Each week, or twice a week, I get out two 6-cup crock-pots and cook some grains (millet or rice) and some beans (choose according to your blood type).
Once cooked, in half of each, I add 2-3 cups of chopped vegetables. The residual heat cooks them.
Once or twice a month, I make some sauces and refrigerate or freeze them, depending upon how well they keep in my fridge. When I started doing this, i just made one sauce/salad dressing/mayo a week. Now I make two or three and I have fresh, hot peppers punched with holes sitting in apple cider vinegar in the fridge, for a dressing for cooked greens. I keep some vodka on hand, though i don't drink any, and put orange zest in some in a glass jar. I have another jar with lemon zest. I buy/make some sort of pickled relish and keep that on hand.
Eventually, I am going to keep my own low-sodium marinara sauce on-hand. This will be great on a crock-pot cooked roast or chicken. The bulk of the meat will be divided into servings and wrapped for the freezer. Heating a mostly-thawed serving in a bit of oil with some onions and greens and maybe shredded carrots, makes a lovely meal. Add some ginger and garlic near the end, and season with a low-sodium sauce.
It is amazing how good rice tastes with a simple sauce and a side of cooked greens.
During Summer heat, when I am sweating, I use more sodium, and whole meals made from fresh fruits--both, for their electrolytes that keep me from fading in the heat. I'll eat fresh produce raw: green beans, yellow summer squashes, melons as their own meal to keep digestion right, tomatoes with fresh basil leaves. So, I don't cook as much then.
Hi and welcome. I also live alone but do not cook very much. My SP lifestyle change is picking out favorite SP recipes and started my own cookbook so I can prepare tasty healthy dishes. There is a team for cooking for 1 or 2 people that might interest you Carmen
A lot of the spark recipes are geared for 1 or 2 servings so you won't have a lot of leftovers! But you can eat it for say, dinner and then have a serving left for a lunch. Wishing you much success on your journey to healthfulness! Ann
Your attitude is your thoughts turned inside out! If you change the way you look at things the things you look at change! He is able who thinks he is able!
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My New Year's Resolution was to cook more often and so far I have done very well with that. However, I wanted to join this team to have the additional encouragement and motivation(I love trophies :)) to cook. I live by myself and most of the time it feels like a lot of work making some extravagant meal just for me. I want to learn how to cook better for one so that I don't have as many leftovers!
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