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11/8/13 9:56 A

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Well if you need ideas or help, you are free to message me.

My boyfriend (who lives with me) made plans yesterday to be gone most of the weekend. I had planned 4 big things to make thinking he will be there to eat and thus not have a lot of left-overs... I am now having to replan what I was going to make. Two of the things will be easy to change to just a one person serving... the other two I might just delay.

I have a package of pork chops that I was going to make. Tonight I will make just one, and it will be glazed (since this is the easiest of my pork chop recipes to do just one with). For a glazed pork chop, you need 1 pork chop and some of the jelly you would like to use. The amount of jelly is determined by your preference, or the size of your pork chop. The types I typically use are pepper jelly, apple jelly, or this thing I found called apple garlic (its a garlic and jalapeno mixture in an apple-jelly-like substance sold my Garlic Festival). All you do is brown the pork chop on the stove and then you put it on a baking dish topped with the jelly and bake for the needed temp and time to get the pork chop done (different size pork chops require different time).
I can then steam the appropriate amount of broccoli for one meal, and use some of my left over rice for a complete meal.

Most veggies, if you start with fresh veggies, you can alter the recipes easily for just one person. I found steaming and roasting veggies are good ways to do only a certain amount. Take broccoli, asparagus, or almost any other vegetable, determine the appropriate amount for just you, cut it up into desired size (if necessary), and then steam or roast with seasonings. The veggies can also be mixed. For example, roasting broccoli with onions, peppers, and then sprinkled with some seasonings and evoo.

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10/30/13 8:16 P

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Katrick - you have mastered what I am trying to master....

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10/24/13 12:13 P

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First day here. Already getting good ideas. WIll be checking back often. Thanks to all who share.

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10/24/13 9:32 A

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I have never been one to freeze my meals, but I still sometimes make larger meals.

There are some meals I have gotten pretty good at just doing one at a time. It is easy to do one meal at a time when you do a basic meat (like chicken) and then add some type of sauce and a side. I have a buffalo sauce, garlic lemon sauce, and others I can make quickly. There are then tons of sides like salads or veggies that do not take long to prepare and can be prepared for one; like steamed broccoli or roasted asparagus.
For carbs, you can prepare a large pot of pasta or rice and then use the leftovers during the week for other meals.

Or I would make a 3 to 4 serving meal, have 1 serving for dinner, and then I had lunch for 2 or 3 days.

I know my mom does the freezer trick. She has recipes that freeze well, and when re-heated they are just as good as when it was originally made. She has a bigger freezer than me.

There are some people who take one day out of the weekend, and just prepare/cook all their meals for the week. They package up the meals and freeze or refridgerate until it is time to finish cooking or eating it.

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10/22/13 7:59 P

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I wish I could do that batch and freeze it but I have a dinky freezer and have just never been the one to do it, with the exception recently of a type of pasta sauce I made with red lentils.

I'm learning to truly modify recipes for one or two and just wing a meal for one as I've cut out frozen dinners once again.

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9/28/13 10:16 P

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I do that make extra so I can freeze part of it. Its easier to make a bigger batch. Them later I just have to warm it up.


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9/28/13 6:24 P

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Pitter,

I'm in the same boat as you!!! I've been at this almost my entire adult life, and I still buy too much and when I do cook, I purposely cook a huge recipe, so I can make individual servings and put them in the freezer. I just finish doing fajitas yesterday and spaghetti also. My freezer is pretty full, by the grace of God.

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9/28/13 5:56 P

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emoticon look at the top of the page for spark team page, click on it and it will give you instructions on how to post to your team, It's easy once you get the hang of it. Are you new to shopping and cooking for one or are you an old pro. I have been doing it for over 15 years now, I am still get brain dead and buy to much or cook to much. We don't always use the tools we have. Ha! Ha!

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9/28/13 5:27 P

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just joined cooking for One. don' know how to do it yet

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