Slow Adventures in Slothville

March 13, 2007

Cooking for the Single Sloth

Filed under: Boys, Slothyness — shhville @ 4:48 pm

You know how difficult it is to muster up the motivation to cook for yourself? Some of you don’t have this problem, but I bet most of you do. There is something sad and unfulfilling about cooking meals that require a lot of effort just so you can eat them alone. If I’m cooking for myself I want it to be simple, healthy, and something I can bang out in 20 minutes or less. Ideally, it will yield leftovers. Upon learning that The Retropolitan ate tater tots for dinner last night, I promptly sent him all of my easiest, most bachelor-friendly recipes that are good and good for you. I post them here for all of you as well.

If you have any quick, yummy recipes for busy people that you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments section. I will cook them, photograph them, eat them and review them. Maybe we can make a new page of recipes…..??

You participation is much appreciated!

Salmon:

Ingredients:
1 filet of salmon
BBQ sauce

Smother salmon in BBQ sauce and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

You can replace BBQ sauce with any other sauce or marinade.

Salad:

Lettuce
Cherry tomatoes
Gorgonzola cheese
Pine nuts
Vinaigrette

or

Lettuce
Pears
Gorgonzola
Vinaigrette

Toss and serve.

Your own shepherd’s salad:
1 cucumber
1 ripe tomato
1 sweet white onion (red onion is also ok)
rice vinegar/olive oil
salt/pepper
parsley

Chop veggies and mix them all together. Add everything else to taste. Toss.

My favorite summer salad:

2 cucumbers
2 vidalia onions
1 bunch fresh parsley
rice vinegar
olive oil
salt/pepper

Dice cucumber. Slice onions verrrrrrrrry thin. Like, paper thin. Pick parsley leaves. Throw them all together, add everything else to taste, toss.

These last two salads are always best if you let them sit over night.

Enhanced pasta sauce:
1 Sweet onion
Handful mushrooms
1 Red or green pepper or half of each
1 Clove garlic
1 Jar marinara sauce

Chop onions, mushrooms, peppers, garlic any which way. Stir fry in saucepan with olive oil until onions start to look clear. Pour in marinara sauce (1/2 the jar if you like very chunky sauce). Simmer for 10 or 15 minutes.

White wine pasta sauce:
3 Stalks celery
2 Stalks fennel
1 Sweet onion
Olive Oil/Butter
Garlic
Oregano
White wine (Vermouth is also ok)
Salt/Pepper

Chop the vegetables fine, toss in a pan with olive oil and butter, sautee for a few minutes, add salt/pepper/oregano to taste, pour in three big glops of white wine, let simmer for a few minutes while stirring, pour over a bowl of pasta.

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20 Comments »

  1. There is absolutely nothing wrong with eating tater tots. They are good.

    Comment by Julie — March 13, 2007 @ 7:12 pm

  2. Hey, exsqueeze me, I love tater tots. But no man can live on tater tots alone! Human beings require balanced meals!!

    I think that eggs and tater tots make a perfectly lovely breakfast. See, there’s protein involved!

    And then there should be vegetables later.

    Comment by shhville — March 13, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

  3. Dude! Tater tots rock! Especially for breakfast…

    I hear you though, cooking for one sucks ass…

    Comment by M — March 13, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

  4. I like protien at meals. And I LOVE salmon!

    Comment by Aimee — March 13, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

  5. I think tonight I’m having a box of sausages with English muffins with a side of ice cream with bacon and peanut butter. And beer.

    And then I’m going to make my special “margarine soup.”

    Comment by The Retropolitan — March 13, 2007 @ 8:08 pm

  6. Instead of “The Retropolitan” you will now be known as “The Partially Hydrogenated.”

    Comment by shhville — March 13, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

  7. Ochazuki: Begin with a fist-sized lump of leftover rice from Chinese takeaway. Put the kettle on. Add soy sauce, assorted spices, tiny bits of fish or chicken, chopped green onion, a glug or two of sesame oil. The water should have boiled by now. Cover rice &etc with boiling water. Makes one serving of comforting soup. Serve with tea, since the water’s hot.

    Eggs and tater tots and asparagus would be a perfect breakfast.

    Hey, Retro… dinner sounds great! Am I invited?

    Comment by cybele — March 13, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

  8. Hot Pockets are my savior…

    Comment by M — March 13, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

  9. Dude, I don’t know if you’ve seen this, but I’m dying from cuteness over here. I think I just found your baby pictures!
    http://indrigirl.livejournal.com/35031.html?view=60631#t60631

    Comment by varla — March 14, 2007 @ 12:10 am

  10. Tots for breakfast? That’s a new one for me.

    We made some really quick and delicious shrimp po-boys last night, if you don’t mind using frozen fried shrimp.

