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06 September 2007 @ 10:17 am
Need recipes that my children can prepare for themselves  
My children often need to eat before my body is ready, willing, or able to cook.  I need simple and nutritious meal and snack ideas for my little self starters. Recipes can include some do ahead steps for me such as chopping, measuring, etc.

Here are some things we do now:

Waffle/pancake batter in the fridge ready to go.  I always add mashed bananas for extra nutrition. The waffler is on the counter and they know how to use it.

Chicken Salad and crackers. Electric can opener for the canned chicken. Add a box of raisins, some slivered almonds, mayo, and pre-chopped celery.  Yummy treat with crackers. You can add chopped green onions for a more adult flavor.

Quesadillas. We always keep some flour or corn tortillas on hand. The kids turn on the griddle, toss a tortilla in , sprinkle with shredded cheese, top with 2nd tortilla. Wait a couple of minutes, flip, and remove with spatula. Then they use the pizza cutter to slice into wedges. If we have leftover cooked chicken or other meat, we add it with the cheese. You can add chopped green onions or fresh cilantro sprigs for more flavor.

Egg Quiche. 
Crack dozen eggs & add to large bowl. Pour in a bit of milk (heavy cream, canned milk, whatever). Handful of grated or shredded parmesan cheese, small can or mild chopped green chilies, about a cup of ham (pre-cooked lunch meat) that is quickly cut-up. Mix well. Pour into a 8x8 or 9x10 baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes. Don't over bake!

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SusanGsjgross on October 22nd, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
crockpot cooking - pot roast
I love cooking with a crock pot. Its easy and you can portion out the results into containers for easy re-heating.

Pot Roast

This one is super easy. Just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it cook all day.

2 cans Campbell's low fat cream of mushroom
1 package Lipton onion soup mix
1 can Swanson fat free beef broth
2 1/2 pounds pot roast

In a slow cooker, mix cream of mushroom soup,
dry onion soup mix and beef broth. Place pot roast
in slow cooker and coat with soup mixture.

Cook on High setting for 4 hours, or on Low
setting for 8 hours.

The soup mix and broth make a wonderful gravy for the meat.
fanfic_addict01fanfic_addict01 on December 15th, 2009 02:11 am (UTC)
I don't know about your grocery but mine has these packets of chicken that you can microwave and eat. sandwiches, microwave hamburger helper and easy mac are what i do when i don't want to or can't cook/
AngelinaContessaLouisa FrancescaBananaFanaBoBesca3golden_meliades on November 23rd, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
I have MS, AND I really (REALLY) hate to cook, so I do know about the need for VERY fast (like, instant) food options that don't take any extra energy. But I hate cooking so much and have so little energy that my 'recipes' might not even qualify as recipes. But I can say them anyway, I guess.

Things I often make a meal of...

-A medium banana smeared with a tbsp of peanut butter (YUM)
-A piece of light rye toast (nice and firm) spread with light mayo and topped with a sliced boiled egg, or a fried egg, season as desired with salt and pepper. (Tastes much like an egg salad sandwich). If you want, any bread can be used, toasted or not...pretty much any type of egg is good on any type of bread/toast. Kind of obvious, but...
-Half of a soft wheat pita (pocket style) stuffed with pre-chopped veggies and greens (for example, bagged salad or coleslaw cabbage mix and some pepper strips, broccoli, cucumbers, onions, sliced carrots...whatever I managed to buy pre-cut or that I cut up myself at an earlier time and stored in the fridge) with a slice of cheese and a bit of salad dressing and/or mayo (I use jalapeno havarti slices and catalina dressing, usually.) You can also use a tortilla but it's a bit messier.
-Whole cereal. Bran Flakes or oatmeal, generally.

Sorry they're so basic, but honestly this is all I can be bothered to 'make', most days. If I'm not resorting to (relative) junk like Dipps bars, I'm mostly just eating apples and baby carrots with pre-made hummus and so on. I'm grateful no one else is waiting on me to make THEM food...the poor things would starve.