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7/25/14 2:26 A

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I often have a really big salad for supper. Spinach or Romaine lettuce as a base. On top of that coloured peppers, celery, sliced zucchini, sliced cucumber, tomatoes, etc.

On top of that meat of some type, chicken pieces cut up, tuna that was packed in water, sometimes the flavoured type, and a fair bit of full fat dressing, often ranch dressing.

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7/24/14 11:35 A

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That is a good idea about the hamburger meat. I could do that and do a taco salad and what you said about the tomatoes.

I can eat that soup for most of the week but the next week I have to do something else. Sometimes, I fix the soup and a bowl of chicken salad and eat at different times during the week. Pretty good though!

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7/24/14 10:58 A

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I hear you about getting tired of eating the same thing over and over..... I sometimes don't have room in my freezer to put anything else, so I end up eating that same pot of stew, soup, casserole, etc, for 3 or 4 days.

I grew up in a large family and did most of the cooking in my teenage years as mom worked outside the home to help pay to feed us all.... I still don't know how to cook small amounts.....

I just bought some hamburger that was on sale for a decent price (for this area) I cooked it all and drained off the fat, then weighed out 8 ounce portions and froze them.... Now when I go to make something, even if it is just a can of tomatoes, I can add a bag (or portion thereof) of the cooked burger, heat it up and have an instant meal. Sometimes I will make meatballs and bake them before freezing, or add taco seasonings for an easy taco night. It cuts out a major prep step on a busy or late night.....

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7/24/14 8:49 A

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Thaks for all of the suggestions. I had already thought about doing some freezor meals. My big problem too is that I work all day on Saturday and Sunday evening is the only time I have to do housework and try and rest. It has been a big dilema (sp) for me. I have on occasion and I really do the best on this, is fix a big pot of vegetable soup and I can fall back on that for a meal. I love it but can get a little tired of it too! Thanks again for your help.

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7/24/14 12:41 A

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This may seem a little strange, but I worked in the same building as a man who always went home and ate the supper he had prepared the previous night just for that purpose. Then after eating, he cooked his dinner that he would eat the next night.

This way, he always had a full meal ready for him when he got home, all he had to do was heat it up in the microwave.

I personally did not like to do steak (pork chops, oven fried chicken, etc) this way, it always seemed dry to me when nuked, but most other meals, especially if it was casseroles or soups, stews, etc, works very well. Otherwise I needed gravy or sauces to moisten the meat, but you may not find that to be a problem. I just don't like all the extra calories and carbs from the gravy / sauces....

You will have to experiment to find which meals work best for you in this way....

And never think of it as leftovers, it is "planned overs" lol

Another thought along the same lines, is to spend one weekend a month and cook..... cook.... cook. Plan your menus, shop and then prepare and freeze all your evening meals for the entire month (for the nights you will be working late, at least)

Then each morning, take out one meal for that evening and put in the fridge. It will start to thaw but may still be slightly frozen but if warming in the microwave, you just add a minute or two to your heat times.

I once had a lot of TV trays (those old metal trays.....) and every Saturday I would make a different meal, (roast beef one week, turkey dinner the next, beef creole, even lasagna.) I used frozen veggies so that was a very simple step. The only thing I had to add was a fresh salad..... Added bonus, when you pre-portion your foods this way, you already know that each "dinner" has the right amount of carbs, fat and protein that fits right into your meal plan.

Definitely you will need to have a snack in the late afternoon - maybe even 2 snacks spaced out.. If you have lunch at noon, plan for a snack around 4 pm. This still gives you time to get home and eat by 8 so you are not going longer than 4 hours between meals....

And if you do the once a month cooking, you can relax after your evening meal without having to worry about making the next day's meal after you eat. It's Win, Win....

Good luck. Let us know how you solve your problem....

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wELCOME! Do you have a good breakfast which definitely has to have a protein? What about your lunch? What you would pack from home is better than eating out. Can you spread out your meals to 4 or 6 small feedings a day so your not loading up 3 times/day? Just some ideas. I see James has already given you some ideas about what to have when you get home.

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I manage my type 2 diabetes with food choices alone. I've done that for over 2 years now with 3 good A1c tests in that time.

Before that it was 9 years of pills. So I'm pretty sure I have good suggestions. So first of all avoid carb and sugar dense things. With few exceptions I don't buy/eat things that are more than 6% carbs by weight.

My evening snacks are:
- pork rinds (6% carbs)
- pork rinds with a little peanut butter
- cheese (1% carbs)
- cheese string snack with a slice of ham or salami around it (2% carbs)

And there you have the exception... Unsweetened peanut butter, 12% carbs.

Edited by: -JAMES- at: 7/23/2014 (16:11)
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7/23/14 9:58 A

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I am looking to lower my blood sugar. I have two part time jobs and don't get home until about 8:45. So I need some suggestions as to what would be good to eat so late at night!!!

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