I am a bit intimidated by all of the culinary talents in this community, so it has taken me a bit to introduce myself.
For those who don't already know me, I have a deep passion for the great outdoors, especially camping. In the past, I cooked daily for my family of six using simple, old-fashioned recipes that I mostly learned from my grandmother. My go-to meals were classic comfort foods like pot roast, stew, and hamburger hotdish. Now that my kids are grown and out on their own, it's just me. I've realized that I'm not a big fan of cooking unless it's for camping trips. Cooking over a campfire, surrounded by nature, brings me joy.
I'm excited to be here and to learn from all of you. I'm especially interested in exploring cooking for one, with a focus on the Keto lifestyle. I'm here to listen, learn, and share my own experiences along the way. Thanks for having me!
Hey Cricket! Welcome. I understand how it can be a bit difficult cooking for one as I had to learn to cook for 2.
I found buying things and separating them into portions for 2. You will portion for 1.
For example we shop at Costco and every thing is big. Instead of 2 steaks you have to buy 5 or 6. This is where my vacuum sealer is valuable. I portion all meats into 2 portions, vacuum and freeze.
You can buy small packs or "Steamers". Veggies that you can make in the microwave. And they are very good. In most cases better than whats in the produce section of the store. And fresh veggies are difficult to portion and save.
Things like 2 portion rice servings are great to. We buy Vigo yellow rice and its very good. Its 2 portions and all you need to do is bring 1.25 cups water or stock to a boil, stir in rice cover and turn off burner at 20 minutes.
You can buy frozen rolls (dough) you can rise yourself, bake and freeze. They are excellent. Bridgeford Parker House rolls.
And there is so much you can do before you venture out to nature. Preparing things before you go. Cutting up stuff and using freezer bags to transport in your cooler.
Lots of good info here and good people.
As I'm sure I've bored you all before, I'm going camping for a week in about a month and want to start pulling a menu together beyond hamburgers, hot dogs and steak. So I'm looking for ideas that are easy, don't make enough to feed a small army, and can be done on a camp stove, cast iron...
I feel your pain about cooking for one or two. It is challenging to get it right and not eat leftovers for a week. The good news is that most recipes can be downsized pretty easy and what Roll_Bones said about repackaging the food you buy is very true. Mostly I don't buy the the 'steamers' but you can nuke a partial bag of of anything frozen and meats are easy to repackage.
I never had to cook for many on a routine basis so I'm used to sizing for a couple of people (plus leftovers; we like leftovers if we don't see them 3-4 nights in a row). We don't usually do the Costco thing but i'm no stranger to portioning out a Costco buy or the ham we just bought on clearance at Aldi and filling the freezer.
It's good to have some company here on the keto end of the pool. Looking forward to seeing more posts from you!
I'll throw in again I guess. I cook for two and we, I mostly, don't mind leftovers for a couple days. Keeps me from cooking every day and I'll usually have leftovers for breakfast. That's the no cooking thing, it's just reheating in the nuclear oven.
I feel your pain. I'm cooking for 3, one of which expects me to cook every night but refuses to eat leftovers. What's even worse is I'm used to cooking for hordes so I've had to learn to scale back the volume of what I'm making.
If you find a recipe that says it makes 4 serving, simply divide the amount of each ingredient by 4 to give you how much to use for 1. If you get a weird amount, particularly with herbs and spices, simply make 2 servings and have leftovers or freeze the meal for another day.