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GOOSIEMOON
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5/14/14 1:17 P

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Great ideas here. I struggle with this too.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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5/1/14 3:07 P

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I cook for my and my guy (him just a couple of nights a week), and I mean plan ahead of time. I make a batch of baked oatmeal to eat at breakfast with fruit, make something for me to take for lunch for the week and then make 1-2 entrees for dinner (if my guy was around more, I would probably expand this by a meal or two and often do for the weekends if we're together). This week:

Breakfast: Baked oatmeal and strawberries.
Lunch: Chicken Sausage and sauerkraut
Dinner: Mini Turkey Meatloaves and Spinach Cakes
Chicken gyoza (Trader Joe's) and broccoli slaw with sesame vinaigrette and maybe some cucumber salad

I also keep some quick cooking proteins - lean ham steak, turkey/chicken sausages, etc. - in the freezer along with rice mixes and long lasting veggies (carrots, root veggies) and frozen veggies on hand for a pinch. Canned chicken and chicken breasts are always kept on hand as well. I make a list for the grocery store and rarely stray from it. I also keep longer lasting fruit on hand like apples, oranges, pears and the like and slowly work my way through them. I look through what I have 1-2 times per week. I still sometimes end up tossing things, but much less than I would have before.



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4/30/14 8:04 P

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One day a week I will cook up a large batch of what I call a basic (this can be frozen and used at anytime I'm not up to cooking), that I can add different stuff to change the meal...extra lean ground beef or turkey or pork as the base with onions, garlic and dehydrated carrots and celery all fried together. Then I separate into two or three smaller batches that later I can add different kinds of spices and sauces to...Indian, Italian, Chinese 5 spices, Mexican. Last step is adding a different sauce...Low-fat creamy Parmesan, Marinara, Beef, Chicken or Pork gravy. Adding beans, quoinoa, couscous, rice or potatoes on the side with fresh salad or vegetables gives the variety every day that I look for. Recently I discovered a Basil Pesto at Costco that I like to add a Tbsp. of to 1/2 avocado, 1 tomato, green onion and 1 cup lettuce. This has become a favorite of mine.

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BJGPUGSLEY
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4/25/14 3:36 P

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This has been my plan.



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4/25/14 3:33 P

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A good idea



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4/24/14 8:36 P

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I have to share what my husband and I have started doing.
We typically are undecided about what we want for dinner. If we go shopping once a week for food it ends up getting lost in the frig. Sometimes we even go the unhealthy route and get take-out. I started researching meal deliveries and found several. The one we decided to try was through Hello Fresh. The menus looked good enough to satisfy both my husband and myself. I was still leery that it would be bland. However we have been amazed on how good everything is and the amount of food you get. Everything is fresh and you prepare it yourself typically within 30 min or less, the calorie count has been below 600, the best thing we have variety and itís exciting to find out what the next week is going to bring.
The price includes shipping, everything is labeled for what meal it goes with, and it even has picture recipe cards. I have a coupon code if anyone wants to try it you can get $20 off your first order DC8HDU.
www.hellofresh.com/



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4/20/14 2:00 P

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i usually find myself eating the same thing for a few meals so stuff usually

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4/20/14 6:46 A

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also another thing i find useful is left over chicken and veggies i can use towards a chicken salad the next day on a heaping amount of salad- last night we had these over sized chicken breasts so what we didnt eat we cut up tossed into the Ninja blender looks like i have a chiken salad spread for a few days as well LOL..

another thing is buying bigger bags of veggies as i know they wont get wasted- cause ill save them and the next morning i can mix them with eggs or just have them with lunch

just a few ideas that seem to work with me

Batch cooking i need to start doing once i move :D



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ALFREDIE
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3/28/14 10:05 A

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Wow, thanks all for your suggestions and encouragement. I'm very impressed by the progress you've made. Thank you for sharing your good experience and for inspiring me. You rock!! :-)

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3/28/14 9:30 A

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I would shoot variety. Try to work in as many different kinds of veggies you can through the week. Even if you have the same main course multiple times changing out the veggies will make the meal seem different.

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I shop every week, but usually just for produce.

Generally, I make something in my crockpot on Sunday, eat it for dinner Sunday evening and then portion the rest into two-serving containers. I label them and freeze them, and while I am putting them in the freezer, take out something that I have made previously. So, on Sunday night, Chili might go into the freezer, and chicken curry and squash soup might come out. That gives me four meals already good-to-go when I get home, or that can be taken to work for lunch.

