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2021-04-08 6:41:36 AM  
I just wish I could reliably find unfrosted ones in flavors I like - Cherry and Raspberry.
 
2021-04-08 6:53:24 AM  
Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?  Or just go pathetic old school?
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2021-04-08 7:08:56 AM  
I don't toast pop tarts.  I just them straight out of the wrapper.
 
2021-04-08 8:22:16 AM  

BizarreMan: I don't toast pop tarts.  I just them straight out of the wrapper.


You actually remove the wrapper?  WELL EXCUSE ME YOUR HIGHNESS!
 
2021-04-08 8:25:20 AM  

Diogenes: BizarreMan: I don't toast pop tarts.  I just them straight out of the wrapper.

You actually remove the wrapper?  WELL EXCUSE ME YOUR HIGHNESS!


Sorry, didn't mean to out on heirs.
 
2021-04-08 8:25:47 AM  

cherryl taggart: Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?  Or just go pathetic old school?
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I do this or I portion out the main parts like the meat into smaller portions before I cook.

Since mom died and I'm only cooking for me I've been leaning heavily on my Foreman grill.  It's not the greatest but it's quick and convenient when cooking a small piece of meat.  Last night I had chicken that I seasoned with lemon pepper and garlic.  Then just made some broccoli and microwave rice.

Kind of under the weather so didn't want anything too involved.

Once my pool deck is finished I'll start using the big boy grill outside again.
 
2021-04-08 8:40:47 AM  
brb making 5 gallons of chili sure hope I don't get bored of it in 3 days
 
2021-04-08 8:58:14 AM  
gotta learn how to prep, people
 
2021-04-08 9:00:49 AM  

cherryl taggart: Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?  Or just go pathetic old school?
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Every now and then, over the years, these kind of threads would come up and I would post an easy to cook and low cost healthy meal that takes 30-35 minutes to cook with maybe 5 min of total prep.  I would get railed on - from people telling me that I must have all the time in the world (with the less-than-subtle subtext of my life being filled with nothing else so I have plenty of time to cook) to people scrutinizing my daily routine because they believed I was lying about being able to cook during the work week....with a kid...and workout.

The thing is, everyone I know (IRL) who doesn't seem to be able to do these simple things like split out left overs or cook a 30 minute meal or whatever seems to have plenty of time to dick around on their phone for an hour (or more) or veg out in front of the tele.  And I get that - we *all* need veg-out time but you need to sacrifice some of that if you don't want to eat shiat or waste food.
 
2021-04-08 9:04:41 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: brb making 5 gallons of chili sure hope I don't get bored of it in 3 days


I freeze my chili in freezer safe Ziploc bags. Then when I'm in the mood for chili, just pull a bag out and I have a few servings of chili.
 
2021-04-08 9:12:39 AM  

vudukungfu: gotta learn how to prep, people


That's the key baby.  I like doing stir fry on Fridays or Saturdays because the prep sucks ass.  And by "sucks ass" I mean it is simply longer than weekly cooking prep time.  Hell, I did four racks of ribs on the grill last weekend and I think the prep time for that was shorter than stir fry prep.  I have a Chinese friend who cuts their veggies up at various times during the week.
 
2021-04-08 9:17:47 AM  

SurfaceTension: Tr0mBoNe: brb making 5 gallons of chili sure hope I don't get bored of it in 3 days

I freeze my chili in freezer safe Ziploc bags. Then when I'm in the mood for chili, just pull a bag out and I have a few servings of chili.


Stew does pretty well for a while.  Home made chicken soup also does decent but I wouldn't leave it longer than three months or it starts to taste weird.  I've also frozen my long-cook green beans (which is essentially green bean soup) and those last a while.

I use the ziploc bags as well but those restaurant soup take-out containers are great for this.  You can get a stack of 50 of the things for under $10 at a restaurant supply store.
 
2021-04-08 9:20:59 AM  

Diogenes: cherryl taggart: Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?  Or just go pathetic old school?
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I do this or I portion out the main parts like the meat into smaller portions before I cook.

