Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam. I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out. It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…
In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days. The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards! Have you exercised lately? With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…
A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again. If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it. Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal. The Read the full post…
There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro. My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…
Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten. It's time for a health reality check. First of all, how is your health lately? If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful? Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…
I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart. Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation? If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect. But Read the full post…
Long ago I realized that most people who are single don’t cook for themselves. Instead, they eat out, purchase frozen entrees, or eat cereal or popcorn for dinner. Though I didn’t know it back then (and probably there wasn’t a word for it), I have always been a foodie and good food has always been important to me. Cereal or ramen noodles just wouldn’t have satisfied me so I’ve always cooked, even just for me. This seemed totally natural to me and I had a hard time understanding why others didn’t cook as well. But I’ve come to understand that many people were never taught basic cooking skills and therefore, feel intimidated to start.
Cooking at home is key to better health because you can control the fat, salt and serving size plus avoid the preservatives in processed foods. Cooking for one or two can be simple and quick. You don’t have to spend an hours after work preparing an elaborate meal. Read my posts titled “Start The New Year Right, Get Organized” and Getting Organized, What To Have In Your Pantry” written in January of 2010 for tips on stocking your kitchen because you can’t cook if there is nothing to cook. Then you need to begin collecting several recipes in a notebook that work for one or two. There are many websites devoted to recipes and tips for cooking for one or two so google it. (“Google it” is my answer for everything.) Many recipes that serve four can be halved so don’t rule those out. You can also prepare the recipe as is and freeze single portion servings for later if you have a regular sized freezer. Leftovers should be a welcome part of a single person’s dinner plans so don’t throw away good food! Here are some other tips.
1. Ask the butcher to package smaller servings of meat. Instead of 6 chicken legs or four breasts, ask for two. However, if you have a freezer, you can take advantage of sales and freeze the rest in single packages.
2. Cook extra meat to use in other ways the rest of the week. Bake two breasts and use the other in a pasta dish, stir fry, salad or sandwich. Split a 1 lb. package of hamburger and make a meatloaf one night and spaghetti the next. You could actually have four servings from 1 lb. of ground meat.
3. You can buy smaller serving sizes of many canned and frozen vegetables or buy just what you need in the fresh produce section.
4. Pasta dishes are great for one or two. Chop some tomatoes, a bell pepper, mushrooms and onion and sauté in olive oil till lightly browned. Season with basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook some pasta, toss with the vegetable mixture and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Add some cooked, chopped chicken breast if you like. This takes 30 minutes or less.
5. Eggs can be used to make so many dishes that are healthy and filling. Best of all, eggs are cheap protein. Make omelets or frittatas or simply scrambled the eggs with a variety of additions like meat, vegetables and cheese. Wrap the whole thing in a tortilla. Add boiled eggs to a chef salad. Check out my recipe for Shakshuka, a popular Israeli dish, in the miscellaneous category.
6. Baked potatoes can be the base for more toppings than butter, bacon, cheese and sour cream. Use your imagination for some healthier toppings.
7. Fish is so fast to cook and you can buy just one fillet or two fillets. Most of my fish recipes can easily be prepared for one or two people.
8. Learn to love salads. A green salad filled with fruits, vegetables, nuts and a sprinkling of cheeses can be the main course or the side dish. A package of salad greens should make at least 4 side servings or two main dish servings. Check the sell by date to make sure you get the freshest greens that will last more than a day. Exception: sometimes you can get a steal on greens that are right at the sell by date and have a quick dinner that night.
Thursday I will explore cooking for one or two further and offer more recipes and tips. Hope this gets some of you singles away from the cereal and onto real food.
Upadated on July 17, 2012
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