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Egg whites (they come in a small bottle like milk) are very handy to mix with veggies for a quickie frittata. Tofu is also nice for stir frying.

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6/30/14 12:05 A

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Wrap ears of corn in wet paper towels and nuke for about 3 minutes. Be very careful removing the paper. The corn in steamy hot and crunchy.

I know this sounds a little nuts, but it does work.



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Tonight nuked taters, plain lowfat yogurt mixed w/ turmeric, garlic powder, and fresh cracked black pepper for topping; steamed chicken breast served on cooked kale, and nuked carrots. (The juices from the chicken and kale will go for making soup along with the chix-bones another day). emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I keep all my leftover pieces from cutting veggies, meats, onions, garlic, etc., and freeze them for making soup-stock. mmm-mmm good. emoticon

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5/17/14 4:17 P

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I keep my cooked beans in the freezer (2 cups containers) and take out what I need. I try to have at least 2 meatless meals (or days) during the week. Apot of veggie soup goes a long way too. I eat eggs and nuts for extra protein and good fats.

Edited by: HOLLYSNOWWOMAN at: 5/17/2014 (16:20)
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5/6/14 5:52 P

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Steak and corn sounds really good. However I don't have any corn. I am having grilled steak for dinner with oven baked potatoes and coleslaw.
How do you cook fresh corn on the cobb in the microwave?
I do my potatoes in a little oil with salt and pepper and a little garlic. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes. Really good.

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5/6/14 4:30 P

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Sunday Night I grilled Chicken, Steak & Hotdogs/Sausages. This makes it quick and easy to have dinner on the table in no time. Tonight we will consume the steak. I had chicken in a premade salad for lunch today. Will have chicken and leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Have the grilled sausages (1) at breakfast with a bit of cereal. Keeping things fast and not eating out. Did not remember to plan a Mexican meal on The 5th of May. My big ole grilled chicken sandwich was just fine and yummy. Tonight I have fresh Corn to just pop in the microwave to go with the steak.

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4/28/14 3:30 P

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This weekend hubby and I shared a frozen pizza and I made and extra yummy salad. This way we get the good veggies and fiber in the salad and you don't have to feel as bad because you didn't eat the whole pizza yourself.

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4/27/14 10:13 A

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I like almost all nuts except walnuts. You can toast them or bake them or boil them but the only good way to deal with them is in the garbage. I am not putting anybody down who likes them. I think it is great that you like them. I hear they are good for you. I just don't like them.
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I had a "BLT" sandwich in 1978 while visiting Southern California which had sprouts, avocado, tomato, spinach, and heated walnuts sprinkled with chipolte and smoked paprika, yogurt cheese and toasted true whole grain bread.

It was very good, but they erred when they called it a veggie "BLT". I've used walnuts even in certain pasta dishes. But walnuts do not substitute for real bacon -- enjoy them for their own sake.

Just thought I'd pass that along.

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4/23/14 10:26 A

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I was able to find Spring Roll rice wrappers yesterday. I'm looking forward to making some fresh wraps for lunch next week. They have always looked so good when I have seen them on TV.

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eggs, Nuts? tofu "fake meats"

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4/6/14 8:00 P

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I've been trying new food combinations and focusing on more vegetables with bean and rice conbinations this week. I have noticed on my tracker that I am consuming less and less protien. Does anyone have any ideas what I can do without using protien powders or substitutes to add more non meat protiens items to my diet so my protien ranges can get back into the recommended ranges again.


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4/1/14 10:41 A

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When we make a casserole type meal like lasagna or chicken enchiladas, I will get a couple of small pans and portion out the meal in those. We will have one dish, typically with enough left overs for the next day's lunch & maybe a day later in the week. But then I will freeze the other pan(s) and have a quick meal for a week or so down the road. Or, if a friend is sick & needs a meal brought, then I have something I can pull out really quickly for them.



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3/18/14 1:49 P

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We often have boneless pork chops seared in a cast-iron skillet and finished off in the oven with a microwaved baked potato and steamed broccoli. Its a quick weekday meal. Most of the time we half the potato between us.

