cooking for one; part 1: how do i cook for myself?

If you’re used to preparing meals for two, cooking for one can feel like an uncomfortable adjustment to make.

Or, if your late spouse/partner used to handle most or all of the cooking in your relationship, you may be at a loss as to how to manage meals for yourself.

In either case, we encourage you to acquire new skills.

While many people, especially men, resort to unhealthy snack foods, frozen dinners and/or meals out, learning some basic cooking skills can be a healthier, cheaper and ultimately confidence building alternative.

Here are some suggestions:

1) Purchase books or go online to learn about basic cooking skills or recipes designed for one.

2) Consider taking a class at a local culinary school and/or adult extension courses.

3) Ask a trusted relative or neighbor to show you how to prepare some basic recipes.

4) Have a friend or neighbor take you grocery shopping to familiarize yourself with neighborhood stores and how to select produce and meats.

Please share any suggestions or experiences you’d had in dealing with these kitchen dilemmas.

In Part 2, we’ll offer reading suggestions and useful online sites .


xterrable said...

I buy a big bag of frozen chicken breasts and thaw one or two at a time and cook them in the toaster oven on broil. I do similar with pork chops and hamburger by freezing them in individual portion sizes.
My late wife was an excellent cook and I wish she would have left some of my favorite recipes. But I have fun trying to reconstruct the tasty meals. I have yet to come close but I'm learning.
Kevin G.

Laurie and Ruth said...

Good for you for trying, Kevin! Like any skill, cooking takes some practice.

Do you have any family or friends who can coach you in how to prepare some basic dishes?

Thank you for your comment.

xterrable said...

My wish was answered! I was cleaning out the pot holder drawer yesterday and found a bunch of Tina's recipes- Some were off the computer printer, a few out of cookbooks and a few hand written. Very special find for me.

Laurie and Ruth said...

That's great! Thanks for sharing your discovery with us.