Sometimes, especially at the end of a long day, the prospect of cooking just for one can feel daunting and too much like hard work – most definitely NOT something to get excited about. And you know what? It’s hardly surprising that we can feel that way when the impression we often get from the “outside world” is that it’s a boring and lonely task which can often be expensive and wasteful – so it’s no wonder so many of us choose instead to opt for a takeaway or ready meal – or just scoff whatever snack foods we have in the cupboards (which is fine sometimes but not the best long-term choice).
But shall I let you in on a secret? Those things that you’ve heard about cooking for one don’t HAVE to be the reality! But only if you’re prepared to change your attitude towards it. What do I mean by that? Well, as with so much in life, if you come at it from a “glass half empty” place then it’s unlikely you’ll ever see it as anything different – no matter what I or anyone else says or does to try and prove otherwise. However, if you’re willing to learn how the process can become one of excitement, joy and something that you look forward to, then it’s more likely those things will become reality. And you know what? You deserve SO much more than any of the options you can buy from your local fast food outlets.
Still not convinced? Well let me share some of the other benefits to cooking for one:
- It can be SO much quicker than cooking for a crowd
- You get to choose exactly what YOU fancy – and prepare it how YOU like it – rather than having to consider other people’s likes, dislikes, dietary oddities etc. You like it spicy? You can have it spicy!
- You can eat when YOU like – rather than having to eat just because it’s the family’s allotted dinner time or someone else is hungry/has plans.The time spent in the kitchen preparing you meal can actually be relaxing and therapeutic – something we all need at the end of a long day. There’s something about preparing ingredients, stirring etc. that can be so transfixing and soothing – especially if you turn off your phone, stick on your favorite music and just let your mind wander.
- It doesn’t need to be perfect – nobody is judging you on what it tastes like or how it’s presented – the only opinion that matters here is yours. You make something and you don’t like it? You don’t have to make it again – and you don’t have to apologize to fellow diners for not tantalizing their taste-buds.
- If you have leftovers then they’re YOURS – you can decide what to do with them – whether that’s having them for lunch or dinner the next day, freezing them or, if you’re generous, sharing them with someone else.
All of that sounds pretty good right? So what are you waiting for?! Next time a solo supper is on the cards, don’t head straight for the nearest takeaway – head for your kitchen instead!