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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Jan 17, 7:32 PM
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    Cooking for one
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    • 13th Jan 17, 7:32 PM
    Cooking for one 13th Jan 17 at 7:32 PM
    Hi, newbie poster though long time lurker trying to adjust to being an empty-nester and due to some substantial changes income-wise in the next couple of months trying to cut my costs and adjust my shopping to mainly solo dining. I abhor waste so good that way and do cook from scratch/batch cook the vast majority of the time. I do "sort of" meal plan but it can be a bit hit or miss depending on my health is on any given day. I'm reliant on on-line shopping so can't take advanage of aldi/Lidl etc. What (if any) changes did you make when changing to a single-person household?



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    • Ames
    • By Ames 15th Mar 17, 8:37 PM
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    Ames...which Nutri ninja did you buy please.

    I really want something I can make smoothies with. I only have a very cheap hand blitzer thingy which is ok for blitzing soup but no good for blending up fruit and veg for a smoothie.

    If anyone else can suggest one, I'd be grateful ...very MSE style obviously as funds are very limited
    Originally posted by karcher
    It's this one:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01B9ZB1LG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It has good reviews, including on some MSE threads (I searched the forum for nutri). I had one that operated in the same way but it was 230w instead of 900 and struggled with apples, let alone anything frozen.

    I've only used it once (I've only had it a day), but it worked fine with strawberries, celery and frozen beetroot. It's got a 'pulse' function that helps with the frozen stuff. You put the stuff into a cup (in a particular order, which might have been what killed my other one because I just shoved it all in) then the blades screw onto the cup, you push it into the base and turn it on. The actual blending took a minute or two. All the recipes that came with it were for about five minutes including prep time.

    I'm not keen on the drinking lids though, they're a bit awkward and the flap kept hitting my nose. So I'll probably decant into a proper glass or water bottle.

    The blades only need a quick rinse to get all the gunk off so you can chuck it in with the rest of the washing later in the day if you're lazy like me. And it's all dishwasher safe.

    It only came with two cups, which is fine for CFO, but for a family or even a couple it'd be a bit of a pain, you'd have to do each one individually.

    If there's anything else you want to know just ask.
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    • karcher
    • By karcher 15th Mar 17, 9:07 PM
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    Ames Thank you for taking the time to reply

    Very helpful. Just me here so the quantity isn't an issue and I'd always rather decant into a proper glass

    Thanks again
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 15th Mar 17, 9:33 PM
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    Glad to help!

    Although I've just found out that the flap thing folds back so it doesn't have to keep hitting your nose!
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    • Willowx
    • By Willowx 15th Mar 17, 10:22 PM
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    Dinner was a repeat of yesterday, steak sandwich with asparagus and broccoli.

    Have been updating my CV on my tablet but think I might have to dig the laptop out this autocorrect has a mind of its own, for example one of my previous roles apparently involved supervising tomatoes, now i admit I took a few temp roles in the past that wouldn't necessarily have been my preference in better job markets but supervising fruit and veg wasn't one of them, although might be less stressful than people management!
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    • Ames
    • By Ames 15th Mar 17, 10:42 PM
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    Well I forgot to buy dates, and accidentally bought cashew butter instead of almond, and I think cashews are the one nut I don't like but I always get them and pecans mixed up. But I'm not a huge fan of peanuts but like the butter, so hopefully it'll be ok.

    Hit Waitrose at the right time for yellow stickered meat, got a couple of thin steaks and two chicken breasts. There was a lot more stuff but didn't want to be too greedy, especially if I slip back into bad habits of forgetting to take stuff out of the freezer and having to nip out to buy fresh. I did get halloumi and big mushrooms, so can either grill those or do an omelette as a back up.

    For veg I went for big prepped tubs and a bag of stir fry veg.

    Today's been OK though. I started out with avocado and smoked salmon (1), then a big smoothie with 100g strawberries, 100g celery and about 80g frozen beetroot (3). and tea was a disappointing lasagne ready meal with ready made spinach mornay (1), and a punnet of raspberries after (1). So that's 6 and no binging.

