When you’re cooking for just two, sometimes grabbing takeout or a microwave dinner seems easier than putting together a balanced meal.
Most recipes are built for a family of four to six, and fresh produce seems to go bad before it’s used. But your eating habits and weight don’t have to suffer just because it’s only two of you. Cooking at home can help you control your weight, diabetes and wallet.
Food prepared at home is generally much more nutritious than restaurant meals. Cooking for yourself is also a great way to relax and de-stress after a long workday.
To prepare for a week’s full of healthy meals, sit down on the weekend and come up with a list of two to three dinner recipes that you will have time to make. If you don’t mind eating leftovers, you can make one dish last several nights.
After you have your meal plan ready, do a quick inventory of your pantry and fridge. Then make a grocery list of what you’ll need for the week. Don’t go to the grocery store without that list.
Once at the store, there are many things you can do to avoid high cost and keep your purchases at a minimum for the two of you. Buy the six-ounce bags of greens and pre-cut veggies from the salad bar. Order exactly the amount of meat you need from the butcher counter instead of buying the large prepackaged meats. Buy whole wheat pita breads for individual pizzas rather than large pre-made crusts.
The American Diabetes Association offers this great page about cooking for two, including a list of recipes. Eating Well also offers tips and recipes for two.