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Cooking for one allows you the flexibility of not having to please everyone's pallet, the ability to cook once and eat twice, and many dishes can be created in minutes. 

Cooking for one can be a challenge as most recipes are written for four to ten servings. On the up side, when cooking for one, you can adjust the flavors and foods to your preferences! Use the tips below to help when you’re cooking for one.

Freeze extra portions

Is the package of meat, poultry, or fish too big for one meal? Freeze the extra in single servings for easy use in future meals or have your Fareway Meat Experts package your meat in single servings for you!

Cook once, eat twice

Making chili? Store your leftovers in small, individual portions for an easy heat-and-eat meal. Serve over rice or a baked potato to change it up! Use this technique for other dishes such as stews or casseroles as well.

Sip on smoothies

A smoothie for one is easy! Blend low-fat yogurt or milk with fresh, frozen, canned, or even overripe fruits and you have a fast and nutritious meal or snack.

Use a toaster oven

Small, convenient, quick to heat! Toaster ovens are perfect for broiling fish fillets, roasting small vegetables, or heating up a bean burrito.

Change the recipe

You can adjust your recipes to make fewer servings by simply converting the measurements.

Recipe Calls For:

To Halve the Recipe:

1 Tablespoon

1 ½ teaspoons

1/8 cup

1 Tablespoon

1/3 cup

2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons

½ cup

¼ cup

2/3 cup

1/3 cup

¾ cup

6 Tablespoons

1 cup

½ cup

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Caitlyn Ferin RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Caitlyn graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Dietetics. She has worked in nutrition at Mid Iowa Community Action and as a clinical dietitian for the Iowa Veterans Home and Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center. Her goal is to help you and your family develop and maintain healthy lifestyles by sharing creative and practical nutrition tips.

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