Now, I think steamed chicken and rice sound really dull, BUT.... separating out portions of healthy chicken for yourself beforehand really help.
Posted by diamondgirl
DG, I haven't read through the entire thread, but these two paragraphs jumped out at me in your reply to Dread.
I love to cook. LOVE to cook. As is evident by my NON-hourglass figure. :-) (P.S. That also means I love to eat!) I know I'm an anomaly in today's age, where most people buy lunches and/or dinners to-go or go through drive-throughs or eat out all the time. But this is my creative side. My sister is in fashion, my brother in film, and I cook. :-)
I love experimenting with different flavors. And here's where a place like Penzey's Spices in Arlington comes into play. Steamed chicken and rice - plain - IS dull. But throw in some Aleppo pepper, or an herb blend, and you've got something that tastes good. I cannot stress enough - USE SPICES AND HERBS FOR FLAVOR! :-) Penzey's has small 1 oz. containers of their herbs and spices, so you don't have to spend a lot if you end up not liking what you bought. The store has "sniff jars" so you can check out their blends and see if it works for you. Christina's Spices in Cambridge also has bulk spices, sometimes more exotic than Penzey's.
I buy chicken in bulk and freeze it individually in foil. Same with pork tenderloin - BOGOF when they're on sale that way. Cut them in half and freeze them. When I know I need to cook something for dinner (or for work lunches), I take one or two out and defrost partially on the counter and finish defrosting in the fridge. Season it with salt, pepper, and whatever herb blend or marinade you've created, and it's easily pan-sauteed or baked for a lower calorie dish.
Instead of rice, try barley or quinoa. Barley, IMO, is MUCH more filling than rice so you'd eat less of it.
OK, off to read the rest of the thread...my exciting Friday night. :-)