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Do you have recipes for single people?

I have recently been diagnosed with CHF [Congestive Heart Failure] and have been placed on a 2000 mg low sodium diet. Your recipes sound wonderful, but I am cooking for ONE. Would you find some recipes for single people, please?

Dr. Gourmet Says....

Older woman at a grocery store selecting broccoli

I do realize the challenge in cooking for one person. Often our recipes can be divided to serve one or two or will keep well to use as leftovers. For breakfast, for example, the pancake recipes can be divided to make only one serving, and all of the muffin and quick bread recipes keep well. Our low sodium main course recipes are listed in our Low Sodium Diet section.

We now have a recipe index specifically for those cooking for one or two people. These recipes typically take thirty minutes or less to cook and will keep well so that if you're cooking for one, you can make a recipe that serves two and you'll have tomorrow's lunch or dinner as well. (Note that not all of those recipes will be low in sodium, but every recipe is labeled as to whether they are appropriate for a low sodium diet.)

We also have an index of all of the Dr. Gourmet main course recipes listed by the number of servings they make and further broken down by cooking time. So you can easily find a recipe that serves 4, for example, and choose from recipes as quick as 30 minutes or less or up to several hours. Recipes that take longer usually yield more servings and make great recipes to cook on the weekends to take for lunches during the week.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS
Dr. Gourmet