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Fast and Quick

Rotisserie Chicken and Bag of Complete Cesar Salad fixings and pick up a tomato too.




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3/14/14 4:17 P

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Lots of times we have breakfast for supper. Most breakfast items are quick, simple and you can almost get it all done in one skillet and the toaster. A little sliced fruit and yippy it's over.
Turkey bacon, Turkey Sausage and Egg substitutes can cut down on the bad for you factor if you are watching your intake of assorted things. Whole Wheat Toast or Whole Wheat English muffins.

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Huevos Rancheros eggs, tortillas, cheese and refried beans and salsa if ya got it. fast, easy filling good morning, noon or night.



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I'm starting a new meal plan and I've built in leftovers throughout the week and then Saturday is leftover day (whatever's left) or spaghetti, since I always have that on hand.

This is a really great thread with some awesome ideas! Thank you, everyone, for sharing!

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I only cook for 2 but always prepare for 4. That way we can have it for lunch the next day or supper. We both work. It makes it easy if I cook double batches of the protein and then just add the sides fresh. Chili coming up next as the weather turns cold towards the end of this week. It can be use on a baked potato, plain with some cheese and a spoon or if we get wild, nachos, with lots of veggies. My nachos usually looks like a salad with some chips in it. Its a way I can get down an avocado every now and then too.

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I make applesauce by cutting the apples into eighths, coring and toss in the small crockpot (skins on) and putting it on low for three to five hours. Att that point I stir well and let cool, then put it in the Fridge. I have applesauce for a week or more. I also log the finished product as cooked apples not applesauce.

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I really like the idea of cooking in smaller portions. I think I will use a mini crockpot sometimes to keep from overeating.

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Some of my meals that help me out are steel cut oats in the crock pot. I cook on low overnight and wake up to breakfast. Then I put the rest in 1 cup containers and reheat the rest of the week by adding a splash of milk.

I also love low sodium boxed soups. I make those, but I add a bag of frozen veggies in to make it more filling. then I have with half a sandwich or a salad depending on my mood. The soups reheat or freeze really easily.

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2/6/13 1:21 P

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I always have portioned vegetarian meat loaf servings in the freezer for instant food.
Also, cut up raw vegetables ready for a snack attack.
Home made low calorie soups. Even some in the freezer.

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love your idea.. Thanks for sharing..

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great info

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1/22/13 1:16 A

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I cook for two but most things I fix are actually made in single serving sizes.

I started doing this when learning to cook in a solar oven - Things tend to cook better and faster when in smaller portions. So "quiche" became "quiche muffins". Meatloaf became meatloaf muffins. Etc. Etc.

I found that we really enjoyed the single serving sizes since we could better customize to suit individual tastes.

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11/9/12 8:47 P

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Zoeie - such a wonderful way to do lunch. I'm getting better about adding good things to lunch but it's taking forever in the morning. I don't have a microwave at work so it's got to be good cold and I'm not overly fond of sandwiches the night before. However, I think I can take some of the fixing ahead preparations and adapt.

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Love the ideas!
I too saute peppers, onions and mushrooms and keep a big container of it to use in omletes on salads instead of fattening dressings and in veggie wraps. This is one of my favorite go to things in the fridge at all times.

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The Greek dish sounds really good. I often buy fresh bell peppers (all colors) and cook them in a little olive oil and add onions and mushrooms and store it in a container. I can add the mixture to rice or to chicken or put on a Fajita salad or in a tortilla. It makes the meal preparation so much quicker. On the weekend I usually cook up several chicken breasts, several fish fillets, I really salmon, several sweet potatoes, and some brown rice. Sometimes I make homemade soup or stew or a pasta dish. Then I make my own prepared dinners by putting a meat/fish, a potato or rice, and a vegetable, in a container. I make enough for 2 meals for each day of the week then when I go to work I just grab two, one for lunch and one for dinner plus a couple of fresh fruits and some 0 % Fage Yougurt with Truvia and some additional fruit for snacks. I also try eat before 6 pm. This has helped me a lot with eating healthier and more inexpensively. I hope this helps someone else.

