Cooking for One

Living on your own has its perks, but cooking isn’t one of them. I love cooking, but there is nothing I love less than cooking for myself. Before you reach for the phone to dial your friendly neighborhood Asian restaurant however, consider some delicious alternatives.

SOMETHING QUICK

When cooking for yourself, who wants the fuss of waiting for chicken to defrost or steak to marinate? My motto is: the quicker the cleanup, the better the meal. OK, maybe I just made that up, but few things are better than being able to prepare a meal before you are done with your first glass of wine. Raid your fridge and make yourself as hearty a salad as you like. Grab lettuce, spinach, arugula. Top that with some fresh (onions, peppers, tomatoes, squash, zucchini) or canned (beans, corn, peas) veggies. And if you are of the opinion, like me,¬†that a meal is not a meal unless it is warm, top off your salad with two fried eggs. Voila! Less than five minutes after your stomach gurgled, you are sitting at the dinner table munching on nature’s best meal.

 

SOMETHING SIMPLE

Nothing beats a quick meal! Unless, that is, your meal requires less ingredients than minutes it takes to prepare. For one of the simplest, most flavorful meals, grab two tortillas and make yourself a gourmet quesadilla. Add cheese and leftover chicken, or vegetables, or beans– the possibilities are limitless!

 

SOMETHING PACKAGED

Just because a frozen pizza box says “Cheese Pizza” doesn’t mean that your topping choices end there. Didn’t anyone ever teach you to think outside the box? Pop that frozen pizza in the oven for the required time and search your fridge for the most delicious toppings you can find. Leftover chicken? Delicious! How about some roasted red peppers, onions, tomatoes, shredded cheese? Every topping you add to your pizza is but another delicious layer of flavor and texture. Pile all the toppings on in the last five minutes so they warm up and the pizza absorbs the flavors.

 

While Rachael Ray says that “a good meal is never more than 30 minutes away”, I’d argue that an awesome meal for one can take as little as 15 minutes.Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy the quick, delicious meal you’ve just prepared yourself. And while you’re enjoying things, end your meal with SOMETHING SWEET with this delectable and, you guessed it, quick recipe for Cake In a Cup.

What are your favorite quick, simple, possible packaged, yet altogether delicious meals for one?

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    2 thoughts on “Cooking for One

    1. This is great advice! Cooking for one can seem stressful because you are doing everything yourself but it really doesn’t have to be. Making a quesadilla with all the random ingredients you have lying around is easy and delicious :) Frittatas and stir frys are two other meals that are so simple and can be made with a variety of different ingredients. I also think it’s important to have your kitchen stocked with essential spices and sauces because they are a great way to add flavour to a dish without making it complicated!

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    2. Love this! And the pizza idea is absolute brilliance. My quick go to is always pasta, I usually have vegetable or whole wheat in the pantry and a few sauces I love. Just boil a little bit of pasta, drain (but keep some of the water), quickly warm up the sauce (or mix of sauces) with fresh veggies and maybe some leftover chicken/turkey/beef, add a little bit of the starchy water y ya! It takes ten minutes to eat something warm and comforting.

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