    Have to be disciplined tomorrow because there's lots of stuff just about out of date. I'm not sure whether to bin the sausages that went out of date on the 12th, if they pass the sniff and tentative taste test I'll have some for breakfast.
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    • Willowx
    • By Willowx 15th Mar 17, 10:49 PM
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    Well I forgot to buy dates, and accidentally bought cashew butter instead of almond, and I think cashews are the one nut I don't like but I always get them and pecans mixed up. But I'm not a huge fan of peanuts but like the butter, so hopefully it'll be ok.
    Originally posted by Ames
    Well it doesn't really help you work out which one it is you like, but i really like cashews but avoid pecans if possible. That being said the only nut butter I've had is peanut.
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    • daz378
    • By daz378 15th Mar 17, 11:22 PM
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    hi guys very interesting thread i look after people with learning dificulties and mainly alternate between lates and earlies. i tend to eat out a lot and get one in 3 weekends off so il cook myself a sunday roast every third sunday and on my days off have a walk or bus into town and eat out in a cafe or food court and sort of restrict myself in a later meal to make up for it....i know i should cook more but cant always be bothered.....however i have diabetes and my sugars have been rising . ....i bought a diabetes cook book has good ideas ...but the premise was a mum feeding her diabetic son and the rest of the famly(diabetes cookbook vickie de bier) im a just turned 50 bloke carrying a bit more than i should ....you all take care
    • karcher
    • By karcher 16th Mar 17, 6:03 AM
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    Last nights CFO didn't happen at all.....I just ate a whole 190g tube of sour cream and onion pringles

    They were on offer and I made the mistake of buying them..then made the even bigger mistake of opening them..next thing I know they are all gone

    Shameful behaviour on my behalf! But I'm paying for it, I feel like shoite this morning
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    • kittie
    • By kittie 16th Mar 17, 6:22 AM
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    yesterday
    weetabix and kefir, didn`t fill me long enough so
    slice of hm cake with mug of tea at break time

    salad with halloumi and soya beans from a jar
    blackcurrant crumble and hm ice cream
    raw chocolate

    berries and walnuts and buttered sourdough

    afternoon snack, juiced green veg with juiced carrot, celery celeriac and mint

    hmmm, looking at the list, I am not surprised that weight isn`t falling off but I so resent having to give up a slice of cake or two small pieces of sourdough

    Went on a cycle ride and worked on the allotment and had an afternoon nap

    today starts with muesli blackcurrants and almond milk

    lunch will be salad with soya beans and cold green beans and broad beans. Followed by blackcurrant crumble and the last of the ice cream. Then chocolate

    snack, kefir

    Later, berries and few walnuts and two brazils and I`ll try not to think of cake, sitting in the fridge

    karcher, that is me, don`t beat yourself up, that really is me. A few weeks ago I actually opened christmas bits and had to pour them into the bin to stop me eating them, if I had put the pack in the bin then I would have fished it out and eaten all of them. Its also called mouth hunger and is also comfort eating. I get it all the time
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 16th Mar 17, 7:14 AM
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    I took a few temp roles in the past that wouldn't necessarily have been my preference in better job markets but supervising fruit and veg wasn't one of them, although might be less stressful than people management!
    Originally posted by Willowx
    You can share my "thought for the day" I woke up with. I've just been calculating how many things in my life I wouldnt have done by choice - but did because of shortage of money. I came to the conclusion that's most of my life on that "wouldnt have if I could have afforded not to...." list...

    Must stop thinking philosophical thoughts for the day - and get on and make my breakfast..

    On the food front - dinner yesterday was some sort of vegetarian burger I got out of the freezer (forgotten what I made it with), a stir-fry of red cabbage/onion/garlic/courgette/tomatoes, a bit of (healthy) type ketchup for that burger, steamed potatoes with a bit of butter on them. Likely to be single persons ground hog day with much the same today...

    EDIT; Wah! just seen Ames is near a Waitrose. Wah! A little tear just came to my eye....sighs....now really must get breakfast (courtesy of T*sco and the local health food store).

