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6/18/09 1:27 P

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Hi

Sorry if someone has already mentioned this and i have missed it because its so late and way past my bedtime. I can relate to you my partner doesn't cook either. It does get very tiring.

I make a big bowel of soup once a month and freeze it in portion size packages. I also make a big batch of spagetti bolognase sauce and freeze it. Then you know you just have to microwave the sauce and throw on some healthier pasta or mung bean noodles if you can't eat wheat. It has saved me many times especially if i am in a hurry to go to work. Whatever you make, make enough for at least four people that way you always have an extra meal in the freeza. Sometimes even slow cookers are hard to organise if time is of the essence in the morning.

But i still think the fastest meal is meat cooked and vegies microwaved (e.g. cubed sweet potato, and other vegies). If the hubby is fussy ...he sounds like my partner the types of foods he likes, you can use the spagetti mince and add some chilli, beans and then make a mexican meal...all you would have to do is throw on the tacos in the oven and shred some lettuce and grate some cheese.

If you are having rice you can also freeze make bigger batches and freeze it in portion size. Saves you having to wait 30 minutes for it to cook too.

What else..? Just know its worth it planning ahead or making double when you get a chance. I still struggle.

When my partner was away and i was exhausted as you all i would have would be 2 boiled eggs, a cup of tea and bed...so i really know what you are going through.

Sorry this is so long its 3:30am and im a bit groggy.

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6/16/09 9:03 A

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I bought a crock pot and plan to cook about 3 meals a week in it. I can turn it on low and let it slowly cook for 6-8 hours and then it smells so good my boyfriend will keep sneaking in and stirring because it smells good.

There are tons of easy stuff to make in there. Healthy chili's and chicken dishes and stews. Take a peek at sparkrecipes.com They can offer you healthy options and you still use the ones that area fast and easy. I've also found that if I prep the food before leaving for work and cook enough for two meals that I can work less.

good luck.

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6/15/09 1:17 P

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Hi, LOLO87!

I work full-time, during the day, and then go to school part-time, at night, so I know how frustrating it can be to find the energy to make a healthy dinner at 8:00 at night. Considering that youíre also cooking for a picky eater, I have a few suggestions:

1. Make your own pizzas. Buy a boboli crust (they now have a whole wheat thin crust), or use pitas to make individual pizzas. Think outside of the traditional pizza toppings, too. Two of my favorite ways to top homemade pizzas are with taco ingredients and Asian food ingredients. For a taco pizza, I use salsa instead of a tomato sauce, cubed or shredded chicken breast (you can find prepackaged, cubed chicken in the prepackaged lunch meats section; or shred up part of a store-bought rotisserie chicken), half a can of black beans (make sure to rinse in a strainer, first), low-fat shredded cheese, and chopped green onion. For a Thai-inspired pizza, I use a store-bought Thai peanut sauce, cubed or shredded chicken, a bag of fresh (not frozen) stir-fry veggies, and low-fat shredded cheese. If these toppings arenít your taste, try searching online for alternative pizza toppings. Serve with a side salad.

2. Make wraps. I usually buy flatbread wraps (which you can find in the bakery or deli section of most grocery stores), but Iíve also used soft tortillas. Spread a low-fat flavored cream cheese (like chive & onion) or another spreadable cheese (like Laughing Cow) on the wrap/tortilla. Then, pile on deli meat and fresh veggies. My favorite wrap: light chive & onion cream cheese, shaved roast beef, romaine lettuce, and green peppers. Serve with a small bowl of broth-based soup (not cream-based soup).

3. Try a frozen skillet meal. They typically include pasta, meat, veggies, and sauce. Birds Eye Voila! Seems to be the lowest in fat/calories, and I can usually get it for under $5. You can find these in the freezer section of your grocery store, next to the frozen vegetables. My personal favorites are Pasta Primavera with Chicken and Chicken Stir-Fry.

4. Eat out a couple of weeknights, and cook dinner on the weekends. Just because youíre trying to eat more healthfully doesnít mean that you canít eat out, including fast food. There are healthy options on the menus of most restaurants. However, do your homework before you go to the restaurant. Most chain restaurants have the nutritional info on their websites. I just recently found out that there are a couple of dishes under 500 calories at one of my favorite burrito places. I thought that I would have to give up going there, but I just had to try different menu items.

