Any healthy eaters out there that can't cook?

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   Posted 12/8/2009 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone!
     Short version:  I eat like crud and I need to not!  But I can't cook- at all.  And to top things off my oven/stove doesn't work.  Since I only 'wave I haven't rushed to spend the money on an oven!  But I need to improve my eating habits.  If you have any microwave recipes, or drive-thru secrets I would really appreciate that! 
P.S. Going to see the new rheumy tomorrow- wish me luck!
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   Posted 12/8/2009 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Salad, but don't just get iceberg lettuce. Try Romaine, Baby Spinach, and European Spring Mix. Top with sliced fresh veggies, beans, pre-cooked meat, turkey bacon, sliced up lunchmeat, small ammount of cheese etc. Dried fruit or fresh fruit can be great with spinach. Pour basalmic vinegar over the top.
serve with low-sodium, low-fat canned soup and/or a half-sandwich on wheat bread.

Tuna salad with walnuts, dried cranberries, low-fat mayo, and chopped celery

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   Posted 12/8/2009 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   

Take boneless, skinless chicken breasts, dip in a bowl with beaten egg, and the dip in another bowl that has equal amounts of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese that has been mixed. 

Get a microwave casserole dish, and melt a little margerine in the bottom of it.  Add the chicken and cover it.  Microwave on "high" for four minutes, turn the chicken over and microwave another four minutes.  It should be done but cut into the thickest part of the breast to make sure there is no pink.

I melt margerine, a squirt of lemon juice, and some parsley flakes and drizzle this over the chicken.  It adds not only flavor but also color.  I serve with boiled red skinned potatoes and a salad.

Bon Appetit!


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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
If you don't want to get a stove, you may at least want to invest in a crock pot. You prep in the morning, and your dishes cook all day, ready to eat by suppertime. There are tons of great recipes out there too. Sorry, but my microwave only knows how to make popcorn, can't help you there! Although Sherrines' recipe sounds very good.
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   Posted 12/8/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I eat quite a few Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisine frozen dinners. I think they are good for you and can be microwaved. Diane
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   Posted 12/8/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I second mamanan. I actually use two crockpots at once. I fill each one with meat (boneless chicken, bottom round beef, or boneless pork roast) on a weekend morning and later in the day, I've got food for the family for the week. I don't get too fancy with the meat so that I can use it in different ways. I divide it into serving sizes, both individual and family servings, and freeze it.

I can pull out what I need on the rare occasion I feel like making dinner and anyone can pull out individual servings so they can help themselves. We microwave the frozen meat in broth, gravy, spaghetti sauce, or sprinkle some seasoning on it.

We eat a lot healthier this way, plus, since I package the meat in serving sizes, we don't overeat too often.

You can buy whatever meat is on sale. You can also put carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips or any other root vegetable in the bottom of the pot. Now is a good time to buy crockpots, they go on sale for reasonable prices this time of year. You can pick up a nice one for around $15.00.

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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Crockpots have saved my life. I love to cook (and also love to eat like crap) - I just love eating! Slow coook meats for 8 hours or so... I don't normally recommend websites but this one has a bunch of free, good crock pot recipes I have started using. . I tried the coconut yams yesterday and they were out of this world.

My favorite crock pot dish is pot roast because you can eat it any number of ways - hot, cold, in sandwiches. Cooked slowly with veggies it is heavenly and also comforting.

I try not to microwave anything because I've read that it changes the quality/ vitamin content of the food, but can't resist a microwaved baked potato with everything on it.
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