One of the weirdest parts, in my opinion, of being in your 20s and especially of living by yourself is learning how to cook for only one person. Most of us may have experience cooking, but somehow cooking for one always seems so much more difficult to figure out. I know that I am no different when it comes to this. I can cook for 50 people, but trying to figure out how to cook just enough for myself is more mind boggling. To help any of you who may be having difficulty trying to cook for just yourself I wanted to give y’all a few tips and tricks that I have learned through trial and error. One of the first things I always recommend people do is meal prepping. Meal prepping makes cooking for one person so much easier because instead of trying to break down a recipe into just one serving you cook enough to last you several meals or servings. If you think about it instead of focusing on making small portions try making normal portions and quantities of food that can then be broken down into more meals, you may even end up saving money that way. You can also always make larger quantities of food and then freeze it for later.I know freezer meals have been a lifesaver a time or to for me. Another tip is to buy multi-use ingredients or ingredients that can by used for multiple types of meals. This will help tosave time coming up with things to cook, and will help cut down excess spending at the grocery store. Now on the point of saving money at the store I don’t know about you, but I find it easier to overbuy when only cooking for one, so I make a conscious effort not to overbuy. This way I am not left with more food than I can eat. If you are in your 20s especially I recommend actually using your kitchen. When we are young or live by ourselves it is easy to get in the habit of ordering out or eating out, but if you actually use your kitchen and cook in you will not only save money, eat healthier, but also become a better cook. Now if you aren’t a particularly skilled cook that is okay let me introduce you to my dear friend the Crockpot. I firmly believe that the Crockpot is one of the greatest inventions of the past 100 years (no I am not sponsored by them). You can make endless recipes with it, and can essentially leave it alone to cook all day, which can make coming home from work so much nicer having a meal already ready. The last tip I would recommend is to find a few recipes that you can make well, and add them to your arsenal. Learning some cooking skills and a few recipes will ensure that no matter what there is always at least one thing you can make to eat even if it is just eggs.
If you have any other tips and tricks you know for cooking for one person, feel free to comment about them, or share them on social media and tag The Sunday Series so I can see it.