Aw, cooking for one. Could anything be more depressing than that?
Sure it can. The day after Labor Day, thus unofficially ending summer, sucks pretty bad. So do really depressing things, like poverty, disease, legless puppies…
But I digress. While clearly not the MOST depressing thing (and maybe not even making the Top 10), cooking for one certainly doesn’t get me kicking my heels in joy. Rather, it makes me mentally page through my recipes, discarding one after another for being too much work, having too many ingredients, taking too long, or just being way too much for one little person… which is, well, depressing.
I didn’t always used to find it depressing. When I started Weight Watchers back in Oct 2007, I was very, very single. I learned how to cook for myself, carefully portioning out meat in freezer bags, crafting tasty and nutritious meals for one, and being quite happy with myself.
Now, after over a year (at least) of always cooking for two, I’m suddenly at a loss.
Don’t fret — Aussie and I are still (very) happily (very) attached. Aussie just got a new job… an awesome, wonderful, dream-fulfilling job… that just so happens to put him on the road. A lot. In scenic wonderlands like Moses Lake, WA and Palmdale, CA.
Which means I now need to relearn how cook for one.
Last week was my first stretch of solo-cooking. I made pasta the first night (with enough leftovers for the entire week for lunch) and ate the same lentil and egg dish for three nights straight.
Totally delicious… but totally unacceptable for an adult woman who is crazy-in-love with food to eat only three different meals (I eat the same thing for breakfast daily) for most of a week. The worst part is that, while I rack my brains trying to think of something to make for dinner, I fall into a rut of thinking, “well, since lentils and eggs are out… what else can I make with eggs?”
So, help me out, pretty please? What do you make when you’re cooking for one? Preferably something that doesn’t involve eggs??