Most grocery stores have the same layout, with fresh foods (produce, meat, and dairy) on the perimeter of the store, and processed foods (with longer shelf lives) on the aisles in the middle of the store. Since we try to primarily eat whole, unprocessed foods, we tend to stick to the edges of the store as much as possible.
Craving some mashed potatoes? Rather than grabbing a box of dehydrated potato flakes, which is chock full of preservatives, pick up some potatoes, milk, and butter. With less than five minutes of prep time, you can have delicious, and more nutritious, homemade mashed potatoes.
Got a hunkering for some salsa? Don't reach for the jar conveniently located next to the bag of chips. Instead, pick up some tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic, and red onions. Throw them all in your blender and in no time you have fresh salsa that can be as salty and spicy as you choose.
Cooking for one can seem like a fool's errand - so much time and effort to feed just one person. The trick is to minimize your effort while maximizing your output, or in cooking terms, do as little prep work as possible to produce a lot of food (all while keeping costs down, of course). Here are some tips to make cooking for one easy and productive:
When comparing our options in the grocery store, we look at the ingredient list and ask ourselves a few key questions. How many ingredients do this have? Do I know what these ingredients are? Is sugar one of the first few ingredients? There’s no hard and fast rule, but generally the fewer ingredients, the better. The more easily pronounced ingredients, the better. The farther down sugar occurs on the ingredient list, the better (if it appears at all).