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i'm a college student (meaning poor) that can't cook (because im living in a frat this summer and the kitchen is disgusting) but wants to be healthy. Does anyone please please have any dinner ideas? Help!!

Mon. Jul 23, 11:03am

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get a microwave and a sandwhich maker. you can micrawave veggies and all sorts of foods. like veggie burgers meat free hot dogs and so on..

sandwhich maker you can fill with wheat bread and stuff with veggies.. make lowfat pizza pockets and so on. the ideas can be very creative..

eat plenty of salads. go easy on the dressing. I put it to the side and dip my fork in it. also can add chicken.. eat plenty of fruits and veg. raw fruits are great with dips like hummus which you can buy allready prepared in the store.

umm can do casseroles of veggies and lowfat cheeses and sauce in the microwave.

so many thing you can do to eat healthy. I commend you for not wanting to live on pizza and fast foods .

Monday, July 23, 2007, 11:08 AM

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raw veggies with hummus not the fruit... but you can do so much good luck.

Monday, July 23, 2007, 11:09 AM

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this is my fave new recipe (i created it after watching the movie ratatouille)

slice (get a grater and use the slicing side of it)
1 zucchini
1 yellow squash
1 carrot

buy also: (don't worry, these are multipurpose and you can use them over and over again)
Parmesan cheese
herbs de provence
tomato sauce/spaghetti sauce

slice all the veggies. get a circular, microwavable bowl. line the veggies around the bowl, like a roll of coins. i stacked my with 2 of each squash for every one of carrot. pour enough tomato sauce to cover the veggies 3/4 the way up. crush the herbs de provence in your hand, and add to the top (usually about a 1/4 tsp is what i add). sprinkle chipotle to your taste (i like about the same as the herbs de provence, but i like very spicy food). add a second ring of veggies on top. pour tomato sauce over them, till they are almost covered up. sprinkle a little paprika (i guess, if you don't have it you can use black pepper).
grate a little parmesan on top.
microwave 1-2 minutes. (2 if your microwave is kind of weak)

eh viola!

(i use this to bring lunch in to work--this way i don't have to cook, but i have a nice, healthy, hot lunch)

Monday, July 23, 2007, 11:57 AM

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(OP) thanks so much for the suggestions!!

Monday, July 23, 2007, 1:52 PM

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anytime! let us know how things go good luck!

Monday, July 23, 2007, 3:10 PM

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Chef's salad is my no-cook summer staple -- salad greens (50 cals) + lean deli meats (40-50 cals/oz) + cheese (80-110 cals/oz). Just be conservative with the dressing and throw in a complex carb (e.g. whole wheat roll) if you can, for satiety.

Monday, July 23, 2007, 3:43 PM

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You could try wraps.
96% fat free tortilla 180 cal or the low calorie ones 100 cal
fat free cream cheese 30 cal for 2 Tbls
a couple of leaf lettuce leaves
a slice or two of ham, turkey or roast beef, the ham and turkey are about 40 cal and ounce.
roll it up and enjoy.
You could use mustard and tomatoes too.

One of my favorite meals is "fried" zucchini
Get a non stick electric frying pan. I do most of my cooking with one
slice your zucchini about 1/4 inch thick and spray with a cooking spray like pam and set in pan. fry until brown, spray the side that is facing you and salt and pepper it. Turn and fry until brown.
These taste so good. and it is so easy. And zucchini is really low in calories and very filling.

I use that frying pan for grilling meat, making chineese food, absolutely everything. I just use "pam" and it works beautifully. Even for frying tortillas.

When I make sub sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers or anything with a roll or bun I scoop out as much of the inside bread as I can and it saves you anywhere from 1/3-1/2 the calories. It really works. People might laugh, my family does but I am the one losing the weight.

what about smoothies or I like to partially freeze my yogurt for a snack sometimes.

Soup is an easy thing to make.
I like to make up some chicken meatballs and freeze them in little baggies and then take a can of stewed tomatoes and add 4 meatballs and it adds up to about 180 calories and is very filling.

That is all I can think of off the top of my head
Best of luck to you.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 3:19 PM

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i open a can of tuna and slice up a small avocado- i sprinkle a little salt, garlic powder and lemon juice and i have instant dinner with lots of omega 3 fatty acids and healthy protien!

good luck in school!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 4:16 PM

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What about getting a George Foreman gril? I think you can get them at Wal-Mart for like 20 dollars. They really help if you want to cook healthy! Just put a chicken breast, or fish, and season it how you like. Then microwave some veggies or eat it with salad! It will save you time and you will feel full! Also for breakfast, whip up some eggwhites and put some veggies like geen peppers, mushrooms in a cupcake (bowl...the pan you use to make cupcakes..sorry for the lack of verbage!) and bake's yummy!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 9:00 PM

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Check out the website. You can sign up to get their newsletter emailed to you. They are constantly comparing & rating different frozen low-cal foods. I especially like the Morningstar veggie burgers. You can also get frozen panini sandwiches for lunches and veggie breakfast wraps from Boca burger (2oo calories).
Good Luck. I lived in a frat one summer--long, long ago, and so I sympathize with you. It was filthy too.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007, 9:15 PM

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George forman is an excellent idea although hard to clean.
I even grill veggies on it like asparagus. I think it was the best asparagus I have had. Slightly crisp.

You can also get soups that are like top ramen but made with rice noodles. Way lower in calories and fat. I think it is thai kitchens that makes them.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 7:01 PM

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