Friday, April 11, 2014

Cooking for 1

Recently a friend of mine confessed that she was at a loss for cooking for herself.  Her husband had recently passed away after a battle with cancer and she was trying to get back into the swing of things.  I realized that many people are in the same predicament, learning to cook for 1 person.  So I tested out a few recipes for people to try.  I looked for recipes that were healthy, interesting, and didn't break the budget for any one person.

 Avocados are one of my favorite super foods.  This is a meal jam packed with protein and fiber with the side of vegetables.  Keep in mind, avocados are a rich dense food. 

Egg Baked in Avocado
2 min prep time
15-20 min cook time
1 serving
·       1 egg
·       ½ avocado
·       pinch of cayenne pepper
·       pinch of salt
Preheat oven at 400 degrees.  Utilize a ramekin to bake the dish.
Scoop out part of the avocado.  (I tend to eat this part while preparing the dish) Carefully crack the egg and fill the spot in the avocado. 
Bake for 15-20 minutes and sprinkle with cayenne pepper and salt.  

My mother-in-law Magsy is a big fan of Chef Salads and so am I.  But I have a hard time dealing with the amount of fat and preservatives that come with the ingredients.   This is a lower fat version that has some great protein and tons of vitamins.

Spinach Chef Salad
5 min prep time
1 serving
·       ½ cup of strawberries
·        ¼ of your favorite dressing
·       2-3 slices of turkey
·       ¼ cup of chopped chicken
·       ¼ cup of croutons
·       2 cups of spinach
Grab a bowl and layer the bottom with spinach.  Then add the strawberries, turkey, chicken, and croutons on top.  

Frozen shrimp are a great staple to keep in your freezer.  You can easily make as much or as few of them as you like and enjoy something different than chicken. 

Baked Shrimp and Kale
5 min prep time
15-20 min cook time
1 serving
·       6-7 frozen shrimp
·       1 tablespoon olive oil
·       1 garlic clove or 1 tablespoon garlic powder
·       1 medium chopped tomato
·       1 cup of chopped Kale
·       lemon juice
Preheat oven at 400 degrees..
Use a small baking dish and layer the kale on the bottom, with the tomatoes. Toss vegetables with olive oil and garlic.   On top of them add the shrimp still frozen.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until shrimp are pink.  Add a squeeze of lemon juice on top.

Let me know what your favorite recipe for cooking for 1-2 people may be.

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