Cooking for One

Quite a number of single women don't like the idea of cooking for one. Some think that it is a waste of time, energy and food. Some don't like the idea of eating leftover food.

But there are also women who enjoy cooking and are used to cooking for a family but they find it a little difficult to adjust when they find themselves having to cook meals for one. The death of a spouse, a divorce or children who have left home are some of the reasons.

Furthermore, it's quite frustrating for some women who find many of the recipes are aimed at cooking for two persons or more. So they end up eating out most of the time.

Eating out every day is expensive. It is also unhealthy especially if you indulge in fast foods. It's best that you cook your own meals to ensure that you are eating healthy and nutritious food.


How to Prepare Meals and Cook for One?

Find recipes for one person.

Go down to the bookstore and find a recipe book for one person. If you don't want to do it, search the Internet. There are web sites that offer recipes aimed for one.

The other way to do it is to take any recipe for two persons and alter it. Cut everything into half or a quarter if it is meant for four persons. The more often you do it, the better you become at adjusting and altering the recipes.

Cook for two.

Cook a meal for two persons. Eat one portion, freeze the other portion, reheat and have it for your next meal.

Make something new out of leftovers.

You can make cooking for one interesting. Learn to cook food that uses rice, pasta, potatoes and eggs. You can then create a new dish from your leftover food. You can make fried rice from leftover rice, add vegetables and meat to your pasta sauce or make sandwiches from leftover chicken or eggs.

Plan your meals in advance, buy in bulk and freeze individual portions.

Plan your meal for the week. Buy a big chunk of meat or chicken and cut them into pieces. Buy vegetables that will last long and can be frozen. Separate them into smaller portions and freeze individually. When you want to cook, thaw whatever you need. Doing this will save you time and money.

Try new recipes.

One of the reasons that cooking for one and eating alone at home becomes boring is because you are tired of the same type of food and setting. Living alone doesn't mean that you should deprive yourself of exciting cuisines. Once in a while, try a different or new recipe. Set the table to your liking and have all the accompaniments.

So if you want to become smarter at managing your grocery budget and finances, cook your own food and eat at home and you will save money in the long run.

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