Cooking for one person can be quite difficult–and, frankly, very boring. Many recipes make 4 servings. Even more make 6 or 8 servings. For families, that’s great, but if you’re not into leftovers, this just won’t work when you’re flying solo.

Our Cooking for One series focuses on combining a few fresh ingredients with pantry staples for 5 nights of fun dinners. This week, we’ll work with these 7 ingredients:

  • rotisserie chicken
  • boil-in-bag brown rice
  • canned chipotle chiles
  • broccoli
  • corn tortillas
  • canned black beans
  • avocado


Chipotle-Lime Chicken Tacos and Broccoli-Radish Salad

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tablespoon chipotle chiles with adobo sauce, chopped

1/4 teaspoon minced garlic

3 ounces rotisserie chicken, shredded (about 1/3 cup)

2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, divided

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

dash of salt

dash of freshly ground black pepper

2 corn taco shells

3-inch section of broccoli stalk, julienned

1/4 cup red bell pepper slices

1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar

1/4 avocado, thinly sliced

1. Heat a small skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add chopped chipotle chiles and garlic to pan. Cook 1 minute. Add chicken, and cook 2 minutes or until warmed. Remove the pan from heat. Add the next 4 ingredients (through black pepper). Stir to combine. Set aside.

2. Combine broccoli stalks, bell pepper slices, and vinegar in a small bowl. Toss to coat.

3. Fill each corn tortilla with half  the chicken mixture and half the broccoli slaw. Top with avocado slices.

Simple Salad with Lime Dressing 2 teaspoon lime juice 2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil pinch of salt pinch of pepper 1 cup greens 1/8 red bell pepper, thiny sliced 1/8 cup chopped onion 1/4 cup finely chopped broccoli florets 1 radish

1. Combine lime juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add greens and remaining ingredients. Toss to coat.

Serves 1 CALORIES 408; FAT 20.9g (sat 4.3g, mono 4.6g, poly 1.1g); PROTEIN 31g; CARB 29g; FIBER 9g; CHOL 71mg; IRON 1.7mg; SODIUM 577mg; CALC 78mg