15 Cooking Tips For Young Adults Living Alone For The First Time

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People who live alone: vote up the best cooking tips for a young adult's first time flying solo.

Living alone for the first time can be both exciting and challenging. Among the most common tips for living alone for the first time is to make sure you cook your meals instead of order in all the time. But knowing what to eat when you live alone is a listworthy topic itself! These young adult cooking tips aim to help with some of the stress of flying solo. Vote up your favorite ideas! 


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    5 VOTES

    Try Some Easy 'Fancy Pasta'

    From Redditor u/brightly_disguised:

    One of my favorite go-to’s recently has been “fancy pasta.” I boil some water and add either gnocchi or angel hair pasta. While that’s happening, I add olive oil to a pan and sauté some diced onion, garlic, and chopped mushrooms. I add in my favorite pasta sauce from a jar and season the sh*t out of it with black pepper, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and some red pepper flakes. I add in a little heavy cream if I want something a bit creamier. Then I’ll add in some frozen meatballs (thawed in the microwave), my pasta, and some spinach to the sauce. Dinner in less than 20 minutes and it tastes delicious!

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    4 VOTES

    Buy Food That Lasts And Freeze It In Single Portions

    From Redditor u/blub987:

    Buy stuff that lasts a while - eggs, tortillas, pasta, rice, flour, sugar, cheese, bouillon, cabbage, carrots, onions, garlic, frozen peas/veggies, meat/bacon that you can then split up and freeze in single-serving portions.

    Also: canned tuna, canned sardines, canned tomatoes, butter, vegetable or olive oil, salt, pepper, spices.

    I also have canned soups, instant ramen, and boxed Mac and cheese for when I’m lazy because it prevents me from eating out. Half a box of Mac and cheese on occasion with peas and tuna mixed in isn’t too terribly bad for a normal healthy person.

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    13 VOTES

    Learn To Make Smoothies

    From Redditor u/theblindassasin:

    I like to make smoothies with a banana and a handful of frozen fruit and spinach.

    Homemade granola from finely chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans) tossed with cinnamon and warmed maple syrup and baked for 15 [minutes] at 350 [degrees]. You can add other items like raisins, chia seeds, pumpkins seeds, etc.

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    Green Olives Make Everything Fancier

    From Redditor u/nrealistic:

    I'd add breadcrumbs (ideally panko) and green olives to your grocery list. Green olives make lettuce into a salad, but they also make rice fancy and you can use the brine to fry chicken. You never know when breadcrumbs will be useful. In the past few weeks I've used them to make canned salmon into air-fried salmon sliders, fried mozzarella balls, and to top a spinach casserole.

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    4 VOTES

    Invest In Some Good Kitchen Tools

    From Redditor u/IMadeThisForTheForum:

    I would also put these on your list: cast iron pan, small food processor, cutting board, nice knife and knife sharpener, cooling rack, set of glass food storage, meat thermometer, [and] a long set of tongs.

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    Make Quick 'N' Easy Fried Rice

    From Redditor u/MoonRise93:

    Mix together some cooked rice, a bag of frozen peas and carrots, and some scrambled eggs. Pour over a little bit of soy sauce and sesame seed oil and you've got some really great fried rice. The leftovers taste great and it's easy to make.