My standard fare meal has become canned pinto beans, a variation on Spanish
rice and some mixed vegetables steamed on top. I find that if I keep some rice
prepared in the fridge and keep vegetables on hand, I can pull this together in
very little time and it satisfies. If you add some corn tortillas, you stray
slightly from the McDougal plan, but it makes a hearty meal.
The other favorite easy meal is baked potatoes with vegetarian chili and some
steamed vegetables or chopped peppers/onions and barbecue sauce.
My favorite snack is tea, rice cakes, with a bit of fruit spread. I'm really
comfortable extending the plan somewhat and will treat myself to nonfat plain
yogurt with fruit spread stirred in for a dessert every now and again.
Breakfast is almost always oatmeal with raisins or other dried fruit. Another
alternative is fatfree granola with rice milk.
The packaged cups of stuff are a great alternative for fast, easy lunches.
For me, the key to the successful change is to think ahead about quick and easy
meals. If I don't, I'll come home from a long day and revert to old habits
just because I can't think of anything else.