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Sorry for the some what shameless self promotion, but I'm in the same boat, so I actually started a blog specifically for single serving (or small serving) paleo recipes called Paleo 4 One: http://paleo4one.blogspot.com
Thanks for that tip! I'm going to check that site out.....right now :)
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Like you, I am a one person household. I subscribe to savingdinner.com. It is a menu mailer that is put together every week (a 3 month subscription is only $15) and contains dinners for 6 nights. You download the pdf every Tuesday and it even includes the shopping list. For that $15 the mailer includes many different options (not just paleo) and serving sizes (depending on the menu 2,4,or 6). The one I use out of my mailer pack is the Paleo for 2 servings. I find that is just perfect for me; I use one serving for dinner and the other I use as my lunch the next day.
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Reneetp, thanks ever so much for the marketday.com link! I'd never heard of it, yet we have several schools nearby that participate. What a great idea!
I"m single but I always cook for 2-4, left overs make lunches and less cooking down the road.
I do what the others do, plain grilled meats, with a bunch of veggies mostly.
I cook with friends or I halve the recipes. Also, I love having stuff in my freezer for busy times. It saves a lot of fast food eating if you know you have grilled meat in the freezer ready to go and some veggies for quick meals.
I don't cook a big meal/recipe every night and when I do I portion it up and have lunches and meals for busy times.
For the grocery list, I see what you mean, but if its stuff like eggs, etc, they will keep. Why not just buy half and cut the recipes in half as you are making them? Then the second week you would just buy to replace what you need for that week.
I typically buy staples and the ingredients for one or two new recipes. If I have to cook "new stuff" everynight, it will be just too much for me. So I go with the grilled/broiled stuff or leftovers.
I'm a single person, but I buy a whole chicken, cook it, portion it out and use the bones for stock. its cheaper than breasts. I buy a family pack of pork chops/steaks, grill them all, cut in to portions, freeze. (and make my dog really happy with the bones)
Then I can grab my precooked meat, pop a sweet potato in the oven, and grill some green beans, and have dinner in no time.
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Since i bring lunch to work about 95% of the time, cooking up a big meal or two on Sundays works for me (I'm single, too). TO keep the boredom factor down, I'll divy things up at the end into different combos of meals - say one type of meat or fish with different veggies, or even the same veggies but with different seasonings added in at the end (when I put them in the containers for work).
Anyhow I usually use recipes to trigger ideas, rather than to follow by rote.
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I'm like you Robin, I live alone so I try to do "double duty" when I do cook something and then divide it up into portions and freeze them. It works and I don't have to cook often. Eggs are my mainstay and go to food, I too, always have hard boiled eggs in the refr.
Actually it's easier for me with me being the only one here than it was in years gone by when I had to also cook for husband and kids...
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I too am doing this solo and though I have yet to cut out dairy (I guess you could say I'm more Primal than Paleo) I've been doing this really well on my own for 3 weeks now. I just do as someone on here suggested and when a recipe is enough for 4 or 6, I individually package it up and either freeze it or use it as lunches/dinners throughout the week. It saves time having to cook each and every day and makes things easier. I'm a big recipe person, but have gotten into just doing the basics (as someone else suggested). I make a steak and have a side of steamed veggies with it, or a pork chop, baked chicken, etc. I also am big on eggs, so go through quite a bit each month. Each week, it seems, I buy two dozen. I boil one and use the other for recipes or breakfast. Boiled eggs are the best snack I've found through all of my searching for a Paleo/Primal approved snack. Most jerky's are make with corn syrup, same with most snack bars. The only bar I've found so far that is acceptable is the Larabar. They save me when I need a backpacking/hiking snack. Good luck in figuring this out! I'm glad I made the switch :)
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My kids have a program at school called Market Day www.marketday.com They sell meat sealed in individual packages. steak chicken salmon and they are very good. If you go on to the website you can find a school in your area that has this program. My kids school doesn't do it but the school in the next town over does and i have not been disappointed yet.
Oh and the prices are very reasonable.
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Wow, I eat an average of 2 eggs a day which would make 5 dozen in one month for just me. My hubby eats more eggs than that! Eggs are a major nutritional staple at our house.
Anyway, I agree with the posts here: freeze individual portions, cut recipes down if necessary. Or just cook simple, caveman meals; you know, a plate with a chunk of fish, and a big serving of veggies smothered in coconut oil or butter (if you do dairy). I don't think we always need a "recipe"--we just need to know how to cook meats and veggies--cook'em up fast and fresh. Fresh herbs can really spruce up the flavors.
Though, I admit, recipes can add interest, variety and fun but they also add work and time.
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I am working on becoming more strictly paleo but I am a lone paleo in a non paleo family and I work a crap load (80+ hr/wk). My husband has started to be supportive by cooking up large quantities of Carne Asada and Bacon that I can just put in individual sized portions and take to work. I also find that I do a lot of shakes; easy to get in all the oils and supplements plus little time and clean up.
I know there are some good recipes on www.marksdailyapple.com - hit the forum; I recently visited a gluten free blog where she will state which are paleo - www.elanaspantry.com - not sure on the serving sizes; some other paleo recipe websites are:
Good luck on finding more single serving options - if you do please re-post :)
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I am not strictly paleo, although I am constantly toying with the idea, and some tips on how to cook and eat for one would be appreciated! I am very interested in hearing what kind of ideas other people have as well.
Although do keep in mind that most (not all) leftovers would freeze pretty well, and you could potentially save yourself some time down the road by making full recipes. I worry about things like fish and seafood, which I know paleo is big on, but do not stand up well in the freezer or reheating process.
I'm new to Paleo and trying out the recipes. I have bought both the Everyday Paleo and Paleo Confort Foods books and like what I see so far. However, particularly with Everyday Paleo, the recipes are made for many people (usually 4 or more). I, however, live and cook alone. Obviously I could simply cut the recipes, but I'm wondering if anyone has some good recipes for cooking for yourself so I don't have a ridiculous amount of leftovers. Also, one of the main reasons I bought the book is she includes a grocery list in the back with meal plans, but again this list is for an entire family, and will take a lot of calculation to figure out the proper proportions for myself alone (for instance, it lists 4 dozen eggs for one week. I couldn't use that amount of eggs in 3 months.). Does anyone know a link to a meal plan that would be accompanied by a grocery list that would be more reasonable for someone living alone?