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Fast food/QSR-filter: Who typically gets their meal comped? And why?

I am trying to compile a list of who typically can expect to receive a free meal at fast food, casual dining, or quick service restaurants. One example would be uniformed police officers. I'd like to hear from people who worked in such places or know about these things. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Mar 9, 2014 - 39 answers

 

Transitioning off the turkey sandwich diet

Looking for easy/cheap/healthy vegetarian lunches [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Feb 22, 2014 - 30 answers

Planning meals for a week

What are some tips and techniques for weekly meal planning? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Jan 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Need easy weeknight family meal recipes

I know there have been many, many recipe questions on AskMe. I'm sorry to contribute yet another one. But I am in search of simple, quick meals that will actually be eaten by my small family. [more inside]
posted by barnoley on Dec 30, 2013 - 56 answers

Recommendations for an online meal planner?

I need to be better about managing my grocery budget and streamlining my time in the kitchen. I've just started poking around for options but I'm eager for hive mind recommendations. The main caveat is that I'm in Canada, which has ruled the promising foodonthetable.com. Something that allows you to cost meals fairly easily would be nice. Please pardon any typos--mobile AskMeing is a bit tricksy.
posted by Decimask on Nov 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Cross-cultural meal times & frequency

How standard is the 3-meals-a-day eating behaviour? What about times of day for eating, x-culturally? It would be interesting to hear any insights from folks outside of North America. Thank you!
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Nov 22, 2013 - 22 answers

I can't do much, but I can help cook! Best recipes for freezing, please!

Going home unexpectedly for a week this December because of a sick parent. Aside from being there for moral support, I would like to help make food for future meals. Snowflakes within. [more inside]
posted by Kitteh on Nov 22, 2013 - 12 answers

Toddler hunger strike

I know that picky toddlers are so common they are a cliché, but I really need help with mine. He has nutritional deficiencies that have disrupted his sleep (and therefore his daytime mood) due to his unwillingness to eat anything but cheerios, crackers, and fruit. We've tried different strategies but nothing seems to work. Advice? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 4, 2013 - 40 answers

Simple, tasty recipes for a nomad

For the next 8 months I'll be moving cities every 4 days or so and I'm doing a lot of couchsurfing. I like to prepare a meal for my hosts as a thank you and I'd like some suggestions for meal ideas. I can't travel with a fully stocked pantry, so meals that have few ingredients (preferably things readily available in South America, Europe, and Asia) are important. Advise me, culinary geniuses of mefi! [more inside]
posted by horizons on Oct 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Tasty no-fridge, no-cook shelf stable meals

In the past few months I have found two different brands of shelf-stable meals that I love: GoPicnic and St. Dalfour's Gourmet on the Go. The key things for me are: these meals don't require refrigeration, they don't require cooking, they taste good, they're usually less than 400 calories per container, and they are both healthier and cheaper than the fast food near my school's campus. Do you know of any other brands like this? I didn't even know these existed until earlier this year, and googling keeps getting me things that require cooking and/or are not tasty.
posted by ocherdraco on Oct 11, 2013 - 14 answers

What are some meals that are nearly all fruits & vegetables?

The other day I made a meal that was nearly all vegetables -- sweet potatoes, roasted asparagus, and an apple, arugula, and feta salad. It was a great meal and I didn't even realize until I was eating it that it was basically all vegetables, rather than my normal routine of basing a meal around a starch (although the sweet potato does have a lot of carbs). I'm looking for more full-meal ideas where vegetables make up a lion's share of the meal. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Jun 18, 2013 - 26 answers

Freezable shortcrust pastry recipes?

For some reason, I have 4 packets of shortcrust pastry in my freezer taking up what little room I have. Can you a) recommend delicious recipes that best make use of this instead of say, puff pastry, and b) also if possible include recipes that freeze well as I'm about to have a newborn and would like to clear this space in my freezer and fill it with meals we can just defrost and cook/eat once the baby comes. Could the recipe say at what point to freeze (before or after cooking). Savoury preferred but dessert ok in a pinch. Extra points if they're toddler friendly. Even if they can't be frozen, anything that uses it up will be appreciated.
posted by Jubey on Jun 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Any resources for meal ideas instead of just recipes?

So we clearly have the recipes question taken care of, but I need help with constructing meals. [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah on May 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Yogurt Par - Fait Accompli

Instead of buying individual yogurt cups in artificial dessert case flavors, I buy a large container of greek yogurt once a week and make parfaits in these containers for a grab&go breakfast. I need more ideas for delicious things to mix into plain yogurt. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Feb 19, 2013 - 67 answers

It's hard to cook when you're busy crying

My uncle is in the hospital, and may soon be in hospice for end-of-life care. My aunt has been carrying the weight of both their worlds, as well as his care, for too long, and she's exhausted and bereaved. Please help me find a way to take the small responsibility of feeding herself off her to-do list. [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE on Feb 7, 2013 - 13 answers

How to use up peanut butter?

