Unfortunately, I've seen it a good bit—folks will sign up for the Cooking Light Diet, and because they're only cooking for 1-2 people, cancel their subscription pretty quickly.
"This is too much food.""I don't have time to make all these recipes!""We'd throw half of this food out because I'm just cooking for myself and my spouse."
Every time we get one of those emails, I react the same way.
Because here's the thing—as I talked about last week, you can absolutely cater your Cooking Light Diet menu to YOUR life! I'm a prime example. I'm cooking for one. And while I signed up for this 6-week CLD challenge to lose some weight, feel better, and sharpen my cooking skills, I also—like most everyone—do not have time to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day. Nor, honestly, would I care to.
So I eat leftovers. A lot of leftovers. Fortunately for me the food on the CLDiet is great, so it doesn't bother me in the slightest to make a meal meant to serve 4 and stretch that out over the course of several days. On the contrary, it makes me so happy to be able to do that. As previously alluded to, time is an invaluable commodity. So being able to buy one rotisserie chicken on a Sunday, using it to make three different recipes, and then stretching those servings out throughout the week gives me more time to spend doing the things I want to do. Not that I don't want to cook, but hell, I get tired. We all do, right? So I look forward to leftovers, because days when I don't have to come home and cook are days that I can recharge my batteries,
binge-watch Netflix hang out with friends, get caught up on office work, continue my ongoing home improvement projects, et cetera. Taking that Noodles with Roast Pork and Almond Sauce recipe I made and dividing the leftovers into separate containers for the next couple nights means a) having time to do stuff I want to do, and b) saving me money that I'd otherwise spend on food if I didn't have a plan.
Below is my dinner menu for the week. Notice how tonight and tomorrow I've inserted "Leftovers" cards into my menu—that's the Apple Brandy-Glazed Pork Tenderloin I made last night. And the only reason I'm cooking dinner three more times this week is because I'll be on vacation staying with a friend, and I wanted to both be a good houseguest by cooking for my hosts and stick to the plan. Looking forward to seeing you guys, V and Jana! [Note the tacos for Cinco de Mayo, folks.] If I wasn't cooking for them, best believe there'd be one more dinner recipe—likely rotisserie chicken since I have one I need to use up—followed by "Leftovers" cards. Because leftovers are my friend.
My point? If you're interested in the Cooking Light Diet but are concerned you might be overwhelmed because you're not feeding a family, don't be. Make it work to your advantage. I have. Cooking for myself these last two weeks, I'm seven pounds lighter*, I have a fridge full of delicious leftovers, and I still have time to live my life outside of the kitchen. So if you're wanting to make a conscious decision to eat healthier, join the Cooking Light Diet community. Look forward to leftovers with me. It will turn my sad cat face upside down and make me more so-excited-I-shimmy-like-Shaq cat.
*Members following the Cooking Light Diet, on average, lose more than half a pound per week.