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
- corn tortillas
- canned black beans
The great thing about this series and cooking for one person is how easy it is to be flexible according to your tastes (and fridge).
Spicy-Sweet Chicken Breast with Green Onion RiceBoil 1 bag of rice tonight. You'll use it over the next few nights. Also, go ahead and divide the chicken into 3-ounce portions to streamline dinner prep for the next few nights.
1/2 cup boil-in-bag brown rice (about one-third of a bag)2 teaspoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles with adobo sauce2 teaspoons honey1/4 teaspoon minced garlicDash of ground cumin1 teaspoon rice vinegar3-ounce slice of chicken breast from rotisserie chicken2 teaspoons thinly diagonally sliced green onions1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
1. Preheat broiler to high.
2. Cook rice according to package directions in a small saucepan, omitting salt and fat; drain.
3. While rice cooks, combine adobo sauce and next 4 ingredients (through vinegar) in a small bowl. Stir until combined. Spread half of glaze over chicken. Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until glaze begins to bubble. Remove chicken from the oven, and coat with remaining glaze.
4. Combine rice, green onions, and sesame seeds in a small bowl.
Serves 1CALORIES 349; FAT 10.8g (sat 2.3g, mono 0.3g, poly 0.3g); PROTEIN 28g; CARB 38g; FIBER 3g; CHOL 71mg; IRON 1mg; SODIUM 262mg; CALC 21mg
Spring Salad1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil1 teaspoon fresh lime juice1/2 teaspoon honeydash of saltdash of freshly ground black pepper1 ½ cups green lettuce1 radish, sliced
1. In a medium bowl, combine oil, lime juice, honey, salt, and pepper. Whisk until well blended. Add lettuce and radish. Toss to coat evenly.
Serves 1CALORIES 61; FAT 4.6g (sat 0.6g, mono 3.3g, poly 0.5g); PROTEIN 1g; CARB 5g; FIBER 1g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0.5mg; SODIUM 163mg; CALC 22mg
The Rest of This Week's Dishes: