No Vacancy

Our house has been a bit of a hotel recently, which is why it feels like I've disappeared off the face of the earth. In the last week, we've had my parents, my sister, and Sean's brother staying with us—staggered mostly, with only minimal comedic overlap—and next week we have my brother, followed two weeks later by my other brother (plus two friends, one of them apparently so good-looking that his nickname is "Catwalk," I mean I'm a married lady and all but STILL). I have made up a lot of sofa beds lately, is what I'm saying. I have placed a lot of carefully folded towels at the foot. 

But I love it really, love the company and the camaraderie that comes from having houseguests. When my parents stay, it means I don't have to cook for a week and my freezer gets magically stocked with shepherds pie and macaroni & cheese with bacon, for some as-yet-unknown day in the future when my mother intuits that I'll need a healthy dose of home-cooking, "healthy" not exactly being the most appropriate word in this case. (MACARONI & CHEESE WITH BACON. Oh right, we covered that.)

When my sister stays, my life turns into one long episode of whatever 90s sitcom featured girls applying mud masks in their pajamas while eating Dunkaroos and making prank calls to boys. Not that anyone can actually make prank calls anymore—you may be able to take a picture, order a pizza, and play an album from your cell phone, but it doesn't seem best suited for asking people whether their refrigerator is running, maybe because that kind of thing just requires a cord to twirl mischieviously around your finger while you do it—but you get the picture: when she's here, we spike our hot chocolate with Baileys and borrow each other's clothes and have long, uninterrupted My So-Called Life marathons during which nobody minds if the other speaks the most poignant lines out loud along with Angela Chase. 

When Sean's brother is here, I barely see him. (Sean, I mean, although I barely see his brother either. That would be kind of weird if Sean just disappeared and left me with him.) This is because they go to baseball games together with the resolute passion and determinedness that other people use....well, to play baseball, I guess. They were out every night last week, and both weekend days as well, and this meant that I spent quite a lot of time on my own. Now, I don't mind spending time on my own—I rather relish it, in fact; I quite like my own company, mostly because I am a pretty lax host and mostly just encourage the people I'm hanging out with to watch TV, which works out well when I'm the only person I'm hanging out with ("another episode of House Hunters, Holly?" "well, Holly, don't mind if I do")—but I do have to say that I have one particularly favorite part and it is this: the single lady's dinner. 

Do you have a single lady's dinner? This is the dinner you eat when you realize—perhaps with a little frisson of excitment and a jaunty fistpump, you wouldn't be the first—that you only have to feed yourself that night: no partner or kids or imaginary authority figure who'll tsk impatiently at the lack of betacarotene on your plate. My single lady's dinner is made up of many tiny snacks—cheese, crackers, hummus, cornichons, blueberries, that kind of thing—and it looks a little bit like this: 

Ah, perfection. And Instagrammed to within an inch of its life, too! (Did I eat this in 1967? We'll never know!)

So tell me, then: what do you eat when there's no-one else around to judge? 

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Rebecca
Jul 24, 2012

My single lady dinner is eggs... My husband is not a breakfast for dinner fan and I prefer to cook myself some type of frivolous egg dinner like baked eggs, or a perfect omelet or a frittata for one and eat it all by my lonesome!

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sunny
Jul 24, 2012

Breakfast for dinner: french toast or eggs 'n toast... not a veggie or fruit in sight. Eaten in front of an episode of CSI, or CSI:NY of course - during the most gruesome of scenes. every single time. *sigh*

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anika
Jul 25, 2012

speculoos paste from belgium (looks like peanut butter, tastes like christmas). on bread, on pancake, pure. it's the single ladies' posh version of nutella from the jar :)
i highly recommend!!

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Ann
Jul 25, 2012

I just want to say please post a picture of Catwalk when he comes, I'm so curious as to who would inspire such a nickname!

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A
Jul 25, 2012

I live alone, so have variations of the following most nights! It's great, I hardly ever have to really cook, and when I do there's enough for 4 meals worth!

