When you’re residing solo and it comes to mealtime, it can be as challenging as cooking for four. No need to freak out because there are some simple and sensible tips for cooking for one and adding healthy, delicious, and nutritious foods to your daily schedule. We took some advice from those who live alone, from those in the food industry, and others who have conquered the ideal meal plan for one. Get your apron on, and let’s dig in!
Create A Menu Plan
It’s time to make a list of groceries and a strategy for the week that takes the guesswork out of your meal plan. Think of a few favorites you’d like to prepare and jot down the ingredients that you will need. Maybe you have a new recipe you’re eager to try.
By creating a seven-day menu plan, you can stay on budget, see what stuff you already have on hand, and streamline your grocery list. That way, you don’t waste food, and the list will ensure that you’re using up all the groceries you buy.
Your Freezer Becomes Your Friend
Watch for sales, and buy in bulk when you can. For example, maybe salmon fillets are on sale. Buy more, place them in individual wrappings and store them in your freezer until you plan on using them. Here’s another tip. One cook told us that she always keeps fresh bread and soups in the freezer when she needs something that can be warmed up quickly. You can also cook grand, and then keep the leftovers in the freezer to enjoy another time.
Yes, your freezer can become your BFF, and when it’s well-stocked, you can save a trip to running to the grocery or convenience store or the burger drive-through, which is loaded with calories and fat.
You Can Cut The Recipe In Half
When you’re living solo, you don’t have to cook for an army unless you want the left-overs to freeze, share them with a friend, etc. You can also simply cut the recipe in half so to speak. You could also divide a recipe by three if it calls for six servings. With this method, you are only making what you need for an individual serving and saving one for lunch the next day.
Let’s be honest; some meals aren’t so great at freezing and taste better the day you make them or the day after. If you’re not so great at math, don’t worry. Try this online food converter to help you in calculating the ingredient amounts.
Buy Beverages In Smaller Servings
Whether it’s a hot drink for breakfast, fruit juice for snacking, or a glass of wine in the evening, beverages come in endless options, and if you’re living solo, you can easily tailor your individual list.
These days, you can find your favorite beverages in all sizes from mini cans of soda at 7.5 ounces to big, two-liter size bottles. It depends on how much pop you consume, but individual cans make more sense for flavor when you’re enjoying the beverage alone. A two-liter soda will lose its fizz fast when you’re the only one drinking it. It’s the same with that incredible, must-have cup of joe to start your morning. Single-serve coffee bags are the modern way to go, eco-friendly, convenient, quick, and delicious.
Go Plant-Based For Nutritious Savings
Beef and pork prices have been at near-record highs these days, so shopping for meats at the grocery store can put a sizable dent into your wallet. You can do what some folks have tried, and that’s going plant-based. Beans and legumes are affordable, filling, and add lots of texture and flavor to a meal when you cook plant-based. In addition, they offer excellent protein value.
There are some super yummy meals you can make, including stuffed acorn squash, vegetarian enchilada casserole, Portobello mushroom burgers, vegan mac ‘n cheese, and many more whose recipes and demos can be found online such as YouTube.com.
Cooking for yourself doesn’t have to be a challenge. Start by creating a list of ingredients for meals you enjoy, and go from there, and let your freezer handle the rest.