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Old 05-29-2011, 09:15 PM   #11
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When I took home ec, we were taught to say "planned overs" instead of left overs ;)
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Old 05-29-2011, 09:28 PM   #12
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I don't find it a challenge cooking for one. I do it every day. Just sayin'.
Although I'm not opposed to eating leftovers. Even cooking a large meal for lots of people can produce leftovers. Last year I made my first Thanksgiving dinner for one, but there were leftovers, which was fine by me.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:00 PM   #13
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I don't find it a challenge cooking for one. I do it every day. Just sayin'.
Although I'm not opposed to eating leftovers. Even cooking a large meal for lots of people can produce leftovers. Last year I made my first Thanksgiving dinner for one, but there were leftovers, which was fine by me.
When I was on my own, there was one Thanksgiving when my only option was to cook for myself. I happily cooked myself a full traditional Thanksgiving meal including appetizers and two pies. Since that time I haven't had to cook for myself on a holiday. Of course, Thanksgiving leftovers are a part of the tradition.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:45 PM   #14
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I cheated. I bought my pumpkin pie. lol
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:05 PM   #15
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I cheated. I bought my pumpkin pie. lol

Lots of people, who are cooking for families of more than one, buy pies at Thanksgiving. That's not cheating.
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Old 05-30-2011, 01:14 AM   #16
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When I took home ec, we were taught to say "planned overs" instead of left overs ;)
I like that. I look forward to the left overs. So many fun creative things you can do and you don't waste food, save money etc. In my opinion no one should ever feel bad about eating left overs whether they are alone or with others. Plus, in some cases it tastes better the next day OR you can do a whole other dish with it that may be as good or better so...

That said, there are plenty of fresh things you can make for one. Maybe not the most complex things if you wanted to avoid having left overs... errr "planned overs" I mean. The proteins are easy... a filet of fish, a lobster tail, a pound of shrimp, a steak... easy for one person. The veggies also not too hard since you grab as much as you need and even freeze them if you have more than you can or want to eat in a certain amount of time. It's the carb stuff like rice or pasta that is a little tougher to make for one without having planned left overs... so one can do meals without them (that's what I've been doing but I'm on a high protein diet) or make them and keep the left overs for another meal... at least part of the meal will be completely fresh and new.

These are just some ideas. I'm avoiding the challenge part of measuring smaller amounts of recipes and still making it work. If I am cooking for one or two people I do that naturally and take my chances.
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