Dinner For One

When I was a boy, there was an article in the news about how we were only 10 years away from having the equivalent energy, mineral and vitamin content of an entire meal locked within a simple to eat tablet. It would do away with the necessity of cooking and provide everything a person needed to keep going when always on the go.

It's been well over 10 years since I heard that … so where are these tablets?

I love cooking. The whole process. Shopping, cleaning, preparing … it's very enjoyable. The only part I don't like about cooking, is 'cooking for one'.

When I'm alone, I really only eat to keep myself going. There's no real enjoyment to it. I would much rather just take a tablet and get everything I needed, saving the actual act of cooking for friends and family. The nice thing about this would be the ease of grocery shopping. Rather than buy various different breads, rice, cheeses and fish, I could just stock up on sustinence tablets. I'm sure that Costco would have them at a steal.

Heck, tablets like this might even help the starving in other parts of the world. So long as they have a shelf-life of more than a year, they might actually last long enough to survive the exceedingly slow process of the UN food deliveries.

Of course, this wouldn't be a great solution to the world's problems, but it would certainly make things easier for me. Fewer dishes, so less water consumed. Fewer foods bought, so that means others might have more. Depending on how affordable they were, I'm sure the homeless might even be tempted to have some of these to keep going. If they did have a long shelf life, they could even be placed in outdoor vending machines for anyone to consume when they get hungry.

What a very noble idea, despite it being only to suffice my own laziness.

I have had dinner for one almost every day in the last seven years. This is, of course, by choice. On the bright side, there's less than a year and a half to go before it changes. Perhaps then, I'll think differently about this "Meal in a Pill".