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"No one is born a great cook," said Julia Child. "One learns by doing."

One of the “secrets” of losing weight on Plan Z is that you cook your own food. That puts you in control of everything that goes into your mouth. You may have said to yourself, "I don’t have time to cook." The processed food companies are counting on that.

On the other hand, do you have time to spend in doctors’ waiting rooms? Because "the path to feeling good from day to day and staying clear of dialysis machines, heart stents and prescription pain pills runs through a place that’s long been a center point of human living—our own kitchens." Melanie Warner wrote that in Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Foods Took Over the American Meal.

Staying healthy and out of doctors’ offices and hospitals is a big reason why I make the time to make dinner with my spouse most evenings. My mother told me, "If you can read you can cook." There are about a thousand recipes on the Plan Z Diet website. I've tasted every one of them. Usually, I ask my spouse to be my prep cook. He washes vegetables, chops them and even cleans up behind me. It’s a nice way to spend time together.

Here are three more thoughts about cooking to reinforce the need to do more of it...



Lemon Bars

I found a recipe on-line for keto lemon bars. I made them for a party. Wow. I did make a few changes to the recipe, so I am offering it to you now. These taste every bit as good as the sugar-filled ones. When I made these, I put them in a tart pan with a removable bottom and cut them into skinny wedges. You can do the same or bake them in a square pan and cut them into little bars.


1/2 cup of butter, melted
1-3/4 cups of almond flour, divided (be sure to buy fine-ground almond flour)
1 tsp of vanilla
grated sea salt
1 cup of powdered sweetener, divided (erythritol)*
3 medium lemons, juiced
1 tsp of dried lemon peel (or you can zest one of the lemons)
3 large eggs


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