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Hello..

Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. I've abandoned
my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
longer in my 20s. I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
school about 20 or so, however. It may turn out that a few days during
the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
with few breaks in between.

I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
it step-by-step. I will need to either be able to create things quickly
on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
(eyes the slow-cooker).

The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. A frozen pizza here and
there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
'convenience food' if I can help it. I need to keep my mind sharp, my
body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. I mean... pens and
paper.

So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.

-J

Also..... if I come across a brilliant 20-something student in Calculus
or Trigonometry, how much study time could I buy from them with a good
home-cooked meal?

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On Jun 18, 9:59 pm, phaeton > wrote:
> Hello..
>
> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. I've abandoned
> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
> longer in my 20s. I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
> school about 20 or so, however. It may turn out that a few days during
> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
> with few breaks in between.
>
> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
> it step-by-step. I will need to either be able to create things quickly
> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
> (eyes the slow-cooker).
>
> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. A frozen pizza here and
> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
> 'convenience food' if I can help it. I need to keep my mind sharp, my
> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. I mean... pens and
> paper.
>
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
>
> -J
>
> Also..... if I come across a brilliant 20-something student in Calculus
> or Trigonometry, how much study time could I buy from them with a good
> home-cooked meal?



Oddly enough, it was when I was a busy college student that I learned
to cook. Instead of running off with my studio-mates to the burger
joint craporama, I'd go home, make some rice or pasta, whack apart a
chicken. Hey, I was just learning. It was a nice break. A couple
hours of vacation. Then back to the coffee and beer fueled late
night. I think that is still why I cook - chopping onions is very
calming - a simple task after a rough day.

On the other hand, get a crock pot. Throw in whatever is on sale and
you'll have stew when you come home. It's a brilliant invention.

A rice steamer is good, too. Rice in the bottom, veg in the top - if
you get distracted by the books or the girls, it takes a long time for
stuff to burn. If not, in 20 minutes you got dinner.

Do you want to OT favor us with your academic asperations? Inquiring
minds, you know.

B
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> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.


When I had two or three jobs, back before I got my sanity back, I did
some of the following:

1) When making pasta, make three or four times as much as you need. Cold
noodle salads are good and travel well.

2) Likewise potatoes. Leftover baked, boiled, mashed, or roasted
potatoes are a good thing to carry in your lunch.

3) Soup. Make a BIG pot of soup once a week (you can throw together a
pot of soup in a few minutes and let it cook while you study for an
hour) and eat it all week. You can jazz it up when you're home (with
salsa, sour cream, whatever goes with whatever soup you're making).

4) I used to make a big pile of burritos and/or hummus wraps, and freeze
them, then stick one in my lunch every day. By lunchtime, they'd be
thawed enough to eat, and if I had a microwave handy, I could heat them.

Also, find places on your routes that serve healthful foods, and start
patronizing them. There's no law that says you have to make all your own
food, even if you're trying to keep from eating junk.

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> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
>
> -J
>


You will have to decide what you really like and can afford and what you
have time to make ahead. When I worked full time I cooked on the weekends.

Think about making meals that make good leftovers. On Saturday or
Sunday take some time and make spaghetti sauce, stew, soups, etc.
The sauce can be served over spaghetti, with meatballs or sausage on
hard rolls as a sub sandwich, in baked ziti or chicken or eggplant
parmesan. If you make two of the above, you can alternate them most
of the week and they won't get too boring.

Leftover beef or chicken-rice stew turns into soup if you add a few
vegetables and more broth and simmer for a half hour or so.

With chicken poached ahead, cut up and frozen in serving sizes you can
make a casserole, chicken salad, curry, cacciatore, or a sandwich.

If you make pizza crusts and freeze them you can top with sauce and your
favorite toppings, not that much work.


> Also..... if I come across a brilliant 20-something student in Calculus
> or Trigonometry, how much study time could I buy from them with a good
> home-cooked meal?
>


Depends on how persuasive you are and how good your cooking is!

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How could I forget chili?

You can serve it over rice, pasta, with tortillas or corn chips, topped
with chopped onion, shredded cheese, sour cream. Lots of possibilities.

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phaeton wrote:
> Hello..
>
> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. I've abandoned
> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
> longer in my 20s. I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
> school about 20 or so, however. It may turn out that a few days during
> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
> with few breaks in between.
>
> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
> it step-by-step. I will need to either be able to create things quickly
> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
> (eyes the slow-cooker).
>
> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. A frozen pizza here and
> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
> 'convenience food' if I can help it. I need to keep my mind sharp, my
> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. I mean... pens and
> paper.
>
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
>
> -J
>
> Also..... if I come across a brilliant 20-something student in Calculus
> or Trigonometry, how much study time could I buy from them with a good
> home-cooked meal?
>


I would skip the rice cooker as it is a space waster. But between a
microwave, electric skillet, and a slow-cooker, there is very few things
you can't make, no matter the timing, or tastes.

