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    I'm looking for ideas/tips/tricks for diners for one. DH is in the ADF and goes away on long trips, DD1 is 3 and has ASD and will only eat noodles, cereal or fruit for dinner. So when DH goes away, it seems pointless to cook what I usually cook when he is home, just for me.

    I want to start cooking dinners for myself and slowly try and get DD1 to join me and eat the same dinner as me. But I have my hands full with DD1 and DD2 who is 4mo, and I usually just end up eating take away or instant noodles (I'm trying to eat healthier but it never lasts past lunch time).


    Can anyone share some helpful tips

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    I cook up big batches of slow cooker meals (this week I did chicken cacciatore and mango chicken) and then freeze in individual serves with or without a carb... I did brown rice with both of these.

    It means I don't have to cook for just me, because I don't do that, and I get a delicious dinner with very little cleaning up afterwards.

    ETA: I have also done individual lasagnes and cottage pies to freeze.

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    My DH is a shift worker and when he works nights I can't be bothered going to too much trouble for dinner! I have stuff like:

    Chicken & salad wrap
    Crumbed fish with salad
    Pita bread pizza
    Indian vegetarian curry with rice (it comes in a pouch, the brand is Tasty Bite)
    Salad with tuna & lentils
    Marinated chicken breast & veg/oven chips
    Toastie (when feeling extra lazy)
    Pasta with a stir-though sauce topped with grated cheese

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    I eat weight watchers meals lol. I stock up on them when they are cheap, I find them really tasty.

    I emphasise with trying to set a good example, my 3yo has a extremely limited diet and will either have toast or packet mac n cheese or cereal for dinner. At least they are cheap to feed!

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    When its just me at night I usually make a salad.

    You could just make your normal meals but freeze the left overs.

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    dineamic is a company that does really tasty (they actually taste like home cooking) home delivered meals. dh and I saw them at a baby expo and decided to place an order to see if they were any good. we got 10 meals for $99. was a mix of soups, risottos, and meat dishes like tagine etc. some were intended for one and others could be shared between two with additional sides.

    I wouldn't consider it to be the cheapest option but they're super easy to reheat (zap in micro or boil in the pack and serve) and keep in the freezer until you're ready to use them.

    I find a lot of those frozen meals at Coles are extremely high in sugar and sodium and leave you feeling really thirsty later on. the dineamic meals didn't do this hence feel more like home cooking.

    I think I've still got a couple kicking around in the freezer and will most likely order more before our baby is born later this month.

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    I'm another that batch cooks and freezes in individual serves:
    Vegetarian or meat lasagne - then just make a salad
    Soup
    Stirfries

    Otherwise chicken breast and salad or veggies is pretty quick
    Eggs on toast with mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach.

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    Grilled Steak and salad
    Salmon and salad

    Freeze meals in individual serves eg lasagne, spag bol sauce, soups, curries and reheat.

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    Im a cook and freeze person too.

    Home made pies and quiche
    Lasagne, spag sauce etc

    Easy things to whip up for one or two;
    Any type of pasta bake eg; tuna and veg
    Chicken fillet/steak and salad
    Another one is those chicken skewers, I remove the skewer before cooking and either have rice or put it in a wrap.

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    Stir frys are quick and easy to prepare in advance


 

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