In March I published a giant how-to on meal prepping for an entire week. It makes a crazy amount of food, most of which you can freeze if you don’t use. It’s great for couples and families, and shows how to realistically cook a lot of food with just a couple hours.
Meal Prepping for One Person
But meal prepping for exactly one person? That’s tough. If you’ve ever tried to portion out food, you know exactly what I mean. When I cook for only myself, I can try to plan for exactly one meal and no more, then <BOOM> I have enough food for the neighborhood.
I actually plan to cook a bit more than I need now, because I’ll always have enough for someone else to drop in, or for my leftovers. Here are some quick tips for cooking solo and not wasting food:
Batch your time and cook a few meals. Plan on having chicken breasts and veggies in the oven, and rice and ground beef on the stove. This way your prep and cleanup time is batched, too.
Invest in good food storage for leftovers. I love Pyrex. It's glass, so you don't have to worry about any weird staining or warping. It freezes and cleans easy, too.
You can freeze meals you won't eat for a few days, and refrigerate the rest.
Keep a can of tuna or chicken, and frozen vegetables as a backup. If you run out of food or forget to plan, you can always pop open a can, saute the vegetables, and there you have a meal. If you don't have guests, you don’t have to impress anybody but yourself.