At some point in our lives, we are faced with the challenge of cooking for one or two people. Whether you are single or married, an empty nester, a widow or widower, you may feel overwhelmed by the thought of cooking for just yourself. You may be tempted to run thru the drive-through, eat only a bowl of cereal or just not eat, rather than cooking and planning a meal.
Just when you were cooking for a family or a group of people, you probably looked thru recipes and made a meal plan. Write out a week’s worth of meals and make a grocery list.
Most recipes can successfully be halved. Use some of your favorites!
Batches of soups and stews and can cooked and frozen in smaller containers.
Make shredded chicken that can be used in various recipes: chicken and noodles, soups and stews. A beef roast and can be served with vegetables and then shredded to make sandwiches. Be creative.
Make use of leftovers. Don’t let them go to waste. Plan to make a dish one day and eat it for lunch or dinner the next.
Part of the eating experience is being social and having great conversation. Invite your family or neighbors over once a week. You can each make an item to share.
Use the salad bar at the grocery to buy smaller amounts of fresh produce.
Individual servings of fruit can be purchased, rather than a whole bag.
Here are two recipes that are perfectly portioned to serve to one or two: Egg Breakfast Muffins and Mug Cake.
Egg Breakfast Muffins
By Allison Stetler, RD, CDE
Franciscan Healthy Living Center, Lafayette