Eating for one

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    Jul 24, 2014 11:52 AM GMT
    This is a serious pain in the ass..........LOL!
    Anyone have any tips?
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    Jul 24, 2014 12:30 PM GMT
    The most helpful tip I've been given is to cook for two days. And try to eat healthy, not pizza every day icon_wink.gificon_wink.gif
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    Jul 24, 2014 12:50 PM GMT
    Meet your new friends: aluminum foil, plastic wrap and Tupperware. Divide and conquer.
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    Jul 24, 2014 12:57 PM GMT
    theantijock saidMeet your new friends: aluminum foil, plastic wrap and Tupperware. Divide and conquer.


    We have a lot of Pyrex with Tupperware-like lids, can bake or broil in it, eat out of it, put the lid on and put it in the fridge. Just be careful not to change the temp too quickly (e.g. don't put it directly in the oven if it's been in the freezer, they can crack).

    We're having a lean year so we started going to Costo, will buy a big package of meat or cheese and subdivide it right from the store, 2 hamburgers or a cup or so of cheese in each, and put it in the freezer. They also have those strip packages with two chicken breasts in each, which are handy. You can tear one off and defrost it vs. having a whole bird.
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    Jul 24, 2014 1:09 PM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 said
    theantijock saidMeet your new friends: aluminum foil, plastic wrap and Tupperware. Divide and conquer.


    ...we started going to Costo, will buy a big package of meat or cheese and subdivide it right from the store, 2 hamburgers or a cup or so of cheese in each, and put it in the freezer. They also have those strip packages with two chicken breasts in each, which are handy. You can tear one off and defrost it vs. having a whole bird.


    Easier if you eat meat which does freeze. Tougher if a vegetarian. A head of lettuce just won't freeze. My freezer has in it nothing but some English muffins bought on sale, ravioli and Morningstar fake meats. You can divide more so after cooking some vegetarian items but even some of that crystalizes and tastes like crap the 2nd time around. And store foods aren't packaged for single people. It's a real pain in the ass. Single people get ripped off. Mostly if we're not eating pasta, we just go to the store a lot for something fresh.
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    Jul 24, 2014 3:14 PM GMT
    i like to cook enough food for 4 people and eat it all by myself at once.
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    Jul 24, 2014 3:33 PM GMT
    theantijock said
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    theantijock saidMeet your new friends: aluminum foil, plastic wrap and Tupperware. Divide and conquer.


    ...we started going to Costo, will buy a big package of meat or cheese and subdivide it right from the store, 2 hamburgers or a cup or so of cheese in each, and put it in the freezer. They also have those strip packages with two chicken breasts in each, which are handy. You can tear one off and defrost it vs. having a whole bird.


    Easier if you eat meat which does freeze. Tougher if a vegetarian. A head of lettuce just won't freeze. My freezer has in it nothing but some English muffins bought on sale, ravioli and Morningstar fake meats. You can divide more so after cooking some vegetarian items but even some of that crystalizes and tastes like crap the 2nd time around. And store foods aren't packaged for single people. It's a real pain in the ass. Single people get ripped off. Mostly if we're not eating pasta, we just go to the store a lot for something fresh.


    Couldn't you do the same thing with frozen fruits/veggies? I agree that it's hard to use up big bunches of fresh lettuce or other greens before they wilt, and they don't let you buy just as much as you want (although Whole Foods does have stuff like spring mix in bulk bins, I'm kind of meh about having it in the open air with people sneezing on it). The trainer I worked for told me that flash-frozen produce is actually more nutritious than fresh stuff that is trucked around, sprayed with water, handled multiple times, etc.

    I parcel the frozen stuff out into smaller containers and/or put the store package into a Ziploc bag to try to keep moisture out. Then I use a steamer basket inside a saucepan to cook stuff like kale and broccoli rabe, both of which are pretty hardy in the freezer. You can microwave smaller amounts, too, but I am not a microwave fan when I can avoid it.

    Lately I saw some stores selling frozen fruits/veggies with Ziploc-style closers.
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    Jul 24, 2014 4:09 PM GMT
    I'd suggest instead of all these ideas involving leftovers, you just adjust your thinking. I was single for a good, long while and I fed myself royally as though I was cooking for my best guy. Doesn't mean you have to overeat, just take your time and enjoy the process as well as the result. I will say one thing that helped was I moved into a place that had the living room, dining room, and kitchen all in one big space so I could have the TV on while messing around in the kitchen area. As a result, I'm now close to gourmet and my significant love of 7 years is amazed and happy! It also taught me how to use only healthy ingredients and do everything from scratch.
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    Jul 24, 2014 6:20 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI'd suggest instead of all these ideas involving leftovers, you just adjust your thinking. I was single for a good, long while and I fed myself royally as though I was cooking for my best guy. Doesn't mean you have to overeat, just take your time and enjoy the process as well as the result. I will say one thing that helped was I moved into a place that had the living room, dining room, and kitchen all in one big space so I could have the TV on while messing around in the kitchen area. As a result, I'm now close to gourmet and my significant love of 7 years is amazed and happy! It also taught me how to use only healthy ingredients and do everything from scratch.


