Thursday, March 21, 2013

Dinner for One

I can't even tell you how many times I've heard both clients and friends complain that healthy eating is tough when you are cooking for yourself. I hope it doesn't sound condescending to say: I think not.

Amsterdam 2003.  Eating for one should never sink to this level. Ever.
  Frequently, for various reasons, I'll be cooking for one. It could be because one of us is travelling, or working late, or pigged out at lunch.  We're pretty relaxed about it. After all, we both lived alone in the past and didn't starve, although pizza box evidence would suggest that there may not be so much kitchen activity when I'm not home (so busted!).

Last night, The Programmer went to a quiz night and I stayed home to write my research summary. Actually, did you know that I recently got married? True.  I'm married to the Web of Knowledge database. I'm also having a passionate affair with Scopus, Science Direct and Google Scholar.  Now you know.

Wedded bliss (?) or not,  come 7.30 pm my brain still needed fuel, but I'm not going to pull out my French cookbook and spend 30 minutes slaving over an exotic sauce that will be appreciated by only me. Nooo.. it's going to be simple, and fast.

Last night's 10 minute effort involved leftover baked pumpkin, a courgette, shitake mushrooms and king prawns, stir-fried in coconut oil. I added some crushed garlic and sproiked it with 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp balsamic. 


'Sproiked'?

Sometimes, when Jase is away, I eat something very naughty: salad from a bag.  Haha, it feels like such as indulgence not to do the 'pick, wash, double wash, inspect for bugs' procedure.


Therefore, the final construction was stir-fried goodies on a bed of raw, baby spinach with some walnut cheese.




What do you think? Is it hard to eat well if it's just you at the dinner table (or in front of the PC, as the case may be)? 

What do you do when fending for yourself?

10 comments:

  1. Yeah, I call bullshit. It's way easier to eat healthy on your own, because there's nobody going "yuk, I don't LIKE that" or tempting you with their hot chips...or pizza. Last night I was all alone & whipped up a piece of pan-fried salmon coated with turmeric, garlic & river salt accompanied by baked kumera, a bunch of asparagus and (bagged) salad.

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    1. I feel the same way. No pressure. If I wanna dump some nuts and a can of tuna in the salad bag and call it good with no dishes, I can.

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  2. Do you know how much Blogger's mobile platform sucks? I thought it was my Windows phone, but my shiny new iPhone loathes it too...

    Anyway. Dinner was quick, easy and delicious. :)

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    1. Yeah, I know. That's why I had to re-do the blog from scratch. There was no way to make the old template work on mobile AT ALL. At least this one does actually work.. sort of. Thanks for persisting!

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    2. Ah, you're worth it. x

      I just hate when the browser thingie freezes mid-comment and I'm NOT FINISHED. ;)

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  3. I cook. I had to learn to. Not cooking was turning me into my dad (big belly)

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  4. I have always found it easier to eat healthy on my own and can be much more creative to.....

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  5. Honora7:33 pm

    Thank god I had leftovers but when my partner came home, he had a Kaweka. They ain't bad at all!

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    1. Shamefully, I don't even know what one is! (Kaweka)

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  6. Absolutely adore your food pics, - luv the stirfried prawn and veg combo! Pfff, - eating healthy for one is easy and quick! I luv either stirfried mix veg with some protein, (so quick as I prefer crunchy very lightly cooked veg to the 'more cooked soft ones' others prefer). Flash salads with protein, leftovers, (such as thai fish patties with leftover salad) for lunch the next day. And freezing is economical and great, - soups, fish/veg bakes/healthier version lasagna etc. Even wholegrain toast or ryvitas with cottage cheese, avo, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, cracked pepper and raw spinach is a satisfying easy 'quickkie', - no excuses lol!

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