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TOP TIPS: Cooking for one can be simple

Christine Perkin
Christine Perkin

IT'S NOT always easy to cook for one. You can put in a lot of effort for a single meal and who can be bothered.

Here are a few simple ways of making a decent meal with less effort that you can try.

Sometimes it is harder to think of something to cook than cooking so we often take the easy way out but you can whip up a meal in minutes if you have the right ingredients. Think ahead and don't over-buy.

FRESH COOKING

A great simple dish with a good protein is haloumi and salad only take a few minutes to cook and taste great. I also like to make pan-fried salmon with rosemary potatoes and beans. Delicious. It doesn't have to be salmon, any fish will do.

Chrisanella salad is another lovely two-minute meal and don't forget a Caesar salad only takes a few minutes and you end up with a healthy, tasty meal. Check the website for recipes. No excuse to buy takeaway or go hungry.

FREEZING

I am a real fan of freezing in portion size, it makes life so much easier.

You can buy takeaway containers from your supermarket and reuse them as few times. Just write on the top of the container what the contents are so you don't get a surprise when you defrost the contents.

I like to make up a batch of spaghetti bolognaise sauce which can be used with pasta and lasagne. It is also nice on nachos or baked potatoes. You can even freeze mashed potato into portions.

Don't be afraid to freeze a roast including all the veggies and gravy or a casserole. The freezing process also seems to tenderise meat so it tastes even better.

SANDWICH PRESSES

Sandwich presses are handy for cooking for one or two. Quick and easy, they cook both sides at once. You can use them for meat, sausages, haloumi, toasties, bacon, eggs, croutons, bruschetta or even pizza.

Just remember to season, taste and have garlic and olive oil on hand always.

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