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2/10/13 12:05 P

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All very good tips. I like the snack bag to go also. And for those of us that don't get enough veggies .....remember V/8. And for those of us that are in the "senior" catagory. There is low sodium V/8 juice. I find it at the 99c store & it's easy to grab & go!

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What wound did ever heal but by degrees?
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5/17/10 7:51 P

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For a few months, my girlfriend and I were cooking together. We just alternated weeks taking turns doing the planning and shopping for four meals. Then we got together on Saturday and worked together to do all the preparation. It not only cut my planning and shopping time in half, it was a lot more efficient doing all the prep at once. That way, we might chop 5 onions to be used in 3 recipes instead of chopping them 3 separate times. The challenge was finding recipes that both families would like and that would "save" well since they were being made ahead.

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5/10/10 7:27 P

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Slow cookers are wonderful! I also like to prepare casseroles the night before or morning of and just pop them in the oven when I get home from work. I also pack my lunch the night before so that I can't use "the morning rush" as an excuse to eat out.

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4/16/10 10:45 A

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I like to put snacks like almonds, raisins, walnuts, cranberries into small snack baggies. That way when I'm wanting a snack, I just grab that. I also grab them on the way out of the house.. Great healthy snack to go so you don't get too hungry. Feed that metabolism during the day. The fire will keep burning.

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3/21/10 9:37 P

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One of my favorite ways to save time is when I using the slow cooker to make my chili soup. I put everything together in the slow cooker the night before I'm planning on eating it. Then I put it on low over night to let it cook while I sleep. Then the next day I either portion it out for lunch before I go to work (when I had a job) or I have it ready to eat as I get hungry. Since I'm the only one in my house that eats it, it will last me several days. And, I can put some in the freezer for another day.

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3/15/10 9:14 A

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I love all the ideas already posted. I spend an hour or two on the weekends (whenever I can squeeze it in, usually on Sunday afternoon chopping, peeling, planning my weekly menus, make a couple of lunches and maybe some soup or a big salad to be ready for the week.

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1/28/09 9:30 A

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making a big dinner and saving some portion for lunch next day sounds good. will surely try it.

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1/28/09 7:53 A

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I also like to prepare things the night b-4, I get my coffee ready to go on auto, then by the time I am showered it's ready, then I have a small breakfast. I usually cook in large quantities so I have food in small containers which I can reheat quickly.

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1/27/09 6:35 P

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I don't know if this one's really a time saver, but it's what I do so that I'm able to squeeze breakfast in in the morning.

At night I prepare my coffee maker for my morning cup -with the sugar already in with the mix so all i have to do is poor & add milk once it's done.

When I wake up I press the ON button before going into the bathroom. The smell of it brewing helps wake me up. Then as I walk around getting ready I pop a bagel in to the toaster... by the time the buzzer goes off I'm dressed, so I add the spread. I finish getting ready and eat my bagel and drink my coffee on the way to work!

The bagel's whole grain.
The spread is 1/3 less fat and I use a measuring spoon to scoop it out.
The coffee only contains one TSP of sugar and less than 1/4 cup of milk.

Not too bad.

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1/27/09 1:33 P

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I am a big fan of making enough for leftovers. 90% of the time it's just me and my bf eating so I'll make a recipe for 4 or even 6 depending on what it is so that way we'll have leftovers ready to go for a quick meal.
I also try to plan out at least 3 or 4 dinners per week before i go grocery shopping that way i make sure I have everything I need, and I can plan the quicker recipes for days I may be working later.
And for those days where I just don't feel like cooking, I do sometimes keep some lean cuisines in the fridge so that we don't go out.

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1/27/09 11:52 A

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My roommate and I are both cooking in more now, so we will make lunch for the next day from our dinner before we eat and it works out good that way, no leftovers sitting around tempting us to eat more. We are also using the smaller plates to eat off of. When we shop we will buy the frozen veggies in single serving bags and just pop them in the microwave-quick and easy.

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1/27/09 10:55 A

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I'm eating somewhat differently than my family right now, so I make big batches and portion them out in serving size containers. I've discovered with the healthy food already made the kids will often grab one of my meals instead of making something less healthy for a snack. They're getting more vegetables that way.

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

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1/26/09 9:34 P

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I'm trying to plan a head and get everything I need at the store in one trip. SP has been good for me as I have started to cook more meals from 'scratch'; which is very different for me. I'm also trying to eat a lot more protein.

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1/26/09 8:19 P

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Very good tips.

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1/26/09 5:43 P

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I guess I watch Rachel Ray as I go to the store and
buy my Veggies and when I get home, I wash them and
get them ready to eat. That way, when I want them,
they are clean and bite size.
I make a big Salad on Sunday, put it in the 3qt.
glass pitcher with plastic lid from Pamperd Chef and
I have salad ready to go for lunch. Easy and quick.

When I cook dinner, I usually fix extra so I have
lunch next day or leftover next evening.

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1/26/09 3:09 P

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If I dont plan ahead my punishment is slimfast. I dont stress myself out about whats for dinner. I make my daughter what she wants and I get slimfast.

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1/26/09 1:38 P

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Plan ahead! Just taking a couple seconds each night after dinner to think about what I'll make the next night means that things will be defrosting, or in the crock pot, or whatever BEFORE it's dinnertime.

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1/26/09 1:34 P

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I make and freeze or can soups. chillis and such for quick go to meals. I do big batch cooking and freeze.
I can beans and meats for meals that are quick .

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1/26/09 1:25 P

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One of my biggest excuses for eating out (I'm sure some of you agree) is the lack of time.
So let's post some healthy time savers in this thread that will help encourage us to cook in more often.

* Buy frozen fruits & veggies that are pre-chopped and ready to go.

* When making dinner make a double portion and separate it out as soon as it finishes cooking, then freeze for another night or refrigerate for lunch the next day.

* Separate portions of fruit, veggies, protein, and salad greens -even dressing! so that when you're ready to go to work you can just grab and go. The different combination possibilities keep it from getting boring.

anyone else?

Edited by: MOON.DUST. at: 1/26/2009 (13:25)
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