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Practical Cooking Tips for Singles

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  • Great info here...and even if you DO feed a family, there are times when I find I am at home alone for lunch, due to my work schedule and want something 'good' for lunch. I go to my freezer....where I have packed away my own 'single serving meals'. - 1/18/2010 3:01:08 PM
  • Pleasures-Cooking-One-Judith-Jones this is a great book and a great story - if cooking for one you don't have to give up the quality.

    I like batch cooking although my batches are usually only 4-6 servings for DH and I. Still they make great lunches during the work week! - 1/18/2010 12:38:52 PM
    YAAAAA is me screaming. Batch cooking is not a solution. What freezer, I have the top of my apartment size fridge. Not alot of room. Friends over, most are married, again not a great option. And lastly name those cook books. I can never find them at my library, or bookstores. - 1/18/2010 10:48:57 AM
  • Was single for 50 plus years, now am single again...but even when my husband was aliive, I'd make my 'mom's recipes sized dishes.. at least once a week. I'd always f reeze things in small containers to take with me to work, and now, even though semi-retired, I continue to do the same thing. Just made a huge pot of soup..enough for two meals right away, and froze enough for four. Have ribs in the oven right now..enough for three meals; one I'll freeze for one of those nights I know I'll be working late. I love have homemade meals to pull out of the freezer when I know I have busy days/nights ahead..Oh, I bought a small chest freezer about four years ago and keep a list of what's in it,. and even have room for frozen veggies from my garden.
    thanks for the tips..I always forget about freeziing bananas! - 10/18/2009 2:32:37 PM
  • I cook for myself almost every night and I love it! The one thing that I rely on constantly is cutting down recipes I want to try. I frequently cut them in half, in thirds, even in fourths to get the 1-2 servings I want. Once you do it a lot, it almost becomes second nature. (And if you do screw up a measurement -- like I did the other day with a zucchini lasagna recipe -- it still usually comes out okay!)

    One thing that has totally saved me is a modified version of batch cooking, which is being bashed in the comments. But i don't make a vat of soup and eat it for two weeks until I'm so sick of soup I want to kill myself! Ha. My version of "batch" cooking is to make things like homemade marinara sauce and freeze in 1 cup sized portions. Then it's ready to take out and defrost at a moment's notice for pizza, pasta, ratattouille, etc. Also, frequently at the beginning of the week I'll make a big batch of roasted vegetables as a side dish for some chicken and fish, and throughout the week throw the leftover veggies into various other things, like pasta, a burrito, a quesadilla, a pizza, anything! It really makes it easy to get more vegetables into my diet. - 8/27/2009 11:05:57 AM
  • As a single mom, it can be even more difficult to cook for 1 1/2! But I've used a lot of these tips for success, especially freezing my leftovers (which I don't do often, only when it's clear I've made too much) and prepping my vegetables as soon as I get home from the grocery store. I make veggie packs that are an assortment of fresh vegetables that I chop up into bite size pieces, combine it all together, then portion out into baggies so that when I want to add veggies to a salad, I just grab the baggie and go. When I want to saute some veggies for stir fry or to add to a meal, I just grab a baggie and go. I make about 10 baggies a week of mixed veggies, so one a day plus some extras for meals during the week - and each has about 2 cups of mixed veggies - so this makes it a lot easier to meet my daily servings, too! - 8/14/2009 10:03:16 AM
  • I suggest investing in a crockpot (small ones are available). When I was single coming home to a warm meal all ready in my crockpot was a real treat! - 6/29/2009 6:17:44 PM
  • I have a small size George Foreman grill that I use a lot, it's just the right size for one person. And it's not hard to clean either; after I unplug it, I wet a few layers of paper towels, wring them out, and lay them in the grill and put the top done. While I am eating, anything baked on is steamed off, and by then the grill is cool enough to just wipe the residue off. - 6/29/2009 2:42:09 PM
    I'd never heard of freezing bananas. Thanks. - 3/7/2009 8:43:28 AM
  • I HATE LEFTOVERS. I absolutly will not eat something over and over again. I just cant do it. Call me crazy but, it just weirds me out. It has to be fresh and just made. allows you to adjust the number of servings- it has been my lifesavour. - 2/23/2009 8:25:10 PM
  • Also, you learn how to make single cooking easy. Frozen veggies and ziplock steamer bags have made my dinners so simple! I make one serving of rice in my rice cooker (also a single staple) and then have frozen chicken breasts and tilapia filets in my freezer. - 2/23/2009 12:53:13 PM
  • My biggest anit-cooking for one thing is the fact that whether you cook for one or five, the amount of pots and pans, baking dishes etc. remains the same. I can handle five plates or cups or forks, but when the actual hardware used to cook for one adds up, well it's no fun doing dishes by yourself...every night. - 2/23/2009 12:50:01 PM
  • I love cooking for myself - I do it almost every night! It's almost like a great form of therapy, after the work or the gym taking 30 minutes to saute some veggies and bake chicken gets me more excited to eat my meal than if I'd just dropped by Chili's on my way home. The anticipation from the smell is the best!

    There are nights when I just don't want to deal with it. That's usually when it's Lean Cuisine to the rescue. - 2/23/2009 12:49:19 PM
  • I cook for 2 people, my husband and I . I really have no problem cooking everyday. There are so many things out there to buy almost ready . Meats and fish are already cut in portions , boil some rice, it only takes a few min. and if you have a microwave, there are those vegetables that are already marinated or plain frozen if you want to add your own things to it , little cheese or some spices or your own favorite flavours. Thank you for the article though very inspiring . Reminds me there is really nothing to complain about. - 2/23/2009 12:37:24 PM
    Why is it we singles always get told to batch cook. Not sure what size freeze others have but mine is the top of the apartment size fridge I have. Not alot of room. Plus I do not want to eat the same thing forever.
    Eating with friends is nice, but as a older single most of my friends are married so this isn't a great option.
    And if you could list some of these great single person cook books that would be great as I have yet to find them at bookstores and libraiers in my area. - 2/23/2009 11:05:18 AM

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