Most of us have faced cooking for one at some time or another.
Problem is, when you work long hours, you may be in no mood to come home and whip up a storm in the kitchen–for one person. But, you probably want to eat well and feel healthy too. It’s a bit of a catch-22!
If you live in the city, there’s also the problem of space, or lack of it, which may hamper things a little.So, what’s the solution?
Healthy eating for one: 3 tricks
1. Befriend your small space
Are you using the excuse that lack of space is preventing you from cooking?
If your kitchen is more “city” than “suburban”, check out the Tiny Kitchen video series at the New York Times, for observable proof that cooking in small spaces can be done.
2. Make your own packaged food
Forget about unhealthy store-bought packaged meals. When you get a bit of time, cook some meals that can be frozen in individual servings. Even if your freezer space is small, you should be able to keep a few meals in reserve.
The obvious options are soups, stews, casseroles, and curries. Even smoothies for breakfast can freeze well.
Your meals can then be defrosted, heated, and eaten in a jiffy later on.
3. Get a little creative
If you don’t like eating the same meal over and over, think about combining leftovers in different ways.
For example, you could convert leftover pasta into a frittata the following day, or add rice to last nights soup to change things up a little.
Or, if you’re into group meet-ups, cooking clubs might just be your thing. The idea being you cook larger portions and divide them up for each person in your group.
These groups are great for meeting new people, and everyone gets to sample something new. Is that something you’d consider trying?
I’d love to hear your tips on healthy eating for one: have you mastered the art? Do you find it challenging? Please do share your advice in the comments section below…