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3/27/13 11:07 P

I cook for my family, but I don't always eat what they eat. Additionally, I'm home during the day while the kids are in school and hubby is at work. Right now, my goal is to keep it simple, yet satisfying.

I keep pre-cooked ground venison in a ziploc baggie in the freezer (of course, ground beef or diced chicken would work). I keep cooked rice or boiled potatoes in the fridge. I keep frozen veggies in the freezer.

If I need a quick meal, I defrost some venison, toss in some rice or diced potatoes and plenty of veggies (either frozen, or leftover from a previous meal), and microwave. I might stir in a laughing cow cheese wedge, or grated cheese, or cottage cheese. I might add some Ro-Tel tomatoes, or a fried egg. Just whatever sounds good.

It is my meat/starch/veggie bowl meal, and it takes very little effort.

I eat this way a lot. A.LOT. I am amazed at how varied and tasty it can be.

I also keep Greek yogurt in the fridge. I make a meal out of Greek yogurt, with some frozen raspberries (tbsp or two, defrosted), half/quarter of a banana (diced), a very small handful of walnuts (like 4-5, chopped), and some stevia. I often do this for breakfast. {edited to add: my kids do this too, but they leave out the banana and add a handful of raw rolled oats! They love it that way: yogurt, berries, and oatmeal, lol. If you prepped it the night before, and let it sit in the fridge, it would be like a muesli.}

Between my starch/meat/veggie bowl, and my Greek yogurt bowl, I'm a very happy camper. I really really like both of those meals.

Usually, I cook a dinner for the family that I can eat too, but not always (no gluten for me). With a little prep, I always know I have a fast meal available.

Edited by: JUNGLEQUEEN at: 3/27/2013 (23:16)
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3/27/13 5:04 P

I think your best plan is to invest in a really good cookbook catered toward college students. If you search on Amazon for "college student cookbook," a lot of options come up. This one in particular looks good:

I used to have a vegetarian cookbook in college, it was amazing.This might have been it:

Edited by: REGINA_PHALANGE at: 3/27/2013 (17:06)
ELENGIL Posts: 957
3/27/13 3:48 P

Can you give us a better idea of your situation? What cooking facilities do you have available? Stove, oven, microwave, toaster, etc? Refrigerator and/or freezer? Any food processing appliances like a blender?

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3/27/13 5:11 A

Here are a couple links to some recipes - not many ingredients, and some are very quick and easy:>

I hope that you get some good ideas that are also yummy, from them :-)


3/27/13 2:55 A

Another place to look for 5 and 3 ingredient recipes is You can search for recipes with few ingredients and they have nutritional info on all the recipes.

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3/26/13 1:11 A

Great! Thanks for the amazing ideas! I will definately look for simple simple ingredient cookbooks!

ALGEBRAGIRL Posts: 1,925
3/25/13 11:21 A is a tremendous resource for diet and cookbooks. You can search on 3-ingredient or 5-ingredient and see books that only use that many ingredients, and the recipes are quick. Some are even labeled 'diet.'

Just an example:

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 3/25/2013 (11:21)
ARANYANI Posts: 113
3/25/13 11:05 A

Pasta and tomato sauce is a great base. You can add meat or lentils for protein, add spinach, mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, tuna - anything you want. If you want to make the tomato sauce from scratch, just get pureed canned tomatoes and add them to sauteed garlic and onion, add some dried herbs and olive oil. Otherwise, just get pre-made and add whatever you want to it.

You can also add any kind of vegetables you want to rice and beans and just make enough to last the whole week, add something different each day. If you make rice and beans to last, you could also vary it buy wrapping them in a tortilla, adding some lettuce, tomato, cheese, etc.

It's good to always have some whole grains sitting around, then add a protein and fresh or frozen vegetables). Some of my staples are: rice, bulgur wheat, pasta, olive oil, dried beans (canned if you don't want to cook a batch each week), frozen spinach, canned tomatoes and whatever fresh vegetables I buy that week.

Chili is another easy recipe that can be made to last for several days. Saute onions and bell peppers (can add other veg such as carrots and celery if you want), add canned tomatoes and whatever beans you want, add chili powder and oregano, cook for awhile, salt and pepper to taste. I'm not sure when you'd add the meat if you're using it, but I'm sure that's pretty simple too.

3/25/13 12:59 A

Here's an easy no cook breakfast.

Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar
Servings: 1 • Serving Size: 1 jar • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 244.9 • Fat: 10.8 g • Carbs: 35.4 g • Fiber: 8.5 g • Protein: 6 g • Sugar: 12 g
Sodium: 94.7 mg

1/4 cup quick oats
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim, soy)
1/4 medium banana, sliced (freeze the rest for smoothies!)
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup blueberries
4-5 drops NuNaturals liquid vanilla stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
pinch cinnamon

optional toppings:

1 tbsp chopped pecans (or any nut)


Place all the ingredient in a jar, shake, cover and refrigerate overnight. Add your favorite crunchy toppings such as nuts, granola, etc and enjoy the next day!

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3/24/13 11:43 P

I am a college student in need of some easy recipes with few ingredients! My goal is to learn to plan my meals and track, so step one is to plan and then grocery shop, so I need some suggestions!


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