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    Re: 3 Positive Things Part 5

    Ya know what, GaryQ, in regards to food... David & I had similar issues with food that went bad.

    We now find if we try the following, there is usually less waste.

    - As Daniel, FMN, Gooblax stated, for sure: canned veggies, frozen veggies, as well as dried goods. I find that frozen corn or beans seem to be the yummiest frozen food: they don't seem to heat up limp or soggy.

    Dried legumes, lintels, chickpeas,
    and beans are all complete proteins if you happen to be out of meat.

    - If you have tomatoes, those freeze best when you boil the heck out of them for no more than a minute,
    and then drop them into ice water. That's blanching. It lets you peel off the skin easily: then you can chuck them in the freezer until you need them to make Chile, spaghetti sauce, etc.

    - Whenever you do make something, make a lot more so you can freeze them. For example: chicken drumsticks and mashed potatoes. Get a family sized pile of drumsticks on sale, Shake n Bake them (in more than one flavour if you like) then freeze the rest in portions sizes. Usually David and I make portion sizes for 2. Depends on how hungry a person is. 3 small drumsticks or two large ones? We put all the portions into sandwich bags, then put all the sandwich bags into a big freezer bag with the date on them.

    I'll boil a whole bag of potatoes, mash them, then divide them into portions in sandwich bags, then put all the sandwich bags into a freezer bag. BOOM

    Do the same with pork chops, turkey, rice, corn, etc. Usually I get 3 lbs of hamburger and divide it up into three 1 lb portion sizes. Good for nachos, Chile, spaghetti sauces, Hamburger Helper. Or Tuna Helper.

    - I have two words for you: Salad Kits. If one kit is too gigantic for one person to eat, only use up half the ingredients and finish up the rest the next day. You can throw cold meats like chicken or pork onto a salad, or heat the meat up: whatever works for your energy level. All the ingredients are in the bag/container of salad: all you have to do is empty them onto the salad. David and I usually do this in the bag/container the salad comes in, so no extra dishes to clean up.

    - Some stores make awesome fresh subs. Cheaper than getting them at Mr. Sub or other such place. They're so big, David and I cut them into pieces and eat some the next day.

    - Superstore, Safeway, Extra Foods, and other grocery stores sell ready made meals in their deli or refrigerated section. I've seen cabbage rolls with pirogies and ham. You just microwave them (they come in microwave-safe containers). You can also get the equivalent of ordering Chinese food: either one package with rice, an eggroll and maybe ginger beef or sweet and sour chicken balls... Costs way less than ordering Chinese! And you can eat out of their containers.

    - Frozen pizza! Fish & Chips! Kraft Dinner! Ya can't always cook fancy. Eat some comfort food.

    - seasoning or gravy packets. You don't have to measure out the powdered ingredients for Sloppy Joes, Chicken Fajitas, Nachos etc... You can just add water to the packets of gravy powder. Or get the canned gravies. Potatoes come in a box, too! lol Just add water.

    - if your energy is ever super-low, have a stash of paper plates and plastic utensils handy. You can recycle the paper plates! No dishes to do!

    - BBQ: tinfoil for dishes/pots/pans.

    - Try recipes where you just throw the meat and vegetables into one pot and roast them all.

    - Have snack foods handy. If time gets away from you, they're handy and they might be just enough to eat. Cheese sticks, for example. Single servings of yogurt. Trail mixes of nuts, seeds, and raisins. Cereal and cereal bars. Bread/English Muffins/Bagels with cream cheese or other spreads.

    You've probably done all these, but just in case!!!


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    Re: 3 Positive Things Part 5

    I’ll boil a whole bag of potatoes, mash them, then divide them into portions in sandwich bags, then put all the sandwich bags into a freezer bag. BOOM
    Great idea! Love the BOOM at the end too

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    Re: 3 Positive Things Part 5

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    Great idea! Love the BOOM at the end too
    I've always tried to avoid anything like a BOOM in the kitchen. In my experience, that's rarely a good thing.

