Time at the Table is Good For a Household of One

 

When you’re young, single, and constantly on the move, it can be difficult to find the time to stop and smell the roses.

What’s the secret to staying grounded in the midst of an active lifestyle? Cooking! 

Hannah, a single, career-oriented advertising and marketing professional and constantly-on-the-go millenial, admits that she sometimes gets caught up in the hustle and bustle of our whirlwind culture. 

 

Taking a Break at the Table Is A Good Thing for the Single Lifestyle

But at the end of the day she breaks away from the mainstream and makes a meal to center herself.

She says this, “Dinner time is an essential part to my day that I put a lot of thought into. It’s taken me a few years to find my rhythm and to find time to do it. But I love it and honestly, I almost never skip it.” 

 

Simplicity is the Key to Success in the Kitchen

Hannah’s key to success in the kitchen is simple: It’s simplicity.

She advises that meals “don’t have to be extravagant, fancy or the most creative dish. As long as you understand a few basic cooking principles and have basic ingredients in your kitchen, you can create so many dishes.”

She says that one of her best tips on cooking came from me, and that is having a well-stocked pantry with basic essentials. 

One of her favorite foods to prove this philosophy through is salad. She described a recent creation, “Mixed greens, blackened chicken, blueberries, stringed carrots, pumpkin seeds, onions, chunks of mozzarella with a simple olive oil and lemon dressing. It was amazing,” she said.

 

Finding What Works for You

Hannah believes that knowing how to cook is crucial for many reasons, and here’s one of the most important.

“We live in a very fast-paced world and have become disconnected,” she says, “so it’s  really important to sit down for dinner, whether it’s by yourself or with others, so you can have that time to slow down.”

Read the News story that inspired this podcast here.

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