A Single Suggestion: Cooking in Sides!

This is my favorite tip regarding cooking for one.  It just allows me to cook so many interesting and varied dishes.  So take note…

COOK IN SIDES!

What I mean is this:If you cook all side dishes, you can vary your meal of 3-5 sides each night.  It makes for a brand new meal each night and saves you time and money.

What you need: Lots of tupperware!  But I love tupperware, and it’s cheap – so it’s okay.

What you do: Pick a day of the week that you have some extra time to prepare dinner.  It doesn’t require a lot of time, but rather forward thinking and a plan.  Plan to make about 6-8 side dishes that serve about 4.  Vary it in terms of ingredients and general kinds of foods.  You can split it up over two days, too.  Make 3-4 sides dishes at the beginning of the week and 3-4 dishes at the end.  Then you can have a constant rotation of sides from which to make your meals.

Here’s an example:

Make –
Day 1: Turkey Chili, Rice, Steamed vegetables, Hamburger patties, Spinach salad mix (save dressing)
Day 4: Southern green beans, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pears, Pasta salad, Grilled boneless chicken

Eat –
Day 1: Chili and spinach Salad
Day 2: Hamburgers with steamed veggies
Day 3: Chili over rice, steamed veggies
Day 4: Grilled chicken, green beans, roasted potatoes and pears
Day 5: Hamburgers, pasta salad
Day 6: Grilled chicken, rice, spinach salad
Day 7: Chili, roasted potatoes and pears

Add extra no-prep sides as needed – such as garlic bread, fruit, yogurt, and fresh vegetables.

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1 Response to “A Single Suggestion: Cooking in Sides!”


  1. 1 cooking contests March 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I am a single mom and this sounds like a great plan! Thanks.


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