Cooking for 2

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I think I've figured out why college students gain so much weight... it's nearly impossible to cook for 1 or 2 people! It's so much easier to go out to eat.


I am really starting to enjoy cooking and have been trying lots of new recipes. The problem is, what doesn't seem like too much on paper winds up being a LOT of food. We keep having tons of leftovers and sometimes it's just not possible to eat them all before they go south. Our freezer is not the greatest and so I don't really like to freeze our leftovers because they get freezer burn in minutes, it seems! :P


Anybody have some good advice on how to cook for fewer people? Like I said--oftentimes the recipes don't seem like too much on paper, but in practice I wind up with giant pots of soup or something. I guess if it's a new recipe I'm kind of afraid to  halve it in case it totally screws something up!


Chicken is easier to guess... I just pick a couple of boneless skinless chicken breasts and I know about how much DH and I can eat. We usually buy our ground beef in those 1lb tubes, which usually leaves us with leftovers but not too many. I've been trying a lot of soups and those usually are made to serve like 40 people, LOL!


I'm up for sharing recipes if anybody else likes to cook or wants some new stuff, too...


Anybody else have problems with this?

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 5:41 am
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Yes, you are right about the soups!!!!!  It seems like I'm always eating it because there's SOO much left over.


I know you said your freezer isn't the best, but soup is actually a great thing to freeze!  Sometimes it tastes even better after it was frozen and thawed out :)


But I have yet to master the cutting of cooking :)  I, too, will only make about a pound of meat or so...


But there's some meals where DH will have like thirds or forths, so that pound is GONE and no lunches for me :( LOL!


Maybe with casseroles and such, only use 8x8 dishes?  That way you are only constricted to THAT space...  And therefore makes you cut back on how much you are using.


Just a thought :)

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 6:32 am
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DH can't understand the concept of freezing soup. For some reason it just does not compute for him! He can't believe that it would work and dethaw and actually be edible afterwards. Strange man.

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 7:26 am
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We buy our perdue chicken at BJ's/Costco/Sams Club in the pre-pportioned packages.  The thicker chicken breasts come 2 per pack and the thin sliced are 4 per pack.  We freeze it and defrost as we need it.  This has helped us cut back on 'wasting' meat.


As far as sides, I cut most recipes in half.  I buy fewer potatoes and either mash or cube & bake them.  For rice, the Uncle Ben's microwavable packets are perfect for two people.  We also use frozen veggies so that we can steam however much we want. 


DH doesn't get the soup thing either.  His mom spoiled him ;) If it isn't fresh, he's a bit of a snob about it.  I've been working on this and he has come around with stews and some crock pot items.  I hope this helps =)

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 9:21 am
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We're also having this issue. :/ I started using recipes from a marrieds cookbook, and the serving usually says "serves 2." Well evidently it's two big ass mammals because it's ridiculous. I made macaroni that was supposed to be for two, and I seriously ate it for a week. Or two. Don't judge me, it was delicious!


And a portion for me is about a quarter of his. I'll make a dish that I can have four meals from, but when he shares it it's gone that night. I don't know how he does it, and I'm jealous.


Ditto Em. After the grocery shopping, if you portion it out you'll find less goes to waste. And when you're trying to stretch a dollar, it goes much farther. I'm just so lazy.

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 1:05 am
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This has been a struggle!  When I lived at home I loved to help out with cooking and I cooked for 5 plus I planned for leftovers every time!  When we first started living together I threw out so much produce :(


I don't know how good my advice will be, since I'm all about freezing (we even have a separate chest freezer in the basement).  I make chilis, stews, soups, etc in big batches and then make good use of my Tupperware by splitting out meal portions.  I also like to buy our meat in bulk and freeze it - I buy our chicken from a local organic farm and always buy 10lbs of chicken breasts at a time.


Would it help you to cook for 3/4?  I love taking leftovers for lunches, but FI used to eat out half the time.  He realized it wasn't good for his waist or wallet, so he now wants leftovers 95% of the time for lunch.  So if I cook something that isn't for freezing I always make it for 3/4 (because I usually eat half of what FI does in a meal).


I also alter a lot of recipes to make them smaller or larger...feel free to experiment with different amounts of meat, veggies, spices etc! 

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 1:41 am
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We're pretty similar to you Amanda, we make for 3-4 people and then take the leftovers for lunch the next day...

Posted on February 27, 2011 at 3:00 am
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There's a magazine my FIL subscribes to called Cooking for Two. They have recipes online!


Sometimes I make so much that we have leftovers, but usually we're such piggies, we eat it all. Leftovers sometimes help for when I am too lazy to cook.

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

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