Busy Busy girl here. Need things I don't have to cook :)

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Posted: 25 Jan 2010, 11:12
So I just joined this site and it's great! Congrats to everyone who is doing well on their goals

Ok, so I am a 28 year old female and basically my life is always insanely busy. I work all day and head to rehearsals in the evenings (I perform as an actress in professional theatre part time)so I NEVER have time to cook. Does anyone have suggestions for quick to go meals? On top of being busy, I also have high cholesterol (it's in my family) and acid reflux so my food choices are limited.

any suggestions?

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Posted: 25 Jan 2010, 12:05
It depends how much you can stand repetition. Im a busy 28 year old, I give about 15 minutes a day to preparing 2 meals and 2 snacks, and maybe another half an hour at most to dinner. I do a lot of "put lean meat (chicken, turkey, even pork) into the crock pot" and then split it up into multiple meals for me and my son's dad, flushed out with either vegetables that were in the crock pot as well, canned vegetables, or frozen vegetables. Breakfast is cereal, yogurt, and some chopped fruit mixed together, and lunch is a standard turkey sandwich, fruit, and ff cottage cheese or yogurt. If you buy all your fruit, and then take maybe half an hour on a sunday or something to chop it all up, then its instant fruit salad, fruit smoothie, fruit in yogurt, etc etc etc all week long. And once you mix up all the salad, its just scoop and throw on the plate.

However, as I said in the beginning, it depends how much you can stand repeating the same thing. In an average week, I cook maybe 2 or 3 different dinners, and every day tends to be a repeat until the leftovers are gone. I am a habit person, I can handle turkey every day, as long as I throw tuna or ham in once in a while. Some people can't.

Good luck either way. =)

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Posted: 25 Jan 2010, 13:56
Busy grad student here. When I really don't have time to prepare anything, I go for a can of Campbell's Chunky Soup Healthy Request. Healthy Request tastes the same, just has a little less sodium (but still high in sodium, so be careful). A whole can is only 250 calories or so.

I also eat a lot of cold-cut sandwiches. Nothing wrong with eating a sandwich for dinner. 2 slices of wheat bread is 100 calories and 6 slices of turkey is 50 calories (depending on which brand you buy).

Also, I buy frozen pre-cooked chicken tenders (choose carefully to avoid the really fatty ones) and warm them up to snack on or combine with a salad. The chicken tenders I buy are about 90 calories each. Watch out for the cholesterol in chicken.

Good luck!

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Posted: 25 Jan 2010, 16:01
Thanks for the suggestions...really appreciate it Smile

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Posted: 25 Jan 2010, 16:17
I spend all day on Sunday shopping and cooking. I make 6 lbs of ground turkey mixed with 2 cups of brown rice, 14 chicken breasts, 24 hard boiled eggs, chopping veggies for snacks and Im sure there is more. You just need to make the time.

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Posted: 25 Jan 2010, 17:32
Do you have a Trader Joes where you live? They have terrific pre-cooked frozen options that you could put into a tupperware and go, then heat it up when it's time to eat.

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Posted: 25 Jan 2010, 18:26
You could bake up some frozen chicken breasts on the weekend (great, cheap, easy source of lean protein) slice them up and use them in salads for the rest of the week for lunch or dinner. I love salad - I just keep adding things until there are enough calories Smile Salad dressing in a spray (wishbone makes a bunch) is the fastest and easy to get a controlled small portion.

cottage cheese and fruit or vegetables good for breakfast or lunch. Low fat cottage cheese if you care about fat content Smile

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