I have a bunch of peanut butter that I need to use up, but I'm running out of ideas. I would particularly appreciate recipe ideas that I can use in meals, though all I can ever really think of is perhaps Thai-style chicken/noodles, or PB&J sandwiches, or fruit with peanut butter dip. I know there's also stuff like peanut butter cookies and other baking goodies, but I'm trying to avoid sugar-bombing my diet too badly. Please help me with ideas!
posted by macsigler on Jan 13, 2013 - 34 answers

Delicious "no-cook" dishes in under 30 min?

I recently came across this awesomeness of a Daal recipe. It blew me away, not only with its amazing flavor, but the fact that you actually don't have to cook. I mean you chop one onion, dump all the ingredients in and less than 30 minutes later, you have an amazing meal. Which immediately made me wonder, are there any other awesomely tasty recipes out there which I could add to my repertoire of fast and easy?
posted by kitchencrush on Dec 13, 2012 - 26 answers

Why does eating make me feel like crap?

I love food, but eating makes me feel terrible. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by windykites on Dec 3, 2012 - 15 answers

Please help me brainstorm around this flurry of snowflakey meal requirements

Help me add new dishes to the menu. Difficult level: kosher-style, pescaphobic, non-dairy, mushroom hater. [more inside]
posted by bq on Nov 27, 2012 - 17 answers

Have you tried a meal-planning recipe subscription?

If you've used a meal-planning service: how was it? Do you recommend it? I read this article in the New York Times and am intrigued. The companies mentioned in the article are Saving Dinner, the Fresh 20, the Six O'Clock Scramble, and eMeals.
posted by The corpse in the library on Aug 24, 2012 - 13 answers

Pleasant Peasant Fare

Help me stretch my budget with new 'old' recipes? Looking for 'heritage' meals that might be technically challenging or time-costly, but use cheap ingredients. [more inside]
posted by Catch on Jul 15, 2012 - 22 answers

Baconmayo

I'm considering making some mayonnaise with bacon grease. I'd love some input on the idea. [more inside]
posted by kavasa on Jul 7, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I eat without cooking?

I know how to cook from scratch. Help me not do that this summer. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jun 18, 2012 - 29 answers

Om nom nom... hey kid! Gimme back my taco!!

Long, busy summer running a day camp. Looking for quick, easy, yummy meal ideas.... help me not to starve! [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jun 18, 2012 - 8 answers

“Hey baby, do you like fine cooking? Cause you know what? I got Swanson's Dinner in the freezer with your name on it."

How can I learn to like cooking? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on May 29, 2012 - 32 answers

What's for dinner in Cowtown?

Where do I* want to eat in Calgary? *I and a dozen colleagues. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Mar 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me eat a balanced meal

I saw a nutritionist and she recommended for lunch and dinner I make sure that 50% of my meal be vegetables, 25% lean protein, and 25% a starch of whole grains with only a minimal amount of dressing or oil for cooking. Beans are great, but count as a starch and a protein. The vegetables can really be any vegetable except potatoes (too starchy). So far I've been (1) eating salads with chicken or pork and (2) vegetable fajitas with whole wheat tortillas and beans (maybe too starchy because it counts as two starches, but I like it). Any other ideas for these eating parameters? I need suggestions for things that I can cook at home very quickly (preparation and cooling 20 minutes or less really don't have a lot of time) and things that I can order in restaurants. Thanks!!!!
posted by bananafish on Mar 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Safe, simple recipes for diabetics.

I need safe, simple recipes for a friend who has just discovered she is diabetic. [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Dec 20, 2011 - 16 answers

Chicken again?

Best "gateway" foods for uninspired palates? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Nov 21, 2011 - 28 answers

Best foil parcel recipes?

I'm looking for simple and delicious foil parcel recipes. I've only got access to an oven and limited preparation space in my kitchen for a while and thought this might be the solution for all in one meals that involve minimal washing up. I've got some Jamie Oliver fish/chicken ones - any other ideas?
posted by janecr on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers

A Prince-loving vegan travels to Minneapolis with a CPAP machine. Then some joke of some kind occurs.

I'm about to head to the Netroots Nation conference in Minneapolis, and as a vegan traveling for the first time with a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea, I have a few questions - snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Jun 14, 2011 - 15 answers

How to plan healthy meals and snacks for nights where I take classes?

