Cooking for One


When I was a young teen, our neighbor was a widow. Several times I visited during the evening meal and couldn’t understand why she ate while watching television. Now I understand. If you enjoy cooking, you may still, as a widow, take pleasure in creating meals. The problem usually is not preparing the food; it’s eating alone that’s difficult. A variety of healthy, delicious meals will enhance your eating experience, boost your health, and even improve your attitude.

Visit your local library for “cooking for one” cookbooks. E-cookbook are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The Internet has lots of options.

Internet sites on “cooking for one”

Cooking for One Cookbooks
   Cooking for One Cookbook: Loaded With Delicious, Healthy, Quick and Easy Recipes by Pauline Ferndale
Kitchen Secrets: How To Select, Store, Prepare and Cool Fresh Ingredients for One or More by  Barbara Lowery and Tony Delroy

Tips on cooking for one

If you would like to have your favorite recipe included, send me an email: You can also send me a photo of the dish and of your, if you like.

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In a small bowl blend the following until thoroughly mixed:

1/4 lb. low-fat hamburger
1 Tbs. milk
1/8 tsp. salt, pepper, garlic powder
1 Tbs. seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 Tbs. dried minced onions
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. ketchup or leftover marinara sauce
1 Tbs. seasoned bread crumbs

Form into a small loaf and place in the center of a microwavable dish.

Sweet Potato
Peel and cube a medium sweet potato and place in a small bowl. Add salt, pepper, and coat the potato with 1 tsp. of either olive oil or coconut oil. Place the potato around the small meatloaf.

Cook for 7 minutes on high in a covered dish. Top with some ketchup or marinara sauce.

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Dinner in a packet (recipe below) is one of my favorites.Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 10.01.40 PM

Pork Chop Dinner in a Packet
1         Pork Chop
½ T.  Olive Oil
6-8    Long-cut green beans
1/8     Onion, separated
Baby carrots sliced length-wise
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Garlic, Salt, Pepper
Sprig of Rosemary or ½ teas. of dried rosemary

Heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Sprinkle pork chop with garlic powder, salt and pepper. Sear the pork chop on both sides until brown. Reserve drippings.

Place pork chop in the center of a large piece of aluminum foil (about 16 inches). Layer green beans, onion pieces, baby carrots, potato and rosemary on top. (Some of the vegetables may fall around the meat.)

Stir 1 T. water into pork dripping and pour over the vegetables. Fold foil around mixture and place on a small cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Check if pork has reached the safe cooking temperature of 145 degrees. Baking time may be reduced if pork chop is thin.

Also try other meals in a packet:
Chicken and vegetables; Beef and vegetables
Chicken with tomatoes, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, seasoned with basil and              garlic

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