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Topic 8 - Posted May 2, 2018

 

Nutritious and Delicious - Cooking for One by Lindsey Bartelt

Let’s face it; we all get to that point where we ask the dreaded question, “What is for dinner tonight?” Throughout our lives, cooking can sometimes become a nuisance and it is hard to motivate oneself to cook healthy, vibrant meals. However, it is important that we don’t get to that point where we are popping Lean Cuisine meals into the microwave every day for lunch or live off of peanut butter toast. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to follow these easy steps to allow yourself convenience as well as focusing on staying healthy.

 

1. Live at the Deli section: The beautiful thing about the deli section at the grocery store is that it is done for you! You are able to select from a wide variety of stuffed chicken breasts, pasta salads, soups, stew meats, potato dishes and more. All you have to do is pop the meat into the oven for a short period of time and you have a gourmet meal for one.

 

2. Meal prep: Yes, meal planning might also be something that you dread. However, if you are able to find 25 core recipes that you really enjoy, rotate them so you don’t have to think too much. Here is a link to some amazing recipes for one that range from mushroom and herb omelets to banana oat baked French toast, to a Mediterranean grilled cheese sandwich.

 

Cooking for One: 25 Insanely Easy, Healthy Meals you Can Make in Minutes

 

3. Buy some fun appliances: When you move into your San Camillo apartment, invest in some appliances that will encourage you to continue to cook! Here are some BRILLIANT appliances that make cooking easy and delicious:

 

  • Pampered Chef’s Deep Covered Baker: I absolutely love my deep covered baker. I am able to cook almost everything in my oven while meat stays moist and pasta becomes soft. Click on the link above to learn more about the appliance details.
  • Crockpot: Crockpot’s are a given and is one of the best inventions known to mankind for cooking. You are able to pop in roasts, pasta dishes, Chinese dishes, and even bake cake without using a pan or spatula.

 

4. Save your leftovers: If you cook larger portions, you have a lot of options for meals in the future. Obviously, you can eat this meal throughout the rest of the week as leftovers. However, if you are anything like me, you can only eat a meal once or twice and then it sits in the fridge and you end up throwing it in the garbage 5 days from now. If you know that is who you are, use your FREEZER! Buy freezer safe, small containers that allow you to store the leftovers and take them out as you please. Lastly, you can always share food with your friends and neighbors in San Camillo.

 

5. Don’t overbuy produce: We are all guilty of it; we overbuy produce at the grocery store. Try making 1-2 trips to the store every week as you know what you need. Did you know that San Camillo has a transportation bus that goes to the grocery store every Tuesday and Thursday? Take advantage of this awesome amenity to make you a successful home chef.

 

Even though these tips seem easy to implement, I know that some of you are thinking “But, I hate cooking.” Or “Regardless, I do not want to cook.” That is okay too. We have an amazing culinary team lead by our very own, Chief Giuseppe. At San Camillo, we have several tremendous dining experiences that you will love. First off, we feature a Sunday brunch from 10:00am-12:30pm with complimentary mimosas. We have weekly cookouts during the weather appropriate months and also have happy hour three times per week!

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