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CORTNEY-LEE
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1/27/14 12:59 P

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one of my "go to" meals when I am short on time or lack motivation is hot cereal. I love steel cut oats, quick oats, cream of wheat and even coco wheats. I add things like raisins, peanut butter, nuts, apples or bananas to jazz it up and bulk it up a bit.

Some nights, I just settle on tea and toast or tuna salad.







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1/27/14 11:45 A

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Just eat a larger lunch and call it a night.



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1/24/14 12:37 P

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Do you have any pasta in the house? Pasta tossed with some butter or healthy tub margarine stuff and topped with any leftover veggies and any cheese you have in the fridge - doesn't take much time. Just watch your portion size.

I have this long rectangular thing that I bought (probably at Walmart). It's clear heavy plastic. You use it to boil pasta in the microwave. Weird... but it turns out to be one of the more useful items in my kitchen. I don't have to watch a pot, I don't have to wait for a pot to boil. The timing of cooking the pasta in the microwave, once you've tested it and like what you taste, is so easy to control. Then drain right from the container, toss with veggies, butter, cheese, and eat it hot.

Just something to keep in mind for rush cooking in the future! And regular cooking too.



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1/24/14 12:26 P

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Thank you, Azul.

I am starting to do some more batch cooking. This weekend, we're going to a restaurant supply store to stock up on some things like frozen vegetables and frozen meat (chicken and seafood mostly). I have plans to make a double batch of the Orange Chicken from the Sparkpeople cookbook, Unfortunately, that will only get me 2 meals since I'm also cooking for the rest of the family (8 servings divided by a family of 4), but we also plan on trying some crock-pot recipes.

I had decided on doing a quick throw-together meal of natural chicken sausages and frozen veggies (I love Aidell's brand), but Target was completely wiped out of any sausages. It didn't really matter however, as I just couldn't resist the pizza at the party earlier that night, so I didn't need to eat anything for dinner.

I made the mistake of getting those beige sweet potatoes once, and I'll never do it again. Now, the bright orange ones? I've been known to have them a couple times a day.

Now, even with trying more batch cooking, I'm still looking for ideas for last minute throw-together meals. I can't always rely on my standby of grilled cheese- since I'm probably not going to have bread around for a while. I don't eat TV dinners, but I will eat Aidell's and other natural chicken sausages/meatballs (Simply Balanced is another brand that comes to mind). I figure there are always going to be the days I have a last second babysitting job and need to throw together a lunch (but don't have any leftovers). There are also going to be days I get home late, and my portion of the meal I made for the family has already been eaten.

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1/16/14 2:52 P

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"Whether you think you can't eat healthy, or you can eat healthy.. you are probably right."

Ha ha...yep!

To be fair, it seems like the OP has made some pretty big strides since this summer in terms of moving from a completely pre-prepared diet to a much healthier approach. It sounds like she is doing a lot more of her own cooking and eating much more fresh food...so in spite of her recalcitrance, she really is making progress.

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1/16/14 11:18 A

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I cook my eggs for breakfast, and at the same time cook vegetables, and chicken. I start the meat and veggies, and 15 minutes later, start my breakfast. I dice the chicken, and mix with veggies, and split it into 2 meals. Then I go eat breakfast, knowing lunch AND dinner are already cooked, and in Tupperware bowls at 9 a.m. Total cooking time for all 3 meals is about 30 minutes. Sure, lunch and dinner are the same, but at least they are healthy.

Whether you think you can't eat healthy, or you can eat healthy.. you are probably right.

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1/16/14 9:00 A

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That's a great point, AZULVIOLETA. Rather than spending an entire day in the kitchen, the OP can always just cook an extra portion or two. Saves on massive kitchen efforts which sometimes only serve to exhaust the cook, and fatigue is not the friend of someone who's losing weight.



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AZULVIOLETA6
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1/16/14 12:42 A

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My understanding is that the OP does not have a job...so in the future, batch cooking should be a reasonable option...or just doubling up on a meal the day before and eating leftovers.

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1/15/14 10:33 P



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If it is for a regular 'quick meal' then really, you CAN do batch cooking. Maybe not for this week but for others you can. You MUST have a day off work, or 1/2 day spent at home on a day off. Batch cooking needn't take all day, and certainly, none of mine does. Cooking time tops is just over an hour, unless I am doing a roast, which isn't often now as I am on my own. I buy a roast meal, like I did today, and there is enough meat to provide me with tomorrow's main meal protein.

