Eating For Two, Table For One
My husband’s job takes him to the far reaches of the country for weeks at a time.
Saturday, for example, he left for Florida for a few days (no braised ribs for us! waah), only to be shipped off directly to who-knows-where after that. Because this has been going on for so long, I really don’t even bother asking him anymore where in the world he is at any given time. We also never know when he’s coming home, or how long any given job will take. I gave up trying to figure it out, along with pressuring him to ask the right questions of the powers-that-be that might lead him to more knowledge about his future whereabouts.
This means that my eating habits, for sporadic and elongated periods of time, become very erratic. For example, yesterday. I awoke at 8:00 AM (on a Sunday! WTF?) and foraged for some breakfast, which turned out to be one fuji apple.At 10:30, I was hungry again, and remembered I had a leftover fajita or two in the fridge that I had brought home from a dinner at a friend’s the night before. I doused them both with wing sauce (shut up, I’m pregnant) and ate ‘em up.
At 1:30, my newfound sweet tooth (is it because of pregnancy, or is it because I no longer have a daily IV drip of Jack and Coke?) reared its ugly head and I had two bowls of vanilla bean ice cream and homemade chocolate syrup.
3:00 meant it was time for a decaf chai latte.
At 5:30 I was starting to panic that I’d have to find my own dinner. My kitchen floor is too dirty. I don’t want to cook (or mop) in there. I don’t cook for myself when I’m alone anyway. Which meant at 6:30 I was at Johnny’s having a slice of pizza.
I mean, this is not okay. This is no way for a grown woman – nevermind a pregnant one – to feed herself.
In light of yesterday’s eating debacle, I found myself searching out food items that I can quickly and easily prepare and that won’t make me feel quite as guilty about what my little Sprog is eating. And I found that there are, at first blush (or, a ten minute search via google) no good “cooking for one” websites. Everyone suggests making casseroles and freezing them, and portioning out enough for one meal at a time. That doesn’t appeal to me. Who has the freezer space for more than one at a time? And who wants to eat the same lasagna for every meal for a week? I can always throw together a “lazy bitch” salad – I usually have a bag of salad or fresh spinach in the fridge, but, uhm, salad. I have a few tried and true easy – peasy items, like hot roast beef sandwiches made with deli meat, and chicken tortilla rollups made with chicken I precooked and froze. But all that planning in advance, cooking and freezing… let’s face it – we can’t always be that prepared.
What do you eat when you’re on your own? I obviously need some fresh inspiration. If you have great (and quickie) recipes for one that don’t result in a lot of leftover throw aways or extra produce you'll have to later use yellow rubber gloves to remove from your refrigerator, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll feature you and your dish here.
If you don’t help me, you’ll be able to find me from here on out at Johnny’s Tavern, chained to a barstool. Please don’t make me do it.