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Meals for Singles

Updated on September 13, 2013

Meals for Singles (Guy's & Gal's)

As a single hard-working guy returning home after a long day's hard work, and hopefully a gym workout, the last thing I want to do is cook breakfast or a full blown meal for dinner that takes ages to prepare,or lifting the phone and dialing up a home delivery Chinese or Pizza, which cost you a fortune these days.

So, after scouring the internet, I have created this little lens, with some of my favorite fast and easy, inexpensive meals for one. I shall endeavor to change on a regular basis, and naturally I would love for any of you Squidoos out there that has any recipes along these lines, to drop me a line with details and pictures if possible, and I will gladly display for all to enjoy.

Happy dinning :-)

  1. Always keep a variety of oils and vinegars on hand. Olive oil and vinegar are the perfect solution to preparing marinades, salad dressings, sautés and bread dippin
  2. Make sure you stock your pantry with the following at all times:

    Garlic

    Onions

    Potatoes

    Rice

    Dried pasta

    Any other grain of your choosing

    You can use onions and garlic in almost every dish or snack on a baked potato with sautéed onions, garlic and sour cream. Rice and pasta are great for quick meals and can be combined with easy to prepare fresh items like mushrooms, vegetables, cold meats and cheeses.

  3. Keep a supply of canned soup or frozen stocks handy. This way you can prepare a tasty nourishing soup with some fresh bread or a salad prepared in a jiffy.
  4. Stock your pantry (your freezer of course) with a good supply of meat and fish.
  5. Buy a stash of frozen or canned vegetables. These are really quick to prepare and you'll be getting all your vitamins too!
  6. Keep some alcoholic beverages handy for surprise visits or to use in your favorite recipes. Cooking may seem more pleasant with a glass of wine to sip!
  7. For a snappy weekend breakfast stock up on maple syrup and pancake mix. Always have a variety of cereals on hand for the rest of the week.
  8. If you store canned artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and olives it will be no sweat to prepare a good antipasto or salad lickety split.
  9. Freeze your cheese! A great protein source, you can use it for snacking, toppings, salads and to give a casserole pizzazz.
  10. The shopping list. Before you head to the store, think about the meals you like to eat and choose appropriate supplies. Also include some stand-bys for when you really can't face the stove!
  11. When you stock your pantry, buy produce in bulk. If it won't go bad within a two year period, pack it on your shelves!

Eating in: The Official Single Man's Cookbook

Eating in: The Official Single Man's Cookbook
Eating in: The Official Single Man's Cookbook

This is a pretty funny and sexy cookbook, it has a humorous outlook of preparation for that intimate meal!

 

Some Practical Meal Ideas

Found some good tips on line which I would like to share with you:

Buy "fresh," precooked food

1. Look for portion-controlled servings of lasagna, chicken or fish, vegetables, potatoes, etc.

2. Pair one dish (e.g., prepared chicken or fish) with a fresh vegetable or salad.

3. Buy small portions of fresh vegetables from salad bars.

Use healthy canned and frozen foods

1. Stock up on individual frozen portions of fish, shrimp in a bag, individual chicken breasts, prepackaged turkey burgers, salmon burgers, veggie burgers, whole-grain waffles or stir-fry mixes.

2. Use frozen dinners as a base and add fresh ingredients to them. Look for whole-grain entrees or brands that are organic or low in fat and salt. Include a salad and whole-grain roll to round out the meal.

3. Enjoy a bowl of frozen fruit combined with fresh fruit. Top with low-fat vanilla yogurt. Or use canned fruit, packed in water or 100 percent fruit juice.

4. Use a canned food as your base, and add fresh vegetables. Saute zucchini, onions and carrots. Then pour in a can of chili, either vegetarian or with ground turkey.

5. Add pre-washed spinach or steamed leftover veggies to chicken or vegetable soup.

6. Eat canned beans, which are packed with nutritious fiber and protein. Add to salads, or mix with quick brown rice and stewed tomatoes.

Add fresh peppers, onions and mushrooms to a canned tomato sauce.

Love those leftovers:

1. Cook in bulk and freeze in portions. This works well for soups, meatballs, chilies, turkey meat loaf or casseroles.

2. Use leftovers in preparing meals the next day. Be creative!

3. Cut up leftover grilled or baked chicken and put over a salad for lunch.

4. Use extra chili to top a baked potato the next night.

Think outside the box

Meals don't have to be traditional. How about breakfast for dinner? Just make sure to get your vegetables in with other meals.

