I recently started making my own frozen lunches. I add all the ingredients to a freezer bag and then pull it out at lunch and microwave it. Now more pricey, flavorless frozen entrees for me! One of my favorites: Shredded chicken, black beans, salsa, and fat free cheese.
Other ideas - Tilapia, garbanzo beans, couscous seasoned with oregano. After microwaving top with feta cheese and cucumbers. Ground beef or turkey, kidney beans, diced tomatoes seasoned with chili powder and cumin. Shrimp, broccoli and brown rice served with soy sauce.
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I pack my lunch to take to work every day. I have my mini frozen meals in the freezer. They are really just leftovers from the nutritious meals I have cooked at home. This week I ate fiesta soup, black beans & rice and lasagna casserole. I pack some veggies, a piece of fruit, and a treat to go with my entree. The treat could be a few animal crackers or a cup of low cal pudding, etc. Usually about 350-450 calories for lunch for me.
I have an insulated lunch bag and the frozen entree keeps the rest of my lunch cold til noon.
I'm all about "Fast" food! Every Sunday I shop, and then spend about 2 hours preparing foods for the week. From BBQing chicken tenders and petit sirloins (freeze in portions and label so I don't have to weigh anything) to hardboiling a dozen eggs for snacks and quick protein, cutting broccoli and cauliflour in meal size portions, cooking/freezing portions of barley, brown rice, making my lunches for the week in ziploc "to go" paks - make possible nutritious "fast" food build your own meals!!!
Great Family Meal ideas: 1. Build Your Own (BYO) salads, use the sliced chicken or eggs for protein 2. BYO Stir fry - PAM in skillet with one of your whole grains with some soy sauce, fresh peppers and onions or other veggies, and some sliced steak or chicken 3. BYO "Rice Bowl" with leftovers
Carpool to stores, shop around for best prices, then cook/prepare your lunches/meals for the next week. I often ride with others when they make a grocery run, giving me a chance to compare prices & save on gas. I only get 1 - 2 things due to lower prices. Later I go to my regular store.
At home, I start making lunches/dinners. I reuse frozen food trays and make my own microwave dinners. Example, 1 pan of lasagna makes 12 servings, I make12 pancakes eat 2 & freeze the rest - breakfast for another day. Since I don't cook often, this saves me a bundle. Plus I control the ingredients!
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