Do you have a kitchen or cooking secret that saves time, calories or clean up?
Silicone muffin pans -- regular, mini, or individual -- are GREAT for freezing servings of gravy, rice, beans, BBQ, or anything else. Unlike regular plastic ice cube trays, nothing sticks! Once you've frozen whatever you're freezing, pop them into a labeled (and dated!) plastic freezer baggie.
Make sure everything you eat is measured or weighed...especially if you are new at cooking healthy portions. What we think looks like one cup or 4 oz might be surprising! Measuring everything keeps you on track with nutrition and portions!
serve 3 vegetable per meal, except 1 for breakfast. 1 raw per meal
I usually take a big mixed salad to work for my lunch break; iceberg and other lettuces are cheap and low in calories. To spice it all up I add sesame or sunflower seeds, some veggies or fruit like pineapple, cantaloupe. For a dressing I go with oil & vinegar, walnut-, sesame-, or pumpkinseedoil.
Every Sunday night I like to make a list of all the stuff I will eat for the next 7 days by browsing spark receipes and staying within budget I go to the store with an exact list of everything I need, I dont stray from the list which helps me avoid buying unhealthy fooda that I dont need.
I've discovered that because I live single that buying one item of meat from my butcher saves me from over spending/waste/ and overeating. You'd be surprised how much easier it is to by one servering if ur single living over a whole pack you may throw out!
When I buy 3-5 pounds of ground beef I cook it in large pot with onions and seasonings. Cool. Divide in freezer bags. Unthaw in microwave and it is ready for quick casserole or crockpot meal.
On tacos, garnishing chilis and soups (borscht) - you can't tell the difference on these! Try it and see what you think, we love it!
This may seem like a no brainer, but it saves me a ton of time. When I make my breakfast in the morning, I prepare two servings of oatmeal. I eat one and put the other in the fridge for the next morning. Saves me some time which I always seem to be short of as I am rushing to work in the morning
I have a horrible sweet tooth at night so what I have done to fulfill this & keep my calorie low is buy Quaker chocolate rice cakes, add 2 tbl of lite cool whip, nutmeg & cinnamon & drizzle a small bit of honey on top! this is a perfect snack for me that does not equal a lot of calories.