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    Re: 3 Positive Things Part 5

    To avoid a BOOM at home: Go to Taco Bell, buy a 10 pack of tacos, and freeze them Would work better for burritos but haven't tried (yet).

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    Re: 3 Positive Things Part 5

    Sounds like the freezing part would be important so as not to cause a boom in the bathroom instead.

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    Re: 3 Positive Things Part 5

    Oh geez... You guuuyzzzz!!!!!


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    3 Positive Things Part 5

    My microphone volume was on really loud, so when I dropped it, it made a loud booming sound.

    Next time it may be caused by a cast iron frying pan hitting skull. I'm not saying I'd be holding the handle when that happens, or whose skull it would be.

    But usually when the conversation goes this way, it IS my hand and the skull is my husband's.

    I hope it's okay to kid around by threatening violence that I wouldn't, in a million years, carry out. Other than in the safety of my fantasies...

    (Edited for um... Clarification)

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    Re: 3 Positive Things Part 5

    It's called a "revenge fantasy", @H011yHawkJ311yBean

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    Re: 3 Positive Things Part 5

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    For cardiac rehab, that could include psychologist / social worker, physical therapist, dietician, etc.
    nope not covered any of them even my insurer doesn't seem to want to spend a dime to get me off disability . When i became officially diabetic i get the tele-care nurse calling me every couple months now to check up. are you..? no, are you... no?


    problem with frozen is most are bland get freezer burn easy and really expensive for some reaason. i get canned tomatoes (diced and crushed), beans, soups, corn bt the truckload when on a dirt cheap sale. same with pasta.

    although Manitoba is a farming province potatoes suck and rot in a couple months even in th fridge. honestly produce here is expensive and rarely decent quality. We used to get good 'tatoes out east from pei and new brunswick. Taste was unbeatable and they lasted forever.

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    Re: 3 Positive Things Part 5

    Quote Originally Posted by H011yHawkJ311yBean View Post
    Ya know what, GaryQ, in regards to food... David & I had similar issues with food that went bad.

    We now find if we try the following, there is usually less waste.
    You’ve probably done all these, but just in case!!!
    You should read back in this thread alone. maybe back a couple weeks and see the pictures of my freezer. You get an idea of my shopping for food adiction. Great ideas. Some I actually never though of. The ziplock baggies was my thing to. Would buy 4 big family size packs of lean ground beef when it went on sale at StupidStore and sit there and weigh and pack like 20 - 25 lbs in 1 lbs ziplocks bags (don't skimp on using the no name bags! you might get a lot of ground beef to scraspe off the wall when you get frustrated and throw a couple that won't zip up.) I would literally flatten them and get every little pocket of air out (remember the OCD) 1 LB / bag flat as a pancake no air Lay flay and square in the freezer and being so flat they thaw in a no time.

    Problem with everything is actually doing anything. IF i buy something it's frozen as is. Threw out bell peppers a couple times because I never got around to dicing them and freezing them. MIss muffet saved like 2 pounds for me by chopping some red bell pepppers I got on sale as I never got around to cooking or using them and they were due. Perfect for when I make a spghetti sauce. Used to make fajitas, sloppy joes, etc. no oomph. I have a 4kg case of frozen chicken breasts thats probably over 2 years old. My ground beef I pulled out to make speghetti sauce cause had no room in freezer for all the chicken I bough on sale a couple weeks ago was sell before July 2017 LOL. Is used to go through a pack a month or 2 of that stuff. I went through 1 4lb pack last summer and 1 just 2 weeks ago. Actually have 4 x 900ml containers of it frozen.

    It's the all or nothing and do a tiny bit one day that sucks the life out of me and puts me in "bed"getable mode.
    I'm no warrior. I know we thrive to build and boost people up here, but seriously, It's OK calling things by their real name you know. I'm a loser not a warrior. I once was a warrior but that was long ago.

    Someone once jokingly said to me "You Sloth!" To which I responded "that's quite rude and insulting you know!" She felt reall bad and said "I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to be rude to you, I was just kidding" I said "don't apologize to me, it's the sloth you insulted"

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