Once you have what you will be cooking with, then start asking about
recipes.

Bob
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On Thu, 18 Jun 2009 20:59:17 -0500, phaeton wrote:

> Hello..
>
> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. I've abandoned
> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
> longer in my 20s. I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
> school about 20 or so, however. It may turn out that a few days during
> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
> with few breaks in between.
>
> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
> it step-by-step. I will need to either be able to create things quickly
> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
> (eyes the slow-cooker).
>
> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. A frozen pizza here and
> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
> 'convenience food' if I can help it. I need to keep my mind sharp, my
> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. I mean... pens and
> paper.
>
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.


You need to consult with Jerry Sauk, Esq.
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phaeton wrote:

> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any
> input.


When I'm in a hurry, but not only in that situation, I usually resorto to a
basic pasta sauce that can be a base for many other recipes.
Put a pan of water over high heat, then start your sauce like this: put some
EVO oil in a large skillet, add 2 peeled and sliced garlic cloves, let the
garlic get golden and then add a glass of canned/jarred tomato sauce and a
pinch of salt and let it go for 5 minutes or so, maybe add a fresh herb
(parsley or basil or oregano) at the last minute. When the water boils put
the pasta in, cook and drain it and move it to the skillet where your sauce
is. The sauce should be already cooked by the time pasta gets cooked. stir
pasta and sauce mixing them over high heat for 30 seconds and serve. If you
want a tastier dish, just drain pasta 2 minutes before cooked and make it
pass those last 2 minutes with the dressing, stirring it quickly on medium
high heat.

It's easy and good, and lots of room for customisation too: one can use
onion or put some bacon/pancetta to cook with the garlic, or maybe mussels
or clams or anchovies, or a shredded sausage, in this case you need to let
it cook longer than the garlic takes, so if using fresh sausage the sauce
cooking time grows up to circa 20 minutes. Other ingredients that fit in
well are minced olives, capers, hot peppers... there's almost no limit to
the modifications one can do on this very basic recipe, one could even use
butter or lard instead of EVO oil.
You can even substitute a real tomato instead of canned/jarred sauce, it
takes less than 2 minutes to wash and dice a tomato. Spices can get in it,
too, like freshly ground black and/or white pepper or even saffron, and the
same goes for grated cheeses. Just try putting in the ingredients you like,
see what suits you well and go on experimenting.

I must have started a sauce this way a thousand times, and many of the times
I just had it plain, simply EVO oil, garlic, tomato and a pinch of salt.
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phaeton wrote:
> Hello..
>
> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. I've abandoned
> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
> longer in my 20s. I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
> school about 20 or so, however. It may turn out that a few days during
> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
> with few breaks in between.
>
> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
> it step-by-step. I will need to either be able to create things quickly
> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
> (eyes the slow-cooker).
>
> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. A frozen pizza here and
> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
> 'convenience food' if I can help it. I need to keep my mind sharp, my
> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. I mean... pens and
> paper.
>
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
>
> -J
>
> Also..... if I come across a brilliant 20-something student in Calculus
> or Trigonometry, how much study time could I buy from them with a good
> home-cooked meal?
>


I dunno if you can stand this, but I used to cook a large pot of
something interesting and then live on the contents for the next
few days. That obviously cuts down on one's cooking time, but if
you are cooking for someone else, it may be a no-go.

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phaeton wrote:
> Hello..
>
> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. I've abandoned
> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
> longer in my 20s. I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
> school about 20 or so, however. It may turn out that a few days during
> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
> with few breaks in between.
>
> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
> it step-by-step. I will need to either be able to create things quickly
> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
> (eyes the slow-cooker).
>
> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. A frozen pizza here and
> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
> 'convenience food' if I can help it. I need to keep my mind sharp, my
> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. I mean... pens and
> paper.
>
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
>


When I was getting my degree, I worked full-time and was a single mom
raising 3 kids. I would go directly from work to night classes twice a
week. There would be food for the sitter to heat for the kids, but I ate
off a grease truck. I was particularly fond of a Lebanese one with
falaffel. I ate falaffel twice a week for 4 years. I lived.


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On Jun 18, 9:59*pm, phaeton > wrote:
> Hello..
>
> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. *I've abandoned
> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
> longer in my 20s. *I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
> school about 20 or so, however. *It may turn out that a few days during
> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
> with few breaks in between.
>
> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
> it step-by-step. *I will need to either be able to create things quickly
> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
> (eyes the slow-cooker).
>
> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. *A frozen pizza here and
> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
> 'convenience food' if I can help it. *I need to keep my mind sharp, my
> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. *I mean... pens and
> paper.
>
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? *Thanks for any input.

