Monday, April 5, 2010

Cooking for the Future Me

I've been cooking since I was little.  I loved mixing ingredients together to create something wonderful.  In high school I prepared dinner many times since both of my parents had to work. Cooking classes at community college included Italian food and advanced baking.

However, I've discovered something over the years as a single gal:  It's hard to cook for just me.  I love creating luscious food to share with friends and family.  I've thrown a fancy Italian dinner party for over 30 people before.  Desserts for a huge crowd were no problem.  But there have been many nights where cooking for myself just seemed like such a bother, and I ended up with a bowl of cereal or a sandwich.  Not the worst thing in the world, I suppose, but it would be better if I cooked homemade food.

For the past two nights, I cooked myself dinner from scratch.  On the first night I had Jamaican chicken & rice, along with a 100% fruit smoothie and mandarin oranges.  Last night's Easter dinner was a lemon pepper pork chop with the leftover rice.  Delicious!

As I was pondering the whole idea of cooking for myself last night, I had a strange thought.  What if I told myself I was cooking for the future me?  Then I wouldn't be cooking just for my solitary soul.  The healthier food would indeed help the future me come to be, and it would save money also.

It's going to be an interesting experiment.  We'll see how it goes.  Chicken something (kung pao?) and maybe some coconut rice sounds good for tonight.

How do you get yourself to cook when it doesn't feel worth the effort just for you?  Do you know any websites or blogs about cooking for 1 person?

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