All too often, singles and couples turn to packaged foods and takeout because cooking doesn’t seem worth the effort, and who wants to eat leftovers for days? 

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But a diet of restaurant meals and processed food isn’t so great for your health or your weight. When you make your own meals, you can control what goes into them. Below we have tips for taking advantage of small appliances and streamlining meal prep to make cooking at home more manageable.

To view each tip, click or hover over the black dots on the illustration below (or tap if you’re using a mobile device). 

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illustration: Chris Philpot

Products That Can Help

Find more info here on the appliances we recommend when cooking for one or two:

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Ninja AF100

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Editor’s Note: A version of this article also appeared in the May 2021 issue of Consumer Reports On Health.