Cooking for One: Fried Zucchini Straws


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Fried Zucchini Straws (2-3 servings depending on how thin you cut zucchini)

Ingredients:

ingredients for straws

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini (about 1 lb.), cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese-optional

Directions:

  1.  Combine 1 cup flour, next 2 ingredients, and 1 tsp. salt in a shallow dish. In a second dish whisk together eggs and 3 Tbsp. water.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp. flour, oregano, pepper, and remaining 2 tsp. salt in a third shallow dish.

ready for dipping3. Dredge zucchini, in batches, in flour mixture; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Be sure that zucchini is completely covered.

4. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat over medium heat to 325°. Fry zucchini, in batches, 1 to 2 minutes and then flip and fry for another minute or until golden.

IMG_11275. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Jana’s note: If you do not sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on use a spicy ranch for a dip. If you do use the Parmesan cheese I recommend using a marinara sauce for dipping.

Cooking for One: Fried Zucchini Straws
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini (about 1 lb.), cut into ¼-inch-thick strips
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese-optional
Instructions
  1. Combine 1 cup flour, next 2 ingredients, and 1 tsp. salt in a shallow dish. In a second dish whisk together eggs and 3 Tbsp. water.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, 2 Tbsp. flour, oregano, pepper, and remaining 2 tsp. salt in a third shallow dish.
  3. Dredge zucchini, in batches, in flour mixture; dip in egg mixture, and dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Be sure that zucchini is completely covered.
  4. Pour oil to depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven; heat over medium heat to 325°. Fry zucchini, in batches, 1 to 2 minutes and then flip and fry for another minute or until golden.
  5. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Jana's note: If you do not sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on use a spicy ranch for a dip. If you do use the Parmesan cheese I recommend using a marinara sauce for dipping.

 

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Cooking For One Recipe: Easy to Make Pizza Bites

A friend brought over pizza bites on Memorial Day for an appetizer. They were a huge hit so I decided to make them for a teacher potluck at work this week. Again, they were a huge hit and so I thought I would share it with you.

ingredients

Ingredients:

1-3 containers of canned biscuits (10 count)

1 block Colby cheese

1 package pepperoni

1 egg (used for egg wash)

Italian Seasoning Blend

Directions:

1. Grease a 9×13 pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2.  Cut block of cheese into amount of cubes needed. (I made 30 so cut block into 30 cubes)

pizza bites cheese

3. Open cans of biscuits and roll out each biscuit individually until flat.

4. Place a pepperoni on each biscuit, then place a piece of cheese on top, and top with a second pepperoni.

5. Fold the biscuit edges in until the pepperoni and cheese are covered.  Fold each biscuit and then place them in the 9×13 pan.

pizza bites dough

6. In a small bowl crack egg and mix with a tablespoon of water. Mix well and then brush over top of biscuits.

7. Sprinkle Italian Seasoning over top of each biscuit and then place in the oven for 12 minutes.

This recipe was adapted from The Gunny Sack.

Cooking For One Recipe: Easy to Make Pizza Bites
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Recipe type: Appetizer
 
Ingredients
  • 1-3 containers of canned biscuits (10 count)
  • 1 block Colby cheese
  • 1 package pepperoni
  • 1 egg (used for egg wash)
  • Italian Seasoning Blend
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13 pan and preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut block of cheese into amount of cubes needed. (I made 30 so cut block into 30 cubes)
  3. Open cans of biscuits and roll out each biscuit individually until flat.
  4. Place a pepperoni on each biscuit, then place a piece of cheese on top, and top with a second pepperoni.
  5. Fold the biscuit edges in until the pepperoni and cheese are covered. Fold each biscuit and then place them in the 9x13 pan.
  6. In a small bowl crack egg and mix with a tablespoon of water. Mix well and then brush over top of biscuits.
  7. Sprinkle Italian Seasoning over top of each biscuit and then place in the oven for 12 minutes.

 

 

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Cooking for One: Beef and Broccoli


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Typically when I think about making a chinese dish at home I tell myself that it will be too difficult and decide to make something else. Since I am off for the summer my goal is to try at least one new recipe a week so I figured I would start with Beef and Broccoli.

I am so glad I did. The recipe I found is super easy and very delicious.

Ingredients for Beef and Broccoli:

ingredients

  • 1/2 pound Flank Steak, Trimmed Of Fat And Sliced Very Thin Against The Grain( I bought one large piece and froze what was not used)
  • 1/4 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Sherry Or Cooking Sherry
  • 1 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Minced Fresh or dried Ginger
  • 4 ounces, chopped broccoli (I used frozen)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup white rice cooked according to package ( I used Boil in a Bag by Success)

Directions:

1. In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger. Pour the liquid over the sliced meat in a bowl and toss with hands. Set aside.

2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet or wok over high heat. Add broccoli and stir for 45 seconds. Remove to a separate plate. Set aside. Note: If you are using frozen broccoli like I did you will want to partially cook it before putting it in the skillet.

