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HEALTHYJ29 SparkPoints: (3,246)
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8/6/13 4:22 A

I like veggie omelets you can throw in some cheese and serve with whole grain toast and fruit
For the whole family making pizza with cheese and veggies on whole grain crust and serve with a salad
Lean ground turkey burgers with baked fries
Lean meat or turkey tacos

POSIDANIELLE SparkPoints: (2,669)
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8/5/13 12:48 P

Thank you all so much for your advice. I am definitely working with my kids on being less picky, but like my new healthy eating it will come with time. I hope you all have a fantastic day.

LOUIE-LILY Posts: 2,231
8/5/13 8:27 A

I'm single and definitely lazy to cook for myself! I make some chicken breasts on the weekend. During the week, I grab one (or half depending how big it is), some fresh broccoli and cover in the microwave for 2 mins together. Quick, simple and healthy. Also, I sometimes make a small sweet potato. I know I use the micro too much, but it's just SOOOO quick and easy. House gets too hot with the oven on.

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (216,846)
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8/5/13 8:12 A

put a piece of chicken and some veges in a parchment paper pouch. bake and enjoy. low cal and no mess!

KCLARK89 SparkPoints: (26,290)
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8/5/13 7:30 A

Chicken is definitely a go-to for me. So are eggs and doing a "breakfast for dinner" meal. Quick, easy, delicious.

EWL978 Posts: 2,021
8/5/13 4:50 A

Can't but agree with the posts so far....cook lots of chicken and freeze the meals. Also, I love salads and by the time I put everything in one, I can't find the bottom of the dish it's so full!! The salad, a 16 ounce glass of water and I'm happy as can be!! Good luck and enjoy, whatever you make.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (138,147)
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8/5/13 4:22 A

I remove the skin from chicken drumsticks and casserole them with finely chopped veges and add in lentils. I shred the meat off the bone then add it back to the mix. If it needs thickening any more, just add some oat bran until you get the desired thickness. I can get 4-5 meals from 3 drumsticks depending on size. The lentils help with fibre, and are a good substitute for protein from the reduced amount of meat - they are also tons cheaper. I make quite a few and freeze them in individual serves. Sometimes I will use some red capsicum, carrot, onion and lentils, and also some of the tasty dried baking apricots - lovely served with brown rice, couscous or mashed potato, plus broccoli and cauliflower, or even just on a good quality piece of toast.

I also make meat patties using raw mince (ground beef), and pureed cooked veges and lentils, AND oat bran in it to thicken, and as a coating instead of breadcrumbs. They freeze really well, too. They also make a good 'go to' for the protein for a quick lunch.

Kris

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 8/5/2013 (04:23)
KENDILYNN SparkPoints: (11,070)
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8/4/13 11:18 P

My husband is away right now too,but I hate making two completely separate dinners for me and the kids. Sometimes dinner will be grilled chicken, which they want dipped in ketchup with a small side salad, and I'll make myself a fancy chicken salad with lots of add-ins (beans, sprouts, pumpkin seeds) and a homemade vinaigrette or bbq ranch dressing. Or if I'm making stir fry, I'll cook basic veg (carrot, celery, broccoli), take theirs out and throw in a second batch for me with added zucchini, peppers, shiitake mushrooms,bok choy and sriracha hot sauce. Two preparations, but I really only have to cook once.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
8/4/13 10:01 P

I just batch cook and freeze portions for later. It takes just about as much time and effort and then you have easy meals to nuke later when you are tired or don't have time. And I would work on the picky kids. There's lots of strategies for getting them on the path of healthy eating.

POSIDANIELLE SparkPoints: (2,669)
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8/4/13 9:53 P

Hey there! I was just wondering if anyone has any ideas for some simple, inexpensive, low cal dinners for one. My husband is out of town most of the time and my kiddos are super picky. So I am normally making a separate meal for myself. I like easy, but all ideas are welcome.

Thanks so much!

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