The Joy of Cooking….For One

 Cooking For OneWe all try to grocery shop and cook meals at home because we know how eating out can be so expensive if you do it often enough. It takes a bit of time and effort to plan your meals, make the list and cook the meals. I try to base my meals on what already exists in my fridge and pantry  and whatever is on sale at the grocery store. I’m not a big fan of those meals that require a lot of prep work and have 20 ingredients, some ingredients which I most likely will never use again unless I make that particular dish. Once in a while I’ll do that type of meal, but that’s usually reserved for the weekend.

As of now, my bf and I do not live together. Whenever I make a big batch of something, I make my bf come over and eat some of it during his lunch (His work is a 5 min drive from my place. Why don’t we live together you ask? We have completely different schedules. I start work at 6:30 am and he starts at 8:30 am. I live in a one bedroom apartment. Would YOU want to wake up mon-fri at 5:15 am, knowing that you actually don’t have to get up until 7:45 am? Exactly).

I try to eat the same thing for lunch and dinner for several days, but I can only do that so many times. I need a little bit of variety. I could cook more than one type of meal to have that variety though…just never got around to doing it. I don’t really like cooking, I prefer baking. It’s probably due to the smell of it and the fact you can decorate them. Now you ask, “MTB, why don’t you just cook every night or every other night?”  Between my full-time job and teaching group fitness classes several times a week, there isn’t enough time to make a meal. Once I get home from class, I’m pretty exhausted (My full-time job is physical as well) and the last thing I want to do is cook. I have just enough energy to take the food out of the fridge, pop it into the microwave and shove it down my throat.

So I spend either a chunk or my saturday or sunday grocery shopping and cooking for myself. Grocery shopping for yourself is a bit of a pain.  Not to mention lugging those groceries from your car to the elevator and then to your apartment. Its my extra workout. My produce sometimes rots faster than I can eat it.  I was so excited yesterday when I managed to get through an entire container of strawberries and not one was close to rotting. But now I am sick of strawberries and will not buy them for a while. Maybe I should look into buying frozen fruits and veggies. Or just freezing the fresh ones. I know its cheaper to buy in bulk , but bulk doesn’t really work out in your favour when you are just one person.  I know smaller servings aren’t cost-effective,  but its more definite that I will eat it and it won’t go to waste.

The joys of cooking for two: you can make meals, go grocery shopping and eat together. Or you can alternate making meals or going grocery shopping but still eat TOGETHER. The biggest thing of all: you’re not the only one always cleaning up. I hate doing dishes and I don’t have a dishwasher. :(  It seems I use a lot of cookware and dishes when I cook….and I make somewhat of a mess. :)


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