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I had a wonderful vegetable saute this weekend at a Greek restaurant.. with minimal olive oil and garlic, saute sliced red onion, green pepper, mushrooms and red peppers.. then at the last minute add fresh spinach just until it's wilted. Finish with a dash of balsamic vinegar and a tiny sprinkle of feta. It was incredibly good.. I think because of the spinach.

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Fran -- I'm not good with most leftovers either. I don't buy bulk because, well, I don't have a lot of freezer space for either cooked or frozen. If I get chicken breast, I'll get four and freeze them individually. Then, I cook them individually or in batches, but at least that way I can choose. If I buy hamburger, I do the same thing -- break it out in batches so I'm not cooking a whole pound at a time.

I've really forced myself to learn to cook for one because I don't do well with leftovers. I don't even have a microwave available for lunch at my current job so either I go out or the meal needs to be a "cold" one.

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I make planned overs, portion them out and freeze some.

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I can try to separate the 4 from the bunch (about 10) and make those. . I'm not good at eating my own frozen leftovers. If so I could make them all.

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Can you freeze them? I'm not good about freezing "regular" food once I cook it but it can be done. Might be good for a quick meal. I enjoy cooking (which kind of surprises me), but sometimes there just not enough time in the evening.

Also, can you cook them individually? That's what I do when I get chicken breasts.


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Good ideas, Kathy, esp with the chicken breasts. Does anyone have any ideas about some chicken drumsticks? I have a lot of them, have a SP recipe for four of them. faux-frying, but I will have some leftover.

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Cool. Great way to modify the meal!

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I took a pack of Ramen Noodles tonight (chicken flavor) and instead of making it soup, I drained the water, only used 2 TINY shakes of the seasoning packet, then added salt free garlic & herb seasoning, then added sauteed spinach, mushrooms and red onion. It was delish!


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Guess not too many hang out here!

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Give the Oh, Boy! salad a try. It's great!!

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Tonight white fish (me orange roughy hubby catfish) baked in packets with herbs, zucchini and cherry tomatoes. Sweet potato.

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Last night was tacos with antelope meat. Watched my portions too.

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I love cookbooks, and I love to try new recipes. I've recently added Boca burgers to my meals--fewer calories than meat, still good protein.

I love to cook up chicken breasts just to have for salads or a healthy snack choice.

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I frequently choose something simple such as pizza (either homemade or frozen), hot dogs or soup with grilled cheese. However, now that I have a NuWave Oven, I can cook steak and chicken straight from the freezer in approx. the same time as a thawed one would take in the regular oven!

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I really want a pizza!!

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grilled chicken breasts, stuffing, green peas...

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elkburger meatloaf, green salad, green beans, baked apple and raisins

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you are right - from now I start with spark recipes!! Going to look for leftover turkey ideas....

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There are a gazillion recipes right here at SparkPeople!

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Today I am going to search the web for some recipe ideas.

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We had homemade tacos on a whole wheat tortilla.

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Had lots of tortillas so made enchilada casserole.... used up some leftover corn too.

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I have used the leftover chili a couple of times now.... on to something different. I think grilled chicken, salad and maybe some peaches...

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Cook your veggies and season with a strong flavor like Rosemary. Warm rice then stir into veggies. I do 2 or 3 different veggies ea with it's own flavor (garlic, paprika...) so that I have a dish with a variety of separate flavors. Add some almonds or walnuts & you've got your veggies starch & protein in one dish. Have some frozen grapes for dessert - very refreshing.

Or freeze it - I make batches of rice then freeze in serving sizes.

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Last night it was ham & cheese omelette, baked apple and crumb cake....
Tonight was crock pot salsa chicken and mixed brown & wild rice.....

Now to figure out a way to use the leftover rice for tomorrow night...

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Great idea! My grocery store has a salad bar and I sometimes stop there and get the greens and then build on that.

I agree that bagged greens are too much for one person and recently I read an article where they are more processed so more chance for bacteria, etc.

