Monday, April 27, 2015

Recipe Roundup: 10 recipes for cooking for one

Cooking for one can be a tricky thing when most recipes are for 4-6. Fear not: here we have a great round up of healthy, delicious recipes all scaled for one!

Cutting board of nibbles. Sometimes you just don't feel like cooking. Instead of reaching for your phone to order in, just arrange a few little things onto a cutting board and enjoy a simple meal. Above I have a small wedge of cheese, apple and pepper slices, whole grain crackers and a hard boiled egg. All food groups covered, minimal effort!
 
Shiitake + Avocado Sammie by Karman of The Nutrition Adventure
Think beyond the PB+J with this filling, delicious sammie that is nourishing and filling - perfect meal for one! Click here for full recipe.

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Molletes  - an open-face sandwich from Mexico introduces to me by a dear Mexican friend of mine! Preheat your broiler. Grab a bolillo, a french-style french bread and spread  it with refried beans and shredded cheese. Toast until warmed through and bubbly and then top with fresh pico de gallo. Sounds simple, and it is, but it is also damn delicious. Click here for one recipe option and scale for your needs!

Tomato Salad Stack
Tomato Salad Stack  by Jamila René Lepore, MS, RD/N of No Nonsense Nutrition  
This is a delicious dinner that looks fancy enough to serve to a date, but easy enough to make for yourself on a week night. Perfect for a Meatless Monday dinner! Click here for full recipe

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Salad Nicoice: This classic french salad is a perfect meal in a bowl that is also scaled for one. Hard boil an egg or two as well as some new red potatoes. Meanwhile, arrange some crunchy lettuce on a plate and top with a drained can or tuna, a sliced roma tomato, a handful of green beans (frozen and nuked is easiest) pitted black olives and your favorite vignette. Add your cooked egg and potatoes when they're ready and bon appetite!

A Salad with Split Peas and Soft-Boiled Eggs. Cook split peas (similar to lentils) in plenty of boiling salted water until tender and a bit al dente (about 20-30 minutes). Drain and dress with olive oil, salt, pepper, balsamic, and garlic. Meanwhile, soft-boiled eggs are basically hard-boiled eggs cooked for less time. This makes a runnier yolk and more tender white. For the egg, boil water, add egg (in shell), turn off heat, cover and cook for about 5 minutes. Remove and peel under water. On a bed of greens dressed with a bit of olive oil, add peas, tomatoes, cheese, and top with the  soft-cooked egg. A dijon-balsamic vinaigrette would also complement the egg nicely. Recipe by Kelly Dumke of Off The Wall.

Dutch Baby Personal Pan Pizza by Rachael Hartley of Avocado A Day Nutrition
Dutch baby personal pan pizza
In less time than it takes to have pizza delivered, Rachael has a fantastic recipe for pizza + salad all on one plate! The base is an airy crust that comes out of the oven just in time to receive a delicious salad topping! Click here for full recipe.

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Baked Potato + Toppings. Skip the oven and nuke a baked potato until soft. Add blanched broccoli and cheddar or chili and cheddar (I like Amy's brand soups and chili).

Spaghetti Squash: Cut a spaghetti squash in half and use an ice-cream scoop to get rid of seeds and any stringy gunk. Nuke for 5-10 minutes or until the strands separate easily with a fork and are tender. Add scrambled egg, cooked Italian sausage or just keep it simple with pasta sauce or pesto. More details here.

Strata is a great little mixture of stale bread cubes, eggs, milk, cheese and veggies. Basically a whole meal of nutrition in one dish. Easily scaled down to one or up for a crowd, make as much (or as little) as you'll eat. Pour the mixture into an oven safe dish and bake in the oven or toaster oven until puffed up and browned. 

What is your favorite meal for one? 

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