by Debbie Alford
Living alone brings a lot of challenges including learning to cooking for yourself when you’ve never done it before. When it comes to kitchen utensils, are you more familiar with a bottle opener than you are with a potato masher? You probably know that relying on take away for every meal is not doing your wallet or your waistline any favours but the kitchen has been uncharted territory….up until now.
Don’t worry – cooking for one can be a lot easier and quicker than you might think.
As a start, get the basic essentials to keep on hand like some good olive oil, herbs and spices and useful utensils. Find some easy recipes that don’t look too intimidating.
Places like Taste (http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/collections/cooking+for+1+or+2) and Recipe Finder (http://recipefinder.ninemsn.com.au/recipes/serves-one/) have lots of recipes to get you thinking.
Get the simple stuff mastered first and then try experimenting as you go. Wherever possible try to get fresh, local produce which leaves you feeling good about what you’re consuming.
For really quick and easy meals have a go at some tasty stir fries, healthy omelettes and chunky salads. You can pretty much throw in what you like and it can be an easy way of getting your daily serve of vegies.It’s all about trial and error too, so if something doesn’t work out just give it another shot next time.
Here’s a recipe that might come in handy. It’s baked in foil in the oven so there is hardly any mess to clean up, either.
1 chicken breast
1/2 cup zucchini chopped into pieces
Hoi Sin or Sweet Chilli Sauce
Spray a large piece of foil with your oil spray. Place the chicken in the centre and pile the vegetables around it. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with your favourite sauce. Wrap it up tightly like an envelope and place on baking tray in an oven at 180C for about 45 minutes.
Remember that cooking for yourself means you can make whatever you want, whenever you want. And if you plan it right you can usually get lunch sorted for tomorrow too. It might seem easier to grab take away but your body and bank balance will thank you for your cooking efforts.
Besides, everyone admires a man who can cook!
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