Since I started on this cooking thing, it is beginning to take on a life of its own. I mean, I find myself staring at the computer, reviewing recipes. Me!! Recipes!! And as much as I hate to admit it, I am enjoying it. I think it is the challenge.
I have been short for my weight for a long time now. I have tried a few times to slim down a little, mostly because my doctor likes to use the diabetes word. But like most people, I jump in with both feet and quickly start tapering back on. I blame it on my wife as she is an excellent cook. But it is really me. I just like to eat and if it happens to be something that I really like, like macaroni and cheese, I tend to overeat. Desire definitely overshadows guilt. But, that aside, when I decided to try my hand at cooking, I was not driven by losing weight. I simply wanted to see it I could do it while creating something that we both found enjoyable.
One of the first things I discovered is that many if not most of the recipes serve anywhere between 6 to 10 people. My wife has on occasion successfully halved a recipe, but often it is difficult to do. Did you ever try to quarter an egg? That is why, as part of my newfound adventure, that I started looking at recipes for two. There was a time that would have been a non starter since my single portion and their single portion were diametrically opposed. I would have had to double the recipes. But I now find myself eating less (frequently and proportionally) then I used to. Still too much, but not as much as I used to. And my wife eats much less then I, so I decided to give them another look.
I have started compiling a library of recipes containing ingredients that we both like and in many cases, normally have on hand. Most only require picking up an ingredient or two, like zucchini or bottled Alfredo sauce. And, it seems, many of them are relatively easy to cook. The labor is in the prep. This week I am preparing pancakes with the aforementioned zucchini with basil, cheddar cheese, and a dollop of sour cream. I will add some bacon and that is it. Hearty enough for a meal and, the best thing is, no leftovers. If it turns out to be a bummer, no harm, no foul.
I think the whole idea of cooking smaller meals appeals to me mostly because it addresses my problem with portion size. If we prepare less, I will eat less. Dinner, that is. I never said anything about dessert.