Anyone who lives alone will understand the pain of meal-prepping. Meal-prepping for the week means that we have to eat the same dinner for five nights in a row. As such, we often settle for an easy sandwich or takeout. However, this gets old really quickly. This is why we’ve pulled together a list of the best easy meals for one that you can do without breaking the bank.
Be it for a breakfast lunch or dinner, these recipes are foolproof and guarantees you a delicious healthy meal. So put on your apron and start cooking with us!
1. Mushroom and herb omelette
While this dish looks fancy, it can’t be easier to whip up! This nutritious breakfast only requires eggs, mushrooms, sour cream, and some of your favourite herbs. Easy to cook, easier to eat!
- 1 large egg and a tablespoon water, beat until smooth
- 1 tablespoon sour cream
- 1 hand full fresh mushroom
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh fines herbs (Equal parts: Tarragon, Parsley, Chives mix all when finished / Any combination desired)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (vegetable, or canola oil works too)
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Wash and slice the mushrooms. Put aside.
- In a bowl, stir together the eggs, chopped herbs, and sour cream.
- Heat the oil in a pan. When the oil begins to smoke, add mushrooms to the pan. Fry the mushrooms for about 2-3 minutes.
- Season the mushrooms to taste with salt and pepper, then add the butter and melt.
- Add the egg mixture to the pan. Stir the eggs occasionally to form soft curds.
- When the egg mixture begins to coagulate, turn the heat off and allow the eggs to set with the residual heat of the pan.
- Serve and eat immediately.
3. Chicken and Rice Bowl
This rice bowl provides for a hearty, delicious meal that is sure to leave you fully satiated. You can try different variations: add pork, fish or beef. Eat it with veggies or without. This is a healthy, simple budget meal!
- 220 grams of chicken breast
- 3/4 cup of rice
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cooking oil
- Vegetables of your choice (broccoli, onions, mushrooms, zucchini etc.)
- Cook your rice.
- Slice your chicken breast.
- Warm your pan with cooking oil.
- Fry up your chicken breast
- Add the garlic, vegetables and chopped tomato.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- Scoop a bowl of rice and top with chicken. Enjoy!
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4. One pot Ramen Bowl
Looking for something warm and soupy, then this is the dish for you! Using the humble, old instant ramen as a base, this recipe adds onto it resulting in a filling Japanese meal that is sure to warm your body and soul.
- 1 package ramen noodles
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 3 medium button mushrooms
- 2 whole green onions
- 1 large egg
- Wash and slice the spinach.
In a small pot, boil 2 cups of water. Once the water begins to boil, add the noodles and cook according to the package directions.
Turn the heat down to medium and throw in your fresh veggies. Allow them to sit in the hot broth for 1-2 minutes or until slightly softened.
Make a well in the center of the pot and crack the egg into it.
Pour the soup into a bowl and eat.
5. Minestrone Soup
- 2 strips bacon
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 cup canned red beans , rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
- 3/4 cup frozen mixed vegetables
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup small pasta
- Slice the bacon into 1/4-inch pieces and cook in a medium-sized pot over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon from pot and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Add the chopped onions to the pot and cook 2-3 minutes until translucent.
- Add the minced garlic.
- Add the Worcestershire Sauce, red beans, diced tomatoes and mixed vegetables.
- Add the chicken broth and stir in the cooked bacon.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- Bring to a gentle boil.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the pasta and cook on low heat for about 4 minutes.
Cooking for yourself doesn’t need to be troublesome. It actually is the best way of eating healthy! Start with this easy meals and check for yourself how much you can save instead of ordering ready-made food every day. With these easy recipes, you no longer have an excuse to not cook anymore!
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