Cooking For One: Make-Ahead Garlic Lime Chicken

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!

March Madness is over, but the fun is just beginning!  The first quarter of 2013 is over, Spring is here, and it’s time to open up some windows and fire up the grill.

But you still have to work! So, for those long days at the office – cheers to this easy, easy recipe that is still oh so good! Grab a pack of chicken (or your Zaycon chicken breasts that you just picked up) and try Garlic-Lime Chicken.  While the crockpot was a great companion over the winter, I think make-ahead meals are perfect for Spring and summer. Prep the night before, marinate, and the next evening, you’re all ready to go. And the best part? No mess  – your prep work is already done.

We served it up with some fresh veggies for a winning entrée.

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Ingredients:

3 boneless, skinless. chicken breast halves
1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dry mustard

Directions:

Combine these ingredients and place in a bag in the refrigerator overnight.

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When you get home from work…

Sprinkle the marinated chicken with 1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper and discard the bags. You can either grill or cook on a pan on the stove.

To cook on the stove, use non-stick on a medium-sized frypan. Cook chicken over medium heat – about 6 minutes on each side or until fork can be inserted in chicken with ease and it is no longer pink.

Original Recipe can be found here.

 

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Cooking for One Recipes: Make-Ahead Steak Fajitas

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Make-Ahead:  Steak Fajitas

I came across this recipe and knew it was worth saving (It came from Real Simple in June 2008)! What is so great about this is you can make this ahead of time and then just freeze a few bags until you’re ready to cook it –up to 3 months later. Total prep time is 10-15 minutes then you just seal it in a Ziploc and pop in your freezer. I’m not a huge spicy fan so I cut out the jalapenos and there is still a little kick, but you can add the jalapenos if you choose.

steak fajita ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1  pound  flank steak (I used sirloin steak and it worked great, too)
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced and seeded
  • 1  teaspoon  chili powder
  • 2  teaspoons  hot sauce
  • kosher salt
  • 2  1-quart re-sealable plastic freezer bags

(I also added about 3 tablespoons Sofrito tomato base per bag. It just helped add a little more flavoring.  You can use any tomato base here if you wish, just for a little extra sauce). If you’ve never used Sofrito before, check it out here.

steak fajita peppers

Freeze it: In a large bowl, combine the steak, onion, bell peppers, chili powder, hot sauce, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add Sofrito or tomato base if desired.  Divide ingredients evenly among the two bags and freeze.

When You’re Ready to Make

  • 4  teaspoons olive oil
  • 4  small flour tortillas, warmed
  • store-bought refrigerated fresh salsa (optional)

steak fajita stove top

1)      In a large skillet, over medium heat, heat the oil (use 1 teaspoon per serving).

2)      Empty the frozen contents of the bags into the skillet.  Cook, covered, stirring occasionally to break up ingredients, for 10 minutes.

3)      Raise heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, until the vegetables are tender and the steak is cooked through, 2 to 6 minutes.

Serve with the tortillas and, if desired, the salsa. The flavors are so good, you may find yourself going back for the second bag!

 

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Cooking For One Recipes: Easy Lasagna Ravioli Recipe

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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 love this recipe because it has no leftover ingredients   Everything I buy from the grocery store gets used.  It does give me some leftover food though- usually enough for lunch the next day!

One of the few meals I know how to make well is lasagna but it is so complicated and expensive.  By the time I buy the different cheeses and put the layers in the pan I am ready to just boil some noodles and make spagetti!

So I figured, why not try ravioli and skip the cheese and noodle part!  Turns out it works perfectly.

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Ingredients:

24 oz jar marinara sauce (I used Ragu for this but next time might try something thicker)
24 oz bag of frozen ravioli
8 oz bag Mozzerella Cheese
1 lb ground beef (I was at a friend’s house so I had to use store meat instead of the good stuff from Zaycon Foods)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brown the ground beef on your stove top.  If you get the stuff with the fat in it use a collander to drain and then rinse out the grease.  Set the meat aside in a bowl.

Spread enough marinara sauce over the bottom of an 8 X 8 baking dish to cover it.  This will act to keep everything from sticking to the bottom.

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Add about 1/3 of the bag of ravioli, followed by 1/3 of the meat and 1/3 of the cheese.  Repeat this two more times until you have nice layers.

Cover with aluminium foil and cook for 50 minutes.  Remove the aluminium foil and cook for another ten minutes until the cheese is melted.

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It got rave reviews from all who ate it!

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Cooking For One: Chicken Noodle Soup

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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!

Chicken noodle soup does a body good. It warms you on a cold day, helps you feel better when sick, and I don’t think I have ever met anyone that doesn’t like it.

I particularly like this recipe because it has few ingredients but still has great flavor. This recipe will make enough for 2 servings. I doubled it so that I would have lunch all week.