Since mom died and I'm only cooking for me I've been leaning heavily on my Foreman grill.  It's not the greatest but it's quick and convenient when cooking a small piece of meat.


After my father "retired" he did a bunch of contract work all over the place and would sometimes spend long enough at a place that he needed furnished apartment (company paid of course).  He like to have cooked meals and always *hated* microwave food.  He swore by that Foreman Grill.
 
2021-04-08 9:29:52 AM  

UberDave: Diogenes: cherryl taggart: Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?  Or just go pathetic old school?
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I do this or I portion out the main parts like the meat into smaller portions before I cook.

Since mom died and I'm only cooking for me I've been leaning heavily on my Foreman grill.  It's not the greatest but it's quick and convenient when cooking a small piece of meat.

After my father "retired" he did a bunch of contract work all over the place and would sometimes spend long enough at a place that he needed furnished apartment (company paid of course).  He like to have cooked meals and always *hated* microwave food.  He swore by that Foreman Grill.


Ha!  Did the same when I was a consultant and got corporate apartments.  Eating out every night was making me fat.
 
2021-04-08 9:51:46 AM  
The concept of leftovers for everyday meals baffles me, do people not know how much they eat? If you're the type of person that likes to make a little extra for your lunch at work the next day that's cool, but to over prepare for no reason is just stupid.
 
2021-04-08 9:53:37 AM  

Mr.Tangent: The concept of leftovers for everyday meals baffles me, do people not know how much they eat? If you're the type of person that likes to make a little extra for your lunch at work the next day that's cool, but to over prepare for no reason is just stupid.


Sometimes leftovers seem like a good idea but I lose interest.

Although in my case I will force myself to eat them and not waste food.
 
2021-04-08 10:23:26 AM  

Diogenes: Mr.Tangent: The concept of leftovers for everyday meals baffles me, do people not know how much they eat? If you're the type of person that likes to make a little extra for your lunch at work the next day that's cool, but to over prepare for no reason is just stupid.

Sometimes leftovers seem like a good idea but I lose interest.

Although in my case I will force myself to eat them and not waste food.


When I was newly single post-divorce, Sunday would be my cooking day. I'd do a couple meals that I intended to last the week. Usually they'd be of the "single pot/pan" variety like lasagna, veggie fried rice, stews, etc. I had no intention of dicking around around with sides. I'd portion the food out into individual tupperwares to last the week. I also factored in the regular going out with friends or ordering a pizza.
 
2021-04-08 11:07:33 AM  
Meh, I can eat something two days in a row, at most. So I generally don't prepare that much food that leftovers is a "problem." If it's something I think I can eat again in a week or so, I freeze it. For sure, some things freeze better than others. Casseroles and soups freeze well. Fresh vegetables and anything fried, not so much.

This shiat isn't hard, unless you're an American, I guess.

I mean, food prep and storage takes a little effort and planning. Not everybody wants to go to the trouble. So, don't. But then don't complain you have too many leftovers, ie, too much food. Makes you sound like an asshole.
 
2021-04-08 11:23:01 AM  

Mr.Tangent: The concept of leftovers for everyday meals baffles me, do people not know how much they eat? If you're the type of person that likes to make a little extra for your lunch at work the next day that's cool, but to over prepare for no reason is just stupid.


I "over prepare" most meals.  I cook at least 3 meals each time.  One fresh, one for the freezer, and one for a quick meal of "planned leftovers" on Friday or Saturday nights.  At the very least, I precook the meat, then change up the sauce and sides.
 
2021-04-08 11:34:16 AM  
Mrs. Henry has a Toaster Strudel every single g'damn morning.
Should she decide to stop this habit we'll have to send her to an addiction centre.
The Pillsbury dough-boy is a drug dealer in my little world.
 
2021-04-08 11:34:29 AM  

cherryl taggart: Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?



The problem with recipes for single people is the oppressive ennui.  Yes, you can halve, third, or quarter the recipe to make a single serving.  But every recipe you read is a tiny judgment against your preferred and/or dealt lifestyle.  Every recipe lives in a world where you don't exist.

