Archive for the ‘Cooking for 1’ Category
On this fine Labor Day Monday all any girl wants is a delicious, BBQ shredded chicken sandwich. I mean, right?
This homemade BBQ sauce is quick to put together + makes about 2 cups that you can store in the fridge and use on whatever you’d like. When all is said and done, the shredded chicken will make about 2 sandwiches. Or just 1, piled high with a little bit leftover. No judging. || Read more
I’m certain that I am on some sort of mission to prove to myself that I can truly make dinner night by night using what I’ve got in my fridge, freezer, pantry and without going to the store or market. Seriously. It’s been days, weeks even, since I’ve gone to grab groceries. Blame it on the heat starting to turn up here in the desert or my lack of time to get creative in the kitchen. Tonight, I’m all of a sudden not feeling well and I need a quick fix before bed. || Read more
I am going to be very honest right now. I’ve had zero interest in grocery shopping lately and if you know me, I love shopping for veggies and other groceries. There’s just no time or energy.
In cases such as these, I rely on recipes exactly like this one. What’s already in my pantry? What veggies do I need to use up before they go bad? You get the drift.
With just a few simple staples you should already have in your pantry, this recipe is a quick and delicious dinner for 1 and takes very little effort. I’m all about cooking vegetarian when I’m in a bind or nothing sounds good to eat. Meat is expensive and takes time to cook, but feel free to add grilled chicken, shrimp, steak… Really, whatever you crave, into this dish to add some protein.
Same goes for the veggies. Don’t skip cooking the noodles in broth. Whatever you throw into your skillet to sauté? That’s up to you!
I literally had half of a zucchini and 3 mushrooms in my vegetable drawer that needed to be used up. I could have easily added some more veggies from my freezer but opted to keep it simple.
It’s all about using what you’ve got (and using that $$ you spent on said food).
Use what you’ve got and eat happy!
I have a confession. Fans + lovers of ricotta cheese look away because you will not find any in this lasagna recipe (sorry not sorry).
When I think of lasagna, a huge pan full of pasta, marinara and lots and lots of cheese come to mind. But honestly it’s just as easy to make for one or two people. Your best friend in this one will be a bread loaf pan.
For whatever reason when I was grabbing ingredients I needed for this recipe, I could only find no-cook lasagna noodles that were gluten free and made from rice. I decided to go for it.
I promise you won’t know the difference in texture or even taste so give it a try if you can find them! The noodles didn’t cook in certain areas around the edges but I’m certain that’s a quick fix with a hot water bath for 15 minutes before I assemble (the instructions on the rice noodles said not to soak in a bath before…perhaps another lesson in listening to my gut!).
As with most of my recipes, I’ll note a few spots where your differences in taste could replace what I’ve used. This is not baking folks! If you must have ricotta, use it! Vegetarian? No problem! Skip the ground turkey + use sliced mushrooms + ground carrots instead! Just don’t skimp on the cheese + do not use the fake stuff. Please!
Here’s what you’ll need: || Read more
Yikes. It’s been a bit since my last post and honestly, I haven’t been cooking or experimenting in the kitchen much these last few months. Tonight involved digging through the fridge to find what produce needed to be used up and about a ½ cup of orzo left in the box. Now that it’s getting hot out, I’ll definitely be relying on some lighter pasta dishes to get by this summer! Meat lovers, add grilled chicken or sausage to this dish! This serves 1 with enough for next day leftovers. I served mine with some steamed green beans to add color + crunch. || Read more
Start to finish, this quick dish took about 20 minutes and thank goodness. I had a lot of things to do tonight and making a complicated dinner was not one of them (I reserve that for Saturdays, remember?).
What’s even better? You only need a pot with a lid + you’ll have enough for leftovers for lunch next day. Win-win! Serves 2 or 1 + leftovers. || Read more