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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Single Serving

This could be about two things. It could be about singles serving the world through their dedication to various causes and by being available to help all the married people out when they need it, etc.

Or it could be about eating.

Right now, I prefer the latter.

SO. I am on my third day of baked potatos. This is kinda OK with me because I am almost out of potatos and the spud is now blacklisted from my grocery cart. The end is in sight my baked potato friend! 

But still, being single poses its own set of challenges when it comes to eating thrifty, nutritious yet simple meals (and not having enough left overs that you could eat the same exact freaking thing until NEXT thanksgiving).

I have a really bad habit of eating a bowl of rice and/or a gardenburger patty (just the patty defrosted in the toaster oven) for dinner. (If you have a more disgusting dinner habit, please share it below in a comment. Winner of most disgusting dinner habit will be entitled to a bag of rice.)

My focus, as of late, has been shopping and menu planning so that I do not waste a ton of veggies every week. The only problem is that I get too lazy to cook the veggies. (Which means that tomorrow's blog is gonna have to be about making time for your relationship with yourself or some other cheezy-go-happy-sounding title). 

Regardless. What are some good ideas for simple, quick, single dish, single serving meals? Lets put the baked potato in its place!

Here is what I resort to (I am a vegetarian with an unhealthy attraction to carbs but remember, the Singlution is for everyone!):

A salad with lots of chunky yummy proteins and fruit and stuff
A baked potato
Tacos with whatever veggies are in the house sauteed up right quick
A baked sweet potato
Sandwiches with fresh veggies and other deliciousness
Chillie Killies (I know this is not spelled correctly and I am totally OK with it)
Brown rice

Comment back, yall! Put the name of the dish in the subject line for easy reference! 

Don't keep waiting around for someone to cook for or for someone to cook for you! Its your body so freaking feed it already. 


Amberly said...

I love food and this post. Here is my favorite recipe that is perfectly adaptable to any household size.

Spinach and Apple Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette

chopped apples
fresh spinach
caramelized pecans (or plain pecans are fine too)
to make it a meal, I add grilled chicken or goat cheese

salad dressing
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
dash of salt

The dressing sounds like a lot of work, but it is delicious and is also really good on a pasta salad with fresh veggies. Spinach is nice because it lasts forever in your fridge.

Anonymous said...

Pita Pizzas

Greek flat pita bread (can keep in the freezer for a long time
Jar of pasta sauce
your choice of cheese
fresh or canned veggies, or other toppings on hand

Grill in the oven/toaster oven at 375 degrees until cheese is melted

Anonymous said...

Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos

*These look like a little bit of work, but you can wrap them individually in foil and then eat them one by one when you want them*

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large chopped onion
4 cloves minced garlic
6 cups canned kidney beans, drained
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 pinch cayenne pepper
3 Tablespoons soy sauce
4 teaspoons dry mustard
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
12 flour tortillas, warmed
4 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatos

Saute onion and garlic in oil, add beans and heat until warm. Remove from heat and add all of the spices and soy sauce. Divide bean mixture and sweet potatoes evenly between tortillas, top with cheese. Bake for 12 minutes in oven at 350 degrees.