How To Cook For One

Whether your idea of cooking is a gourmet meal or a pizza, cooking for one is an invaluable skill, one we must all learn in our adult lives. There are infinite resources and recipes in the world at large and, hey, learning a new skill is always a plus.

 Here are some staples to keep around for quick and nutritious meals: red potatoes, eggs, almond milk, cheese, spinach, beans, onions, garlic, kale, whole wheat bread, tortillas, and avocados. Having just a few of these items on hand at any given moment will be sufficient to cook a quick, filling meal any time of day. The steaming process is nothing more than adding a dash of water to the pan and putting a lid on top until the cheese melts. If you’re making a dish that calls for a tortilla, heat it up in a separate pan and add the filling to it there.

Here are a few recipes, prep and cook time varies between 10-20 minutes.

Spinach Tacos:

  • One bunch of spinach, cooked down
  • Garlic and onion to taste
  • Two tablespoons of parmesan cheese steamed on top
  • Corn tortillas       
  • Sliced avocado on top
  • Black or pinto beans on the side


Kale Salad:

  • One bunch of kale, cooked down
  • Garlic and red onion to taste
  • Parmesan cheese steamed on top
  • Chunked avocado
  • Mashed red potatoes on the side
  • (Optional: Apple cider mixed with extra virgin olive oil as a vinaigrette dressing on the salad. Substitute sour cream for a bonding agent in your mash instead of milk and butter.)


French Toast:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • ½ cup of almond milk
  • Two eggs
  • Potato side dish of your choice


Breakfast burrito:

  • Three eggs
  • ¼ cup of cheddar or Jack cheese
  • One small red potato, chunked
  • Flour tortilla
  • Black or pinto beans on the side
  • (Optional: Throw in some spinach for an extra Vitamin C boost.)
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Stephanie Rivera
Stephanie resides in the northwest, formerly of the San Francisco bay; she fancies herself a poet and non-fiction writer with a wandering eye for the next story. Intagram: @smittystingray Tumblr:
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