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There is only one of me, the recipes keep setting up for 2, I am tring to lose weight, myself and a bunch of us grouchy old buzzards that live alone, are a bit tired of eating out, and cook meals at home. We all live and eat at different places, but if we get together for a Sunday, or something that's cool. If we do a covered dish get together, then we all watch what we bring because most are diabetics, on Coumadin, or blood pressure meds, well you get the idea.

I'm just old, fat, and lazy, so I would like to lose weight, but I only want 1 serving, and the recipes are complex enough that it doesn't look feasible. You have any simple 1 people meals?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan planner is designed to create menus for single people. We worked very hard on the programming to accomodate those who live alone. The planner delivers meals with two servings but gives suggestions for using those leftovers. This should allow you to have dinner one night and use the leftovers for lunches (1/2 dinner serving = 1 lunch serving) or for dinners on subsequent nights.

If you want to create your own menus, we have created a page of recipes that make two servings, take less than 30 minutes and work well for leftovers. Here's the link:

Thanks for writing. (Oh, and you don't seem all that much of a grouchy old buzzard.)

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet

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