Sometimes it’s difficult to find the motivation to cook a meal for one person when the easiest way to eat is ordering take-out or heating up a frozen dinner. However, regularly dining in restaurants and buying pre-made food is not economical and can eat into your food budget. Home cooked meals allow you to control your spending, as well as the number of calories, fat grams and nutrients on your plate.
Healthy Crab Salad
Make a low-carbohydrate, high protein meal requiring no cooking with this recipe from FitnessMagazine.com. Start by covering a plate with a bed of baby greens. Place fresh papaya fruit, peeled, seeded and cut in cubes in a circle around the outside edge of the plate. Mix a can of lump crab with half a bunch of chopped chives, a spoonful of olive oil, juice from one freshly squeezed lime and a pinch of finely ground white pepper and spoon into the center of the plate. Those not observing a carbohydrate restricted diet can eat this easy meal idea for one with a whole wheat dinner roll.
Bake pizza at home with this easy meal idea for one inspired by a recipe from MayoClinic.com. The ingredients have a shelf-life of two weeks or more. Pre-baked pizza crusts and bags of shredded cheese store easily in the freezer. Jars or cans of pizza sauce can sit on the shelf for several months or more. Defrost the crust for an hour if you have time and pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spoon 1/4 cup of pizza sauce on the crust and sprinkle 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top. Slice any veggies you have around the kitchen, like garlic, broccoli and bell peppers, and put them on the pizza. A sprinkle of oregano and basil, with a drizzle of olive oil adds gourmet flavor.
A stir-fry presents a healthy and flexible meal full of vegetables in this easy meal idea for one inspired by FitnessMagazine.com. Choose a portion of lean protein, such as chicken breast or firm tofu, and at least three vegetables. Pick vegetables with different colors, like carrots, cabbage and red bell peppers, for a variety of vitamins, tastes and added visual appeal. Cut the lean protein and 2 cups of vegetable into pieces that measure about 1 inch. Stir-fry the protein in a skillet with as little vegetable oil as possible until thoroughly cooked and remove. Stir-fry the vegetables and a clove of minced garlic in minimal vegetable oil for about five minutes on med-high heat; you want the veggies cooked but still crisp. Add the protein along with 2 tsp. of soy sauce mixed with 1 tsp. of honey and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Stir until mixed, remove from heat, sprinkle with crushed peanuts and plate it next to brown rice.