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My daughter was challenged with working long hours and not having lots of time to prepare healthy lunches nor dinners. I came up with some hints to use as guidelines to help her continue to eat healthy while working long hours. I hope this helps others too!
If you are like me, you have a lot of recipes for larger families. Then people move out, get divorced or even die and you are left with only one or two people in the home. Or you may be just starting out on your own or with a new spouse and you find very few recipes for one or two people but hundreds for larger families.
Many recipes call for a 13x9 inch dish and these recipes are very easy to convert by simply cutting the ingredients in half and using a 9 X 6 dish instead. Time and temp stay the same.
If you can find a smaller size ingredient, use that or most ingredients can be divided and then stored or frozen for a different dish in a couple of days.
This way you can have a wide variety of meals that you enjoy without having the same leftovers for several days in a row or having to throw the food out because it has been sitting in the refrigerator too long.
Source: A lot of trial and error after my spouse died.
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Does anyone know of some good strategies or recipes for making meals for one when you are used to making meals for more people? Preferably meals that are frugal.
I buy 3-4 boneless chicken breasts, put them in the snack sized bags seperately, and freeze. I'll buy a small ham, cut it into several small roasts [and maybe some slices for breakfasts or fried ham dinners], and freeze. Defrost 1 roast, for dinner, and slice the balance for sandwiches for later in the week.
Buy a small pork or beef roast. Cut a few slices for steaks/chops and, leave enough to make a roast for dinner, with leftovers for a small one serving stew [this is where you can use tomatoes that are getting soft].
Always remember that you can take dried soup mixes, sauce mixes, and other boxed items, measure them out into several equal 1 serving packets. Just remember if you divide into 4 parts, cut the added items [water] into 4 parts as well.
Buy a pound of ground beef, and divide it into 3 meat loaves, cook them. When almost done, but still moist inside, remove 2 and freeze them. Defrost and finish the cooking when you're ready to use the others.
You can do this in most cases, even cakes. The only difficulty will be in the eggs, which should be dividable when beaten. I hope this is a help.
There are so many foods that can be prepared and/or prepared and cooked then frozen. Spend a day or two cooking or baking and you can freeze a lot of it in single servings. Also, if you don't have a lot of freezer space and you do any canning, you can make large pots of soups and can those.