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MOODYMOLLYR Posts: 203
4/2/11 2:21 P

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Thank you so much for the replies with all the hints. Right now I've got several chicken breasts halves in the freezer that I baked after seasoning with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I pull one out, put in cold water and it thaws in about 30 minutes. If I'm using it for an entrée I usually brown it on my cast iron griddle, otherwise I just dice it and add it to whatever I'm fixing. When it was chilly the other night I fixed a can of Campbell's Cream of Tomato Soup and added 1/2c Rice Select rice blend (wild, red, brown, and white rice) and a diced chicken breast half. It made two meals and was very good, if I do say so myself. LOL I also make a salad with that rice blend by adding 1/2 cup each black beans, kidney beans, and cut green beans, and corn. Dressing is olive oil, lime juice, Bolner's Fiesta Brand Taco Seasoning, and salsa. This salad is very filling as is but I sometimes add a diced chicken breast half and I'm going to try it with tuna added. During hot weather I try to cook as little as possible so I tend to eat salads and sandwiches. I'm going to start making my sandwiches using leaf lettuce instead of bread as I think that will be healthier for me.

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3/29/11 7:15 P

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If you freeze meals in advance and don't have a microwave, you can pull the meal out the day before and let it defrost over night. Otherwise, if it is an air tight bag/container, you can submerge it in COOL water about 20 minutes per pound. Do not use hot/warm as the outside of the food will defrost too fast and allow bacteria to grow.

I do single serving roasts all the time. Use your meatloaf pan as your roaster so that the right amount of fluids, veggies build to the correct height in the pan.

For onions, I prepare them ahead. I dice some, shred some, chop some and put them each in their own ziplock bag and freeze them flattened out. When I need some, I break off a bit of the type of onion I need.

I use my toaster oven almost exclusively to cook everything - big savings on energy costs because there is less to heat and big savings on time because it doesn't take as long to heat up and I tend to need less cook time overall.

Other options:
Stir-fry with is really quick, easy and healthy. I often use a vinaigrette
for flavor rather than sodium loaded Asian sauces
Veggie/meat loaded omelet
Pasta: one tomato pureed, garlic, onion, herbs, handful of pasta
Fish: grilled, foil wrapped, poached in water & lemon juice, baked, fried
Pork chop: cut a slit, stuff with pesto sauce or something else tasty, then bake

I still find salad fixings a challenge. I just can't get through a whole head of lettuce before it goes bad.

Good luck!



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3/28/11 9:35 P

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Also, check out the Ideas Forum under Meal ideas for ideas that don't require microwaving (I've given up frozen dinners, so I don't do much with a microwave anymore. Many things, such as chicken breast, can be frozen individually and then cooked individually. Same with potatoes. One is enough for a serving if you do it on the stove top. Also, individual bags for salads. I usually just freeze my meats and then cook the rest in small batches for the fridge. I'm sure many things would heat up on the stove top as well as the microwave or use a cold side, such as carrot sticks and hummus.

Also, you can search Spark Recipes for Single and get some individual recipes that way, though there is really no way to narrow the recipes by serving size, so you'll get anything that says single.

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3/27/11 2:29 P

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go to the web site express redi set go and it will give you all the info for ordering. i bought one get one. i love it. right now i am making mini muffins with pumpkin and carrot cake really good

i started this at 248.8 pounds and am hoping i can lose at least 50 in one year.


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MOODYMOLLYR Posts: 203
3/27/11 1:11 P

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I've never heard of the item you mentioned is it some type of toaster oven or the like? Sounds like something for me if it's fairly inexpensive. Can you give a little more detail about it?

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3/27/11 12:30 P

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i just bought the express redi set go appliance and i love it. does not heat the house come with its own recipe book. i make breakfast every morning. great for chicken. just all types of things.

i started this at 248.8 pounds and am hoping i can lose at least 50 in one year.


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MOODYMOLLYR Posts: 203
3/26/11 5:06 P

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Thanks for the feedback. There are a couple of problems with the suggestions. I don't own a microwave and I live in south central Texas where it gets VERY hot and humid in the summer so I try and avoid using the oven if possible. I'm thinking seriously of buying a small outdoor grill though since it won't heat up the house. I've got lots of chicken breast halves that I cooked on my cast iron griddle then froze and I've also got chicken thighs seasoned for fajitas, just don't have the bell peppers and onions to go with them or I'd have them for dinner.

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3/26/11 5:38 A

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I do mash potatoes and gravy by the batch and divide them into 1/2 cup freezer containers and put them into a gallon freezer bag when ready to eat them i take them out early enough to thaw usually and microwave !

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ROCK_CLIMBER2 Posts: 328
3/26/11 1:34 A

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I don't have any recipes but with summer coming, I do alot of single serve grilling. Where I put fish in a foil pack with Cajun seasonings and a little olive oil. And in another pack put a cup of diced potato with peppers and onion. And have steamed veggies on the side.
the other option would be to use single serve sized baking dishes, make a bunch and throw them in the oven.

Good luck

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ROCK_CLIMBER2 Posts: 328
3/26/11 1:33 A

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I don't have any recipes but with summer coming, I do alot of single serve grilling. Where I put fish in a foil pack with Cajun seasonings and a little olive oil. And in another pack put a cup of diced potato with peppers and onion. And have steamed veggies on the side.
the other option would be to use single serve sized baking dishes, make a bunch and throw them in the oven.

Good luck

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MOODYMOLLYR Posts: 203
3/25/11 7:04 P

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Is there any way to search the recipe section of this site for single serve recipes? I don't own a microwave so I don't like cooking a larger recipe then freezing individual portions to heat at a later time.

I've tried several of the recipe websites that will convert to a smaller size but haven't found one I really felt was usable.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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