So you want to live alone and not starve…

I am sitting around waiting for my crustless quiche to come out of the oven.  I recently learned how to make it, and it’s so easy that I can cook it without looking at a recipe.  So to celebrate, here is my list of off-the-top-of-my-head-without-recipe dishes (probably more for my benefit than yours):

  • Gluten-free pancakes and bacon: For every 1 egg, add 1/3 cup coconut milk and 1/3 cup of almond meal.  You can add salt if you’re my friend Monica.  Ladle batter into skillet with bacon grease or coconut oil.  Cook bacon.
  • A really bitchin’ Thai curry: It has to be amazing because I don’t even like the word “bitchin'” that much.  1-1.5 tsp curry paste, chicken broth, coconut cream, crushed tomatoes, snow peas, chicken, carrots, whatever else you want in there.  Sautee curry paste with a little water for 2 minutes or so, add some broth, then add chicken.  Cover pan with a lid.  Once chicken is cooked, add vegetables, and when it is almost done, add the coconut cream.
  • Curried [vegetable matter on hand]: Steam cauliflower, turnips, parsnips, whatever you have around, then add ghee or coconut oil to a hot skillet, throw in some curry powder and cayenne, then heat the veggies and coat with the oil/spice mix.
  • Ground bison: This sounds weird but it’s delicious: throw in a pack of ground bison meat, add tons of curry powder, paprika, and cayenne and pepper and whatever else you can find.  While it cooks, drizzle some sesame oil and sprinkle sesame seeds.  Eat out of skillet because you are starving.
  • Sweet potato fries: Cut up some sweet potatoes.  Put them on a baking tray and douse in olive oil, paprika, cayenne, curry powder.  Bake until they’re crispy.
  • Butternut squash: Cube your squash, then add olive oil liberally, sprinkle with tons of ras el hanout and salt.  Bake until soft all the way through–nothing is grosser than raw squash.
  • Steak: Easy: get steak out of packaging, drizzle in olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper.  Cut up a clove or two of garlic and sprinkle it on, broil until it’s cooked to your satisfaction.
  • Brussels sprouts: Halve sprouts, sautee face-down in bacon/duck fat until golden brown.  Shave Parmesan over top.  Traditionally consumed while watching Criminal Minds on laptop.
  • Crustless quiche: For every one egg, add 1/3 cup of milk, cream, or both.  Shave nutmeg into mixture, whisk.  Add salt and pepper.  In your baking dish, arrange gruyere and bacon and pour egg mixture over.  Bake for 20-30 minutes at 300.

So there’s nothing gourmet up there, but it’s all pretty damn healthy.  I was going into this post thinking I had maybe 4 dishes under my belt, but it turns out I can actually cook more than I thought I could.


One response to “So you want to live alone and not starve…

  1. So you want to be broke and not starve (mostly from the darker dirtbag days):

    Personal laziness rice for the hippie pantry: Cook brown rice in rice cooker. Sprinkle with shoyu and nutritional yeast. Eat for several dinners in a row.

    I’m afraid I’m running out of money special: Established 2009. Buy large jar of peanut butter at the dollar store. Eat only peanut butter because you’re paying rent but don’t have a job yet.

    ‘Neil’s hungry’ special: Fry up several eggs in bacon grease, eat

    ‘Neil’s too hungry to fry eggs’ special: Toast several slices of bread, apply liberal amounts of butter and hot sauce, eat

    Kevin’s hungry: Check freezer repeatedly until ice cream appears (magically)

    Magical roast potatoes: Chop potatoes, toss with oil, salt, pepper, and several cloves of garlic, roast on baking sheet at 425 for an hour and a half

    Magical taco beef: Ground beef was on sale? Congrats. Marinate beef with tequila, chili powder, garlic, and cumin. Cook in skillet.

    Magical hamburgers: See above, shape into patties and cook on grill (or heck, a skillet is fine)

    Frittata: Saute all desired additives (bacon, veg, etc.), reduce heat to low, pour over 6-9 beaten eggs with a little bit of milk, top with cheese if you’ve got any, firm up top of frittata in a 350 oven at the end if you need to

    Hobo stew: Soak and cook dried beans. Add rice. Bought in bulk, this is the cheapest way to get complete protein in your diet. No paleo, but bison ain’t cheap. If you’re a fancy hobo, add a can of tomatoes, garlic, cayenne, and cumin.

    Freezer pizza with a can of beans on top: Self explanatory.

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