I have been thinking about things to do to make life easier through the week. We all complain how short on time we are. I do it and there is just me. I can’t even imagine people with kids! Trying to feed others healthy food? OMG! What a chore that must be! But after talking to a friend recently and combining her concerns with some of my own, I have come up with some ideas to help with the weekly food issues. This might help bring some healthier options to the table rather than running through the drive-thru.
- Make a breakfast casserole on your time off so that you can just reheat in the mornings and have something ready. Or you can take it with you and reheat at work. This is much better for you than a bacon-egg-cheese-biscuit from a fast food place!
- Make a batch of oatmeal for a few days. You can make it ahead of time and put it in serving-size containers and just snag one as you’re heading out the door. Oatmeal is cheap and filling! And you control the flavors. You can also cook it in the crockpot if you’d like.
- On your time off, go ahead and make a big pot of rice. Rice is easy to reheat and it goes with so many dishes. If you cook a protein and throw some frozen veggies in the microwave and add the warmed up rice to it, you have an easy dinner.
- Make a double pot of chili! Chili is not only good in a bowl, but it is good topping things. Top a potato, rice, corn chips, salad with some chili! It’s a good, cheap, and pretty low-calorie way to go. If you want, you can freeze individual servings of chili or you can store it in the fridge and eat on it all week.
- Make soup and let that keep you warm! One of my favorites is my infamous vegetable beef soup. It is low in calories and is so satisfying. I don’t mind eating this a lot during the week. I like it with cornbread or crackers. It’s easy to reheat and can be eaten with the leftover rice as well if you want to add some starch to make it hardier.
- Why not make a big batch of spaghetti? If you don’t want to eat it all week, freeze it. You can easily reheat it. But if you make it yourself, you have control over what is going in it and the calorie count. I love reheated spaghetti. You can also bake it the second night with some topped cheese.
- I also like to keep a 5 lb. bag of potatoes in the kitchen. Potatoes are good roasted or baked and are good topped with other things. They’re very filling.
- Another idea is to make sure to keep some things on hand that are easy to use and might help make a quick meal. I like to keep frozen pearl onions in my freezer because they help add flavor to things such as beans. I also like to keep frozen corn and broccoli in the freezer. It’s just me so I can eat whatever, but if you’re hunting for a side veggie, most people can handle some whole kernel corn. I also like to keep some canned beans in the cabinets. I can use those on their own, flavored with the onions, or I can add them to soups or chilis and such.
These are all low-calorie foods and are pretty easy and tasty.
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