cooking for one

I am a widow of just over a year and I'm fed up with eating jacket spuds and salad.Does anyone know of a reasonable(cheap) recipe book that I can buy that gives recipes for one.My freezer is full of left over mince and I would like to eat something different for a change.
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  • tru
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    Hi :)

    There's some recipes HERE and HERE. Some of the posts have links to recipes books :)
  • Sites like Sainsbury's have recipes for meals for one etc Jackie. And one pot meals type of thing. A quick Google should find it.

    HTH :)
  • Hi :)

    There's some recipes HERE and HERE.  Some of the posts have links to recipes books :)

    Didn't realise you'd answered troo, but even better.

    No need to leave the site! ;)
  • tru
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    There was another thread, called 'The Recipe Thread', I'm sure I saw it the other day but I can't find it :-/ Mind you I haven't woken up properly yet ;D
  • jaybee
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    There is a book by Delia Smith called One Is Fun which you should be able to get at your library. I think it's also available in paperback in bookshops. I also think I remember seeing some solo recipes on her website.
  • elona
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    There is a paperback by Shirley Goode on cooking for one with very good down to earth ideas and no overly fancy recipes.
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  • Glad
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    why not cook more elaborate meals for 2 and freeze one portion
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  • Queenie
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    As stated above, you could cook a "family" recipe and freeze the remaining 3 portions - great economy on cooking fuel and washing up too.

    Alternatively, look around the library (free!) or bookstores for *student* cookery books - nearly always geared towards meals for one or two, definately geared towards thrift and for those occasions where you have company, they include recipes for entertaining.

    Another alternative is ... if you know of other "singles" in your area, get to know them, club together and do the rounds taking it in turns to cook for one another and to help save on buying bulk buy items to share out.
    (This might also be a good way to get to know others, as I am sure that it is very hard returning to "single" status when you are grieving on top (((hugs))) )

    HTH :)
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  • My usual one I trot out is the all in one recipe for a roast dinner!! A chicken portion or a chop or small bit of meat popped into a baking tray, cover with gravy - I just mix up some bisto and chuck over! Then pop in potatoes carrots etc and let it cook - One pan to wash up and if you have a guest just double the quantity.
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  • The book mentioned by Elona is called 'Goode for One', I would also recommend it, not just for the recipes but also for the inspirational budgetting strategy. I think it's out of print now but I just looked on Amazon and they have copies available from 50p!
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