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Four ways to create diet meals

Updated on June 12, 2010
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These are 3 Marie Calender's meals.On the left is herb roasted chicken at 460 calories, on top is Salisbury steak at 370 calories and to the right is Turkey and Stuffing at 350 calories they all weigh in at 14oz. which is sure to satisfy!
These are 3 Marie Calender's meals.On the left is herb roasted chicken at 460 calories, on top is Salisbury steak at 370 calories and to the right is Turkey and Stuffing at 350 calories they all weigh in at 14oz. which is sure to satisfy!
Left and top are Healthy choice Marie Calender's is on the right.
Left and top are Healthy choice Marie Calender's is on the right.
Check out my jalapeno cheese meatloaf hub.
Check out my jalapeno cheese meatloaf hub.
At 450 calories,my jalapeno Cheese recipe,served up in a re-used Marie Calender's makes dieting easy!
At 450 calories,my jalapeno Cheese recipe,served up in a re-used Marie Calender's makes dieting easy!

Counting calories got a whole lot easier!

Please read this disclaimer. Before beginning any diet or excercise program consult with your physician. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist so the information that I am going to share with you should be considered strictly ancedotal.

Your first option is to sign up for Jenny Craig or NutriSystem, both have been very successful. NutriSystem is about 11 dollars a day with auto ship. With auto ship the food keeps on coming, but so do the bills! For a couple that's $666.00 per month. And if you stick with the program that's $666.00 a month for life! Jenny Craig says at their website that on average, their clients only spend one dollar a day more for meals than the average household. Although both programs are convenient, I think your'e bound to get some food you just plain don't like, because it's shipped to you sight unseen.

The second option is to integrate frozen dinners such as Healthy Choice or my personal favorite Marie Calender's, in with homemade breakfasts and or lunches. Both of these meals, along with Banquet and several others, are made by Congra- Foods the " 800 pound gorilla" of the frozen food isle in your super market. They usually cost between $2.00 and $3.00 each with Banquets and several others going for less than $2.00. The calories in these generally range from 300 to 420 each. Nutrition wise they have came along way from the tv dinners of old. Although they do contain some preservatives and slightly elevated sodium amounts (generally higher than 33% of the recomened daily allowance), as a whole, the average American would be better off eating these than what they are currently consuming.

The third option is to "re-use" the black pvc type plates that come with Healthy Choice or Marie Calender meals. They are excellent in providing portion control and can be put in the dishwasher, vacuum sealed and then frozen many times! When I say many, I'm talking 50 or more! Buy a huge Frozen Entree, say a Wal-mart brand lasagna and fill up the main course section, then fill in one section with frozen vegetables and the other with a sugar free pie filling like cherry or apple. It's pretty hard to get more than 450 calories in one of these plates! If the lasagna says 300 calories a serving and the box has 12 servings cut it into 12 equal servings. Take notes then next time you know how many calories it is! With the other two compartments pour water into each one then pour the water into a measuring cup. Now you know how much vegetables or pie filling your using, check the can and figure out your calories for the entire meal. You can then take a food saver and vacuum seal the left over meals! Get a marker and write the date and calorie amount on the meal!

The forth and final option is to reuse the pcv plates with your own complete home made meals. This is the cheapest and healthiest option but not the most convenient! You're going to have to research the calorie count of everything you use! I'm sure that all of those empty pvc plates will give you plenty of inspiration to create your own meals. When you cook, make large meals that can be individually vacuum sealed and then froze, so that you have an entire array of different meals that can be nuked and ready to eat in 5 minutes (take that at Rachael Ray)!

Pssssst! you can incorperate more than one of these options at a time!

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    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great idea. Great hub. Useful and interesting.

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      We first learned that Healthy Choice meals were not only a great value $2.00-$2.50, but they were fairly filling and you could eat them three times a day and lose weight! Then we began investigating filling the trays (which are extremely durable)with regular every day food, and discovered that it is very hard to exceed 2000 calories no matter what you put in them(leveled off measurements)! Thanks Dr.irum for your post!

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Eating healthy is really pretty easy with these plates. Just fill in the trays with the proper kinds of food and the calories are controlled for you! Thanks billyaustindillon for your post!

    • Dr irum profile image

      Dr irum 

      8 years ago

      Awesome information with great tips .I learned some new things by reading your hub .Thanks

    • billyaustindillon profile image

      billyaustindillon 

      8 years ago

      Some good tips here - the key is having a plan and know what you are puuting in your body!

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Thanks suny51 for kind words! It was your question about search engine rank, that inspired me to write "why I'm big on Digg!" For that I owe you much thanks!

    • suny51 profile image

      suny51 

      8 years ago

      Hello Nifty,these are worthy informations for health conscious people.Thank you.Useful I have mentioned your name at the bottom of my latest hub now this is up to you how you read this hub, as a funny one or as the in-sight of its message

    • nifty@50 profile imageAUTHOR

      nifty@50 

      8 years ago

      Thanks celinewayne for your post! Portion control is the corner stone of virtually every diet plan out there, yet because it is hard to capitalize on, it is over looked. Think about it, going out and sharing a large meal and paying half price, that's not going to make anyone richer but the customer (thinner too)!

    • celinewayne profile image

      celinewayne 

      8 years ago

      i'm on diet now,

      this post is really helpful =)thanks nifty!

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