Post # 1
Bees who use MFP and do alot of home cooking – how do you manage your food entry for dishes that are not just seperate portions of meat, veg, starch, etc. We cook a lot of items like lasagna, stir fry, enchiladas (just a few quick examples I could think of haha) where everything is server together. What do you find is the easiest way to try to keep it as accurate as possible?
Post # 3
I just put in each item individually, like if I do stir fry, I’ll add a portion of chicken, a portion of rice, a portion of veggies and then find a sauce that seems similar to the sauce I made.
Post # 4
I use MFP quite frequently, and if it is a recipe I’ll make often, I’ll add the recipe into MFP directly, so I can get an accurate count of calories. If I’m being lazy, I’ll add the items in individually or just enter the total calories I consumed.
Post # 5
@futuremrste: yeah I figure that’s what I’ll end up doing, unless someone has a brilliant idea
Post # 6
This website: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
Lets you basically cut and paste a recipe in and then analyzes it. You put in the servings. It’s so much easier than MFP’s recipe calculator where you’re spending 15 mins on find food… eggs… three servings… add… find food… olive oil… etc.
Post # 7
@thatredheadedbride: +1. I’ve added a few recipes and it was pretty easy to do! Only going to do it for things I plan on making often though.
Otherwise I try to find something very similar.
Post # 8
I usually just add the recipe to my database and then I have it for the next time I cook. It is time consuming at first, but gets faster/easier with practice.
Post # 9
I build the recipe and weigh the whole thing (in a tared dish), then weigh my portion!
Post # 10
@GoldfishPie: Omg, great link. Thanks! I will for sure be using that.
Post # 11
Honestly I’m using MFP a lot less started cooking more for scratch, and for just this reason. I try new recipes every week, and it is really frustrating to have to input every component. If I do try to input, its because I find something that somebody else has inputed that seems simliar. Good luck!
Post # 12
Thanks for all the help everyone!
@GoldfishPie: thanks, this is a great link! Seems much easier than inputting each ingredient separately into the MFP app/website.
@sleepyhead22: @thatredheadedbride: I’m not sure this would work well for me because a lot of the dishes I make I don’t use set recipes for. Either I’m just winging it or it’s a recipe I know well enough to be able to make adjustments based on what food we have around (e.g. lasagna).
@Honey-Bee: this would be ideal – but I don’t have a food scale at the moment!
@jpr: I think this would be the biggest issue. Since I’m not using fixed recipes it’s almost like using a new recipe everytime. I may just have to settle for using similar dishes if I don’t want to input all the items everytime