We all know that in order to eat healthy we need to start with cooking for ourselves. Cooking your own meals lets you control how much sugar, salt, oil, etc goes into your food. However, when you live alone and are shopping and cooking for one, that makes the job all that much more difficult. Grocery stores and food manufacturers don’t cater to the single- living-alone type. They prepare and package food for a family of four. Now that my days are crazy busy and I can’t be home pondering and cooking up dinner all day long, I need to find easy, fast dinners to cook up. That way when I walk in the door at 8pm I’m able to eat something good for me, rather than something that is fast and easy to toss into my mouth. I’m all about opening a package and eating on the spot. Even three minutes in the microwave is too long to wait in my book. It’s a bad habit, but at least I recognize it and I’m working to keep that under control.
I’ve used a recipe from Good Life Eats before, she’s one smart cookie who knows what’s good. In her post from last week she talks about the 3-2-1 Pasta Formula. Pasta dishes are easy and pretty fast. They can be made with whatever you happen to have in the house. Whenever you’re looking in your pantry trying to sort out how to turn the items on hand into a meal, this is a good formula to follow.
I prefer making my own pasta sauce to buying jarred sauce. It’s the way my parents cooked and it is so much cheaper to buy cans of tomato sauce rather than a jar of pasta sauce. So, yeah, I’m not a snob about sauce from a jar, I’m just really cheap. But pasta can get boring after a while, I think using Katie Goodman’s formula will help keep the variety flowing and it looks like it’ll be easy to adapt when cooking for one. When you follow her formula you don’t really need a recipe, and honestly that’s what cooking is about. You don’t HAVE to follow a recipe, you can substitute wherever you want, experiment, and use the recipe as a guideline. Cooking should be fun, not a chore. I like to consider myself a mad scientist in the kitchen while brewing up meals. It makes it a little more interesting that way and when the failures hit, it’s all that more amusing.
What are your favorite recipes? Do you have any tricks to share when cooking for one?
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