Scrambled eggs on toast
Toasted egg sandwich
Beans on toast
Toasted bagel
Toast
Cereal
Carrots/Pitta bread and hummus

It seems I like bread a lot. It's just so easy!

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Blanche
Jul 25, 2012

My husband isn't a fan of much pasta, so that's my dinner when he's away - stuffed shells or perogie or some other carb & cheese filled delight.

May I add how disappointing I find it when anticipating such a night only to have him turn up available and expecting dinner of the kind he prefers? It's like having a treat taken away!

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Kate
Jul 25, 2012

I'm another breakfast for dinner person. My husband will occasionally tolerate eggs for breakfast, but only if they are scrambled and buried in meat, cheese, and salsa, and preferably sandwiched in a bagel. Before I was cooking for him, though, eggs were one of my favorite dinners. Scrambled, frittatas, omelets -- I love them all, and I especially love how quick and easy they are at the end of a long day. They also work quite nicely with a crisp glass of white wine: bonus!

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Pretzel Thief
Jul 25, 2012

See, everything on your plate looks delish but I can't do sweet and sour together. Just can't; must be a Balkan thing.

My alone dinner can be anything from Nutella on fresh crusty bread with a glass of milk (apparently I'm seven), a fat pancake sprinkled with raw sugar ("fat pancake" -- unofficial name -- is different from American-style pancakes...imagine the taste of the best European crepes, but 5cm in thickness and medium to darkish brown in colour...that's a fat pancake! :D), fettucine with tomato & ricotta sauce...can't think of anything else at the moment but those are some of my typical go-tos.

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Marcheline
Jul 25, 2012

Popcorn. Popped in a pot, with oil. Smothered with grated parmesan cheese and some salt, shaken vigorously in my largest mixing-bowl-with-snap-on-lid to ensure cheesy goodness on every kernel. Paired with chilled pinot grigio and a private showing of "Withnail & I", this is my dream sneaky-dinner.

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em
Jul 25, 2012

Mushrooms on toast. cheese on toast. beans on toast. tomatoes on toast. or cereal - if i am feeling super lazy!

basically, if it comes on toast - i eat it those nights i am alone. 1. it is easy. 2. the boy doesn't think meals after breakfast should include toast.

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Claire
Jul 25, 2012

Another vote for eggs here... Your picture is what's known in our house as a 'picky plate'; always an option when it's just me to feed, or maybe for supper on Sunday if there's been a massive lunch involved.

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shelly
Jul 25, 2012

HAHA! This is so great. I'd forgotten how wonderful those meals are (not that i dont love my boyfriend but the amount of food he requires means much more time spent on food prep)

Fave solo dinners: chips and salsa/hummus, egg sandwich of some sort, brie and water crackers with honey drizzled on top.

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shelly
Jul 25, 2012

remembered a few other goodies:

salami slices rolled up with goat cheese which I cant emphasize enough how GREAT this is, and on really hot days smoothies with whatever misc fruit and juices i have laying around

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Megan
Jul 25, 2012

Oh, how I love those nights! Rare for me, as I have two little girls. But I now sometimes include them in " girls night" and we eat popcorn with cheese for dinner, while watching a movie of course!

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leslie
Jul 25, 2012

I just had to google "speculoos paste" and was pleasantly surprised to see the familiar jar that we know as Biscoff Spread. And yes, it is delightful!!!

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Lindsey
Jul 25, 2012

Well, every night is single lady night around here, BUT things can get crazy when all of my roommates abandon ship. (Actually, I eat the same things in front of them, and let me tell you, they're all about remarking on the oddness of my food combinations, which I think makes me rather unique, in a way people will find endearing at my funeral, you know? "Lindsey really loved mixing foods together that didn't seem to go together at first, wasn't she top-notch?") All that to say that I love making bowls of fruit, cottage cheese, yogurt, cereal, etc.; I will roast a whole sweet potato and top it with cheese and ketchup and it is delicious; I will eat oatmeal or cereal or the peanut-butter-and-banana-and-cinnamon toast. And I highly recommend putting some sort of nut butter on top of your oatmeal and drowning in the melty deliciousness of it.

