Table for one
Preparing delicious, healthy food is good for the soul. Gathering fresh ingredients and cooking them up into wonderful, satisfying meals is a way to show family and friends that you love them. When you live alone, taking that same kind of care and creating meals that are just for you is a way to demonstrate how much you honor and value yourself.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking, “It’s just me – why dirty up the kitchen?” or, “It doesn’t make sense to make a full meal for just one person.” But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Cooking yourself a proper meal gives you a sense of accomplishment, nourishes your body, and is a mindful way to practice self care.
However, sometimes it can feel like the odds are stacked against you when most recipes feed 4 – 6 people. Not everyone enjoys having tons of leftovers in the fridge and freezer, and cutting down recipes requires extra time and thought. The good news is that there are people out there creating quick, simple, and healthy recipes just for you!
Take a look at these wonderful recipes and resources if you or someone you love is cooking for one:
- Healthy Food Guide has five pages of delicious one-person recipes that all take less than an hour to prepare. If Creamy Chicken and Leek Pasta Bake For One, Herbed Chicken Salad, Mini Roast Chicken, and Baked Pork with Apples sound good to you, check it out!
- BBC GoodFood has 51 recipes custom made to suit one person. Smokey Bacon Pot Noodle For One, Chili Cheese Omelette, and One-Pot Chicken Pilaf are just a few of the delectable choices.
- Even celebrated English chef Jamie Oliver is jumping on the bandwagon! He has created 17 mouthwatering meals for one including Roasted Chicken Breast with Pancetta, Leeks, and Thyme; Salmon and Couscous; and Anglo-French Toastie.
- If you’re someone who actually likes having leftovers to reheat for lunch or dinner the next day, check out our article on slow cooking. It’s a delicious and economical way to make wonderful, comforting meals that are great as leftovers.
There’s nothing wrong with splurging on takeout every once in a while, but studies show that cooking at home means you’re consuming an average of 200 fewer calories a day, and saving yourself 3 grams of fat and 300-450mg of extra sodium.1 Keep yourself motivated by preparing one-dish meals like casseroles, chili, and stews so there’s less cleanup; and consider roasting a chicken or a large turkey breast at the beginning of the week and using leftovers to make lots of wonderful meals in the days that follow. Chicken soup, chicken salad, and quesadillas are all great ways to use up leftover poultry.
Even if you don’t have anyone but yourself to cook for, you’re worth the effort of making something delicious and nutritious each and every day. For more fantastic tips on how to get yourself prepped and ready to cook some fantastic meals for one, visit HelpGuide.org.
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