    To me the problem when I was single wasn't so much about the effort to cook something complex, it was that ingredients are sold in amounts that make it difficult for one person to finish them, and recipes are written for family-sized results. Hence, leftovers! But I don't mind those if I like what I cooked in the first place.
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    Jul 24, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 saidCouldn't you do the same thing with frozen fruits/veggies? I agree that it's hard to use up big bunches of fresh lettuce or other greens before they wilt, and they don't let you buy just as much as you want (although Whole Foods does have stuff like spring mix in bulk bins, I'm kind of meh about having it in the open air with people sneezing on it). The trainer I worked for told me that flash-frozen produce is actually more nutritious than fresh stuff that is trucked around, sprayed with water, handled multiple times, etc.

    I parcel the frozen stuff out into smaller containers and/or put the store package into a Ziploc bag to try to keep moisture out. Then I use a steamer basket inside a saucepan to cook stuff like kale and broccoli rabe, both of which are pretty hardy in the freezer. You can microwave smaller amounts, too, but I am not a microwave fan when I can avoid it.

    Lately I saw some stores selling frozen fruits/veggies with Ziploc-style closers.


    Whole Food is not my favorite. I only go there for stuff I can't get elsewhere. The regular market does now sell more veggies in bulk. For a while there they were packaging everything. Guess they tired of me ripping their packaging open for just the amount I wanted. But some stuff only comes in threes like romaine which comes in a package that you're not supposed to separate. I love the stuff but I can't go through that amount before it goes bad.

    Frozen fruits are only good for smoothies. And some frozen veggies are okay, like peas, but like you said that has to be flash frozen. Stuff I cook and try to freeze I don't like it the 2nd time around. Soups I can freeze but not whole veggies. They never taste right again. The texture is all wrong. Some canned stuff is okay like corn. But mostly I wind up either throwing food out which I hate to do or sometimes I'll rehydrate the stuff, like broccoli or what celery I didn't use and then I'll juice that so I'm not totally wasting it.

    The other problem is variety because you don't go through as much so you'd waste that much more. Instead of variety at one time, I cycle though items. Instead of buying four different cheeses, I'll buy two types and then two different ones the next time.

    Another problem is spices which I used to buy in bulk. Back in my 20s thru 40s I did a lot of entertaining and cooking but now the stuff just sits on the shelf and goes bad and then I don't feel like buying it again because I know I'll only use very little before throwing it out.

    My ideal future might be a place like Thailand where you don't even bother cooking. You just nosh all day fresh foods from the stalls along the street. That seems to me the ideal dinner for one.
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    Jul 24, 2014 9:46 PM GMT
    Cook in batches and use your friend the freezer.

    When I cook I look like I'm cooking for an army. I just make batches of things that freeze well.
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    Jul 24, 2014 11:44 PM GMT
    Or just try the restaurant, lone dining increasingly honorable according to some http://m.bbc.com/news/business-28292651
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    Jul 25, 2014 12:02 AM GMT
    What about asking a neighbor or coworker if they wouldn't mind you spliting some fresh veggies with them.
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    Jul 25, 2014 12:26 AM GMT
    YES, it is a pain in the ass, cooking for one.

    Sometimes I can eat something day after day until it's gone.
    Sometimes I freeze part of it.
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    Jul 25, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    ^
    Like they said.

    Bulk cook and freeze. And who says you have to eat the same thing every night? Just doctor it into different meals. Behold - my chicken stew, bulk cooked plain and frozen:

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    Bulk cooked it comes out to $1.25 per meal (I get chicken breast on sale for $1.99/lb) for a container of chicken breast, brown rice (or quinoa), black beans, lentils, various root vegetables and spinach leaves. Frozen into about 50 individual meals.

