These three meals for one are some of the simplest and best tasting ways to get out of cooking every night, so treat yo self to great food and rest this week!
Ok, fine, I’ll admit it. I have no concept of time management. From school to my social life, trying to be a “responsible adult” is not exactly a walk in the park. Secondly, I cannot stand to go to the grocery store. It is the absolute worst. It’s always cold, nothing is ever in the same place, and I always walk out with more than I came for. So, with these two problems, it’s easy to see how cooking for one can be a challenge.
To fix these issues, here are some of my favorite, super simple, meals for one. With these you’ll be in and out of the store before your car even gets hot and you won’t have to go shopping for an entire week!
#1 Sweet Fire Chicken with Rice and Broccoli
Via Food Network
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2 bell peppers
- 2 jalapeno peppers
- 2 bags Uncle Ben's instant white rice
- 4 cups broccoli
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Preparation: First dice your chicken breasts into small cubes, then coat a pan with a cooking oil of your choice and place the chicken into it. While your chicken is browning follow the instructions on the back of your rice packages. Once those are done place them to the side to allow them to cool.
Now that your rice is cooling you need to steam your vegetables, but don’t forget the chicken (it should be done in 10-15 minutes). If you don’t have a vegetable steamer, just grab a cake pan and some tin foil. Preheat your oven to 400 F, while it's warming up grab your peppers and slice them into thin slivers. Add 1/3 cup of water, the broccoli, and the peppers into the pan then cover with tin foil. Allow to steam for 10-13 minutes or until tender.
Now that you have browned your chicken, set it to the side to cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine your honey, soy sauce, and cayenne. Once the vegetables are done steaming drain your pan and add them into the sauce mixture, followed by the chicken. Once everything is well coated just place it into a Tupperware container with some of your rice and you are good to go.
This recipe makes four servings and will last in the fridge for a little over a week. Some fun ways to mix it up when you're cooking for one are to add some sesame seeds to the sauce or a dash of garlic salt to your rice. No matter what you decide to do, this dish will definitely spice up your week and smell great when you warm it up in the office. Fair warning by day four or five the broccoli may smell a tad bit off, but this dinner for one will still taste amazing!
#2 Mexican Casserole
Via Food Network
This is a crazy easy one dish dinner that will truly surprise you with endless possibilities as far as customization goes. It can definitely be prepared in 1 pot; however, I recommend following the directions below. If you happen to be one of those pesky picky eaters, don't worry I got you. For this dish you’ll need:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes
- 2 bags Uncle Ben's instant Spanish style rice
- 1/2 bottle Taco Bell mild sauce (or other taco sauce)
- 1 can sweet corn
- 2 cans black beans
- 4 cups Mexican blend grated cheese
Preparation: Place your ground beef directly into frying pan and allow to cook through (7-10 minutes). While your ground beef is cooking, follow the instructions on the back of your instant rice packages. Take your ground beef off the heat and allow it to cool. Grab a strainer and empty your corn, beans, and tomatoes into it. Once strained move them to a large mixing bowl and combine them with two cups of cheese and your beef. Cover a 9x11 baking pan with non-stick spray and then pour your mixture into the pan. Lightly cover the top of the dish with half a bottle of taco sauce. And then place a layer of cheese over the top. Place in oven preheated to 350 F and cook for 25 minutes.
Once this dish is done it can be divided up into five meals for one and will last for 7-9 days. To reheat, just place in the microwave for 2 minutes, then let stand for 1 minute. A great way to make this meal even better is to pack a small bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos with your lunch, crush them up inside the bag, and sprinkle them on top of this cheesy blessing.
If there is anything in this fast and easy dinner that you don’t like or that you want to add, just take it out or throw it in! Not only can you customize your entire dish, but if you don’t want to eat the same thing every day mix it up with the individual servings to keep your taste buds happy. This is one recipe that I would hate to lose. I probably eat at least one of these every month!
#3 Hawaiian Style Crepes
There is one thing I will never claim to be and that is a morning person. I’m sure many people hate waking up in the morning just as much me and the last thing they feel like doing is preparing a healthy breakfast. This next recipe is for anyone who, like me, struggles to even roll over in the mornings. The recipe can be found at Mayo Clinic. If you ever catch yourself running late in the morning, this would fit right in on a list of 30 minute meals. Quick, easy, and delicious.
Note: The only thing that I would change in this recipe is to add some jalapeno to bring a little heat to the dish.
Place these inside a baking pan covered with cling wrap and they are good to go for 7-9 days! To reheat, place in the microwave with a half a cup of water for 1 minute. While these are the perfect savory breakfast crepes, they can also be enjoyed at lunch or even for dinner if you wanted. This recipe creates 2-4 meals for one depending on how hungry you are. Either way, as they say in Hawaii, this dish is ‘A'ole pilikia.
I don’t know anyone who doesn't love a good home-cooked meal, and I’ll be the first to say, after writing this and thinking about all of this amazing food, I definitely need to pick up some stuff from the store on the way home. If you didn’t see a recipe that you liked or have one that you want to share with us send us a tweet, post on our Facebook wall, or write us a comment below. If you did try one (or all) of these recipes we want to see it! Like, comment, and share your results!