I am also a fan of making a simple "Italian" tomato sauce which can do duty on pasta, pizza or whatever else I feel like eating. Last night I had Pita "pizza" with the sauce, sauted spinach, and some poached chicken on it. SO good, and took like 10 minutes to make because I had already poached 4 chicken breasts to use for sandwiches, stir-fry etc on the nights I wasn't eating crockpot food.

Once you get a system down it's really easy to have good, healthy food most days of the week. My single friends at work are always amazed when I pull out a different home-cooked meal every lunch hour.

If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin

Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~~Marilyn Wann


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1GROVES2
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2/26/14 9:53 A

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There is just my husband and me at my house & I grocery shop 1 time a month. I buy frozen fruit and veggies, I am beginning to like frozen better, I have allergic reactions to a lot of fresf and frozen works better fr me. Studies have shown that frozen is as nutrious as fresh.

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and renew a steadfast spirit within me..."
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I made a veggie lasagna with whole wheat pasta fat free ricotta and used squash, onion and mushrooms newmans marinara is really good. had all week.... and it is better each time I have it... yummy was 400 calories per serving.. I love getting in kitchen and creating what my family calls "concoctions" :)

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I try to only go to the grocery store once a week or less, but I supplement with produce from farm stands, my oriental market and even the 99Ę store. Even when the produce isn't any cheaper, I know I save because I'm not spending extra on impulse buys and convenience foods.



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2/3/14 4:38 P

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I'm in agreement with WholeNewMe on the idea of batch-cooking. I try to cook once, eat many times. It helps that my DH doesn't care what we eat (he has a very few things he just won't eat, everything else is fine with him!). I like to use the crockpot so soup, stew or roasts that cook all day (and we eat all week) are great options.

I also fill portion-size containers so every day for work I can grab a good lunch to go:
Home-made soup, fruit, yogurt and a few crackers keeps me going all day at work! I'll bake the meatloaf in muffin tins so that there is a "serving size" meatloaf in the freezer and ready to go when I'm eating alone or need to put something on the table fast!

I also make crock-pot oatmeal with fruit and package that as ready-to-nuke breakfast food!

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2/3/14 4:11 P

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I try and make a two week menu and then buy the ingredients I need for those meals so that I am not always going to the shops - and that means avoiding all the temptations on offer. As you say, this is more difficult when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables but I try to stick to just once a week for these.

I make a lot of curries using chickpeas or lentils which can be bought canned or dry. Eat with rice or mashed potatoes and add plenty of vegetables when making. One whole chicken can be roasted and will make at least three meals for my husband and I and then the carcass can be used to make your own chicken stock which can be frozen (I like to use ice cube trays for this). Roast chicken and vegetables; pick some meat off and try a kind of rice, vegetable and chicken stir fry; chicken and ham pie with vegetables and mashed potatoes. Or buy a pre-cooked chicken. I watch lots of cooking shows on the telly and pick up ideas from them, too.

I try to tell myself, when in the shop and faced with aisles and aisles of temptation, that these things do not exist for me. Sometimes I succeed!



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ALFREDIE
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1/22/14 8:12 A

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Thank you !!!
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1/22/14 12:10 A

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Of course, glad to share. Just a few ideas to help get you going as far as meals: Lasagna, curries/soups, taco meat (which I will use for taco salads), twice baked cauliflower (recipe at sparkrecipes.com), mashed potatoes.

Here is a link to the recipe for meatloaf.



recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=2642838


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ALFREDIE
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Thank you. Great idea... Will come up with some good ideas and freeze them. Is your meatloaf recipe good? Can you share it with me? Sounds yummy!

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I cook for just me, and the best thing I found was to batch cook. Like today, I made meatloaf, which is 8 servings. I ate one for dinner tonight, and I will eat the rest this week. If I make a HUGE batch, over 8 servings, I will freeze it. This works fantastic for me, because I do not always have time to cook, and it helps keep me on track as well.

Hope that helps.

There are no elevators in the house of success.
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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it- Margaret Thatcher


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ALFREDIE
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It seem so hard to get inspired to cook for just one or two people. Also, it's hard to keep fresh food in the house. If we shop for fruit or veggies and buy too much it goes bad. Otherwise, it seems we are going out daily.

We have tried to stock the freezer and that helps, but still...it would be nice to have fresh. Seems like a lot of work for just one or two of us.

The biggest problem is that if I'm in the store, I will get a candy bar or something bad! Like cooking at home is good. It is also good for me NOT to go to the store too often.

Temptation everywhere!

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