Cooking for one

It’s easy to get by on bread, butter and tea alone when you’re on your own in the house. But try to cook something for yourself most days if you can. Whether you are a student or an older person living on your own you can learn to cook tasty, healthy and inexpensive meals.

Here are a few tips to make it easier

  • Create a meal plan – your weekly meal planner will make shopping easier while also ensuring that you have everything you need when you’re ready to cook
  • Try casserole dishes – there’s less preparation when you throw in the meat, veggies and potatoes all at once
  • Cook large amounts, then freeze some individual portions to eat later
  • Keep a well-stocked food cupboard so that you always have some ingredients to hand to make meal
  • Re-invent leftovers – if you don’t want to eat the same meal twice plan meals so that you can use the leftovers in new dishes. For example bake chicken for tonight’s meal and use leftovers for tomorrow’s sandwich

Our cupboard contains

  • Rice, pasta, noodles, instant mash, porridge, breakfast cereals
  • Tinned vegetables (e.g. sweetcorn, tomatoes), fruit tinned in its own juice, tinned or packet soups. Go for brands that are lower in sugar and salt.
  • Dried milk powder, evaporated or condensed milk (can be used if you run out of fresh milk), tinned rice pudding, ready-made or tinned custard
  • Corned beef, tinned fish (e.g. tuna, mackerel, sardines), baked beans, tinned peas, tinned pulses (like kidney beans, button beans, chickpeas, lentils)
  • Stock cubes, gravy granules, tomato sauce and puree, dried herbs, pepper, tea, coffee, sugar or sweetener, cocoa/drinking chocolate, jelly, plain biscuits

Recipes that can be easily frozen

Recipes that use up what’s left in your cupboard