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12/8/11 12:43 A

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i make my own. i use whole grain noodles to make pasta dishes and save the leftovers for lunches.

I also use my slow cooker. make 1 dish and have 5-8 "frozen" meals. it can be really inexpensive too, i've used dry lentils in a slow cooker dish- so much easier then cooking.

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KATTYKATHY Posts: 4,324
12/1/11 2:07 P

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I love crockpot cooking. I make my own soups and stews. Pop the extra in the freezer in portion control containers. They travel to work or heat up at home. I make egg casseroles or sandwiches on the weekend and do the same. I make crockpot oatmeal and reheat for the rest of my mornings. It can be done.

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HILLWIZARD's Photo HILLWIZARD Posts: 994
11/30/11 10:19 A

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I have not bought Pancake mix in years, Instead I use jiffy muffin or biscuit mix

When cooking for one I split the box into 2 or 3 using a scale. one part for today the others in Ziploc bags and back in the box

Blueberry Pancakes,
1/3 box Jiffy Blueberry muffin mix 266 calories
one egg
skim milk, add enough so the batter is as thick as you want,
the thinner the batter the more cakes you can make

Buttermilk Pancakes,
1/4 box Jiffy Buttermilk biscuit mix 240 calories
one egg
skim milk, add enough so the batter is as thick as you want
Note: I do not add extra fat or oil to the mix

I like Jiffy mix, the boxes are small and inexpensive, If I am having someone over for Breakfast, I just use a whole box and if the extras are unwanted they either feed the birds of go into the trash

one problem in cooking for one is it takes as long to cut up onions or peppers as for 6

so I cut them up when I bring them home, they go into the zip loc and are ready when cooking, so if making an eggs, salad, or stir fry they just take seconds to add, when they start getting old they go into the soup

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SLOLOSER's Photo SLOLOSER Posts: 8,646
11/30/11 7:26 A

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Since you don't mind frozen foods, and just want to get healthier food, you might consider preparing your own frozen foods. You can cook a recipe for 4 to 6 people, eat one portion, save one portion to eat the next day, and freeze the rest for later in the month.

(I like stir frys too. I don't do the broccoli and carrot combo, but you can choose whatever veggies you like. I normally include onions and broccoli in mine, but may also include mushrooms, peppers, spinach, and other veggies.)

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11/30/11 12:38 A

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make your own healthy meals, it's cheaper and tastier, also, consider joining the healthy cooking challenge!



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11/29/11 8:08 P

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Hi there & emoticon . I gave up frozen dinners almost a year ago and don't regret it. It was change learning to cook meals for one, but you adapt. I think clean-up is the biggest bummer, but it really doesn't take that long.

Tonight, I had a yen for pancakes, so breakfast it was. I ran out of box batter, so whipped up my own. Tasty.

Check out the Meal Ideas thread under the Ideas Forum for ideas for quick meals that don't require a lot of prep. I even a few that give me lunch the next day.

Good luck!

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11/29/11 7:49 P

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Hi Sandy

It is not that hard or expensive, may even be cheaper

for a quick meal steam some broccoli and carrots a then stir fry it with some beef of chicken

this may sound Chinese, but I eat it without rice

fresh vegetables like cabbage, green beans, kolrabi, onions, snow peas, squash, tomatoes, peppers, can all be stir fried, steamed, cooked in the crock pot, or boiled in broth add the meat and you have a great meal, I limit starch and fat. using non stick pans or a little broth when cooking.


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IMJUSTFLUFFY's Photo IMJUSTFLUFFY Posts: 3,929
11/29/11 6:58 P

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Hi. Welcome to the team
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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

How poor are they that have not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
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11/29/11 6:49 P

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Literally! Last check-up I had, my Dr. called me afterward that my triglycerides were way too high. She wanted to put me on Crestor, but I said no way...I'd rather make changes in my diet. I did some research and found that when your triglycerides are elevated, if you eat too many carbs & processed foods, the excess of what your body does not use goes straight to fat. OUCH!

So if I want to get my triglycerides down, it's gonna take some perseverance, and commitment, and extra time in the kitchen. I'm sure that I'll find all kinds of ideas for quick, healthy meals here, that are just for just for one or two. Looking forward to sharing recipes & making acquaintances!

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