[YOUR HEALTH] Dinner For One

By Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD
St. Hope Foundation

Living in a smaller household can be somewhat of a challenge when it comes to cooking for just one or two people. Many people find it easier to forget the kitchen and go for the takeout. However, when it comes to eating healthy it’s better to cook the food yourself than put the faith of cooking into someone at a restaurant. When it comes to cooking for one, planning is the key. Below are some tips to help ease your cooking for one dilemmas.

  • Buy from the Bins – Visit the bulk bins at your grocery store. This way you can buy only the amount of grains, nuts, herbs, seeds etc that you need. This reduces waste and is usually less expensive. Another tip, once you have cooked the grains like brown rice, spoon grains into individual portions using a muffin pan and freeze. Once frozen, pop out the grain discs and store in freezer bags for later use.
  • Embrace Frozen Food – Frozen food can be just as nutritious as fresh and is also ready to go in the freezer when you need it. Choose fruits and vegetables that do not have any added sugar or sauces. These frozen bags are a great way to just use the amount you need and save the rest for later.
  • Portion Out Protein – Buy a whole package of meat or poultry, then portion out appropriate servings for one into individual freezer bags. Then when you want to have protein for dinner, just grab a small baggy, thaw, cook and enjoy!