This weekend will put an end to that as I miss good homecooked dinners and budget-friendly and portable leftovers for my lunches. As I finally get my kitchen clean, here are a few recipes that have been spotted lately and successfully halved to accomodate my single status.
Jar of pasta sauce? Check.
Angel hair or spaghetti noodles? Yeppers.
Shredded cheese? Absolutely.
Skip any notion of making a homemade sauce for this - who has the time? Instead, this 3-ingredient dinner is perfect for nights you can't think straight after work.
This dish is seriously impossible to screw up. Boil noodles. Alternatively layer with sauce and cheese. Bake. Pair with a salad. Eat.
The nice thing is that you can boost the nutrition on this by upgrading to whole-wheat noodles or varying the flavors by trying different pasta sauce. I would recommend, however, skipping the cheddar cheese, which is a little out of place with an Italian-esque dish.
5 out 5 forks
Mini Ham & Cheese Quinoa Cups
After a mediocre attempt at Mac and Cheese and a botched attempt at breakfast cereal, these Ham and Cheese Cups finally stuck.
Since I'm still convincing myself I like the flavor of quinoa, I left out the shredded zucchini and doubled the diced ham. Apart from cutting everything else in half, I followed the recipe to a T.
These are definitely reminisient of mini quiche bites but crunchier. They make for a filling meal, reheat well for leftovers, and double as a unique breakfast. A half recipe produced 18 mini cups or 3 servings.
You could also easily customize this by doing all veggies or trying different cheese types.
4.5 out of 5 forks
Chicken Fried Rice
I confess that the cook in me totally deviated from the recipe in the link, but I did use it as a start place to get the cooking method right. Besides, some recipes aren't a science but a playful experiment.
I cooked up my chicken with sesame oil and sriracha sauce, skipped onions but seasoned the chicken with onion powder, replaced the butter with spray when cooking up the egg, divided the soy sauce between the egg and the chicken/rice, and used a touch of garlic olive oil when frying everything up.
Tonight I'm returning to this dish to reduce the soy sauce (even reduced sodium is a salt bomb!), use brown basmati rice, and see if this vegetable hater can stomach adding a serving of peas to make this a complete meal.
5 out of 5 folks
What have you been cooking lately?