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Healthy Meals at Home continued...

Cereal: With skim milk and fruit, it's a great quickie supper, Zanecosky says. "Especially if you eat a hot entrée at lunch in your office cafeteria, cereal is a great alternative. Add nuts, dried cherries or cranberries, and skim milk, and you've got a well-balanced meal."

Omelets: This tried-and-true favorite happens fast -- especially when a few fixings are always on hand. "I buy green, red, yellow peppers, sauté them with lots of onions, olive oil. They're always sitting in the fridge," Zanecosky tells WebMD. "We might add ham, chicken, or cheese, and the peppers."

Cook Big, Freeze Small: Once in a while, cook up some large-volume food -- a big batch of soup, a hefty pan of lasagna, lots of whole-wheat pasta, or rice, Moore suggests. Freeze it in small containers for handy use later.

"I always have chili in the freezer," adds Zanecosky. "I make big batches, loaded with sautéed peppers and onions, tomatoes -- but without the beans. They get weird, cardboardy, when you freeze them. When I thaw the chili, I just add a can of beans. Chili is a very healthy meal!"

Reviewed on January 26, 2005

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