HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >
Nov 15, 2007 11:56 AM

What do you eat when you are home alone? [moved from Home Cooking]

Hi all, Sorry if this has been done before. I don't usually get time to read or post on boards.

Both of my children are now in college and my SO has been traveling for work. I work full time but still cooked from scratch most nights for my family. Now I am coming home to just 4 cats. Sometimes I cook something nice and fresh for myself. But I also find that I am turning to things from my childhood. (and enjoying every moment of it.) Dishes like Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast, Campbell's Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese, open faced sandwiches with toast, tomato, cheese and bacon. Last night I had homemade creamed spinach for dinner.

I'm just curious...what do you eat when you are home alone?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. I am a great fan of appetizers, so I get a box of great crackers, some cheese or a cream cheese blend I have whipped up, add some ham, or summer sausage, roast beef, and assemble them, adding a sliced olive on top. Pair that with some sliced fruit or grapes, carrots or celery sticks, and maybe some soup on the side, and I am a happy camper!

    1. i load up on things my wife is not too fond of. when she's on the road, i knock out corned beef, roast duck, lobster and so on. the beauty is i generally have great leftovers. eating alone is a very cool challenge and should not be taken lightly.

      3 Replies
      1. re: steve h

        I agree. It is a fun challenge and I have whipped up some wonderful meals just for me. I found the fact that I was eating things like chipped beef (which I had not purchased in 20 years and did not even know that it is no longer available in little jars) interesting. Tonight I am having a nice big salad with dried cranberries, walnuts and goat cheese. I'm just really curious to hear what other people do.

        1. re: Springhaze2

          lots of room for junk, err comfort food, too. tonight's menu calls for nachos, chili, refried beans and beer. yesterday's duck will be tomorrow's lunch. i'll be back on the straight-and-narrow tomorrow by 6 p.m.
          have too much fun.

        2. re: steve h

          I do this too. Splurge on things she doesn't care for. For me that's shrimp, salmon and anything porky

        3. My husband is in school in the neighboring state, so we're each alone during the week. Generally I'll make one nice meal on Sunday, then divide it into a few meals for us each during the week- this week it was spinach lasagne with turkey meatballs on the side. I just pack the leftovers directly into single-serving tupperware.

          When I run out of that, 75% of the time it's pasta with some veggie boiled right in the pasta water and red sauce on top.

          1. I have probably done variations of all of these things--okay, not as ambitious as Steve H, but I do sometimes cook stews, soups, casseroles, meatloaf --things that make for good leftovers. And sometimes I don't want to cook, so I go the more appetizer route. But sometimes, when I feel like semi-cooking, I take some chicken or pork or beef and stir-fry it with either frozen stir-fry or Asian veggies from Trader Joe's, or I cut up some veggies I have in the fridge, or if I see it in the produce section at the market, I pick up a package of pre-cut veggies. That way, I have a combination of fresh veggies and I don't end up with a bunch of different veggies in the fridge, all half-cut up. I tend to be more creative on the weekends, when I have more time, as I really don't feel much like cooking a real meal from scratch starting at 7 or 8 at night, after a full day at work.

            1. Weird stuff... I tend to graze. I love roasted beets with goat cheese. So I will put beets in the oven, but get hungry before they are done. So I munch on olives or pickles...maybe some cured meats or cheese. Or pasta....always love pasta.