I have received several questions about how would I handle cooking for a small family, for just for two, or for a single person, and do it in economic way, and still serve relatively healthy meals.
Now, since that is what I do every day, it's not that big of a challenge for me, and I would love to share with you all, how I manage it.
Of course, the price of food is different in different countries and areas of the world, what is easily available and affordable for me, might not be the case for you. But I try to keep it on the main principles, and broader ideas, just to give you an idea how to go about it.
I enjoy leftovers. Some dishes are even better reheated, than the first time around. But it is good to remember, in general, the once prepared food is good for three days if stored properly.
Most of the recipes I share here are for two adults and two children, making it about three adult meals, perfect for those who like to eat leftovers.
But sometimes eating the same food day after day can get tiresome. You make a big pan of lasagna, or some other casserole, and then it just comes a task to try to eat it before it goes bad, or before you don't want to eat lasagna ever again.
I also buy family size packaging of different meats, and then at home freeze them individually, so I can use them as needed, one, two, or many at the time.
There are many ways to make your money count for more at the grocery store, planning the weeks worth of meals ahead, so you can utilise the ingredients the best possible way, is one of the keys for me. And trying to limit my shopping to one or two trips to the store per week, to avoid the impulse shopping of items not on the list.
These ideas help me to keep my weekly grocery budget, and avoid waste with food. I hope you find some of them useful in your household.
At the end I will share the cabbage casserole recipe, for me, it is a definite wintertime comfort food. And it holds well in the freezer, a perfect meal to make several dishes at once.
I'm a chef and a pastry chef, and I love food. Preparing a meal for someone is a show of love; for your craft, for the ingredients, and for the ones eating.