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Butter_Butt
04-11-2011, 07:14 AM
It is me, myself and I, so it is rather difficult preparing meals for 1 person. After finding healthy and diabetic friendly recipes, it is time consuming decreasing amounts of ingredients. I generally don't prepare more than 2 servings, because I don't prefer freezing meals for later, nor have or use a microwave to reheat leftovers. Also, I rarely have dinner guests over to enjoy and savor authentic homecooked meals with. It is nice and relaxing whilst having guests to eat and converse with. Takes longer to eat, eat less, and chew longer.


Ruthxxx
04-11-2011, 10:02 AM
Butter, I am on my own too and fully understand. I make it a habit to invite someone for dinner or lunch several times a month and also have learned to love the convenience of frozen leftovers or "planovers". I call them my stash.

georgepds
04-11-2011, 11:52 AM
It is me, myself and I, so it is rather difficult preparing meals for 1 person. ...

So, when I'm alone, I have a set of easy to prepare low cal meals. One version is soup, fish, and fruit

soup: Progresso light chicken soup (1 WW point if you like that sort of thing)
fish: Smoked salmon on a GG brand rye crisp with a little cream cheese
fruit : a (extra sugar free) berry mix I make up once a week ( cranberries, rasberries, blackberries, and blueberries)


The reason why 3 courses is that it helps me to avoid overindulging in any one thing. If I'm tempted by a second can of soup, I say to myself, no, try the fish. If I'm tempted by more fish I say, no, try the berries. By the time I'm done with the berries, I'm done. I know it sounds silly, but there is a whole school of thought, called cognitive therapy, that tries to teach you skills for ordinary situations. Over-indulging in a meal alone is an ordinary situation I think many of us here sometimes face.

Except for the berry thing (which requires pre prep once a week) this takes no time at all to prepare. I warm the soup in a microwave, but I see no reason why you can't do it on a pot on the stove


HTH
--G


Butter_Butt
04-11-2011, 06:50 PM
Ruthxxx,
In the small Town I live, I have 1 dear friend who is very sick and doesn't leave home often. It is impossible inviting her over for dinner or lunch.

Butter_Butt
04-11-2011, 06:53 PM
Georgepds,
Thank you for the ideas. I appreciate :)

Ruthxxx
04-12-2011, 02:28 PM
Butter, take lunch to her. I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

fatmad
04-12-2011, 04:24 PM
My Dad has been going through this since my mother died. Even tho she ate very little in the last while before she died, he preferred cooking for two. He does eat a leftover meal later in the week, (cook one eat twice he says). He eats soup and sandwich for lunch at the seniors centre at least twice a week, and after church on sundays, he goes out to breakfast with some other congregants who are on their own. He is now having dinner with a lady a couple of times a week!
I think it important to think about alternatives for how we eat. When I am on my own, if the weather is good, I head outside, much less lonely!