Taco Salad and More

June 28, 2015

I was leaving town for two weeks, and the refrigerator was full of all the healthy vegetables and dairy products I stocked up on the previous week. Perhaps the biggest time-management challenge for me on this diet has been to find time for prep and cleanup. Saltine crackers and Peter Pan peanut butter are far quicker. I took my first stab at taco salad, creating a taco …

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2 More Meals to Fix

May 31, 2015

Do you remember my supper and simple salad for one, starting with rotisserie chicken, spinach, tomatoes and canned 3-bean salad, salad olives and artichoke hearts? I prepared two additional meals in 10 minutes recently—not counting boiling water while I watched the news. While I boiled a 9-ounce package of Buitoni Mushroom Agnolotti, I placed several handfuls of spinach in a colander, chopped remaining tomatoes and added …

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Simple Salad for 1

May 17, 2015

Once I was an excellent cook, even a successful cookbook editor; but cooking for one is no fun—perhaps because it is the prelude to eating alone. In addition, I waste so much food. None of my old recipes work particularly well for one person. Furthermore, since I always accept last-minute invitations to dinner—“never say no” is my motto—I throw away lots of half-cooked meals and …

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What’s for Supper?

May 2, 2015

We all remember that moment—that first time alone at home after the funeral—and he doesn’t come home for dinner. And we realize: He will never come home again. For me, it was the very worst time of the day. What was I supposed to do for the next five hours until bedtime? I began to ask other widows, “What do you do about dinner?” Two …

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