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I go to McD's and get a small side salad, then start building on that. Its enough salad for me without having the bag of greens that I wouldn't finish before it goes south. I add about 2 ounces grilled chicken breast that I cook up on the ole George Foreman, and any other veggie I have in the fridge, and dress it with lemon and herbs. I also like to add raisins or craisins for a little sweet. Its all about 250 calories so I don't beat myself up over a small glass of Chardenay. And garlic toast sounds yummy!

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Gazpacho & garlic toast! Left room for a bit of popcorn later!

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I've discovered the cook it yourself ravioli's from Whole Foods and one from Buitoni. I love them. With a pre-maid (but somewhat organic) pasta sauce, it makes for a really easy dinner to fix. I can add a veggie if I like and I'm contemplating going to a half serving and adding a small portion of meat, most likely chicken.

I think I actually prefer doing this to going out for Italian or pasta.

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Funny you should mention garlic - just found a new recipe for garlic chicken.... going to try it this weekend....

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I cut a bunch of garlic cloves into chunks, made holes on all sides of my pork roast and stuffed the garlic into them. Rubbed the roast with a pepper, chili powder, oregano, parsley mix. Yum!

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Leftovers tonight!

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Yes thanks everyone for sharing

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AZClair - these both look good! Thanks for sharing!

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Entre # 1:
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Pesto Pork chops. If chops are thick enough, cut a pocket into them and fill with pesto and use your favorite cooking method (I bake). If they aren't thick enough, cook the chops on one side, flip, then spread the pesto on the top.

Tastes great and it's a quick meal - under 20 minutes.


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I'm making crock pot chicken right now. It sounds like a big deal, but you're just chopping up whatever veggies you have and making a cooking sauce.

Put in the bottom of the pot: (I've got 2 chicken breasts so I added:)
1 large carrot
2 celery stalks
1/4 of medium onion
1/4c fennel
1/4c sweet bell pepper
2T minced fresh ginger
garlic to taste

Sprinkle Veggies with 2T of tapioca or corn starch

Put chicken on top.

Mix in bowl then pour on top of chicken:
1/4c Red Wine Vinegar
8 oz pineapple chunks; canned (no juice)
1/4c Packed dark brown sugar
2tsp Soy Sauce
1tsp Chicken bouillon (instant; sodium free)
1tsp dried cilantro

Cook on high for 3 hours, but it's better when it's cooked on low for at least 5 hours - really gives a chance for all the flavors to combine.

Approximate Nutritional Info

Cal 480
Fat 5.5g
Sat Fat 1g
Cholesteroal 121mg
Sodium 450
Potassium 1166mg
Carbs 66g
Fiber 5g
sugar 42g
Protein-you control that with your appropriate serving size




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I tried Pork Burgers last night and they were pretty good. Next attempt may be Turkey Burgers.

I enjoy grilling, so butterfly porkcops is on the menu often.


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We picked up 4 whole chickens at the market yesterday. It was buy one get one free. So I plan to rotisserie one tomorrow using one of those baked chicken recipes. I'll get chicken soup, too.

I'm not sure what the protein portion will be tonight, but couscous is going to be a side. Probably collards as the veg. Dessert: white ch0c0late pudding with berries.

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The chicken sounds great - I'm going to give it a try. But tonight it's going to be tacos. One of hubby's favorites.

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The chicken recipe sounds wonderful! I'm pulling that chicken out of the freezer tonight!

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I LOVE a good baked chicken, but with just me and my husband, it seems like a lot. So, here is a recipe for a baked chicken and another one for the left overs :)

Baked Chicken:
-3-4 lb Chicken
-5 Lemons
-Fresh Rosemary
-5 Cloves Fresh Garlic
-Salt
-Pepper
-1 Cup Chicken Broth

Clean your chicken (rinse, dry with paper towels), make a few small slits in skin and stuff sprigs of rosemary and slivers of garlic in it. Take one lemon, poke holes in it with a fork and stuff in the cavity with left over garlic and a sprig of rosemary, cut 3 lemons into quarters and the last one in half, reserve it for later. Salt and pepper your chicken and put in a roasting pan, back down, with chicken broth and lemon wedges and left over rosemary. Squeeze half of reserved lemon over chicken and bake covered at 400 degrees for about 90 minutes for a 4 lb chicken. During cooking process, every 20 minutes, take chicken and baste and squeeze left over lemon the last time.

