Cooking for One

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Discover the Joy of Cooking for Yourself. 

Whatever your reason for cooking for one, be it living alone or having different tastes, dietary needs, or schedules than others in your household, Cooking for One takes the guesswork out of single-serve cooking and provides you with the recipes and resources you need to create satisfying meals. We tackle the unique challenges of cooking for one such as scaling ingredients, avoiding food waste, repurposing leftovers, and more. And we provide you with the tools to cook up delicious meals on the fly. Resources include tips and tricks on stocking your pantry, shopping smarter, storing ingredients, and more! With 168 perfectly portioned, flexible, and customizable recipes, you’ll finally have the opportunity to explore and cook with the ingredients and flavors you enjoy.

Some of the recipes you'll find inside:

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Cauliflower Steak

Cauliflower makes for an excellent side dish and a surprisingly satisfying meal. When cooked, its nutty, sweet flavor and meaty texture can hold its own against any kind of meat. Since most cauliflower steak recipes involve a combination of stovetop and oven cooking, we streamlined our preparation by using a steam-then-roast method where all of the cooking takes place in the oven. Fuss-free and flavor packed, our Cauliflower Steak is a solo diner’s dream dinner come true.

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Juiciest Stovetop Pork Chops

Preparing juicy, tender, perfectly browned pork chops for one requires the use of thicker chops (we prefer ¾- to 1-inch thickness) and the right size pan (10-inch skillet). Using a medium-size pan helped us achieve better browning, giving the chops a soft and succulent crust.

A pot filled with Stovetop Spinach Macaroni and CheeseA pot filled with Stovetop Spinach Macaroni and Cheese
Stovetop Spinach Macaroni and Cheese

There’s a reason macaroni and cheese is a go-to comfort food for so many home cooks–it’s a bowl of pasta coated in a rich and creamy cheese sauce! We relied on real American cheese and extra-sharp cheddar for our recipe, adding in baby spinach for some freshness. And if you’re not sold yet on why you should skip a prepackaged box with a cheese packet, our recipe requires no draining. With less mess and less stress, this recipe is comfort on demand.

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Edible Cookie Dough

Sometimes you just want cookie dough. Not a cookie, just cookie dough. Because raw cookie dough contains eggs, which can be unsafe to eat raw, we created a delicious and simple egg-free version you can whip up in a flash. Because flour is also unsafe to eat in raw form, we microwaved it to remove any bacteria. Using brown sugar helped us to create a deeper flavor in the dough. Pop-able rounds of pure delight, you can freeze these for future use.


Recipes: 168
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Item Number: CG08
Item Weight: 2 pounds

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Meals Made Your Way 

Recipe pages include a “Kitchen Improv” section featuring tips to spark your creativity in preparing the dishes. You’ll find ingredient substitutions and suggested add-ins and new recipes that you can make to use up leftover ingredients. You’ll also learn how to tailor any of the recipes to your tastes! Now that is a skill.

Avoid Food Waste

Use our handy reference chart to see how you can use up ingredients in other recipes.

Put Your Microwave to Work

Learn a new set of techniques for streamlining your cooking using your microwave. A surprising variety of culinary hacks, you’ll come to view your microwave in a whole new light!

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