Post # 1
Fiance is going to be back and forth to London for the next 3-5 months and is gone for weeks at a time.
For the first week I’ve been having frozen dinners most nights (if I don’t have plans with friends). These are fine, but they aren’t the most exciting.
What are your low cost, healthy, go to meals for one?
I don’t love eating the same thing night after night, so making a larger meal and parsing it out through the week isn’t the most appealing to me.
I also don’t have a lot of time or energy usually when I get home, so I’d love something that’s quick and easy to prepare.
Some of my go-tos in the past have been:
Baked potato w/ broccoli & tofu cream cheese
Chicken breast prepared with some sort of seasoning and oven fries
Ordering Take Out (bad for me and expensive)
Lean Cuisine/Smart Ones frozen meals (fine, but not the most satisfying and really high in sodium).
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
@hilsy85: I LOVE those salads! I just hate how expensive they get.
I’ll have to get some deli meat and stock up on that. I should also get some soups.
@Meealissa: That sounds REALLY good. Pretty much your own personal pizza. The garlic chicken sounds really good (and really easy) too!
Post # 7
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
-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
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
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
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 # 12
Wow you guys are great! Thanks!
I’ll have to stop by trader joe’s as I know they have some great stuff.
It is not unheard of for me to have a bowl of cereal for dinner from time to time.
I love the roasted veggie idea, and I have worked with dry lentils before (we have a TON in our kitchen).
Hmm… there really is a lot I can do. I’ll check out jillian’s site as well.
Thanks! Keep the ideas coming!
Post # 13
@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?