Menus for single folks

Sunday, April 04, 2010

I keep thinking it's time to start following the menus on this site. A lot of the recipes and food combinations look really good. The problem I have is that it's not easy to cook for one. I can make smaller portions of some recipes but still - if I make the vegetarian chili that is recommended for one of my meals this week I'll have lots of leftovers. Not a problem to freeze some but if I keep following the recommended menus my freezer will be overflowing in no time!

Also, eating 1 cup of cauliflower or 2 spears of broccoli or 5 stalks of asparagus or isn't hard but you can't buy those vegetables in those quantities. Fruit is a little easier although my week's menu says 2 wedges of cantaloupe and 2 slices of pineapple. What do I do with the rest of the fruit? How about the rest of the sour cream after I use 4 tbsp? Or the corn chex cereal after I eat 1 cup?

I guess I just need to pick one and then use it as a substitute for the other vegetables/fruit so I'm not wasting a lot of food.

This is one of the few things I do not like about being single - figuring out meals!! I'm not a big eater, so what I often do (which I know is not a good habit) is eat just one part of a healthy meal. For example, dinner might be just spaghetti or just a salad or just a chicken breast or just a baked potato. Making meals with all the recommended components and portions is very difficult when you are doing it for one...
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    I cook for two and it is hard enough for me. You got some good ideas here. I do a lot of freezing of leftovers and we eat a lot of frozen fruits on whole grain cereal. Don't give up, you will come up with a good plan.
    2909 days ago
    Hi Sunbeamgurl. I do have a food saver and you are so right, I use it all the time and love it. Defintely worth the investment. I even bought a set of the canisters which is great for storing nuts, cereals, etc.

    I just dug my food scale out of the pantry where it's been collecting dust for the past five years. Will be a very valuable tool for portioning my food. For me I think eating the right portions and eating balanced meals are the key. If I start doing that I will lose weight and have more energy...
    2909 days ago
    Oh man, cooking for 1....bleh! You're so right! I read your entry and was thinking the WHOLE time: totally reading my mind! LOL I finally just buy meat in bulk and freeze 1 serving sizes in bags. If I cook lots, I freeze it. Yes, it is hard to not eat the same all the time. Get a food saver, or cheaper knock-off. I have a cheapo from my folks. It saves on freezer space! :) LOL
    2909 days ago

    This is the first blog I've ever started and I didn't anticipate getting any comments. It was very cool to receive several!

    Thanks for the suggestions and encouragement.

    Percy - great suggestion but I have chronic fatigue. Working full time and trying to keep up with house/yard work takes all my energy. I rarely feel up to cooking for a group. Your idea made me think of another option though. I think I'll invite another single friend over for a day of cooking. We can cook and split different recipes. Then I'll portion mine out and freeze them.

    MrsGixxer - thanks for the encouragement and the smoothie recipe. I do love smoothies, especially in the warmer months. I will try it for sure.

    USMAWife - I'll check out the website you sent, however I want to try and use the recipes on this site as much as possible. The reason is that this site takes into account my health issues/concerns and then suggests appropriate recipes. My hope is that by using their menu I will not only drop the extra pounds I will also lower my cholesterol, increase my iron intake, etc.
    2909 days ago
    Might I sugggest receipe sites where you can actually type in the number of servings you want for a receipe.

    There are a lot out there such as In there you can enter the number of servings and it will tell you how much food you need. Even if you use the servings for 2 you can have another meal that could be used later.

    Yesterday when I was in the store, I saw this mini ham that was designed for a single or a couple who did not want a lot of food. Good idea on that manufactuers part
    2909 days ago
    I can't imagine how hard that must be. I would say just keep experimenting. You have some good ideas already. If you freeze leftovers then I would suggest after you start to see your freezer filling up you make your meals out of what is in the freezer for a week or two depending on how much you have. Also, use frozen fruits and veggies when it is difficult to find fresh ones in the quantities you need. Some frozen fruits I do not prefer to eat but they make great smoothies which is a good way for me to get some milk and several fruits. One I make now that I like is

    1/4 C. frozen blueberries
    1/2 C. frozen strawberries
    1/2 fresh banana
    2/3 C skim milk

    Blend together in the blender. (add the milk first though I find the fruit doesn't get stuck as easy when I do that) Also the fruit is unsweetened. I think it is 146 calories, 30 carbs, 1 gram fat and 6 grams of protein.

    When you only need a few pieces of a melon type fruit then maybe buying them precut makes more sense.

    You could always invite someone over to eat too!!! emoticon Good luck, I hope you are able to find a happy medium where you are getting the nutrition you need but no wasting food (and money) in the process.
    2909 days ago
  • PERCY46
    I am with you. I too am single and cooking for one is a drag.

    I try to invite people to dinner more often and I try to send doggie bags home to keep the left overs at bay.
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