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COOKING FOR ONE

Living alone has taught me a ton about doing things on my own. The most obvious and most shell-shocking is cooking for one. It's more complicated than just heating up a meal or making a quesadilla if you're trying to eat healthy and stay on a budget. Buying smart helps so much in the long run, and it's been one of the hardest skills to master (behind cleaning a shower drain. Still working on that skill). I buy much more frozen than I would've imagined—this way, fish and vegetables don't go bad right away and I don't have to shape my whole life around the fresh produce I buy. When I do buy fresh—and I obviously try to do this above all else—I've had to learn to back down from buying tons of it. Even if there's a deal on Braeburn apples or avocados, I'm probably not going to get through all of those before they're too old. So I buy just one or two. On nights where I'm only cooking dinner for myself, I try to treat myself a bit. I really do enjoy the process of cooking, and grew up in a family where home-cooked meals were an every-night kind of thing. While shortcuts do help, I get more satisfaction from starting from scratch. So I combine the two methods and create something satisfying.

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One of my favorite meals to whip up is pasta and veggies. It's an amazing standby that can be dressed up or down. Today, I made whole-wheat angel hair with salmon, chopped broccoli, and basil pesto. The salmon and broccoli were both frozen.

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I am actually obsessed with this olive oil right now. Sometimes Extra Virgin gets to be a bit much for me, so this extra-light is the perfect balance. I use it with everything—roasting veggies/potatoes, pasta, on air-popped popcorn (with a little sea salt)...it's a life-saver.

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The process for this is stupid easy. I start the water for the pasta, then get the salmon all ready on a baking sheet. I just throw on a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and some chopped onion and basil. I throw the salmon filet in the oven at 375º (17 min) and start cooking the pasta (10 min). The steamed veggies are a serious staple at my place—there's no excuse not to add some broccoli, peas, or corn to a meal when you literally just throw the bag in the microwave for 6 minutes. Easy peasy!

I combine everything with some of this Stonewall Kitchen basil pesto, and pour a little white wine—that might not have been hard work, but there was definitely some work involved. Time to catch up on New Girl!

What's your go-to meal when you're cooking for one? Let me know in the comments!

xo,

Morgan

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