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Bachelors of CAG: What Do You Eat?

Posted by tylerh1701, 03 January 2013 · 90 views

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I just moved out on my own a few months ago, and I am struggling with eating well. Cooking for one sometimes feels like a whole lot of work, and I'm having trouble finding any motivation to cook for myself. Fast food is just so much easier, faster, doesn't require any cleaning after, and usually pretty tasty. But I know it's not nearly as healthy for me as cooking at home is.

Another frustration about having food at home is that it seems like a lot of my food goes bad. I've thrown away 2 half blocks of cheese because of mold, usually have to throw away at least half of each loaf of bread I buy, etc.

So what do others who live alone do for food? Am I just being a whiner? Any tips?




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I just moved out on my own a few months ago, and I am struggling with eating well. Cooking for one sometimes feels like a whole lot of work, and I'm having trouble finding any motivation to cook for myself. Fast food is just so much easier, faster, doesn't require any cleaning after, and usually pretty tasty. But I know it's not nearly as healthy for me as cooking at home is.

Another frustration about having food at home is that it seems like a lot of my food goes bad. I've thrown away 2 half blocks of cheese because of mold, usually have to throw away at least half of each loaf of bread I buy, etc.

So what do others who live alone do for food? Am I just being a whiner? Any tips?
This is hard man, before I moved in with my girl friend now wife. I got really fat. If you eat out, don't do fast food, go to the grocery store more often. Even now, my wife and I go to the store a couple times a week. Freeze stuff, bread defrosts fine.
When I was on my own, I had the same problems. I ate out a lot, not necessarily fast food though, Subway was a favorite. I suck at cooking and I get hungry super fast so stuff I ate at home were quick and easy to make things: hot dogs, sandwiches, sometimes a steak but no sides or anything, soups, etc.

Also, like Nate says, put your bread in the freezer so it doesn't go moldy.
Before I moved in with my girlfriend I lived on my own (no roommates) and I started off doing okay shopping at the store and cooking, but ran into the problem of food expiring and then being too lazy to do dishes. Started eating out more and gained a little weight.

But instead of doing the smart thing and just eating healthy I started working out a lot and continued to eat crappy, it seemed to balance out.
I feel you on all of the above. I'm always throwing out food and most things you can easily cook serve 3-4 people.

A few things I like to do is buy vegetable/fruit concoctions that have already been prepared in single serving containers. I also like to get individual cuts of meat and grill them myself while I have some stove top rice or veggies cooking.

You can also play the bachelor card with your female friends and persuade them to cook for you. I'm gonna go ahead and bump that to the top of my list of advice for you.
beer.
Actually, deleting my original post for now. It was something like 1800 words... so yea... going to re-purpose it as a blog, in response to this blog. Should get it posted sometime tomorrow. Have a lot of words for you on the topic of cooking. :)
Learn to cook. Gordon Ramsey has a great Easy to cook step by step culinary show and is streaming accessible. make a load of chili and freeze half. freeze half of breads you purchase as well, and slices of bread easily can go directly in a toaster from the freezer. the freezer is great man . .
I forgot to add, get a Slow Cooker. Easy and amazing!!!
1. If you're going to cook start simple: I started out by getting getting pretty decent with the same basic ingredients (chicken, bell peppers, rice) and varying the cuisine using spices, sauces and cooking style (stir fry, baking, sauteing, light frying). If you don't know what spices you like buy one of those $15 spice racks from Costco with all the spices. Lets you get a feel for what flavors you enjoy.

2. Get to know how fast you move through things. If you don't eat cheese a lot, buy it in smaller amounts or buy large blocks and freeze it in portions. Don't buy more then you can eat unless you know how to store it. And always do freezer prep when you get home from the store. Wasted food is wasted money.

3. A rice cooker is wonderful thing. Learn techniques not recipes. You get better and faster by cooking everyday. Don't buy things you can just nuke, if you don't have them, you can't eat them.

I could go on forever.
Eggs. And egg whites.

Salsa (without sugar).