5. I totally agree with an earlier poster, who said cook meals on the weekend and refrigerate/freeze them for a weeknight! When itís late on a weeknight, even cooking spaghetti can feel like a chore. So cook a meal, or two, on the weekend. Since itís only you and your husband, and most recipes serve 4, you can probably get two meals out of one dish.


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6/15/09 12:58 P

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Frozen fish has saved me so many times when I didn't know what to make and I was feeling lazy and hungry. I don't really like the prepackaged frozen fish (like Highliner etc) because I find the taste can be a little off, so approximately once a month I go to the grocery store and stock up on several fillets of rainbow trout, catfish and salmon. I bring them home and freeze them in ziploc bags (just so they're not touching and don't get stuck together). Then all you have to do is put the oven on 350-400 and pop the fillet in for about 25-30 minutes. I'll usually sprinkle a little pepper and dried herbs on top or just smear dijon mustard all over it just before throwing it in the oven. Rice can be made easily in the rice cooker or on the stove.

Generally I like to not have to focus on meat. If I make it it's often a similar baking from frozen-minimal effort kind of deal. I'd rather use the time while it's cooking to make myself fresh veggies, because they really are tastier and more nutritious. I think it's helped me enjoy veggies in a way I never used to when I was always eating frozen stuff (which has its place, don't get me wrong)... but it was still something to just choke down before getting to the good stuff :)

I don't know if you are okay with vegetarian meals, my boyfriend and I have both lost a bunch of weight and one of the changes I made was just opting to make more veggie meals. The way to make it more palatable for me was to get rid of the "meat, starch, vegetable" mindset of separating foods and just eating more "bowl foods" with everything lumped together. I would often saute a bunch of vegetables mixed together in one pan and make a grain (like buckwheat, brown rice, or quinoa)in another (or in the rice cooker). Once the grain was done, I dumped it in with the veggies and some hot chili sauce and feta cheese and ate it out of a big bowl. It's really very satisfying. Other things that can be made fairly quickly that take out meat are pasta sauces and curries like dal. When I make dal I just fry up a little olive oil, onion, and whatever veggies I want to put in it like radishes or spinach or cauliflower and then dump in chicken broth and lentils and let it simmer until absorbed (about 20-30 minutes). It's quick and you can eat it over barley or rice (or even on it's own really).

I know you're getting hung up on the chopping and stuff, so maybe what would work for you is what I started doing with fruit. As soon as i buy a bunch I'll wash it and chop it and put it in the fridge in bowls. That way when I look in the fridge I don't see a whole pineapple or unwashed grapes in a bag I don't want to contend with when I just want a quick snack. I see a bowl of diced melon or washed and chopped strawberries I can just grab right away. I could see doing something like that with 4 or 5 different veggies and being set for the week... you could even steam them on top of a pot you're cooking rice in.

Veggies are also more fun when you get out of the mindset of only having ONE with a meal. Mix carrots with peppers and radishes or corn and black beans and they will suddenly get a lot more interesting.

I hope some of this is helpful... I struggle with the same thing, and because putting some time into cooking really is necessary when you want to start eating more nutritious and less processed food it can't be avoided completely.

I know several other people have mentioned it already, but a slow cooker is really, really nice for just coming home to a ready meal. When I'm feeling lazy I'll throw in a frozen chunk of pot roast and a couple sweet potatoes (not even peeled, just cut in half) and 6-8 hours later I'm eating a tender piece of meat that took literally no effort.

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6/15/09 9:58 A

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I have gone form a size 22-24 to a size 16. It is not easy and took me a while. However, you have to do it for your your health above all. I recently came to a plateau and decided that i needed additional help so....

I joined Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and the professors there give you the encouragement to change your bad habits into good habits. To try, try, try again.

If you can find positive people to encourage you to do better it helps. May be a Curves or weight watchers to start off with it really does help to speak with people in your same situation or people that have been through it to encourage you.

YOU CAN DO IT!

