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10/2/10 7:34 P

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Well, Monday's lunch is frozen.

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9/19/10 8:35 A

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15 minutes seems doable.

I also like your idea of taking something out of the freezer in the night before and putting in the fridge to defrost.

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9/16/10 1:05 A

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It is a 5x9 inch pan that I heat up, I think, and this is really thinking, that it is about 15 minutes in my microwave. I do about 5 minutes at a time and keep checking. I will have to keep track the next time I microwave something.

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It is a 5x9 inch pan that I heat up, I think, and this is really thinking, that it is about 15 minutes in my microwave. I do about 5 minutes at a time and keep checking. I will have to keep track the next time I microwave something.

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9/11/10 5:29 P

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So when you pop it out and put it in a glass dish and microwave it, how long does that take?

(For how many portions? With a microwave, usually the more food you have, the longer it takes.)

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9/11/10 4:57 P

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LOL, I forget sometimes that people work later than me, I get off work at 3:30 and am home in minutes. The re-heat is from a frozen solid state, but if you were to plan ahead then you could put it in the frig the night before and it would take less time from a de-frosted state. Probably about 45 minutes. I never plan ahead so I wouldn't know how long. I have also popped them out and put them into glass dish and into the microwave when we don't have enough time to wait for it to come out of the oven.

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1 1/2 hours!

So if I get home at 7, I would have to wait until 8:30 to eat supper!

No wonder I prefer just to leave the food in the fridge and microwave it a day or two later!

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9/11/10 2:19 P

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Sometimes the easiest way to cook ahead is to cook twice the amount when you do want to cook, then freeze the leftovers.

I forgot to add when I do heat up the food I put into foil pans I put them in a 400 F oven for 1 1/2 hours.

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9/11/10 9:50 A

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PS - I need discipline too. We probably all do . That's why we are here! emoticon

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9/11/10 9:48 A

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I generally bring leftovers from the night before to work for lunch the next day.

However, I have some favorite alternatives. We stock cans of tuna when they are on sale. If we have no leftovers, I will use tuna as my protein and come up with some sort of tuna salad for lunch.

I also try and keep at least one can of soup or pasta and perhaps a can of veggies at work for the days I actually forget my lunch. It does not happen often, but it does happen! There is a grocery store not far from work, but some days I can not even go to the store, so I really need to keep some food at work.

I often but bring more fruit or yogurt than I need at the beginning of the week and leave some in the fridge for later on in the week too.

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9/10/10 9:31 P

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I must admit, my biggest problem with planning ahead is laziness. That is why I waste so much money when I try to do healthy eating.

Instead of cooking healthy meals and freezing them, I always want to do the Lean Cuisine and frozen, convenience meals. These are OK for a break at work, but they are breaking the bank to eat like that every day.

I need discipline!!!!! emoticon

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9/4/10 5:02 P

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A butcher near me, sells ground beef cheaper if you buy 10 pounds at a time. However, he actually put in 10 baggies of about 1 pound each for me at no extra charge! I love that. I guess it would be better if I did it myself and vacuum sealed it, but I love the convenience of letting him do it.

We are cooking double more and more. We don't always freeze the food for future use. Often we just leave it in the fridge to be eaten the next day. On these hot days, we really enjoy not using the oven every day. Tonight we will be having leftover fish and green beans from earlier in the week, and leftover panzanella from lunch.

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8/29/10 4:22 P

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I've tried planning ahead and it didn't work for me. My week was a little crazy or some such - and food kept getting pushed around or not made.
I do, however, like to purchase some things in bulk and freeze it. I have a food saver vacuum sealer that I love! It helps keep the items longer in the freezer. I prefer to go to Costco (A wholesale club) and get meat in bulk to split into smaller portions for cooking, then seal them and freeze them for later use.

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8/28/10 11:35 P

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HI, I just joined. I have been making meals ahead when I can. I lucked out I have a garden and things come out it sometimes almost faster that I can make plans for it.

Making freezer meals helps out because I work as a cook and this year hubby is going to university, so I won't have him to fall back on when I come home and not wanting to cook again, I will be able to come home throw a couple pans of food in the oven and relax.

I bought foil pans (5x9") with lids from the restaurant supply store, for very cheap, I have used over 100 of these this past year.

Any leftover from meals head straight to our freezer in bags or Rubbermaid containers for a multi-meal night. I just pull out a bunch of things and heat them up. Even the kids pack up the food and put it in the freezer when they are done eating.

