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problem #4: The large sizes of canned
goods are always so much cheaper per ounce than the smaller sizes, so I
buy those … but then I can’t use up the contents fast enough.
the solution: Buy the small cans, even
though they’re pricier.
Even though the small cans cost a bit more per ounce than the larger
cans, it’s better to spend a few cents more and actually be able to
use all the contents, then to delude yourself into thinking you’re
saving money by buying a family-size can of pinto beans that you’ll
never be able to finish all by yourself. The small cans may still be
more than you need for a single meal, in which case you should transfer
the contents to a small plastic container, and use them up for another
meal within the next few days.
problem #5: Some nights I just can’t
muster the energy to cook, and since there’s no one else relying on me
doing so, I end up grazing on whatever happens to be lying around in my
cabinets – usually cereal and junk food.
the solution: Keep healthy, no-prep snacks
Because you WILL graze, keep your kitchen stocked with healthy
munchies – pita bread and hummus, raw carrots, cottage cheese, yogurt,
problem #6: I get so bored, cooking for
just myself … what’s the point if no one’s there to appreciate my
the solution: What do you mean there’s no
one around to enjoy the efforts? Little old you is certainly deserving
of a lovely dinner from time to time, all for yourself.
Feeling unmotivated? Treat yourself to a nice meal from time to time
– pick a new recipe to try, set the table, use the good dishes, light
a candle, pour yourself a glass of wine and revel in your delicious
o o o o o
Cooking for one may be a challenge, but with a little bit of
practice, and the help of these tips and tricks, you’ll quickly get
the hang of it. And the rewards of enjoying a healthy, inexpensive
home-cooked meal every night are sure to make both your stomach and your
wallet very happy.
out these recipes, which can be easily adapted for one:
linguini with mushrooms in cream sauce,
shiitake spinach udon, mushroom-chicken broth udon
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