No time to cook

  • rndale

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    Sep 20, 2010 5:41 AM GMT
    I have no time to cook. So is it possible to have a good diet off frozen foods, fruits and vegetables?

    Basically a diet for those who don't have time to diet. Any advice?
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    Sep 20, 2010 11:58 AM GMT
    i think it really depends on what "frozen foods" means... that category seems full of potential problems, but healthier options do exist. can you cook eggs? do you have a crock pot? toaster oven?

    i would also question how healthy it is to have "no time." i know i need time to eat, to stop and savor something warm and sustaining at least once a day, just for the mental benefits.
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    Sep 20, 2010 12:02 PM GMT

    Oh man, I know how this is. But here's the thing... I hear people say things like "wow you must sacrifice a lot of time to go to the gym so often." I chuckle, because they don't know the half of it. The other half is in the kitchen. Staying healthy and fit means sacrificing time for working out AND for eating properly. Both are major time commitments, but too often the kitchen part is overlooked.

    If you're serious, you'll make the time.

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    Sep 20, 2010 12:34 PM GMT
    rndale saidI have no time to cook. So is it possible to have a good diet off frozen foods, fruits and vegetables?

    Basically a diet for those who don't have time to diet. Any advice?


    You've kinda asked a really DUMB question ( i mean this in a nice way) but read what you've written... "possible to have a good diet off frozen foods, fruits and vege's"

    fruit is healthy and so are vege's- question answered! icon_razz.gif

    but seriously there are HEAPS of frozen things that are good to eat.... Frozen vege's are often of better nutritional value compared to fresh ones anyway .. this is because they should be snap frozen soon after pickingand retain more nutrients. Frozen berries and options similar to this are always good too, I love food to much not to make time for it but im certain there will be heaps of fruits and vege's that will suit your needs! go to your super market and have a good look through the frozen section, its full of surprises!
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    Sep 20, 2010 12:42 PM GMT
    In my opinion, frozen meals are very unhealthy. They often have way too many additives and salt....plus recent tests have revealed that they vary quite a bit on calorie and fat content.

    I know people who cook all of their meals on Sunday and individually freeze them, thus creating healthier frozen meals.

    There are many meals you can make in 20 minutes or less. You could cook chicken breast and make healthy chicken salad sandwiches out of it. You could make a salad and put tuna, or chicken, on top of it.

    You can make egg white breakfast sandwiches on whole wheat toast or bagels - I cook the eggs in the microwave and add a little lean protein and cheese.

    You can make a protein shake in the blender.

    When I worked in an office I would bring my food in in the morning and cook my breakfast in the microwave and assemble my lunch (sandwich or salad).

    It's not as hard as you think it is, but you have to be committed.
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    Sep 20, 2010 1:22 PM GMT
    Don't frozen dinners usually take about 5-10 minutes to cook? I know they are bad for you due to the preservatives and sodium.

    Crockpot = you don't have to be there. Even if you just cook chicken breast (like I do in it) you can cook something in the skillet with it deboned in 5-10 minutes after it's done.

    Meatballs? ground meat, mix with 2 eggwhites and 1 yolk (3 eggs), 1 1/2 cup oatmeal, taco seasoning. You will be done in mixing it up in a few minutes. Cook it for 20 minutes at 350 while you watch tv or take a shower. Put some rice to cook also. Got a meal.

    There are healthy meal recipes out there do not take that long. Here I did a google search for you: http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&q=short+time+healthy+recipes&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=6f32b8af52b7e0b8

    In short. There is always time to cook. Make a lot and eat off of it for days so you aren't in the kitchen as much.
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    Sep 20, 2010 2:19 PM GMT
    Invisible_Guy saidDon't frozen dinners usually take about 5-10 minutes to cook? I know they are bad for you due to the preservatives and sodium.

    Crockpot = you don't have to be there. Even if you just cook chicken breast (like I do in it) you can cook something in the skillet with it deboned in 5-10 minutes after it's done.

    Meatballs? ground meat, mix with 2 eggwhites and 1 yolk (3 eggs), 1 1/2 cup oatmeal, taco seasoning. You will be done in mixing it up in a few minutes. Cook it for 20 minutes at 350 while you watch tv or take a shower. Put some rice to cook also. Got a meal.

