Preplanned meals?

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    Jun 05, 2011 2:58 PM GMT
    Any recommendations? And i mean more than the lean cuisines and smart ones.
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    Jun 05, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
    Mike,
    I have never tried them but I work with about 5 people who buy them online weekly...They like them and from what 2 of them said it sounds like you can specify what types(low carb, low sodium, etc...)...just google preplanned meals...I think it runs them between 10-20 a day and they deliver to your home/office
  • sloughwest

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    Jun 05, 2011 9:52 PM GMT
    Watch the salt contents though!
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    Jun 05, 2011 9:58 PM GMT
    I like to premake my meals sometimes.

    I like to do Tandoori chicken skewers with peppers onions and yellow squash. I cut up all chicken and veggies and cover them in Cumin, Saffron, Corriander, salt, pepper, tumeric, garlic and yogurt. Then I skewer them and leave them in the yogurt mixture for a day or 2. When I'm ready to cook they taste great. You can broil them in the oven for 12 minutes on 450 degrees.

    I also make some really good hamburger patties sometimes. I'll get 93% lean beef and mix it with sun dried tomatos, cilantro, green onions, mustard, and suracha. I leave it in the fridge for a couple days to absorb the flavors and then it tastes really great on the bbq!
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    Jun 05, 2011 11:20 PM GMT
    MikeInSLC saidAny recommendations? And i mean more than the lean cuisines and smart ones.

    Not sure if this is what you mean, but you may find such meals in your area through a Google search. To my experience many are pricey, though.

    I learned of them when I went to live with my father during his last six weeks at home, dying of both heart disease & cancer, unable to adequately care for myself, or go out much to eat. He wasn't eligible for any county senior citizen home programs, like "Meals On Wheels" or similar, because his income was too high, and he certainly wouldn't put up with MY cooking. (Nor would I -- LOL!) And he wasn't about to have a cook come in twice a day, liked his privacy too much.

    But I found one of these services and contracted for it. Now mind you, this was NOT hospital food, not just for the sick & elderly, not just special meals for those with unique diets, although obviously shut-ins & disabled were a big part of their business.

    No, they had a wide range of ordinary selections, which they claimed were balanced and developed by nutritionists to be healthy. So here's what the deal was:

    Each day in the late morning a delivery van would pull up to the house, and drop off 2 plain cardboard boxes, each about the size of a small cake box. Inside was lunch, usually still warm, ready to eat on covered paper plates, and dinner, which I'd refrigerate. I'd place the lunch items onto proper plates and set the table, and usually enhance them a little bit with the things & condiments we had, and make a nice presentation. I'd repeat it for dinner, rewarming things as needed.

    My father was delighted, said it was very good, and I was so happy, because he was a very demanding eater. I tried some myself, and it really was good.

    Every few days there'd be menus placed in the box for him to make his next series of selections, sorta like choosing your meals in the hospital. And he picked fish, and chicken, shrimp, meatloaf, mashed & baked potatoes, all kinds of vegetables, pies for desert, he just had a blast, more like being at a restaurant than at home. His menu wasn't restricted at that point (no longer any use), more important he just eat a lot to keep his energy up and avoid losing weight, although we did ask for low-salt choices, which they offered.

    So not sure this info will be any good to you in Salt Lake, and it was a monthly contract as I recall. But maybe helpful for others here, and their family members.
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    Jun 06, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    bpguru saidI like to premake my meals sometimes.

    I like to do Tandoori chicken skewers with peppers onions and yellow squash. I cut up all chicken and veggies and cover them in Cumin, Saffron, Corriander, salt, pepper, tumeric, garlic and yogurt. Then I skewer them and leave them in the yogurt mixture for a day or 2. When I'm ready to cook they taste great. You can broil them in the oven for 12 minutes on 450 degrees.

    I also make some really good hamburger patties sometimes. I'll get 93% lean beef and mix it with sun dried tomatos, cilantro, green onions, mustard, and suracha. I leave it in the fridge for a couple days to absorb the flavors and then it tastes really great on the bbq!


    It's amazing how much better cooking at home tastes and how much better it is for you. I love curry spice soup.
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    Jul 13, 2011 7:03 AM GMT
    Choose diet meals that fit into your lifestyle. When making your meal plan, make sure to include at least 2 cups of fruit, 2 1/2 cups of vegetables, 3 oz.-equivalents of whole grains and about 3 cups of low-fat milk or other dairy food. It's best to spread out these foods throughout the day to ensure maximum vitamin and nutrient absorption in the body.

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