As you know, i live alone, but when i cook i inevitably make multiple portions.
Partially it is because that when i learned to cook i didn't live alone, but also i can save time and energy cooking once to eat twice or thrice.
However, i've always hated that i get several set of dishes dirty, what with the ones i cook in and then eat off of and then store in and then eat off of the second and/or third time...
Plus, it doesn't help that my every day dishes are vintage and can't be microwaved due to the gold edging. There's just so many dishes and i hate, hate, hate doing dishes, especially in my mid-century, extra shallow, the faucet-is-fixed-in-position sink.
Last week, after making a kick-a** garlic pepper crusted chicken with sauteed sweet potatoes i was casting about for a serving dish when a light bulb finally went off:
GLASS PIE PLATE!
Instead of just putting one portion on a plate and then the rest in separate storage containers, i put everything, including the pasta and veggie side dish and a spinach-feta-sunflower seed-with-raspberry-vinaigrette salad into a high walled pie plate. I knew i'd eat all of the salad, but only half (or less) of everything else. When i was finished eating, i plastic wrapped the whole deal and popped it into the fridge. A few nights later it went into the microwave, i added a fresh salad and voila, dinner the second time with no more extra dishes besides a clean fork.