There goes the food budget Not happy about that

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There goes the food budget Not happy about that
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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 1:51pm
Dh is disabled with MS. His coordination does not allow him to stand at the stove and cook a meal. Or to take the plate and walk it to where he will eat. Now with our 22yr old son in school. There are a couple days a week. He will not get home till after 6 or 7pm. Me don't get home from work till 6pm or so. Then to attempt to cook a meal for dh. Which could take a while. Depending how long whatever I got takes to cook. Dh does not want to wait till after 7pm to eat. So it's got to be ready to eat meals I leave for dh. He has a dorm size fridge on his computer desk. It's loaded with healthy snacks, fruit etc. while I'm at work. He can grab something to eat for lunch. So I got to think of ready to eat meals for him. Not only sandwiches. He likes salads. But I'm sure that will get boring after a while too. He'll want some variety. Or I have to plan something that heats in a few minutes when I get in from work. That's where it could blow my food budget for the month. It will mean buying more ready to eat stuff. Like buying something at work to bring home for dh. I really got to look in my upright freezer this afternoon. See what frozen foods I actually have on hand. I know I have a lot of fresh frozen meat. I need to rearrange everything again. Make room for a section of maybe homemade tv dinner meals. Then just take one out for dh the night before to thaw. Then in 5 minutes it can be heated. I got to think of some new ideas for meals ready to eat or heat in a few minutes. Or plan things for the crock pot. So all I got to do is serve it.

 

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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 9:22pm
for salads add already cooked meat or hard boiled eggs
for sandwiches chicken salad (cooked chicken mayo ).
pasta is easy for you to make ahead come home heat and eat
crockpot meals are great too
easy breakfast items like already cooked sausage and then when you get home fry eggs
pancakes and waffles are easy reheatables
make soup ahead freeze thaw the nite before reheat for dinner with grilled cheese
hope this helps out for ideas

Becky
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Fri, 09-09-2011 - 9:44pm

I feel for you Carolwood, This is a tough situation. The only suggestion I can think of is to make some meals for the week over the weekend and freeze. Here are

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Sat, 09-10-2011 - 1:59pm
I was thinking on homemade tv dinners. Then freeze. Take one out the night before. So all I have to do is heat and serve. I try to keep the meals from being the boring same old things. At least this semester. It's one night per week for sure our son will be home late. I been thinking about all my stuff in the freezer. What can I do with it on those nights. I can start cooking more where there are leftovers to make a tv dinner with.

 

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Sun, 09-11-2011 - 7:59am
I know you will figure out something! You are so creative!
I bookmarked this site, and although I never find such good deals, I may try some of her freezer cooking ideas....http://aturtleslifeforme.blogspot.com/2011/06/freezer-meals-on-cheap.html
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Mon, 09-12-2011 - 12:58am

Thanks Kathy,

I went to take a look at this site and love it! I have much more to reading and enjoying it very much!

~Julie

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Tue, 09-13-2011 - 7:25am