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LIN1263's Photo LIN1263 Posts: 12,423
2/25/18 4:36 A

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allrecipes.com
all their recipes allow you to put in the exact number of servings you want, odd or even numbers, yes you can do 1 person.They have recipes from many companies & private people & they all have pictures or videos & can be saved on their site in different files for free & you can do a grocery list for the recipes.

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11/12/17 4:59 P

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Now that's a great site. Of course the front page had to show a skillet cookie. Good thing my cast iron skillet is too big to make it.

onedishkitchen.com/

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11/12/17 3:18 P

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I found a great site for cooking for one...

https://onedishkitchen.com/

you can adapt the recipes to what you need to eat...



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11/12/17 9:21 A

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OMG. What a great idea for chicken and cooking for one. Thank you for your post. It gave me some great ideas.

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11/7/17 9:55 A

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Another option ... Buy an already cooked item and use it for multiple meal in different ways.
Example: 1 roasted chicken (usually for $4.99 here).
Meal #1: Remove legs and wings.Open can of green beans for side vegetable.
Meal #2: Remove breast meat and divide in half. Serve one side with a bit of broth and a side veggie.
Meal #3: Take other half of breast and cut into cubes. Make a quick chicken salad by dicing an apple, toss in some raisins or nuts, a bit of mayonnaise.
Meal #4: Take the carcass and add any liquid broth that came out of the roasted chicken. Add a couple cups of water, some salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, cover tightly and simmer for a couple of hours. Strain the bones from the broth (pasta colandar is fine for this). Either drink the broth or use it to create something like egg drop soup.

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9/16/17 7:49 A

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Another option not mentioned is cooking with a friend. You can pick out recipes, share the cost of the food, and enjoy a social morning/afternoon as your cook. Make a list of recipes that can be frozen into portions (meat loaf, stews, soups). So the labor of chopping onions can be split among the recipes and with your friend.

Maybe you even have a friend who can cook to mentor the first time.

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9/14/17 7:26 A

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I cook for myself too, so i try to make it simple and healthy.

Here are some quick healthy meals i like:
- Tuna, green pepper, red pepper, onion, (light mayo if you want) + Multi grain toast.
- Veggie Omelette with cheese.
- Big green salad with beans/lentils/...etc
- Cottage cheese with colored pepper and olive oil.
- 2 light yogurts with fruits, honey and cinnamon powder.



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8/31/17 10:09 A

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You can also use the same ingredients in multiple ways. For example, you can make baked sweet potato fries as a side one day and then use leftovers in a hash with eggs for breakfast or dinner.

If you pre-prep a protein or two each week, like baking off several chicken breasts, you can then use it in multiple ways- as a main with a side of veg, to top salad, pulled and tossed with different spices for bbq or shawarma or chicken salad, in pasta or casseroles, stir fries, etc. That way you can save money by buying a larger amount of a protein if it's on sale.

same goes for roasting veg- you can prep a large batch and use them plain, with eggs, on sandwiches, blended into soups or sauces, etc. Using different herbs and spices can help change up the flavor so it's not boring!

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8/30/17 3:24 P

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I thought cooking for one would be hard, but I make big batch meals and freeze portions for future. Works out great.

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8/8/17 5:02 P

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Watch cooking videos on YouTube, and get an instapot and air fryer and go to town emoticon



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8/8/17 10:34 A

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A bit unconventional of a recommendation unless you're a student, but you could give the 5-Ingredient College Cookbook a try. It has healthy, simple recipes perfect for a beginner and those on a budget.

My own personal favorite when I was cooking for one was to make a batch of chicken breasts in the crockpot at the beginning of the week (cover with chicken broth, or just water and some salt with your favorite spices, on high for 4 hours). Take the chicken out and shred it with a fork. Makes perfect, moist, tender shredded chicken. I store that in the fridge and would make a different meal with it every day. Adding different sauces to it (bbq sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce) and pairing it with different veggies (sautéed zucchini, a romaine salad, boiled carrots, etc) and/or carbs (a baked potato one day, rice the next, etc.) Super easy and really tasty, plus you don't get bored of it because the flavors are different every day, with minimal additional effort.



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7/28/17 9:34 A

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If you were starting exercising, we'd recommend that you take a class. Cooking classes are out there. Our county rec centers offer an evening of cooking in a small group. All you do is show up and a chef takes you through a full dinner that the groups sits down and eats in the final half hour or so.

Thankfully, purchasing and cleanup is done by the chef as well.

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7/27/17 10:53 P

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Figure out the meals/foods you really love and build from there! Are you meat and potatoes, vegetarian or vegan, love Asian, Italian or Russian?

I mainly eat vegan so I build my meals from there. I can kind of be a creature of habit so that is helpful for me. One week I may build around brown rice or potatoes, add vegetables, fruits and grains and feed off of the main staple for the week. I use seasonings pretty strong so its what makes it seem fresh and different if necessary. If you aren't vegan add in your chicken, fish, beef, pork etc...

Example-potatoes
Sunday-Baked potato, broccoli, bell pepper added with onion and garlic flavour
Monday-Mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, red bell pepper
Tuesday-Hash like potatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, chili, vegetables
Wednesday-breakfast for dinner
Thursday-baked potato, vegetables, fruit, bread
Friday-sliced skilled potatoes, cheese, vegetables, quinoa
Saturday-leftovers night

Just switch up ingredients, spices, staples and you have a quick meal~

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7/26/17 9:23 P

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I cook for one. About once a month I make a huge pot of soup and freeze it in serving portions (about 1.5 cups or so).

