Dec 22 2010

Five Fast Meals for One

Published by at 2:29 pm under Cooking for One,Uncategorized

 Cooking for one when working fulltime  can be a challenge.  I have found I can have a variety of good tasting food on the table in just  minutes if I have the right items in the kitchen, the key to success is keeping the refrigerator and freezer stocked with these quick cooking foods .

In the freezer keep an assortment of frozen vegetables (such as green beans, peas, corn and several varieties of mixed or combination vegetables), individually wrapped salmon steaks, and  ground beef patties, a package of your favorite veggie burgers, Bell and Evans grilled chicken or chicken patties and frozen cheese tortellini’s.  Make sure the items you buy in bulk are individually wrapped before you freeze them, that way you do  not have to thaw more than you need.   

In the refrigerator keep fresh eggs,  ready to heat Al Fresco Chicken sausage, lettuce, tomato, fresh broccoli and carrots ( these last two keep very well and can be served in a salad or cooked and served hot).

Have whole wheat bread or whole wheat rolls on hand, wrap and freeze any that you will not use within 3-4 days of purchase and buy one or two sweet potatoes each week and keep enough  baking potatoes, and onions for when you need them. 

Five Fast Meals 

Salmon, Broccoli and Sweet Potatoes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Thaw the salmon in the microwave, brush with a little soy sauce and bake for15-20 minutes in the oven until done. While the fish cooks steam the broccoli on the stove top, and prick the skin of a sweet  potato with a fork and cook in the microwave for five minutes or until soft and tender. Plate up the fish, potato and broccoli and serve with fresh lemon.

Tomato omelet with Toast

Open Face Omelet with TomatoesScramble three whole eggs with a little salt, pepper and one tablespoon of water, pour the eggs into a heated, lightly oiled omelet pan or small fry pan. While the eggs cook cut a whole tomato into slices, and put the bread in the toaster. Sprinkle the eggs with a little grated cheese, add the tomatoes in one layer. Cook until the eggs are no  no longer runny, serve “open-faced” or fold the omelet in half and serve with the toast.

Cheese ravioli with Vegetables

Cook a 12 ounce package of cheese ravioli in boiling water  as described on the package. In the last three minutes of cooking add 2 cups of your favorite frozen vegetables to the boiling water ( I recommend a combination with broccoli, varrots, mushrooms and peppers) then drain the water toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, season with a small grating of cheese and even some chopped black olives and enjoy!

Hot sandwich of your choice

Cook a beef patty, veggie burger or chicken patty top with sliced tomato and lettuce and serve on whole wheat bread or a roll with extra vegetables on the side.

Chicken sausage with Vegetables

Al Fresco Chicken Sausage is sold in the meat case, it is  precooked and comes in a variety of flavors.  Cook your favorite combination of frozen vegetables in a small skillet as directed on the package. In the last three minutes of cooking add the sliced sausage and cook until it is hot. Serve with salt and pepper a sliced tomato and a slice of whole wheat toast.

Please send in your ideas for your favorite quick fast meal.

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