    There are healthy meal recipes out there do not take that long. Here I did a google search for you: http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&q=short+time+healthy+recipes&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=6f32b8af52b7e0b8

    In short. There is always time to cook. Make a lot and eat off of it for days so you aren't in the kitchen as much.


    Good suggestions - I always make more food than I need and freeze some of it so I can have it when I don't feel like cooking. For example, if I make pasta sauce I make A LOT of it and freeze the rest. I also make a lot of soups in the winter and they can be used for several meals.
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    Sep 20, 2010 2:56 PM GMT
    Invisible_Guy said Meatballs? ground meat, mix with 2 eggwhites and 1 yolk (3 eggs), 1 1/2 cup oatmeal, taco seasoning. You will be done in mixing it up in a few minutes. Cook it for 20 minutes at 350 while you watch tv or take a shower. Put some rice to cook also. Got a meal.

    In short. There is always time to cook. Make a lot and eat off of it for days so you aren't in the kitchen as much.

    I agree! Cooking is NOT that hard or time consuming. I had a friend for dinner and we had pouched salmon, red roasted rosemary potatoes and sauteed spinach and he was amazed at how quickly it was prepared.

    Also, when fixing chicken breast or salmon slices, make enough for several meals. It will keep and then you can have dinner, then put it on a bed of spinach leaves with a non-fat Italian dressing and have another meal the next night and if enough, make a sandwich with the rest. 3 meals, one cooking!

    I've also read that frozen fruits and veggies are often healthier than fresh. Definitely stay away from traditional frozen dinners (ie: TV dinners).
  • monstapex

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    Sep 20, 2010 4:16 PM GMT
    try the no cook bodybuilding diet

    http://recipemania.wordpress.com/2008/02/09/the-no-cook-bodybuilding-diet/
  • metta

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    Sep 20, 2010 5:23 PM GMT
    I don't have time to cook either...but I have a really nice friend (who is also a rj member) that cooks for me most of the time. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 20, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
    If you can spare 10 - 15 minutes, then you have time to cook. Frozen dinners are fine for once in a while. But they should not be the staple of your diet.
  • Kortaliano

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    Sep 20, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    What I did was take time out 1 night a week for prep (usually Sunday night).

    All I did was precook some things, repackage others, then split it up into days.
    I would put Wed-Sun entrees in the freezer and leave Monday and Tuesday in the fridge.

    Every night, I would put the next day's meals in order in the fridge and I would know exactly what I was having and when. Then I could just pop open a bag/ziplock container and cook what I was having quickly.

    The benefit was that everything was chopped and ready. I could get home, pop open a container and dump it into a pan. 5 minutes later: instant stir-fry chicken. I would have already cooked the rice, so it just needed to be heated in the microwave. TA-DA!

    Planning and getting everything ready is the key. It saves you time for the rest of your week and you don't have to worry about what you'll eat for the entire week.

    Since my meals were all interchangeable, if something came up like a special dinner or date, I could just move the Friday night meal to Saturday night and leave the Saturday night in the freezer for the next week.

    That's what I used to do anyways...
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    Sep 20, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    But all you need is 30 minutes... it's that easy...

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  • jperfit

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    Sep 20, 2010 11:22 PM GMT
    buy a copy of "cook this not that" many quick, healthy recipes, i only have 1 day to make my meals so I pre make and freeze for the week this way I can pull out as needed, works well:

    http://www.cookthisnotthatbook.com/uof/cookthisnotthatbook/ps/index.html
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    Sep 20, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    rndale saidI have no time to cook. So is it possible to have a good diet off frozen foods, fruits and vegetables?

    Basically a diet for those who don't have time to diet. Any advice?



    You should come over here..I just made a fresh pot of roasted garlic and butternut squash soup today (from scratch)...kinda fall-like here in North Idaho...

    Seriously though...you should check out Sandra Lee's recipes on FoodNetwork.com....her stuff is super easy...goto the grocery store..throw the stuff together and Viola...gourmet dinner in no time...
  • HankFit247

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    Sep 20, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    It's all about thinking ahead and planning. You have plenty of ideas already posted above.