3. Allow pan to get very hot again. With tongs, add half the meat mixture, leaving most of the marinade still in the bowl. Add half the onions. Spread out meat as you add it to pan, but do not stir for a good minute. (You want the meat to get as brown as possible in as short amount a time as possible.) Turn meat to the other side and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove to a clean plate.

meat cooking

4.Repeat with other half of meat, allowing pan to get very hot again first. After turning it, add the first plateful of meat and the broccoli. Stir over high heat for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Check seasonings and add salt only if it needs it. Mixture will thicken as it sits.

Serve immediately over rice.

Cooking for One: Beef and Broccoli
Author: 
Recipe type: Main Dish
 
Ingredients
  • ½ pound Flank Steak, Trimmed Of Fat And Sliced Very Thin Against The Grain( I bought one large piece and froze what was not used)
  • ¼ cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce
  • 1½ Tablespoons Sherry Or Cooking Sherry
  • 1 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • ½ Tablespoon Minced Fresh or dried Ginger
  • 4 ounces, chopped broccoli (I used frozen)
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1½ Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup white rice cooked according to package ( I used Boil in a Bag by Success)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch, and ginger. Pour the liquid over the sliced meat in a bowl and toss with hands. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy skillet or wok over high heat. Add broccoli and stir for 45 seconds. Remove to a separate plate. Set aside. Note: If you are using frozen broccoli like I did you will want to partially cook it before putting it in the skillet.
  3. Allow pan to get very hot again. With tongs, add half the meat mixture, leaving most of the marinade still in the bowl. Add half the onions. Spread out meat as you add it to pan, but do not stir for a good minute. (You want the meat to get as brown as possible in as short amount a time as possible.) Turn meat to the other side and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove to a clean plate.
  4. Repeat with other half of meat, allowing pan to get very hot again first. After turning it, add the first plateful of meat and the broccoli. Stir over high heat for 30 seconds, then turn off heat. Check seasonings and add salt only if it needs it. Mixture will thicken as it sits.
  5. Serve immediately over rice.

 

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Cooking for One: Grandma’s Cucumber and Onion Salad

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Cucumber and Onion Salad is one of my favorite dishes of the summer. It can be made in under 10 minutes and is pretty hard to screw up. The recipe below is for 1-2 people but it is super easy to adjust the recipe. This would be a great salad to take to a summer BBQ!

 

ingredients

Cucumber and Onion Salad:

1 cucumber sliced

1/4 onion sliced

1/4 cup sugar

dash of celery seed

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1 cup water

Directions:

1. In a sauce pan bring sugar and vinegar to a boil. Stir while boiling until all sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

2. In a large mixing bowl, add cucumbers, onions, water, celery seed and vinegar mixture. Stir and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

The longer it sits the better so I try to make it the day before I want to serve it.

Cooking for One: Grandma's Cucumber and Onion Salad
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cucumber sliced
  • ¼ onion sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • dash of celery seed
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. In a sauce pan bring sugar and vinegar to a boil. Stir while boiling until all sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add cucumbers, onions, water, celery seed and vinegar mixture. Stir and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
  3. The longer it sits the better so I try to make it the day before I want to serve it.

 

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Chicken Gyro Recipe

chicken gyro recipe

This Chicken Gyro Recipe combines a yummy marinade and easy to make Tzatziki Sauce.  You can make all the ingredients ahead of time and keep them in the fridge for a quick week night meal.  Most of the ingredients I keep on hand regularly.

Chicken Gyro Recipe

You need whatever kind of chicken you prefer.  Generally I do boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

For the Marinade:
2 cloves garlic, minced (I buy the pre-minced jars)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/8 cup diced onions
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
dash of salt and pepper

1 pack pita bread (not the kind with pockets)
Sliced tomatoes
Sliced cucumbers
Shredded lettuce

 

Chicken Gyros Recipe

For the Tzatziki Sauce:

2 (8 oz.) containers of plain yogurt
1 regular cucumbers, peeled & seeded
1 1/2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried dill ( I omitted and it still tasted fine)
dash of salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Place chicken in a ziploc bag.

2. Mix marinade ingredients together and pour over chicken. Marinade for at least one hour. (The longer the better.)

3. While chicken is marinading make your tzatziki sauce. Simply mix all ingredients from above together. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

3. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to skillet and turn on medium heat. While skillet is heating up slice chicken breasts into strips. ( I did this to cut down on the cooking time.)

4. Cook chicken in skillet until cooked through. Probably about 6 -8 minutes.

5. While chicken is cooking heat your pita bread up. I simply put mine in a frying pan for one minute on each side. If you have gas burners you could put right over a low flame.

6. To assemble, spread generous amount of tzatziki sauce on pita. Add chicken slices and top with tomato, cucumbers, and lettuce.

