Seniors in Tamworth have been stepping up to the plate to learn how to make small, inexpensive and nutritious meals, at Cooking for One or Two workshops.
The sessions are now in full swing at Oak Tree Retirement Village, where groups of residents and visitors have been learning about nutrition, budgeting, meal preparation and more.
Eight participants were learning how to make a gnocchi, chicken and semi-dried tomato bake, and a pear crumble, when the NDL dropped 'round recently.
Village social club president Elaine Watts said she had two main reasons for getting involved.
"I like to encourage residents to join in with activities but, apart from that, I've gone from cooking for a family and a husband to being on my own - and I was getting completely sick of cooking," she said.
Mrs Watts said the classes had been "great".
"We've been covering one or two meals each time, and we've been given a recipe book each with various things - entrees, main meals, desserts."
The Benevolent Society is hosting the workshops in Tamworth and Armidale for people aged over 65, or 50-plus if Indigenous.
They will wind up in the coming week.
Australians have one of the highest life expectancies in the world but, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, almost three-quarters are at risk of malnutrition.