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    Once a Month Coooking for Two

    msmariposa
    Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:04 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I am looking for resources for cooking ahead for just two people
    duonyte
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:07 pm
    Forum Host
    I struggle with this too - I can eat a roast for four days but Mr Grumpy does not like leftovers unless I really disguise them. And sometimes plans change etc and you just don't want waste.

    I have collected recipes that are either small quantities to begin with, or that are easy to reduce to two servings - things that use fillets, for example. Perhaps that would help you, too - Two by Two

    Otherwise, as you make things, you need to think right up front - how am I going to use/save this? When I make my Pulled Pork (Crock Pot) and I always make a 3 1/2 or 4 lb roast - I use some that night and then have some left over for lunch the next day or day after. But the rest I freeze into ready-made sandwiches (1 min in the micro and you have a hot sandwich) or I freeze blobs of it to use to top baked potatoes or even to throw onto a salad.

    Same thing with meatloaf. I'll make the meatloaf but immediately freeze slices of it, which make a fast dinner when I have nothing else planned.

    If I buy ground beef, I will freeze it in 1/2 lb portions. Depending on how I am going to use it I might freeze it with other ingredients - for example, this chili is really fast to make, 30-Minute Chili . But I like to cook my own beans to reduce salt. So I will freeze it with black beans that I cooked myself and the chili powder - I then add the tomatoes and broth. (Of course you can make the whole recipe and freeze it cooked. Truthfully we'd eat it all in pretty fast, but sometimes that;s not the healthiest choice!)

    Chicken - I will freeze packages of two or three thighs - my preferred part - which will be enough for dinner and then maybe lunch for one of us the next day.

    It takes some thought but once you get into a routine, it's not so hard to do.

    If there are some specific types of recipes that you want to rethink in an OAMC type of way, let us know and we will try to help.
    msmariposa
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 1:25 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you for the ideas. I am just so burned out with "kitchen administration". Tired of variations on grilled protein something, brown rice, veggie, and salad. Would not eat out all the time even if we could afford it.

    Mariposa
    duonyte
    Sat Jul 21, 2012 5:46 pm
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