I don't follow any special diet, but I love to cook, so here's some things I eat that might fit your regimen. First, breakfast. I eat oatmeal almost every day, but instead of cooking it, I just put milk and raisins over it and eat it as a cold breakfast cereal (old-fashioned oats, not the one-minute type). Quick and filling. I don't find that it needs any sweetener beyond the raisins whether I eat it warm or cold. Grits cook in about
the same time as oatmeal, if you're looking for another hot cereal (also good with milk and raisins).
For lunch, I often dice apples or pears and mix them into plain, unsweetened yogurt. The fruit itself provides all the sweetening you need. If I'm using the apples, I usually add chopped walnuts, too (if nuts are not a problem for you).
Here is a sandwich spread that I like on pita bread (you can get whole wheat pita bread if you want). Take one can of white beans, rinse them under cold water and drain, and put them in the Cuisinart with two or three cloves of garlic, and, if you have it, a bunch of parsley. Then purée. You could add a little olive oil if it's too sticky. I spread it very thickly on the pita bread, and then cover it with lots and lots of Romaine lettuce and fold it to make a sandwich. I like the crunch from the lettuce, but if that's too much raw vegetables for you at the moment, you could use cooked vegetables such as sautéed green peppers, sautéed greens, etc., or just eat it with the spread on the pita bread.
Another thing I sometimes keep around at lunch time is rice salad. I make a pot of rice, and then dice and sauté together as many vegetables as I have on hand: onions, celery, peppers, carrots, etc., along with some basil and oregano or other herbs, and stir them into the rice. If I have greens such as Swiss chard or spinach, I'll stir them in at the end just before the longer-cooking vegetables are done so they don't get overdone. Finally, after I have mixed the vegetables into the rice, I stir in a can of drained chunk light tuna (the kind packed in water). For those who don't need their vegetables cooked, this can also be made by dicing raw vegetables and mixing them into the rice.
For dinner, there are lots of different stews made with meat or poultry and vegetables that can be one-dish meals. I like checking cook books out of the library, and getting ideas for recipes from other cultures that have different flavors. Anyway, I hope one or two of these ideas appeals.
Post Edited (Writer) : 2/5/2008 5:04:16 PM (GMT-7)