For leftovers (there will be a lot)
Open Face Chicken Sandwich
-Left over chicken
-Spinach
- 1 green apple
-tsp or so of Dijon
-Tbs of apricot preserves
-Whole wheat french bread
-Low fat cheese of choice (muenster is best)

Whisk Dijon and apricot preserves together for desired sweetness. Cut french bread into rounds, about 1.5 inches thick. Spray bread with cooking spray and toast in the oven on broil. Meanwhile cut your apple into thin slices, then toss with spinach and cook in about 2 tsp of olive oil, or use cooking spray, till the spinach is slightly wilted. Take the bread and smear with as much sauce as you want, then put spinach mixture on it, then chicken (cubed or shredded) and then top with cheese. Broil till cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

If I have even more chicken left over, I make chicken quessadilla...corn tortillas, low fat mozzarella, chicken, black beans all in quessadilla and then side of diced tomatoes, low fat sour cream, and cilantro mixed together with a touch of hot sauce for dipping :)


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Bkfitgirl - I tried but with a lot of modifications. I liked it. I cooked in a stoneware bowl that I have that I made four servings out of (I used like 4 oz, dry of pasta and went from there). I got two lunches and two dinners and that was plenty. I will be doing other variations of this.

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A meal I like is 1/2 chicken breast, grilled on my cast iron griddle, 1 cup of cut green beans with raw onion added, and 1 potato skin on, diced and boiled with 1 teaspoon butter.

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Cool! Let me know how you like it

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That looks good. It's going on my list of things to try.

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I made this a while back and had a portion every night with a small glass of red wine on some nights; the wine perks up the meal otherwise, eating the same thing every night would have bored me. Baked Ziti with Black Beans www.thesinglekitchen.com/2011/01/bak
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Buitoni past (tonight I'm doing the light 4 cheese ravioli) with marinara sauce (jar) and half a link of Al Fresco tomota basil chicken sausage. The longest time involved bringing the water to a boil (it seemed to take forever, but I can do other stuff). Once done, I'll put together lunch for tomorrow.

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I'm going to try the chickien broccoli cheddar baked potato. Quick -- easy -- and sounds yummy!

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Tuna cakes using the pouch. I've made one using the single serving pouch, but tonight I used a 7 oz pouch and got three. So, probably lunch as well for the next couple of days. Paired with risotto (a box brand that tastes really salty to me, but doesn't appear to have tons of salt, so I'm guessing some of the seasonings) and a veggie. Risotto was done earlier this week and veggie was frozen, so it didn't take long at all.

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I often do a chicken broccoli cheddar baked potato. I use 3-4 oz of leftover roast chicken, with one of the green giant just for one broccoli cheese cups, great meal in 5 minutes.

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I'll have to check out that recipe. Nice to know that it's one that you quarter and it still works.

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I made the Broiled Parmesan Tilapia form the sparkrecipes but I used Frozen Ocean Perch. One thing, I forgot to add the 2 TBSP butter that the recipe called for but it turned out great. So I actually saved some calories, Will make it again without butter.

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For dinners, I like the broiled parmesan tilapia here on sparkrecipes. It's quick and easy, and since I buy the frozen filets (cheaper and individually packaged!), I always have the ingredients on hand. I pair it with some brown rice and a veggie. It's on the table (if I use the quick-cooking brown rice) in less than a half hour! The recipe itself is for 4 servings, but I just quarter the ingredients.

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FOR BREAKFAST SOMETIMES I EAT VEGGIE PIZZA ! emoticon

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Whole wheat chicken fajita quesadillas with salsa

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Oh, that sounds good. Lunch tomorrow is mini-meatloaf (I froze about 8 of them) and a serving of Bush's chili beans, which is almost like making individual chili servings, but gives me the flexibility to pair it with what I have on hand.

