Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Forum News > The Fire Hydrant


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #11  
Old 12-20-2012, 10:38 PM
stardogs stardogs is offline
Behavior Nerd
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: NC
Posts: 4,548
Default

I used to survive on rice/quinoa/couscous with veggies and cheese in college - it was quick, healthier than something from a box, and I could get decent variety by using different mixed veggies or types of cheese. LOL

Nowadays I have a food schedule basically (Monday: raviolis, Tuesday: dinosaur chicken, Wednesday: leftovers or microwave dinner, Thursday: pasta of some sort, Friday: pizza). It takes some of the guess work out of meals during the week and then weekends are the time for bigger cooking days so we have things to freeze.
__________________
Erin, Ziva, Kestrel, Aerten, and Snipe
Always in our hearts: The Amazing Maggie Mae


Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 12-20-2012, 11:01 PM
Barbara!'s Avatar
Barbara! Barbara! is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 1,457
Default

These are the ones I get for work occasionally and they don't taste all that bad to me and it's helpful not to have to put anything in the work refrigerator... Lol

http://www.healthychoice.com/products/lunch-express

But idk. Haha. My body doesn't seem to be too interested in healthy foods during this pregnancy. Cheetos, Mexican food, burgers, and Alfredo with meatballs are my biggest cravings.
__________________
"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself." -D.H. Lawrence

"Only when the last tree is cut, only when the last river is polluted, only when the last fish is caught, will they realize that you can’t eat money." –Native American proverb
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 12-21-2012, 09:01 AM
~Jessie~'s Avatar
~Jessie~ ~Jessie~ is offline
Chihuahua Power!
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 19,611
Default

Microwavable meals can be healthy if you get the right ones!

I LOVE the Amy's frozen meals. The Indian ones are my favorite. Here's the ingredients list in the Veggie Korma:

Quote:
Organic brown basmati rice, filtered water, organic onions, organic peas, organic potatoes, organic coconut milk, organic cauliflower, organic carrots, black urad dal*, organic diced tomatoes, organic green bell peppers, organic cashews, organic tomato puree, expeller pressed high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic mung dal, organic desi chickpeas, organic green lentils, organic lemon juice, organic garlic, organic ginger, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, organic raisins, organic green beans, spices**, organic almonds, turmeric, organic mustard seeds, organic jalapeños, black pepper. Contains tree nuts (coconut, cashews and almonds).*Dal is the Indian word for lentils, beans and peas.<**100% pure herbs & spices (no hidden ingredients)
http://www.amys.com/
__________________

L to R: Chloe, Rylie, Emma, Tucker, and Rory
My Blog- Chihuahuas are not Sheep
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 12-21-2012, 09:15 AM
Fran27 Fran27 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 10,320
Default

I know Lean Cuisine has no preservatives. I have them occasionally. The main issue is all the sodium obviously.

Amy's is awesome too but yeah... sodium lol.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 12-21-2012, 09:15 AM
milos_mommy's Avatar
milos_mommy milos_mommy is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 14,571
Default

Nope.

Or, like the ones Jessie described, are not available in regular supermarkets here, only places like Whole Foods or Trader Joes, and are easily 3x the cost of something like Healthy Choice or Stouffers.

A lot of things freeze easily...chili, pasta dishes, meat and veggies, chicken pot pie, soups and stews...cook in bulk one day a week and freeze the rest.

When I lived alone and didn't want to cook for myself, I ate eggs for dinner a whole lot. Or I'd make ramen noodles without the seasoning and throw in an egg and frozen veggies.

Andddddd, now I want cheetos.
__________________
"My favorite color is green, green like newly cut grass. When it comes to green with envy, though, you can stick it up your @ss!" ~ Grammy



http://www.adorablebeasts.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 12-21-2012, 09:16 AM
~Jessie~'s Avatar
~Jessie~ ~Jessie~ is offline
Chihuahua Power!
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 19,611
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by milos_mommy View Post
Nope.

Or, like the ones Jessie described, are not available in regular supermarkets here, only places like Whole Foods or Trader Joes, and are easily 3x the cost of something like Healthy Choice or Stouffers.

A lot of things freeze easily...chili, pasta dishes, meat and veggies, chicken pot pie, soups and stews...cook in bulk one day a week and freeze the rest.

