Cooking for one isn't always the most thrilling activity, but that doesn't mean you have to resort to ordering delivery tacos or eating cereal for dinner every day of your adult life. One foodie who knows this better than anyone is food blogger Sarah Tuck, who suddenly found herself an empty nester after her kids had gone to college and her husband left. Not ready to throw in the towel on her love for cooking, she rolled up her sleeves and wrote an entire cookbook sharing her journey of rediscovering her love of being in the kitchen.
Because we know how tempting it can be to not cook real food when no one is around to eat it, we asked Tuck to share a few delicious recipes for one that are perfect to whip up quickly or make ahead. From big batches of comfort food to quick and easy weekday dinners, these recipes for one will sustain you for the entire week. By cooking a mix of make-ahead dishes to freeze into individual portions with ready-made ingredients to quickly mix up into a meal, you'll make sure you always have something to eat no matter how little time you have.
So turn up your favorite podcast, pour yourself a glass of wine, and give these delicious recipes for one a try.
Old-School Tomato Soup With Cheese, Olive, Onion, and Rosemary Toasties
"This recipe for old-school tomato soup is so rich and full of flavor," says Tuck. "As a recipe for one, it will keep quite happily in a sealed container in the fridge for about four days to dip into as you choose. As for the cheese, olive, onion, and rosemary toasties, they're ready in 10 minutes and totally luscious."
When to cook it: Treat yourself to this heartwarming combo on a cold winter day.
Zucchini and Pea Fritters With Feta Yogurt Whip
"This super-tasty zucchini and pea fritter mix will keep in the fridge for up to three days," says the cookbook author. "Just add a little more flour every day to keep the texture perfect."
When to cook it: Make a larger batch of the fritters and feta whip ahead, and combine with a fresh salad for a super-quick breakfast or lunch (and let's be honest, even dinner).
Cheesy Stuffed Giant Pasta Shells
What's more comforting on a cold winter night than cheesy stuffed pasta? "This quantity serves four but can be easily frozen in separate containers to reheat as a dinner for one whenever you need some indulgent cheesy goodness," suggests Tucks.
When to cook it: Cook on a chilly Sunday night and freeze individual portions to enjoy throughout winter.
Prawn Asparagus Dumplings
While these prawn and asparagus dumplings take a little longer to make, they are so easy to prepare in big batches. "Perfect to store in the freezer, just grab a few dumplings any time you fancy and add another four minutes to the steaming time if cooking from frozen," says Tuck.
When to cook it: Make large quantities ahead and reheat when you need a quick fix after a long workday.
Warm Lamb and Farro Salad With Herby Cannellini Bean Hummus
"The farro and herby cannellini bean hummus in this dish will both store in the fridge for up to a week so that you can throw the rest of the dish together anytime," says the cook.
When to cook it: Keep large batches of the farro and hummus ahead of time, and try it with a variety of salads and meats throughout the week.
Asparagus, Egg, and Prosciutto Tarts
"I would happily eat these asparagus, egg, and prosciutto tarts for breakfast, lunch, or dinner," says Tuck. "The recipe serves four, but it is a cinch just to divide the recipe and make one at a time."
When to cook it: When you're feeling like an indulgent brunch for one that can be whipped up easily—or try it as a quick lunch or dinner on the go.
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