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Old 04-19-2014, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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What are some of your favorite recipes when cooking for just yourself? Many recipes don't necessary scale down well, some do. What are some of your favorites?
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Old 04-20-2014, 12:10 AM
 
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What are some of your favorite recipes when cooking for just yourself? Many recipes don't necessary scale down well, some do. What are some of your favorites?
This cookbook is an oldie but a goodie cookbook with great recipes for one and you can usually pick up used paperbacks fairly reasonably on Amazon or eBay.

The 15-Minute Single Gourmet: 100 Deliciously Simple Recipes for One: Paulette Mitchell: 9780028609973: Amazon.com: Books
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I don't scale anything down; I believe in leftovers.

An online site like Allrecipes.com will recalculate the ingredients based on the number of servings you want to make.
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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sort of a related question: if you divide a crockpot recipe, will that affect the time it?
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:34 AM
 
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I cook for two but our meals are different. Essentially I cook for one twice each night. I don't change anything. I freeze some foods and we eat all leftovers. Many times the food is better the second time around….like lasagna
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Old 04-20-2014, 06:11 AM
 
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I cook for two but our meals are different. Essentially I cook for one twice each night. I don't change anything. I freeze some foods and we eat all leftovers. Many times the food is better the second time around….like lasagna
I agree. Chili, spaghetti, meatloaf, etc. sometimes seems to be better the day after. One can fix chili and spaghetti and portion and freeze the remainder. With meatloaf one can make a recipe to it, divide into two mini loaves; bake one half and freeze the other. Many options that are also timesavers later.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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sort of a related question: if you divide a crockpot recipe, will that affect the time it?
No, once it's heated up, use the same amount of time.
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Old 04-20-2014, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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I don't scale anything down; I believe in leftovers.
Me too!

Plain cooked pasta and rice do well frozen in serving-size portions, then microwaved to reheat.
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: SLC, UT
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I don't scale anything down; I believe in leftovers.

An online site like Allrecipes.com will recalculate the ingredients based on the number of servings you want to make.
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I agree. Chili, spaghetti, meatloaf, etc. sometimes seems to be better the day after. One can fix chili and spaghetti and portion and freeze the remainder. With meatloaf one can make a recipe to it, divide into two mini loaves; bake one half and freeze the other. Many options that are also timesavers later.
I do all of this, too. I love to make large pots of food and then freeze individually sized meals for later. Some of my regulars are:

Frozen in sandwich bags laid flat:
Spicy chicken chili
Chicken and vegetable soup
Cuban black bean soup
Enchilada soup

Frozen in small aluminum bread loaf pans:
Stuffed shells in meat sauce
Stuffed cabbage rolls in marinara sauce
Meatloaf
Lasagna

I do some others, too, but the ones above are pretty much my staples.
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