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Kellie
Jul 25, 2012

Spaghettios! If I'm really lucky to have those terrible cheesey hot dogs around I'll cut one up and throw it in there. Comfort food from when I was a kid! Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese. Fried Egg sandwich. Usually there is a candy bar or gummy bears involved in this. All of these things are super easy to make and don't require much. My boyfriend would not probably ever eat the fried egg sandwich but he will eat the spaghettios!

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mcconk
Jul 25, 2012

A bowl of cereal and a bagel with nutella is what I usually eat when by myself.

And........I second the request for a photo of Catwalk!

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Erica
Jul 25, 2012

I am 100% with you on the snacks! I love anything that involves crackers and cheese. Unlike my husband, I don't "need meat" with every meal!

Dinner alone doesn't happen very often, but breakfast for dinner is definitely the way I go. During the summer (since I'm off) I enjoy whatever I feel like for lunch, which I love. No preplanning the night before - hubby gets the leftovers. Cheese and crackers are an easy favourite for lunch.

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I pick one of three things: a giant bowl of pasta alfredo, with chicken and broccoli; Indian takeout; or - and this is my most frequent and favorite choice - refried beans with enchilada sauce, melted cheese, and sour cream, eaten out of a bowl with chips in lieu of utensils.

I'd also like to add that, while my husband has many, many virtues, his houseguest behavior lives squarely in the land of "weird." He will often invite someone to stay, but then he makes lots of other plans, leaving me alone to entertain "our" guest. It is not my favorite. Ahem. (They are usually lovely guests, and I enjoy spending time with them, but STILL!)

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jen
Jul 25, 2012

Holly, your dinner resembles what my 2 year old niece eats for lunch. ha ha. bite sized foods! :)
My single-lady dinner usually involves mushrooms since the husband won't eat them. or i might be totally lazy and decide to eat PB&J so I can spend more time watching Vampire Diaries or some other girls-only show.

And yes, please post a picture of Catwalk. Maybe it's ironic? Like enormous people nicknamed Tiny.

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Stef
Jul 25, 2012

That looks like a Ploughman's Lunch, Holly! I can't remember the last time I didn't eat dinner with my husband...It was probably in 2010. I was away from him for a few weeks during the holidays and I wanted to buy an apple pie and ice cream from Whole Foods, so I did, but I was the only one there to eat it. It was probably my dinner some of those nights.

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Poppy K
Jul 25, 2012

I eat the most disgusting thing when I'm alone for the evening: cocktail rye with dill pickle slices covered with orange cheese (American, cheddar - whatever is in the cheese drawer) and then broiled in the toaster oven until it's melty. I'm embarrassed to admit this.

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S
Jul 25, 2012

My single lady's dinner is champagne, a cheese plate, and Ben and Jerry's. No, I'm not confusing that with the 'boyfriend broke up with me and I've just BECOME a single lady' dinner, because that's a whole gallon of Ben and Jerry's and LOTS of wine. My boyfriend was traveling for work, and I have to say, thank God he doesn't travel often, because as delicious as champagne, cheese and ice cream are, I think I gained 5 pounds in the 4 days he was gone!
I'm also requesting a picture of Catwalk. Not to sound weird, but I think you and Sean and ridiculously good looking people, so I can only imagine what someone in your group of friends called CATWALK looks like.

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Megan
Jul 25, 2012

Oh yes, the single lady's dinner! Mine often consists of a bowl of special K with almond milk and sliced banana, served alongside a scoop of cottage cheese.

Actually, I'd probably have no problem eating that every night, to be honest...

