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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Italian Style Bangers and Mash - One Serving Recipe

This is a good recipe for using up leftovers and frozen food items. Some people might want to double this recipe as it makes a smallish single-serving. The demo photo shows a double portion.

1 serving mashed potatoes (about 1/2 cup)
1/3 c frozen spinach
1 large sausage (such as a bratwurst) cooked (optional - chopped into slices)
1/8 tsp garlic salt (optional)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tbs grated parmesan cheese
balsamic vinegar

Cook together the spinach and potatoes with the garlic salt, garlic powder, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stir together to make a green-tinged mash.

Add the sausage, then top with the parmesan cheese. Finish the dish by drizzling over the balsamic vinegar.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Raw Cookie Dough Dessert

Sometimes, raw cookie dough is better than a baked cookie. This recipe is egg-free and safe to eat uncooked -- in fact it might not even be bakeable, but it sure makes a nice dough! You can use real butter instead of the Brummel and Brown's spread, but the spread helps keep the texture more soft and creamy. Whole wheat flour gives the dough some additional texture.

4 tbs brown sugar
2 tbs white sugar
1/4 c Brummel and Browns yogurt spread
1 tbs milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine the sugars, yogurt spread, milk, and vanilla thoroughly, then add the flour and stir together. When dough is well mixed, add the chocolate chips.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Tex-Mex Macaroni II - One Serving Recipe

This recipe relies quite a bit on a corn-salsa blend called "Cowboy Caviar" which I acquired from Trader Joe's. It is made with corn, black beans, chilies and other spices.

To make the recipe: prepare a dish of Homemade Mac and Cheese for One, but use Nacho Cheese Blend or Mexican Blend Cheese instead of the cheddar, and stir three tablespoons of Cowboy Caviar, plus 1/4 teaspoon garlic paste into the sauce while mixing, as well. When the macaroni is finished, garnish with an additional tablespoon of the Cowboy Caviar OR garnish with some sour cream, which also blends nicely with the flavors.

Friday, April 8, 2016

One Serving Cornbread - In a Mug

Want your side of cornbread, but don't want to be stuck with a whole pan of it? Try this mug version -- you'll have fresh cornbread with every meal.

2 tbs cornmeal
1/4 c water
1/2 tbs butter
2 tbs flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tbs sugar
1 tbs honey
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs milk

Into the mug put the cornmeal and the water. Cook them together for 30 seconds -- the meal should be hot, softened and somewhat rubbery.
Stir the butter into the hot meal.
Add remaining ingredients to the mug and mix together thoroughly.
Microwave the mug for about 2 minutes or till batter is matte and showing no signs of cooking. Let sit for 1-2 minutes before eating. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Vata Soup with Spinach - One Serving Recipe

1 tbs butter
2/3 c chopped onion
1/2 tsp garlic puree
1 tsp flour
1/8 tsp salt
dash tarragon
dash lemon-pepper seasoning
pinch ghost pepper (optional)
pinch nutmeg
1 cup chicken broth or stock
4 ounces (about 1 cup) frozen spinach
6 tbs Greek-style plain yogurt

In a saucepan, melt the butter, then add the onions and cook over medium-high heat till softened.
Add flour and additional seasonings, and stir together. Let cook together for half a minute.
Add the spinach and chicken stock. Heat to boiling, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for five minutes.
Remove soup from heat and puree -- you can use either a hand blender, or transfer it to a food processor. Soup should be reduced to a textured mix lacking in any large chunks of vegetable.
Add the yogurt and puree to combine well.
If needed, reheat the soup before serving.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Breakfast Banana Bread Bowl - Single Serving

Somewhere between banana bread and banana pancakes, this dish is made in the microwave and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

1 banana
1 egg
1/4 tsp maple flavoring
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbs white sugar
2 tbs brown sugar
2 tbs sour cream
3 tbs flour

In a large microwave-safe bowl, mash the peeled banana with a fork until wet and no large chunks remain. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Add maple flavor, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugars. Stir well.
Add sour cream. Stir well till smoothly combined.
Add the flour and stir till smoothly combined.
Place the bowl in the microwave for about 3 minutes (give or take roughly 30 second depending on your microwave.) Bread should be firm when done.
Let cool for 1 to 2 minutes before eating.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Arroz Caldo - Philippine Chicken and Rice Soup

The name means simply "rice soup" but it's so much more than that! Heavy on the ginger, the broth can be overpowering by itself, but taken along with mouthfuls of rice, chicken and boiled egg it comes together into a delicious, filling, astringent soup dish. Bonus: it is said to be an excellent cold remedy.

2 c chicken stock or broth
1/4 c water
1 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
dash salt
3 tsp fish sauce
5 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp honey

3/4 c cooked chicken pieces
1/3 c instant rice (regular rice can be substituted, but it will take much longer to cook)

1 hard boiled egg, sliced
1 tsp chopped chives or green onions

Combine liquids and seasonings together in a saucepan. Place over medium-high heat.
Add the rice and chicken. Cover, allow to cook for 10-15 minutes, or until rice is done and soup is hot.
Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with boiled egg and chives.