do you ever find it hard to cook for one?
Like the meat and vegetable packs being too big?
or ever find it just not worth the effort to cook for yourself?
I find that a lot of time when I need something just for myself (usually lunch) it always seems like a big bother to even make something....
I loved cooking for one! I lived alone for two+ years in both Paris and Seattle before my boyfriend moved in with me last June, and it was actually hard for me to adjust to cooking for two. I've always frequented local farmers' markets (in season), and I used to cook a couple of big dishes on the weekend to last me through the week, along with a last-minute add-on or two each evening. I'd have ratatouille (with a last-minute fried egg on top or lentil salad on the side, a hunk of fresh bread, and maybe a salad), or a hearty soup with good bread and cheese. I still do roughly the same type of meal planning, but now I wind up doing additional cooking midweek too, since we quickly plow through what I've made on the weekend. I do love cooking for two now that I'm used to it, and the added effort is more than returned by my boyfriend's appreciation for a good meal at home with me.
That said, I did love cooking only for myself and never found it too much effort--but that could be due to the fact that I rarely did new dishes each night and often (especially in Paris) had dinners consisting only of a couple simple (braised, roasted, salad-ed) vegetable preparations along with bread and cheese. And being a big sandwich eater, lunch has never been a bother--plus, I enjoy scheming up creative (vegetarian) sandwiches. I rarely have food go bad because I can't eat it fast enough--but then again, I've generally eaten out rarely, so I always turn the odds and ends of raw materials from various recipes into another something to eat in the following days.
That said, Kristin, I'm not cooking for three kids, so that keeps things simple! And I've now got a Whole Foods Market only three blocks away, so when the farmers' market is off for the season or when I need more of a certain dry good, I just hit the pavement.