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Created March 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Like many I am super busy at work. Im an er doc, working 12 hours a day 6 days a week. we have 5 kids...oldest is 10, so even though my wife stays home, when I ask my wife to more then she is already doing, I get the hairy eyeball. Cooking the night before is just not realistic, as I am home after 7pm and out the door by 6am. I know we are all busy so Im not bitching

I need pale, but in a hurry!!

What are the staples you grab if you need a quick meal. I can run to the grocery store for lunch easily.

salad dressing..... I love the salads (the fact that they are filling, not the taste), when i ask my wife to make me dressing, she threatens to beat me with the neuman's own bottle!! What is an acceptable store bought option?

Im so close to dialing this in, but find myself in time crunches.

one last consideration.... with 5 kids, catholic school, and student loans, I am on a serious budget. So a food service is not a real option.....

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on April 01, 2013
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One of the primary goals of the stay-at-home-spouse should be to keep the go-to-work-spouse running properly. It is in her self interest, just as it would be if the roles were reversed and the husband was at home trying to get her out the door everyday. In this particular case, the husband can tell if my concern is warranted. He knows what he does; he knows if she has some sort of disability. Meanwhile, I still know the job. Now, I happen to enjoy cooking- she may not. Thus it may seem like a much bigger deal to her than it would to me.

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on March 28, 2013
at 09:22 PM

Rather than being knee jerk and reactionary, I am assuming that I do not know all about their lives and what she actually does, the issues she encounters, and the balance of work in their marriage. Not saying she is perfect - I have no idea - just saying that we do not have enough information to say that she is slacking.

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on March 28, 2013
at 07:23 PM

Bull. You are the sexist. Or reading comprehension challenged. There isn't any mystery anymore. Those of us who care about what was traditionally woman's work went out and learned it. So, we know the job. And on a paleo site, you ought to be aware the stay-at-home spouse should be going to the farm, making stock, etc... Somebody is slacking here, and it ain't the guy doing 12hr shifts. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are being as knee-jerk reactionary as any Republican.

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-1 for negative and sexist assumptions.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:42 AM

Hey August. Original poster here. I don't know man, every time I'm alone with the kids I end up in the fetal position in the corner of the room. It may be the best job, but it isn't for the faint of heart. Call me crazy. But I'm a big believer in happy wife happy life. If she tells me she is too busy, I'm gonna play it safe and believe her!!

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on March 28, 2013
at 05:55 PM

Lol - I have 4 kids, my husband is in the military, totally understand the hairy eyeball!

Some ideas:

(1) my favorite quick snack is a trail mix of beef jerky, coconut flakes/chips, and a small amount of dried fruit. Seriously, this is very filling.

(2) there is a cookbook called Well Fed. Recipes are ok, but the first half of the book is on a "weekly cookup." Take an hour on sunday afternoon and cook some meat, some veggies, some starch, etc. Then you just throw it together during the week. In different combinations if you feel creative.

Maybe (maybe?) you could ask your wife to start occasionally doubling portions of meat and veggie that she cooks, and use those to supplement your lunch. I would be willing to do this. Our bottleneck is that my husband won't take his lunch unless I pack it up and HAND IT to him as he walks out the door. :)

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on March 28, 2013
at 05:10 PM

My go to lunch is a mishmash of things. I grab some organic lunchmeat, a bag of steam-in-the-bag veggies, an avocado, maybe some fruit or some applesauce. It's not thrilling, but it gets the job done!

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on March 28, 2013
at 05:02 PM

Hard-boiled eggs and avocados are portable and easy. Easiest salad dressing is olive oil and balsamic. If you want something fancier, make it yourself!;) It takes 2 seconds. I crush a few garlic cloves and put them in a ball jar with olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. It's pungent, but delicious.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:11 AM

My boyfriend isn't much of a cook, and hes a busy guy working nights also. He likes to have food on hand to make stirfrys and will make it with ground beef/lamb and any combination of vegetables. Easy-peasy one pan meal.

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:49 AM

How about making a huge batch of super easy and delish homemade turkey jerky on the weekends and mixing up some different trail mixes with your fav nuts and dried fruits?

If you consume dairy you could also do a tub of cottage cheese (organic if you can find it) or greek yogurt topped with nuts and a tblsp of jam. If you dont do dairy you can do coconut yogurt.

I like to get a huge bag of big sweet potatoes (10 big ones), wrap them all up in tin foil, set the oven to 350 and roast them for 2 hours. That gives me tons of easy and portable potatoes already wrapped and ready to come along with me on the road in a pinch. Heat up at lunch with some bacon and coconut milk and a pinch of cinnamon if you like some sweetness.

