Crunchy fish, crisp slaw, and a touch of sour heat from the salsa verde. These have serious West Coast fish taco cred and make for ideal spring and summer eating.
'Joe Yonan' on Serious Eats
You have to love the fact that Joe Yonan, author of Serve Yourself, has created easy, accessible homemade pizza recipes for the single cook. Yonan adapted Jim Lahey's No-Knead Bread recipe into pizza dough form, a "throw it together and leave it" dough that can be started in the morning and ready to bake by dinner time.
Yonan has a solid understanding of the fact that most solo eaters aren't about to spend an hour or more making dinner for themselves, and has tailored his recipes accordingly. This steak and potatoes dinner clocks in at under half an hour including resting time for the sirloin. New potatoes boil while the steak is searing and are then smashed and browned in the steak's pan juices. Once the potatoes have crisped they are removed from the skillet and a quick pan sauce of lemon, parsley, and anchovies is warmed and poured over the plate.
These Cardamom-Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles bring together two simple and elegant flavors: aromatic cardamom and dark, almost caramelly brown sugar. The dough is blended in a stand mixer, chilled, portioned, and rolled in cardamom-scented sugar. At this point you bake as many snickerdoodles as you'd like (they keep for about three days) and freeze the rest of the dough.
Once your pork is roasted, it can be portioned out and incorporated into all sorts of easy weeknight meals. It makes a killer pulled pork sandwich (even better when topped with some slaw), incredible tacos (especially with some quickly pickled onions), or on its own with rice and beans. You could even make a "faux-lognese" sauce, by cooking it down with carrots, celery, shallots, white wine, and crushed tomatoes.
This Philly-Style Chicken Cutlet Sandwich is a dressed-up version of the classic with a panko-crusted chicken breast and sweet-spicy Peppadew mayo.
A mash up of two great breakfast dishes—eggs benedict and huevos rancheros, these Benedict Rancheros are ideal anytime eating. A corn muffin is topped with a layer of black beans (homemade or store bought, it's your call), poached eggs, and finished with a quick cooked salsa. This is the kind of plate that is ideal for eating alone, comforting and hearty but not all that heavy on the prep.