Cooking for one is no fun!

Now that the big kids have gone back to their Dad’s for the school year, and Tommy has left for the sandbox, it’s really quiet here.  We joked before everyone left that August was the month of “leaving” and that September would be the month of “peace”.  Well, it’s not even September yet and it’s already Too. Darn. Quiet.

In addition to it being too quiet, there is too much food in this house!  What an adjustment to go from cooking for 5.5 people to cooking for just 1.5!  Turns out just two chicken breasts actually last me four days.  I do not like to eat the same thing for four days in a row (unless it’s a Chopped Chicken Cobb Salad from Panera).  A head of broccoli that used to disappear in one night now sits in the fridge so long I end up having to throw it out.  That 5 pound bag of potatoes started creeping me out with all of its’ eyes staring at me every time I open the pantry!

I did manage to grill some chicken burgers the other day and made just a few homemade “fries” to go with, and a fresh salad.  Unfortunately, the romaine has already started to wilt because it’s not being consumed quickly enough.  At this rate, those Panera salads are easing themselves into becoming part of my daily diet.

Today I cooked a homemade pizza, one of my favorites!  I take a thin crust, top it with a glaze of olive oil and italian herb seasoning, a thin layer of pizza sauce, mozzarella, green peppers, onions and turkey pepperoni.  To top it off, I sprinkle more italian herb seasoning on top and bake it at 425 for 10 minutes.  It’s really quick and delicious.  However, since I made this for lunch, I didn’t feel like cooking for dinner.  Yes, there were plenty of leftovers of this pizza.  Who wants to eat the same thing for 2 meals a day?  Not me.  So…I had to run out to drop some stuff off anyways so to Panera I went.

Doesn't this look WAY more appealing?

Besides, cooking for one (and a half) is no fun!


16 thoughts on “Cooking for one is no fun!

  1. I have never tried a chicken burger. But I think I might have to. They look good.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I want to follow your blog but I don’t see a GFC follow button. Maybe I’m blind? Or maybe GFC is having issues……. again. But I’m going to add you to my feed reader. Does that count?

  2. Sounds like a great recipe! It’s strange not having the kids around isn’t it. In the summer my wife moves out to the lake for the summer while I commute out on weekends. It’s to quite for me without the kids around so I know what you mean! Great site!

  3. This makes me sad, I could not imagine my children leaving me for that long. My boys will be going off to winter camp for three days in Novemeber and I am dreading the time they will be gone. I too would have a hard time cooking for one, I love to cook lots of food from scratch.

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  4. I agree it is so hard to cook for less! It is so easy to eat out or buy horrible frozen food. The best part of the internet though is that you meet people that deal with similar experiences and you can learn from one another. I have a family of 5 and only me and my niece eat what I cook. So I might as well be cooking for one and half! 🙂

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