Who says you can’t whip up a delectable gourmet dinner for yourself? A solo supper can be so much more than cold leftover rotisserie chicken or a trip to the drive-through. I often crave pasta and cheese in all its glorious forms, but when I want to enjoy it with less guilt, I opt for lightening up a few of the usual ingredients, like using low-fat milk and stock instead of heavy cream or cream cheese, and reducing the amount of butter with olive oil. Trust me, this lighter version leaves nothing to be desired.
“Skinny” Mushroom Alfredo for One
Don’t ask me why, but when I moved into my first apartment, I strongly associated quiche with my newfound independence. I had never made quiche before, but I suppose it looked like a fancy, impressive dish to prepare for my fancy, impressive friends on a Sunday brunch. Unsurprisingly, I’ve yet to host a brunch party at my new place. But on a recent lazy Sunday, I decided to take a stab at it. To my delight, I discovered that quiche is about the easiest thing in the world to make. Plus, it keeps in the fridge for up to 1 week, making it a perfect dish to keep on-hand and heat up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Broccoli, Carrot, and Cheddar Quiche
Many of my recipes are inspired by two questions: (1) I don’t feel like shopping – what’s in the pantry and (2) I want to eat now – what can I cook quickly? This recipe is extremely versatile, lending itself well to whatever you have on hand, and if you follow my time-saving tips, you’ll have a delicious, hearty side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in no time.
Cheesy Skillet Potatoes With Poblano Peppers and Butternut Squash
If you’ve been following me for a while, you see that I almost always fry chicken or bake it with a ton of butter. The truth is that usually I despise grilled chicken – why not just chew on cardboard amirite? – but the way I grill chicken in this recipe creates a sweet and spicy caramelized crust that is to die for. Although a nice bean quesadilla and a mango salsa help to mellow out the intense spice in the chicken, I wouldn’t recommend this dish if you can’t stand the heat.
Caramelized Spicy Chicken With Mango Salsa and Refried Bean Quesadillas
I must be Southern at heart because there is nothing I enjoy more on a crisp fall evening than chili and a slice of cornbread. There’s just something inexplicably comforting about that perfect forkful of beans, beef, bread, and cheese. Here’s my take on this classic dish…
Spicy Poblano Pepper Chili With Cheddar Biscuits
OK, so this may be the shortest, easiest recipe I’ll ever post. It’s so easy that I almost feel guilty calling it a recipe. So, instead, let’s call it a suggestion for those nights when you just need something quick and satisfying.
Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese
A very wise editor I used to work with spoke often of the misuse of the exclamation point. She was not a fan of the emphatic “thank you!” or “hi!” in e-mails either because, honestly, you were never THAT appreciative or happy toward someone you worked with. She told us that editors and writers are only given 3 exclamation marks to use in their ENTIRE lifetime of writing, so you better use them well. Personally, I break this rule daily, as an email “thank you” without the exclamation mark is more likely to be construed as passive aggression. As predicted, we’re all de-sensitized to the exclamation mark. However, if there was ever a time to justify an exclamation mark, now is one of those times…
Shells Stuffed With Butternut Squash in Brown Butter Sage Sauce!
… that’s how amazing this recipe is. Oooooh, I bet your mouth is watering now. The components of this recipe can stand alone, but together, they make a satisfying bite. Each forkful is a total package deal when you get a piece of the nutty polenta cake, the peppery greens, the burst of acidity from the tomato, and, of course, the luscious melty mozzarella cheese.
Crispy Parmesan Polenta Cakes With Caprese Salad