How to Cook When You're Dining Alone

You don't need to pare down great recipes or live on takeout.
Here's how to make tasty, healthy meals when you're cooking for one.


Shop smart when you're cooking for one.

Cook More, Not Less

Cut Prep & Cleanup Time

Plan Balanced Meals

Use More Spice, Less Salt

Reduce the Recipe

Store Food Safely

  • Keep left overs after safe & nutritious by dividing them into shallow containers while still hot.
  • Then putting them in the fridge to cool.
  • Leave room because cold air needs to circulate to keep food safe.
  • Avoid storing leftovers in old containers.
  • Traces of foods like margarine, yogurt, or cheese can still linger, leading to cross-

Re-heat Right

  • When re-heating leftovers, stay safe by warming food to 165° Fahrenheit.
  • Check the food in several places with a meat thermometer.
  • For meat, be sure you check the temperature in the thickest part.
  • A microwave can leave cold spots where bacteria can survive.
  • So stir & rotate food a few times during reheating.

Experiment & Have Fun

  • Don't get stuck in a rut.
  • Try something new to spice up your menu.
  • Buy new cookbooks & clip recipes from magazines.
  • Buy new-to-you produce, sauces or condiments.
  • Try breakfast for dinner, an ethnic cuisine, or grow your own fresh herbs or veggies.

Eat With Friends

  • You don't have to cook & eat alone all the time.
  • Have family, friends, or neighbors over once a week.
  • Throw potluck suppers,join a community club, attend shul luncheons & Kiddishes, eat out
    occasionally, or volunteer at Meals On Wheels or the local Kosher soup kitchen.

Like Your Meal

  • When you are home alone for dinner, make it a treat.
  • Set your table in a cozy nook or out on your porch.
  • Put on music you love.
  • Bring out the good dishes & fresh flowers.
  • Relax, savor your food & admire your ability to cook a good, healthy meal for one.



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