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I LOVE the single lady dinner. My husband was supposed to be out tonight - and now he's not and I'm quite disappointed that I don't get to enjoy my single lady dinner. Lately it's been salad - but not home made salad, nope. Salad from the deli with salmon and goat cheese and toasted pecans. Mmmmmm.

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Amy H.
Jul 25, 2012

Please post/instagram a picture of "Catwalk" when he arrives, I'm VERY curious!

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Mariel
Jul 25, 2012

When my husband is out of the house = rice, spam, and eggs.

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Sarah
Jul 25, 2012

My favorite "alone" meal is white rice mixed with frozen corn and a slice of American cheese (it sounds horrible, but it's really good) or any sort of curry since my husband hates curry. Also champagne, lots of champagne... now if I can get my husband to leave for an evening, I'm hungry!

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Stephanie S
Jul 25, 2012

Frozen Pizza. And not the "good" frozen pizza. We're talking the 10 for $10 frozen pizza. So bad. Yet, so, so good.

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Lisa
Jul 25, 2012

A big bowl of mango peach salsa with a healthy dollop of greek yogurt, scooped up with pita chips! It sounds odd but that's just because you haven't tasted it yet!

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jeannie_p
Jul 25, 2012

My husband is traveling this week. Last night was his first night away, and I didn't have time to make provisions for dinner before I got home to my 11 month old yesterday. I am mortified to admit what I had for dinner: two very generous glasses of pinot noir, nearly half a Ritter Sport (milk chocolate cornflake), and a piddly amount of leftover roasted potatoes, and two salami slices. It was pathetic.

Everyone else's single lady meals have inspired me to leave work early today to hit the grocery store. My standard, single lady meal looks a lot like yours, Holly.

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jen
Jul 25, 2012

I second the request for pics of Catwalk!

my single lady dinner looks very similar to yours... basically wine snacks :) cheese, pita chips, hummus, cornichons, etc. maybe a dark chocolate square or two.

strangely satisfying!

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EBH
Jul 25, 2012

How perfect: my husband is just about to leave on a business trip and I was sitting here composing a mental list for the grocery store!
Like many others, I usually go for breakfast for dinner when he's gone. Tonight, though, I was thinking Poke salad, glass of wine, followed up by something chocolate and frozen (it's so hot here...)
Ladies stay in night is GO!

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Michelle
Jul 25, 2012

I'm single and I don't cook. Single girl "meals" I will probably not have the luxury of having when I get married include:

brie and crackers
goat cheese and crackers
peanut butter on ritz crackers
cream creese on triscuits
popcorn and ice cream
cereal

I don't eat this way every day but I am slightly disgusted at myself as I read this

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A
Jul 25, 2012

I eat a bowl of basmati rice (with a bit of butter and salt) served with a dollop of plain yogurt and some hot mango pickle on the side. My favourite!

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Catherine
Jul 25, 2012

Well, this evening it was eggs over easy, baked beans and Bird's Eye potato waffles (they're waffly versatile). I'm probably going to have my food blogger credentials revoked now, but it was oh so worth it.

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ris
Jul 25, 2012

When I lived alone I would eat the most random assortment of items. One night I realized that everything on my plate was beige--muenster cheese, crackers, pita, hummus, and nilla wafers. And it was delicious.

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Linda_M
Jul 25, 2012

My favorite carry-out pizza - fresh tomato and prosciutto! Or a wonderful crusty break with a very good cheese.

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Annie
Jul 25, 2012

Trader Joe's spinach & artichoke dip with Scoops. Heaven.

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Beth
Jul 25, 2012

I am definitely a fan of the whatever-I-can-grab-in-3-minutes meal when my boyfriend is gone. Generally this means cereal, eggs and toast, carrots and hummus, mac & cheese or a random assortment of leftover bits that I generally wouldn't eat together (tuna & crackers plus a quesadilla and maybe a handful of chocolate chips anyone?).

