I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am you have stopped by my blog! I'd love to be your go-to place for being inspired, learning about and solving challenges related to cooking for one.
So far you will find:
- single serve recipes. You no longer having to be a maths genius to cook an evening meal!
- weekly menu plans tailored for one person
- tips & resources for tackling common cooking for one challenges
and the thing I'm most excited about
A community space for:
- sharing ideas
- solving 'common cooking for one' problems, and most importantly,
- inspiring each other to start or maintain the habit of cooking healthy, nutritious, delicious meals, even when it's 'just you'
But first a couple of disclaimers ...
This blog is a work in progress.
I'm still working on formats, fixing links and typos etc. So please bear with me! I"ve hit the publish button much sooner than I would have liked as I would LOVE your feedback - so I really do create the best possible resource for cooking for one.
I'd especially love to know about:
- the types of recipes you would like to see featured
- your biggest challenges cooking for one
- whether menu plans should be 3, 5 or 7 days and what you would like them to include
Please leave a note in the comments section below if you have input for the questions above, or any other thoughts on what would make this blog useful to you.
In the meantime, check out some of my favourite posts:
Way more than just a recipe, I love this post because it epitomises so much of what I'm trying to do with Dinner Desperado. It shows how to tailor a common 'family food' dish for one person. Also it's a great dish for using up leftovers.
Another 'family meal' I recently adapted for one person (and my current favourite 'comfort food'!) is Chicken Enchiladas.
I could rant about why you must read this post for ages - the dish is so yummy and the post so informative! But I'll save you from that and just say it's great because:
- It's a nutritious, quick, easy, versatile, one pan dish that can be made from pantry staples
- great to have in your weekly repertoire for when it feels like you have 'no food' and don't know what to cook
- it can be adapted to use chicken or salmon and whatever vegetables you have available
- it can be 'changed up' and made a bit more luxe by adding coconut milk or canned tomatoes
This post is a round up of meals created using pulled pork. I am a massive fan of batch cooking or meal prep. (Though admittedly I do this, less frequently than I talk about the virtues!)
In the past I had always cooked large meals and then froze individual portions. A year or so ago I stumbled on the idea of cooking and individually freezing portions of protein. (Think poached chicken breast, pulled pork, slow cooked lamb) Doing this means you are free to 'create' a meal based on what you feel like that evening, but the 'heavy lifting' (e.g. time and washing up) of cooking the protein is already done.
This post shows the variety of meals that you can make quickly and easily based on one protein.