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2/1/21 12:58 A

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I just bought some $5 loaf pans to use in my toaster oven for anything small batch baking.

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1/10/21 5:44 P

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My Max XL air fryer is wonderful. It saves heating up the stove and it saves calories.

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12/25/20 9:44 P

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I find steamed veggies with poultry to be a quick easy fix. I can do without meat but then I need to add say pinto or black beans in order to get the protein-nutrient complexes aligned with the stars.

okay, maybe not the stars. hahaha

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6/25/20 8:28 P

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I have been helping my mom and dad with cooking meals since I am off work. I do not eat pork, beef or lamb. By the time, I get home after cooking at their house, I just cook something simple.

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6/22/20 10:05 P

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Of late, I'm inclined to make meatballs with any beef, pork or chicken that I buy cheap and run through bursts in my food processor. I then flatten them on one side (keeps 'em from rolling around) like the old fashioned Roman meatball of Rome Italy.

I freeze things individually on a sheetpan when I can, and then put them into a locking 1-2 gallon freezer bag. It is helping. I can heat them up in a little sauce as I cook the noodles. Almost Norwegian proof, but don't let my Norwegian mother know I said that okay?



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5/14/18 10:23 P

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definitely agree that organization has been part of my problem with freezing in the past too. I may challenge myself to start dating my food as I put it in there, and take a good look at how I am stacking m things. Any improvement would be good!

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5/14/18 11:00 A

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Problem I have is keeping the freezer organized so I don't lose things in there - and then, I too, find them too late! I tried the vacuum seal method and it worked - until I got too lazy to bother to replace materials - shame on me!

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5/14/18 8:53 A

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Thanks, @MERILYNN1, for weighing in on planning. I can see that I need to use my freezer more. I guess I remember too many times that I pulled something out that was badly frost burned, and not appetizing. Anyone use those vaccum seal things? I have wondered if I would actually use it enough to justify the cost.....hmmmm.....

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5/13/18 12:22 P

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This is the way I fix my meals - even make casseroles that can be frozen in individual portions. Use divided plates often w/ vege, carb and protein and freeze. I live alone and this keeps me eating good meals instead of snacking crackers and cheese - takes just a bit if planning ahead.

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5/4/18 6:05 A

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Sounds yummy

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5/3/18 10:03 A

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Meatballs over pasta, rice or quinoa. Meatballs with healthy sauce with veggies. Veggies with healthy sauce over a slice of bread. Put on skewers. Would love to her more.

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5/3/18 10:01 A

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I like the idea of freezing in small portion for 1 or 2. My mom, age 89,and newly widowed, uses Meals on Wheels. But for week-end meals and evening meals, we daughters make soups or one very small portion meals (3 Tbsp mashed potato, 1 piece chicken) and freeze in one or two person portions. Mom eats lots of frozen veggies, more fresh in summer. I often make a larger meal, serve to myself and my sweetheart, then save a meal for myself and one for him to take home.

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5/3/18 9:55 A

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i like that idea of cooking for 1-2 meals at a time. When I open a pkg. of 6 sausages or 4 chicken thighs, I cook it all and refrig or freeze for later. Saves time and cleaning of pots. Best fast food that way.,

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3/22/18 7:22 A

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I love the bread machine!

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10/25/17 8:02 A

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Leftovers= Lunch

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7/31/17 4:03 A

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I do not put meals in my fridge freezer. Mostly I put blueberries I buy from the local farmers to eat year round. I have over 20 pounds now. If I would buy them later frozen at a grocery store they would be 3 times the price. I like to make enough supper for 1-2 meals only. There is a smaller grocery store 2 blocks away that sells fresh hamburger patty's at less then $2.00 for 2 and other cheap small portions of fish,poultry and meat. The larger grocery stores only sell large portions.

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3/15/17 11:31 P

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Thanks for this - i am cooking for myself with a home health aide and all ideas like yours will help both of us - especially when she can't come because of snow - wonderful to have something easy to pull from the freezer.

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12/20/16 6:44 A

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growing up my mother would cook all the food that she had making the meal.
cooked leftovers from the refrig were a better choice than not being able to
use spoiled food a day or two later.

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12/19/16 9:59 P

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My mom was 1 of 8 kids and my dad was 1 of 6. while growing up, my mom never made small single serving size dishes. we ate a lot of leftovers. i will admit i like them more as an adult because reheating makes less mess in my kitchen. i have not learned this lesson well. i do a lot of convienece meals and fast food.

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ANNMH150 Posts: 1,461
12/18/16 2:54 P

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Made a fish soup this week with haddock.

Boiled fish with chopped scallions, celery seed, black pepper, chopped parsnips, lemon juice and vegetable quinoa. When quinoa half cooked I added chopped asparagus, mushrooms, tbsp. smart balance spread with olive oil and unsweetened almond milk.

I made enough for four meals. Taste was unusually good from asparagus.

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12/14/16 6:06 A

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I make regular dishes then freeze them

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11/28/16 9:09 A

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Soups like pea soup, lentils soup, chicken noodle store well in refrigerator for multiple
week servings.

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11/23/16 1:08 A

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I joined allrecipes.com and use their many low calorie recipes,some for 200-300 calorie dishes. If you join for free you can save the recipes for how many people you want to or change it when you come back to it. It has pictures of every recipe and some videos.

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11/21/16 7:29 P

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cooking fr one has become easier. I buy one pound ground turkey, add diced scallions, bread crumbs and make turkey burgers to freeze individually as 3 oz. I keep tomato, avocado or lettuce on hand to perk up as a sandwich.

I also buy 90%+ lean ground beef. I sautee diced celery & onions, season with black pepper garlic, I add ground meat to frypan and simmer over low heat, adding diced mushrooms, sometimes adding cut spinach When all the meat is browned I add diced tomatoss and simmer until flavor pulls through.

When cooled, I store this meat sauce in 4 oz Ziploc containers and freeze. Busy day, I defrost a meat sauce on the counter while at work. When I come home just need to boil
pasta or rice and serve with a salad.

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11/8/16 3:23 P

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I started out with doing a Teiryaki meatball recipe (ground pork) from a blogger, found on Pinterest. These are done in the oven, which a surprisingly easy homemade teriyaki sauce. I eat this one with rice. Both can be put in small baggie and frozen, making for a great lunch. I can also toss in some shredded carrots with the rice or other veggies.

Then, my new Better Homes and Gardens cookbook has several different meatball recipes all done in the crockpot. The wonderful thing is easy to do and easy to portion and then serve with the side dish of your choice - rice, potatoes, pasta, veggies, or both. Freeze in baggies and they are easy for lunch or dinner. Plus good protein, which I'm trying to get more of.

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11/8/16 9:32 A

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@Adlins: What are some of the many things you can do with meatballs??

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CD16571910 Posts: 14,902
11/7/16 11:47 P

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I go to www.allrecipes.com and if you join you may change their recipes to 1-2 servings before you save them under your own headings or after you come back to them. You can not do it if you do not join for free. They get recipes from different people and different sites and have pictures of every recipe.Some have videos too.

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11/7/16 5:28 P

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So, over the years of cooking for myself, I've learned some things. Some that work and some that don't. This thread is created for you to share what you've learned in your journey of cooking for one or two. Perhaps these will help those who are just starting and those who have been at it for awhile.

I have learned... that freezing is indeed a good thing! And, it's not just for baked goods. Plastic baggies work for freezing small meals. I've done it for mostly meatballs at this point (another thing I've learned -- you can do any number of things with meatballs!).

And, a crockpot is a great thing!

What have you learned?

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