Being single can have its advantages — the feeling of independence and being able to do what you want when you want. But when it comes to shopping and cooking, the challenges become a matter of health, time and money.
One can be the loneliest number in the kitchen, and the fear of leftover fatigue or doing the math to modify recipes for a single serving can drive anyone to order out or just open up a can of soup. Spending time making a dish that requires pans and utensils doesn’t seem worth it when dining alone.
While a home-cooked meal can help you feel accomplished, it’s not realistic to expect the summon the energy to create a fancy dish every night. Here are a few tips and healthy, tasty, easy tips and recipes for the solo cook.
• Dried fruit
• Roasted nuts
• Fresh fruit such as berries, pears or a can of mandarin oranges
• Veggies that are cleaned and ready to go, such as cherry or grape tomatoes, and shredded or baby carrots; or slice up cucumber, zucchini, or bell pepper
• Shredded, cubed or sliced cheese
• Canned beans such as kidney, black or garbanzo; 8-ounce cans are perfect for a single serving
• Canned, flaked tuna
• Cooked shrimp
• Sliced turkey, ham, roast beef or roasted chicken