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I do like the Amy's Organic meals, but some of them are very high in fat. And carbs. And calories!

My go-to thing when I haven't prepped ahead is to have a turkey burger (patty only) from the freezer. You could saute it with onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc. and top with cheese and whatever spice blend you want. These also go well with whatever green salads you might have on hand.

I'm on a baked-sweet-potato-and-turkey-burger kick at the moment. Pop sliced (rounds, sticks) sweet potatoes on a baking sheet with olive oil. Top with smoked paprika and a little salt, throw the burger on the sheet with some garlic powder, bake at 375 for 30 minutes. This is easily re-heated. When I say sweet potatoes, I mean the very dark orange tubers that sometimes get labeled as yams, not the insipid beige ones.

You could also do green salads or pasta salads with greens in a Mason jar. Sauces that re-heat well, such as homemade marinara, could also be an option. Homemade soup that you re-heat from the fridge or freezer also would work.

Since you will probably reject all of these ideas...why not just make whatever you usually eat ahead of time and reheat it?

Edited by: AZULVIOLETA6 at: 1/15/2014 (17:50)
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1/15/14 3:31 P

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I agree that we need to know what you have to work with. How about some soup and a sandwich? Or even use low fat cheese and make grilled cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread?

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Instead of shooting down all the ideas given by other members, maybe you could give us more information to work with? We don't know what ingredients you have on hand. YOU don't even know what ingredients you have on hand.



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The best frozen dinner in my opinion is Amy's organic. I love the Mexican dinners,yum.

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Are you looking for suggestions for Wednesdays in general, or for tonight specifically? Because I think all these suggestions work well for Wednesdays in general. For tonight specifically, it really depends on (a) what you have in your fridge/pantry right now, and (b) whether you can stop at the grocery store.



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1/15/14 11:30 A

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Stop at the store and grab a rotisserie chicken and a salad.

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1/15/14 11:14 A

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Ok. None of these suggestions help me. While batch cooking would probably be the best idea, I'm out all day, and I don't have anything prepared for dinner. I only packed a lunch. I don't have anything prepared for dinner, so I really need something I can PREPARE at the last minute.

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What about making Wednesday night salad night? Its super quick to throw together some beans, chicken, cheese, veggies on top of a bed of lettuce. You can pair that with a cup of soup or a wrap/sandwich for a quick dinner (You could make a grilled cheese or canned tuna/chicken/salmon wrap/sandwich or something of the like since I know you don't eat a lot of deli meats).

Do you have a crock pot/slow-cooker? That is another way to make dinner quick on Wednesdays.

Hope that gives you a few usable ideas.



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In these situations I tend to save a plate from the night before to just heat up. A cup of soup is another easy option. It only takes a few minutes to heat and it won't weigh you down too badly.
A veggie hummus wrap is easy to have ready as well. In fact, I think of these as an easy "on-the-go" option. You can pack it in a chilled lunch bag and have it after the gym on the way to youth group. Might not work this week if you don't have ingredients, but it's easy to plan for it next week.

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I love the bulk & freeze method myself. Just pop it out of the freezer to the frig in the morning and heat up when you get home.

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Why not cook an extra meal the day before, OR every once-in-a-while bulk cook a few meals and freeze in single serves ... exactly for occasions like this. That way, odds are you will be more likely to eat more healthily than otherwise.

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Tomorrow, I have a youth group event at 7pm, but because I plan on going to the gym before church, I won't be eating dinner until around 10pm. I plan on having a small snack (like a piece of fruit) at the youth group thing in addition to a cupcake as a treat, but I'm not a huge snacker.

I'm just not sure what to do for dinner on Wednesdays. I'm really not in the mood to cook and eat dinner that late, so I would love some ideas that I can throw together in a few minutes. My usual go-to quick meal is Aidell's chicken sausages or meatballs with veggies and maybe a microwave baked potato, but I don't really have any sausages here.

My other ideas were eggs, but I have 2 eggs 6 mornings a week, and I'm running low on eggs now or a grilled cheese with butternut squash soup (but I'm not sure I have any bread left).

I just want some ideas for meals that can be ready to eat in minutes.

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