    Comment by Seth — March 14, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

  11. That’s it? ONE recipe for my photo essay and review? Bah! What do YOU people eat? TV dinners? I’m flummoxed.

    Comment by shhville — March 14, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

  12. I posted this one on my blog a while back… YUM. Yields many leftovers for the single lady.

    Tortellini Alfredo with Roasted Red Peppers and Fresh Basil.

    Sounds good already, hmmm?

    Ingredients:

    1 bag of cheese tortellini. Whatever kind you like.
    1 12oz. jar of roasted red peppers, chopped
    1/2 cup to a cup (use your discretion) of fresh basil, thinly sliced
    1 jar of alfredo sauce. I recommend Ragu Original. NOT the garlic kind.
    If you like your protein, like I do, chop up 2 or 3 chicken breasts and fry up the pieces. MMmmm.

    Heat up your alfredo sauce in a medium sauce pan. Cook the tortellini according to the directions on the bag. When the sauce is heated through, add the roasted red peppers and half the basil. If you’re adding chicken, throw this in now too. When the tortellini is cooked and rinsed, add that to the mixture. Now stir!!!

    Add some freshly ground black pepper to the mix, and/or some parmesan cheese.

    When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle the rest of the basil on. Serve with some garlic bread or better yet, breadsticks!

    SO GOOD. Try it and let me know how you like it.

    Comment by E-Lo — March 14, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

  13. Hi Sloth! Girlfriend, you must send me pics of cute, affordable shoes! I have to buy some, uhhh, eventually.

    Nate loves this fast meal… brown cut up chicken breast in olive oil, season with garlic, a lot of garlic. Angel hair pasta with olive oil, garlic, and parmesan cheese. Salad of your choice or sauteed veggies with your choice of spices and fresh ground pepper.

    Also like, salmon steak, baste with mixture of soy sauce and wasabi paste, bake or broil until opaque. HOT! Side of asparagus, rolled in olive oil and spices, baked until just tender.

    And my favorite fast meal: PB&J

    Comment by blackpunkin — March 14, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

  14. Salmon steak with wasabi paste sounds good.

    Comment by The Retropolitan — March 14, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

  15. I haven’t cooked for one like EVER. Went from living with parents to living with Wife. But I often have to cook. I too like quick and easy recipes. I’ve found a great pasta book that’s got lots of tasty, easy, and good for you recipes in it. You can find it here:

    http://www.amazon.com/Pasta-Dinners-Grand-Avenue-Books/dp/0696216868/ref=sr_1_1/103-6438798-9806219?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1173920803&sr=8-1

    I highly recommend.

    Comment by Vince — March 15, 2007 @ 1:07 am

  16. I like Toaster Strudels for dinner.

    But at some point in the next few days, I’m busting out the corned beef and cabbage. Because I’m Irish and it’s St. Patrick’s Day. And as Rick says, “You make it so good, baby.” At least, I think he was talking about the corned beef and cabbage when he said that…

    Comment by Julie — March 15, 2007 @ 3:51 am

  17. Hold on! Some of those recipes require chopping or dicing. TOO MUCH WORK!

    Comment by Lefty — March 15, 2007 @ 8:19 pm

  18. Tasty & Colourful

    A really quick and easy one I like for those moments when time is not to be wasted hovering over pans but could be spent doing so many other things is:

    1 large Courgette
    1 Tin Chick Peas
    1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
    2 Cloves Garlic Chopped or Sliced
    Handful of Basil Chopped or Whole
    Srpigl of Oregano Chopped
    Olive Oil
    Salt & Black Pepper

    Drizzle of Olive Oil in a pan over moderate heat to soften the Courgette for a few minutes, add the Garlic and a shake milled salt and pepper. After about five minutes add the tomatoes, then the Chick Peas (after rinsing them of course) and the sprig of oregano. Leave for about 10 minutes to bubble away over the moderate heat and just before serving add the basil leaves. You add or subtract anything with this recipe, be it meat, chilli – have fun!
    Andy

    Comment by Andrew — March 25, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

  19. Great!

    Just two questions:

    1. What is a courgette?
    2. What is a srpigl?

    (Just kidding about #2.)

    Comment by shhville — March 26, 2007 @ 8:43 pm

  20. All sounds tasty… and some are even vegan!

    Comment by Hi Sinfulness — April 2, 2007 @ 4:51 pm


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