Want to gain but no time to cook!

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    Jul 20, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    Aight, I need your help. I'm a student with two jobs and therefore I don't have a lot of time to cook. I want to start gaining but I'm not sure what foods I should be eating in order to ... I don't know .... "gain on the go." Any suggestions? I assume anything would be better than my diet of Cheerios and microwave burritos.
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    Jul 20, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
    I work a job that is usually 40 hours a week, but a few times of year I will have to work over 80 hours a week. So, I can appreciate where you are coming from. I found that the best thing to do is cook a giant pot of food over the weekend. Take a few pounds of dry beans, chop up several pounds of chicken breast, tomatoes, peppers and onions to taste and you have a delicious pot of chili that will last you all week for less than $10.

    Planning ahead is key. Food on the fly is rarely good.
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    Jul 20, 2009 7:28 PM GMT
    home made shakes

    500 ml skim milk + raw ol fashioned oats + flax + olive oil + whey ( i add 2 scoops of ON's) = instant heavy healthy meal

    banana is optional
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    Jul 20, 2009 7:31 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI work a job that is usually 40 hours a week, but a few times of year I will have to work over 80 hours a week. So, I can appreciate where you are coming from. I found that the best thing to do is cook a giant pot of food over the weekend. Take a few pounds of dry beans, chop up several pounds of chicken breast, tomatoes, peppers and onions to taste and you have a delicious pot of chili that will last you all week for less than $10.

    Planning ahead is key. Food on the fly is rarely good.


    all week for less than $10 ?!?! ive never been able to get chicken breast for that cheap unless you're talking about just a singular small size tray into the pot a week
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    Jul 20, 2009 8:06 PM GMT
    CanadianSun saidall week for less than $10 ?!?! ive never been able to get chicken breast for that cheap unless you're talking about just a singular small size tray into the pot a week


    Two bags of beans < $2
    Chicken breast: $6 (it is $2.50/lbs, $1.99 on sale where I live.)
    $2 veggies

    So, it isn't a weeks worth of food, but it will give you lunch for a week. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Jul 20, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    Cooking over the weekend is excellent. I usually do that for my lunches during the week. Also, look at some microwave cookbooks. There are some that have healthy, quick meals in them (you just have to find a few).

    Also, you might just try cooking. I usually spend 30 minutes cooking a night. With clean up afterwards it usually takes me less than an hour to cook, eat, and clean. But you have to enjoy it - which I do.
  • UFJocknerd

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    Jul 20, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    I bake three or four chicken breasts at a time. You can also slice them immediately after baking, put them in a zip-lock, and freeze them for later.

    Chili is also fantastic. I make a huge pot every two weeks or so.
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    Jul 20, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    neatoni saidAight, I need your help. I'm a student with two jobs and therefore I don't have a lot of time to cook. I want to start gaining but I'm not sure what foods I should be eating in order to ... I don't know .... "gain on the go." Any suggestions? I assume anything would be better than my diet of Cheerios and microwave burritos.


    You need to study up on time management, and resource planning.

    Go get yourself a couple of boxes of zip lock bags. Go get a couple of big pots. Go get yourself a postal scale. Go get a cooler for food.

    Now, instead of laying on the couch, or going partying, on the weekend, simply cook up pre-measured portions and put them into the zip lock bags and pack them tightly into your freezer. Problem solved.

    Think like an engineer (FYI: common sense) and solve the issue, rather that fighting it. Just plan ahead, make things compact, and not only will you be saving money, showing your mom how smart and frugal you are, but, you'll get to be a real boy in the process.

    Studs are by design. You need to sit down and get your plan worked out. It's not at all hard to figure out to manage meals.
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    Jul 21, 2009 4:03 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie said
    CanadianSun saidall week for less than $10 ?!?! ive never been able to get chicken breast for that cheap unless you're talking about just a singular small size tray into the pot a week


    Two bags of beans < $2
    Chicken breast: $6 (it is $2.50/lbs, $1.99 on sale where I live.)
    $2 veggies

    So, it isn't a weeks worth of food, but it will give you lunch for a week. icon_biggrin.gif



    nice, I'm really dumb when it comes to cooking where can i find this reciepe?
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    Jul 21, 2009 5:17 PM GMT
    At a supermarket near you.
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    Jul 21, 2009 5:31 PM GMT
    Chucky,

    I do that now ... I go to Costco bi-weekly, and grab 2 trays of chicken breast, cook them all up on sunday, and freeze them..