When I lived alone and didn't want to cook for myself, I ate eggs for dinner a whole lot. Or I'd make ramen noodles without the seasoning and throw in an egg and frozen veggies.

Andddddd, now I want cheetos.
We have the Amy's meals at Publix (I eat them probably 1-2 days a week). They're not much more expensive than, say, Lean Cuisines. I think they're $4.50 a piece, and Lean Cusine is $3 something.
__________________

L to R: Chloe, Rylie, Emma, Tucker, and Rory
My Blog- Chihuahuas are not Sheep
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 12-21-2012, 11:06 AM
milos_mommy's Avatar
milos_mommy milos_mommy is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 14,571
Default

We don't have Publix up north Your options here are shopping at expensive organic health-oriented stores...Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or Wild by Nature...or stores like Stop & Shop, Food Emporium, Pathmark....which don't carry very much fresh/healthy food.
__________________
"My favorite color is green, green like newly cut grass. When it comes to green with envy, though, you can stick it up your @ss!" ~ Grammy



http://www.adorablebeasts.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 12-21-2012, 11:14 AM
maxfox426's Avatar
maxfox426 maxfox426 is offline
My dog tickles my soul
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 3,714
Default

Before my son was born, I bought a bunch of cheap, disposable aluminum baking dishes (mostly the 9x9" size), mixed up a few different casseroles, and then froze them. When I wasn't up for cooking, I would bring them out, let them thaw in the fridge for a day, before popping them in the oven.

You could probably do the same thing with "individual" size portions, rather than a family-size casserole!
__________________
Cynthia
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 12-21-2012, 11:45 AM
ACooper's Avatar
ACooper ACooper is offline
<--------Orson
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: IN
Posts: 27,689
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by maxfox426 View Post
Before my son was born, I bought a bunch of cheap, disposable aluminum baking dishes (mostly the 9x9" size), mixed up a few different casseroles, and then froze them. When I wasn't up for cooking, I would bring them out, let them thaw in the fridge for a day, before popping them in the oven.

You could probably do the same thing with "individual" size portions, rather than a family-size casserole!
You could easily and economically do that

I cook nearly every night because we still have a good sized family living at home.

When there are leftovers (and most of the time there is) I take a Quart sized freezer bag (get them at the dollar tree for 1$) put food in it, zip it shut and lay it FLAT in the freezer.

Just the other day I made alfredo noodles and grilled chicken breasts. I put 1 cup of noodles and 1 chicken breast per bag, squeezed out the air, smoothed it flat and froze it. Viola! A frozen dinner and I KNOW the ingredients, easy to thaw, take to work, whatever
(I like them when I don't want to cook and tell everyone to have "SEE Food" then the freezer turns into a buffet )

So my best advice for your wallet AND health? Pick a time, cook a few dishes you like, divide them up and freeze for later.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 12-21-2012, 12:08 PM
Beanie's Avatar
Beanie Beanie is offline
Clicker Cult Coordinator
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 13,428
Default

We don't even have a TJ's here. =< I just stocked up on a bunch of stuff when I was in Chicago, but can't really stock up on anything frozen from there. I did buy some tamales (DON'T JUDGE ME) but just about everything else I wanted had wheat in it so I couldn't buy it anyway. We've been trying for years to get a TJ's or a Whole Foods... no luck yet... all we have is an independently owned natural food store which means $$$$$.


Barbara, you might want to google for once a month cooking "dump" meals. These are meals that you basically put all the ingredients for into a bag, put it in the freezer, then when you're ready for it, you pull the bag out and either dump it all into a crockpot or a dish for the stove and cook it - hence "dump" meals. Those are my fave to stock the freezer with because I can basically spend an hour chucking a bunch of stuff into bags and then I have TONS of meals ready to go.
I'm not a major fan of once a month cooking where you actually cook stuff with the intention of freezing it, but I do purposely try and make large portions so I have enough to freeze for later.
__________________


Auggie - The Flash RN NAJ MXP MJP CGC
Payton - Sharp Dressed Man NA NAJ CGC
Pepper - Chocolate Swizz-l-icious
& the pest, Georgie - Peach Pudding N Pie NA OAJ
The Sheltiechick Blog
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:38 PM.


©1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site