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Good Foods To Have Handy When You need a Quick Meal

Updated on June 27, 2011

be prepared

I do not sit down to three big meals a day. My eating style is closer to grazing than it is traditional dining. I start the morning with either eggs, usually an omelet with spinach and maybe cheese or a power shake or fruit cocktail and yogurt. Then, over the course of the day, I eat raw vegetables, for example, green peppers, celery, radishes, tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower to name a few.

Of course we cannot live by vegetables alone so fruit is another must have. Berries, in season are most welcome and can be added to many dishes or enjoyed by themselves.

Eggs make a great quick snack, you can scramble them in few minutes or make an omlette.

Boil 4 eggs and keep them in the fridge for a quick fix. When you want to eat them add some hot sauce and black pepper.

I also pre-make meals such as soup and stews and freeze them for future use. It helps to have on hand cans of chick peas, tomato sauce and packages of pre-made taboulleh.

For flavouring I have apple cider vinegar, limes and lemons. These three go well together or are fine all by themselves.

Fruit cocktail recipe:


I use whatever fruit I have handy but generally:

1/2 cup seasonal berries, blueberries, raspeberries, strawberries,

1/4 cup sliced bananas or use orange slices

3- 4 whole almonds

lime or lemon juice, cinammon, nutmeg to flavour.

place fruit in in medium size cereal bowl, add lemon or lime juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, use spoon to stir and eat.

Chick peas are essentail. They are versatile an deasy to usue. I buy both canned and dry chick peas. To make sure I have some chick peas ready to toss into a salad or a stir fry, I open a can of peas, put them in my colander, wash them and then place them in an air tight container and put that in the fridge.

I often add a tablespoon of lime or lemon to them before refrigerating.

This way they marinate will waiting for use. Sometimes a dash of hot sauce, either instead or as well.

I like to have dill pickles, picked onions and pickled beets in the fridge. They are eaten a few minutes before a meal and sometimes a few pickled beets are all I actually need.

This way when I get hungry or feel a snack attack coming on I have something healthy, handy, that at the most will take me ten minutes to prepare. Pre-packaged hummus also comes in handy.

I use part of my Sunday to make tomato sauce and soup so that I can replenish my freezer stock and always have something on hand to feed us. Food preparation is a creative act and all you need is some ingredients, a little basic knowledge and the desire to eat well.

chick pea and fruit salad Bob Ewing photo
chick pea and fruit salad Bob Ewing photo


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    Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick

    I agree, thanks for dropping by.

  • MikeNV profile image

    MikeNV 8 years ago from Henderson, NV

    I love chickpeas. I voted this up because I believe if people would stop eating all the processed diet crap in the local market and start eating REAL FOOD like this not only would they lose weight, they would feel so much better!