I have learned that I must have meals planned and ready to heat up. I like doing all the preparing on Saturdays and I plan to continue to do so. My husband is afraid to walk through the kitchen on Saturday- what a mess! Slow cookers going, peels and rinds everywhere (fabulous for our compost pile!), recipes all over the counter. I will also concentrate on more fish recipes and incorporate more legumes.
my long term goal is to be more prepared and capable when it comes to dinner time-thank you to all who put this challenge together to help me reach it! I leave this challenge now, but I will probably be back throughout the year!
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current weight: 198.2
Fitness Minutes: (600) Posts: 221 1/30/12 4:57 A
my long term goal is to cook at least 6times aweek and have something easy 1 night a week I like to have chicken, at least one night, fish one night, and lean meat the other nights, served with either, salads or veg.I like to include a substitute when I can.
current weight: 143.0
Fitness Minutes: (27,995) Posts: 60 2/1/11 8:44 A
My husband travels so it is hard to get motivated to cook for 1. I love to cook and quite capable, but after a full day at work I tend to get lazy. Since starting SP I cook a big batch of soup on Sunday and freeze half in small portions. I take it to work for lunch or eat it for an easy dinner. I buy frozen fish in small portions at Whole Foods and when i get home from work I can drop a package into a bowl of hot water, exercise, and by the time I'm done it is defrosted. I either bake it or pan fry (in a little olive oil, seasoning) and throw together a salad and steam some veggies. it is delicious. Other nights I grill some chicken breast and use them for a quick dinner, toss some on a salad or make a fritatta with veggies and egg whites. It really doesn't take too long to do any of these and in the end it is economical and good for the "bottom" line.
Hi and thanks for this helpful message. I live alone so it's always been cheaper and easier to grab some fast food and here I am .... you can advertise on my backside. I love your idea of having fish twice a week. My lifestyle change is cooking dinner every evening. I am going to try SP recipes and just print the recipes and take them with me grocery shopping so I get the necessary groceries. Please keep us posted on your progress. Carmen
current weight: 179.0
Fitness Minutes: (34,662) Posts: 416 1/12/11 12:52 P
great job. after the initial planning it becomes easier. i now have a list of about 15 dinners that have proven to be hits with the family and appropriate for company. each week i try to cook one new entree and some are added and some will never be made again but the list of approved meals is growing. best of luck to you.
Througout this challenge, I've created a system that I KNOW will work for me. You see, I'm a full-time college student, a part-time employee, and a wife. My life can somtimes become a hectic ball of poo. In preparation for these crazy days, I cook extra meals and freeze them. On the weekends I cook soup or other meals that are easy to save. Another problem I faced while trying to eat healthy was the fact that I don't really know how to cook. Sure, I can fry an egg or fix a grilled cheese sandwhich but that's about as far as my expertise go. The thing is, with a good recipie, ANYONE can cook! Including me! So I've been digging through my cookbooks searching for low calorie tasty foods! Another problem I discovered was how to create a grocery list. I was going to have to look through every single cook book to find what I wanted to eat, write down the recipe, and then somehow remember the book and the page it was on. Sounds impossible, rigjt? Without the correct system it was very close to impossible. So here's what I did to fix it. I spend days flipping through the cook books and writing the INGREDIENCE of recipies down on index cards. (Along with the book and page number.)When I was finished, I found an old photo album and slid the notecards inside.
Now my goals are simple. I want to eat fish 2 times a week to ensure I am getting the proper amount of omega 3. I plan on having vegetarian nights. (hopefully the husband won't notice. He will just complain.) I am going to allow only one night beef. A few nights could be chicken and pork. That's muy plan. Time to put it into action! :D
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