    I later eat "as is" as burritos, soups, sloppy joes, Indian or asian fusion, etc. Base ingredients:

    $25 boneless skinless chicken breast @ 1.99/lb (wait for a sale if need be and fill your freezer)
    $25 various diced root vegetables, whatever's available: yucca, yam, parsnip, onion, carrots, butternut squash, rutabaga, leeks
    $10 various: black beans, brown rice, quinoa, chicken broth, spinach leaves

    Dice (also if you're inclined, brine in kosher salt and rinse, then pound beforehand) chicken breast. Slow cook everything together for several hours and all the root vegetables develop the taste and texture of potatoes, so if you like chicken and potatoes you'll love this. Portion off as individual meals with or without the brown rice or quinoa into freezer bags or Tupperware and freeze. Relatively unspiced, use it as a base as chicken stew, add cumin and chile pepper and put in an Ezekiel wrap and top with plain yogurt and salsa for burritos, add broth to make hearty chicken soup, add with Thai sauce and and unsweetened canned chunk pineapple to asian noodles, spread hot on a spelt roll as a sloppy joe or cold as a chicken salad, or add a Tasty Bite brand flavoring packet with a sliced banana and raisins for Indian.

    Crockpot mix:
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    Asian Fusion chicken soup:
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    Chicken breast & brown rice burritos topped with salsa and Greek yogurt substituting for sour cream:
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    Tender chicken breast, beans, rice, spinach & tomato:
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    Sample "all chicken" menu for a week:

    M: whole breast baked and served plain or topped with salsa, etc. with a baked yam and salad

    T: whole breast rolled in whole wheat panka, topped with tomato sauce and thin slices of low-fat cheese, and baked as chicken parmesan

    W: whole breast baked and served sliced in tomato sauce with spaghetti squash

    R: served slow-cooked in diced pieces with root vegetables as soup

    F: served slow-cooked in diced pieces with root vegetables as stew over brown rice

    Sa: served slow-cooked in diced pieces with root vegetables Indian (curry or tiki masala-style sauce) or Thai (almond butter, coconut milk, pepper, mango/banana) over brown rice

    Su: served slow-cooked in pieces with root vegetables as burrito, stuffed with brown rice and black beans into a nonfat refried bean-smeared Ezekiel wrap with salsa, guacamole and Greek yogurt
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    Jul 25, 2014 9:40 AM GMT
    I thought this was a self sucking thread :/
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    Jul 25, 2014 11:14 AM GMT
    I've fallen out of love with Whole Foods, too. The chairman is supposedly a climate-change denier, for one thing.

    What about farmer's markets? Ours doesn't package anything, so you can take just what you want. I also like the idea of finding a friend or neighbor in the same situation to split large packages of fresh stuff.
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    Jul 25, 2014 12:26 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidYES, it is a pain in the ass, cooking for one.

    Sometimes I can eat something day after day until it's gone.
    Sometimes I freeze part of it.


    This is what I mean, I know how to cook, really well actually.
    It's just like, oh ya.........I have to eat.
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    Jul 25, 2014 1:18 PM GMT
    talknerdy2me saidi like to cook enough food for 4 people and eat it all by myself at once.

    Looks like that works for you!

    I admit that until my recent engaged days I was terrible at cooking (getting motivated to). I did a lot of take-away - albeit healthy choices of what I carried out - and cold cuts and eggs I could quickly cook . . . and muscle milk. My fiance on the other hand loves to cook and has spoiled me with - very healthy - home-cooked food for more than one meal a day. I am eating well for the first time since I left home for university - so well that I am contemplating going on a muscle-gain program. I may become the hulk - more on that to follow!

    So to the OP - I was right there with ya bud and I'd listen to all the guys who have found the motivation to conquer the challenge.
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    Jul 25, 2014 3:03 PM GMT
    ShiftyJK08 saidI've fallen out of love with Whole Foods, too. The chairman is supposedly a climate-change denier, for one thing.

    What about farmer's markets? Ours doesn't package anything, so you can take just what you want. I also like the idea of finding a friend or neighbor in the same situation to split large packages of fresh stuff.


    Found this:

    [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mackey_(businessman)[/url]
    ...the current co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, which he co-founded in 1980...

    ...Mackey does not identify as a skeptic of scientific opinion on climate change; rather, he believes that "climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad."[28]

    In a 2010 discussion of books on his reading stack with journalist Nick Paumgarten, Mackey explained his views on human-caused climate change were similar to those of Australian geologist and author Ian Plimer:

    ...Mackey told me that he agrees with the book [ Heaven and Earth ]'s assertion that, as he put it, "no scientific consensus exists" regarding the causes of climate change; he added, with a candor you could call bold or reckless, that it would be a pity to allow "hysteria about global warming" to cause us "to raise taxes and increase regulation, and in turn lower our standard of living and lead to an increase in poverty."


    I like the idea of farmer's markets but there's such an abundance that you know that isn't just someone's garden food so I don't know but I'd think it imported and not labeled so I don't know where it might be from or what might be the pesticide applications in the country of the food's origin.

