Party Of One: Tips On Cooking For Yourself

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Cook More, Not Less

Healthy cooking for one doesn’t have to mean paring down great recipes. If you like buying in bulk and the convenience of having meals on hand, cooking more makes sense. Make a crock of chili, a pan of lasagna, or a pot of soup. Eat one portion and freeze the rest.

Cut Prep and Cleanup Time

One-pan meals like lasagna or a casserole make cleanup easy. But you can slash prep time, too. Chopping veggies or meat for tonight’s dinner? Chop twice the amount and then use the rest tomorrow. Buy precut produce for hectic days. Or try cooking with a friend.

Reduce the Recipe

Not in the mood for leftovers? Cut the recipe in half. Read a recipe before you pare it down because some ingredients — like one egg — are hard to divide. When you reduce a recipe, you may have to change the size of the pan and alter the cooking time. Or skip the hassle by inviting friends for dinner and sending them home with leftovers.

Experiment and Have Fun

Don’t get stuck in a rut. Try something new to spice up your menu. Buy new cookbooks and clip recipes from magazines. Buy new-to-you produce, sauces, or condiments. Try breakfast for dinner, an ethnic cuisine, or grow your own fresh herbs or veggies.

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Relish Your Meal

When you are home alone for dinner, make it a treat. Set your table in a cozy nook, or out in the garden. Put on music you love. Bring out the good dishes and fresh flowers. Relax, savor your food — and admire your ability to cook a good, healthy meal for one.

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