Meal Planning for Lazy People

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I'm not one for planning. I'm disorganized and late for everything. (Sorry, World). It's not that I'm not "good" at it. (I'm not, but that's not the point.) It's that I am also one of those Procrastinator types. (My bad again, World.) I realize this is a problem.

One thing I am pretty good at is being Lazy. I have been called Queen Lazy (I prefer Her Royal Highness Queen Lazy if you must know). Sometimes being lazy is a bad thing, but I prefer to think of it as making things as easy as humanly possible.

One of the things I do to stay lazy is I cook with a lot of frozen vegetables. Even when those same vegetables are in season. Listen, I do not have time to be preparing those fresh veggies (ok maybe I do, not the point!). But let me tell you, I tried for a long long time to be a person that cooks with a lot of fresh veggies. I do eat more fresh veggies than most people I know but I know a lot of college students. Lots of times my fresh veggies go bad. I have pretty much stopped buying fresh broccoli at this point.

Frozen stuff I stick to? Just about anything followed by "stir fry". Broccoli stir fry. Sugar snap stir fry, etc. Store brand, unless I'm going organic or there's a miraculous sale. Easy peasy "side*", throw it in a wok with some non stick spray, italian seasoning, pepper, whatever seasoning you like.

**As of late I've been out of salsa (I keep forgetting to buy it. List? Ha!) so I have been enjoying my veggie "side" with grated parmesan. Same calories as salsa, low sodium, lots of zing.**

I also am a fan of prepared frozen fish fillets. They're more expensive than I like (isn't everything) but my other options is what, prepare it myself? I'd rather find sales and/or coupons. Maybe one day I will learn to cook fish but today is not that day.

So yeah, lots of frozen food.

But lots of fresh food too. You can be Lazy and still enjoy fresh food, just not the stuff you have to do much prep for. I'm a fan of cucumbers and baby spinach (pre washed, duh!), celery, berries and apples. I prefer anything that can be wash-n-go. It takes motivation to want to do a bunch of cutting things up. I have that sometimes but like I said, Lazy.

Combo frozen and fresh food is great. Add spinach to frozen berry smoothies and you become lord of the freggies.

I make sure I have plenty of this stuff on hand so meals can be whipped together quickly and with little effort. Because surfing the net takes time and dedication.

Queen Lazy
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    I am with you all the way! I simply do not like to cook.
    I buy bags of frozen fruits and vegetables. They are cheaper & easier.
    Compared to what is available fresh especially this time of year, I am sure they are more nutritious.
    Breakfast: Smoothie made of frozen fruit mixed with Slim-Fast high protein in Magic Bullet.........Tastes like soft serve
    Try cherries with chocolate SF; mangoes with vanilla SF; peaches with vanilla SF;
    strawberries with chocolate SF; If you have an aversion to SF, then use protein powder and water (or skimmed milk). (Note: I only buy the SF when it is on sale)
    Lunch: Salad of chopped romaine lettuce with defrosted bag of mixed veggies
    (I found a fiesta blend with broccoli, carrots, green beans, kidney beans)
    Top with salsa
    Like your idea of stir-fry. Soup might work. How 'bout topping some sort of pasta?

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    I agree with some of the other comments, I just read an article in TIME magazine praising frozen veggies! I always thought fresh was the way to go. Glad I was proven wrong.
    3121 days ago
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    I like the way you think!! Thank you for sharing!!! I need to get me a wok!!
    3121 days ago
  • MARTY728
    emoticon Queen!
    3122 days ago
    I am also a queen of procrastination - and if I write a list inevitably leave it at home anyway.... Great to read of others
    3122 days ago
    You may be lazy, but you're doing better than we are!
    3123 days ago
    Nothing wrong with frozen food provided it's the basic version. It's the canned stuff we need to avoid.
    3123 days ago
    Not a bad idea thanks for sharing
    3123 days ago
    frozen veges are supposed to have more nutrients than fresh. Something about they get frozen right after picking where fresh get packed and shipped and may not hit your store for several days after picking. Keep it up, you're doing good.
    3123 days ago
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