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Brianne Joy
Jul 25, 2012

Snacks, of course. Similar to your plate above, often with less fruit. Cheez-Its, hummus, chips & salsa, habanero cheese, etc. I like cheese, a lot.
Sometimes a bowl of Rice Krispy Treats cereal with almond milk, because well... it's my favorite.

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Susan H.
Jul 25, 2012

Goldfish crackers (whole grain of course) and chardonnay.

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rebecca
Jul 25, 2012

Eggs, eggs, eggs! I will eat eggs when my husband leaves town. I will poach them and eat them on buttered, salted toast. Mmmm.

I also like to eat one-bowl meals. If he's gone for several days, I'll cook a pot of white rice with coconut milk, then eat it with smoky kahlua pork (from the crockpot via the freezer) and a bunch of raw, chopped swiss chard along with whatever herbs are starting to bolt in the garden. I mush it all together in a bowl, add a dollop of bbq sauce, and -- oh my heaven -- it is smoky and sweet and coconutty and fantastic. He would be appalled at this trough of a meal.

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NothingButBonfires
Jul 25, 2012

I'm loving hearing about everyone's meals! And yes, eggs are definitely my #2 single lady dinner: soft-boiled on buttered toast. Come to think of it, single lady dinner #3 is just toast -- many pieces of it, with butter and marmite (you fellow English people know what I'm talking about.) If I'm feeling really wacky, I'll grate some cheese on top.

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Stephanie
Jul 25, 2012

I think mine might be the most disgusting which is why I only eat it when my entire family is out of the house. If I know I will be home alone I actually go out of my way to go to the store to buy this. Ruffles chedder & sour cream chips dipped in Frito Lay Jalapeno cheese dip and usually some sort of girly malt beverage, like Mike's Hard Lemonade to wash it down.

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BKC
Jul 25, 2012

I'm not all that good at fending for myself (I don't do most--okay, any--of the cooking) so my single-lady meal is usually Thai takeout. I order three appetizers and eat on the couch; I have the peanut sauce stains to prove it. If this single lady is broke, then I toast a bagel and smother it with cream cheese and tomato slices. And wander back into the kitchen later for some marshmallows. NOM.

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Julie
Jul 25, 2012

I never have an evening alone, but if I did I would probably eat cereal.

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Emily
Jul 25, 2012

Ah, yes, the Single Lady Dinner! Perhaps my favorite things in the world, especially since I married one of the pickiest and bland eaters alive. I like my Single Lady meal to consist of french bread, assorted cheeses, grapes, salami and gummi candy - perfection!

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Maggie
Jul 25, 2012

I love this and am so glad to see I'm not alone. My go-to is white rice with soy sauce. Though if I am feeling festive, I'll upgrade to risotto with extra parmesan and frozen peas.

Is it wrong I'm now bummed the hubs will be home for dinner tonight?!?

52
Camels & Chocolate
Jul 25, 2012

PBJ, ice cream, more PBJ, more ice cream.

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Jenn
Jul 25, 2012

Popcorn! In fact, when I pulled into the driveway tonight, I wished that my husband had had an after-work commitment so that I could have made popcorn for dinner.

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Twice Five Miles
Jul 25, 2012

Crackers and cheese! Any kind of cracker, any kind of cheese. Or toast with peanut butter.

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Monica
Jul 25, 2012

I make arepas and filled them up with cheese! And if I'm totally lazy, PB&J

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shan
Jul 25, 2012

Throw in a glass of red and my single lady dinner is exactly like yours! I call it indoor picnic, however. :-)

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HollyAnne
Jul 25, 2012

Hot wings! Salt and vinegar chips! Fries, dressing, and gravy if I had it! And wine to go with, of course =)

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Lindsey
Jul 25, 2012

I live alone and my boyfriend has kids, so we only dine/cook together a couple nights each week and every other weekend. Which means, I have single lady's dinner a lot!

