I remember when I first moved out how finding a rhythm in cooking and feeding myself was something that I had to learn in a completely new way. The fridge was not magically always full. I remember how I discovered food prepping and tried it out for a while. But how do you food prep for one?
I eat most of my meals at work and thought food prepping would be the best thing for me. So I premade salads for a whole week, made my own granola, and baked my own bread every weekend. This worked out really well for about 3 weeks and then life just happened and I did not have time to prepare everything. At the end of the day, it just did not fit my lifestyle and my schedule. In addition: I am cooking for one so preparing food is a fast thing to do.
Here is what I learned though and how I think you could make food prepping for one something to fit your schedule and your lifestyle.
Food prepping for one
Preparation is always key but not everything needs to be made ready. Instead of taking a few hours on a Sunday night where I would much rather like to chill out than to stand in the kitchen I have a few staples that are always in my fridge and make cooking a lot less complicated for me.
Here is a list of a few staples that I always have:
- Fresh seasonal veggies and greens
My strategy in food prepping for one is pretty simple. It is really important to me what I put in my body and I like to keep it simple, seasonal, fresh and as much as possible regional. I eat unprocessed food as much as possible and try to make things from scratch whenever I can. I personally eat about 90% vegetarian but when I do eat meat and fish I can really make sure the quality is great.
I personally take a few minutes every night to throw a few things together for the next day. I eat overnight oats almost every morning during the week. For lunch, I will often have roasted veggies or a salad. This all comes together in about 20 minutes.
I believe feeding yourself does not have to be pasta and premade sauces. I believe it can be simple and uncomplicated. Food prepping for one does not have to mean standing in your kitchen for hours on a Sunday night trying to schedule it all out. It can be flexible and spontaneous.
I know today’s blog is super practical but sometimes we just need a little practical encouragement, don’t you think?
PS: I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to eating for one if that is something you are interested in.