Long, busy summer running a day camp. Looking for quick, easy, yummy meal ideas.... help me not to starve!
posted by hasna to food & drink (8 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be pretty busy at work all summer, and I'm looking for easy, cheap meal ideas. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I have 8 weeks of this crazy work schedule, so I'm looking for some variety!
Breakfasts should be something I have eat on the bus, ideally, lunches can be hot or cold, but nothing with a lot of lunch-time assembly (I work with kids, and so I'll be helping the kids with their lunches at the same time), and dinners should be closer to comfort food. I can spend about an hour or two (plus grocery shopping) on the weekends preparing, but I don't want to spend a lot of time on it during the week. Something I can grab and go. Say, 2-3 minutes for breakfast, and no more than 5 minutes in the morning getting lunch prepared. I'm ok with dinners that take a while to cook (up to 30-45 minutes), but I don't want a lot of prep time or dishes!! I'm not against disposable packaging for this season of my life.
I prefer strong flavors (soy sauce, hot sauce, cheeses, etc), and have no allergies, but I don't eat mushrooms, seafood, or pork. I prefer healthy, but within reason (ie: chicken fingers and salad would be ok, chicken fingers and fries would not). I have a particular affinity for Indian, Mexican, and Korean, but anything is ok. Try as I may to eat leftovers (ie: last night's spaghetti), it just doesn't happen. It ends up in the trash a week later. I have an oven, toaster oven, and microwave at home, and a microwave and fridge/freezer at work. I can leave food in the fridge during the week.
Things that have worked before:
- pre-packaged breakfast burritos
- I made a whole bunch of potato/couscous/taboulleh salads, bought a roast chicken, and then just threw a bunch of each in a tupperware each morning.
- A bag of unbaked, homemade spinach flautas in the freezer, 3 thrown in the oven when I get home
- I made a large batch of enchiladas (unbaked), and put them in small tin foil pans. to freeze. I'd take one out in the morning, and pop it in the oven when I got home, eating it right out of the pan. Only a fork to wash!
- Frozen "Lean Cuisine" for really desperate days
- Various bags of chopped raw veggies and a tub of hummus.
- Pouches of "boil in a bag" Indian curries. I just make a pot of rice, and eat some with a different curry each day.
I can spend up to $100/week on food, but that includes any takeout or whatever.
Sorry to make this question so long!
Thanks in advance, mefites!