Cooking for One

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-08-12 08:46:12 -0500
Started 2014-08-07 06:03:05 -0500

So many of us, even if we have a family, end up cooking for one…ourselves. Having a plan can really help and I found this neat article on some ideas to keep you motivated in the kitchen even when you are preparing for just one.

One thing that I try to do is make it exciting. Try a new recipe and really want to make it. That always helps me get inspired to cook.

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Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-08-12 08:46:12 -0500 Report

I have a hard enough time cooking for two, thankfully my husband likes everything I cook. He does like a coconut cream pie now and then though. I know it would be really hard doing it for just one.

crazeknot 2014-08-07 23:56:28 -0500 Report

Gabby here's what I do is make the recipe that serve 4 people . And freeze the other portions. & have them 4 another time

Glucerna 2014-08-07 17:09:36 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing these excellent ideas. I like to make meals feel special, even if I'm by myself, by setting the table with a colorful placemat and listening to good music. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-08-07 14:53:33 -0500 Report

Howdy Gabby
I hope it doesn't need to be said that this article is not specifically addressed to those of us with diabetes. It is addressed to the general population who have no issues with diabetes.

God's best to you

TLTanner 2014-08-07 13:29:10 -0500 Report

For us, it's now down to just the 2 of us. We will make a full recipe and freeze the leftovers. Some we will do in individual meals, some are put into individual containers or paired up (2 pork chops in a freezer baggie) and frozen. That way, in a week or two, we can have the same or similar meal another time without all the work. Only thing made from scratch then, might be the salad. :-D

We even make meatloaf in small individual loaf pans for easy freezing and serving at another time. That way too, if one of us is home alone at a meal time, there is always something in the freezer that can be heated up without much fuss. Yay for freezes! lol

TRay043 2014-08-07 16:21:32 -0500 Report

We have a lot in common, you have addressed this subject just as I would since I do almost the same thing exactly. I am the one that does the cooking as the caregiver for my wife who has Alzheimer's disease, it allows me time off from cooking every now and then.

Anonymous 2014-08-07 10:35:49 -0500 Report

That sounds good. I use several simple methods, to get some variety & avoid preservatives, (sometimes, anyway; I still succumb often to comfort food & junk food.)

these also allow for make-ahead meals & less wasted food.
1. keep big bowl of cooked pasta or brown rice on hand, made with only basic, or light seasoning, like salt/salt sub, black pepper, garlic. also a big green salad.
2. prep ingredients ahead of time—chop fruit/vegs, boil eggs, etc.
3. keep containers of batter or dough & individual servings of complete meals & meats & fruits/vegs in freezer. It saves a lot of time, and food, if I take only as much celery (or whatever) as I need right then.

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