“How many do you cook for?” is a loaded question. Some nights it is just me, some nights it is my BF and I, some nights it is my mom and I, some nights it is all three! Depending on our schedules, etc, etc.
I find it so difficult to cook for one person, so I try to make something that my mom will like and make a plate for her to have the next night. She is a great cook and the one who taught me, but the last several years after my father passed, she does not cook as much. My BF has no problem not having leftovers as he is very much into DoorDash and the like, but if it is something he really likes, I save some for him. So I may be by myself but still cooking for 2-3. The question should really be “How many people are eating?”
All three of us have varied tastes (generally we agree on a lot), and while we say “I’ll eat anything”, I struggle to tell which of us is pickier. It could very well be me on some nights. My mom and I like to have a vegetable side with dinner when possible, but that is not a big priority for the BF who is a bigger carnivore than us. Her and I also try to limit red meat, while he has no such limits. He likes vegetables but would never complain if there was just meat/poultry and a starch on the plate.
I created a thread a while back on what is everyone’s answer to indifference on those nights when it is impossible to decide what to eat. In this house it is chicken cutlets. So at least there is always that option. I keep the freezer stocked with chicken breasts. We also tend to overdo it on a meal that we discover and really love (i.e. “Let’s have this once a week until we get sick of it!”). Lately, our cooking variety has been limited. Working late hours, lots of stress, some GI issues for me the last two months, and for the first time in a long time am slowly losing the will to prepare a nice meal for when I’m eating by myself, which was never a problem before. Hopefully that will change.
Good thread idea.