The hardest part about starting this blog is choosing which meals to feature - help me out! Take a look at the pictures and then join the discussion on the blog here to vote for which meal you want the recipe for.
Happy voting! I look forward to seeing whether your favourites are the same as mine!
Roast for one person
I am putting these pictures first as a reminder that cooking a roast dinner for one person is worth it, and can be really easy, not to mention a fantastic one pan meal.
Admittedly it is hard to make a one serve roast, but there are cuts of meat you can buy that are quite small, so I often create a warm salad out of the leftover meat the next day. Having the oven on, is also a great time to cook extra veggies or meat that can become part of lunch or dinner during the week.
Roast chicken breast, topped with avocado and served with roasted vegetables
Salmon roasted with lemon juice. Can be baked in alfoil packet, or roasted with the vegetables.
The tomato and garlic are roasted with carrots and sausages and then 'mashed' to makea warm sauce.
Chicken breast basted in fresh thyme and olive oil and then roasted. Medley of sweet potato, carrots and parsnip.
Small rolled lamb shoulders generally have enough meat for two meals.
This meal was made from leftovers of a whole, roasted lamb shoulder. (Served with mash and roasted balsamic tomatoes - DIVINE!)
This eye fillet could have been pan fried - but by roasting, it became a 'set and forget' kind of meal. (Eye fillet did go in after the vegetables)
Simple and healthy
This title is a little of a misnomer, as it tends to suggest that the other meals represented are not healthy. With a few exceptions, e.g the 80's Flashback meals, most of the meals here are made with a focus on health and nutrition.
But, 'Healthy' was a better title than 'boring'!
The meals here, are pretty basic 'meat and 3 veg' types - or in most cases, steamed salmon and steamed 5 - 7 veg! In fact an alternative title could have been 101 takes on steamed salmon and vegetables! These are meals I make when I want to something nutritious, but don't want to spend any time in the kitchen, especially cleaning up!
Pies and Bakes for One
Fish pie for one was my discovery of 2014 - why had I not thought of this before! Making a pie or bake for one, is actually really quite easy and efficient. One of those meals, where you put in the effort up front and the oven turns it into something magical! There are so many pluses, I really can't believe I didn't think of this before.
Super versatile - you can make it as indulgent or as healthy as you wish and flavour-wise can go from a traditional salmon / leek / lemon base to moroccon spices or curry. Pies are a great way of using the same vegetables you have been eating all week - but making them seem completely different. Plus, as you can see, it's a great excuse to indulge in a crumbly / cheesy gratinee.
I cannot begin to tell you how good this tasted! I experimented with making my own puff pastry so it looks a little 'rustic' - but using store bought pastry this is a very easy one pan wonder.
Lamb shank pie - slightly quirky looking because of first experiment withhome made puff pastry.
I worked out how to make individual portions of this, after cooking Jamie Oliver's Fish Pie for Easter last year. It inlcudes lots of lemon, lime and green vegetables as well asa sweet potato and gratinee topping.
The absence of the cheesy gratinee makes this pie look a little less attractive than the others - but it is still delcious - and a little healthier.
Doesn't look so fetching, as this was all about healthy - so simply sweet potato mash on the top - none of the butter, breadcrumbs or potato mash that make pies look so tempting! Nonethess it'sgreat meal - quick, simple, delicious, healthy, great way to crush the 5 vegetable challenge and to use up leftover vegetables.
Decadent and delicious!
This version of fish pie, is less about following a specific recipe, but finding a really interesting way to use up leftover vegetables.
Soup for one person
Soup is generally one of those things that you associate with making a big pot of. And that is what I generally do and love to make several big batches and freeze individual portions. However, depending on what you feel like eating, and what ingredients you have to hand - it's actually not alot of effort to make a single serve version and another good way of using leftovers.
This is a great soup that contains Rocket to give it a peppery taste. It can be made 'clean' as part of a detox, or bolstered with flavour with stock.
My latest favourite. Regular chicken and corn soup, given an extra nutritional boost with spinach and broccoli.
Decadent take on Cauliflower soup.
I made this as a one pot wonder when there was absolutely nothing to eat. I had frozen small bags of cooked lentils which turned out to be a saviour. Great way of using up 'lingering' carrots and cerely!
This is an adaption of a very delicious recipe by Anneka Manning. A very easy one pot meal for one person.
Pasta is something I used to eat a lot of, but a lot less so now. However, it can be a really easy way of making a quickmeal. I use it as a go to meal when I can't be bothered thinking. It's also a great way of mixing in lots of green vegetables and using up leftovers. To make things even simpler, and to get everything cooked in one pan, fresh pasta is a fantastic option.
A fairly traditional pasta that is very easy to make. Adding red capsicum to it, is not only a way of using one of my favourite vegetables, but upping your vegetable quota.
This was made with gluten free pasta, but works with any pasta. As there is no real 'sauce' to it, I added avocado to add a creamier texture.
Pasta is a great way to use tinned tuna or tinned salmon to make a very quick meal when you don't have a lot of vegetables or fresh ingredients to hand.
Easy one pan meal. Options to improve it include adding pancetta and broccolini.
Warm salads for one
This is my go to type of meal. Not really recipes, more 'collections' of ingredients, that can usually be cooked in one pan.
in my heart of hearts there is nothing I love more than cream based sauces and rich indulgent sauces .....
For me, one of the downsides of cooking for one, is that there is no one to reign in your extravagances, no one to feel embarrassed about putting CREAM in dishes or cooking like it was 1984!
So as much as I try to laden my diet with the 'superfoods' and my weekly shopping list is all about kale, quinoa and the like, at times I can't help myself but give into my inner 80s self - the time of rich sauces, cream, steak dianne and canapes that consisted of pinapple pieces with ham! I can tell it's 80s throw back time, when I start hankering after beef stroganoff, or the Marsala comes out of the back of the cupboard.
I'm even partial the odd MORNAY (yegads - am I really admitting that on the web!) and a whole lot of other 80s food that is no friend of my waistline. Fortunately most time I exert control over my 80s affectation (witness the new spiralizer), but just in case you, like me get the odd hankering for something rich and decadent, I thought I would include them here.
Upping the ante on steak and three veg.
Winter comfort food - compensating with extra servings of spinach and steamed vegetables!
Decadent sauce in the making
Steak with creamy mushroom and marsala sauce, roasted vegetables and steamed carrots and broccoli
If you have read other parts of this site- you will know that I deliberately didn't include much about batch cooking, i.e. cooking several meals and freezing them. I feel there are so many other sources of information on that and secondly, it's kind of common sense, so people know to do that anyway. But like most common sense things, it's easy to forget, or not do, and as I do ocassionally batch cookand think that nothing is more exciting than a freezer full of home made meals, I thought I would include some ideas here, in case it is something anyone is interested in getting recipes for or finding out more.
Nutritious, economical, simple - incredibly tasty one pot chicken, thyme, vegetable and rice dish that can be made into about 10 meals for the freezer.
Ideas for pre-preparing vegetables and fish or meat, in order to quickly assemble and cook each evening.
2 hours of effort to yield 30 meals for the freezer and vegetables pre-prepared for the week.
Chicken and vegetables roasted in one pan, then served with wilted greens and avocado.
A whole chicken, makes this a very economical easy soup.
Batch roast seasonal vegetables to create a variety of meals during the week.
Maximise time and cost efficiencies by preparing all vegetables in one go.
There are several variations for this soup - including a completely 'clean' version suitable for detox weeks. A brilliant 'go to' dish for a super healthy meal.