As a more mature person (age-wise at least) I realize that eating healthier should have probably been a priorty all along but it just wasn't. Now it's time to begin paying attention - not only to what I eat, but where it comes from and how it gets to my local market. By no means am I an expert at eating the "right" things so this will be as much of an adventure in learning as anything else.
I also have a couple of friends who struggle to put meals on their own table simply because they don't know how to cook for themselves or because they just do not enjoy the process. So here is my effort to combine doing something fun for myself and perhaps helpful for others in my situation.
Trying out new recipes has always been enjoyable for me and sharing them with others is fun and satisfying. If you run across this blog and find it helpful or just entertaining please feel free to comment so that I know what you're liking or disliking. Feel free to share ideas of your own too.
WHY IS COOKING FOR ONE SO DARNED HARD?
Almost every single person I ask has reasons why they don't cook when they're eating alone. It's time consuming; it's hard to make the correct portion sizes; there's no time to 'plan' for cooking. I hear lots of excuses and have used them all myself over and over again.
All this being said, tonight I needed something quick and easy and simple for dinner. A very fast stop at the grocery netted 1/4 pound of deli sliced turkey and 1 packet of turkey gravy mix. From my pantry I pulled out 1 slice of nice French bread and a small can of beets. With these I made a very simple dinner.
It feels silly to even give a recipe for this, but here goes. It's a simple start for the blog and one to get you rolling if you want to try it yourself. It requires no special equipment, no fancy ingredients or any advanced planning.
OPEN FACE HOT TURKEY SANDWICH
1/4 pound sliced deli turkey (get the unsweetened kind, the honey roasted will be weird tasting with gravy)
1/2 package of turkey gravy mix
pepper to taste
1 slice bread of your choice, lightly toasted
|Simple dinner in a flash|
To serve, place the toast on a warmed plate, top with the hot turkey and gravy.
Some of my friends think I do ALL of my cooking from scratch and that I might sneer at the use of packaged gravy mixes, but frankly I grew up with Mom using these all the time and while I agree that homemade gravy would be the ideal ingredient here, I might not always have chicken broth sitting in the fridge to be used. Give yourself a break and use the pre-packed to save the time and effort here. A good quality jarred gravy would be good here too, I prefer Boston Market brand, they're very good.
MAPLE GLAZED BEETS
1 small can (4 oz) beets, drained
2 teaspoons butter
drizzle of maple syrup
In a small skillet, melt the butter and add the syrup. Add the beets to the skillet and bring to a boil. Stir to coat beets with the butter-syrup mixture. Serve immediately.
This meal comes in at around 500 calories, takes about 15 minutes to prepare and costs just under $3.50. Compare that to a take out you might have picked up on the way home and I've got you beat on all fronts.
Use the same method and substitute roast beef for the turkey and brown gravy for the turkey and you have another easy meal for a night when you're too tired to fuss much with your dinner.