Furthermore you can't always divide a recipe and get the same result because of the square-cube law.  E.g., small pies are more crusty, not great when you're not a fan of pie crust.  Some foods can overcook easily if you halve the portions in a recipe.


HOWEVER, I actually eat my leftovers reliably, over 95% of the time.  So at least for me cooking more than a single serving is not a big deal.  It also helps that I have a habit of not eating either breakfast or lunch so when dinner arrives I usually put down two servings.
 
2021-04-08 11:39:10 AM  
I grew up poor and with food insecurity, so I have a high tolerance for eating leftovers. I also like to cook, so my leftovers usually taste good because they were good to begin with. Plus there are plenty of ways to adjust their taste as you work your way through them so they don't get boring too fast.

Keeping the fridge extra cold also helps longevity a bit.
 
2021-04-08 12:15:18 PM  
A million years ago, as a bachelor, what I fixed myself to eat for dinner would shame a sloth. 5 nights a week I'd eat some variation of tuna fish casserole. Toward the end of my independence I'd graduated to rice and beans with some spinach every couple of nights. Dessert was usually canned fruit. (Love the syrup they're packed in.) I suspect that had I ever become Suddenly Solo for one reason or another it would have taken less than a week for civilization to erode and I'd revert to form. I like to cook but I also think it's approval is wide bur shallow.

Breakfasts were variations of granola. Lunches were deli meat sandwiches.

To my credit, I rarely got fast food. (I was too poor so not much credit.)
 
2021-04-08 12:17:26 PM  
I spent from age 18-29 never cooking a meal. If it wasn't a frozen pancake tossed in a toaster I was eating out, usually fast food, but usually 1x/day Dennys.

Cook for myself as a single? Hah.

\I was sure I would be dead before I was 30
\\allergic to everything not food, figured anaphylaxis would get me, no need to eat healthy
\\45, not sure I'll see 50 because of my previous attitude
 
2021-04-08 12:18:13 PM  
Y'all need Jesus woks and rice cookers.
 
2021-04-08 12:20:48 PM  

cherryl taggart: Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?  Or just go pathetic old school?
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Many recipes do not scale down, particularly baked items, but that's what freezers are for.
 
2021-04-08 12:22:40 PM  

natazha: cherryl taggart: Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?  Or just go pathetic old school?
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Many recipes do not scale down, particularly baked items, but that's what freezers are for.


I don't think that's true. Evidence: cupcakes.
 
2021-04-08 12:23:49 PM  
This is why I've been enjoying Hello Fresh. Each recipe nets you two meals. Depending on what it is, I can either make the entire thing at once, i.e. rice bowls, pasta, soups, and then eat half for lunch and either the rest for dinner or save it for lunch the next day via leftovers, or if it's something like hamburgers or chicken I can make half of it one day and the rest the next. I'm pretty slow when it comes to prep, definitely not that fast when it comes to chopping, dicing, ect, but it still only takes me about 30-45 minutes to cook the whole thing.

Then on days when I absolutely do not feel like cooking, I keep some frozen food around, canned vegetables, and rice to toss together something in like 15 minutes.
 
2021-04-08 12:24:45 PM  
It's not for lack of trying however, according to the new study. In fact, 61 percent say they always refrigerate their leftovers, but never get around to eating them.

*facepalm*

/always makes it a priority to eat leftovers before anything else
//had leftovers for lunch
 
2021-04-08 12:25:05 PM  

cherryl taggart: Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?  Or just go pathetic old school?
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2021-04-08 12:28:05 PM  

grumpfuff: It's not for lack of trying however, according to the new study. In fact, 61 percent say they always refrigerate their leftovers, but never get around to eating them.

*facepalm*

/always makes it a priority to eat leftovers before anything else
//had leftovers for lunch


This, damn it. Cook understanding your portion sizes & remainders, then plan your cooking based around eating those portions & remainders. Short-sighted thinking costs money.
 
2021-04-08 12:28:53 PM  

Mr.Tangent: The concept of leftovers for everyday meals baffles me, do people not know how much they eat? If you're the type of person that likes to make a little extra for your lunch at work the next day that's cool, but to over prepare for no reason is just stupid.