    So simple to take out and reheat for meals, snacks, etc... that and tuna cans are lifesavers.

    What I find though, is the cost of produce (I don't know what it's like for you in the US) - but here in Canada, I'm spending at least 200$ CDN a week on fresh food.

    I now know why impoverished folks can become so large... its so much cheaper to buy some KD than it is to pay for good protein and produce.
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    Jul 21, 2009 5:42 PM GMT
    CanadianSun said
    MunchingZombie said
    CanadianSun saidall week for less than $10 ?!?! ive never been able to get chicken breast for that cheap unless you're talking about just a singular small size tray into the pot a week


    Two bags of beans < $2
    Chicken breast: $6 (it is $2.50/lbs, $1.99 on sale where I live.)
    $2 veggies

    So, it isn't a weeks worth of food, but it will give you lunch for a week. icon_biggrin.gif



    nice, I'm really dumb when it comes to cooking where can i find this reciepe?


    Put all the beans in a pot, cover with water and stick a lid on it over night. Next day, drain and wash the beans. Pour water into the pot until it is an inch or two above the beans and cook covered on low heat. Go do something for an hour or two and come back. Next, chop up your veggies and chicken and throw them in the pot. Let it cook for another hour and BAM! You have a huge freakin' pot of food.
  • Sparkycat

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    Jul 21, 2009 5:52 PM GMT
    Aldi's - 3 pounds of chicken breast for $5.99 - in Iowa City, Iowa.


    CanadianSun said
    MunchingZombie saidI work a job that is usually 40 hours a week, but a few times of year I will have to work over 80 hours a week. So, I can appreciate where you are coming from. I found that the best thing to do is cook a giant pot of food over the weekend. Take a few pounds of dry beans, chop up several pounds of chicken breast, tomatoes, peppers and onions to taste and you have a delicious pot of chili that will last you all week for less than $10.

    Planning ahead is key. Food on the fly is rarely good.


    all week for less than $10 ?!?! ive never been able to get chicken breast for that cheap unless you're talking about just a singular small size tray into the pot a week
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    Jul 21, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie said
    CanadianSun said
    MunchingZombie said
    CanadianSun saidall week for less than $10 ?!?! ive never been able to get chicken breast for that cheap unless you're talking about just a singular small size tray into the pot a week


    Two bags of beans < $2
    Chicken breast: $6 (it is $2.50/lbs, $1.99 on sale where I live.)
    $2 veggies

    So, it isn't a weeks worth of food, but it will give you lunch for a week. icon_biggrin.gif



    nice, I'm really dumb when it comes to cooking where can i find this reciepe?


    Put all the beans in a pot, cover with water and stick a lid on it over night. Next day, drain and wash the beans. Pour water into the pot until it is an inch or two above the beans and cook covered on low heat. Go do something for an hour or two and come back. Next, chop up your veggies and chicken and throw them in the pot. Let it cook for another hour and BAM! You have a huge freakin' pot of food.


    so basically a whole pot of plain boiled veggies and chicken? doesn't that sound equally bland? icon_confused.gif
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    Jul 21, 2009 6:53 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidAt a supermarket near you.


    hahahaha good luck with that in dubai, it's easier finding a prada store than a book shop, weird place really
  • Latenight30

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    Jul 21, 2009 7:16 PM GMT
    boca burgers. Eggs. tuna
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    Jul 21, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    CanadianSun saidso basically a whole pot of plain boiled veggies and chicken? doesn't that sound equally bland? icon_confused.gif


    Bland? Hell no. You can add hot pepper or saffron or sriracha or ginger or garlic or any number of things. But, if you like it bland then... enjoy?
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    Jul 22, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    Stupid people are stupid.
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    Jul 22, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    try the crockpot. Delicious food, very little cleaning up (line it with foil), anything you cook in it is delicious. Really you can't go wrong.
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    Jul 22, 2009 6:56 AM GMT
    Food in the crockpot is a no-brainer. Love the crockpot.
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    Jul 22, 2009 3:27 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidStupid people are stupid.


    no need to be a bitch.