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"phaeton" wrote
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> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. I've abandoned
> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
> longer in my 20s.
> I'm still learning to cook,


By your mid 20s you already know all the cooking you will ever know.

> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap.
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy or
> have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
>
>

You'd be surprized at how often one can eat meat loaf. Once a week prepare
like a 5-6 pound meat loaf, it freezes well too. Then all you need to cook
is a big pot of pasta... you get your veggies in the meat loaf. Meat loaf,
pasta, and a supply of jarred sauce is all you need, oh, and beer.

If you don't have a meat grinder get one, you will save a lot of money on
ground meat, you won't need to waste time chopping veggies, and naturally
you'll eat more wholesome food... mystery meat is awful... won't need to
waste money on costly mystery bread crumbs ever again either. Other than
like two hours cooking time it's easy to prepare a giant meat loaf plus do
all the clean up in under an hour.




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> By your mid 20s you already know all the cooking you will ever know.


Speak for yourself...<manners> Please. </manners>
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On Jun 18, 6:59*pm, phaeton > wrote:
> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. *I've abandoned
> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
> longer in my 20s. *I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
> school about 20 or so, however. *It may turn out that a few days during
> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
> with few breaks in between.
>
> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
> it step-by-step. *I will need to either be able to create things quickly
> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
> (eyes the slow-cooker).


In the 'create things quickly' category, the number and variety of
meat + veggie stirfries
is endless. Start a pot of rice and most stirfries will be done by
the time the rice is ready.

Don't forget salads. A mixture of lettuces/greens, tomatoes/peppers/
cukes, and some protein -- hard cooked eggs, sliced chicken or beef or
shrimp or crab. Homemade dressing. A big salad can be an entire
meal, and will be a great alternative to the leftovers you'll have to
endure other times. -aem


>
> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. *A frozen pizza here and
> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
> 'convenience food' if I can help it. *I need to keep my mind sharp, my
> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. *I mean... pens and
> paper.
>
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? *Thanks for any input.

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phaeton wrote:
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
>
> -J


When you have the time, continue cooking the foods you enjoy and freeze
them. Most foods freeze well, except for potatoes, they tend to fall
apart.


When I was a student, I ate sandwiches and I skipped meals because I was
in a hurry. I was much thinner back then. lol


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phaeton wrote:
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> Hello..
>
> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school.


Good for you. More power to you!

I've abandoned
> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
> longer in my 20s. I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
> school about 20 or so, however. It may turn out that a few days during
> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
> with few breaks in between.


BTDT. You will survive with a little selfdiscipline.


> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
> it step-by-step. I will need to either be able to create things quickly
> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
> (eyes the slow-cooker).


And the microwave. And the freezer. And the toaster oven.

>
> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. A frozen pizza here and
> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
> 'convenience food' if I can help it. I need to keep my mind sharp, my
> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. I mean... pens and
> paper.



LOL. There are priorities after all


>
> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
>
> -J


Keep plenty of decent bread, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese/lunchmeats for
sandwiches. Tortillas for quesadillas, which can contain a lot more than
cheese.Make soup/stew in the slow cooker and divide it up to reheat.

Casseroles and hotpots in the oven that can be frozen in portions. Roast
a chicken (or large chunk of pork etc) every couple of weeks. Tastes
good hot or cold.

I ate a lot of instant noodles as a student, but 'filled' with tofu,
meat/fish dumplings, vegetables etc. If you don't use the entire
powdered soup packet that comes with, it won't be such high sodium.

There are decent fishsticks on the market, not made with shredded fish.
Take minutes to cook.

Rice and stirfried something takes minutes.

>
> Also..... if I come across a brilliant 20-something student in Calculus
> or Trigonometry, how much study time could I buy from them with a good
> home-cooked meal?


Trade the cooking for tutoring :P
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Becca wrote:
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> phaeton wrote:
> > So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> > or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
> >
> > -J

>
> When you have the time, continue cooking the foods you enjoy and freeze
> them. Most foods freeze well, except for potatoes, they tend to fall
> apart.


The frozen potatoes work just fine in soups or stews or to top
casseroles.

>
> When I was a student, I ate sandwiches and I skipped meals because I was
> in a hurry. I was much thinner back then. lol
>
> Becca


BTDT and was thinner as well
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> Becca wrote:
>> phaeton wrote:
>>> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
>>> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
>>>
>>> -J

>> When you have the time, continue cooking the foods you enjoy and freeze
>> them. Most foods freeze well, except for potatoes, they tend to fall
>> apart.

>
> The frozen potatoes work just fine in soups or stews or to top
> casseroles.
>
>> When I was a student, I ate sandwiches and I skipped meals because I was
>> in a hurry. I was much thinner back then. lol
>>
>> Becca

>
> BTDT and was thinner as well


I think Becca was referring to the already made soup or stew. After
*they* are defrosted, the potatoes fall apart or dissolve.

