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15 Struggles of Cooking for One

Cooking healthy food for one person is no easy feat. It takes planning, prepping, and budgeting (do you use these 10 No-Sweat Meal Prep Tips from Pros?). It also may or may not involve a few harsh thoughts and a whole lot of screaming inside your head. Even the best cooks can relate to these single-serving struggles.

You have to decipher how to decrease the recipe for one person.

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What's 1/4 of a 1/3 cup?

Or make one recipe that serves four and space it out for the week.

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Meal prep FTW.

But that means you have to clean up for four too.

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There goes the rest of the evening.

Your freezer is overloaded with leftovers.

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'Cause you just can't eat it fast enough.

You have a constant feeling roomates are eating your delicacies.

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Who wouldn't want the beautiful food you make for yourself?

It takes you years to get through soy sauce, olive oil, breadcrumbs, and other pantry staples.

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But you can definitely taste when it's getting old.

All of your friends gift you mini "for one" cookware.

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That just isn't practical.

You never feel like you're utilizing all your space.

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You can only use so many burners at once, you know?

Your fridge is full of random, half-used things.

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It's not always easy to incorporate the parsnips from last night's dinner into tomorrow's lunch.

You make tiny, single-serve desserts cause you're too lazy to make the whole thing.

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Even though you deserve it!

But, again, cleaning up takes just as long as if you made a full batch.

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P.S. Mugs are impossible to clean after you've microwaved cake mix in it.

You feel pressure to justify food expenditures to your friends.

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What's so wrong with a single-serve chocolate fountain?!

By the end of the week, your fridge is empty.

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Literally all the food you bought went towards your planned meals.

Sunday afternoon is pretty much shot thanks to the chore of preparing the week's lunches.

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Even though it saves money, it's still exhausting.

Takeout always haunts you.

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Because it's just so easy, and always there, unlike your willpower.

But, really, nothing tastes better than a home-cooked meal made all by yourself.

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