A local restaurant was running a special for Easter, and we decided to support it. A single portion cost $10. A family meal(4 portions) cost $25. We figured, hey, spend the extra $5, then we have lunch for a day or two as well. Turns out, "4 portions" was more like 6. I just finished off the last of it.

/sometimes it's not over preparing, sometimes it's intentionally getting more food than you want for one sitting
 
2021-04-08 12:29:52 PM  

Stargazer86: This is why I've been enjoying Hello Fresh. Each recipe nets you two meals. Depending on what it is, I can either make the entire thing at once, i.e. rice bowls, pasta, soups, and then eat half for lunch and either the rest for dinner or save it for lunch the next day via leftovers, or if it's something like hamburgers or chicken I can make half of it one day and the rest the next. I'm pretty slow when it comes to prep, definitely not that fast when it comes to chopping, dicing, ect, but it still only takes me about 30-45 minutes to cook the whole thing.

Then on days when I absolutely do not feel like cooking, I keep some frozen food around, canned vegetables, and rice to toss together something in like 15 minutes.


We tried three different meal services, but they delivered too little bang for too much buck - we've a chest freezer and a pantry. They just weren't economically viable for us.
 
2021-04-08 12:48:22 PM  

vdrog: Mr.Tangent: The concept of leftovers for everyday meals baffles me, do people not know how much they eat? If you're the type of person that likes to make a little extra for your lunch at work the next day that's cool, but to over prepare for no reason is just stupid.

I "over prepare" most meals.  I cook at least 3 meals each time.  One fresh, one for the freezer, and one for a quick meal of "planned leftovers" on Friday or Saturday nights.  At the very least, I precook the meat, then change up the sauce and sides.


It's one thing to plan it that way, it's entirely another to end up with a bunch of waste for no reason.
 
2021-04-08 1:02:02 PM  
It's just my wife and I, but I tend to stack two offset dishes with 4-6 servings each, just to avoid monotony. So for example, tinga de pollo, and then French lentils, with a big batch of rice to share between them. I purposely try to keep one dish lighter, that can be easily reheated for lunch, or that I can add fish to for an easy dinner.

Apart from that, I try to have a couple different reuse plans for each dish: chicken and sauce over rice with cotija, sour cream, avocado, pickled onions, etc., or bake sandwich buns and eat the chicken that way. Or add complementary ingredients on subsequent trips to the store, like picking up fresh sweet corn and making esquites as either an appetizer or new topping for said chicken dish.
 
2021-04-08 1:02:17 PM  
I'm single and recently started using Hello Fresh. I get 3 of the 4 serving meals, covering 12 of 14 lunches/dinners per week. I'm not a particularly good cook, but I can follow a recipe, and this approach gets me generally healthier meals than I would be throwing together on my own, and while more expensive that what I could in theory do on my own, the price is worth not having to plan and keeping me out of the store saves money with fewer junk / impulse purchases.

Normally cook all 3 over the weekend, then mix and match as the week goes on to keep it from being too repetitive.
 
2021-04-08 1:16:38 PM  

BizarreMan: I don't toast pop tarts.  I just them straight out of the wrapper.


You just *what* them straight out of the wrapper?
 
2021-04-08 1:35:29 PM  
I'm just the opposite.  of course im also a single farker, but i never make anything that would leave leftovers. for one im not good at managing the contents of the fridge, and no reason to make any more than what I need.  Most dinners are some form of meats, steamed vegetables & rice.  eggs/sandwiches comprise the breakfast and lunches.

im sure theres probably some benefit to cooking a few days worth of meals at once, but with my lifestyle, just no.  At the same time, living like such a simpleton in terms of the meals I make, means im not exactly going to blow away any ladies in the kitchen by making them something fantastic.
 
2021-04-08 1:54:12 PM  
I need to open a store for single people where you can buy things in smaller quantities. I know you can freeze a lot of things but I don't want to deal with that a lot of times. Sometimes I need one stalk of celery but I have too buy a whole bunch. Or I just need a tablespoon of fresh parsley or some other herb but I have to buy a whole bunch.

