I love to cook. Well, I love to cook for two. But when it comes to cooking for one, I tend to get boring: quesadillas, pasta, you get the drift. So this deployment, I have made a promise to myself to cook real, whole, healthy food, even if it is just for one.
So my new thing (at least in the past two weeks) is to cook out a big side (farro), a protein (lots of tofu) and some veggies and eat it for a few days. Boring, I know, but it keeps me from eating pasta every night or cheese and crackers (although I have broken down and done that once also). I’ve also realized that without Q around I am 90% vegetarian. I don’t know if I am so sick of cooking pounds of chicken every night or what, but I go days without eating meat!
So here are some of my cooking for one favorites:
Farro (especially the 10-minute kind from Trader Joe’s) – So versatile, so delicious, and my favorite grain. Other favorite grains: brown rice, bulgur and barley: all easy, easy, easy! (Recipes: Kale & Farro Salad, One Pot Farro with Tomatoes, Roasted Farro with Greens)
Tofu – Bake it out in the toaster oven for 10 minutes at 375 with some spices and toss it in a salad or over grains. (Recipe: Baked Tofu & Quinoa with Spinach and Chickpeas)
Black Beans – To eat with eggs, or over rice served with avocado and a little chicken. (Recipe: Mexican Chicken Bowls or Turkey Skillet)
Eggs - The easiest 3-minute dinner: crack two eggs into a mug sprayed with Pam, sprinkle with salt and pepper, microwave for 60 seconds until cooked through; place on a toasted English Muffin; top with salsa, avocado and a little cheese- voila! (Or this Orange Sesame Chicken with some scrambled eggs on top)
Hummus – Tapas plate for one: hummus, pita chips, olives (no protein, I know)
Greek Yogurt, Berries and Granola – Who is against having a little breakfast for dinner in the form of a parfait?
Stir Fry or Fried Rice- I toss all of my veggies and rice into a wok, add teriyaki or sesame ginger dressing, crack an egg and cook it up. This is one of those big meals that will last me for a few days.
A Big Ol’ Salad – I toss in everything but the kitchen sink in to my salads: a few cranberries, pecans, chicken or tofu and a quarter of an avocado over mixed greens with champagne or raspberry vinaigrette. Toss in a whole bunch of lettuce for the ultimate filler (you will get stuffed quickly) and you are done. If you think you’ll need a little something extra, I go with a piece of homemade wheat bread on the side. (Recipe: Butter Lettuce Salad with Wasabi Dressing)
What are some of your cooking for one favorites?