Ingredients:

ingredients

1/4 lb boneless chicken breast cooked and shredded

1/4 cup chopped carrots

1/2 medium onion chopped

1/4 cup chopped celery (I used 1/2 cup)

2 cans chicken broth

1/2 can vegetable broth

1/2 cup egg noodles

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

tsp salt and pepper (add to your liking)

1/2 tblspn olive oil

Directions:

1. Chop onion, celery and carrots.

chopped veggies

2. In a large sauce pan saute chopped onions, celery, and carrots in olive oil on medium heat for about 5 minutes or just until tender. Add cooked chicken.

2. While the vegetables are cooking get out another pan and fill it with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add noodles and follow instructions on bag for cook time. Drain and add to vegetables and chicken.

3. Add broth and spices. Let simmer on medium low for at least 30 minutes. If plan ahead, you could also let this simmer in the crockpot on low until you are ready to eat it.

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Cooking For One Recipes: Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Are you ever in the mood for something a little out of the ordinary? Maybe something you can serve as an appetizer at a cocktail party that has a “Wow!” factor? I’m not going to suggest the typical pigs in a blanket or meatballs (let’s face it, we’ve all reverted to these in times of emergency appetizer crisis)…this, instead, is a one-of-a-kind recipe you can use again and again.

So try this perfect party snack for friends, or try it for you – just as a fun appetizer to keep you from starving after a long day at work.

stuffed peppers ingredients

Ingredients:

¼ cup sliced green onions
¼ cup shallots
1/3 cup (3 ounces) 1/3-less fat cream cheese
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons light sour cream
8 mini bell peppers (or one to two peppers, quartered)

Directions:

1)      Combine green onions, shallots, cream cheese, lime juice, cilantro and sour cream. Halve the bell peppers (or quarter them if you bought larger ones) and discard seeds.

2)      Divide cheese mixture evenly among the pepper slices.

3)      Place peppers on grill rack coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.

4)      Grill 7 minutes or until peppers are lightly charred.

This will have your guests coming back for more – so be sure to double the recipe if entertaining!

Original Recipe: Cooking Light.

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Cooking For One Recipes: Mild Jerk Chicken

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Looking for a spin on your everyday chicken? I know I am.  I don’t know how many times I buy fresh chicken at the store and wonder – what should I do with this tonight?  BBQ? Spicy? Grilled? Maybe you just give up like me and throw it in the crock pot with some random spices and hope for the best.

Well, let’s throw your typical recipes out the window. This is no ordinary dinner – so get ready.

jerk chicken ingredients

Ingredients:

¼ cup sliced green onions
¼ cup shallots (can substitute minced onions here)
1 TBSP brown sugar
2 TBSP fresh lime juice (you can buy a lime and squeeze for juice!)
2 TBSP olive oil
½ teaspoon all spice (can substitute a Caribbean jerk or other similar spice here)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 TBSP chili sauce
2-3 chicken breasts

jerk chicken cooking

Preparation:

1)      Preheat the stove top to medium-high heat. After pre-heating, reduce one side to low.

2)      Combine ¼ cup green onions, ¼ cup shallots, sugar, 2 tablespoons juice, oil, allspice, garlic, and chili sauce in a mini food processor. Process until smooth.

3)      Combine chicken in a medium bowl or Ziploc bag. Toss well.

4)      Coat skillet with cooking spray and cook chicken over medium-high heat. Cover for 5 minutes on each side and move to low heat to cook for 5 additional minutes on each side until done.

This is also a great recipe to make with the stuffed mini bell peppers in a previous post! If you like veggies, you can also choose to serve with Brussel Sprouts. I just washed these, chopped in half, tossed with EVOO, salt & pepper, then baked at 350 degrees in the toaster oven for about 10 minutes. (You can also add bacon pieces to brussel sprouts if you choose)!

Enjoy this fun twist on your everyday chicken.

Original recipe: Cooking Light.

 

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Cooking For One Recipes: Oven Roasted Tomatoes

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Every once in a while, I come across the simplest recipe that just seems to blow me away. I’ve always loved tomatoes, but for the “non-tomato” fanatic, I recommend even you try this recipe, because it is guaranteed to surprise you.

I originally found this recipe in “Barefoot Contessa: PARTIES!” cookbook.  Ina Garten explains that roasting vegetables at high temperatures brings out the sweetness, and these tomatoes even caramelize a little on the outside.  Her example showcases cherry tomatoes, but I have used this recipe for everything from large vine ripened tomatoes to plum tomatoes to cherry tomatoes, and it’s just as good every time!

oven roasted tomatoes ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, mixed sizes and colors (I recommend good tomatoes, in season)
  • Good olive oil or EVOO
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 6-7 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
  • Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (you can easily do this in a toaster oven as well so you don’t have to heat up your entire oven).
  2. Toss the tomatoes lightly with olive oil on a baking sheet.
  3. Spread them out into one layer and sprinkle generously with kosher salt and pepper.
  4. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until the tomatoes are soft.

