Cooking for One (Lessons Learned from a Hungry Boy Casserole)

Adjusting to cooking with an electric oven has been an adventure so far. Through nearly-ruined dinners to burnt brownies, I’m feeling like shouting “Come at me, Bro!” … of course, that would be foolish. Don’t do that.

As someone who loves to cook/bake, the recipes that serve 6-8 or 10-12 are saddening. I thought that I’d be okay cooking those recipes because, hey, leftovers! … right?

Wrong. Four days of my own don’t-care-just-throw-it-in Hungry Boy Casserole for lunch and dinner, and I’m ready for something different. Don’t get me wrong, I love that casserole. Tasty stuff, and it reheats well. I’m just ready for something different.

I used this recipe as a base, and then I sort of tossed the recipe card to the wind and did my own thing. I imagine that’s not a good habit to get into, but it’s really hard to mess up a Hungry Boy Casserole. I didn’t measure anything, substituted chili powder for paprika, and used a larger can of beans. Who knows how much celery, onion, and bell peppers I used. However much it was, it was tasty.

[My photo, copied over from Instagram.]

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There’s one serving left.

I can do this. Haha.

Next time I’m going to portion everything into ziplock bags and chuck it in the freezer.


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