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Cooking for one? - December 2nd 2015, 01:30 PM

I've never in my life cooked for just myself, always having made big meals for my family. Anyone have any tips or recipes? (bonus points if they're vegan!)

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Re: Cooking for one? - December 2nd 2015, 02:43 PM

Hi Caitlyn,

I'm a vegetarian and I cook for one, so I can give you some pointers! First, I usually end up cooking meals meant for four, and then saving the other servings for lunches or leftovers the next day. I like cooking, but I am a graduate student and if I only have to cook a couple of times each week because I can continue eating the leftovers, that's great for me! Next, frozen vegetables are awesome. Fresh is obviously the best, but frozen vegetables are great when you live alone because often if you buy fresh, they end up going bad because you're not cooking enough to get rid of them. You then have to go grocery shopping more because of that. You can get frozen vegetables, and make stir fry, chili, soups, etc and the vegetables are good for weeks. The other lifesafer for a vegan/vegetarian living alone or just wanting to be on a budget are canned beans. They're cheap as heck, and the possibilities are endless of what you can do with them.

One of my favorite recipes is a chili recipe my boyfriend shared with me. Here it is. It has cheese on it, but you can just leave that off making it vegan! You could cut the recipe in half if you wanted to only have 1-2 servings, but like I said, I'd recommend making more!

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Re: Cooking for one? - December 2nd 2015, 03:51 PM

The best advice I have is to buy lots of plastic and tupperware tubs that are suitable for freezing. That way you can freeze leftover food if you make bigger portions by following other recipes online

http://resourcefulcook.com/mealplans/browse/forone#1 I use this site a lot and find it really helpful, it's UK based so you might have to look up what brands you have in the US for certain food products and it also has options for vegan meals.
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