Cooking for one ::

Cooking for one or two people can be just as challenging as cooking for a large group. Some barriers to finding simple, healthy meals can be cost, food waste, and the difficulty of reducing a recipe. Preparing a menu for the week can help reduce food waste. You can plan to have “planned amounts” or leftover food or product that you repurpose in a different way. Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers promptly to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

Packing food items, such as meat, into meal-size portions and freezing can be a great way to purchase foods for sale but not cook them all at once. Use smaller pots and pans for cooking, they’ll be easier to handle, cook faster, and make portion sizes more convenient. Try to halve the number of recipes, just use half of all the ingredients in your recipe to make smaller portions.

Planning ahead can save money, time, and energy as well as provide a variety of meals full of different healthy options. Preparing simple foods early in the week can help you plan your meals for the week. You can cook chicken that can be used in soups, salads, casseroles, pasta, or in rice all week long. The use of minimal spices allows food to be used in many ways. Cooking for one or two people can be easy and healthy and with just a few easy steps you can save time and money!

The food bank also shared this recipe for Berry Farina.

healthy recipes videos

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has put together a series of healthy recipe videos that are available to watch on YouTube here.

About the Food Bank for Central and Eastern North Carolina: Food Bank for Central and Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food to people at risk of starvation in 34 counties in Central and Eastern North Carolina for 40 years. Food Bank serves a network of more than 900 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, Sandhills (south of Pines) and Wilmington.

The food bank doesn’t just feed the hungry; But it also works to benefit the health of the community. For this reason, in 2016 the Food Bank launched a division for Community Health and Engagement. With two nutritionists on staff, the Food Bank shares recipes, health tips and other resources for partner agencies and neighbors in need. Raleigh’s on-site educational kitchen offers cooking and nutrition education shows to highlight easy, quick, and low-cost recipes using healthy foods like whole grains, fresh produce, low-fat dairy, and lean meats.

Monthly articles from the food bank

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina shares regular articles on nutrition and health education so we know what to look for when we head to the grocery store and plan our healthy meals. Here are some of the articles they recently submitted to the WRAL Smart Shopper page.

Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup recipe (Image via Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina)
Roasted vegetables (Photo courtesy of the Food Bank for Central and Eastern North Carolina)
Tomato sauce recipe from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina


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