I agree with you 100%. Being single myself, it can be a challenge. I think the easiest way to think about it is to simply think smaller portions in the buying, and preparation stages. When I cook a casserole, stew, or dishes like bolongaise I make sure I then make enough to eat, and some to freeze; leave the green vegies out until I'm ready to eat next time.
Green vegies hold a great host of vitamins, and other important nutrients which are heat and water sensitive, so it is important to put these in last, and fresh each time you heat up another batch.
When preparing meat and vege, its about thinking honestly how much is going to be on the plate and eaten, and prepare accordingly. A guide is 11/2 cup of non starchy vegies such as beans, peas, carrots, pumpkin zuccini, kale, spinach etc, and 1/2 - 1 cup of starchy depending on how much exercise and activity you do. Meat only needs to be about your palm, and your done. A healthy meal that is done in 10 minutes flat. For a bit of extra flavour use herbs, and spices sprinkled on the meat while you prepare the vegies and heat the cooking pan boil the water. Seal it on a high heat, add the vegies (hard ones for a 3-5 minute before adding the softer/green vegies .
A few drawback of eating alone is the lack of social motivation. Can you invite friends over a few times a week, or at least once a week. Cook for friends, or social group. If you like to bake, this is a great way to get your fix, help others and share the love.
Understandably it is easier to say, “Oh, I might just have toast, or baked beans, or scrambled eggs.” These are ok if it happens occaisionaly and it is much easier, to prepare these meals, but they get boring after a while too.
So, take out the recipe books, go the library and borrow some, download cooking classes or Masterchef series and learn a few more than eggs on toast. You, your body, and mind will appreciate it, and your friends will be amazed the next time they visit. Most of all, you are worth spoiling and enjoying your own company.
Make the most of it, and start learning and splurging.
To your health, leah
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