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1/6/11 11:04 A

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Thanks for all the ideas here. I am down to cooking for one and find I have all kinds of left overs.

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10/7/10 1:45 P

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i agree with nora. if you have a good system for freezing - you can really create your own frozen dinners minus all the extra sodium -- and for half the price!

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6/26/10 10:19 A

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I usually will make all of the servings a recipe calls for and invite friends over to share or I will freeze the leftovers for another day. I find that if I try to cut the recipe in half, it never tastes the same.

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6/25/10 3:56 A

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I know that Eating Well magazine has published some cookbooks on 2 serving meals. I just bought one and everything is delicious!!! Plus, it has tips on how to shop and what to do so you don't waste food.

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6/24/10 6:42 P

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Thanks LeaKay I will go looking for it

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6/24/10 6:00 P

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MissErica, there is also a team here dedicated to Cooking for One or Two. You can check that out too.

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6/24/10 4:26 P

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It seems the cooking for 2 or 4 and extras in the freezer is the way to go to avoin missing out on a lot of nutrients.
You say the food gets icky in the freezer that is because you really do have to find a system for managing your freezer better. Marking when you put them in and deciding when you must take them out has to be your best solution Good luck it takea a little effort but it will soon be simple when you get the hang of it.Pat in Maine.

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6/24/10 3:13 P

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These all sound like good ideas. I cook for 2 and usually cut recipes down. Some that can't be reduced I freeze what is left.


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6/24/10 2:08 P

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When I was cooking for one, I just made a regular recipe and put it into portion sizes in freezer.Only cooked once for several meals that way and didn't have to eat all for several days in a row. I would take out tomorrow's meal tonight and put in fridge. Add a salad and frozen veggie and "wahlah" a whole meal. I also made a whole meal in freezer plates with sections and only had to pop it into microwave. Nancy

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6/24/10 1:49 P

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There are recipes for 1 or 2 servings and cookbooks dedicated to the concept of 1 or 2 servings. Also it is easy to fix a piece of fish or chicken and saute vegetables with, also the pouch pack which I would recommend parchment paper, it has no reactions to food, and you could make up three or four and just freeze the extra till another time or just make one pouch.

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6/24/10 12:42 P

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Just a suggestion for the recipe that has 4-6 servings: You can always cut the recipe in half then have leftovers for he next day.

I like doing a fish foil pack:
1 tsp light butter
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1/8 tsp salt
asparagus
6 oz tilapia
2 slice of lemon

Mix the first 3 ingredients together.
Place asparagus on the bottom of a piece of foil.
Place fish on top of asparagus.
Spread butter mixture on top of fish.

Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

205 cals
4g fat
3 g fiber

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6/24/10 12:25 P

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i get very frustrated cooking for one person. It is infinately easier to just throw a handful of cheese on a tortilla and put it under the broiler or eat a bowl of cereal instead of making a ton of dirty dishes/etc when making a "real meal". Not to mention - even the smaller recipes seem to make 4-6 servings - so if I DO cook a "real meal" - I get sick of it after eating the same thing for days on end.

Anyone have great suggestions on healthy 1-2 serving "real meals"? Yeah - I suppose I can freeze some of the things but every time I do that - it seems like they get freezer burned and icky.

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