm really up for anything to cook.. it's truly my hobby.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Right now I would have to say that having a fish fry is the closest thing to a tradition I have. Not healthy but it sure is good! Fried fresh caught fish, hushpuppies, okra, french fries. All deep fried and all soooo good!!
My cooking triumphs
Beef Tenderloin With Roasted Shallots from this site. I served it to guests and they could not believe that this was a home made meal. For something so easy it's the best meal I've ever made. Also feel very good about my submitted recipes. I'm not one to usually make something up but I like to follow recipes and then maybe make a few tweaks to our liking and needs.
My cooking tragedies
HAHA - It still makes me laugh. My very first meal I cooked for my 1st husband was supposed to be eggs, bacon and pancakes but the skillet I tried to use was not a non-stick. Needless to say.. we had scrambled eggs, torn up bacon, and worst of all, scrambled pancakes.
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