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Simple Healthy Recipes for One

More than most daily activities, eating has been traditionally constructed as a Norman Rockwell-style social occasion. Whether it’s Mom, Dad, two kids, and a dog under the table or girlfriends out a trendy new restaurant, the images we see most often are of groups of people gathered around food together. Cooking utensils, cookbooks, and even food packaging are designed for families. Sadly, the exceptions focused on solo eaters tend to be the less healthy options, like frozen dinners. What can make stepping away from the frozen dinner easy?

One simple key is to find your eating style. You may already know it, since single people have the luxury of indulging their preferences as often as they like. Whether you do or not, acknowledging it in your meal planning is vital to your success in making yourself satisfying meals. Typical elements to think about:

  • Do you like monotony?
  • Will you eat leftovers?
  • What type of meals do you like: hearty, light, mixed dishes, separate sides, etc?
  • What do you feel deprived without? (Glass of wine, smoothie, steak, potatoes, etc?)
  • What are your favorites and what do you abhor?
  • Are you a grazer, do you prefer three square meals a day, or do you only have time to down a shake or energy bar for breakfast or lunch?

Once you’ve found your style, think about how to use it for inspiration and take pleasure in it. What can you do to create meals that meet your eating style? Share your ideas below.

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The problem with making a full batch of cookies is that you then have rather a lot of cookies to eat (8 dozen ginger snaps, anyone?). Of course, your coworkers and friends likely appreciate fresh cookies, but sometimes they’re dieting or you don’t have any social events but you still want a cookie.

The solution: refrigerator (or icebox) cookies!  You make the dough, roll it into a log, wrap it in waxed paper, add a layer of foil, and pop it into the freezer. (If you only very occasionally feel the need for a cookie, I would place the log in a freezer bag as well.)   Get a yen for a cookie?  Pull it out, slice off a few rounds and bake.  Voila!  Fresh cookies for one.

Classic cookbooks like Fannie Farmer or the Joy of Cooking all feature icebox cookies. My favorite icebox cookies growing up were a simple lemon cookie. If you want something trendier, try using the dough for 101 Cookbook’s Buckwheat cookies as refrigerator cookies.

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Inspired by my first taste of skordalia at the bar of a trendy restaurant, this has a strong garlic bite when freshly made. Try it on sandwiches (my mother uses it instead of mayo), crackers, or broiled lamb chops; with raw vegetables, or on triangles of pita bread. After 24 hours, it mellows and can be thinned with broth to make a soup instead.

3 medium carrots, well-scrubbed but not peeled
2 small cloves garlic
1/4 c hard cheese like Parmesan, grated
1 T red or white wine vinegar
2 t dried oregano or 2 T fresh oregano
1 t dried thyme
2 T olive oil

Chop carrots into chunks and steam in a few tablespoons of water until well done (in the microwave or on the stove). Reserve the cooking water. Place garlic and 1/3 c carrot cooking water into a blender or food processor and blend well. Add the herbs, oil, carrots, and vinegar and blend until smooth. Add more cooking water if necessary. Blend in the cheese, and serve immediately.

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