Does anyone have any quick, easy to make, low calorie, low budget meals or meal plans?? I really need help! I work late..... go to school early..... and sleep never!! I guess that is why I'm "Severly Overweight"!!!!!!!!!
Help if you can please!! :)
Have you ever cooked ahead and frozen portions? I find this a great way to put a meal together quickly. I always have a few portions of broiled chicken breast or salmon in the freezer. I also freeze portions of brown rice, and I keep bags of frozen vegetables on hand. All I have to do is select a portion of each and microwave.
I even freeze sauces in an old ice cube tray. When it's frozen solid, I put the cubes into a labeled freezer bag.
Another way to cook fast with no clean up is to put your portion of protein on a piece of aluminum foil and season it. Fold up into a packet and bake at 350 f, for about 20 minutes, depending on how thick the meat or fish is. Add a salad and you're there.
I love "Spicy Chicken Chili"
Put a whole chicken in the crockpot and cover w/water.
When I get home from work it is falling off the bone. Pick the chicken/shred.
Put it in a pot with a little bit of broth and add 2 cans of black beans, 1 can
Rotel tomatoes, some cumin to taste and WA-LA!
It is YUMMY on a cold day!
Cheap - Fast - Easy - Low Cal... TACO SOUP
Brown 1lb extra lean meat or lean turkey - set aside
In a big sauce pan add the following:
2 Cans Corn - Do NOT drain
2 Cans Rotel - Do NOT drain
2 Cans Pinto Beans - Do NOT drain
1pkg Taco Seasoning
1pkg Ranch Dry Dressing Mix
Add the cooked meat, heat and serve!!! 2 +Cups is only 333 calories...
For extra cals you can added grated cheese, tortilla chips, sour cream, etc..
Also... On your day off try to cook ahead... for instance, you can cook up a bunch of turkey burgers and then when you get home.. eat a turkey burger on a wheat bun w/cheese and all the fixin's.. and have a salad with it.
Or, cook a pkg of chicken breast so when you get home that will be cooked and all you have to do is steam some broccolli and make a little rice?
Or, pop a large potato in the microwave and have a baked potato and a salad.
Hope that helps? I find cooking ahead a big help to me
Original Post by amayou82:
Smart Ones are pretty cheap, i get those over the Lean cuisine ones any day.
i think those are rip offs
Fast Chili (very inexpensive)
1 can beans, rinsed (black, pinto, kidney - any kind you like)
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup salsa
1 or 2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 TBS chili powder
1 tsp cumin powder
Put everything in a pot and cook over low heat, covered, until the onions & peppers are soft. Serve with corn tortillas that have been steamed to soften, and a salad.
Ditto on the crockpot suggestion. You can do a pot roast, turkey, chicken, etc in there really easily. Chop up a potato or 2 (or even better, sweet potatos) and a couple of carrots, throw in a can of the healthiest tomato soup you can find plus any herbs/seasonings you like, and you're good to go. When it's done, you not only have dinner, but leftovers for future dinners and/or meat that is WAY healthier than processed lunch meats for your sandwiches. That's good value for your money, I'd say! :)
I came up with my little pizza concoctions they are sooooo good!
I get the sara lee hamburger or deli buns (Whole wheat of course)
Pizza Quick pizza sauce
low fat cheese
and all the pizza toppings
Put the buns on a baking sheet and layer on the goodies
Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and enjoy!
We usually have a salad to go with it and voila dinner is done!
We figured it up one night and ours only had 177 calories for 2 pizza's (topped with Pepperoni bell pepper and low fat cheese) and a huge salad (wishbone salad spritzers and the best for lo-cal)
Hope this helps!