Happy Friday! I hope you have had a fantastic week. I wanted to stop by today to share some of my single girl cooking tips in coordination with this past week’s dinner plan.
I know that cooking full dinners for just one person can seem like a lot of work, expensive, time-consuming etc. I’ve made all those excuses as well! But, we have to eat and I think we can all agree that home cooked meals are not only healthier but if you plan them correctly, can also help you save money. Additionally, I love cooking! When I went through a period where I wasn’t really doing much of it because of all the cooking-for-one excuses, I found that I really missed it. I am so much more satisfied when I take the time to prepare and sit down to a home-cooked dinner most nights of the week even if I am just cooking for one.
Here is my dinner meal plan from this week including my single girl cooking tips & tricks for each meal:
- Buy your meat from a butcher. Denver friends! Go here and be prepared to never go elsewhere for meat. Game. Changer. For this recipe I just bought two breasts so I wouldn’t have a ton of leftovers.
- I used the 2nd breast for Wednesday’s lunch with leftover sweet potato quinoa salad. I prepped this lunch in a tupperware right away so it was all set to grab for Wednesday.
- While I was making the quinoa for this, I made a big batch for other meals this week.
Tuesday: Homemade bison burgers and watermelon. I don’t follow a recipe for my burgers but here is a good basic recipe. I used Whole Foods pretzel buns and topped my burger with goat cheese, sautéed mushrooms + red onions + kale, BBQ sauce and sprouts (burger topping indecisiveness).
- Take advantage of the freezer! I put any unused burger buns into the freezer right away. You can also freeze meat if you don’t think you will use it within a week.
- Find ways to use what you prep one night in other meals. I use the bison and sautéed veggies in Thursday’s dinner.
- Watermelon is easy to eat all week for snacks and a little something extra with dinner. I never have a problem getting through fruit.
Wednesday: Salmon with this Strawberry Pistachio Cabbage Salad (I am obsessed with the simple dressing in this salad!). I also tossed quinoa in the salad for some ‘umph.
- I only buy as much salmon from my meat market that will last 2 or 3 meals. Avoid getting pre-packaged fish, find a good butcher/meat market for better quality AND you can ask for just the right amount.
- When I am putting together my dinner, I also put together lunch for tomorrow which is all the above in a tupperware.
- Quinoa was already cooked from Monday.
- For grains and nuts find a grocery store with bulk bins. As with the meat, you can only get as much as you need. I also do this for random spices that I need to either refill or won’t use very often, Whole Foods and Sprouts both have bulk spices.
Thursday: Bison Burger Burrito Bowls – Leftover bison over quinoa, black beans, avocado, sautéed veggies from Tuesday night, salsa and cheese.
- Tonight’s dinner is all recycled leftovers which makes it come together super quick. A Thursday night bike ride keeps me out late so a quick and easy dinner is much-needed.
- I have a work lunch tomorrow but this could easily be made into Friday’s lunch if I didn’t.
Friday: Homemade pizza night! (a whole post with recipes is coming on this soon)
- I buy my dough from Trader Joe’s and as soon as I make my first pizza, I divide the dough in 4 pieces and put each piece into its own freezer-friendly ziploc bag. I freeze the other 3 pieces and simply take a bag out and let it sit in the fridge for 24 hours before my next pizza night. For a whopping price of 3-ish dollars, I get dough for 4 pizza nights!
- Unless I have a specific craving I will use up any extra veggies I have for pizza nights.
- If I buy pizza sauce (though I like bbq and other alternatives), I freeze what I don’t use right away.
Weekend dinners are usually a little more lax. I typically eat out for one dinner or take extra time to make whatever I am craving that day! I will work my way through any other leftovers from the week typically in huge kale “salad bowls”.
My top tips for single girl cooking:
- PLAN PLAN PLAN!
- Recycle leftovers.
- Use bulk bins and a good butcher to get just the amount you need.
- Cook what you can in bulk to use throughout the week.
- Use dinners to create next day lunches.
And there you have it! Hoping you have a wonderful weekend!
I would love to know! Do you have any other cooking for one tips or tricks? Tell me in the comment section below.