Bob
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> On Thu, 18 Jun 2009 20:59:17 -0500, phaeton wrote:
>
>> Hello..
>>
>> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. I've abandoned
>> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
>> longer in my 20s. I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
>> school about 20 or so, however. It may turn out that a few days during
>> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
>> with few breaks in between.
>>
>> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
>> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
>> it step-by-step. I will need to either be able to create things quickly
>> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
>> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
>> (eyes the slow-cooker).
>>
>> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. A frozen pizza here and
>> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
>> 'convenience food' if I can help it. I need to keep my mind sharp, my
>> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. I mean... pens and
>> paper.
>>
>> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
>> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.

>
> You need to consult with Jerry Sauk, Esq.


i think he needs to hire a personal assistant.

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>> On Thu, 18 Jun 2009 20:59:17 -0500, phaeton wrote:
>>
>>> Hello..
>>>
>>> Starting the end of July, I will be returning to school. I've abandoned
>>> my original plan of working full-time and schooling full-time, as I'm no
>>> longer in my 20s. I will still be working 40 hours a week and going to
>>> school about 20 or so, however. It may turn out that a few days during
>>> the week will mean a full day from 7:00am to 10:45pm between the two,
>>> with few breaks in between.
>>>
>>> I'm still learning to cook, but gone will be my luxury of spending a
>>> whole afternoon planning out an elaborate meal and merrily accomplishing
>>> it step-by-step. I will need to either be able to create things quickly
>>> on the spot, or do a 'set-and-forget' approach while I go study,
>>> hopefully with the end result being several days' worth of leftovers
>>> (eyes the slow-cooker).
>>>
>>> The problem is that I don't want to eat crap. A frozen pizza here and
>>> there or a burger might do in a pinch, but I don't want to rely on
>>> 'convenience food' if I can help it. I need to keep my mind sharp, my
>>> body strong, and my money to buy books and girls. I mean... pens and
>>> paper.
>>>
>>> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
>>> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any
>>> input.

>>
>> You need to consult with Jerry Sauk, Esq.

>
> i think he needs to hire a personal assistant.


He has "Fistina"...

-dk


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> Arri London wrote:
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>> Becca wrote:
>>> phaeton wrote:
>>>> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
>>>> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any
>>>> input.
>>>>
>>>> -J
>>> When you have the time, continue cooking the foods you enjoy and freeze
>>> them. Most foods freeze well, except for potatoes, they tend to fall
>>> apart.

>>
>> The frozen potatoes work just fine in soups or stews or to top
>> casseroles.
>>
>>> When I was a student, I ate sandwiches and I skipped meals because I was
>>> in a hurry. I was much thinner back then. lol
>>>
>>> Becca

>>
>> BTDT and was thinner as well

>
> I think Becca was referring to the already made soup or stew. After *they*
> are defrosted, the potatoes fall apart or dissolve.
>
>

So what. Doesn't matter, that just helps to thicken a vegetable beef soup,
makes it better... add a bit more liquid if one likes, stretches the meal.
And every poor student needs to keep an assortment of small pasta, various
grains like wild rice, and quick cooking legumes like lentils. If poor buy
broken wild rice, much less costly than perfect whole grains, just as tasty
and nourishing for like half the price. I'm far from poor and I still buy
broken wild rice, maybe why I'm not poor.


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Bob Muncie wrote:
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> Arri London wrote:
> >
> > Becca wrote:
> >> phaeton wrote:
> >>> So I ask, what are some simple yet effective meal ideas that you enjoy
> >>> or have enjoyed, or employed when time was scarce? Thanks for any input.
> >>>
> >>> -J
> >> When you have the time, continue cooking the foods you enjoy and freeze
> >> them. Most foods freeze well, except for potatoes, they tend to fall
> >> apart.

> >
> > The frozen potatoes work just fine in soups or stews or to top
> > casseroles.
> >
> >> When I was a student, I ate sandwiches and I skipped meals because I was
> >> in a hurry. I was much thinner back then. lol
> >>
> >> Becca

> >
> > BTDT and was thinner as well

>
> I think Becca was referring to the already made soup or stew. After
> *they* are defrosted, the potatoes fall apart or dissolve.
>
> Bob


Still no harm done. Potatoes in a reheated soup or stew fall apart
somewhat anyway
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Thanks everyone for the tips!

To answer an early question, I'm going back to school with the intent of
becoming a Registered Nurse. If I'm highly motivated at the end of this
trip, I might go all the way to a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

So yeah... I'm a guy who likes to cook, has seven pairs of shoes and
wants to be a nurse. Make of that what you will.


To answer to another point, here's the equipment I own thusfar:

slow cooker
8qt stock pot
stand mixer
blender
microwave

which coincides nicely with what many people have mentioned to do.
(soups, leftovers, etc)

Thanks again.

-J
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