(Closed) I’m getting tired of Smart Ones, what are your go-to meals for one?

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

A make-your-own salad from any of the delis/sandwich shops that are all over the city–I load it up with tons of veggies, and don’t do any cheese or dressing.

A turkey sandiwhich on low carb, multigrain bread–only 1.5 slice of cheese and tons of lettuce, and some carrots or an apple on the side.

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The meal I make the most when I’m feeling especially lazy (which is pretty much every day of my life) is a  whole wheat tortilla with 1/4 cup full circle organic spaghetti sauce, shredded mozzarella, a little feta and broccoli (or tomatoes) on top.  I get everything together and stick it in the over for 17 minutes at 400 degrees.  I usually have that for dinner and for lunch I have a salad with mixed baby greens, 1 oz cubed pepperjack, 1/2 avocado, and one chopped tomato with 1-2 TBSP of Killer Salsa for salad dressing. If I want chicken I’ll have this: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Garlic-Chicken/Detail.aspx?src=etaf

Post # 5
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Honey bee

Are you OK with freezing stuff? In which case make one meal on Sunday and freeze portions of it so you can pull out individual portions over the next month or so. 

If you make a dinner, make enough to freeze some. Soon you will have a lot of choices.

 

Bake chickenis really versatile 

Bake a lot at once and then use many ways over the next few days 

add to an omelet 

dice and add tomato, onion, and bake on a corn tortilla (not fried) till crispy then add lettuce, cucumber, tiny bit of cheese and lime and salsa 

mix with red hot buffalo sauce and top on a salad for a buffalo chicken salad 

add to stir fries (buy the frozen mixed veggies for easy quick cooking) 

add 2 TB of BBQ sauce, slice and eat on top of whole wheat toast, lettuce and shredded cabbage for a BBQ sandwich 

make chicken salad using greek yogurt instead of mayo, try celery, red onion, salt, pepper and dill

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

you should go to jillian michaels’ website, she has some great, healthy meal ideas for one. When  I want something quick, I usually shred a cooked chicken breast, mix in some lime juice and hot sauce, throw it in a frying pan with corn, diced bell pepper, black beans, and salsa. Then I sprinkle it with cheese and wrap it in a wholewheat tortilla. It’s my favorite meal!

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

-Ground Turkey:  saute onions, garlic – add the turkey – cook it up and add misc spices to flavor it up (whatever sounds good to you: cumin, basil, oregano, thyme) and then throw in veggies:  spinach, carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, etc.   That can be my ‘base’ and then I’ll add whatever else I want as a side (but usually the veggies in it are enough).  I’ll also make that my lunch the next day – adding some sort of lettuce and chopped up tomato/avocado.  You can also add that to eggs in the morning for a scramble.

-Ground Beef:  same concept as before

-Steak:  throw on the grill – eat with some veggies.  Cut up any leftovers and make tacos or egg scramble

…do you see a pattern?  I’ll usually buy whatever protein source I am craving (fish is the hardest to transform into another meal for me), but then I’ll add veggies and have a super easy meal that’s healthy and affordable.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Maybe try some Amy’s or Kashi Frozen products for quick meals. Trader Joe’s also has some pretty good wraps and pre-made salads. You could also buy vegetables, cut them up the night before, and place in tupperware containers for a quick stirfry.

My go-to meal when I don’t have much time is an omelet. Just throw in some tomatoes, peppers, and a little cheese and heat up a couple of corn tortillas.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

I’m always a fan of tacos whether they be fish, ground turkey/chicken, or ground beef. When you buy the meat, split up the one pound package so that you won’t have a ton of leftover and only use a half of a seasoning packet. So yummy and quick too!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am obsessed with roasting vegetables – toss w/ olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, bake until crispy at 350-400 degrees.  You can throw a chicken breast or piece of fish in the middle of the pan and make some rice or a baked potato/sweet potato.

I like Amy’s soups when I’m lazy and it’s cold out.

Sautee an onion and some garlic with some curry or other spices, add a can of chickpeas and a can of crushed potatoes.  You could also use lentils or be really ambitious and use dried lentils (not that ambitious – they cook quickly).  It’s very tasty, but I consider it “single food” because my fiance doesn’t like it as much as I do.

Though I’ve also been known to heat a box of frozen vegetables and a boca burger, cover them both in tabasco and then eat a bowl of cereal.  That is definitely not allowed when  I’m cooking for two.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@KatNYC2011: I was just about to say Trader Joes! They are the best for this type of stuff. In the freezer section they have some great frozen meals (I really like the indian dishes). I also love the ravioli, and that’s super easy. Maybe also get some lunch meat, cheese, and tortillas to make yourself wraps. The tomato sauce at TJ’s is great too, throw that on some pasta and maybe mix in ground turkey for a healthy bolognese?

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