Cooking for one?

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    Jan 13, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    Does anyone know of any good resources to find recipes and information on cooking for one? I want to cook more often, but it's a little difficult to make just enough food for myself . .

    Although, if the right guy replies, I would definitely consider cooking for two! icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 14, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    I love cooking for myself and would love to cook for someone else as well but I could give you some of my recipes for some of the things I eat every now and again (though you might be more interested in the recipes a much more....defined person could give you, I'd still love to help!).

    I tend to make a lot of fish dishes and turkey...every now and again I will make my own sushi. I love experimenting with the things that I craved in life 5 months ago...trying to make healthy versions like french fries => baked asparagus tips.

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    Jan 14, 2008 4:14 AM GMT
    i make a pasta ish with shrimp that takes like. 10-11 minutes. only cuz the pasta takes that long. makes just the right amount, and it's wicked tasty. aside from that. if i need to cook big cuz of ingredients, i'm fortunate enough to own a deep freeze and tupperware.

    as far as recipes, i dunno of any that make food for just one. but just get creative. buy one thing different than you normally would, and make something with it. if u have some chicken, go buy an orange and see how u can fit it in there. make a dish for one is definitely challenging, but as a student i've come to cope with it.
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    Jan 16, 2008 3:56 AM GMT
    I cook for one(myself) a lot... here's a link that has
    many recipes


    http://homecooking.about.com/library/archive/blmisc73.htm


    Hope this helps.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:30 AM GMT
    Omelets are a sure fire way to cook for one - Who ever said you couldn't have breakfast for dinner or lunch?

    Plus, you can always cook a full sized recipe and put the left overs in the fridge to eat through out the week. If you don't think you can finish it - invite somebody over! Soups and crock pot recipes are great for this.
    Or if you know it will be too much - half the recipe. Just divide all measurements by two and be sure to watch the cooking time extra carefully.

    Also, when you're cooking for one, I feel at least, you can go the extra step. Use items you would never think to use and go for those little extravagances. Since you aren't feeding an army, you should eat like a king.

    Grilled Swordfish with Cucumber Lime Salsa
    Servings: 1
    For swordfish
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    1 teaspoon honey
    1 teaspoon vegetable oil plus additional for brushing pan
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1 (1-inch-thick) swordfish steak (6 oz)

    For salsa
    1 lime
    1 (1/4-lb) Kirby cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch dice (3/4 cup)
    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro
    1 tablespoon finely chopped scallion greens
    1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh jalapeño or serrano chile (including seeds)
    1 teaspoon sugar, or to taste
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Special equipment: a well-seasoned ridged grill pan
    Preparation
    Marinate swordfish:
    Stir together lime juice, honey, oil, and coriander in a shallow dish. Add swordfish, turning to coat, and marinate at room temperature, turning over once, 15 minutes. (Do not marinate longer.)

    Make salsa while swordfish marinates:
    Remove peel, including all white pith, from lime with a sharp paring knife. Cut segments free from membranes and finely chop segments, then combine with remaining salsa ingredients in a bowl.

    Grill swordfish:
    Lightly brush grill pan with oil and heat over moderately high heat until just beginning to smoke. Remove swordfish from marinade and season both sides with salt and pepper. Grill fish until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve topped with salsa.

    Cooks' note:
    • Salsa can be made 2 hours ahead and chilled, covered.
    • Any white fish or salmon can be substituted - watch cooking time.


    Also,
    www.epicurious.com is an awesome resource when it comes to recipes - check it out.
  • swimbikerun

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    Jan 16, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    Skotlake:

    Get a Crock-Pot from Walmart or Target
    They are pretty inexpensive

    Then Marie Callenders: Crock-pot Classics or Banquet

    If you want to cook:
    Get a cast iron skillet and the book "The Best Recipe" from Cook's Illustrated
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:54 AM GMT
    I know what you mean. Most recipes call for big quantity, and they wont' taste right if you cut it down. and not to mention the among of time just for one simple dish.

    What I would recommand, stirfry. differnt kinda combination of any vegi and meat could make huge difference in style and taste, also simple and quick to do.

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    Jan 16, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    Jrdnstatz's recipe sounds delicious.

    You don't mention how well you cook now. As you are a 21 year old college student I assume you are master of the grilled cheese and rammen noodle but aren't so clear on recipes with more than two ingredients.

    Investing in a good, beginiers cook book would be a great idea. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman has a ton of recipes from salads to steaks to martinis, everything. It has good sections on how to select food at the store and knife technique.

    Check it out.
  • Artesin

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    Jan 16, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    You are what you eat by gillian mckeith

    The abs diet by david zinczenko

    Both have pretty fast recipes though I also just look recipes up online that dont usually take long at all to make.
  • DiverScience

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    Jan 16, 2008 6:07 PM GMT
    Cheat! I cook for 4... or 8... or more, and then put it in tupperwares and eat it over the week, or freeze it for later. Makes my life easier, and cheaper.
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    Jan 16, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    The most important thing is to just portion everything correctly.

    If you make everything from scratch like I do its really easy. If you are using a lot of prepackaged things it can be more difficult. I hate to waste food.

    I'll buy larger quantities of meat and break them down into smaller portions and freeze them separately so that I can just pull out what I need. I like to buy fresh veggies and such so that I can make just what I need.

