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Ideas please

Hi all,

I get back from the gym at 9pm and have my Surge. Problem is, I’m getting sick of my 10pm meal (last meal before bed).

First, let me tell you I can’t cook. It has to be something quick and easy.

I usually have speghetti with ground beef. An MRP with fish oil or oatmeal would be easiest but I rather have a whole food meal.

All ideas or suggestions for a 500-600 calorie meal are welcome (esp. quick recipies for cooking chicken breasts)! Thanks.

Saute some fresh veggies and diced chicken in olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. If you dont want to do that, then pre cook chx in the oven and steam your veggies in the microwave, then add them together and season them with salt,pepper and garlic.

Heat a skillet to med. high. When it’s up to temp. add some olive oil, garlic powder, pepper, and seasoning salt. Toss in your boneless skinless chicken breasts and sear on both sides. Add half a bag of frozen veggies ( I use chopped brocolli, green beans, or the fiesta mix) reduce the heat to about low and cover. The chicken is usually done about the time the veggies are hot. It doesn’t take a lot of watching and the whole thing takes about 15 minutes or so.

get yourself a hamilton beach grill or George foreman grill. The chicken breast cooks in about 9 mins. Nice an juicey when cooked with either. One thing i am wondering about is if i am cutting right now, and i train at night (9pm) is it ok to eat a meal at 11:30pm or will these cals get stored because i am in bed about 30 mins later.

I always like the ground beef/spaghetti meal its pretty quick… but a chicken breast or two in some olive oil is great with a few veggies tossed in (make sure you cover the chicken to make it cook fast)… . I also find that if I cut up a chicken breast into a few pieces and bake it on a tray it cooks quite fast. . about 350 - 400 degrees I believe…

You can find the answer to your question in the David Barr article in this weeks issue of tmag…

One of my favorite meals that I usually have as my last or one of my evening meals is Long grain brown rice, black beans, Whole wheat tortilla and chicken made into a burrito. Just add hot sauce!! It’s like a small chipotle burrito.

Precook some pasta and then quickly cool. Toss in olive oil and store in the fridge (or prepare during the next steps). In a pan (a wok is best) heat some olive oil, then sweat diced onion and garlic. Add diced chicken breast, and cook till done. Add a handful of diced tomatoe, chopped cilantro, and the juice of 1/2 lemon (lime is good also). Add your cooked pasta and season with salt, pepper and chili flakes, and saute till hot. If you want, you can make a large batch, store it in the fridge and microwave a portion when you are hungry. Also feel free to add whatever veggies you have handy. I like to occasionally add a handful of spinach/broccoli or if I’m really in a pinch, a handful of frozen veggies. I sometimes use sliced beef or even ground beef.

boiled chicken + baked beans

is there any reason why you don’t drink surge before and during your workout. this would cut down on the liquid volume you need to have after the workout allowing for better digestion of your pre-bedtime meal. If eating is a problem make yourself a casein shake and have that along with some fish oil caps and any quick cooking meat you can cook, like a burger or a thin steak. The fastest way to cook ground beef is to cut it into a lot of pieces like in sloppy joe. Within 2 minutes you have half a pound of beef cooked in a small pan. laters pk

Thanks to everyone for their ideas. Please keep them coming.

pkradgreek, the reason I don’t do that is because I take a preworkout drink and I hate lugging around a shaker bottle during workouts.

Not to be a dick, but you can’t cook and you don’t want to lug around a drink during your workout? Sounds to me like you could make your life a little easier by sucking it up a bit.


Learn to cook. Take a bottle with you when you work out.


Jeez.