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I have a question about the recipes you have here at Casual Kitchen, specifically the ones that you always say are "scalable" that you can easily double.
I love your recipes, and they are way cheaper than ordering takeout, so I've been cooking more, ordering takeout less, and saving money. But here's the thing: I live alone. I don't want to have a huge pot of soup or whatever sitting in my fridge to eat every night for a week straight. I'll get bored eating the same thing every day. What do you suggest for the single people out there?
You're asking the wrong question.
Instead of thinking of leftovers as a problem, view them as a solution. The thing is, you actually do want that huge pot of soup or whatever sitting in your fridge. Why? Because it gives you options.
On any night this week, you can choose to eat those leftovers--or not. If you're sick of a recipe and don't want to eat it three nights in a row, great. On that third night, go right ahead and order takeout. You'll still be money and time ahead, and you can always alternate back to leftovers on days four and five. But the bottom line is this: reheating something you've already made is by far the fastest, most efficient and least expensive way to get a healthy meal on the table.
One other scenario: Let's say you're a single person just returning home after a long workday, and you don't have any leftovers in your fridge. Just a jar of mustard and a bottle of beer. Your easiest and most affordable solution for getting dinner on the table, then, is..... nothing. You're either stuck cooking something from scratch until late at night, stuck ordering takeout again, or stuck paying an enormous premium in both time and money to have dinner served to you in a restaurant. There's absolutely nothing wrong with eating out or ordering takeout, but if you do it habitually, you'll end up spending far more money than you need to on food.
One other point: there are tons of recipes, including Chili, most stews, lasagna, my Chicken Mole, Groundnut Stew, Lentil Soup and many, many others that taste even better the next day. Focus your cooking on recipes like this, and rather than dreading that pot of leftovers, you can instead look forward to a meal that improves with age. Uh, only up to a point, of course.
A final suggestion, one that works wonders for anyone who works long hours and simply can't face the idea of cooking after a grueling day at work: Start with my collection of the 25 Best Laughably Cheap Meals at Casual Kitchen, invest an hour or so of your time on a Sunday afternoon, and make two laughably cheap meals. Then, alternate them over the course of the following week. You'll eat healthy food all week long for a hilariously small amount of time, effort and money. I promise you won't get bored.
And if you've made it this far through this post and you're still bothered by a big pot (or even better, two big pots) of delicious leftovers sitting in your fridge, I'm afraid you need more help than I can give you.
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