I have made an amazing discovery. I am a pretty good cook (I am also humble). It is also much cheaper, and often better, than going to a restaurant. I thought I would share a few single guy recipes that have been easy and fun to make. I am also looking for ideas on other things to cook. I made my few fallback recipes over the last few weeks that I have been living alone, so I am up for suggestions.
Meal 1: One Pot Asian Stir Fry
- Tofu, beef, or chicken
- Angel hair pasta or Asian noodle
- Veggies: any combination of onion, green/red/yellow pepper, bok choy (my favorite), cabbage, celery, hot peppers, other fresh vegetables that would work in a stir fry
- Soy sauce, oil, chicken stock (optional)
Start by cooking the tofu/beef/chicken sliced up in a pan with a drop of oil for sticking and soy or teriyaki sauce for a base flavor. At the same time, saute onion and boil water for pasta. If you have enough pots and pans, you can start to cook the vegetables in a pan with a small amount of water with chicken stock and soy sauce.
Once everything is cooked, start mixing them up in a big pot with a small amount of water at the bottom over medium to medium-high heat. Douse everything in soy sauce and the optional chicken stock mix. Keep stirring so things don't stick or burn to the pot. Once it is all mixed up, evenly flavored, and soy sauced to taste, take off the heat and eat.
The good thing about this, it is hard to screw up. Unless you over do the soy sauce, which I think is impossible, you will end up with a tasty meal no matter what.
Meal 2: Fajitas
Again, this one is guy-proof cooking at its finest. I made mine with tofu because I don't mix dairy and meat, but the tofu can easily be subbed for beef or chicken.
- The veggies: Onions, bell peppers, jalapeno (to taste)
- The protein: tofu, beef, or chicken
- The spices: Chili powder, a tash of garlic powder (optional)
- The fixins: Tortillas, chedar cheese, sour cream, green onions (diced), salsa
- For cooking: a splash of olive or vegetable oil
Cook the protein with seasonings to taste. Saute the onion in a pan and mix in other vegetables when the onion is slightly browned. Let the vegetables cook until you are just about ready to eat them and throw in the cooked tofu/beef/chicken. Add more seasonings to taste and serve super hot.
Put into a large flour tortilla and put cheese, salsa, etc on top. Eat. Delicious.
Meal 3: Breakfast Burrito
Breakfast is easiest meal of the day to sleep through. It is also tasty when done right. You can do a little overlap between the ingredients here and the fajitas to have a Mexican themed day with no waste.
- Hash browns
- Cheddar cheese
Directions: Cook eggs and hash browns. Mix everything in a tortilla.
So ends the first ever cooking post on this site. The fun thing about cooking is being able to change anything you find to taste. I add salt to just about everything. Or garlic. Or onion. I like strong flavors. Others might go lighter on spices and flavors. That is why I didn't put amounts on any of the ingredients, you can do with this shell what you like. Add, subtract, and meld the recipe to be your own.
What else should I try? Nothing that combines diary and meat products, but other than that I will give almost anything a shot. If you wonder why I don't mix meat and dairy, here is a good explanation on Kosher eating.