1. Scrambled eggs and whole-wheat toast

2. Whole-grain cereal with skim milk and berries

3. A warm bowl of oats with sliced banana

4. Low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese with sliced fruit

5. Smoothies with frozen berries added

So Now You'Re On Your Own. . . .: A Cookbook For College Students & Singles

So Now You'Re On Your Own. . . .: A Cookbook For College Students & Singles
So Now You'Re On Your Own. . . .: A Cookbook For College Students & Singles

A pretty neat cookbook that will help the singles and students save a little bit of money when cooking. Guided through the shopping and cooking experience with ease and tasty results.

 

Bacon Baked Potatoes

Prep: 5 min, Cook: 1:00.

4 potatoes, scrubbed

1/4 cup sour cream

1/4 cup bottled real bacon pieces

Preheat oven to 450°F. Bake potatoes 1 hour or until tender. Split open and top with a dollop of sour cream. Serve sprinkled with bacon pieces.

Baked Banana Dish

Prep: 5 min, Cook: 30 min.

8 firm bananas, cut into chunks

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup cinnamon sugar

Place banana chunks in a small baking dish. Top with melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Bake in the oven or in a toaster oven at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes.

Gravy-Topped Baked Potato

Prep: 5 min, Cook: 1:00.

4 large baking potatoes

1/2 cup canned gravy

Preheat oven to 425°F. Scrub potatoes well. Pierce skin in several places with a fork or skewer. Place potatoes onto oven shelves and bake about 1 hour or until tender. Heat in a saucepan gravy over low heat. Split open potatoes and top with gravy. Serve hot.

Green Salad

Prep: 5 min.

1 lb. packaged salad

3 ounces bottled real bacon pieces

1/4 cup Russian dressing

Serve salad sprinkled with bacon flavored pieces. Toss with dressing.

Rigate Pasta

Prep: 5 min, Cook: 10 min.

14 ounces penne rigate pasta

2 tsp. olive oil

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling water 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and toss with oil and cheese.

Rice with Mushroom Gravy

Prep: 5 min, Cook: 20 min.

2 cups water

1 cup rice

1/2 cup bottled or canned mushroom gravy, warmed

Place water and rice in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce heat to low. Cover saucepan and simmer 20-25 minutes, or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed. Stir in gravy.

Tangy Rice and Pork

Prep: 10 min, Cook: 10 min.

1 cup cooked white rice

2 cups canned pork, cooked and diced

11 ounces mandarin orange segments, drained

2 tsp. orange zest

1 green onion, chopped

1/2 lb. canned sliced water chestnuts

Combine all ingredients in a large skillet and cook over medium heat for about 7-10 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.

Tomato Simmered Chicken

Prep: 5 min, Cook: 15 min.

2 Tbs. olive oil

4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts

2 cups canned tomato soup

Heat oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté chicken 5 minutes per side, or until browned. Pour in soup. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and simmer 10 minutes.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Courtesy of ElectricCarBuff

Prep: 5-7 min, Cook: 15-20 min

2 Large Eggs

1 pound of Spaghetti

1 cup of cubed Bacon

1 Large Onion

Fry some onion and bacon in a pan for 5 min on hot.

Boil spaghetti for 10-15mins.

Drain spaghetti. Once drained mix in pan with onion and bacon for 5 mins on medium heat. Turn off heat and crack an egg or two over the top.

Traditional Carbonara is with egg white only.

Any Recipes For Me :-)

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    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      Great recipes and advice for stocking the pantry. Great suggestions for those of us whose children are now in college. We need recipes for single servings as well. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

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      ccsonian 5 years ago

      thanks for the great recipes. Organization is my downfall, I never have the ingredients I need.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      You did a wonderful job putting this together.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These all look delicious, but I must admit, I am most intrigued by the baked banana :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your recipe for a Baked Banana Dish looks amazing.

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      Love these! This is a great lens, with great advice and great recipes. Could you put in a plexo-module, so people can list their favorite meals-for-singles links? Here are some recipes that go with the ones your on your lens - https://hubpages.com/food/saint-patrick-day-feast - these are simple, but tasty and quick AND TIME TESTED! They work! Thanks for sharing

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @AnnieMoril: Ah thank you Annie :-)

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      AnnieMoril 5 years ago

      Well done! This lens really did deserve a SquiAngel blessing.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Joan Haines: A lady after my own heart, I do exactly same :-)

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @goo2eyes lm: Your welcome, makes you feel hungry ;)

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @ElectricCarBuff: Awesome recipe, as you can see have added to list, many thanks for a great suggestion and I will certainly be trying this out very soon

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @verymary: I agree, have a couple of days off work so will be doing exactly that!

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      @Lauriej1: Makes you feel hungry huh ;)

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      Cooking for one is a whole different game. I cook a regular sized batch of something, and divide it up into single serving containers to freeze for lunches and for later.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      yummy lens, thanks for sharing. singles will be happy to have these recipes.

