Welcome!! I see you mentioned that your boyfriend likes leftovers. Can he cook? Maybe you can enlist him to make dinner a couple nights a week?
I live alone now and have mastered the art of batch cooking, freezing portions for one. I also like to make huge green salads and add beans, boiled eggs or sliced baked chicken and I have a balanced meal. Salad consists of romaine, cucumbers. red and green shredded cabbage, celery, tomatoes, thawed frozen peas, green onions and a few green or black olives.
I keep some things in the pantry for Quick meals. One of Hubby's favorite is a small package of yellow rice, cooked with a can of black beans drained and heated over the rice. Top with chopped green onions, some saulsa and sour cream. This take only the time it takes to cook the rice. I keep things in the freezer packaged in serving of two of stews, chillis, and soups for quick defrosting and heating for a meal
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Thanks for all of the suggestions so far everyone! The suggestion about pizzas is actually a really good idea, since they cook up quickly and can be modified in a bunch of different ways. Also, I think my crockpot is going to be getting a workout this semester. Thank goodness my boyfriend loves leftovers!
If you pre-cook large meals like soups,stews etc and freeze them you can just re-heat in microwave with no problem. I also love a good sandwich, with say about 3 ounces of turkey or lean roast beef,and loaded with veggies and a salad and a glass of milk or juice.
Stir-frys are quick too, slice meat ahead of time and put in freezer bags then you just have to dump and cook, and always have cut veggies in the freezer too or buy the stir fry vegetable mix you can find in the freezer section, saves a lot of time. From freezer to table in minutes, add a bit of low sodium soy sauce, a bit of hoisin sauce (chinese bbq sauce) to some water and add a bit of corn starch to thicken and when the meat and veggies are almost cooked put the sauce over it all and stir it up together, to coat and keep stirring for about 5 to 10 minutes, to thicken the sauce and serve over brown rice or whole wheat or buckwheat noodles.
I make a pasta salad with whole wheat macaroni, and some type of seafood, either shrimp, canned tuna or salmon and a can of white or cannelli beans, make an dressing with some oil, garlic and balsamic vinegar and some basil and oregano (dried is fine) and pour over and let sit for about 10 minutes after tossing together, serve with a green salad or soup and you've got dinner.
I make extra servings of stews and soups and then freeze for week night dinners. I also like heathy pizzas and Cooking Light has a section in the magazine each month that has 25 minute suppers and another that gives ideas for up to 40 minutes from start to finish. I also have a Weight Watchers cookbook called Make It in Minutes that has some great quick and healthy meals. Good luck.
I work full-time, as well as attend graduate school in the evening two nights a week. I'm really tired of eating veggie burgers when I get home from my long day (the latest I get home is 7:30). Anyone have any easy ideas on what to prepare for a quick, easy dinner when I get home?
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