You're short on time. You don't have time to THINK! You're in a hurry and you need QUICK food, low calorie plus full on flavour and satiety. What do you do?
Keep 3 stock ingredients at home at all times:
1. Favourite flavour of Maggi noodles (mine's a tie between chicken and indian masala)
Most packets vary so check label. 100g typically providers 406kcals. So I weigh my maggie out to around 40g and get around 162kcals worth in a meal rather than the whole thing.
2. Quorn Mince - full of protein, your good friend in need - and frozen for convenience.
75g serving is 79kcals and that is A LOT of quorn mince.
3. Pre-cut veggies - cauliflower, carrots, peas - or broccoli, green beans and sweetcorn - come in bundles at the supermarket - also frozen.
already portioned out for you - at around 30-60kcals depending on what veg it is.
1. Boil water in kettle - set saucepan on heat. Pour boiling water into pan and flavour sachet into the water.
2. Add mince and veg so all the flavour is absorbed into them. Cook just for 3 minutes and then add maggi noodles.
3. Let it cook on high until most of the water has been absorbed and serve immediately.
A good hearty, tasty meal in under 6 minutes at under 300kcals. It's also high in protein, includes 1 of your five a day in veg, gives you fibre and doesn't cut out all carbs, but reduces them - but you still enjoy the noodles themselves and don't feel like you're missing out.
You could alternatively just steam the steam bags and have more of a crunch to your veg. But while boiling does leech out vitamins - in this case you're not draining the water so it's still retained.
Only downside would be the sodium but you could use less flavouring and tweak with other things like low-sodium chicken stock cube or something.