I have three variations:
a) Make a some-what complicated meal early in the week (or on Sunday night) and eat off it the rest of the week.
2) Some kind of quick/easy pasta meal. Tonight's menu is linguine with red clam sauce: quick and easy and CHEAP! Only about $4 for a couple nights worth of meals.
3) If I'm feeling particularly lazy, I'll do some combination of carrots and celery with (non-dairy) ranch dip, graham crackers, chips & salsa or guacamole, cereal, or a mini-loaf of crusty bread with salami and (goat) brie. (Yes, I'm allergic to cow's milk. Also, eggs. SOB!)

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edj
Jul 25, 2012

I have a lunch version that's very similar to yours...crackers, tomatoes, cucumber slices, ham or salami, cheese, fruit. Yum! Nights alone typically include something on toast--grilled tomatoes or beans. Hooray for not cooking! Although I also enjoy cooking, most of the time.
Oh and if this rare single-woman-night happens to occur in the summer, I love fresh green beans with butter and s&p with crusty brown bread.

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Kristin
Jul 25, 2012

Without question, SLDs are the biggest perk of being alone in the house. I too have been known to do Snack Dinner, and a few weeks ago I spent a night eating nothing but pickle rolls. But my all-time favorite SLD is crab legs. My husband thinks they're "too much work" (crazy talk), so I get two pounds, all for meeeeeee.

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Kirsty
Jul 26, 2012

Bacon Supernoodles with grated cheese and chopped up bits of Matteson's smoked sausage. Yes, you heard me right. Don't knock it til you've tried it.

Or alternatively, cereal. Or cheese and crackers. Basically anything that doesn't qualify as a proper meal.

Wine is also good. Although probably not with the cereal.

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Sara
Jul 26, 2012

If my husband isn't around...cereal. I believe cereal for dinner is the key to many a skinny girl. It is a slow eat, so you end up feeling full, I admit, not terribly well-rounded, but it works.

Then things change when you throw a guy in the picture, bigger meals, etc.

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Vicki
Jul 26, 2012

My single lady's dinner when my husband is away is nearly always toast with marmite and Philadelphia cheese, easy to make, quick to clean up and delicious! Sometimes if I'm feemling fancy I will have hummus and avocado slices on toast with crème de balsamique vinegar on top which is my second favourite :)

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Tall Girl
Jul 26, 2012

OO, your dinner plate looks like what I call a snackasaurus platter. I love those. An easy (but sad, probably) trick up my sleeve is a bag of freshly baked M&S cookies and a half pint of milk. Mmmm.
I've built quite a large collection of single lady dinners, most of them less sad than eating a bag of cookies (linked to my name.)

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MP
Jul 26, 2012

I'm loving this! But now I have so much Googling to do, as I've never heard of some of these things. What are Bacon Supernoodles? Those sound delicious.

I can't remember the last time that I've had the absolute pleasure of a "single" ladies dinner, with a husband and two small children (and another on the way), being alone in my house never happens. BUT, I've made the "single" ladies dinner into a ladies dinner -- my two daughters and I will have popcorn (with lots and lots of butter and salt) with hot chocolate. Perfect meal.

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Jen
Jul 26, 2012

My go-to looks just like yours. Soo, so good.

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Sarah
Jul 26, 2012

Gluten-free waffle with toaster oven egg (crack an egg into a buttered dish and put it in the toaster oven with the frozen waffle and they will be done at the same time)--savory version: goat cheese and dill, sweet: apricot or raspberry jam on the waffle

antipasto a la sarah: goat cheese (hard and soft or whatever i pick up), marcona almonds, fruit (figs/grapes/apples usually) or any jam, grocery store pate, whatever gluten free crackers i have on hand (nut thins, Mary's orginals or flackers usually).

those are in heavy rotation

(yes, Holly, I swore you off but I'm addicted. Sue me. :) )

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Erika
Jul 26, 2012

If I'm alone, I usually don't eat. I just curl up in my bed and watch TV. If I'm really hungry, I'll eat cereal.

