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Weekly Meal preplanning suggestions

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Recently I have been working crazy hours, 16-20 hours at times. Cooking is challenging, I want to maintain the quality of freshness as well. There are 14 hour days and I only get microwave to prep my meals and 2 back to back 14 hour days does not give a desire to cook to prepare for only using a microwave. The other thing is - I do not eat seafood, shellfish or most fruits. I am tired of cooked mixed vegetables and a side of chicken/steak. I would really like to add variety.

Does anyone have any meal plans that are simple, attainable and fit. Right now any suggestion would help as I find myself skipping breakfast and not maintaining a decent diet throughout the day.

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You're probably doing more damage to your body by stressing yourself out and being sleep deprived + so much work than you are by periodically consuming SAD foods. However, many people cook all their meals in 1 day and freeze it. You can make a crockpot-full of bone broth (throw some veggies + meat in there) and then separate it into individual containers. Grab one each time you go to work. Microwave it to thaw.

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on May 18, 2013
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Elena's pantry has some great paleo recipes if you want granola, soup, muffins and pumpkin bars that you can make to throw in your lunch kit. I also like some baking recipes from Detoxinista. When I ate the SAD (standard American diet) I ate cereal all the time for breakfast so Paleo granola and almond milk fits the cereal craving and if you have time add an egg any style. Cook up big batches of bacon and boiled eggs and refrigerate. Boiled eggs last a week in the fridge. Oh, and soup, boil your chicken bones with a glug of cider vinegar for 4-24 hours to make bone healthy soup stock. Then make soup of choice ie hamburger soup chock full of veggies and it will keep it in your fridge for about 4-5 days. Freeze portions you know you won't be able to eat during that week. Mmm Mmm sooo good. Coleslaw is good too.

Make some big batches of your favorite salad dressing too and store refrigerated and top your salads with meat of choice. I love the way salad dressing and meats go together.

Hope that helps!! Best of luck.

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on May 18, 2013
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  • Make a family sized casserole and split it into portions to reheat in the microwave
  • Roast a chicken/joint of beef, carve it up and keep it in the fridge. Roast some vegetables at the same time. Add a bunch of different herbs and spices. Portion everything out into tupperware boxes.
  • Like the other posters I think that eggs are so handy - hard boil a bunch of them and eat them for snacks. Also egg muffins are really good - you can add cheese/ meat/ veggies.
  • You can make soups and stews, heat them and put them into a flask. If you get a good quality flask it will keep things hot for hours.

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on May 18, 2013
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Whenever I boil eggs, I boil atleast a dozen. Put the leftovers in the fridge for quick snacks or breakfast. When I cook meat, I cook a bunch and keep it in the fridge. Throw some greens and fresh veggies together, add the cooked meat and voila, a meal!! When I make salad dressing, I make a couple cups. Things keep well in the fridge for atleast a week.

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on May 18, 2013
at 03:33 PM

Just a suggestion, but if i'm in a rush and need a quick meal i throw a couple of eggs in the kettle, keep the button held down til it boils for a few minutes and voila they're done (Just make sure you have enough water in the kettle so they don't damage the bottom bit or crack). Along with an avocado it's not the best meal ever but fills me up and keeps me going when i don't have time to cook.

But with the hours you're working, the only thing i could suggest is to pre-cook most of your meals and refrigerate them?

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