7. Serve hot with fries and sliced cucumbers.

Welcome to Cooking For One Recipes!  This series is designed for those of us who don’t need recipes for big meals- just enough for one person to eat without a ton of leftovers.  Or, if you are feeding a large family, you can certainly alter the recipes to whatever amount of people you need!

For those of you who use Pinterest I have created a board that will have all the recipes from this series.  Be sure to follow it!

Cooking For One: Chicken Gyros
Author: 
Recipe type: Main Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • For Marinade:
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ tbsp olive oil
  • ⅛ cup diced onions
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • dash of salt and pepper
  • 1 pack pita bread (not the kind with pockets)
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Shredded lettuce
  • For Tzatziki Sauce:
  • 2 (8 oz.) containers of plain yogurt
  • 1 regular cucumbers, peeled & seeded
  • 1½ cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dried dill ( I omitted and it still tasted fine)
  • dash of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in a ziploc bag.
  2. Mix marinade ingredients together and pour over chicken. Marinade for at least one hour. (The longer the better.)
  3. While chicken is marinading make your tzatziki sauce. Simply mix all ingredients from above together. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Add 2 tbsp olive oil to skillet and turn on medium heat. While skillet is heating up slice chicken breasts into strips. ( I did this to cut down on the cooking time.)
  5. Cook chicken in skillet until cooked through. Probably about 6 -8 minutes.
  6. While chicken is cooking heat your pita bread up. I simply put mine in a frying pan for one minute on each side. If you have gas burners you could put write over a low flame.
  7. To assemble, spread generous amount of tzatziki sauce on pita. Add chicken slices and top with tomato, cucumbers, and lettuce.
  8. Serve hot with fries and sliced cucumbers.

 

 

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Cooking For One: Carmelized Onion and Roast Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich


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Grilled cheese sandwiches are a quick and easy lunch or dinner. Over the years I have learned that using good bread is very important in the outcome.  I have also learned not to be afraid to throw some extra ingredients like ham or onions in with the cheese and experiment.

Recently I tried a Caramelized Onion and Roast Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich and never want a plain grilled cheese again. You won’t want to eat just one it is that delicious!

Ingredients:

ingredients 2

4 slices sourdough bread

1/2 red onion sliced

8 slices Colby cheese

1/4 lb. Roast Beef

about 3 tablespoons butter

Directions:

1. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan over medium heat and let melt. Once butter is melted add onions and let cook until soft probably about 5-8 minutes. (I cooked mine for all most 8 minutes because we like them more done.)

2. While onions are cooking, butter one side of bread and place 2 slices of bread butter side down on a square frying pan. Place 2 pieces of cheese on each slice of bread. Divide the roast beef evenly between the 2 sandwiches.

3. Once the onions are finished spread onions evenly over both sandwiches. Place 2 more slices of cheese over onions. Top sandwiches with remaining bread and let cook on medium heat until golden brown.

4. Remove sandwich from heat and enjoy!

Cooking For One: Carmelized Onion and Roast Beef Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Recipe type: Main Dish
 
Ingredients
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • ½ red onion sliced
  • 8 slices Colby cheese
  • ¼ lb. Roast Beef
  • about 3 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Place 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan over medium heat and let melt. Once butter is melted add onions and let cook until soft probably about 5-8 minutes. (I cooked mine for all most 8 minutes because we like them more done.)
  2. While onions are cooking, butter one side of bread and place 2 slices of bread butter side down on a square frying pan. Place 2 pieces of cheese on each slice of bread. Divide the roast beef evenly between the 2 sandwiches.
  3. Once the onions are finished spread onions evenly over both sandwiches. Place 2 more slices of cheese over onions. Top sandwiches with remaining bread and let cook on medium heat until golden brown.
  4. Remove sandwich from heat and enjoy!

 

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Cooking For One Recipe: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich

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I enjoy going to Hardee’s or McDonald’s for breakfast but after a while it adds up. In an effort to save money, I began making breakfast sandwiches at home. They are equally delicious and cheaper. A win win situation.

Ingredients:

ingredients

1 English muffin

1 or 2 eggs (I only use one but if you want more protein cook 2)

3 pieces of bacon cooked

1 piece of cheese

Directions:

1. Cut english muffin in half and toast

2. Spray frying pan with cooking spray and fry eggs.

3. Just before eggs are done place cheese on top so it will melt.

4. Put egg on bottom of muffin, place cooked bacon on top and top with the top half of the muffin.

Don’t forget you can wrap these in aluminum foil and throw them in the freezer to eat later!

Cooking For One Recipe: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
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Recipe type: Breakfast
 
Ingredients
  • 1 English muffin
  • 1 or 2 eggs (I only use one but if you want more protein cook 2)
  • 3 pieces of bacon cooked
  • 1 piece of cheese
Instructions
  1. Cut english muffin in half and toast
  2. Spray frying pan with cooking spray and fry eggs.
  3. Just before eggs are done place cheese on top so it will melt.
  4. Put egg on bottom of muffin, place cooked bacon on top and top with the top half of the muffin.

 

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