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Healthy cooking for the individual

March 4, 2015

Here’s a great idea…
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD says, “The best part of cooking for one is that there are no worries about what anyone else wants for dinner. You have the flexibility to enjoy beans with salsa and avocado or a quick omelet with veggies for dinner if you want.”

In other words…
So for National Nutrition Month celebrate yourself by preparing your favorite, easy good for you dishes! You won’t have to worry about creating lots of food waste and extra dirty dishes either when you apply some easy tips to make the most of your shopping trips, ingredients and food preparation time.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
Cook a batch of whole grains such as brown rice or barley and freeze them in individual portions using a muffin pan. Once froze, the portions can be stored in a freezer bag and reheated quickly in the microwave or stovetop for later use. Visit the bulk bins at your grocery store so you can buy exactly what you need. Purchase frozen produce for your one-pot soups, smoothies and stir-fries as you can portion out what you need without worrying about it going bad. Eggs, an excellent source of protein and nutrients like biotin, make a meal for one as they are quick cooking and pair nicely with a variety of grains, vegetables and cheeses.

To find out more…
About easy and inexpensive recipes that use fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins click here: http://uaex.edu/health-living/food-nutrition/eating-well/healthy-recipes.aspx or for more on National Nutrition Month: http://www.nationalnutritionmonth.org/nnm/.

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