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MMGEIER Posts: 82
7/24/12 12:52 P

Thanks for all the great suggestions. I have just began the "one item meal" plan. Breakfast is whole grain english muffin, egg, 1 slice cheese, lunch - salad with fruit & nuts, dinner is either soup or another salad. if hungry in between only fruit and veggies allowed. So far so good.

KENDALL68 Posts: 72
3/13/12 7:24 A

I agree with the slow cooker recommendations. Take a beef chuck roast, onion, low sodium broth, and 1/4c red wine vinegar and a can of diced chilis and cook until tender and shred. Or some boneless chicken breast or thighs with a container of salsa.

You will have meat you can make into tacos, put on salad or even serve with a starch and vegetables.

DONNARAEJ SparkPoints: (11,809)
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3/12/12 8:48 P

Today for lunch I had a WASA cracker (they are big), hummus, grape tomatoes sprayed with olive oil, and a green smoothie made of spinach, banana, protein powder, almond milk, vanilla, and ice. I usually eat assembled meals during the day -- meaning I can go to the fridge and pull out some stuff to eat without cooking. Something like this might work for you, just assemble the items in a bag the night before. I like the suggestion of the wraps. I can't stand salads but if I wrap it in a tortilla it's a gourmet treat. :)

M_SGIRL SparkPoints: (1,655)
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3/9/12 11:11 A

I second the use of a slow cooker. You can walk in the door to a hot & hearty meal, then pack up leftovers in single servings to grab "on the go" as you walk back out the door. Soups, stews, proteins, steel cut oats - all work wonderfully.

You can also choose to to make high fiber spinach wraps filled with meat & low fat cheeses in lieu of sandwiches. Or wrap chopped turkey breast and veggies in large romaine leaves - always a crisp and fresh alternative.



BARBIE333 SparkPoints: (783)
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3/8/12 9:58 P

I have some disabilities also and for easy cooking I have better luck with the slow cooker. Just toss in stuff and let it sit on low all day long and when your back toss it in the fridge. I'm sure you could get it set up to go during the weekend while you are doing other things. You can make roast with veggies, soup, chilli, stew, whatever recipe you can find. Put it in containers, toss in freezer and let thaw the day before you take it to work.

HEALTHYJ29 SparkPoints: (3,246)
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3/8/12 4:05 A

Sandwiches such as turkey,nut butter,tuna packs. Then you can switch the carbs with wraps,whole grain bread etc. Cottage cheese,string cheese,yogurt,hummus,nuts,veggies,fruits.

ILOVEJIM851991 SparkPoints: (97,122)
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3/7/12 4:41 P

I tend to use whatever leftovers I have from the night before.

MMGEIER Posts: 82
3/7/12 12:52 P

I'm getting discouraged as I work two jobs and have a disability or two. I'm out the door at 7-7:30 a.m. and home by 9-9:30 p.m. I'm looking for meals that I can pack the night before and just grab meal bag on the way out. I normally pack hardboiled egg, Special K meal bar, frozen fruit and package of oatmeal. Looking for other foods I can put in my bag for a variety. If available I put in an orange, celery and carrots. Weekends I try to cook soup to freeze but by the time I get cleaning, laundry, etc. done I'm exhausted. Thank you for any suggestions you have.

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