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Practical Cooking Tips for Singles

Save Time, Money and Reduce Waste

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  • I try to do most of my cooking on the weekends and then immediately put the dish into individual containers for meals during the week or freezing. Saves me lots of time, since my weeknights are often busy. I also have a single friend who likes to eat as much as I like to cook, so that works out great. I find I eat less too when I eat with a friend since I'm engaged in conversation and not just eating! I eat slower and have a chance to feel full. - 8/9/2011 4:08:32 PM
  • These tips certainly apply to singles, I use them and I'm single! I like to get the family packs of boneless skinless chicken breast on sale and freeze them flat. I'll plan a variety of meals that week around chicken so it doesn't get boring. I make enough to have a lunch the next day at work. Be creative. - 8/9/2011 12:20:49 PM
  • MYNEWNORMAL
    I love the idea about using the bulk section of the grocery store. I always thought of that for large quantities, but buying only what I need will keep me from having to throw out half-full packages after they expire. Thanks! - 5/12/2011 11:45:34 AM
  • BIENEGOLD
    There wasn't a single tip in here that was actually for singles. Fail. - 4/14/2011 8:17:52 PM
  • lots of good tips.. thanks! - 3/2/2011 12:37:42 PM
  • this article is a great one. i cook in large batches and freeze myself. i too live by myself and this help me with my tight food budget. i just made a small beef roast with lots of potatoes and carrots. it made five one quart containers which i froze and believe me i will be splitting that into lunch and dinner by adding more veggies or a side salad thanks again this was great as i no know i am not alone in my way of cooking. - 2/28/2011 11:10:09 AM
  • I love to cook so I don't mind spending hours in kitchen even though it is just me! I do batch cooking because I know that there will be days that I will not have the time nor energy to cook, and I find it very easy to turn yesterdays roast into 3 or 4 different meals which i can freeze. - 2/16/2011 11:01:58 AM
  • More information necessary for daily living that is not taught in school! Thanks! - 10/6/2010 12:57:35 AM
  • KAKIPOPUP
    Taste of Home (Reiman) has a couple of cookbooks about cooking for 1 or 2 - - 7/10/2010 3:33:25 PM
  • JAATKINS
    I like all of the cookbooks from WW or Cooking Light that are 5 Ingredient and 15 mins. They have all of the cal/fat/protein/carb info. I really love cooking for myself! I'm not a big leftover or crockpot person but some things like lasagna or chili are really good as leftovers! I really prefer freshly cooked food and try to use what is in my garden or herbs growing in my windowsill. - 3/17/2010 8:23:43 PM
  • I have done batch cooking off an on for 40 years, starting in college where I had one of those little waist high fridges. You don't have to make a finished product as a "batch." I chop several pounds of onions, some green peppers, garlic, carrots, and any other veg that looks good. I measure them into 1/2 to 1 cup zip bags for use in recipes that call for raw vegs. Some I make into italian sauce for spaghetti and other pasta dishes; some I saute for use in meat loaf, sauces, omelets, soups. That is batch cooking that fits into any tiny freezer. you can make nearly 2 weeks of meals with the vegs you store in the tiny top of a dorm freezer. spend some quality time with a stack of cookbooks from the library. pick the easiest recipes out with the flavors you like. divide them in half, then make a list of how much vegs you need. that is the most time consuming preparation part of any recipe. you can make it even easier by hitting the salad bar and buying it all pre-chopped. remove the air from the bags and they can be stacked flat (will defrost very quickly) - 3/13/2010 10:01:12 PM
  • If you don't have room to store batches of food, then store half and give half to another couple in your building or neighborhood. A good way to build karma. - 3/6/2010 12:29:13 PM
  • I have very little freezer space .I just find recipes that are 4-6 servings and cut in half.That way I only have one meal left over and a little for my little buddies{dogs}.Mostly though I just use my imagination and look in the pantry,cupboard and veggie darw and start putting things together. - 1/18/2010 6:21:58 PM
  • @Alicotter - Just thought of another cookbook I own: "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Recipes for Two" by Beth Hensperger. This was a gift so I haven't tried any recipes yet, but I like her other books so I think it'll be fine. I usually check out cookbooks from the library and if I like them, I buy them. Maybe now that you have some titles/authors, you might be able to find them in your library too. {I hope my posting of book titles does not violate the Community Guideline on advertising - I have no affiliation with any of these books. I just like them.} - 1/18/2010 3:24:53 PM
  • Good article. I do batch cooking of soups and chili but otherwise, my go to technique is planned leftovers. Luckily I don't mind eating leftovers a couple of times, but I prefer to turn them into something else so I'm not eating the same thing over and over. A roast made on the weekend can be sandwiches, salads, pizza, soup, frittata or stir fry later in the week. A Pad Thai recipe became a noodle soup which toned down the sauce that I didn't care for. (I made a Vietnamese style broth and called it fake Pho.)

    @Alicotter...the three cookbooks I own that have small recipes:
    - "Serves One" by Toni Lydecker
    - "Solo Suppers" by Joyce Goldstein
    - "Cooking for Two: A Healthy Exchanges Cookbook" by JoAnna M. Lund

    "Cooking for Two" has nutrition information for all the recipes so you don't have to plug them into SparkRecipes to find out. The others do not have nutrition info printed in them. I also checked out "What We Eat When We Eat Alone" from the library. It has some recipes in it as well. I know I've read others but I don't recall the titles right now.

    Taste of Home published a magazine called "Cooking for Two." I don't know if it was a special issue or if it stopped publishing but they still have a website with recipes that can be found with an easy web search. - 1/18/2010 3:10:49 PM

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