Cooking for One: Scaled Recipes, No-Waste Solutions, and Time-Saving Tips


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Discover the joy of cooking for yourself with more than 160 perfectly portioned, easy-to-execute recipes, flexible ingredient lists to accommodate your pantry, and ideas for improvising to your taste.

Taking care to prepare a meal for yourself is a different experience than cooking for others. It can be a fun, casual, and (of course) delicious affair, but there are challenges, from avoiding a fridge full of half-used ingredients to ending up with leftovers that become boring after the third reheat.

Cooking for One helps you make cooking for yourself special without becoming a chore with unfussy yet utterly appealing meals that rely on ingredients you already have on hand, like Garam Masala Pork Chop with Couscous and Spinach and Weeknight Chicken Cacciatore. Don't have exactly the right ingredients? Never fear–with a "Kitchen Improv" box on every page, we offer ideas for altering the dish so it works for you. And for those weeks you didn't make it to the supermarket, we use a "Pantry Recipe" icon to clearly mark recipes that rely entirely on our checklist for a well-stocked pantry. We show you when it's worth making two servings (but never more) with our "Makes Leftovers" icon, and suggest how to transform those leftovers into a whole new meal. (We love our Spice-Rubbed Flank Steak with Celery Root and Lime Yogurt Sauce served over arugula as a hearty salad the next day.) Ingredients themselves often lead you to another exciting meal–when you're left with half an eggplant from Simple Ratatouille, we direct you to Broiled Eggplant with Honey-Lemon Vinaigrette as the perfect way to use it up. And if the thought of a sink full of dishes keeps you out of the kitchen, there are plenty of appealing one-pan dinners like Sheet Pan Sausages with Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe, and Mustard-Chive Butter or Couscous with Shrimp, Cilantro, and Garlic Chips that are here to save the day.


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Cooking for One

Scaled Recipes, No-Waste Solutions, and Time-Saving Tips

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Inside your Cooking for One guide

Make cooking for yourself special without becoming a chore with unfussy yet utterly appealing meals that rely on ingredients you already have on hand.

The main event

Simple soups and stews

One-pan dinners

Sides to match or eat on their own

Sandwiches and salads

Something sweet

As far as we’re concerned, one is far from the loneliest number

Discover the joy of cooking for yourself with more than 160 perfectly portioned, easy-to-execute recipes, flexible ingredient lists to accommodate your pantry, and ideas for improvising to your taste.

Emphasis on reducing food waste with for-one shopping strategies, guidelines about ingredients to always have on hand, and tips for repurposing leftovers.

“Kitchen Improv” boxes offer suggestions for customizing recipes, including “Make it Vegetarian” or “Make it a Meal” to make a side the main event.

The sauces ad spice rubs spread gives you scaled down recipes for finishing elements that brighten up simpler meals.

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Making the side the main event

Whether you’re looking for inspiration for transforming your leftovers or want to bulk up your side dish to make it a meal, we’ve got you covered.

Start with a base: Give your vegetable side dish some support by serving it over rice or grains, cauliflower rice, polents, pasta, vegetable noodles, or toast.
Add a protein: Make it hearty by adding thawed frozen edamame, an egg, chopped tofu, canned tuna, smoked salmon, burrata, canned beans, or chicken.
Add a topper: Level up with savory toppings like a drizzle of a store-bought gochujang, cheesy toasted panko, savory seed brittle, store-bought crispy chickpeas, chopped toasted nuts, croutons, crumbled cheese, or a dollop of hummus or yogurt.

Meatloaf

Meatloaf

Eggplant

Eggplant

Garlic Soup

Garlic Soup

Chicken Sausage Hash

Chicken Sausage Hash

The main event

Glazed meatloaf for one

Meatloaf brings to mind dinner-style fare for a family, but we wanted down-home goodness in a smaller package. To take this even further from our grandmother’s meatloaf, we used ground pork and incorporated Asian-inspired ingredients for a flavor that reminded us of the filling of our favorite dumplings.

Sides to match or eat on their own

Broiled eggplant with a honey-lemon vinaigrette

There’s more to sliced eggplant than eggplant parm, and this quick, easy side is a more vibrant application — and its meatiness makes eggplant equally deserving of center-of-the-plate status.

Simple Soups and stews

5-ingredient creamy chickpea and roasted garlic soup

Through the power of garlic, a can of chickpeas is transformed into a creamy, Mediterranean-inspired soup in 30 minutes flat. Roasting the garlic delivers a mellow, mildly sweet farlic flavor that mimics oven-roasted garlic in a fraction of the time.

One-pan dinners

Chicken Sausage Hash

While making hash for a crowd might mean endless chopping, all it takes is one single potato to get this party started.

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