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Mar 10, 2012 10:54 AM

Easiest meals for the challenged and others...

Hi. I am disabled with multiple problems. I am searching for ideas that are quick and easy. When I ask people what they throw together quickly and find it good enough, they shrink from admitting the truth from embarrassment. So, for example, I sometimes eat a can of baked beans and some cottage cheese and maybe a piece of fruit. Not perfect, but also not total junk. So, I'm looking for what some people REALLY throw together at the last minute. Hope you'll share. Thanks.

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  1. i just ate a can of tuna for lunch (not out of the can don't worry!) i frequently have greek yogurt with cereal mixed in for breakfast, and always keep tons of fresh fruit on hand so i can grab it for a snack.

    i also buy a lot of pre-made marinades, just put half a bottle in a pan with a pound of chicken and bake for 25 minutes and my boyfriend thinks i made him a great home-cooked meal.

    1. Have you thought about using a slow cooker?
      You will get some good ideas over on the Home Cooking board. I searched "easy meal" on that board and here are some relevant threads for you.

      1. Something I can always throw together at the very last minute is to boil some pasta. While it's cooking fry some thyme from my freezer in a chunk butter for like 30 seconds, take out the thyme and mix the flavored butter with the pasta. Top with parmesan. Very easy and better than just butter & parmesan noodles imo. If the butter step is too much or you don't want to use butter, you can always use flavored olive oil or just plain olive oil if that is what you like.

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        1. re: luxzilla

          PS, if you want to keep it healthier you could use whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta.

        2. I love hamburgers. If you are cooking for one you could make up a package of ground beef into patties and freeze them individually. Put the buns in the freezer also.

          Will cook from frozen in not very long at all if you forget to thaw one out.

          1. My breakfast and lunches are "grab and go":

            Cottage cheese scrambled egg and kimchee, rotisserie cooked chicken for chicken salad, sandwiches- and cooking up the bones for chicken veggie soup (it lasts multiple meals), different hummus spreads on Dr Kracker, rye crisps or other healthy crackers, veggie burgers with cottage cheese and sriracha on the top, celery and peanut butter, I make my own mixed nuts of almonds, peanuts,walnuts and macadamia nuts then chop up a protein bar and mix (kinda like a sugar free granola mix).
            I am a big fan of "dump" dinners too....sometimes I am too freakin' tired. Last night was artichoke hearts, a can of diced tomatoes, garlic and (a bit of cream!) add some parm........ over pasta. If I would have had more energy, I would have included a chicken breast. Another "dump dinner": diced tomatoes, olives and feta over *whatever* -or tomato, basil and chunks of fresh mozz over *whatever*. I am low carb mostly so *whatever* for me is not usually pasta- it is usually a protein or veggies. Very healthy and quick!

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              1. re: Pollychrome

                Thanks Pollychrome, I am not disabled -but I do emergency work 5 to 6 days a week and I am often am too tired to take more than an hour (*total*) in the kitchen on weeknights. I strive for 30 minutes but Rachel Ray doesn't cut it for me :) It is tough when you value good food and won't settle for fast food or "crap" dinners just because you don't have the energy. I generally try to be low carb, organic and balance between meat and veg.

                I hope this thread keeps generating responses as I have gotten some great ideas too!!

              2. re: sedimental

                I'm trying to do low-carb too so most of my "dump dinners" get dumped into an omelette or frittata. I'm discovering that there's very little that doesn't go with eggs, if you're tired and hungry! Usually onions, peppers, cherry tomatoes, spinach, odds and ends from jars of antipasti, chorizo, bacon, chicken, mushrooms, bits of various cheeses, whatever fresh herbs are withering away in the fridge.

                And if it doesn't go in an omelette, it goes in a soup - the tougher veg like carrots, celery, kale, parsnips etc. Chicken stock, white pepper, or garlic, ginger and sesame oil.