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Old 02-12-2014, 08:23 PM   #31
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Didn't you have a microwave thread?
Right?!? I am still debating on buying one or not can you believe it?!
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Old 02-13-2014, 07:47 AM   #32
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U've convinced me to check out the frozen dinners.

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Okay, so I hope I don't get flamed for this...

But I bought some of those TV dinners and looked on te back on the Banquet Salisbury steak meal and was surprised it had only 250 calories. Now I KNOW TV dinners are not nutritionally great, and eating 250 calories of veggies would be a much better bet, but at $1.25 a piece they are a good solution for someone like me who works full time, attends school, is a single mom and doesn't have a whole lot of time or energy to put into cooking.

Again I know there's probably zilch vitamin-wise in them but I thought I would share for those struggling with dd meals or keeping a budget.
Had to tell dh about this thread. He said he use to eat the chicken dinners, he said they were very good.
I'm going to get a couple of those for him, and I'll try.
Thinking winter time is good for trying this out.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:39 PM   #33
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Had to tell dh about this thread. He said he use to eat the chicken dinners, he said they were very good.
I'm going to get a couple of those for him, and I'll try.
Thinking winter time is good for trying this out.
Well, Ei? Was it all that you thought it would be?
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NOW I know how all u all eat so well.
For always I've felt like wow u guys really cook after working all day.
Creamed broccoli, lasagna with sprouts! I now the secret now. TV dinners.
I did bring home a few. The old el pasco ench. Protein 22 per serving, 330 cal. Two servings in a box. Box that's funny food in a box.
We had it with lettuce as mention. It was Sooooo hot but we ate it anyway, my head dripped with sweat I kid u not. And brought home turkey pot pies, which I've had before. Save those for a snowy day.
Probably won't buy the Ench. again. Hot!
Did see lots of creamed veggies. It was a fun experience. Back to Plain simple food.
Fresh veggies and fruit.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:29 AM   #35
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The old el pasco ench. Protein 22 per serving, 330 cal.
This made me chuckle. There's a city is SE Washington called Pasco. I lived there several years when I was a kid. Let's just say that it probably should be called El Pasco.
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Sometimes I just feel like one of those frozen dinners so I pick one up! I try to look for the ones lower in sodium. I wish they had some lower in carbs. I know lean cuisine had a few like that but I don't see them anymore.
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Sometimes I just feel like one of those frozen dinners so I pick one up! I try to look for the ones lower in sodium. I wish they had some lower in carbs. I know lean cuisine had a few like that but I don't see them anymore.
Atkin's makes TV Dinners now, and they're really good. Net carbs 5-6.
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Sometimes I just feel like one of those frozen dinners so I pick one up! I try to look for the ones lower in sodium. I wish they had some lower in carbs. I know lean cuisine had a few like that but I don't see them anymore.
Yep, Atkins would be the way to go. They have breakfast ones, and dinner ones.
I think some of the healthy steamers have just veggies and meat, but you'll have to look... for lower carb, go Atkins. They're not super low in cals though
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I think that's one of the neatest things about JUDDD-- you can do it any way you want.
LC, Paleo, Zone, WW, vegetarian... Love it!

And you can now shop in any area of the store-- no food is off limit.

It BLEW my mind when I started doing JUDDD! I can use whatever recipe I want. I can buy whatever food I want.

I've not bought hamburger helper yet. I looked at the box, but didn't take it home.

I've had ramen, I've had kraft macaroni and cheese (called Kraft Dinner here in Canada ), I'm having sushi regularly (and often, supermarket sushi)...

back to frozen dinners-- I like the Healthy Choice steamers. And when we were renovating the kitchen last summer, bought a ton of boxed stuff-- all we had was the microwave and plastic forks.

we TOTALLY had hungryman dinners-- walk down memory lane.

My grocery store used to sell (I hope they continue) a cauliflower-topped shepherd's pie. A big tray, so 1/2 is 480 cals, and that's a whole DD dinner!
The potato topped isn't much more in calories, just in carbs

OH, THE FREEDOM!
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I like TV dinners I just don't have a microwave. I'm not sure if you can make them in the oven since the trays are plastic? LOL!
Some of them can go in the oven. I think I had a Marie Callendar's that you could put in there.
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The Lean Cuisine Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce over angel hair pasta, and the one with creamed spinach and chopped grilled chicken are my absolute favorites. I shouldn't eat the pasta one now (with my LC diet), but I'm going to look for the one with the creamed spinach--difficult to find sometimes.
I looked for that one and couldn't find it.
I will have to look again.
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Right?!? I am still debating on buying one or not can you believe it?!
Well, darn, if you weren't all the way over there I could give you one.
I have an extra. I thought mine gave up the ghost. Long story short, it was a fuse, not the microwave.
I can be a dope.
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Oh, I just thought of the Lean Cuisine stuffed cabbage. One of my favorites! Have not seen it in the store in a while though. Hope it's not gone!
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Sometimes I just feel like one of those frozen dinners so I pick one up! I try to look for the ones lower in sodium. I wish they had some lower in carbs. I know lean cuisine had a few like that but I don't see them anymore.
Same here. I like them but my Doc said to never eat those because the amount of sodium in them is extremely unhealthy and will eventually give you blood pressure problems. We don't eat them anymore because I can't find any that have a healthy amount of sodium (under 200 per serving). Some of those frozen dinners have 850mg per serving!! Which ones have you found that are low? Because they are great in a pinch!
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Atkin's makes TV Dinners now, and they're really good. Net carbs 5-6.
They are quite expensive though. The ones I've bought are about 3.60 a meal, before tax. I could get a real meal for that lol. Plus I had the chili when I was LCing and it made me sooo hungry and craving carbs afterward lol. Still, better than some of the other frozen dinners out there.