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findingmagnolia
Jul 26, 2012

Now that I have kids, I think less about the dinner and more about dessert. I do love a good fruit and cheese plate (seaside cheddar and honeycrisp apples--YUM), but mostly I like eating as many brownies as I like without someone nearby to ask "Is that too much fun food? Don't you need to leave more room for growing food?" All the better if I've got good vanilla ice cream, some toasted pecans, and chocolate syrup for a little sundae.

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Emily W
Jul 26, 2012

I feel that we could be friends. I too love to throw parties where I'm the most excited person there. My Single Lady dinner is mac and cheese. From a box. Maybe with a hot dog mixed in. But don't tell anyone lest they judge me.

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jill
Jul 26, 2012

This is FASCINATING. Why is it that we ladies are so very happy with the simplest of meals when we're solo? Meals with the husband are usually so much more elaborate, but if I'm by myself I relish the idea of PB on toast, ramen noodles with PB and sriracha, chips, leftovers, ice cream—anything easy. God forbid I suggest toast for dinner to my husband.

And I must have the recipe for a fat pancake please! And bacon super noodles? Must. Find.

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jill
Jul 26, 2012

OMG BACON SUPER NOODLES ARE ON AMAZON! Good heavens, I'm going to be 500 pounds.

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sensibly sassy
Jul 26, 2012

My "single food" of choice are microwave meals from trader joe's.

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Sheila
Jul 27, 2012

Chips and salsa. If I'm really feeling decadent, I buy cream cheese taco dip and go to town. I love eating alone- no sharing the cream cheesiness!

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jill
Jul 27, 2012

Cereal... or Toast WITH butter...

no muss, no fuss indeedy..!!

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Claire
Jul 27, 2012

Maruchan ramen noodles with a few drops of sriracha, and sometimes an egg or corn cooked in to take my mind off all the sodium...or chipotle. In fact, I have the next few nights to eat both!

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Mallory
Jul 27, 2012

Hashbrowns with cheese or pasta with butter and cheese. Pure carb-y guilty pleasure.

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KD
Jul 28, 2012

I fear that this past week, I ate so many lime tortilla chips after I got home from work that I didn't have much of an appetite for dinner. At about 9:00 pm I realized I hadn't eaten, and figured I had to get SOME kind of food in me. I eyed the Trader Joe's Belgian chocolate pudding on the top rack of the fridge, shrugged my shoulders, and said, "Why not?"

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Three Hearts Farm
Jul 30, 2012

I can't believe I'm giving away my closely guarded secret dinner menu, which I fear will produce a run on Perfect Pinch Jamaican Jerk seasoning, causing me to suffer but here goes...

Pop one bag of good microwave popcorn, butter flavor & put it in a large bowl.
Put 1/3 of a stick of butter (YES, a third stick. No one said this would be pretty...)into a small bowl & melt it somehow, pouring it evenly over finished popcorn. Use a half cup (or more)grated fresh parmesan cheese to sprinkle over, then sprinkle a tsp of Jamaican Jerk seasoning over the whole mess. Top off with a heaping tablespoon of brewers yeast that is your final sprinkle, then hide yourself in a closet & enjoy. Don't use any electronics (remotes, computers, phones etc) during your snarf as they will be a greasy mess from your hands...Oh the sheer bliss...

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Amy
Aug 01, 2012

My single lady dinner is pretty much the same as yours - I pretty much ate pickles, apples, cheese, crackers and veggie sticks every night when I lived alone. Boy, I was in for a shock when my husband and I moved in together and he expected us to eat actual meals together. My other go-to single lady dinner is avocado on toast.

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rachel
Aug 07, 2012

Wok-cooked popcorn with sea salt. I had it last night, in fact!

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Stacey
Aug 21, 2012

A whole mess of medium-sized pasta (like ziti, penne, or rotini), cooked, then popped in the fridge to cool down and become just right for eating with fingers!

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