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  • Writer's pictureLori Hammer

The Freedom Feast: Cooking for One After Divorce

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Life after divorce can be a profound journey of self-discovery, and what better way to embrace this new chapter than by exploring the joys of cooking for one? Welcome to “The Freedom Feast,” where we celebrate the art of creating simple, delicious meals that cater to your taste buds and your newfound independence.

Embracing Your Culinary Independence

Cooking for one doesn’t have to be a somber affair. It’s an opportunity to experiment with flavors, textures, and ingredients that you love—without compromise. Gone are the days of catering to someone else’s preferences. Now, the kitchen is your playground, and you’re the head chef.

The One-Pot Wonder

Let’s kick things off with a recipe that’s as easy as it is tasty—the One-Pot Pasta Primavera. This dish is a vibrant mix of fresh vegetables and pasta, all cooked together in a single pot to save on washing up.


  • 2 cups of your favorite pasta

  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 zucchini, sliced

  • 1 bell pepper, chopped

  • 1/2 cup of peas

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 cups of vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the garlic until fragrant.

  2. Add the pasta, tomatoes, zucchini, bell pepper, peas, and vegetable broth.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until the pasta is cooked and the liquid has reduced to a sauce.

  4. Season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired.

  5. Serve hot and enjoy the medley of flavors!

Sweet Solo Satisfaction

For dessert, why not treat yourself to a No-Bake Cheesecake Jar? It’s the perfect portion for one and requires no oven time.


  • 1/2 cup of crushed graham crackers

  • 1 tablespoon of melted butter

  • 1/2 cup of cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract

  • Fresh berries for topping


  1. Mix the crushed graham crackers with melted butter and press into the bottom of a jar.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth.

  3. Spoon the cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker base.

  4. Top with fresh berries and refrigerate for at least an hour before indulging.

The Joy of Cooking for Yourself

Cooking for one is more than just preparing food; it’s a form of self-care. It’s about making choices that delight and satisfy you. So, set the table, light a candle, and savor every bite. This is your time, your meal, your Freedom Feast.

Remember, the key to enjoying cooking for one is to see it as a celebration of your individuality. Each meal is a chance to nourish your body and soul, and to relish the freedom that comes with making choices that are all your own. Bon appétit!

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