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#206337 - 08/02/10 03:07 PM Mealing planning, a never-ending battle
Di Offline
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Registered: 11/15/05
Posts: 2798
Loc: NM, transplant from NJ
Every day we wonder "what do we eat tonight?" I get so tired of thinking about what to make/eat.

Anyone else feel this way? It gets so old. Sometimes we just eat Ramen Noodles or cereal. After working all day on our business, food is the last thing in my mind. And to "plan" is not a luxury anymore.

We also make beans, refry them, spaghetti, sandwiches. My George Forman grill sure is a blessing!

Looking for quick ideas from ya'll!

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#206339 - 08/02/10 04:43 PM Re: Mealing planning, a never-ending battle [Re: Di]
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Loc: Arizona
Wish I could help, but we run out of ideas, too. Sometimes we have breakfast for dinner; sometimes something simple like beans and franks; depends on what my partner feels like cooking.
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#206341 - 08/02/10 05:18 PM Re: Mealing planning, a never-ending battle [Re: yonuh]
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Registered: 02/17/05
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Loc: New York State
Meal planning is real bummer, and more difficult if your hubby is a finicky eater. He like few veggies. I like things he won't eat. So it gets boring, trying to come up with new ideas. I eat out more than he does, generally lunch. That's when I order what I don't fix at home. I like beef liver, lobster, sauerkraut, green beans, and beets, he doesn't.


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#206342 - 08/02/10 06:09 PM Re: Mealing planning, a never-ending battle [Re: jabber]
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All in the same meal??
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#206346 - 08/02/10 11:56 PM Re: Mealing planning, a never-ending battle [Re: yonuh]
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Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 3675
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
My suggestions may seem radical, but not really.

For supper:

1. Scrambled eggs /egg substitute or egg whites. Throw in some chopped onion, garlic, diced veggies...voila an omelet for supper. Just why does North America think it needs to be for breakfast or brunch? The rest of the world doesn't think so. Healthy protein for supper also.

2. Do you have an electric rice cooker? A small one is not expensive. Wash rice and put in some water with rice. Plug in and let it cook. Shuts off by itself when done.

When rice is half way done, throw in a scrambled egg. Well, yes the rice gets all messed in there. So what? Have FUN, this is Asian style.

Or marinate some fine small slices of beef or chicken ( 1 inch pieces ) in tablespoon or less of soy sauce, jot of oil and dusting of flour. Stir. marinate for 15 min. When rice starts to boil, throw in meat. cooking rice and steam cooks meat.

3. For any veggie or meat consomme soup that you reheat, stir in a whipped up egg. It will cook up instantly with hot soup. Just cook for 2-3 min. on hot stove. Put in spinach leaves. Veggie soup. Done. Spinach does not take long to cook (5 min.) if you don't eat it raw.

4. use pita bread instead of regular bread for sandwiches. I'm sure you do wraps also.

5. I also suggest dry light Asian or Italian thin linguine to boil. They don't take as long to cook.

Yes we do sandwiches, salads. Which he tends to make them, since he creates some great tasting stuff. Our type of sandwich would be on a sliced baguette with sliced tomatoes, fresh brie or mozarella bococinni cheese with fresh basil. Drizzled with touch of oil and balsamic vinegar. It's delicious.
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#206352 - 08/03/10 12:48 PM Re: Mealing planning, a never-ending battle [Re: orchid]
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Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 4434
Loc: Minneapolis Minnesota
A George Foreman makes great Paninis. I had a cheese and tomato yesterday grilled. Try mixing up the cheese - Gouda melts beautifully and tastes great with pesto, too. Avocado is also a great addition to a cheese panini.

I buy a roasted (or broasted) chicken once in a while and use the meat for salads. Any lettuce you enjoy, plus chicken, berries if you have them around and a light dressing is tasty. I used to think the roasted chickens were bad for you, but I have recently heard as long as you remove the skin, they are fine.

I also love lentils - Amy makes great lentil soups. I love the Dal in the freezer section, but I have found packaged lentils that are terrific. (I'd make them in the winter)

Lastly, I am also a fan of orchid's tomato sandwich, with brie or another very soft cheese and lots of basil. It's very refreshing and easy.
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#206356 - 08/03/10 05:50 PM Re: Mealing planning, a never-ending battle [Re: Anno]
Dotsie Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
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Loc: Maryland
This is fun. I love hearing what others are eating. Again, the topic of food always gets my attention.

We eat mostly salads and fresh fruit this time of year. We mix up the types of lettuce, and use all kinds of veggies with occasional chicken too. Also switch up the lite salad dressings. In addition to typical salads, I'll make Caesar salad, spinach salad with bacon and hard boiled eggs, feta cheese, etc. Yum. I'll also add mandarin oranges, apples, grapes. I use all kinds of cheeses too. Crunched up pita chips instead of croutons is tasty too.

I'll also make steamed shrimp with a salad, or BLTs during the summer. I rarely use the oven because it heats up the house too much during the summer.

I don't make pasta often because hubby and duaghter are diabetics, but cold pasta salads are yummy too.

And then there's grilling!
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#206393 - 08/04/10 12:31 PM Re: Mealing planning, a never-ending battle [Re: Dotsie]
jabber Offline
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Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 10031
Loc: New York State
yonah,
No. Not in the same meal. I was talking about things I eat but
WB will not eat. So when I go to a restaurant, I like to order
what I don't fix at home.

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#206394 - 08/04/10 12:32 PM Re: Mealing planning, a never-ending battle [Re: jabber]
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Registered: 02/17/05
Posts: 10031
Loc: New York State
I like this time of year, because of the grilling option.
Many dinners are prepared on the grill this time of year.

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#206402 - 08/04/10 01:06 PM Re: Mealing planning, a never-ending battle [Re: jabber]
Anno Offline
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Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 4434
Loc: Minneapolis Minnesota
We bought the smallest Weber gas grill last year, perfect for our deck. We used it 5 or 6 times until the fire marshal said take it off the deck. A few of our neighbors still are grilling on the decks, but I am too chicken to break the law, and too cheap for the $500 fine!
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