I can buy a pound of ground beef and portion it into 4oz pieces but if I want to make myself a burger, I can't buy a couple of leafs of lettuce, I have to buy a whole head. I can't get one or two hamburger buns, I have to buy a whole package.

Again, I know you can freeze a lot of these things but sometimes I just want to get what I need for a particular recipe.
 
2021-04-08 1:58:45 PM  

cherryl taggart: Sweet baby Jeebus, how freaking hard is it to take a recipe for 4 and divide it by 4 to get individual servings?  Or just go pathetic old school?
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What always throws me about that cover is the Jello......

...How?
..Why?
..Was it the boiling? or?
 
2021-04-08 2:08:47 PM  
I always follow the two bowl method when I make a salad.  First I get all the salad ingredients out and lined up on the table (romaine lettuce, baby spinach, cucumbers, bell pepper, baby portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, and some marinated artichoke hearts).  Then I chop the lettuce in to bite size pieces and put them in the bowl.  Add some baby spinach for variety.  Chop all the other vegetables and add to bowl.  Start having doubts about the size of the bowl.  Drain artichoke hearts and add to bowl.  Put a small scoop of cottage cheese on the side.  Come to terms with the fact that the bowl is, in fact, way to small for the amount of salad and emergency protocols must be deployed.  Get a small mixing bowl and dump the teetering salad in to it's more appropriate containment.

/Eat small vat of salad.

//Weird salad guilt.

///3?
 
2021-04-08 2:13:05 PM  

FormlessOne: Y'all need Jesus woks and rice cookers.


I have a cheapo rice cooker that was the best $10 I ever spent. Great for steaming veggies too.
 
2021-04-08 2:16:07 PM  

phedex: i never make anything that would leave leftovers. for one im not good at managing the contents of the fridge


?  How does this even work?  Everything I make has leftovers.  Most dishes make 4 or 5 servings. Lasagna has 9ish, but individual pieces of that can be wrapped in foil and frozen for a few months and still fine.  I have no problem with eating the same dish 5 nights in a row though.  2 minutes microwaving leftovers during the week when I have to get up at 0600 for ork is way easier than 30 minutes with a skillet, spatula, and cutting board.
 
2021-04-08 2:19:12 PM  
I have no idea how people are able to make reasonable amounts of soup. I always make a gallon more than I need.
My super power must be the ability to eat the same meal day after day, if I like it. If I make split pea soup or chowder, I am happy to have it for every meal until it's gone. I haven't harnessed this ability in a way that will save the world. Yet.
 
2021-04-08 2:20:28 PM  
Why would a single person cook daily just to avoid leftovers?  That burns time for extra cooking and cleanup.  When you have leftovers, eat the leftovers and skip cooking for a night.
 
2021-04-08 2:22:52 PM  

UberDave: vudukungfu: gotta learn how to prep, people

That's the key baby.  I like doing stir fry on Fridays or Saturdays because the prep sucks ass.  And by "sucks ass" I mean it is simply longer than weekly cooking prep time.  Hell, I did four racks of ribs on the grill last weekend and I think the prep time for that was shorter than stir fry prep.  I have a Chinese friend who cuts their veggies up at various times during the week.


I prep when I unload groceries.
 
2021-04-08 2:26:46 PM  
Pop-Tart thread with no mention of Elon Musk?  You guys are slipping.
 
2021-04-08 3:33:37 PM  
Left overs?

You mean future taco stuffing or future stir fry ingredient?
 
2021-04-08 3:50:53 PM  

Diogenes: Mr.Tangent: The concept of leftovers for everyday meals baffles me, do people not know how much they eat? If you're the type of person that likes to make a little extra for your lunch at work the next day that's cool, but to over prepare for no reason is just stupid.

Sometimes leftovers seem like a good idea but I lose interest.

Although in my case I will force myself to eat them and not waste food.


It's almost always the case that if I have n containers of leftovers from a given meal, then a day or two later I really wish I had n-1 or n+1.
 
2021-04-08 3:58:46 PM  
Article is thinly disguised advertisement.
 
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