    Its not always the healthiest options, but I always check out foodtv.com for new recipes and ideas!
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    Jan 17, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    Skotlake, Taste of Home Cooking for Two is pretty good. It's not "healt food" type cooking so you have to watch the nutritional value but I've used many of their cookbooks and they are well tested recipes. They are designed for people who want a simplier recipe that looks good and tastes good....it's the step before Bon Apetite.

    Good luck...
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    Jan 17, 2008 12:58 AM GMT
    recipezaar.com is by far the best database I have found online for cooking and you can adjust all recipes to fit any amount of people; check it out!
  • BlackJock79

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    Jan 17, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    Shouldn't have come in here. Now I'm hungry. icon_cry.gif
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    Jan 17, 2008 1:17 AM GMT
    I would cook for you. My most recent bf didn't really eat hardly anything so i am used to cooking for one . Well then again I aqm a crazy eater so maybe i am still cooking fo 4. lol I like to share though and hate eating in front of anyone who is not eating.
  • JohnDallas

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    Jan 17, 2008 1:38 AM GMT
    I recommend the "eating for life" cookbook written by bill phillips. Most recipes are for only one or two portions and are healthy and easy to make.
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    Jan 17, 2008 1:44 AM GMT
    Get a filet of salmon, 5 or 6 brown mushrooms, capers, olive oil, and general fish seasoning.

    Chop the mushrooms.

    In a non-stick pan, pour some olive oil in the pan and sprinkle some of the fish seasoning on it. Put on the salmon filet. Cook til almost no pink is visible. Throw in the mushrooms and some capers to taste. Cook until salmon is lightly seared on the outside and no pink is showing. Pour mushrooms and capers over the fish, and dig in!

    A chardonnay goes good with it. Pretty fast easy, and not that expensive.

    ~Alex
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    Jan 17, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    I always cook for 2-4 and freeze some for those busy days. Also look to everyday food, it is a icon_biggrin.gif great resource for healthy eating and they often have recipes for one, good luck!
  • Artesin

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    Jan 18, 2008 8:14 AM GMT
    Hmm a quick and easy 5-10 min dish

    Pasta
    Olive oil
    shrimp (or what have you)
    garlic
    italian seasoning
    broccoli


    Just boil the pasta (whole wheat pref), get a strainer thats wide enough to fit over your pan, when the pasta has softened, and throw the broccoli and shrimp in the strainer, make sure the water isnt touching. Get a lid and let steam for 5 min, strain it all then add a tablespoon of olive oil with the seasoning to taste, takes no more than 5-10 mina nd can be very versatile with what you use.
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    Jan 18, 2008 8:53 AM GMT
    it doesn't get any easier than this

    Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta

    using frozen sprouts makes this easier because you don't have to watch them cook as closely.


    you will need

    *just enough extra virgin olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of a large skillet

    *2oz of pancetta (or vegetarian bacon) diced or cut into short thin strips

    *2-3 handfuls of frozen brussel sprouts

    *1 cup chicken stock

    *as many grinds of black pepper as you'd like

    cook pancetta in olive oil until it begins to crisp

    then add the sprouts and pepper stirring until the oil thoroughly coats the sprouts.

    add one cup chicken (or vegetable) stock and heat to boiling then reduce to a simmer. continue cooking uncovered stirring occasionally until stock is mostly evaporated.

    serve on top of brown rice or quinoa (red heirloom variety tastes best) that was cooked in chicken or vegetable stock.


    pairs nicely with chicken, beef, salmon or your favorite tofu or texturized vegetable protein.

    i don't know wine, so you're on your own there.




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    Jan 18, 2008 12:11 PM GMT
    I second MunchingZombie's recommendation for "How to Cook Everything" -- it's a great introduction to the basics of cooking, and it includes a lot of interesting variations for nearly every dish.

    You might also try the Cooking Light website -- http://www.cookinglight.com. It has some great healthy recipes that use regular ingredients and techniques. Plus it includes complete nutritional breakdowns for every recipe.

    As for quantity of food, the great thing about cooking for one is the leftovers! Depending on what you're making, you can get 3-4 meals from one cooking session. Just put the leftovers in one-portion size tupperware containers, and you won't have to cook dinner (or buy lunch) for a couple days.
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    Jan 20, 2008 2:28 PM GMT
    I agree with Death_Dodge about "The Abs Diet" - the eating plan has done great for me, and there are some coll recipes in there.

    And..RBY71 - that recipe sounds GREAT! I LOVE brussel sprouts!!!

    I'll have to dig up a recipe and post it. I eat a lot of salads, which are as simple as you can get when making food for just yourself.

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    Jan 21, 2008 1:21 AM GMT
    I usually cook a lot on weekends so I'll have food through the week. Since I work full time and go to school full time, I usually don't have the time to cook during the week. I just eat leftovers. Right now I have a nice Cuban black bean recipe cooking in my crock-pot. Served over rice, it should last the whole week, and it's super yummy.
  • Djmaxvayo

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    Jan 21, 2008 1:45 AM GMT
    Don't know if you've considered it, but eating raw foods will also lighten the burden of cooking for yourself, especially since there's very little "cooking" involved. icon_biggrin.gif

    I'm a vegetarian, so raw foods are the direction I'm heading right now... but I still eat cooked stuff from time to time.
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    Jan 22, 2008 8:43 PM GMT
    How to Eat by Nigella Lawson has a good section on cooking for one. . . " Tonight Lucullus is dining with Lucullus" . . ace!