Cooking for one isn’t fun.
Ever try to make a single serving of biryani or butter chicken?
Prepping meals on weekdays in general takes more effort and time than my schedule allows. After coming home at odd hours every night, slaving in the kitchen is the last thing on my mind. So I tried the most obvious thing:
Cook once on a Sunday, once mid-week and store it in my refrigerator for weeknight meals. Problem solved!
Or is it?
When the next weekend rolls around, I still have a gallon of curry sitting in my fridge. Groceries add up, waiting to be cooked and often spoil. Throwing out food isn’t something anyone should do.
If you’re on your own – away from family for work or studies, you’ve probably been through it. Before you reach for scrambled eggs, packaged noodles or the phone to dial for a pizza, hear me out!
There are recipes you can make for one person that are quick, easy and don’t need much shopping for. I’m talking sauces, pastes, condiments and spices that you can keep refrigerated and use to make a variety of gourmet meals with veggies and protein of your choice. Use your imagination and come up with ideas for sides – my choice (and one you can’t go wrong with) is chips!
Here’s my recipe for BBQ CHICKEN BAGELS (or bagel, since we’re cooking for one). You can use leftover chicken or buy some chicken mince to make this dish.
- In a pan over medium heat, melt a teaspoon of butter.
- Add in half an onion, thinly diced, a clove of garlic (or garlic paste) and a tablespoon of tomato paste and let it sweat and soften for a few minutes.
- Sprinkle in some sugar and remove from the heat.
- Add in a dash of Worcestershire sauce and chilli sauce and mix together.
- Add a handful of minced chicken or shredded chicken to the bowl and mix well to distribute the flavour and make a patty.
- In a non-stick pan, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Cook the patty for 5-6 minutes on each side.
- In the meanwhile, mix together half a teaspoon of honey, a squirt of lemon juice and half a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil. Add in some finely shredded cabbage and onion, salt and pepper and toss to coat your slaw.
- Assemble your bagel and top it with the slaw.
- Serving suggestion – pair it with exotic chips like Terra Adventure for some gourmet snacking!
Chips are chips, right? Peeled potatoes, sliced, fried, seasoned…
These are real vegetable chips made from a variety of root veggies – sweet potato, beetroots, parsnip, purple sweet potatoes, naturally blue potatoes, taro and batata (Cuban sweet potatoes)
That means every packet is a blend different in texture and tastes. If the exotic vegetables wasn’t enough, they also come in flavours like Mediterranean and Original. One that immediately caught my attention was the flavour “Blues” – it was the first type I tried and paired with my bagel. However, my favourite packet is the Meditteranean one! The chips are vibrant, taste pepper-y, have perfect crunch and each one tastes different. The slightly sweet aftertaste makes it super addictive and irresistable – I love it!
They’re great to serve at a party since they’re so unusually decorative too!
While pairing it with fish, burgers and sandwiches are great, it serves as a healthy snacking option by itself too!
You’ll find them available at Foodhall, Godrej Natures Basket, Big Basket and Amazon.in
Take a pack along for a long drive, picnic or when you stay home for movie night with the family. Everyone’s guaranteed to love it!
*This is a sponsored post for Terra Chips.