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Meal Planning in a new way- for TIME

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I am doing the sparkcoach plan and today they talked about meal planning with a twist I had not considered.... Planning meals with sides with balance in mind. AND include TIME. She suggests having meals based on the time it takes to make them so that even when life crashes in you have a 5 minute meal option. She believed having meals that take 5 min.. 15 min... and longer times for when you HAVE time.

I like this idea...
I tried to think of meals my family would eat (because I am NOT picky but they are) that would be quick enough that I do not resort to fast food.

5 min meal ideas:
- Buffalo Chicken wrap - frozen chicken breast fully cooked.. heated with buffalo sauce, served in a whole grain tortilla with romaine and tomato and ranch. Side of carrots and dessert of fruit.

- fish cooked in frying pan with lemon... served with side of sliced tomatoes and dill.. cous cous

- pita sandwiches stuffed with sprouts, veggies, either sandwich meat or leftover meat (whole grain pitas) side of veggies and dip and sliced apples

-english muffin or tortilla pizza (whole grain) in toaster oven with pizza sauce and cheese, side of fruit salad

15 min meals

- my mexi quick soup, side salad

- stir fry veggies over microwaved frozen rice (use pre-cut veggies) (can add cooked leftover chicken or even shrimp in this time)

- turkey burgers, side of corn, tomato slices, and melon

I always have great intentions and then the day goes nuts and I am tired and I end up making bad decisions because my planned dinner takes too much energy and effort. Having a plan for a couple SUPER FAST meals each week should help with that for me.

I just need more ideas. Canned tuna will not cut it with my family. LOL.
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    If you keep a frozen pie crust around, you can make an easy quiche: just dump some egg beaters, a bag of frozen veg, and cheese on the top! It takes a little while to bake (45 minutes) but it's very tasty-- you can vary the veg/ cheese/ proteins if you like for healthier versions.

    Another thing you can do: cook a bunch of pasta to just al dente-- then you can heat it in the microwave with some pasta sauce and frozen italian veg in under 5 minutes! (I usually cook a big batch and then freeze in baggies in indy portions, but I'm a nut like that-- but it makes my hanger very manageable)

    The crockpot suggs are really good, too-- they just take 5 mins in the am, and there's tons you can do-- I love to take a jar of salsa, a can of black beans, a can of garbanzo beans, and some frozen veg-- add spices -- super easy "dump" chili, just add a jar of water and leave on low all day... you can even add whole chicken breasts if you're into the meat thing....

    Just a couple of additional ideas...
    1868 days ago
    Wow all of those sound super yummy! I love tuna - but I also add it to like the steamfresh broccoli and cheese then serve it over brown rice. That is a go to for us. Also love my Crock-Pot for chicken, soups, chili and even tacos! SO many things you can do with that thing. emoticon on starting the spark coach and making YOU a priority! emoticon
    1868 days ago
    Crockpot? Ready to go Chili/ soup/ or sauce to toss onto Pasta? Great ideas you have already!
    1868 days ago
    could have done with this yesturday,lol.was feeling to ill to cook sent the oldest out to by mc donalds though.hate that it is only 5 minutes walk away from where we live.having said that it is about the 3rd time i have done that in over a yearr so all in all not bad.but not good is great to be prepared as the girlguides say.keep it up you can do this. emoticon for sharing emoticon emoticon
    1868 days ago
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