Cooking for one
May 5, 2011 4 Comments
This isn’t necessarily a weight-loss topic, but it’s something I’ve noticed since transitioning from less fast food and ordering pizzas to cooking more meals. Cooking for one person blows. Sure, sandwiches, grilled cheese, mac & cheese and so forth are all easy to make for one person, but there’s only so many of those I can take in a week. Every now and then I like a full-blown meal.
At the beginning of the year (or more accurately, this semester) this wasn’t a problem because I was doing weekly dinners with a group of friends. Each week one of us would cook a healthy meal for the four of us. But we stopped this in the buildup to finals so that we could devote more time to our studies (I know, we’re such diligent creatures). Now I try to make myself a real meal once a week, and to be honest this is probably the first week I was able to even though we stopped the weekly dinners a few weeks ago.
This leads to my problem with cooking for one: leftovers. Whether its leftovers from something I’ve made or something I’ve picked up, I’m generally not a fan of them. I’ll generally eat at least one helping of leftovers, but after that it’s iffy. Doesn’t matter how good the original was, I’m generally not interested in having the same meal three or four times in a row. And yeah, I know just change the portions while cooking, but then I’m left with half an onion or something else like that. And instead of leftovers stinking up my fridge, I’ve got half an onion rotting away.
On the plus side, I’ve learned that I’m not bad at salmon or tacos, and I’m getting better with pasta.