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6/1/13 9:50 P

I keep some frozen items in hand - veggie patties and the like and frozen veggies. Pasta and sauce. Oatmeal with peanut buttter and a banana. I rarely get in this situation because I batch cook during the weekends, but I still like to have things on hand.

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6/1/13 7:16 P

I buy tilapia filets fresh at Costco and wrap them individually and freeze them. Then if I don't have a meal planned for myself or if the family is eating something that isn't good for me, I take out one filet and put 2 tablespoons of bruschetta on top of it. I spray the pan in my toaster oven and bake it on a high temp for 20 minutes or so. Use a fork and try to "flake" the fish in the middle to see if its done. Its sooo good! Tastes like your eating dinner out! I will also pair it up with whatever vegetables I made for the family!

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6/1/13 5:53 P

egg & wheat toast

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6/1/13 5:41 P

Veggie smoothie

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6/1/13 5:36 P

Scrambled eggs with chopped veggies and herbs (pepper, onion, mushroom, cilantro-- whatever is on hand), and whole grain toast. I usually try to chop extra veggies once a week and just keep in the refrigerator for emergency lunch or dinner use.

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6/1/13 2:34 A


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6/1/13 12:24 A

Vegetarian pasta. While the pasta's cooking I heat up some bottled sauce and throw in the can of cannellini beans that I usually have lying around. Just before the pasta is done I'll toss in some frozen peas and broccoli to the boiling water to quickly cook it. Drain it off and add to the sauce/bean mixture. Top with a bit of parm and it's all set.

Also eggs and toast with a side of peas is a good I-haven't-grocery-shopped-in-ages meal.

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5/31/13 7:05 P

Tacos...I always have some hard corn tortillas in the cupboard and a big bottle of Taco seasoning. Ground Beef, Leftover chicken, even tuna.... dried or fresh onion...some cheese (any kind!!)...a bit of salsa or sour cream...or even ranch dressing. Avocado, lettuce, tomato...whatever comes out of the drawer. have even used leftover cooked veggie--broccoli, cauliflower. With Taco seasoning, who knows!! :)

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5/31/13 6:59 P

non perishable snacks

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5/31/13 6:58 P

Steak salad! Only takes about 8 minutes to cook a top sirloin steak, cut it up and throw it in to some salad :-)

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5/31/13 3:33 P

Tuna and Uncle Ben's Brown Rice, spiced with salsa with Black or kidney beans added.

Edited by: MI-ELLKAYBEE at: 5/31/2013 (15:33)

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5/31/13 3:06 P

eggs and asparagus. I always keep frozen asparagus in the freezer just for this purpose. Takes very little effort and is yummy and nutritious. Here's a recipe so you can see but it can also be done on the stove-top.

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5/31/13 12:01 P

So many great ideas! Thanks!!

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5/31/13 11:15 A

Egg or beans on toast and then yogurt

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5/31/13 11:07 A

eggs or pancakes

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5/31/13 11:06 A

I fix breakfast :-). I always have eggs in the house, I always have something bread-like, and I almost always have fruit & vegetables. Scrambled eggs & toast with an apple; scrambled eggs in a tortilla topped with salsa or tomato; microwave poached egg to fill an english muffin topped with green peppers, "mini quiches" done in a muffin pan with some veggies plunked's so easy to make something that looks impressive really quickly!

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5/31/13 10:57 A

Jennie-O whole turkey breast is a pretty versatile option. As soon as I get home with it, I take it out of the wrapper and cut the whole thing into cubes and keep it in a bowl or bag in the fridge. You can put it on a salad, make a wrap with it, or just snack on it. My daughter likes to make skewers with turkey & cheese cubes or fruit. (Food is always more fun on a stick, right?) Sometimes I chop it up fine and add some black beans & shredded cheese to make a quesadilla. Add a little salsa and sour cream and you have mexican night! It's also good in omelets.

I have only been able to find it at Walmart (in the pre-cooked food section, right beside the Lloyd's Barbecue). It comes in a few different flavors (oven-roasted, sundried tomato, and cajun).

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5/31/13 9:52 A

I would eat cereal with a banana and milk; but since I have a family pasta is our emergency dinner.

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5/31/13 9:45 A

Leftover (or new) salad with a protein.
Or half a sandwich and a cup of canned soup.

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5/31/13 9:43 A

yogurt with fruit and/or eggs

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5/31/13 9:00 A

cottage cheese with fresh pineapple and chia seeds

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5/31/13 8:20 A

I eat some oat meal

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5/31/13 6:54 A

Egg white omelette with leftover vegetables, quinoa, or brown rice thrown in.

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5/31/13 4:54 A

stir fry veg

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5/31/13 4:52 A

black or red beans and brown rice

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5/31/13 3:30 A

Depends on how much i have left for my Daily intake
but a Quick whole wheat pasta salad with some parmesan sprinkled untop
or a tuna-wrap using lettuce instead of a wheatbased wrap,
Always a go to option - vegetable omelet, with fresh spinach.

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5/30/13 9:23 P

Cannel salmon, or tuna, or canned chicken, make salad, and I always steam a whole bunch of veggies and keep in the fridge in a container, since I eat veggies with egg whites for breakfast every day. Could also do toast and eggs, quick enough.

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5/30/13 8:34 P

Omelet with veggies along with fresh fruit and toast or healthy crackers

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5/30/13 8:22 P

If we are out and get home at dinner time, my husband eats cereal and milk and I have a salad with strips of chicken. This seems to tide us over until breakfast.

