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GIGI-NICOLE SparkPoints: (11,450)
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10/26/12 11:07 A

I get home after 7:30 most weekday nights. I usually have some veggies (peppers, onions, and spinach) that I’ve sautéed over the weekend in the fridge. I’ll stick an egg that I’ve beat up (ha!) and seasoned with Mrs. Dash Fiesta (?) seasoning in a microwave safe bowl (after spraying with non-stick spray) in the microwave. I’ll ‘nuke it until it’s pretty dry, as that’s my taste. While that’s cooking, I’ll toast an English muffin. I’ll put some cheese, turkey (or whatever I have on hand), and the egg on the muffin and warm it until it’s completely warm. YUM!

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10/26/12 11:02 A

I know it's too late, but my fav late supper meals are:
1) Hummus and veggies on a wrap
2)Balsamic glazed chickpeas over steamed spinach

and when I'm really lazy:
3) A mashed up avocado on toast with a little salt and pepper.

BLBST36 Posts: 351
10/26/12 10:17 A

Thanks again for all the suggestions! I will definitely keep some of these in mind for next time!

For those that said to plan ahead in the future - I couldn't - that was the whole point of the post. I planned for being at home right after work. Since I slept in, this was no longer the plan. It happens. Life happens.

EEJAYBEE Posts: 261
10/25/12 2:58 P

Can't give you any specific ideas for today with what you've got in your cupboard, but tonight I came home late and had a smoked mackerel fillet (which is cold and vacuum packed, so keeps for ages), with some cherry tomatoes and some fresh spinach and couscous. Only took minutes to cook. Then I made a dressing/dip out of yoghurt and dijon mustard. Nice and filling and on the table in 10 minutes max!

IMELECTRIC SparkPoints: (14,798)
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10/25/12 12:09 P

I have an 1 hour commute to work and 1 hour home. This puts me home late. I use my crockpot alot in the winter and grill meat with steamed veggies in the summer. Sometimes I grill meat with cottage cheese.

ALTOROSE Posts: 13
10/25/12 11:20 A

My favorite I-have-no-time meal is creamed tuna on toast. Make a basic cream gravy (using skim milk instead of cream, obviously), mix in a can of tuna, add whatever seasonings you like and serve it over toast with a veggie or salad on the side. It takes maybe 10 minutes from start to finish, and it's almost no effort.

KANDOLAKER Posts: 1,902
10/25/12 9:14 A

Great post and question - and thanks for all the answers. Helped me too!

10/25/12 8:16 A

This is kind of cooking, but for quick meals, I typically have canned black beans, canned tomatoes with green chiles, salsa, and if I'm lucky, frozen corn, frozen chopped onions, and frozen pepper strips. I saute up the onions and pepper strips, throw in the rest with some taco seasoning (if I'm lucky!), or cumin/cayenne/garlic and serve it over rice/on top of lettuce/in a tortilla along with some cheese or sour cream. If I'm really lucky, I might have a frozen serving of the above recipe and just have to reheat it.

ORODEO73 Posts: 527
10/25/12 7:04 A

I know its too late, but in the future, I use a couple of go to items. Grilled ham and cheese ( lean and fatfree) with some grapes or an egg, two slices turkey bacon and toast.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (215,733)
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10/24/12 5:59 P

Have cottage cheese with chopped fruit and/or vegetables, bran buds for fibre, chopped walnuts and honey.

In future, pre-plan and make some extra servings of a casserole, so that you have something on hand.

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
10/24/12 5:58 P

Bowl of cereal

BLBST36 Posts: 351
10/24/12 5:34 P

Thanks for all the suggestions. While a chicken is a good idea, they are not out that late. I believe they make the last batch at 6pm - won't get there in time to get one.

I like the idea of a bean salad......if only I liked beans - lol.

Thanks anyways

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
10/24/12 3:40 P

Breakfast! Scramble some eggs (or whites) with some cheese and lunch meat or sausage or anything you have, if you have it. Have a pice of taost with some peanut butter with it. Done. You can also make an egg sandwich. Yum.

SHARA53 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/24/12 2:17 P

Do you like veggie burgers? They cook in a minute in the microwave. I add a half ounce of my favorite cheese, some reduced sugar kechup and throw some arugula on top. Served on a multigrain English muffin with a piece of fruit on the side it's a yummy and super easy meal.

You can sub out an egg or two for the veggie burger, but I like being able to have some cheese on my sandwich and the veggie burger is mostly protein.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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10/24/12 1:46 P

I'll second the rotisserie chicken idea. Plus, it'll leave leftovers for tomorrow night's dinner and then some too! You can even take the leftover meat off the bone and freeze it to use much later, maybe on another night when you're swamped.

Lately I've been liking the frozen Green Giant Seasoned Steamer vegetables for when I'm in a time crunch. They're super easy, you just throw in the microwave for 6 minutes. I've only tried the tuscan broccoli one, but I have the corn one and the mediterranean blend (zucchini and squash) in my freezer to try. Do one of those with the rotisserie chicken and you're actually set for 2 meals.

TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,067
10/24/12 1:30 P

ditto hawt, not to mention that greek yogurt is amazingly filling. I don't like it plain so I add a tbsp of peanut butter to make it edible.

WHITLA011 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/24/12 1:29 P

Good for you for planning ahead! There are plenty of quick & easy options.

Are there any rotisserie chickens you could pick up? Those are good for when you want a fast, easy dinner. You could pick up some veggies and a sweet potato (which can be microwaved--doesn't have quite the same texture but saves you about 30 minutes), and you'll have a complete dinner right at your fingertips! Most supermarkets also carry cooked shrimp, if you like that.

If you're looking for a quick and easy side salad, I LOVE broccoli slaw--a whole bag is only 100 calories, and there's no prep work required. It goes well with almost any dressing, but my favorite is Newman's Own Sesame Ginger.

If you're into the whole "breakfast for dinner" thing, you could make an omelet or scrambled eggs with almost no effort at all.

Good luck!

HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,813)
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10/24/12 1:24 P

Protein shake, bar or smoothie, eggs almost any way are superquick. Qunoa and oatmeal can be quick protein sources as are beans, chickpeas and canned fish. I'll have a can of smoked kippers and nuke my favourite frozen veg. mix topped with a bit of salsa and throw a whole grain of some sort and a glass of milk and you've got all your bases covered. Or you could make a quick bean salad with whatever dressing you have on hand along with some whole wheat pasta, brown rice or quinoa.

My favourite no-cook meal is a few organic corn tortilla chips with salsa and some dipping veggies with a greek yogurt or hummus dip. Don't forget about Greek yogurt. Great for so many things especially when you're looking for a no-cook protein option.

BLBST36 Posts: 351
10/24/12 12:39 P

Hey all,

I am going to the gym after work (because my butt was too lazy to get up this morning), so I won't be home until 7:30 at the earliest, so I know, I will want something quick that I don't have to do much effort for - bordering on none.

My gym is right next to a supermarket, so I can stop there for something.

The leftovers I have would be a repeat of lunch and I don't want the soup I have. I was going to get a frozen meal or make a sandwich, but NOTHING is looking appetizing.

A salad is out. I am having one for lunch and I don't have the elements prepared to throw one together. I also have no protein cooked and without that, a salad is useless to me. Picking up pre-cooked strips isn't an option. They give me the willies!! I don't like the texture.

Any suggestion? I could always throw together some pasta, but that is an absolute last resort.

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