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      ElectricCarBuff 5 years ago

      Great ideas. I think a good recipe for you may be... Spaghetti Carbonara.

      Ing: Eggs, Spaghetti, Bacon and Onion.

      Fry some onion and bacon in a pan for 5 mins on hot.

      Boil spaghetti for 10-15mins.

      Drain spaghetti. Once drained mix in pan with onion and bacon for 5 mins on medium heat. Turn off heat and crack an egg or two over the top.

      Traditional Carbonara is with egg white only. But I use it all :-)

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      Mary 5 years ago from Chicago area

      taking time too cook on the weekend and then freezing in single-sized portions is a good idea. chil, stews, lasagne all freeze well.

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      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Great lens!! All of these recipes look really yummy!! :)

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      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Great lens!! All of these recipes look really yummy!! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You have some great tips here, even if you are single you need good meals :)

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      These are some great recipes! =)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Your single portion meals look yummy and without too much work or cleanup involved sounds wonderful.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Nice quick recipes. I tend to spend ages in the kitchen preparing food.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 5 years ago from Texas

      Sounds pretty good to me. That's a lot more than some guys come up with, Best Wishes to you.

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Hehehe thanks for all your comments, hungry, try my fav desert, 1 x whole banana, make hole along center, fill with fav liquor, wrap in silver foil, throw on BBQ, leave until nice and soft, remove carefully, place in bowl, throw some ice cream on top, enjoy :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Really great and quick choices with plenty of variety and your humor as a garnish. Those backed bananas sound alluring!

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      niceman91 lm 5 years ago

      I love rice with mushroom gravy :)

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      niceman91 lm 5 years ago

      I love rice with mushroom gravy :)

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      Johnathan K 5 years ago

      the food photos make feel hungry..hah. Thank you for the great post. Regards

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      MicaK1 5 years ago

      Great idea! My son's been thinking of moving out so this lens will be handy for him. Thanks!

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Baked Banana dish is delicious, I love it!

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      GabrielaFargasch 6 years ago

      I love the loaded baked potato! Yummy! :)

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      Tiggered 6 years ago

      I'm getting hungry just by reading :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello Bill, I have tried Rigate Pasta, except my version I add Promise spread or a little touch of butter to it and add Mrs. Dash Onion and Herb to it. It is delicious. The Green Salad looks good too. One of my own versions, I like to add with the packaged Spring Mix Greens a little Spinach and add a drizzle of Marzetti Sweet Vidalia Onion dressing and organic red delicious apples. This lens is a nice treat.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Many thanks to everyone for visiting my lens and all your kind comments, and a special thanks to my SquidAngel, clouda9, who stopped by and gave me a little sprinkle :-)

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Mmm! on the baked bananas...even this married gal would love baking up that dish. My [Recipes] Angel Blessing today is SWAH and featured on http://www.squidoo.com/my-angel-wings

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Looks good, some great tips for a busy "cook".

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      great idea for a lens and the food looks great too

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am hungry just reading your lens.

      I have to say for me it would have to be the Bacon Baked Potatoes, never thought of putting bacon into baked potatoes. Can't wait to try it. Plus I love potatoes. All this does definitely help when you have a pantry. Nice pictures they all made me hungrier.

      Have a super ninja day

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Great topic for a lens. You are right about cheese freezing well. I buy cheddar cheese on sale and grate it before freezing. Then I use it to make mac and cheese, or other meals, really quickly. I cook one cup macaroni and make the cheese sauce separately while it's cooking. I melt about a tablespoon of butter, add the same amount of flour, then a cup of milk, and as much cheese as desired. It's also nice if you add some sauted onion or other seasoning. Then just combine the cooked macaroni with the cheese sauce. Sometimes I add parmesan or other cheeses for a bit of variety.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @sousababy: Ah thanks you very much, I appreciate that and glad you like my little lens, I must say I love your What Men Should Know About Women, very helpful for us single guy's, with your permission I would like to lensroll this one to mine, have a greta day

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Lensrolled to my: Getting a Guy to Cook, Helpful Tips for Raising Children and What men should know about women lenses. Hope it helps, Rose

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Oh, what a great lens. I used to cook rice in a rice cooker and then heat some Chunky soup or Stews and pour it over a bed of rice. Really simple, nutritious meal (and I could study while the rice was in the cooker, soup only took 5 mins. to heat up). Great job, thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @UKGhostwriter: Hehehehe not yet, guess that can be an update huh

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      No hot dogs?

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      @poutine: It is good, just made it the other night :-)

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Tomato Simmered Chicken sounds pretty good and easy to make.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      looks really tasty. Nice lens:) Joni

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      Bill Armstrong 6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Yummy Yummy

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      MarianaFargasch 6 years ago

      Again you have to make me hungry! :) Time for lunch perhaps? :)