Frozen entrées

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 14, 2009 5:30 PM GMT
    For the past couple weeks, I've been taking lean cuisine, healthy choice or smart ones entrées with me to work in the morning. I find that they don't fill me up and contain a bit more salt than I care to ingest. I also need something sweet to go with it like a coffee cake, sort of defeating the point. What do you guys eat for lunch?? I've thought about salads, but lately when I eat lettuce, I have a bit of the choking sensation in my throat. Strange I know...

    Sometimes I bring an avocado or a pear with me to work, but secretly I crave some chicken sandwich from Wendy's with a large fry to go with it. What should I be eating? And how do I make the good habits stick?
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 15, 2009 1:35 AM GMT
    It's not that hard to eat right at work. It just takes some discipline. And some minor prep time.

    Buy boneless/skinless chicken breasts. Spend Sunday night grilling them or baking them. Put each breast in a Gladware container. Put it in the fridge.

    The night before, you can cook rice or some pasta. Put it in a container and then in the fridge. Next morning, grab a chicken breast container and grab a container with your rice or pasta. Put it in a small cooler with an ice pack. When it's lunch time, just thrown them in the microwave for a minute or two. Enjoy.

    I'd recommend cooking the chicken without any crazy seasonings or marinade, to help control the salt intake. I just bake mine in the oven with some Mrs Dash sprinkled on top. Keep it simple. There are lots of easy recipes out there for portable food, in case you want more flavor for your meals.

    You should probably also bring something to snack on for breakfast and for mid-afternoon. Not coffee cake, though. icon_lol.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 15, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    Xrichx is right. Eating 'right' at work just takes some planning and minor prep time.

    Here's what you could do:


    For your protein, thaw 6 chicken breasts. Season to taste with Trader Joe's Poultry Grill & Boil, Trader Joe's Sea Salt, Trader Joe's 4 Pepper Savory Blend, and olive oil. Marinade over night. Broil in oven. Store in fridge. Take what you need to work.

    For your carbs, boil some pasta. Toss it in pesto sauce. Store in fridge. Take what you need to work.

    For your veggies, steam some broccoli/spinach. Bag broccoli florets and steam in microwave at work. Saute spinach in the morning and warm in microwave at work.


  • May 15, 2009 2:13 AM GMT
    I am really still new to trying to prepare healthier dishes...

    But lately I have been making some and freezing them in ziploc freezer bags and ... microwaving them....

    For just one example:
    I made Orzo with chicken broth...
    Cut up chicken breast and cook with olive oil...
    Also added a lot of bell pepper and onion...
    And I love spice so I spice it up...

    =======

    I added up all the calories and then divided by how many bags I put it in...
    while I am still learning about other options what I had tasted great...
    And as I go I will keep trying healthier Options...

    =======

    As for cooking... I left it in the bag but opened it a bit and
    microwaved for 5 min

    I am a server and do not always want to cook when I get home
    so... this has worked pretty good for me so far... kind of like a one
    cook day and freeze it... heat it when you need it...

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 15, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    Feeling Great Menu - Your Guide to a Healthier Way of Eating

    Welcome to the Feeling Great Menu - your guide to a Healthier Way of Eating. Because we believe that eating healthier affects how you feel, how much energy you have and how healthy you are we have created the Feeling Great Menu to make it easy for you to enjoy an entire week of outstanding meals made from the most nutritious foods - The World's Healthiest Foods. Follow the Feeling Great Menu for just one week and you will get all the nutrition you need for the least number of calories; it's ideal for weight control. It is not an expensive, time-consuming program or meal plan; it is not a diet but a Healthier Way of Eating.


    Feeling Great Menu provides everything you need for breakfast lunch, dinner and snacks

    Our Feeling Great Menu helps you enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks made from the most nutritious foods - The World's Healthiest Foods - that are combined into quick and easy interesting and exciting recipes. These include outstanding fish, chicken, lean meat, vegetarian, soup and salad recipes. There are recipes for healthy breakfasts and even healthy dessert recipes! Most of these delicious recipes can be prepared in 15-30 minutes or less, while the snacks rarely require any preparation at all and are designed to fit into your busy lifestyle."

    http://whfoods.org/new7day.php
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 15, 2009 6:26 AM GMT
    Don't bring fish or seafood meals to work.

    Unless you hate your co-workers.

    icon_lol.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 15, 2009 6:48 AM GMT
    As I have not reached the requisite 1000 posts yet, I will have to ask one of you who has to thank Caslon for the link to World's Healthiest Foods. The recipes look great and I've been tired of eating the same old damn thing over and over and over....
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 17, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    Some great resources. I'm making some improvements. Last night around 2 I had a craving for pizza but I just drove there, left and ate trail mix instead. Maybe that's a lil weird idk.. icon_smile.gif

    Also been bringing canned soups and fresh fruits with me. My next step is more prepared meals. Tonight I'll cook some chicken, refrigerate it and have it be part of my lunch tomorrow. So much cheaper than the $7/pop lunches I used to get at Wendy's and the mouth drying highly processed frozen foods I would bring with me.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 18, 2009 2:56 AM GMT
    I prepare all of my meals. It really isn't as hard as it sounds. You can save more money doing it also. After a while your cravings for fast food will go away. You may try to figure out how to make it yourself which may actually tell you how unhealthy/healthy it is.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 21, 2009 11:41 AM GMT
    It's been about one week since I consumed a frozen lunch or dinner. The cravings are starting to go away and I would much rather have food that has not been processed so much. Getting a bit more used to making my own meals.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 30, 2009 3:47 AM GMT
    I stopped eating frozen meals and my weight went from 197 to 205. Gotta get back on track.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    May 31, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    realmac saidFor the past couple weeks, I've been taking lean cuisine, healthy choice or smart ones entrées with me to work in the morning. I find that they don't fill me up and contain a bit more salt than I care to ingest. I also need something sweet to go with it like a coffee cake, sort of defeating the point. What do you guys eat for lunch?? I've thought about salads, but lately when I eat lettuce, I have a bit of the choking sensation in my throat. Strange I know...

    Sometimes I bring an avocado or a pear with me to work, but secretly I crave some chicken sandwich from Wendy's with a large fry to go with it. What should I be eating? And how do I make the good habits stick?


    I have the same problem. As much as I would love to cook for myself I never have enough time and Lean Cuisine doesn't curb my appetite. Try having a side salad w/ lowfat dressing or a piece of fruit with the frozen entree and bring something light to eat a few hours later.
  • Tiran

    Posts: 227

    May 31, 2009 11:31 PM GMT
    I actually eat the lean cuisine for lunch, with a 2 cup container of raw snap peas and baby carrots to fill me up. I find the lean cuisine spa line is fairly healthy and its already portioned. When I prep my own, even when its healthy I tend to take to much. The frozen lunch helps me keep everything under control.

    Using that as part of my diet I lost 30 pounds last year. Unfortunatly I get sloppy on the diet (to much food court for lunch was a big part of it) and regained 2/3 of it, but I am back on track to lose it again.
  • Timbales

    Posts: 13993

    May 31, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    My lunches are normally roasted potatoes, or sweet potatoes with chicken, turkey or steak - or grilled chicken and brown rice with some teryaki glaze.