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Let me begin by giving credit where it is due. In order to learn how to simplify cooking my nightly meal for one person, I had to discover the cooking strategies of women who cook for large families.
I’d been making nightly meals for a long time, and I’d grown tired of cooking every night. I was one person! Why should I be spending this much time in the kitchen? Nightly meal prep took a lot of energy, and I’m no longer young. This started me searching for ways to lessen my nightly load.
In my search, I discovered women making freezer meals in big batches. At first, I just sat there watching the videos with my mouth hanging open. These admirable young women were assembling raw or cooked ingredients and dumping them into in freezer bags or casserole pans to finish cooking later. It was amazing.
(Their’s can be a monumental effort. If you don’t believe me, watch this video which you’ll find here.)
As large a tribe as they needed to feed, I was convinced I could make a similar system work for me, so I set about trying to figure out how to adapt their strategy to my problem of cooking for one.
Where they were putting raw ingredients into bags to cook later. I decided I couldn’t walk away from my life-long habit of cooking first, freezing later. So… my first go at this thing was to make a large batch of spaghetti sauce with meat in the crock pot and freeze it in quart-sized freezer bags. That way, all I had to do when I wanted to eat was to cook the noodles, dump a bag of defrosted sauce on top, and heat it all. It was dead simple. I still do it. I still love the dish and the ease of it. And of course, it’s such a no brainer that I don’t know why I didn’t start doing this years ago.
I even got fancy and took some of the sauce, cooked a few spaghetti noodles, added a bit of cheese, and baked it off in a toaster-size casserole dish. What I like about this size casserole is that it divides easily into four lovely servings. I simply eat one, wrap the remaining portions in aluminium foil, tuck them into a small freezer bag and there ya go. Needless to say, I use the same method for other casserole dishes as well.
These are such easy ideas, I’m sure you’ve all already thought of using them, but for me, this was life changing. My kitchen stays cleaner. I spend less time cooking, and I seem to have more variety in my nightly meals than I had before I began this journey.
So, please, follow along as I expand my efforts at lightening my cooking load. And if you have any ideas to share or opinions to state, be sure to leave a message in the comment section.
Thanks for reading and may we all learn to be happy and well fed while Cooking for One.