The Weeknight Meal, a.k.a. the Art of Grazing

It’s no secret that I love to cook. With the right amount of time and a hungry audience, I’ll cook my face off on a Tuesday. But as a grown ass woman with a life, there are plenty of nights when my “dinner menu” sounds like Cher’s from Clueless:

Handful of popcorn

Avocado + crackers

Bowl of shelled edamame

Apple + peanut butter

A few slices of cheese

Fruit snacks

Grazing. We all do it. When you’re by yourself–single or not–sometimes you just feel like wandering aimlessly around your kitchen until something looks good. I usually end up opening the same cabinet about 3 or 4 times and my poor refrigerator goes through a roller coaster of open-close, open-close.

Is this healthy? Of course not. But it happens.

On the nights when I’m feeling full of energy and motivation, however, making dinner and making it right is extremely satisfying. The “meal for one” or “single girl meal” is something of which I’m strangely proud. And the best part about these meals is that it doesn’t matter how weird they are. They’re just for me.

Single Girl Meal #1: The Frittata

frittata

You can make a frittata with anything. I usually make sure I have onions on hand at all times, so that’s a good base. Bacon is great to fatten the thing up a bit. Zucchini, kale and spinach are my favorite filling. And you always need cheese. Nothing beats goat, but cheddar and gouda are great too. Just mix all the stuff together with about 8 eggs and stick it in the oven at 425 until it’s cooked the way you want it. Full recipe soon to come in the recipe tab.

Single Girl Meal #2: Vegetables + Grains + Goat Cheese (The VGG)

quinoa dinner

This is my favorite option for the late summertime, when vegetables are everywhere. Eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, greens — they’re all awesome when you throw em on a cookie sheet and roast them. It makes a great meal to cook up some tasty grains (quinoa, rice, wild rice), cover them in the roasted vegetables and add in some goat cheese for creaminess. With the right seasoning, it’s so much better than you’d think. Recipe soon to come.

Single Girl Meal #3: Something with Salmon

salmon dinner

Salmon is actually one of the easiest things you can make for yourself. Put whatever you want on it (I like pesto, my dad is all about BBQ sauce) and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. As a kid, we grew up with the meat + starch + vegetable model, so I can’t really help myself, even when I’m eating alone. I like quinoa as my go-to grain and brussel sprouts (the comeback vegetable of the 20th century) complete the trifecta.

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