So many of us are now living and working solo that this lifestyle is now considered almost the norm in many cities around the world.

It is also means cooking solo and this can be a pain for many.

In conversation with nutritionist and blogger Melissa Ferozonni

Some trends that have meandered along for years have accelerated rapidly due to the impact of Covid. Working from home, e-commerce, the digitisation of retail, health and education, etc.

Another is the celebration of independence and the joys of solo life.

Many more of us are living alone and deliberately choosing this lifestyle. We are creating the life we desire and doing the things we love. We are making the most of the ‘in-between’ stage of relationships by taking control of our lives and lifestyle and embracing all the positives that it can offer.

I, for one, have chosen to go solo and can’t imagine living any other way.

The one hiccup? Cooking for one can be a pain.

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Cooking for one

I’m a nutritionist and health is important to me, but it has taken me ages to get into my own healthy routine because cooking for one can be so tedious.

Especially if, like me, you think cooking in general is a chore. Since I’m not tied to the desk of a 9-5 office job and I have no roommates, kids, or partner to schedule my day around, a cooking routine is easily forgotten and I’m often opting for take-away.

I don’t love slaving over a stove. I’ve got an oven but I can’t say I’ve ever used it. I like take-away coffees and yummy breakfast rolls from my local cafes, but this year I promised myself I’d practice more of what I preach and get my healthy on by cooking more at home.

Enter the Brekkie Bowl for One.

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For people on the go

This light and savoury breakfast bowl is perfect for anyone on the go who values health and wellbeing but doesn’t intend to spend their day fussing around the kitchen.

You’ll notice I’ve included a “mystery green” ingredient in the recipe below. This is your chance to explore a green that you’ve never tried before.

Green leaves. Perfect for the mystery green ingredient in a brekkie bowl for one

I bought a lemony variety of spinach I’d never heard of which inspired me to encourage you to do the same. You can try something you’ve never heard of too and expand your palate. Mustard greens are spicy. Dandelion greens are bitter. Lettuces can be buttery or sweet. Go for something new!

And if you need a little encouragement to eat your greens, see here.

THE BREKKIE BOWL FOR ONE

Organic Ingredients:

6 leaves of kale, chopped

6 leaves of mystery green, chopped

2 handfuls mushrooms – any variety, sliced

1 leak, chopped

1 green onion, chopped

1 or 2 eggs, poached

1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved

1 small or medium cucumber, chopped

1-2 tbsp coconut oil

1 small handful broccoli sprouts

1 tsp garlic salt

Sea salt to taste

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Optional:

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 lemon, juice of

Instructions:

In a saucepan, poach an egg or two 

In another pan, sauté leaks in coconut oil on medium heat

Add mushrooms, garlic powder, and sea salt and sauté until tender

Add kale and tomato, sauté until tender, and remove from heat

In a bowl, add chopped cucumbers, kale, and mystery green

Add sautéed veggies on top

Add poached egg and top with broccoli sprouts and green onion

I like to let the flavours of the sauté season my dish but you can add olive oil and lemon juice for more flavour.

Serve and enjoy!

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Having People Over? Here’s a healthy quinoa breakfast

Serves 4

Quinoa has long been a staple of Peruvian cuisine and by itself is a complete protein containing 21 amino acids, 10 of which are essential to our diets.

Quinoa is a superfood well worth introducing into your diet.

Not only does the high protein and fiber content of quinoa keep you fuller for longer, but also the regular consumption of certain amino acids, antioxidants, B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids found in quinoa have been associated with increased brain function.

I love using quinoa as an alternative to oatmeal. Served warm with fruit or nuts, it’s filling, comforting and delicious—with extra protein to kick-start the day!

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa, dry

2 cups water

1 banana, mashed

1 cinnamon stick

5 cloves

Pinch of salt

Got a craving for dessert, but wanting to keep it clean? Maybe our Luscious Reindeer Jaffa Protein Mousse recipe is right for you.

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and stir to combine. Bring the water to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the quinoa is cooked, roughly 15 minutes.

Remove the cinnamon stick and cloves. Enjoy!

Recipes by nutritionist and blogger Melissa Ferozonni

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