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6/14/09 3:32 P

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How much time do you have the weekends? Could you make up meals on the weekends and than all your husband would need to do is heat it up? It would be alot of work. :\ Have you talked to your husband about how you want to change your eating habits to be healthier? Would he be willing to try new things? If not, maybe cook dinner once and a while? Like maybe you could get him to make a pasta dinner once a week? Have you guys tried fahitas? They are fairly easy to make, considerably healthy and fast! :) Have you checked on here for new recipes? Maybe there would be something on there that your husband would be willing to try to make.. you know it could be a new adventure for him too! :) Well.. I hope this help and good luck!

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6/14/09 3:00 P

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Boca Burgers are always good if you're in a hurry. I like to spread a wedge of light laughing cow swiss cheese, and add a cup of spinach on the side

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DAM_CHICK_27's Photo DAM_CHICK_27 Posts: 25
6/13/09 8:43 P

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I buy all of my veggies already chopped and frozen, the sodium content with them is minimal, easy to maintain, and no peeling, or chopping needed. Not to mention wont go bad in your crisper. All veggies can be steamed in the microwave, just put in a safe bowl and cover with a lid or cling wrap, make sure it is lying and vented rather than sealed, you shouldnt need more than two tbsp water in the bowl for proper steaming, and it takes about 10 mins on high. I buy most of meats frozen too, just pull out your portiona dn put in the fridge the night before, keeps baking time minimal.

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1/6/09 8:25 P

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Thank you for all your help!

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Ditto on the slow cooker. That was going to be my recommendation. Boys can even figure out how to use them. They're pretty cheap if you get a basic model with no digital read out. They even make frozen slow cooker meals now, but I've never had one & I don't know how good they are for you.

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1/3/09 7:56 P

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Could you pre-cook pasta and chicken. If you get a stock of both you could use different sauces with them for some variety, but as long as you just have to warm the stuff up, it shouldn't take long. I think it was on SparkRecipes that I saw a recipe for an easy quick pizza. The recipe used flour tortillas for a quick thin crust. Then you can basically put whatever you want on it, pepperoni, veggies, red or green sauce... That said, quesadillas are quick and easy. Use low-fat cheese and make a pico de gallo ahead of time?!

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1/3/09 6:21 P

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Maybe you should consider investing in a crock pot...I love mine! There might be some New Year sales this weekend on them. Nothing like coming home to a house that smells of goodness and your dinner is ready and waiting for you!

Have you ever tried a rotisserie chicken (already cooked) from the grocery store? Could your husband pick something like that up? (you would prob. want to avoid the skin...but they're super yummy) and maybe put it with some frozen, microwaveable veggies?

Low cal/low sodium soups are good and simple too... (if he could make a grilled cheese...my b/f loves a hearty soup and a grilled cheese!)

And I don't know if you or your husband are interested, but there are some really good frozen entrees out there these days....if my b/f is going to have one, he prefers the oven setting. It takes a lot longer to cook, but he swears it is worth it.

Just some suggestions. Good luck!


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1/3/09 6:10 P

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And I don't have a crock pot. Not right now at least.

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1/3/09 5:43 P

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I just need some fresh advice on SUPER fast recipes. Here is my dilemma. I commute from a very time consuming job everyday, and I am the only one who makes dinner for my husband I. He occasionally puts in a frozen pizza for us. But If we are going to make something, I am usually the one who makes it... but by the time I get home, all I want to do is curl up in bed with some tea, I dont want to stand in the kitchen making and putting together a huge meal for just the two of us.

What are the fastest things you can think of to make. I'm 22 years old. I get home at 9 pm and I don't have time to peel corn husks and chop up 3 onions, and 4 tomatoes, or start a steam cooker, etc etc etc. nor do I have the best kitchen for intense meals.

I'm all about pre packaged things too. If you have found any pre-packaged things that are somewhat healthy and not completely processed that is also great! Pretty much give me any ideas you can?!

And one more thing... my husband is EXTREMELY picky. He likes pasta, burgers, chicken, and pizza. So I also need things that can accommodate his taste as well. I'm sure each and every one of us has to accommodate picky eaters somewhere along the way, The recipes or ideas don't necessarily have to be those exact things, but maybe recipes or ideas that are easily modifiable to his tastes as well.

I however, love everything under the sun (except broccoli and peas)

Good luck. AND THANK YOU!!!!!
PLEASE HELP!
I want to eat in more.

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