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I'm 22 years old. I live in Edinburgh, Scotland. Including commuting time I spend over 12 hours a day at work/travelling (7 til 7 generally) 5 days a week, and as a result of this I have become incredibly lazy when it comes to food.
I consider myself a bit overweight (I'm maybe 5foot 10, 177lbs) according to an internet BMI calculator I'm 25.4 (it says normal is 18.5-25). I've been going to the gym 2/3 times a week for a couple of months now (again I've been a bit lazy and naughty recently and not been as regular) and I generally do 30-40 minutes of jogging (about 5km), maybe some cycling/rowing, and I've just started some light weights/resistance training, plus I walk about 3 miles to work every day. I've noticed myself trimming down but I still have a bit of flab on my love handles and slight man boobs. I'm pretty sure that this is due to the generally large portions of carbilicious food's I've been eating.
When I get home from work I'm generally exhausted and I have been very prone to just throwing some pasta on and covering it in pesto and cheese. This is such an easy/quick meal to make and being brutally honest it's just pure lazyness on my part. Grocery shopping can be awkward for me as I live in town and the only shops nearby are 'Metro' supermarkets with limited options. I've just started ordering food for online delivery from Asda so I can get access to a much larger variety of foods. Plus I live nearby to several smaller 'vegetable' grocers that I can get quite a good selection of fruit and veg from. The main issue is not getting home till after 7pm when most of these shops are closed.
What I'm looking for here is a list of suggestions for meals that I can really use to vary my diet substantially. I'll eat almost everything except from mushrooms, and although I do love me some meat I'd be quite interested in hearing some vegetarian options if you have any. I'm a big fan of spicy foods, and I eat a lot of garlic. I'm fond of mexican, indian and italian although I've only really experimented with the staples (bolognaise, lasagne, burritos). Herbs/condiments shouldn't be an issue, and I make goodish money so I'm able to buy whatever I need really.
Hopefully from this thread I'll be able to compile 7 or 8 new meals that I can try out. Anything you have is appreciated - soups, salads, curries, sandwiches, breakfasts, meaty feasts... Especially things that I could make a big batch of for lunches/other meals.
If you don't want to type out recipes, links to recipes are also great.
I'll start it off with what I generally have for breakfast (if I can drag myself out of bed early enough):
Breakfast - 1 Banana sliced, 1 apple sliced, organic yoghurt, granola.
Lunch - Soup from cafetria, roll,
TL: DR Version...
I eat unhealthily with a very bland diet. I'm looking for 7 or 8 new recipes to try out. I'm game for anything apart from mushrooms. Cheers!