Edited by: LOISY3 at: 5/30/2013 (20:22)

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5/30/13 7:37 P

usually soup...sometimes I add a sandwich. Or we go out

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5/30/13 6:53 P

Eggs: omelet, scrambled with stuff, fried with sauteed veggies...
Fruit and cheese and raw veggies with ranch

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5/30/13 6:26 P

A couple of handfulls of spinach and/or lettuce, topped with balsamic vinegar and a sauted turkeyburger from the freezer. Sometimes I get fancy and add cheese, sauted onions or mushrooms.

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5/30/13 5:49 P

The go to in our house is the "Breakfast for Dinner" plan!

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5/30/13 4:21 P

I keep some "healthy" style frozen dinners (like SmartOnes) in the back of the freezer for nights when cooking just isn't going to happen. I try not to eat them regularly but they are great for a quick meal once in awhile. I stock up when they are on sale for about $2 a dinner.

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5/30/13 3:54 P

Quick stir fry or pad see ewe:
Noodles in boiling water.
Bag of Frozen Broccoli or frozen stir-fry veggies
1/2 c sweetener (stevia)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 t red pepper flakes
4 t minced garlic
Fry er' up! I don't even use oil most times.
At the end, add an egg and scramble in the pan for pad see ewe.
Toss with noodles, throw in a handful of peanuts and/or chopped green onions, and enjoy!!!

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5/30/13 3:24 P

an omelette with any frozen veggies I have in the freezer topped with a little cheese.
I usually buy my veggies frozen in bags so I just preheat the oven, pre-nuke some veggies separately, whisk the eggs mix it all up, top with cheese and enjoy. a little salad on the side and you're done

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5/30/13 3:02 P

Love all these ideas -- I'm definitely going to write out this list for the next time I'm needing a quick fast pantry or freezer dinner idea!

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5/30/13 2:51 P

If I am alone cereal and milk. If feeding the family then sandwiches such as turkey burgers and an easy side like fruit or raw veggies and dip.

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5/30/13 2:47 P

If I have an egg or two on hand, I'll make up an egg sandwich (scrambled egg, whole wheat toast, slice of lowfat cheddar) and have some yogurt and fruit to go with it. Or, I'll make an egg salad sandwich if I feel like hard boiling some eggs (egg, small amount of lite mayo, a little mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, whole wheat bread). Then, there's always peanut butter and jelly or some soup that I've make and portioned out for freezing...

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5/30/13 2:12 P

Cooked Dreamfields Pasta. I use large precooked shrimp. Just thaw in in water and drain off. Melt Smart Balance Margarine in a non-stick add shrimp just long enough to warm up. Remove the shrimp. Add a little lemon juice (bottled is faster) to the margarine in the pan and a dash in a 1/4 cup of white wine. Cook on a medium low heat until the sauce has cooked down and thicken a little. The alcohol will evaporate out of the sauce leaving just the flavors of the fruits and what ever else that was used to make it. In a bowl toss the pasta, shrimp, and sauce together. Add a little parsley or chopped fresh spinach to give color. Serve with toast that has been spread with basil pesto or a mixture a spread of a little extra virgin olive oil, a little Parmesan, garlic powder.

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5/30/13 1:55 P

Pasta. It's ever-present in the pantry, and I *always* have a can of tomatoes, canned cherry tomatoes, or canned pasta sauce on hand. "Emergency pasta" often serves as an excuse to clean up the fridge - whatever veg I have on hand, i can saute and add to the sauce. Whatever scraps of cheese I have, can be grated up for the top. If I want to increase the protein I can throw in canned white kidney beans, or a bit of leftover deli meat, or some chopped-up leftover chicken breast, or even a can of drained tuna. Super-fast, super-easy, and super-flexible to make use of what you *do* have in the house.

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5/30/13 1:39 P

Eggs are my go to quick meal anytime of day.

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5/30/13 1:37 P

We go out :)

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5/30/13 1:08 P

Ooh these are all good ideas. I don't know why I never thought of the breakfast for dinner option -- how easy! Thanks!

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5/30/13 12:36 P

Cereal & milk with berries is always good. Oatmeal with peanut butter & honey. Tomato soup with crackers & some bagged salad. Any kind of pasta....

Pretty much ALL my dinners are fast-fix, with ingredients from the pantry! LOL!

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5/30/13 12:28 P

multicherrios and skim milk

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5/30/13 12:28 P

Breakfast foods! Like omelettes (add veggies) or a homemade Egg McMuffin on a wheat English muffin... or oatmeal!

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5/30/13 12:24 P

Sandwiches and fruit. We do chicken strip/nugget salads a lot on busy crazy time crunch days. I've done scrambled eggs and toast too!

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5/30/13 12:20 P

When I am in a pinch, we get fast food LOLOL..
a lot of fast foods have awesome salads and cheap...

Some have awesome cheap chicken wraps as well, I just don't get the sauce that comes with it..

We will do soups and Grill cheese , have breakfast for supper night or we will make Turkey hot dogs.. something fast and easy..

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5/30/13 11:48 A

What is your go-to dinner on a night where you either get home later than anticipated, or have no fresh food options in the kitchen. Generally, I try to plan things out -- but occasionally, I get caught offguard and end up needing to fix dinner at home with whatever I've got in the pantry. Currently I have a pretty limited number of "emergency" dinner options -- like canned soup. I'm looking for the "I need to get something together for dinner in the next 10 minutes" options.

What do you do in this situation?

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