I ran into my girlfriend at the supermarket the other day and saw her buying every kind of dried fruit imaginable: pineapple, blueberries, cherries, apples, figs, mango, strawberries and more. I asked her what she was thinking, and she simply stated that dried fruit, along with the boxes of cereal in her trolley wouldn’t go off, and could therefore serve as breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next few days. Sound appetising? I don’t think so!

As I waited for her to check out and saw her dried fruit and cereal clocking in at around £50, I thought, there has to be a better way for a single girl to eat!

If you’re like my girlfriend, and the following descriptions sound like you, read on for the solutions!

Problems

You’re busy. – After work and (hopefully) hitting the gym, you’re starving and just want to go home and relax.

You live alone. – Yep, it’s you and Cuddles the cat or Fido the dog.

You enjoy eating out. – Mexican, Chinese, Italian, sushi, pizza … yum!

Cooking for one isn’t worth it. – It’s not that you’re afraid of the kitchen - you just don’t want to slave over a meal without anyone there to ooh and aah.

Follow these tips and you’ll see how you can save time and money, enjoy cooking at home and eat healthier, all at the same time.

Solutions

Once a week – Go grocery shopping once a week and grab a mix of fresh fruits and veg, dairy products, meat or fish, tinned beans and pulses and wholegrain carbs.

*Tip: Stay away from the inner aisles – they're full of the not-so-good-for-you convenience foods!

Invite a friend – It’s true - cooking for one is no fun, so invite a friend over and cook together. Drinking wine and talking makes all that chopping, steaming and baking go much faster!

Empty pockets – Dining out and ordering in (plus tip) certainly adds up, and it’s ridiculous to spend so much money on food, especially when you want those must-have new shoes!

Easy does it – Cooking for one is worth it with these quick and tasty recipes. The quantities listed below will leave you with leftovers!

Fast fajitas: Fry 500 grams of minced turkey or beef with fajita seasoning. Shred some iceberg lettuce and chop a tomato. Heat up a can of refried beans, wrap the whole lot in a warmed flour tortilla and top with cheese, salsa or sour cream. (Use plain yogurt instead of sour cream if you’re watching the calories and fat).

Fish or prawns: Bake a fillet of salmon, sole or other fish in the oven for about 20 minutes along with some sweet potatoes. Serve with some steamed vegetables and a glass of wine! Or buy pre-peeled prawns and throw them into a stir-fry with some chopped veg and soy or chilli sauce. Serve with noodles or rice.

Prefer a vegetarian option?

Pasta & broccoli: Cook your favourite pasta and steam some chopped-up broccoli. Toss with olive oil, chilli flakes and parmesan cheese.

Moral- Single girls with shopping trolleys can live happily ever after! Oh, and keep the dried fruit for snacks.