Popular program helps Australians cooking for one or two


The Benevolent Society will again roll out its popular Cooking for One or Two program that provides older Australians living alone or in a two-person household with the chance to learn cooking, shopping and dietary tips and tricks from experts.

Launched mid-last year, the 2019 series of Cooking for One or Two kicks off this month in Tamworth and Armidale, New South Wales.

The five-week program includes educational workshops led by qualified health experts and hands-on cooking classes where participants practice cooking for one or two, before enjoying meals together at the end of each session.

“For some – particularly older Australians who are accustomed to cooking for a household of several people – adapting to cooking for only one or two can take training,” said Andrew Collins, Executive Director Ageing for The Benevolent Society.

“Not only do food quantities require adjustment but learning to make nutritious choices to best suit mature-aged health needs can also call for professional guidance.

Cooking for One or Two is designed to equip participants with practical knowledge to help their health as well as budget and be as much fun as it is educational. Participants pick up tips on basic cooking and nutrition for healthy ageing and the program also provides a great opportunity to make new friends.”

The weekly three-hour workshops start in the morning and cost just $7 per session (or $35 for the full five weeks) to cover the costs of ingredients. Participants cook together before enjoying their culinary creations together as a group.

Places are limited, and bookings are essential. For more information – including booking details – call 1800-236-762.

Top tips for cooking for one or two

  1. Prepare a shopping list of the food you need before you leave home. Your top three pantry items should be canned tuna, tinned tomatoes and canned beans.
  2. Buy canned fruit or fruit in a cup as they last longer. Add fruit to yoghurt or custard for a delicious and nutritious snack.
  3. Frozen and canned vegetables can easily be added to meals and count as part of your vegetable intake.
  4. Add extra protein to your meals with tinned beans and lentils. They will not hurt your budget!
  5. Always wash your hands regularly when preparing food.
  6. Add extra protein to your meals with tinned beans and lentils. They will not hurt your budget!
  7. Always wash your hands regularly when preparing food.

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