I've also gotten big bags of raw shrimp and steamed or saut??ed them the night before and packed them in glass containers as a quick protein fix when I want a seafood fix. You can also buy the precooked shrimp but I prefer the raw with shells as they have way more flavor. I just throw them in water, boil and pack -- 10 mins tops.

Soups/stews/chilis made on the weekends and frozen in separate containers in the freezer also makes lunch a breeze. Simply remove the one you want the night before to thaw.

Also never underestimate the power of the Vitamix. Fruit, protein, greens, coconut oil or coconut milk, half an avocado and go. Maybe not ideal, but better than nothing. I prep my shake before bed so it's already in my fridge waiting for me in the morning.

Being paleo isn't always easy when you're busy as it does involve planning -- but man it's so worth it. Just do bits and pieces where you can so you work smarter not harder and you'll be fine -- no ones perfect.

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on March 28, 2013
at 05:34 PM

Make your own salad dressing -- the simplest one takes about 30 seconds: mix about 1/5 (good) balsamic vinegar with about 4/5 (good) EVOO in anything with a cap. Shake a bit. You're done.

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on March 28, 2013
at 05:32 PM

For dressing just find some good quality olive oil and a vinegar that you like, and dump them both on your salad. EVOO and balsamic vinegar straight up tastes really good to me now with nothing else added, and you can keep the bottles in your car/desk/brief case/gym bag if you really need to do things on the run.

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on March 28, 2013
at 11:05 PM

Get together with your wife, one day that you have off, and do some Once-a-Month-Cooking together (get the kids involved with helping, if they're old enough). These are meals that you par-cook, prep/assemble, then freeze, for easy-instant dinners/lunches. There are many Paleo-cookbooks and blogs devoted to once-a-month cooking. It will really save you time, help your wife, and let you control what you eat in a hurry! Here is a link http://onceamonthmom.com/menus/paleo/

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on March 28, 2013
at 05:33 PM

I don't know how budget friendly my options are, but here goes:

Frozen fish/seafood. Read labels to make sure of ingredients (like we've got to do with everything). Bring along some butter/ red palm oil/ (insert good fat source here).
Canned fish/seafood. It's even worse here with the ingredients. Who wants cottonseed oil in food? There's some nice cans of octopus I can never buy because of this silliness. Currently I end up eating about a cup of canned pumpkin with cinnamon and a half-stick butter mixed in.
If you have access to a microwave at work, you can just bring all this stuff to work and do it there. Frozen fish nukes okay, and some of it tastes good raw. In fact, for a while I was bringing frozen salmon and frozen berries to work and then eating them whenever they thawed enough.

Forget salad dressings. Get some red palm oil, or be a man and use a raw egg yolk. The red palm oil is pretty expensive, but it makes up for it with Vitamin E, beta-carotene, and the fact you don't need very much of it to make a decent impact on your nutrition. Get yourself some good salt too.

I am also concerned that you put up with that crap from your wife. I know her job. I can do all those things. Coming up with a few different salad dressing would be fun for me to do. I suspect the problem is not workload related. But then again, being a guy, I understand concepts like division of labor and I've put up with enough of the 'fulfilling' career to know that's a load of crap. She's got one of the best jobs in the world. It is just her attitude that screws it up.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on March 28, 2013
at 07:23 PM

Bull. You are the sexist. Or reading comprehension challenged. There isn't any mystery anymore. Those of us who care about what was traditionally woman's work went out and learned it. So, we know the job. And on a paleo site, you ought to be aware the stay-at-home spouse should be going to the farm, making stock, etc... Somebody is slacking here, and it ain't the guy doing 12hr shifts. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are being as knee-jerk reactionary as any Republican.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 28, 2013
at 09:22 PM

Rather than being knee jerk and reactionary, I am assuming that I do not know all about their lives and what she actually does, the issues she encounters, and the balance of work in their marriage. Not saying she is perfect - I have no idea - just saying that we do not have enough information to say that she is slacking.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on March 28, 2013
at 06:43 PM

-1 for negative and sexist assumptions.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on April 01, 2013
at 02:03 PM

One of the primary goals of the stay-at-home-spouse should be to keep the go-to-work-spouse running properly. It is in her self interest, just as it would be if the roles were reversed and the husband was at home trying to get her out the door everyday. In this particular case, the husband can tell if my concern is warranted. He knows what he does; he knows if she has some sort of disability. Meanwhile, I still know the job. Now, I happen to enjoy cooking- she may not. Thus it may seem like a much bigger deal to her than it would to me.

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