    A keep a case of Muscle Milk, cans of V8, along with bags of Almonds and Pecans on hand both in my office and at home.

    I've I'm really pressed for time, 5 eggs over easy in EVOO and a tall glass of skim milk. 43 grams of protein.
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    Sep 20, 2010 11:40 PM GMT
    rndale saidI have no time to cook. So is it possible to have a good diet off frozen foods, fruits and vegetables?

    Basically a diet for those who don't have time to diet. Any advice?


    Dude...I'm probably in the same boat you are in. When the school year gets in to full swing the last thing on my mind is cooking during most weeks; however, eating out is almost always a death sentence for me b/c it usually transcends the boundaries of my budget and I never know exactly what the cooks put in the food I order.

    Here's what I do (besides depend heavily on my mom's benevolence): Cook ALOT...enough to last you for weeks...when you DO have the time. Take one or two days and make different meals. Portion out all of your meals and then freeze it.

    That's what I am doing now and will probably do when I enter the hospital next year.

    Best of luck!
  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Sep 20, 2010 11:45 PM GMT
    I follow a similar routine to what Kortaliano does. I'll spend a good part of Saturday afternoon making meals for the week. They will go in Tupperware containers and I'll have enough for lunch and dinner throughout the week.

    As others have mentioned, and I will second here: a Crock Pot is a must and any (or all) of the Rachel Ray cookbooks will help you out. If you are really pressed for time, but want to eat well, any of the frozen bagged meals (like the Contessa brand) are great in a pinch. A large pan is all that is needed as you pop the contents into the pan and cook until heated through.
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    Sep 20, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    Frozen chicken breast, Frozen salmon, Veggies, those work great too...i grill chicken and veggies, or salmon and veggies a lot....its like a 20 mins recipe...Try it out!
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    Sep 21, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    Really?

    Try this: Turn your oven on to 350. Grab a baking dish, spray it with cooking spray. Put 1/4 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup water, and a few table spoons of salsa in the pan. Mix this up. Put a raw chicken breast on top. Cover with foil. Put in now heated oven, and walk away for about an hour. Go do home work, chores, take a shower, what ever.

    Come back, take it out of the oven, and presto... dinner.

    If you're spending more than 15 minutes cooking a simple meal for yourself, you don't belong in a kitchen. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 21, 2010 12:11 AM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidReally?

    Try this: Turn your oven on to 350. Grab a baking dish, spray it with cooking spray. Put 1/4 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup water, and a few table spoons of salsa in the pan. Mix this up. Put a raw chicken breast on top. Cover with foil. Put in now heated oven, and walk away for about an hour. Go do home work, chores, take a shower, what ever.

    Come back, take it out of the oven, and presto... dinner.

    If you're spending more than 15 minutes cooking a simple meal for yourself, you don't belong in a kitchen. icon_smile.gif



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    Sep 21, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    It's 2010. Any serious commitment to fitness requires a minimum level of dedication to fitness to control what you eat at home.

    There is the internet to search for good, solid nutrition information, most health plans offer some free nutrition consultant consultation, and you can spare the time with grandma to learn how to steam or grill or chop something. Do a little research and education yourself and then figure out what you can make in the time you have.

    A life change involving eating mostly healthy foods prepared at home is the only way fitness works. You can burn yourself out every day at a gym and do no good if you don't take control over what you put into your body.

    Most people have more time set aside for their farm on Facebook than they do their eating. You make priorities work for things worthwhile.
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    Sep 21, 2010 6:37 AM GMT
    rndale saidI have no time to cook. So is it possible to have a good diet off frozen foods, fruits and vegetables?

    Basically a diet for those who don't have time to diet. Any advice?


    Bull shit
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    Sep 21, 2010 6:38 AM GMT
    laguy777 saidi know its cheating but i eat lean cuisine or healthy choice tv dinners w a ton of frozen vegs piled on top since theyre small. if I need a protein boost add some canned tuna or a couple scrambled eggs. its super ez & fast and gets the job done. works for me


    I'm sorry, but that sounds repulsive.
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    Sep 21, 2010 6:53 AM GMT
    Cook on Sunday for Mon and Tues and then cook on Weds for Thurs and Fri... o yeah also Wedsicon_razz.gif