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I got a recipe off the Jennie O website, it was Black Bean Turkey Chili. I made it the other night and there was 6 -1 cup servings.

My husband don't like chili so I ate a serving, gave my Mom and a friend a serving to see if they liked it and I froze 3 individual servings for lunches or for a quick dinner. It was really good!!!

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Tonight's meal felt like cheating. It's White Chicken Chili, using the recipe from the McCormick's seasoning pack. Add chicken, white beans (I used great northerns) and water. Cook the chicken then add everything and basically simmer. Takes about 20 minutes from start to finish. I haven't tried it yet, but it smells good. Makes 4 servings (I'm assuming about a cup) and with my ingredients, comes in good calorie wise. So, I've got dinner a couple of nights and lunch a couple of days. Not too bad.

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I love your chicken suggestion. Sounds yummy and practical.

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My go to is chicken seasoned with Mrs Dash's Southwest Chiptole seasoning. I take a package of chicken, cut up in pieces and put in a pan of oil and garlic. When I put the chicken in the pan I throw in a cup (lid) full of the seasoning. When the chicken is done that's it! I use the chicken in different ways ... solo, burrito/wraps, top salad, etc. It's easy to eat up the next day for leftovers! I love chicken this way!

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Great meal ideas! I love the use of mini meat loaf pans... I don't think I would have thought of that.

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I do a lot of stir fry, usually with a frozen bag of stir-fry vegetable mix. I start by cooking the beef - pork - poultry in some oil, add the veggies and within 15 minutes you have a full meal with fast cooking rice. It's a great way to use left overs from other meals.

I bought some of those pans that look like mini meat loaf pans - they fit a 3 - 5 oz piece of meal. I can really downsize the roast type meals. Put a piece of browned pork roast in there with a couple slices of peach or apricot & a bit of water. I put baby carrots and fingerlings in with beef and some red wine/water. I look at combos of herbs in different recipes and put them together as a rub (so I know they go together).

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I like that idea. I feel silly asking, but is the brand of eggroll Chunky? Would they be in the frozen food section? I like meals that incorporate apple sauce, but you don't see many of them.


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emoticon emoticon I LOVE THE CHUNKY CHICKEN EGG ROLLS OR THE VEGETABLE EGG ROLLS ADD A POTATO AND A SALAD ! GREAT ALITTLE APPLESAUCE GOES GOOD WITH THAT TO ! THANK YOU FOR THIS DISCUSSION I WILL BE WATCHING FOR IDEAS !

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ADLINS, this sounds quick, easy, and tasty.

Yes, cooking for one makes for creative cooking. At first it was a chore, now I actually enjoy it.

Have a healthy Wednesday, team!

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Meal for one idea - lunch or dinner, but I fixed it for dinner.

Chicken Apple Sausage (1 link) and fingerling potatoes (1/2 cup, 2 potatoes, fingerlings are very small). Pan fried in a dab of butter. Took about 15 minutes; added the chicken when the potatoes were all but done as it was pre-cooked and just needed heating. I could have seasoned the potatoes, but honestly, the sausage did that.

As I was eating, I realized that veggies that grill well could also be added, so I'm contemplating which veggie to add next time. In fact, potatoes could be dropped all together and just do with veggies if that works for you.

If you're cooking for two, just double the ingredients.

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About three months ago, I gave up frozen dinners. Maybe it was sort of a personal challenge, but it's not an easy thing for a single woman. What I have learned since then, though, is that recipes aren't necessarily required. I don't consider myself a creative cook, but I am learning. This forum has been created for folks to share meal ideas, not recipes. Every so often, a message gets posted looking for lunch or dinner ideas. Well, what I'm learning is that a meal can be cooked for one and it doesn't necessarily have to be elaborate. So, this is the forum to share those ideas. It's not a what you ate thread, but rather I fixed this for one or two and it might work for others.



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