Add beans to your diet, especially black and kidney beans. Canned is fine, just make sure to rinse them and that they don't have any sugar added. Eat at least a handful each meal.

Beans are "slow carbs", so they'll give energy without spiking your blood sugar levels. They're also incredibly easy to add to pretty much every meal, and can tolerate a lot of different spicing.

Also, veggies you can microwave, like broccoli or cauliflower. Drop them in a bowl with a little water, cover it with some plastic wrap and cook it for around 2 minutes. Add salt/spices are desired (cumin is good on cauliflower). Or sautee an entire bag of baby spinach with a little oil and store what you don't eat.

Tuna.
Lentils (canned).
Mustard.
Great tips guys, this is exactly what I'm looking for. I'll definitely start throwing half a loaf of bread in the freezer to help try and make sure that's not wasted.

I think one of my biggest problems is planning. I'm not good at planning what I want to eat, so then I decide "oh, i'll make spaghetti tonight) just to find out I'm out of spaghetti sauce.

I guess I just need to form a habit where I get home from work (around 5pm) and instead of jumping right on the couch, I need to get dinner prep'd. I think I need to spend some time in my grocer's meat aisle too, I really enjoy steaks, pork chops, chicken, etc. But I'm too lazy or just not confident enough in my cooking skills to make them. But there's really only one way to learn.
I'm planning on cooking some taco meat tonight with green peppers, green onions, red onions, and some ghost pepper salsa mixed in with some black beans and salad on the side. I usually use a Ninja to chop up the veggies and a Foreman grill to brown the meat. Takes no time at all. Using tostada shells. Usually enough for 4 meals, at least.
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there is it... I really think I write way too much sometime. :D
If you like fish, salmon is really easy and fairly quick to make. I'll bake a salmon fillet and heat up some frozen vegetables and have an excellent dinner in under 20 minutes. Buy a bulk bag of frozen vegetables and just pour some in a saucepan and heat them up for less than 10 minutes and you're done.

Also baked chicken is pretty easy. You can bread it, bread it and add sauce for chicken parm, coat in in onions or something for variety.

If you live somewhere warm enough to be grilling out right now do that. I guess one plus is that you can prepare several pieces of meat at a time and just keep the others in the fridge to heat up for a couple more dinners.

I'll agree though I waste a lot of bread, I wish they would just sell half-loaves for cheap. I can't stand frozen bread, I can taste that freezer taste even if it was only frozen for a couple days. Sometimes it's tough to finish off a gallon of milk too but around here anyway a gallon is only like 10 cents more than a quart.
I keep my bread in the fridge, it keeps for awhile and I usually am done with it before it turns all crumbly.
Awesome blog, I am currently in the same position as you tyler so I will probably pick up these advice as well, I am tired of eating out.

Funny thing is, that I have a career in the culinary field lol, its just that I live on my own that makes me not want to cook for myself.
Practically married now, but like other guys who've commented I was in the same boat as you.

I had a steady diet of:
  • Frozen stir-fry kits found in your grocer's freezer,
  • Steak-uhms (in a sandwich plain or with cheese, with a bagel and egg McD-style, by themselves with a side dish), and
  • there's a very simple shrimp & spaghetti dish I would make quite often
    Spoiler

If you ever feel like you're making too much, that's what Rubbermaid & Pyrex are in business for; save that shiz for lunch/dinner at work! Now the dirty dishes dilemma... I can't help you there--I've got nothin'.

I actually came here to say that you can toss your bread in the fridge then just toss in the toaster on the "Warm" setting. Granted it doesn't last nearly as long as putting it in the freezer but much longer than keeping it out.

Good luck, man. :beer:
There is a ton of good comments here, and I second the one about a crock pot. You can throw beef, pork or chicken in with some veggies and a sauce or seasoning before you leave for work (on low setting) and when you get home dinner will be all ready. Plus things like chili, beef stew, BBQ pulled beef/pork chicken are all great as ledftovers as well. I'm not a bachelor but I do most of the cooking in my home for my girlfriend and daughter

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