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BUUKWORM14
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5/4/11 9:43 A

Eggs are always good and easy. I often make them for dinner, sometimes I mix some veggies and leftover rice or pasta with a scrambled egg. You can also batch cook, as others have suggested. Canned tuna is great too- I mix a can with a little oil and lemon juice and eat that with high fiber crackers.



SOCCERFREAK83
Posts: 106
5/3/11 10:51 A

Most of the time I have one day over the weekend that I don't have a lot going on so I'll spend a few hours cooking several different things. After they cool, I divide them up into single servings and throw them in the fridge. I have found that when I get home from work, I don't want to cook. This way I have food for lunch and dinner during the week when cooking is the last thing I want to do. This also helped me expand my food choices b/c I'm not trying to cook just one serving for one person.



SPECIALKMO
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5/2/11 3:04 P

For Dinner: Cooking in advance and freezing is always a great idea, but if you are like me and want something hot (and not the same day after day), cook a batch of rice for the week that can be topped by anything.

Then in the evening, chop up whatever veggies you have (onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, squash)and toss them in a pan with meat of choice (chicken, ground beef, etc...)along with some salsa for moisture and flavor(and maybe a little broth if need be), cover and cook. It takes 5-10 minutes to cut everything and dump it in a pan. I let it simmer while I am showering--and when I get out, it is done.

I put it over some rice and have a fresh cooked meal.

Some veggie/meat combinations are better than others, but part of the fun is experimenting. My main goal is to make the pan as full of colors as possible!



ASK4JJG
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4/26/11 8:48 A



GRACIESMOM70
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2/4/11 12:16 P

Need to try that poached egg in oatmeal. Make a batch of rice and beans when you get a chance- freeze in individual containers.



DROIDRUNNER
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2/2/11 9:39 P

Once I finish my batch of baked oatmeal I am totally trying the egg in oatmeal thing because it is easy and I can do it in the microwave at work.



SUGAHGIRL1
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1/25/11 8:50 P

That's funny, Heeper, because I actually use my oatmeal to poach an egg! Similar idea--microwave for about a minute or 2, make a little well in the middle of the oats, crack an egg in it, and microwave enough for the oats to bubble over top of it completely. If you do it just right, the yolk will still be runny and the white will be cooked. It's good and filling!



HEEPER
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1/7/11 11:42 A

Miss Blake, if you are adventurous, here's an idea:

One on my favorite breakfasts that keeps me full for a long time is oatmeal with an egg in it. Sounds gross, but I promise you it isn't. Imagine a bowl of hot, creamy, delicious oatmeal that tastes more like a risotto than brown sugar and nuts.

All I do is make a bowl of oatmeal - I use rolled oats and microwave them for 2 minutes - til they are almost done. Mix in one scrambled egg well, then microwave it for another 2 minutes (it shouldn't look runny). Then add salt, pepper, or whatever savory thing you want (like dried herbs or chopped scallions). Sometimes, if I am feeling a little crazy I stir in some shredded cheese just before eating for some extra creamy gooey loveliness. High fiber, high protein, and pretty low calorie comparatively.



SS385MONTE
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1/7/11 10:04 A

I tend to make a batch of something on the weekends and freeze it in single serve portions. That way when I get home from work all I have to do is heat it up. I actually plan on making Cajun Style Dirty Rice and stuffed peppers this weekend to freeze.



ASK4JJG
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1/7/11 9:44 A



ASK4JJG
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1/7/11 9:39 A



ASK4JJG
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1/6/11 10:34 A

Try this site:


www.hungrygirl.com/



CHEF4RENT
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1/5/11 8:41 P

I am not sure what your calorie limits are but my favorite breakfast if I know I am going to have a long day with limited chance for food is a piece of salmon with a fried egg and a piece of whole wheat bread. Gives you great protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats in the salmon. You can get salmon in 3 oz serving size pouches in the freezer section for about a dollar.

I put the salmon on my indoor grill and cook the egg and toast while it is cooking. It usually only takes 10-15 minutes to cook. You can spice the fish any way that pleases you. I like curry, or blackening, or just good old salt and pepper. Put the salmon on the toast and the egg on top of that. Add a banana or what ever fruit is in season and you have a breakfast that will give you quick energy and sustained energy with the protein and omega-3 fats.

Another great breakfast is a smoothy made with frozen fruits assorted 1/2 an avocado (you won't taste it at all) and some frozen yogurt.Blend this with 2 T flax meal and you will have a nice high energy drink. Just watch the volume on the smoothie, the calories can stack up in a hurry with volume. Aim for a total of about a cup and a half for a reasonable breakfast. Add a piece of extra lean ham quick sizzled in a frying pan for some good protein without too many calories.

Message me if you have any more questions and you can check out my blog at:

www.chef4rent.blogspot.com

Good Luck

Jake
The Chef 4 Rent



MISSBLAKE15
Posts: 92
1/5/11 6:51 P

Hello!
I am a practical nursing and ALWAYS on the go. I have gained 16 pounds since september because fast food is always there for me. I am broke and busy and don't have time to take care of myself. But I am done making excuses. Does anyone have any good ideas that are quick to make (less than ten minutes), cheap to buy and healthy? I hate having to buy a lot of ingredients.

So anyways, my favorite meal is breakfast and I need something that will last me through a 7 hour clinical rotation. I've heard that a high protein/high fiber meal will help, but I don't even know what that could consist of!

And if you have lunch/dinner ideas, id love to hear those!

Well sorry for the essay and thanks in advance:)
-Blake



 
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