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Meal ideas for a person living alone
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alan hardie    Posted 04-18-2002 at 06:52:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
looking for any good recipes for meals that are not in volumes for a family of 4 or 5. I have a freezer and can store leftovers which get old after a day or two. how do you other singles handle this?TIA wapial


Sammie    Posted 04-18-2002 at 11:14:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, lets see. I'm not well organized at this but what I do is buy large packages of everything, especially meat. If it's chicken, I cook it and put it in ziplock baggies in the freezer. I can and freeze vegies as they go on sale and just put them in smaller packages. I don't go through the potatoes very fast and haven't found a really good way to keep them for an extended period of time. Have boiled some and froze them but then found out you are supposed to use red potatoes for freezing and they are spendy by comparision. Usually fish doesn't last long enough to make it to the freezer, even the family packs!!! lol Now that I have the wood stove, I do alot of foil dinners cooked in the coals in the woodstove. My favorite cooked that way is a big patty of ground beef, sliced potatoes, carrots topped with butter and Johnny's seasoning salt. Through it in the coals for about 20 minutes and it's done, no dishes to wash!! Do this camping too. Now that I live alone, I wouldn't be without my freezer. Use it more now that I did when the family was home, just smaller packages and precook in quantity alot.


JoeK    Posted 04-18-2002 at 09:17:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check with your county homemaker/extension office or Dept of Human Services,They often have free handout type cookbooks of this type geared to senior survivors,single moms,beginning homemakers etc.Usually they are geared to basics/simplicity without fancy/difficult preparations.Also there are a several"Cooking for One(two)" published cookbooks that would be available thru bookstores,libraries or from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.


Toni    Posted 04-18-2002 at 07:06:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Alan,

Here is what I did when I lived alone and I also do it now. When I came back from the store I would take the meat and package just the quantity that I knew I would eat and wrap it up for the freezer on the outside of the package I would just jot down what I would need for a complete meal. (Example potato, veggies, etc.)

The following recipe is EASY and requires NO CLEANUP:
First off, I never defrost my meat before cooking it, except of course a big turkey. So many days I would forget to defrost something until a friend of mine said she never defrosts. The meat really does taste better.

Anyway recipe, you come home from work, go to freezer pull out two chicken breasts, lay them on tin foil that has been crisscrossed, put in potato slices, veggies, frozen or fresh, onion slices, whatever. Add about two tablespoons of water. Wrap it up, put it on any pan, put it in a 350-365 degree oven and just let it cook. You might want to check it at about 20 minutes to make sure there is still liquid, be careful though when you unwrap it the steam is hot. I usually let it bake for around 45 minutes. When done take it out of the oven, open it, and there you have a complete dinner no mess, no fuss. Just put it on a plate and you are ready, you can do this with anything. Fish is great this way only you don't have to cook it as long. If you want to send me your e-mail I can send more recipes. I just make them up and try em out if it didn't work didn't do it again.

Good Luck,
Toni


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