New years resolutions, Learning to cook for two and eat for one!
Jan. 29, 2012 12:39 pm
Updated: Feb. 2, 2012 6:18 am
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I need to learn how to cook for two and many times one person. If you are like me and are a bit more mature(read old), you have perhaps downsized the household from five or four down to two or even one. Yet, if you are like me you are still cooking for four.
You know; you use one lb of hamburger or cook four servings of pasta or rice and sauce for one meal when there are only two of you or even one of you. And when you were brought up by depression era parents its hard to leave food on the plate or leftovers
in the fridge. You inevitably end up eating one and a half or even two servings when only one is needed and eating leftovers out of the fridge that you just "hate" to see go to waste. Trust me when I get on the scale in the morning, I end up staring down at
that extra food that shows up on the scale and on my belly. Now I lost 20 lbs in 2011, but I am back up 10 and that is bugging the heck out of me. I know its because I am not exercising portion control and of course just not exercising. In addition, the
love of my life has started her PhD program 3 hours away and so we are temporarily separated by distance though still connected at the heart. So more often than not, I am cooking for just one and that is a tough proposition for a person who loves to cook.
Nobody publishes recipes for just one and it is sometimes impossible to cut recipes down for just one. How do you measure half an egg anyway?
So here's the plan. cook meals for no more than two. And, if that's not possible fire up the freezer and freeze what I can't eat. (I have learned to label what I freeze now too). I am also eating down the pantry slowly over time and buying more fresh fruits
and salads. When I do get the pantry eaten down I am going to fill it up with more low calorie items than are there now. Finally I am going to cut down the amount of butter I use. Hey, I'm an amateur chef, I use butter, but now I am going to use less of
it and less oil in general. More baking, less sauteing. I am going to get that olive oil sprayer out again or get a new one so I will use even less fat.
I am still deciding about the switch to splenda but that decision will wait as I see how the first part of the plan works. I am looking to loose 4 lbs a month. I will let you know how that goes. Have a great year and don't forget to keep love and romance in