Newsflash for all you non-singles. Cooking for one is ridiculous. Especially when you hate leftovers. The cost margins for buying materials to eat-in are nearly the same as eating out. Factor in the time to shop, cook, and clean-up and forget-about-it-I'm-grabbing-something-out-again. That or eating frosted mini-wheats.
But there's one thing I make with some regularity and freeze in individual serving bags to be thawed and devoured in minutes because it's so delicious. My mom got this recipe from her nutritionist a few years ago and it's become a Wms. family staple. Low in calories, high in fiber, it's a hearty staple you should give a try. Basically, you throw it in a pot. WHICH IS PERFECT FOR ME.
Taco SoupIf you can't find the beans listed above, you really can mix and match with any kind of bean found at the grocery store (pink, black, white, etc.). I've served the soup before with chips and fresh guac/salsa, quesadillas, and any other sort of mini Mexican spread. It's always a hit.
1 lbs ground beef1 med onions; chopped
Then add:1 can chili beans1 can kidney beans (drain)1 cans pinto beans1 cans diced tomatoes with garlic or onions8 oz tomato sauce1 can corn1 can diced chilies (little cans)2 cups water1 pkg taco seasoning1 pkg ranch dressing mixSimmer 20 minutes
Can add more water if needed
Garnish with sour cream, cheese, scallions, chips, etc.
Phew. Aren't you glad I don't write a full-time cooking blog? I'm pretty worthless. You know who puts together gorgeous cooking blogs I always read but never try? Alicia at Cookie Sheets and Cake Pans and Erica over at Erica's Pantry.
Use them for inspiration. I'm just here to keep the economy in motion.