Living Single - Cooking Single
When dining alone it can be tempting to call for take-out, swing through a fast food restaurant or skip meals. With some quick tips and simple suggestions, it can be easy and quick to prepare delicious, healthy, and balanced meals.
Convenient and Healthy Suggestions
- Dried pasta and bottled sauce. Pasta is both versatile and inexpensive. Add a chicken breast, fresh mushrooms and garlic for a tasty balanced meal.
- Deli meats. What is easier than making a sandwich? Go for the unprocessed choices to keep the sodium content under control. Add Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato to roast beef, chicken or turkey. Now that is a sandwich!
- Rice. Toss together some fresh or frozen vegetables, a few ounces of canned chicken or tuna and some low-fat dressing. Try instant brown rice, which is quick and adds extra fiber.
- Salads. Toss in your favorite vegetables; add some chickpeas, low-fat cheese and sunflower seeds. Add a chicken breast or shrimp. Experiment with different vinegars as a dressing.
- Bagel pizza. Buy a roasted tomato bagel, lightly spread tomato or pizza sauce, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Add mushrooms, olives and banana peppers for some extra zing!
- Spread humus over whole-wheat pizza bread; add roasted pepper and green olives.
- Blender breakfast. Combine soymilk, fruit and yogurt for a quick, delicious jump start to your day.
- Banana Split. Cut a banana and place into a dish. Add low or non-fat vanilla or lemon-frozen yogurt. Top with frozen strawberries and canned crushed pineapple. Desert in just minutes.
- Low-fat frozen dinners. To add fiber to a simple, quick meal, add some fresh vegetables.
- Buy in bulk. Pre-packaged, individual servings are often more expensive than larger bulk quantities. To avoid buying individuals servings, buy in bulk and divide items into single portions and store/freeze right away.
- Be creative with leftovers. Sunday’s roast chicken and vegetables can make a wonderful casserole or stir-fry on Monday. Saturday night’s chili becomes a topper for a Tuesday taco salad or baked potato.
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