One of my biggest challenges isn't the amount I cook. We can always use leftovers for lunch the next day. What is a challenge is actually cooking. I can cook fine (well, I can follow a recipe really well and have it come out usually pretty good). But after a day of work for both my husband and I, we just don't feel like cooking. We find ourselves making a quick box of Mac & Cheese or throwing a pizza in the oven. We think "oh man, it takes too long to cook"...
Last night, I cooked a frittata for dinner. It was quick to put together and cook. (The recipe called for 8 egg whites and 4 eggs -- I substituted ground flax for the eggs. Turned out really good. My hubby didn't notice.) Afterwards, I realized that I actually felt GOOD. It didn't take a lot of time. And it's even a little relaxing to feel like you have control over something (unlike the rest of the day at work).
So now I really want to actually cook more which isn't typical unless I'm not working that day. Also we usually shop twice a month (sometimes 3). I may have to change this to once a week just for that produce. And juice. I'm a fan of juice.
I like to shop, even in the grocery. Part of this topic is shopping. The healthiest food can be found on the perimeters of the store. I find that by going once or twice a week I can keep my fruits and vegetables well stocked. That is a good place to start with meal planning. Then add a meat, pasta, or egg component to the meal.
What wonderful ideas! I have been trying to cook for two after having cooked for four - six for 15 years. My husband is a big eater so over doing it does't matter much, i know he will eat the leftovers.(he can eat anything) Trying to cook healthy has always been part of my life style, now if i can just cut back on the amount i fix!!
I have a George Foreman grill too and I don't use it much except for burgers and sausages. But now I'm thinking I'm going to give chicken a whirl. I'm just always scared that the internal temp of a chicken doesn't cook hot enough.
I live alone and do enjoy cooking. I have neve gotten past cooking for a family and has been hard to cut down to one portion, but I am getting much better at it. I recently found "Chicken City". I had been driving right by the place every day on my way home from work. Stopped one day, and was astonished by what was inside. I bought 5lb pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $14. They were the best I have ever had. No skin or fat at all on them. Froze what I didn't use that night. I am gonna have to get me one of those George Foreman Grills.
Edited by: CPCJONES01 at: 2/15/2009 (10:02)
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I live alone and have for 10 yrs. I do all these things as well. My steamer, george forman and broiler are my best friends. I am also on WW so I put the points on it with the dates when I freeze it. My butcher is my best friend. He cuts and packages things for me in 4oz portions for me. If I find great bulk deals I vacuum seal my self at home. I live in a winter state so produce stands are only available may thru september. So I watch all the sale adds for the 3 local grocers and buy produce 2 times a week from the best deal. I will steam multi vegtetables like a whole cabbage and 2 lbs of asperagus and a rutabega on a sunday. These veggies will remain good for a week refrigerated. I use them for my lunches and dinners all week. I just have to cook a protien and carb.
Edited by: PIXIEMOMMA at: 2/15/2009 (08:09)
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I've been cooking for one or two for more than 20 years. Appliances - George Foreman grill, freezer, table top gas grill, pressure cooker, and steamer. I also use the broil pan in the oven frequently. I learned from the butcher many years ago that I can grill a steak when it's still frozen. Grilling when frozen seals in the natural juices. The George Foreman grill is also perfect for a frozen boneless chicken breast. Half way through cooking I sprinkle with seasoning. Shopping - most veggies come from the produce stand where I can buy only what I need. I buy family packs of meat. When I get home I place individual servings in freezer bags and freeze - this saves money. Last week my grocer had London Broil on sale buy one get one free. When I got home I cut it up into 10 individual steaks and froze them- cost about $1.35 per steak. Crab legs and shrimp are always on hand in the freezer and steam in no time. Bags of salad seem to be more economical too - sometimes I add few fresh veggies. I keep frozen bags of veggies and use the steamer for only what I need for dinner. For variety - I use many different seasonings to change flavors up. I like to cook too. When I make chicken 'n dumplings, lasagna, chili, etc. I invite people over for dinner. Leftovers also freeze well in individual servings. I hope my ideas help. Grilling, broiling, and steaming are also healthier ways of preparing some foods. BTW - my weight gain happened because I had no concept of portion control - it tastes good. Now, I put all the leftovers away before I sit down to eat.
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