Comfort food: the problem in cooking for one

We all have them – those days when you come home, maybe it was a hard day, maybe it was just a long one, but we crave those foods that make us feel comfort. Everyone has those days, and there is nothing wrong with that once in a while creamy mac and cheese, or a tuna noodle casserole, or any other “made in a large pan” type dish.
But there is a problem when you are cooking for one, namely, it is very hard to make one big pan of food and actually eat a some-what sane amount (stop looking at me like that, you know you’ve eaten a whole thing of mac and cheese sometime before too!). And even if you say that you can keep portions under control, what do you do with all those left overs? Tuna Noodle Casserole for 4-5 days straight? It just doesn’t make sense.
So how do you go about making comfort food for one? First, forget about a recipe – instead, think serving size. For the most part, 3/4cup of pasta is one serving, add in some veggies, a small can of tuna and you have something that you don’t need to think too much about. As for the cheese sauce – just think ratios, if you know how to make enough for 4-6 people, divide/use fractions (and apologize to your third grade teacher for saying you would never need them.
The best thing about comfort food is not having to think too hard and my goal when i am at a point that a warm bowl of cheesey carbs seem like the best idea in the world is to go mindless and not worry.


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