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July 22, 2012 5:31 AM Subscribe
Cooking for one (non-foodie edition)
posted by b33j to Food & Drink (23 answers total) 51 users marked this as a favorite
Resources for creating menu and shopping list: overweight non-foodie edition.
So here's what I want to be able to do:
Shop to cook a simple meal for dinner for one every night that's quick, easy, and healthy and doesn't require special tools. This rules out any "4 ingredients" cookbook, because the 4th ingredient is invariably a can of cream of something multiplied by sodium can of soup.
Part of the problem I'm having is if I buy (for example) a cabbage, I have to eat cabbage every night for a week or it goes off. Yes I do have a freezer, but it's relatively small, so making 17 litres of soup and freezing it will mean I can't freeze meat.
Please note there is some slight hyperbole above.
One other issue is that I tend to travel for work irregularly, and unexpectedly, so if I buy x, y and z hoping for fresh food for the week, it might turn out that I only have time to eat x. Then, when I get back, the only thing left to eat is squillions of pasta, and a couple of tins of tomatoes, and the black slimy things in the fridge.
Oh, and I don't have a car - buying food means catching a bus to the shops and back - which is not a huge task, but time that could be more profitably spent (for example, on metafilter), so popping into the corner shop and back in 10 minutes just can't happen. I have to spend an hour round trip, so would rather not buy food every day.
Bonus points for easily transportable lunch that is not sandwhiches. Soup for example or other gooey food may get dislodged (opened) while travelling in my backpack. Okay, I could use a thermos for soup, but maybe not so much for a chunkier wet meal.
Added difficulty level: I am Australian so I like to use kilojoules instead of calories, and cup measures etc are metric which are different to US measures - so a US recipe site will be problematic.
In short, how to manage buying and making healthy food for one that will give a balanced, varied diet (and not go off, or be prohibitively expensive)?