Archive for the ‘cooking for 2’ Category
Leftover chicken thighs in the fridge led me to cook up a quick rice bowl. This is pretty versatile and you can also decide if you want to use, or have, fresh veggies instead of frozen. I also want you to trust your own senses. Don’t worry about getting the measuring spoons out and add what you like. Once the chicken is cooked, taste it and see if you need to add more seasoning.
Also, I only had some quick cook jasmine rice in my pantry so no judgement here. This is all about getting a meal put together quickly. This makes 2 servings, but next day leftovers are the best!
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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!
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Cooking for one or two is something I talk about a lot but this recipe adapted from livebetteramerica.com is something I refer to a lot when I’m looking for something easy and to switch up the weekly norm.
Not a fan of Sriracha or spicy? Don’t worry… this recipe is easily adaptable. You can use rice that’s not instant but you should precook it to make sure it gets fully cooked when the chicken + veggies are done. You can also use the microwaveable packets of rice you can find in the stores. Just dump the rice in a bowl with the water and let it sit for 5 minutes before draining and mixing with your vegetables. || Read more
A few days ago I made some kale + basil pesto and decided I’d use it again in a quick dish for dinner. I’m a huge fan of seeing what form of pasta is in my pantry and what leftover veggies I have in my fridge and making a meal out of them, especially when I’ve just come home from work and I’m starving!
This combo is a good one, so if you’re feeling like a trip to the store is needed, stick to the recipe. The 1 full cup of kale may seem like a lot but the nutritional benefits would tell you the more the merrier. Otherwise, send me your versions! I’d love to share them on my blog.
This makes about 2 servings, perfect leftovers for lunch at work the next day! || Read more
This dish was a good start and I thought I’d share the recipe along with some mix-in options (meat lovers rejoice!) because honestly, there’s always room for improvement especially with a quick-fix dish like this one.
The sweet mini peppers are usually found in a package or bag but you could substitute them for a favorite bell pepper if you wanted. Honestly these little guys pack a nice, sweet contrast in this dish. They’re worth a try! || Read more
This is another one of those dishes where it came down to what ingredients I had around. I had just grabbed a huge thing of organic baby spinach at the grocery store and had a bag of orzo pasta and thought why not put a fried egg on top? Quick, easy and pretty damn tasty! For added protein, you could add a serving of sunflower nuts (¼ cup is 7g of protein). I buy the roasted, no salt package you can find in most grocery stores.
You’ll need your microwave rice/pasta cooker and something to fry up your eggs.
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