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ADLINS
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10/31/10 8:10 P

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For breakfast, I've taken my version of an egg sandwich (using an english muffin). After years of this, I can't do eggs right now. So, I'm taking a yogurt and a home made muffin. I'll do some type of cracker for snack or take a second muffin.

For lunch, I have access to a microwave, so I've done meals - red beans and rice, stews, hamburger and potatoes (a patty that's sort of a mini meatloaf). In the hotter days, I've taken tuna and crackers and carrots. I would think along those lines for dinner as well.

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10/26/10 10:11 A

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The ideas on her are great and can't wait to start using them.


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10/23/10 12:25 A

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ladymamm, i feel your pain! i work retail, and it's so hard to plan meals to take the next day when i don't get home till almost 10pm every night...

i really like the idea of reinventing things- that's going to be my goal for this next week. :) thanks!


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10/20/10 4:48 P

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We shop for the bulk buy meats and stuff to save money. Then we rock/paper/scissors to see who will portion everything out into meal sized quantities AS SOON AS WE GET HOME. If we don't, things get shoved into the freezer in the big package and we end up cooking too much when we thaw it, thereby wasting a bunch of food or eating way too much. We also like the individually frozen chicken breasts that you can get at CostCo and other markets. We package in 1 pound or so packages in zip-top bags.

Oh, make sure you label everything when you put them in the freeze with item (cut of meat) and the date. Prior to doing that, we had a few surprise meals because we pulled mystery meat from the freeze!


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10/18/10 2:10 P

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I try to save some food from the night before and re-invent it for lunch the next day. For example, last night I made a pot roast. Today I brought 1/2 a potato that I cooked in the microwave and reheated the pot roast which I threw over the potato. Really good, really filling and very little effort.

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10/18/10 11:16 A

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having good sealable containers is always a good thing!
If you can find any like this they work really well:
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10/17/10 12:03 A

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Thanks those are some good ideas. Time to invest in some good sealable containers.


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10/15/10 9:14 A

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I have taken small containers with cereal to eat at work for breakfast. I eat it like a snack so it lasts awhile. I also toast two whole wheat waffles and then spread on peanut butter. I put them peanut butter side facing into a plastic bag and take to work. When I get to work I pop them into the microwave for 5-10 seconds to rewarm. My third go-to breakfast is the Subway English muffin, egg, white, cheese, and veggies.

For lunch I will make a pot of chili and put it over rice in Tupperware bowls. Then I microwave it at work. I also do sandwiches and take the veggies [tomato, lettuce, cucumbers, etc] in a separate baggie. I also will take a salad with the dressing in a separate container.
I want to learn how to make breakfast burritoes that I can make and freeze that will taste good when reheated. I would also like to learn how to make tv dinners which do not taste overcooked when microwaved.



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10/14/10 11:16 P

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I still cook like I have a family, using my crockpot. Then I portion out in one serving containers and/or freezer bags. I freeze my bottled water so that it stays cold for the day and it keeps my none freezable food cold. I date my frozen food so that I rotate meals and keep a variety going. That way I cook on the weekend and have my weekdays free for exercising and having "fun".


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10/14/10 11:07 P

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While I work out of my home, I could use some ideas for cooking for 1 also. My youngest is leaving home in about 2 weeks. For snacks, although high in calories (170) and fat (15), I usually have 1/4 c. of almonds every morning. They really seem to help me last until noon and I know they are healthy for us in lots of ways. And they'd be easy for you to take. Do you have access to a refrigerator? Yogurt is always good, veggie sticks, fruit of course.

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10/14/10 10:59 P

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Is anyone else facing taking lunch, dinner and snacks for all day and evening away from home? I am new to cooking for myself and having healthy food. I had been eating out lunch, dinner and some breakfast meals. I realize that is why I was getting larger all the time. Now I know I have to carry food with me, but it is difficult for a not so creative cook. I really could use some good recipes and ideas. Need good mid morning and afternoon snacks to keep my sugar levels in balance.




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