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Offline Magic Microbe

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #40 on: October 07, 2019, 07:47:05 AM »
I have heard these are a lot of chopping. Have you found that not to be the case?

I want my meal-in-a-box to involve relatively little prep on my part. Otherwise, it's not worth it to me.

Tonight we did a stir-fry meal-kit from Trader Joes. Honestly, stir-fry is pretty easy. But this was like open a bag and dump veggies into a pan, chop up some baked tofu & add it, add noodles & seasoning and done! That is my kind of meal kit.

So Home Chef has different options...they have quick meals (5-15 mins or so where everything is already cut or a salad) but that's only like 4 of the options a week. The rest are more involved ranging from 30 mins to cook to an hour. But as a vegetarian you wouldn't have the choice of the full set of options (there are 17 different options each week...we choose 2...but only 4 of those options are vegetarian). I wouldn't do any of the companies I have tried as a vegetarian.

I see a completely vegetarian one advertising on TV and it looks like its zero prep but I dont remember what its called.
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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #41 on: October 07, 2019, 07:59:41 AM »
I agree, the prep is what is worth the money for me. I definitely don’t want to do lots of chopping for a meal kit.

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #42 on: October 07, 2019, 08:18:45 AM »
I agree, the prep is what is worth the money for me. I definitely don’t want to do lots of chopping for a meal kit.

I just want the reprieve from figuring out what to cook. I don't really mind actually prepping the food.

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #43 on: October 07, 2019, 08:35:54 AM »
I just want the reprieve from figuring out what to cook. I don't really mind actually prepping the food.

I sometimes think I would like to have a business where people tell me what food they have around, and I send them instructions for what to make for the next couple of days.

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #44 on: October 07, 2019, 08:46:57 AM »
I sometimes think I would like to have a business where people tell me what food they have around, and I send them instructions for what to make for the next couple of days.

There’s an app (ok, several) for that!

https://www.escoffieronline.com/top-apps-for-finding-recipes-for-ingredients-you-already-have/

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #46 on: October 07, 2019, 09:02:21 AM »
I sometimes think I would like to have a business where people tell me what food they have around, and I send them instructions for what to make for the next couple of days.

Its hard to make boneless skinless chicken breasts very exciting and that's generally what I tend to have around.  :D

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #47 on: October 08, 2019, 08:33:31 AM »
I create a list of meals by Friday for the upcoming week.  Anyone can write down a suggestion - I need to do quicker meals certain days so there is some editing.  I shop on Saturday for the week - but usually end up with a quick run to the store midweek. 

I might shuffle days around but, for the most part, we stick to the list.  Every now and then I just can't deal so we will have sandwiches.

It works for us.

I can't stomach more than a day of leftovers so prepping for the week or cooking in big batches doesn't work.

I cook dinner Sunday - Thursday (DH often does the protein on Sundays) and I usually enjoy it.  I could not do it if we didn't plan.

DH is rarely home before 7 and often still on the phone when he gets home.  DD is busy with school and activities. We try to catch up with each other during dinner.
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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #48 on: October 11, 2019, 10:42:12 AM »
Its hard to make boneless skinless chicken breasts very exciting and that's generally what I tend to have around.  :D

I follow a few cooking pages on Instagram and I've found some good inspiration from the recipes posted. I need a lot of variety in my diet, definitely can't eat the same thing day after day.

Edited to add the IG pages I like:

smittenkitchen
ambitiouskitchen (you have to weed through some of her "wellness" and "happy pregnancy" posts, but her recipes are solid)
pinchofyum
cookieandkate (vegetarian)
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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #49 on: October 11, 2019, 11:40:04 AM »
I follow a few cooking pages on Instagram and I've found some good inspiration from the recipes posted. I need a lot of variety in my diet, definitely can't eat the same thing day after day.

Edited to add the IG pages I like:

smittenkitchen
ambitiouskitchen (you have to weed through some of her "wellness" and "happy pregnancy" posts, but her recipes are solid)
pinchofyum
cookieandkate (vegetarian)

I love cookie and Kate. DH won’t eat fish taco unless I make her mango salsa.
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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #50 on: October 11, 2019, 12:07:19 PM »
Amy listed some good ones! I also follow
"healthyish" from Bon Appetit
yottam ottelenghi
heidi swanson (101 cookbooks)
J Kenji Alt Lopez (from the food lab)

I agree it's a great low-key way to get some inspiration. Of course, none of the above are great boneless/skinless chicken breast jazzer-uppers.   

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #51 on: October 14, 2019, 04:49:27 PM »
But that's the whole point...I don't want to put energy into it! That's why I pay to have someone else do it for me.

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #52 on: October 19, 2019, 01:48:39 PM »
It’s the 19th and my meal plan has worked perfectly!! Only a couple of times I had to change things but it wasn’t a problem. DH wanted to try a new healthy place that opened on camp today. We never made it so I scratched out tomorrow’s dinner on my calendar and replaced it with take out from the new place.
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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #53 on: July 19, 2020, 05:31:04 PM »
I just wanted to record this somewhere because it was good. Could be lunch/breakfast/dinner. Based on Kaelyns Kitchen master breakfast casserole recipe.

1 lb bag of trader Joe's fresh cauliflower rice
1 onion
2 large garlic gloves
A big pour of cumin & chili powder
16 oz lf cottage cheese
2.5 cups shredded mexican blend cheese (I like trader joes)
1 small can black olives
1 small can diced green chilis
6 eggs

Sautee the veggies until really broken down & dry. Save half the batch for next time. Layer half into the bottom of an 8x8 pan. Then add 4 oz of cheese. Sprinkle the peppers and olives. Break eggs & mix with cottage cheese & 4oz of the shredded cheese. Poor on top of veggies. Top w. remaining 2 oz cheese.

Bake for 20-30 mins at 375.

350 calories 26 g p, 23 g f, 12 g c per serving. You can save about 100 calories per serving by using egg whites and lf cheese.

Top with sourcream and salsa or enchilada or ranchero sauce.

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #54 on: July 19, 2020, 05:36:57 PM »
Mmm that sounds good, and very flexible too.

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #55 on: July 19, 2020, 06:38:14 PM »
Yep, very flexible in terms of the flavor profile. She has a lot of suggestions of various mix-ins to change up the flavor profile. https://kalynskitchen.com/breakfast-casserole-many-wayswho-knew/


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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #56 on: July 19, 2020, 06:46:41 PM »
That’s my favorite kind of recipe now - a general formula I can adapt to whatever I have.

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Re: Do y’all meal plan?
« Reply #57 on: July 19, 2020, 07:22:00 PM »
It's going on my list too.  I always have a bag of TJ's frozen cauli rice on hand but I can grab some fresh next time. 
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