cooking for one: looking for inspiration

cauliflowerThis is my typical meal right now, rice with some sort of vegetable. Sometimes I throw in some tofu or tempeh, but it is far from a given.

The thing is, I’ve been on my own for a week now, as Tom is in London for work. I get to go visit him next week (Sidenote: Shoot me any London must-eats!), but then he’s off to Kathmandu for FIVE MORE WEEKS! Having lived with him for 16 years, I’m not really in the habit of cooking for one. I was thinking back to when I last lived alone, my first semester going back to school, eating a lot of Gardenburgers and cous cous. Snore, right?

It’s not that I don’t think I’m worth the effort. I’ll marinate overnight or even bust out the finishing salts for myself, but without a cooking and eating partner, it’s hard to justify multiple pots and pans, not to mention spending a ton of time on a single meal.

Also, I’m trying to avoid packaged foods. Don’t ask me why I decided to do this now (maybe trying to save money for the trip to London I can’t afford), but I’m not buying fake meats or anything more processed than pasta.

So I’ve been making big pots of rice, and using them for the next few meals. Some nights it’s a bunch of stuff: mushrooms, asparagus, peppers, onion, garlic, and baked tofu with jasmine rice. Other nights, like last night, it’s just marinated cauliflower with black rice. And yes, I have had popcorn for dinner. With chocolate chips. Don’t judge.

Maybe bulk cooking is the way to go. A big pan of lasagne or mac-n-cheese, stuffing, marinated tempeh for quick tacos, soup…

Any suggestions? What are some of your favorite dishes when you’re cooking for one? Help me!

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