Cooking For One Blog

Cooking For One Blog

During 2013 I did a series of recipes designed to make small portions for one or two people.  The recipes I found online were always for large families and I didn’t need that!

I decided it was time to get all of them in one place so you can check them out for yourself.

Over the next little bit I will redoing some of these with prettier pictures and adding some new recipes.

Cooking For One Blog

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!

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Cooking for One: Grandma’s Cucumber and Onion Salad

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!

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.

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Cooking For One: Chicken Gyros


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!

We have had quite a few cucumbers ripen in our garden this week and I wanted to use them in a way that was not just a dipping stick for ranch dressing. Remembering back to the Gyros I had at the Greek Festival last month I thought I would try to recreate a gyro at home.

Here is my version of a Greek Gyro.

Chicken Gyros

ingredients

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

For Marinade:
2 cloves garlic, minced
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

Tzatziki Sauce:

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 write 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.

 

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


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!

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!

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

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!

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!

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Cooking for One Recipes: Blueberry Muffins

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!

Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:

muffin ingredients

1  1/2 cups all purpose flour                                    1/3 cup milk

3/4 cup white sugar                                                  1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 tspn salt                                                                1/2 cup white sugar

2 tspn baking powder                                               1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 vegetable oil                                                         1/4 cup butter, cubed

1 egg                                                                              1  1/2 tspn cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners. It makes 8 muffins.

2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, and baking powder and set aside.

3. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix with the flour mixture.

4. Fold in the blueberries and fill muffin cups right to the top.

mix in pans

5. To make crumb topping: mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter and 1 1/2 tspn cinnamon. Mix with a fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

Note: This recipe makes 8 muffins. The muffins freeze really well. I usually keep a couple out for breakfast during the week and freeze the rest for a later date.

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Cooking For One: BBQ Chicken Pizza

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!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

BBQ Chicken Ingredients

  • 1 pre-made pizza crust
  • 1  uncooked chicken breast diced
  • 1/2 onion sliced
  • 1 8oz chredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (I prefer Sweet Baby Rays)
  • Garlic, Salt, and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Sprinkle stone or pizza pan with corn meal if you have it. If you do not, just spray with non-stick cooking spray.

3. Roll out dough to desired shape and place in preheated oven for 5 minutes. (we have a round and square stone so we typically make one of each for dinner)

4. While pizza dough is in the oven, saute garlic and onions together. Once they start to cook add chicken. Flavor with salt and pepper.

5. Once chicken is cooked and dough is half baked, spread 1/2 cup BBQ sauce onto pizza. Then layer a little bit of cheese. Followed by the chicken and onion mixture. Top it off with the remaining cheese.

6. Place back in oven for 10-15 minutes. My family likes the cheese to be a little bit more well done so we cook it longer, but it should be ready in 10 minutes.

Leftovers can either be packed for lunch the next day or put in a plastic freezer bag and frozen for another meal.

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Cooking For One: Easy Shrimp Fajitas Recipe

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!

This recipe for Shrimp Fajitas is simple and easy to do.  Plus the ingredients freeze well so you make this twice.

Ingredients:

1/2 onion sliced
1/2 bag frozen mixed peppers
1/2 lb easy peel shrimp
Fajita Seasoning (you can buy pre-made or make your own with the recipe below)

ingredients

Fajita Seasoning:

1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon crushed chicken bouillon cube
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin

Directions:

1. In a saute pan, heat 1 tblspn oil and then add onion and frozen peppers.

peppers

2. While vegetables are sauteing, mix the fajita seasoning together.

fajita seasoning

3. Peel shrimp.
shrimp

4. Once peppers and onions begin to get tender, add shrimp and sprinkle fajita seasoning on top.  Cook together for about 5 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through.

Optional:

5. Serve hot in a tortilla shell with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and cheese.

You know you want all those extras too!

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Cooking For One Recipes: Baked Pineapple


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!

Even if you normally cook for one, there are times when you need a recipe that feeds more than one. Whether it be for a bbq or a potluck, baked pineapple is my go to recipe for such an occasion. It has been in my family for years and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

Baked Pineapple

Ingredients

Ingredients:

1 large can crushed pineapple
2 tblspns flour
1 egg
1/2 cup sugar
6 slices of bread cubed
1/2 stick butter melted

Directions:

1. In medium bowl mix pineapple, flour and sugar together.
2. Beat egg in separate bowl and then add to pineapple. Stir Well. (stirring well to incorporate the egg is very important)
3. Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish.
4. Melt butter in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Pour melted butter over bread cubes.
5. Make sure all bread cubes have been coated with butter and then spread the bread cubes evenly over top of the pineapple mixture.
6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes. You want to bake it until the bread topping gets brown and crispy.

This would be a yummy, easy treat to share with friends!

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Cooking For One: Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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!

Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal:

ingredients

Ingredients:

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 apples diced

1 tspn cinnamon

2 cups oats

4 cups water

diced apples

Directions:

In the bottom of the crockpot put the brown sugar, diced apples, cinnamon and oats. Add the water. DO NOT STIR.

Cook over night for about 6-8 hours and serve hot in the morning.

It makes 2 or 3 bowls of oatmeal.

I promise you it is just that easy and more delicious than instant!

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Cooking For One Recipes: Baked Grapefruit With Cinnamon (YUMMY!)

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!

Now I realize that Baked Grapefruit with Cinnamon sounds pretty disgusting.  And when I was told about it I had that same thought.  But my mom and sister swore by it so I figured I would give it a shot.  It’s one of my new favorite snacks!

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Ingredients:

Grapefruit
Cinnamon
Honey (optional)

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Slice grapefruit in half and place on baking sheet
Sprinkle desired amount of cinnamon on top (add honey if you would like)
Put in oven for 15 minutes

After 15 minutes you can pull it out and eat with a spoon!  It makes a great snack at night while I am watching television!

 

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