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.
Edited by: PRTTYMSTNG at: 2/15/2009 (06:59)
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