(This probably falls into the category of the most random of randoms, but ...) when I’m home alone and stuck figuring meals for me, myself and I, the idea of doing any real cooking usually flies right out the window. Why bother myself with having to clean up all those pots and pans when I’ve really got no one to impress? However I can’t keep myself from tinkering some, so most of the times, my solo home meals are more concoctions than anything else.
And when I’m by myself with no set agenda, I pretty much eat whenever and wherever I want. There’s no need for set meal times and pizza for breakfast seems just fine. I typically do solo meals on the living room couch with my plate balanced on my thighs or perched on the armrest. I’ll eat in front of the computer or sometimes while sitting on the floor with my back to a chair, just somehow never at the dining room table though. And rarely do I ever bring any food to bed though – there’s something seemingly too decadent about eating in repose.
Here’s a smattering of some of my solo (sometimes experimental) meals:
Sliced apple with a bit of creamy peanut butter mixed with maple syrup. Seriously try this.
Boiled eggs, whites only, with Tabasco.
Cooked ramen noodles, no liquid. Sprinkle of the chicken flavored powder, few squirts of ranch dressing. Lazy’s alfredo, though honestly I haven’t done this since college. My grown up version of ramen is still chicken flavored, cooked according to instructions, with a poached egg.
Unsalted saltine crackers. That is all.
Pasta with jarred spaghetti sauce – my absolute fave is Classico Spicy Tomato & Basil – and probably way too much shaved parm on top.
Straight-from-the-fridge leftover pizza / fried chicken / Chinese takeout. But no Mexican. Cold Mexican food has an unappealing way of congealing together into one cheesy beany brownish blob.
Two tablespoons of onion soup mix with a small container of plain Greek yogurt. Scoop it up with carrot and zucchini sticks.
Cannellini beans with a dash of vinaigrette.
Cereal with milk. And cereal with milk.
A remote, a blankie and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Americone Dream with a big ole spoon.
According to chef and author Deborah Madison, you can tell a lot about the “portrait of human behavior” by finding out what people eat when they are by themselves. I think I’d rather not know what my haphazard mish mash would say about me.
When you’ve got no set agenda and no one else to look out for, what do you eat when you’re alone?
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