The Single Lady's Guide to Cooking for One

Katie Sweeney

Sure, Carrie Bradshaw stored sweaters in her oven and ordered Chinese takeout, but that shouldn’t dictate the ideal single’s diet, right? We may follow her footsteps on many things, like her sartorial tendencies and her fearlessness in pursuing her dreams, but her diet—which consists of consuming cosmos and issues of Vogue—is perhaps not on par with the latest wellness trends. And we all want to be healthy, don’t we? So how do we stay healthy and cook more than just sweaters in our ovens as single gals?

With delivery apps making ordering a healthy meal easier than ever, it’s easy to give in to the no-cooking temptation. After all, what’s one more sushi order or Sakara Life meal? Who’s to judge if we decide to eat a Sweetgreen salad every night for a week? This all sounds well and good, except for one small detail: If our livers don’t suffer the consequences of healthy takeout, our wallets do. After all, these healthy meals are so much easier to make at home than we might initially anticipate, especially when all we can think of is What am I going to do with all this leftover food? I don't want to eat vegan chili for a week. With a few helpful tricks, you'll be on your way to cooking for one—and eating well. We promise it'll be better than frozen pizza.

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