I can empathize with all of you, but I also feel a bit better about how many tricks I've found to cook for one. I was an only child and have been single for a long time. I wouldn't know what to do to feed more than 4 people at one time! One thing I do big time is divide prepared food into containers that will hold one serving each. I do this BEFORE I sit down to eat. Same thing with anything I eat at a restaurant. I ask for the doggie bag immediately and remove the extra food from my plate so I'm not tempted to continue munching.
I haven't seen people here mention using a microwave. I almost never purchase frozen or canned veggies. Fresh is better and contains way less salt. When asparagus is on sale, I put one serving worth in a small glass dish, sprinkle a little granulated bullion or maybe lemon, then cover and zap it in the microwave. I find the microwave revives the freshness in food when it's leftovers. I always can buy one carrot, one bunch of green onions, a handful of brussels sprouts or several mushrooms and prepare them the same way.
I often buy a rotisserie chicken because I can get 4 or 5 different meals from it. It's scrumptious plain (reheated leg and wing along with a veggie and small salad). I slice the breast and make sandwiches. There are these new kind of bread that are much thinner than regular bread, but stand up to a sandwich without crumbling. If I don't have one of those, I'll often make a open-faced sandwich, top it off with a sprinkle of cheddar shredded, and zap it in the microwave.
Another quick way to make meat taste a little different is to use a fat-free salad dressing and dip the bite of chicken in it before getting it in your mouth. Finally, at the end of the chicken's life, I clean off the carcas and make chicken salad. That night I usually put it on top of a small salad and I'm set. I try to skimp on the low fat mayo and include things like raisins and sliced nuts in it.
Since I have a hard time keeping enough leafy greens and fruit in my diet (before it spoils), I have decided to have one small salad per day. I have lots of things to throw in - sliced almonds, green onions, tomato, maybe some shredded carrot. That's the only way I can eat an entire package of pre-cut mixed lettuce before it goes bad. Works the same if I just buy one head of red leaf lettuce. I have one shelf in my refrigerator door that has about 10 different dipping sauces or salad dressings that all taste different and are fat free.
Sometimes I miss having a real cooked meal from a recipe. Recently I cooked up a multi portion of chicken stew and acorn squash and apple soup. I froze them all in one-serving containers. I date them and name them so I don't forget what they are. I've yet to see how well this last strategy works. These things sometimes taste bland to me because I haven't learned how to doctor things up with whatever spice or herb it needs.
A big thing I've discovered is control of portion sizes. I expect some of you were aghast at dividing one of those small rotisserie chickens into 4 or 5 meals. I have the perfect small-sized bowls for a small salad. Found out when a friend of mine said she eats a salad, she means a very large container -- way more than I could eat in one sitting.
I've always meant to try making my own small pizza. There are several types of prepared dough I can buy, then put whatever I want as toppings, and cook it up. I used to buy the frozen single-serving pizzas. Yum Yum but WAY TOO MUCH calories for me.
Hope this helps.
| Pounds lost: 14.0