    Kittie - I can resonate with throwing food in the bin to make sure I don't eat it. It's far from unknown for me to do that - or give it away quick to the first person I come across.
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 16th Mar 17, 9:14 AM
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    2 plums for breakfast
    Plums are mucky aren't they - as you're trying to chew the plum bit off the stone and holding it with your fingers.... chocolate biscuits are easier.

    I am near a Waitrose - but never go there because it's 2 to park and I'd only be in there "to see what they've got that's cheap", so it'd defeat the object.

    Some people who count how much money they've "saved" each day might say this is me saving 730/year by not parking there So I'm ahead in some people's "odd way of counting money gained" book.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Mar 17, 10:17 AM
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    Morning everyone

    Welcome to daz378

    I really enjoyed my turkey steak with roasted veggies last night though did end up cooking it in the oven. I was an ideal CFO meal - one dish to cook it in and no leftovers

    Just had a banana and toast and lunch will be eggs someway as I have loads in the fridge. I'm not CFO tonight as my son is coming home and I'm making cumberland sausages, carmelised onions, gravy, swede, mash and peas I had 4 big pink onions needing used up so they've been sliced and popped in the slow cooker with a splash of balsamic vinegar and a knob of butter. I'll make extra mash either for some point in the next fews days or if I can find a nook in the freezer I'll freeze it. I do need to get my finger out and get my meat order sorted out and frozen but it's all got decent use bys so I can do that over the next few days
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 16th Mar 17, 11:53 AM
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    Lunch today was a cheeky little half a baked spud, topped with a little fish/pea/balsamic mix. All sounds healthy doesn't it But 0.5/10 as I used 30 grams of peas.

    Still got the other half a spud, so I have to reinvent the wheel later too for that... might be a pizza topping, have to see how I feel.


    I also discovered that you're supposed to read food labels - who would've thought that such a thing as "ripen at home" plums existed? That'll be why I thought they were a bit tough going... so I've shoved the remaining 5 to one side for a few days.

    It's MoT day... so might be moody later.
    • daz378
    • By daz378 16th Mar 17, 12:12 PM
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    just been to cafe for burger chips onions im guessing about 1000-1200 cals so i will just have a sandwich for tea and some porridge when i get back from my lateshift at 10pm ish
    • Ames
    • By Ames 16th Mar 17, 12:49 PM
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    Welcome daz378.

    PN, I'm no good with 'ripen at home' I end up forgetting about them until they've gone off. I hardly ever eat plums fresh, I love them but they're too messy. I usually stew them.

    Breakfast/lunch has been sausage sandwiches, they were fine four days OOD.
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    • Nelski
    • By Nelski 16th Mar 17, 1:01 PM
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    Lunch today was a cheeky little half a baked spud, topped with a little fish/pea/balsamic mix. All sounds healthy doesn't it But 0.5/10 as I used 30 grams of peas.

    Still got the other half a spud, so I have to reinvent the wheel later too for that... might be a pizza topping, have to see how I feel.


    I also discovered that you're supposed to read food labels - who would've thought that such a thing as "ripen at home" plums existed? That'll be why I thought they were a bit tough going... so I've shoved the remaining 5 to one side for a few days.

    It's MoT day... so might be moody later.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I feel your pain PN mine is at the weekend. I have no reason to feel that it will fail but then my knowledge of cars doesnt extend beyond ....ooooh thats a pretty colour

    Back from Nottingham and to be honest I am ready for a sleep... shame I havent time Last nights food was pretty awful at a Yates wine lodge. It was a tuna panini which had clearly seen better days. My friend had a burger which looked gorgeous ....why do I always want the thing the other person has chosen....happens every time Fortunately the wine was perfect despite having to watch footy in the background which is always a hazard with this friend lol

    So back home and back to entertaining me Im fancying a pizza tonight so I am going to chuck one together with some tuna and anchovies on top my favourite topping....absolutely no pineapple

    Enjoy the rest of your thursday everyone x
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 16th Mar 17, 2:43 PM
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    I never watch live TV now I find I an record and skip all the junk, including the "previously on XXXXX" and "coming next"
    Originally posted by Farway
    Same here; anything that reduces the amount of time wasted in front of the idiot-box is a Good Thing.
    If it was down to me, I'd get rid of the tv completely, but Mr LW will never go for that so I have to content myself with doing knitting or cross stitch while the dratted thing is on.

