Tuesday, August 3, 2010

eating for one

Wow. That title sounds super depressing- I swear this post is not! Please keep reading! (Also, I promise to do updates on our road trip soon!!)

As many of you know, Jon works out of town these days. He has a pretty long commute and while most nights he makes it home for dinner, on busy weeks he scraps the drive and stays with my parents (who live quite close to his new job). Because the job is pretty busy all the time, I'm usually cooking and eating by myself at least one night a week (note: I do have awesome girl friends who are always up for going out to eat, but in an effort to save money, I'm trying to stay home and cook).

Often, I end up eating leftovers. However, when there are no leftovers to be had, I'm often at a loss for what to eat for dinner. Grilled cheese? PB&J? Eating these fine foods alone on the couch while watching PBS masterpiece mystery sometimes just doesn't cut it- and usually end up still hungry and lonely(anyone else out there watch PBS masterpiece mystery or am I the oldest 27 year old alive?).

While in Atlanta, I picked up and started reading Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant, which is a compilation of short stories about cooking alone and dining alone. It is a pretty great book and I would totally recommend checking it out sometime.

One such story focused on the merits of black beans and rice as a dish for one. And how true. Black beans and rice together are the best meal because the are a) delicious, b) healthy and c) you always have leftovers- ie lunch or dinner! And so, last night feeling inspired and a little lonely, I made myself a delicious dinner of black beans and rice (with extra shredded cheese and salsa on top of course). Ahhh...my comfort food, and paired with an ice cream sandwich, this dinner was the perfect way to wind down alone!

Do you ever eat or cook alone? What is your favorite dish for one?


Meg said...

Hi Marisa! If you'd like to do a guest post on curls&coffee, please send me a post before wednesday and i'll fit it into the last two weeks of august.
Thanks! Meg

sera said...

Yum! I love beans and rice. Actually I make quinoa and beans a lot. I make a huge thing of it, feed the husband, then eat it for lunch for a few days. It's my super-healthy thing.

And I love to cook, but when I'm cooking for one, I tend to be all guilty pleasure. Stouffers mac and cheese with steamed broccoli or some other sort of ridiculous frozen thing that I would never normally eat.
I lived alone for two years while I was finishing college and back then I used to eat pretty well. I think it depends if it's one night of eating for one or a row of nights of eating for one.