I am taking some classes and getting out of the house a few days a week. Yay for trying to fix my social life, but what am I going to do about dinner? Special diet and situational details inside. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 10, 2011 - 11 answers

I Like It Raw

Help me come up with raw food (balanced) meal ideas, please. [more inside]
posted by iNurtureTheOdd on Mar 27, 2011 - 4 answers

speed eating for dummies

How do you shop so that food doesn't go bad before you can eat it? [more inside]
posted by motsque on Mar 10, 2011 - 36 answers

Share Your Grainless Recipes!

Help my sanity - share your grainless vegetarian recipes! I can't tolerate any grains, rice, oat, barley, wheat, corn, quinoa, etc. This means that traditional "gluten free" replacements are out of the question. I'm starting to hit the wall in terms of being able to deal with it, and I need some variety in my diet! Right now, I'm avoiding eating because it's so disheartening, and I want the joy back in meal times. A sample of what I eat currently under the fold. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Feb 4, 2011 - 89 answers

Meal home delivery options in Pittsburgh

What places are available to deliver food and/or prepared meals to a family in the Pittsburgh area? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on Jan 25, 2011 - 9 answers

A non-chef attempts to make delicious frozen meals.

Help me generate ideas for delicious meals that are designed to be frozen. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises on Jan 11, 2011 - 17 answers

time to eat the veggies!

What are your favorite all (or nearly all) vegetable recipes, that are tasty and fulfilling enough to be a main dish on their own? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Oct 6, 2010 - 39 answers

A freezer for your thoughts.

I want to start batch cooking my lunches for the month. I want to create delicious, HEALTHY individually-portioned frozen meals that I can pop in the microwave. Other catch: they have to be relatively cheap to make. Suggestions for recipes that fit the bill?
posted by corn_bread on Sep 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Remind me how to eat

I've been skipping meals. Help me knock it off and be healthy. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Sep 25, 2010 - 36 answers

sine qua nom

I live in an area of great food-market diversity. Tell me about some awesome (vegetarian) food products of foreign provenance, and how I can use them! [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 18, 2010 - 23 answers

Actual meals, shipped to the other coast, for new parents?

I would like to send actual _meals_ to a friend who is about to have a baby. Problem: I'm East Coast, she's West Coast, and most of the "welcome new baby gift baskets" I've found online seem to be fairly lame? (Though I'm not a parent, so am I wrong?) Help please! [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Jul 8, 2010 - 10 answers

What are some non-spicy vegetarian recipes?

I am cutting down on pork, carbs and red meat. I would like my new diet to lean towards vegetarian meals. I can't handle spicy food and it seems like most of the recipes I keep finding are spicy and/or have curry. I also do not eat fish/seafood. [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz on Jul 6, 2010 - 25 answers

I KNOW we can do better!!

My family has terrible eating habits. Just awful, I'm ashamed of how my family eats sometimes. Help me turn our eating around.. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Jun 26, 2010 - 23 answers

Help me eat like a human being this summer!

The problem: Cooking for myself this summer. Context and limitations: College dorm room [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jun 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Mr Lunch

AWESOME VEGETARIAN LUNCHBOX COMBOS! I have decided it will be exciting to pack actual lunchboxes for uni. Help me with some lists of good things to go together. Both really simple and more elaborate menus please. Plus really cheap vs more expensive options. [more inside]
posted by KLF on Apr 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me come up with ways to make my meal plan appealing!

I recently started working with a nutritionist, and have been given a framework for all my meals, but the actual meal planning is up to me. So far, everything has been really easy to incorporate into my lifestyle except for dinners, so I am hoping that the hive mind can help me come up with some tasty ideas that fit in with the guidelines I've been given...whether they're recipes, resources for recipes, or just tips on how to turn a "grilled chicken breast" type meal into something that's actually appealing. [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 on Mar 22, 2010 - 25 answers

Pre-workout snacks?

I need pre-workout snack ideas. The problem? It must be liquid! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Mindful Eating with ADD

Mindful Eating: I know how to eat out alone. How do I eat in alone? [more inside]
posted by Tall Telephone Pea on Feb 19, 2010 - 28 answers

Help me wrap and present delicious but frozen food.

This Christmas, I'm giving everyone the gift of delicious and healthy home-cooked meals, but I'm blanking on how to wrap and/or present them at the Christmas Eve festivities. Everything will be pre-frozen, which probably rules out putting them by the tree with the other gifts, and the only other solution I can think of is leaving them in my car and letting everyone take theirs on the way home, which is lame. There must be a better way. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Dec 2, 2009 - 15 answers

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