Cooking Solo: Recipes for One

By Robyn Priebe on 10/03/2012
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Whether you live alone, have different tastes than other members of your family, or just tend to eat by yourself often, it might be helpful to have a collection of recipes for one.  While I’m not opposed to cooking large quantities of food and freezing it, there’s a need to do some cooking for one from time to time.

Here is a simple recipe for a bean and cheese tostada we make at Green Mountain.  Although we make our own re-fried beans, canned would work just as well.  If you are making this recipe for one, you will probably want to freeze the remaining 3 servings of re-fried beans after you open the can.  Consider freezing individual portions to make it easier to use in the future.

  • 1/4 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup vegetarian re-fried beans
  • 1 corn tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  •  1 tablespoon salsa

Preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees.

Warm a pan on medium heat.  Once warm, add the olive oil, peppers and onions and stir to coat veggies with oil.  Cook until onions are translucent.

While veggies cook, spread 1/2 cup beans on the corn tortilla.  Once peppers and onions are cooked, spread these over the beans and then sprinkle the cheese on top.  Bake the open faced tostada in toaster oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Top with sour cream (or yogurt) and salsa and serve with a handful of cut veggies or grape tomatoes and a side of fruit for a quick and easy balanced meal.

What is your favorite recipe-for-one?

 

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