Transfer the tomatoes to your plate, and sprinkle with basil leaves and sea salt. Eat hot or at room temperature.

 

These are delicious, even if you don’t normally like tomatoes. Be adventurous!

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Cooking For One Recipes: Ground Turkey Meatballs (With Parmesan Cheese)

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So, I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately. One of the things I’ve been trying to do is substitute ground turkey in place of hamburger meat for my meals to see if you can really tell the difference.

Word of advice:  Make sure you use good quality turkey meat.  I read in Cooking Light that you need to be sure to buy the lean turkey meat or you could actually be taking in more calories (especially if you are a 95/5 or 93/7 hamburger meat kind-of-gal), so be sure to double check the label! I did some research, and you should too, to be sure you are buying the right turkey meat at the grocery store.

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I went ahead and tried this awesome recipe for Turkey meatballs I discovered online, and it was delicious. This would be easy to separate into two meals – one for dinner, one for lunch. (Because let’s face it, who wants to come up with another meal to pack for lunch)? Just throw half in a container after cooking and you’re done:

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup soft fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons dried leaf oregano and basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Dash of salt and pepper

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Preparation:

1)      Heat oven to 375°. Line a large baking sheet with nonstick foil or regular foil and non-stick spray.

2)      Combine turkey meat, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, egg, oregano, basil, parsley, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in bowl.

3)      Stir or mix on low speed of a stand mixer with paddle attachment until blended. I just used my hands, but personal preference! :)

4)      Shape into small meatballs, about 3/4 ounce each. Arrange the turkey meatballs on the baking sheet.

5)      Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until browned and cooked through. If you make larger meatballs, allow more time.

I served the meatballs with a side of ricotta cheese and fresh, chopped spinach. I poured canned tomato sauce on top and it was that simple!

Original Recipe can be found here.

 

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Cooking For One Recipes: Potato Bacon Soup

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There is something about winter that is comforting… sweatshirts and pajamas, crackling fireplaces and hot cocoa. However, when it gets this chilly, it’s easy to come home and just want to curl up on the couch under a warm blanket and heat up a microwave meal.  You might be thinking, “It’s too cold to cook!”  But, there is a quick and easy meal that you won’t want to skip.

Here is a great baked potato soup recipe. Also, in true “Frugal Chick” fashion, this recipe doesn’t break the bank.  The recipe says it serves 4 but it’s the perfect recipe for 2, and if it’s for 1, have a few small bowls for dinner and take those leftovers for lunch!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (time saver: buy chopped onion in the container at the grocery store)
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chopped red potato (about 1 pound)
  • 1 1/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions

Optional:

  • 5 strips cooked center cut bacon, crumbled
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions to pan; sauté 3-4 minutes or until onion is tender.
  2. Sprinkle with flour; cook 1 minute, stirring onion mixture constantly.
  3. Add potato, milk, broth, and 1/2 cup water to pan; bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Add 1/2 cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese; cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts, stirring frequently.

You can decide to top each serving evenly with 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped green onions and bacon.  Add salt and pepper if desired.

This is a great recipe to eat while bundled in blankets on the couch reading your favorite blog!

The original recipe came from Cooking Light.

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Cooking For One Recipes: Sirloin and Bok Choy (A Valentine’s Meal)

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We’re all feeling the love with Valentine’s Day approaching, and what better way to show your love (for yourself or for your significant other) than by making an easy meal that is delicious!

If you haven’t ever cooked or eaten Bok Choy, you are in for a treat, especially with this recipe from Food.com.

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic (or to taste)
  • 12 -14 baby bok choy (washed thoroughly) – I grabbed this Bok Choy at Whole Foods (Virginia Beach)
  • 1 1/2 cups canned low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lb sirloin filet (or filet mignon)
  • Salt and pepper

Steak Ingredients

Frugal Chick Prep – Bok Choy

1. Melt butter in heavy large skillet over moderate heat.

2. Add minced garlic and saute about 2-3 minutes until barely golden/brown.

3. Add bok choy and chicken broth and simmer until bok choy is tender, turning occasionally, about 8 minutes.

4. Season with salt and pepper.

5. Use a slotted spoon to serve.

Frugal Chick Prep – Sirloin Filet

No fancy recipe here. My recommendation for Sirloin filet is to marinate 2-3 hours minimum before cooking. Some of my favorite spices include Penzey’s Chicago Steak Seasoning and my favorite marinade is Allegro Meat Tenderizer and Marinade (which can be found at Harris Teeter). If spices aren’t your thing, a little unsalted butter with salt and pepper always does the trick!

  • Marinate steak desired time
  • Grill steak to desired internal temperature
  • Thinly slice steak and serve over baby bok choy

Enjoy by candlelight…Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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