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I don't have time to cook evey day. What can I do? Or Buy?

I work and when I come home I am to tired to cook. I want a meal I can buy that is healthy but good also. What do you suggest?
Are the ready made maels any good?


Sat. Jan 28, 3:13pm

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I feel the crunch

I used to be the same way, I have a couple of comments. First of all, yes you can get healthy, low cal fast food, you just need to do a little research. All fast food places have nutritional info available, either in person or on their websites. Also many calorie books out there list popular fast foods (try calorie king, they are pretty comprehensive) Example, McDonald's grilled chicken caesar, but substitute the low fat vinaigrette is about 240 calories, and pretty satisfying. But not all salads are created equal, I've seen some at other places in the 800 cal+ range! Sub sandwiches (hold the cheese and mayo) can also be low fat and low cal. There are also many grocery store options. I wait for the sales and then stock up on my favorites, lean cuisine and weight watchers smart ones have many choices I like. I also keep soups handy, and often just heat up with some extra frozen veggies thrown in. Lastly, there really many dishes you can cook up quickly, as long as you've planned ahead and have what you need on hand. Get a little George Foreman grill or nonstick grill-pan, and in notime you can have a grilled chicken breast and fresh or frozen veggies. Watch the Food Network if available for lots of yummy ideas. Also a gazillion food websites, and often you can search by "quick" and "low cal". Good luck, with a little forethought you can have fast, no-brainer dinners in no time. Bag-o-salad with a few chopped veggies and pre-cooked chicken strips is also a great go- to. Possibilities are endless! Enjoy!

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Saturday, January 28, 2006, 5:03 PM

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Thanks. I did not know that the weight watchers food was in the grocery store. I thought it was something you had to order. Are their meals any good?

Saturday, January 28, 2006, 5:10 PM

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Quick fix meals

There's a show on food network- the premise is that you spend an hour or so on the weekend prepping ingredients and dinner's on the table every night in about 15 minutes. Her meals aren't always low cal but once you get the hang of thinking like that you could really make just about anything.

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Saturday, January 28, 2006, 8:10 PM

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what are you doing that's more important than ensuring you're eating healthy? (if it's a pre-packaged meal, or comes from a fast food restaurant, I don't personally consider it healthy- regardless of the calorie count)

Take one day a week, and make things ahead of time. Grill some chicken- you can throw it on a salad, add a baked potato (8min in micro). make soup, store some in the freezer. Harboil some eggs- you can make egg salad, or add them to a salad. Frozen veggies can be nuked. Or buy a countertop grill- cooks food fast.

With proper thought and advance preparation, you don't need much time from walking through the door to sitting down to eat.

Saturday, January 28, 2006, 9:29 PM

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I guess I just never thought of preparing food in advance. I have a little girl(7 yrs old) and my concern is she need to eat healthy. But also need my help when we get home in the afternoon. Around 6:00 pm. And she has to be in bed by 8

Saturday, January 28, 2006, 9:42 PM

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