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Cooking Lasagna
I've selected yet another time-consuming recipe to cook. A couple of weeks ago it was red beans and rice. Today it's lasagna. This is reinforcing the idea that cooking for just one person from scratch isn't feasible, as the prep and cook time for one person isn't far from the prep time for several people, or it's not feasible to scale it down to serving size of just one person.

I tried to get started about 9:30 or 10am. Getting all the ingredients laid out, doing a fine chop to the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic, and prepping the meat took a lot longer than expected. The meat sauce has been cooking since about 11:15am and takes two hours. Even once that is done I still have to prep for the Lasagna itself, and then it still has another 45 to 60 minutes to go in the oven. I was trying to have this done by 1pm-ish. Once again lunch won't be for an hour or two after planned.

I would make a bad parent cooking for their kid(s). >_>

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mikeinbama From: mikeinbama Date: February 20th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why didn't you buy the pre-chopped vegetables? It makes it a lot easier. I agree that cooking for one is tough. I usually have leftovers for 2 or 3 days.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 20th, 2010 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
There are pre-chopped vegetables? Where do you typically get those from?
mikeinbama From: mikeinbama Date: February 20th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, you can get them in the produce section of your grocery store. You can get onions, tomatoes, green peppers.....just about anything pre-chopped.
legolastn From: legolastn Date: February 20th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cooking lasagna from scratch is a pretty involved process, I'm not surprised you were somewhat overwhelmed.

It's hard to cut down on cook time but some things are easier to scale down in terms of serving size. But mostly it helps to like leftovers. :)
zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 20th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Leftovers are all fine and dandy, but with my serving size I end up having them for half a week or more. I get so tired of the same food over and over that I don't want to eat it again any time soon. Which is why I've only been cooking when I'm cooking for other people. At least then when my time is sacrificed it's for the good of the many and I won't get sick of the food.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: February 23rd, 2010 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Slowcookers are a wonderful thing. You can throw damn near anything in there, come back later in the day and have it ready.

Course, I've no problem eating leftovers for a week straight either, if it's tasty enough. (Irish boiled dinner and beef stew being particular favorites)
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