Pat, I looked it up on their website, and it's called Roated Garlic Chicken with spinach in a creamy parmesan sauce. 11 carbs.
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Oh, I just thought of the Lean Cuisine stuffed cabbage. One of my favorites! Have not seen it in the store in a while though. Hope it's not gone!
Thanks for the reminder. I remember loving that one, too.
I really like the weight watchers smart ones chicken enchilada suiza but it's kind of high in cals for a DD (311 calories).
Although... might be able to cook it and chop it up, add to some chicken or beef broth and make enchilada soup, enough for 2 meals. Or add more veggies to it. Have to think about that lol.
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Jumping in a bit late here but IMHO frozen is golden! Since I am a widow who eats alone most days frozen helps me quite a lot. If I cook I can get out of control but frozen keeps me accountable and is sort of a DIY Jenny Craig sort of thing. It's also easy to stay at 500 cals. a day if I drink a shake and eat a frozen. No flaming from me!
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Thanks for cleanrng TV foods all up for me

I'm twisting about stopping meat products.
Cutting out meat would help my cholesterol big time I feel.
But then I remember my love of bacon, the worst meat to eat.
Does anyone limit their meat intake to special occasions? Like supreme pizza night?
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EI-- coming from an LC background, I don't believe that eating meat, or eggs, is the direct link to cholesterol.

Most people who follow a LC lifestyle see their cholesterol numbers improve, and the ratio of good to bad goes up (so, a touch more cholesterol, but the ratio is the important thing), and bad cholesterol goes down overall.
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Thinking of this thread, I just bought some "healthy steamers" at 210 each, and my supermarket's low fat/calorie brand of cauliflower topped shepherds pie (1/4 tray is 240) and even the regular shepherds pie is 280 for 1/4 tray.

I also got some chicken breast roll-ups (one is spinach and ricotta, the other is mushroom and provolone) and I think those are around 130 or 160 per serving. So I could see a couple with veggies as a DD meal.
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I agree about food not causing cholesterol issues. You pretty much either have them or you don't, from everything I've read. Diet can help, but only to a very limited degree. I have excellent cholesterol, and I eat lots of junk. Maybe it's the amount of wine and rum I consume, that counteracts the bacon?
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This was in the weight watchers email today.
Interesting idea.
Replace the whole wheat tortilla with a low-carb one and you cut the carbs and calories quite a bit!


Santa Fe Breakfast Burrito
6 PointsPlus® Value per serving. Makes 4 servings, 6.5 oz. per serving
10g
Protein
3g
Fiber
8g
Fat
220
Cal


Ingredients

1 Smart Ones® Cheesy Scramble with Hashbrowns meal
1 Smart Ones® Santa Fe Style Rice and Beans meal
4 Whole wheat tortillas
8 Tbsp. Salsa

Instructions

Cook each Smart Ones® Cheesy Scramble with Hashbrowns meal and Santa Fe Style Rice & Beans meal according to package instructions.
To a large bowl, add both meals and mix together.
Wrap four tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave on HIGH for 15 seconds.
Fill each tortilla with 1/4 of the rice, bean and egg mixture.
Roll burritos. Top each with 2 Tbsp. of salsa. Enjoy!
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Jumping in a bit late here but IMHO frozen is golden! Since I am a widow who eats alone most days frozen helps me quite a lot. If I cook I can get out of control but frozen keeps me accountable and is sort of a DIY Jenny Craig sort of thing. It's also easy to stay at 500 cals. a day if I drink a shake and eat a frozen. No flaming from me!
You speak for me, too, SuzeQ.
I wish we were neighbors.
Neither of us would have to eat our frozen alone.
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You speak for me, too, SuzeQ.
I wish we were neighbors.
Neither of us would have to eat our frozen alone.
Big hug.

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You speak for me, too, SuzeQ.
I wish we were neighbors.
Neither of us would have to eat our frozen alone.
Big hug.
And if I was your neighbor Pat, I'd get a microwave! LOL!
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And if I was your neighbor Pat, I'd get a microwave! LOL!
I'd GIVE you a microwave!!!
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