I’ve mentioned here a few times that most of the week it’s just Ryan and I for meals. And as much as Ryan can be a bottomless pit of hunger, making a whole dinner for one and a half isn’t really logical. So what is a hungry lady to do? The key, for me, is to cook in a way that both makes meals for one mom easy while not wasting tons of food. Thankfully, I’ve picked up some tips and tricks for how to cook for one and I wanted to take some time today and share them with you!
Make a whole recipe and freeze. To be honest, this is pretty much my number one tip. Once a week or so I’ll make a large batch of something. Sometimes I’ll eat that all week, and sometimes I’ll freeze it in individual portions to enjoy at some other time. All I have to do, then, is pull it out that morning and boom – dinner. Some of my favorites are things like soup, (without pasta or rice – it’ll get weird) sloppy joes, batches of refried beans (these have so many options! I like to freeze entire containers of them for on top of nachos, tostadas, tacos, bowls, or make bean and cheese burritos and freeze each burrito separately) pasta sauces, casseroles, lasagnas, etc, etc, etc.
Memorize a few different quick, single serve meals. I love making quick stir fries. A bag of frozen veggies, some sauce, and a protein make a delicious, balanced meal. Most any kind of egg meal should be in your arsenal – scrambled, omelette, fried into a breakfast sandwich, eggs are the perfect one-man meal. Sandwiches, baked sweet potatoes with toppings, burritos, wraps, or even pasta makes a great meal easy meal.
Pin that ish. I love Pinterest, guys. I could sit there for hours. One of my favorite finds on Pinterest has been single serve desserts. Look, a tray of brownies or a batch of cookies will not last long in my house, whether my husband is home or not. So making only one is my perfect solution. But good ol’ Pinterest doesn’t stop there – There are also suggestions for single serve breakfasts and lunches. Follow my board to see some of the finds I’ve seen lately!
Have a repertoire or routine. Sometimes I don’t have the energy to thinking about what I want to eat for dinner. Sometimes I don’t have the time to look through Pinterest, and sometimes my frozen treasure chest is empty. On those days, I fall back onto my routine of simple and easy meals that I’ve made over and over. Eggs, stir fries, sandwiches, and salads are all easy and require little to no thought on my part.
Make a list and stick to it. This took me a long time to learn. And to be honest, I’m still learning it because I’m always forgetting said list. But on Mondays while I eat breakfast, I look through Pinterest, check out what’s in the freezer, and browse through my money-saving apps to create a game plan for what the food will look like that week, and my list for grocery shopping. Then off we go to the store. The key here is to stick to your list. This will prevent having leftover ingredients that will go to waste.
Do you ever cook for just yourself? Any other tips or recipes I should add to my arsenal? Are you as obsessed with Pinterest and I am? Let me know in the comments!