A lot of grocery stores have mire poix (onions, celery, carrots) already neatly diced. If I cook that, then I have it ready to toss into scrambled eggs or as a side dish with a protein very quickly.



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7/1/17 6:20 A

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Dedicate a few hours a month or an hour or two a week to learning to cook simple dishes. Not liking it and not doing it will not help you learn how unless you plan to pay other people to do it for you. So set aside the time and get the basics covered.

What you need to do is to build up a list of staples that you regularly use in multiple meals and then rotate in "exotic" ingredients until they are used up. So you might buy fresh fish, use frozen broccoli and a potato and have dinner. The potato and broccoli are slower to spoil and you buy as much fish as you need for those one or two meals. You an also use the potato as a side to another plain protein, you could top it with chili or curry or broccoli and cheese or make tortilla. If you want to try artichokes you buy them as one of only one or two ingredients that are not already in your staple rotation and you try a little bit in some new variations. If you want to try artichokes then adding them to pizza or pasta or egg dishes that you already have on hand as a good way to use them up. Then you try another new to you ingredient and use it up. You can rotate in what you like as a staple, but this way you do not end up with a half serving out of nine different containers wondering what to do. Try one, use it up and then move on.

Another thing to do is to try and batch cook some staple meals that you can freeze into individual portions as frozen dinners. Beyond that, cook ingredients, not meals unless you happen to like eating the same meal all week. If you cook up a container of mushrooms by themselves you can add the cooked mushrooms to pasta, rice, grits, eggs, pizza or sandwiches throughout the week so you use them up, but it does not feel like all you ate was mushroom risotto all week. Fish tacos and baked fish with a side salad feel different, but use a lot of the same ingredients.

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6/30/17 4:51 A

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all recipes.com has recipes from many well known company's as well as private people with a selection of 100-300 calorie entrées & other low calorie dishes, all recipes can be changed to 1-20 servings if you wish, no calculating & not a lot of leftovers. All have pictures & some have videos. You can save the recipes under what heading you want & do a shopping list for the recipes.

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AUNTCHERITA Posts: 13
6/22/17 1:08 P

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Great suggestions I like cooking, but cooking for one is hard. i usually have to eat stuff for 3 days min. I have been finding some great recipes, and support from this group.




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6/21/17 10:01 A

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I find that quesadillas and frittatas are really easy and SUPER versatile.

For quesadillas: spray pan with cooking spray, put tortilla in pan for about 30 seconds, add your filling, sprinkle with cheese, wait for cheese to melt, fold in half (or top with second tortilla), flip, wait another 30-60 seconds, done!

One of my favorite super quick vegetarian quesadilla/taco fillings is a handful of baby carrots chopped up in the food processor, then simmered in a pan with black beans, taco seasoning, a dash of oil and a little bit of liquid - you could even spoon in some jarred salsa for flavor.

If you want meat but don't want to spend time hovering over a pan, get yourself a slow cooker (even a 1-qt will do). You can dump either a couple of chicken breasts or a package of ground beef/turkey in with some jarred salsa, leave it alone for a few hours, and come back to delicious cooked meat. Portion whatever you won't use into the fridge or freezer for next time.

Frittatas are a little more involved, and you'll need a pan that can go from cooktop to oven. I got a 6 inch cast iron pan on Amazon that is perfect for dinner for 2, so you'd have dinner and one day's worth of leftovers.

There are a ton of recipes online, but the basic idea is you're either roasting or sauteing a filling in your pan, pouring scrambled egg over it, and letting the whole thing cook in the oven.

I love to cook but I often rely on things like frozen hash browns and other frozen or pre-chopped ingredients to cut down on the prep time.

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6/17/17 1:08 A

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Also I have a daily protein shake.



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6/17/17 1:05 A

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I cook for just me as well and I don't like spending time in the kitchen either. I actually moved a tv in there to encourage me to spend more time but I still don't lol. I'm a 2-3 ingredient type person. Like I love eggs, hard boiled and runny. Almonds. I eat a ton of sandwiches and can salmon. I will make chicken with some dash seasoning. I love asparagus which I roast with some olive oil. I'm a huge fan of kashi 7 grain waffles with a tablespoon of syrup. Almond butter, peanut butter. Apples, grapes celery, strawberries. I find that I go to the grocery store WAY more often. I used to go once a month or less and spend $200+ now I go once a week or week and half and spend $20-40. Calories restriction means having to spend less money on food so you can buy some of the healthier things that cost more because you eat less.



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6/14/17 3:18 P

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I cook just for one as well. I often make a giant batch of something (chili; vegetable soup; stew; casserole; etc) and then freeze individual servings. If you use a crock pot there are lots of recipes where you just chop-and-drop in to the pot, without a lot of tending and cooking of individual ingredients. It makes life much simpler and there is (almost) always something healthy at hand.

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6/14/17 12:29 P

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Start with what you like. Like fish - learn how to make your favorite. Like a big salad - learn how to make it. Cooking can be creative and fun. Start with simple ingredients and simple meals. Broiled fish and asparagus. Bake a chicken - or parts. Put on some soothing music and experiment in the kitchen. Have fun with it.

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6/14/17 6:58 A

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I find it hard to get motivated with my cooking more healthy. I personally don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Plus I am not that good at it. Have tried looking for recipes/cookbooks that are for 1-2 people and don't have a long list of ingredients. I don't have the money to buy stuff I am only going to need for one recipe



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