    May have to force myself to eat dins again tonight; we have to attend a Mensa meet-up which I'd honestly sooner not go to, and my stomach is doing flippety-flops at the thought of socialising. Unfortunately, it's not something I can wriggle out of, so will have to put my big girl knickers on and go.
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    • Farway
    • By Farway 16th Mar 17, 2:57 PM
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    I also discovered that you're supposed to read food labels - who would've thought that such a thing as "ripen at home" plums existed? That'll be why I thought they were a bit tough going... so I've shoved the remaining 5 to one side for a few days.

    It's MoT day... so might be moody later.
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    I find most shop plums are always like bullets, they never ripen, just wrinkle and turn into prunes. I have stopped buying them however many YS they hav on them

    MoT, best of luck, before I cottoned on the garage I then used always failed me on "headlight adjustment" despite it never being altered between MoTs
    The cheeky beggar then admited it was down the amount of fuel in tank, more fuel, tail down, headlight beam up, collect pounds from mug punter to adjust beams, kerching, I thank yew

    No breakfast again, CBA again
    Lunch was tin of sardines on toast, with sliced wrinkly tom on top, quite nice but I think a splodge of L & P would've improved it

    Dinner is a fishy meal.

    Not planned but I have odds & ends of fresh veggies in fridge, cauli, broc, carrot, parsnip & cabbage, all need using or composting, so decided to steam them and pop in a frozen fish [unknown and uncoated white fish fillet from Lidl] wrapped in tin foil, perhaps nob of butter in the parcel?

    Serve with instant parsley sauce from granules

    Sounds good, and should be just fine if a bit of a pale meal, serve on white plate, and use the carrot to guide me in
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 16th Mar 17, 3:37 PM
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    I feel your pain PN mine is at the weekend. I have no reason to feel that it will fail but then my knowledge of cars doesnt extend beyond ....ooooh thats a pretty colour
    Originally posted by Nelski
    I'm not overly bothered about colour, my interest starts with price and functionality. This car was bought with a particular need in mind and it's been good for that, except I never got the "use" I expected as life changed... but it's been really handy.

    For my next car I'd like one with the same functionality, but much smaller. There are features I like in the car that I'd prefer to have in my next car... and I must get on and research the market.

    Just had a call from the garage "all OK". I bought the car in '10 four years old, it's gone through every MoT. In 7 years I've needed new wiper blades, 2 new tyres and a new windscreen. So no actual "repairs". I am finding owning a car too expensive for the use I get from it ... but to give it up and "rent when needed" would work out a higher cost and I'd not have the availability factor of being able to get in it on a whim and go wherever I like, whenever I fancy it....

    Last nights food was pretty awful .... panini which had clearly seen better days. My friend had a burger which looked gorgeous ....why do I always want the thing the other person has chosen....happens every time
    Originally posted by Nelski
    Firstly, never eat anywhere with "trendy" ingredients. A panini is a bread roll .... if there are paninis on the menu, you're in a place you're likely to be disappointed because you see these trendy items and think "Ah, they know what they're doing" - the kitchen staff don't see it as special.

    I always look at the menu and see what I'd choose - then ask the other person what they're ordering. If one of what I'd have chosen is what they're having then that's what I choose - in order to avoid that disappointing "Oh yours looks so much better than mine"
    • karcher
    • By karcher 16th Mar 17, 4:09 PM
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    Cheese on toast for breakfast...cheese and tomato toasty just now (toasted the bread and it went to cold whilst I was opening a new jar of mayo so bunged it in the microwave for 20 seconds..so only a sort of toasty!)

    Aren't I the healthy eating one..0.5/10
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