Cooking for One

I haven't talked about food on this blog before...not quite sure why exactly, but I suppose I was fortunate not to have to cook too much for myself over the summer. Now that I am moved out on my own and fending for myself once again, I have been getting back into cooking and baking. I thought it would be fun to share my favorite Pinterest recipes that I've tried recently. It is important for me to find recipes that I can tailor for only one person or that I can easily split into freezable or refrigerated meals to bring to school for the week. I'm a big fan of leftovers, but only when they can reheat well.

Planning meals for the week has saved me both time and money. I make enough to pack my lunches and I don't buy (as many) random items at the grocery store each week. Eventually, I hope to get into a routine on Sundays where I make everything ahead of time, but let's not get carried away...I'm still in survival mode :)

So here we go, Cooking for One:

Cook these three one-serving meals

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This Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili was the first recipe I tried because I wanted to test my crock pot. Because I live so close to my school, making food with a crock pot is a feasible option for me. I can just load everything in the morning, set it on low, and stir it when I get home for dinner. Unfortunately, my crock pot was being a little iffy on low, but I was able to make this meal in a few hours on high and it was DELICIOUS.

The next thing I tried was this Monterey Chicken. Let me tell you, this is one of the fastest (but still very tasty) meals I have made so far. If you leave a few frozen chicken breasts out in your fridge to thaw during the day, you can make this meal in probably 10-15 minutes when you get home from work.

Finally, I tried this yummy cheesy zucchini recipe. I did not have squash or I probably would have added that, too, but it made for a few delicious side dishes that were easily reheated. It was a nice change from my typical breaded zucchini.

One thing I've really started paying attention to now that I am purchasing and cooking for myself is preserving food so that it doesn't go to waste. As a result, I spend the necessary time packaging my breads and buns individually to keep fresh in the freezer.  I wrapped each in some plastic wrap, bagged them in freezer bags, and labeled them with the date. My next goal is to work on storing vegetables and fruit in the best way to keep them fresh as long as possible. Since I can't afford a vacuum sealer, I am thinking about mason jars. Thoughts?

Hope you are all getting through your week unscathed! I know it has been a somewhat rough one for me, but spending the weekend with Aaron will make up for it completely :) Let me know if you have any recipe suggestions for one-meal dishes or those that freezer/reheat well! I would really appreciate it!