I'll admit to having retarded taste buds--I only marginally appreciate a $50 wine over Two-Buck Chuck and enjoy the food at Red Lobster more than at frou-frou places.
But if you're looking to wring an extra hour or two from your day, you might find at least some of my minute-pinching ideas worth trying.
Nearly every day, I have oatmeal, although occasionally, I can't restrain myself from running out to get a cinnamon roll from the donut shop.
While the quick-oats are microwaving, I pour a bit of frozen fruit into a dish and pull out a bag of chopped walnuts. When the oatmeal is done, I defrost the fruit in the microwave for 45 seconds.
While it's defrosting, to the oatmeal, I add a tablespoon of brown sugar and walnuts. By that time the fruit has defrosted. I add the fruit and in three minutes, voila, I have a healthy, tasty, filling, inexpensive breakfast. I wash it down with a little nonfat milk. (Yes, I drink it out of the container to save time and having to wash a dish.)
Other days, I'll substitute an almond butter sandwich on whole wheat bread. Or I'll have a tuna sandwich, just mixing mayonnaise into the can and spooning it onto the bread. I accompany it with a tomato and a pickle.
Yet other days, I'll add chicken pieces, microwaved frozen broccoli, frozen leeks to ready-in-3-minutes frozen brown rice, adding parmesan cheese for flavor.
If I'm not very hungry, I'll just microwave some frozen broccoli and throw some parmesan over it.
For dinner, I usually just choose one of those lunches other than the one I had for lunch that day.
I do cheat--for example, the puff-pastry pizza from Trader Joe's.
For dessert, I'll have fruit or frozen yogurt.
One or two nights a week, I have a glass of wine, usually while answering email.
I keep a bag of peeled baby carrots and fruit at eye level in the fridge so I'm not tempted by high-calorie options, which I try--not always successfully--to keep out of the house. (Port Salut cheese is a weakness.)
And in a rather vain attempt to keep my weight down, I have a hot-pink sign at eye level on the fridge: Stay conscious! That reminds me to stop eating, not when I'm full, but when I'm no longer hungry. That only works some of the time. I'm still trying to lose that dozen pounds.