    It might be excess from local farming--maybe stuff not pretty enough for the supermarket--but I don't know that.

    That question bothers me not just for the environment but for personal safety though for that less and less the older I get, figuring that I've less time to store in my bod what poisons food might deliver.

    it's an odd concept, I know, but I'm heading towards my 60s so at most I've got another 20 years left or 40 if I'm lucky as I do have longevity in the family, but unless they learn to extend telomeres or whatever, that's it. And those last 20 might be rough anyway so I might want some poison in me by then. But the younger a person is, the longer you'd have that in your system so the more concerned I'd be.

    At least in the supermarket, the stuff is labeled so I've a more informed choice.
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    Jul 25, 2014 3:55 PM GMT
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    ShiftyJK08 saidI've fallen out of love with Whole Foods, too. The chairman is supposedly a climate-change denier, for one thing.

    What about farmer's markets? Ours doesn't package anything, so you can take just what you want. I also like the idea of finding a friend or neighbor in the same situation to split large packages of fresh stuff.


    Found this:

    [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mackey_(businessman)[/url]
    ...the current co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, which he co-founded in 1980...

    ...Mackey does not identify as a skeptic of scientific opinion on climate change; rather, he believes that "climate change is perfectly natural and not necessarily bad."[28]

    In a 2010 discussion of books on his reading stack with journalist Nick Paumgarten, Mackey explained his views on human-caused climate change were similar to those of Australian geologist and author Ian Plimer:

    ...Mackey told me that he agrees with the book [ Heaven and Earth ]'s assertion that, as he put it, "no scientific consensus exists" regarding the causes of climate change; he added, with a candor you could call bold or reckless, that it would be a pity to allow "hysteria about global warming" to cause us "to raise taxes and increase regulation, and in turn lower our standard of living and lead to an increase in poverty."


    I like the idea of farmer's markets but there's such an abundance that you know that isn't just someone's garden food so I don't know but I'd think it imported and not labeled so I don't know where it might be from or what might be the pesticide applications in the country of the food's origin.

    It might be excess from local farming--maybe stuff not pretty enough for the supermarket--but I don't know that.

    That question bothers me not just for the environment but for personal safety though for that less and less the older I get, figuring that I've less time to store in my bod what poisons food might deliver.

    it's an odd concept, I know, but I'm heading towards my 60s so at most I've got another 20 years left or 40 if I'm lucky as I do have longevity in the family, but unless they learn to extend telomeres or whatever, that's it. And those last 20 might be rough anyway so I might want some poison in me by then. But the younger a person is, the longer you'd have that in your system so the more concerned I'd be.

    At least in the supermarket, the stuff is labeled so I've a more informed choice.


    That makes sense. I have an advantage there in that at least one of the farmers (I'm pretty sure more of them) are from right in NJ and you can actually go see how they operate. The sister of the owner of that one is a priest in our diocese so I frequent their stand when I go.
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    Jul 26, 2014 12:20 AM GMT
    I have an amazing friend that comes over and cooks for me......he has been doing it for the last 9 years and my best friend did it until he past away for several years before that. I have never asked them to do it. They offered and enjoy doing it. Neither of them are vegetarians. But the food is always yummy and all vegetarian. I have been blessed with some wonderful people in my life. icon_smile.gif I hope that someone pops into your life like that as well.
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    Jul 26, 2014 12:48 AM GMT
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    Jul 26, 2014 12:56 AM GMT
    metta8 saidI have an amazing friend that comes over and cooks for me......he has been doing it for the last 9 years and my best friend did it until he past away for several years before that. I have never asked them to do it. They offered and enjoy doing it. Neither of them are vegetarians. But the food is always yummy and all vegetarian. I have been blessed with some wonderful people in my life. icon_smile.gif I hope that someone pops into your life like that as well.


    My ex was an English guy that converted to, I don't know, Buddhism? He changed his name to Ganesh something or another, (legally)...he was a vegetarian and a Wiccan...I know....icon_rolleyes.gif. but he cooked damn good Indian and Thai food.
    When my Mother died, he filled my freezer up with all sorts of noms including Sambar (my favorite) and vegetable stews, etc.

    He was a good guy...too bad he was married.
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    Jul 26, 2014 4:19 AM GMT
    Truppensturm saidThe most helpful tip I've been given is to cook for two days. And try to eat healthy, not pizza every day icon_wink.gificon_wink.gif



    So true. I ve know several people that have become stuck
    in the pizza rut and you can see it in the pizza shops that have popped up everywhere. Bottom line before you know it you are 60 lbs overweight .