It's the set up and clean up that takes the time, I plan on prepping when I get home from shopping, you can even do it when watching TV. so I chop up three bell peppers, several bunches of green Onions, or dice two yellow onions. I have a French fry cutter, I use it to make carrot, Zucchini, daikon, and Jicama stick. sometime I do not get around to prepping something until I am ready to cook so instead of just one meal's worth I fill the ziploc bag
I keep these in the refrigerator, when they start getting old I put them into stew or soup, but if I forget and they go bad, right in the trash and no nasty dish to clean.
For me, instead of freezing I get is prefrozen the price is about the same
some people worry about making bad choices, not me My goal is to make better choices - eating one doughnut instead of six, cook better foods most of the time but thin people eat ribs sometimes, so will I
and do not forget fresh fruit, a pint of fresh strawberries is only 107 callories, the same as one granola bar
Mike the Hillwizard
One size does not fit all, I pick the systems that fit me, but this in no way should suggest that the choices any one else makes are not both good and valid
If you get in a routine with a few things you will find preparing a low cal, flavorful meal is a breeze. Last year both my stove (oven and burners gone), AND microwave went out within a week of each other. It took Best Buy almost 2 months to get here to fix the stove and since the micro did not have a warranty I STILL haven't fixed it. What I did do was start using a toaster over. Its great for roasting vegetables, chicken fish, you name it. Its quicker than an oven and without the microwave I find we are eating more fresh vegetables, etc. I also separate all my proteins (chicken, fish, shrimp), into single serving ziplock bags when I get home from the super market. When chicken thighs were on sale for .77 a pound I got two packages, removed the skin from each thigh and had 16 ziplocks with 2 thighs each to pop in the freezer. I always make sure I have fish (a lot of frozen fish is already in single serving packs), and chicken in the fridge defrosting and then all I have to do is cut some broccoli, onion, squash, and put fish/chicken on top and pop it n the toaster oven. Then I plate some lettuce and tomato (I always have pre-made tomato salad in the fridge), and WA-LA!!! Dinner (or any other meal).
Just experiment. You'll find what works for you, but do try to stick to real food. Its tastier and better for you.
It's Theresa. I have read other tips about chopping everything up and freezing them in servings size containers. Your receipe sounds great. I'll have to try it this weekend. My biggest problem is being to tired to fix anything in the evening. Do you do prep work one day a week? Or do you have another secret?
Cooking is not hard, I don't use the oven - but can cook any thing I eat on top of the stove (I do have a machine for bread)
On wasting food, the extra can go in the trash can or on your waste - the choice is yours
or use my system, the cats get the extra meat and I put everything else out for the birds
What are some things you like to eat? today for Dinner instead of cooking I took some chop peppers, and onions from the fridge ( I chop and ziploc bag them when I get home from the store) a chicken breast and some shredded fat free cheese and lettuce and guacamole (walmart has it is in the 100 calorie pouch) and made two big raps
Mike the Hillwizard
You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
I know this may sound strange, but I come from a family where the men always cooked. I never learned how to shop; stock a kitchen or really cook. I mean, I can cook, but have always had trouble knowing what to cook,especially cooking for just myself without wasting food. Like I tell my friends, I only have a kitchen because it came with the house. The kitchen as the heart of the home? It was always the room to avoid! I would now like to correct this. So, I'll be lurking around taking in all the post and stealing,er, using your best hints and advice. Like, what staple do you need in a kitchen, anyway. And looking for easy and NON Complicated receipes. Thank you in advance for the wonderful friendships to be made!
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