Posted: 13/07/2015 at 16:29
Lots of good tips above!!
When I am trying to lose a few pounds I have to plan a week's menu to get all the shopping and planning out of the way in one go and I find it easiest to plan meals which require the least amount of last minute cooking. That's because thinking about food makes me hungry, prepping food when hungry leads to 'picking' and the place where there is most temptation is in the kitchen and the shops. So it's much better for me to spend less time in either of these places and to prepare as much as possible in advance when I'm not hungry.
I also find it easiest just to have the same things for breakfast each day (cereal, fruit & tea), a limited selection of things for lunch (easiest thing is a huge vat of soup made from lots of root vegetables cooked in stock for about 2 hrs in the oven and zuzzed up - no fat, few calories, quite thick and satisfying, prep time = time to peel veg & zuzz, makes several days worth, can be frozen). For dinner I have a rota of about 10 meals - many of which are prepared in bulk, in advance (veg curry, sweet & sour chicken etc).
For recipe ideas I found the Rosemary Conneley Inch Loss Plan very useful and the freezer is my best friend. Prepare low cal meals in bulk, freeze and then quick & easy to reheat on the day.
I also prepare a huge bowl of fruit salad type stuff (pineapple, oranges, grapefruit usually) which sits in the fridge for about 3 days over which period I can pick at it if I'm feeling peckish / need something sweet or use it as a dessert. Again it's about having a purge & getting all the prep for several days done in one go.