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8/27/10 8:57 P

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This week we froze tomato sauce. We did it less to save time, than to save money. We were afraid that our tomatoes would go bad before we could eat them all!

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8/13/10 1:37 A

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I froze some vegetable soup this week.

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Great idea on freezing your own meals and having different choices for 2. My husband loves spaghetti and has finally found a sauce that he likes with his twist. We have frozen enough for 3 meals, but he could eat it every night. I enjoy casseroles or beef stew type food, particularly from Fall-Spring. If we cooked ahead a variety like that, we would both be satisfied. Mine could be healthier and veggie loaded, his can be whatever he chooses.

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8/4/10 8:12 P

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Ever come home and want something good and quick like a frozen pizza?

That happens to me, and I often have frozen pizzas in the freezer where one quarter of the pizza is 200 calories. One quarter of the pizza and a salad makes a great supper.

I can eat half a pizza for 400 calories! (Although the other option is better.)

I'm thinking I need to make some of my own frozen dinners that I can store in the pizza for the days I come home from work and there's nothing ready, and perhaps I'm even the only one home for supper that day.

(Or if there are two of us and we want different things, maybe we could each take a selection and heat it up!)

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I can identify with Carla too.

Even when I have good intentions of trying a new recipe or just getting into cooking, I'll buy the all the ingredients, and never cook the meal. More food wasted.

I guess discipline is more my problem. I don't want to "have" to eat what needs to be eaten, I want what I have a taste for then. And hopefully that coincides with at least some ingredients already in the frige.

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8/3/10 8:55 P

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It's always sad when food goes to waste. I must admit it happens at my house too. Partly because my husband buys so much food that is marked down for fast sale because it is already reaching the end of its shelf life!

I don't mind the grapes at all. Some of the food he buys I really don't want to eat even the day he buys it. However, generally the food is good if you eat it that day, just not several days later.

My biggest problem with cooking ahead is not that the food will go to the dogs.
It's that my kids and my hubby won't wait for the next meal to polish it off!

Mind you, if I pack it in containers and hide in the back of the fridge, sometimes that works. If I tell people not to eat it, it works better. If I specify why they can't eat it, it helps even more.

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"...I used to plan my meals and buy groceries around those plans, but by Wednesday, all plans were forgotten."

I can so identify with that! It has happened to me. I try and write down my plans, but sometimes I lose the paper. Even if I don't, sometimes the plans don't work out for other reasons.

Fortunately my husband is pretty good about using leftover, forgotten veggies and making a soup.

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Hi Everyone...

I used to plan my meals and buy groceries around those plans, but by Wednesday, all plans were forgotten. So now I don't even bother. And I'm cooking for one, so often, I don't cook! I sometimes just see whats around and throw it all together. Usually it doesn't taste very good! LOL

My biggest problem is buying groceries with the intention of making something with them, but I usually don't. So now, I have a dying eggplant, cauliflower (which I hate) and some sad looking romaine lettuce in my fridge. They'll be thrown out. I hate doing that.

When I do make something, I'll make it in bigger batches and freeze a few servings for days when I don't feel like cooking or when I don't have funds for buying groceries that day.
What I have to learn is to skim my budget on my groceries and utilize what I buy in a better manner.


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My largest pitfall is that I don't enjoy cooking and we eat differently. Hard to cook ahead for both.

My next is that I'm disorganized and don't plan well enough to utilize fresh foods prior to expiration.

But, we do buy frozen foods like chicken breasts, salmon, veggies, turkey burgers, turkey sausages, fruits in bulk at Sam's and fresh poultry or beef too that we can divide and freeze. Oh, and alot of canned soups, mushrooms and tuna too. We can still save money and work with these items to make it what either of us desire. These foods are quick and flexible, and simple.

Mostly my plan is last minute, so this works well and we still have a sensible, simple, quick meal. When I do plan ahead, I can add fresh veggies, salad, muchrooms, peppers, etc.

When we do cook extra to eat more than 2x, it is generally wasted and goes to the dogs.

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8/3/10 1:00 P

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Planning our meals ahead of time makes a lot of sense. We can plan our grocery lists, get good buys, make sure food doesn't go to waste, and plan sensible meals.

Cooking ahead can save us time and energy!
Do you do it?
Does it work for you?
What are some of the problems and pitfalls?
How do you solve them?

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