Making delicious meals for a family has always been easy for me, since I have a large family. Making great meals for two was a bit of a challenge for me, though I quickly realized it was the occasion to cook for quality rather than quantity. But cooking for One? The art of cooking for one, making it fast, delicious, healthful, and worth my time to treat myself special, is a pursuit I am out to attain this year!
Can I make a soup layered with flavors, without making a pot? How about a roasted meat, or pasta dish?
Follow me on my journey this year to discover great ways to cook for a vast majority of people that dine alone; whether by life style, or simply those occasions when life calls for it.
Menu for Tonight:
- Skirt Steak
- Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
- Lemon Scented Green Beans
It’s all about portions. Developing an eye for how much to buy, and prepare. So, let’s keep this amazing, year-round favorite meal, simple!
- Skirt Steak – ¾ of a pound, to 1 pound (skirt steak has among the best flavor of any cut of meat because of its fat marbling)
- Potatoes – 2, sliced in what-ever shape you prefer, I like long ½ strips
- Green Beans – about 1 1/2cups
- Onion – 1 small, chopped
- Lemon – 1 lemon juiced with a little zest
- Oregano – ½ teaspoon, dried
- Salt – smoked salts are great for this meal, but use what you have
- Paprika – ¼ teaspoon
- Smoked Chili Flakes – ½ teaspoon, a great pantry item
- Olive Oil – ¼ cup, a little for potatoes, and green beans
Preheat oven to 425
Have 2 pans ready for top stove cooking and a baking sheet for oven cooking
- Slice the steak at an angle, against the grain. Sprinkle salt and smoked pepper flakes on the meat, toss, and let sit out room temperature while preparing the potatoes to roast.
- Slice potatoes into ½ inch elongated sections. Toss in a bowl with a little olive oil, salt, and paprika. Lay out a single layer of potatoes on a lightly sprayed/oiled baking sheet. Pop into preheated oven. These will cook in about 25 minutes.
- While potatoes are roasting, slice the onion. Place a little oil in a pan, add onions, and saute until they become transparent. Place on lowest setting or turn off with lid on.
- Get a griddle, cast iron pan, or heavy steal pan hot on top of the stove. 10 minutes before potatoes are done, place strips of meat on the very hot griddle/pan.
- Heat up the onions again, and place green beans, salt, oregano, and lemon juice with zest, in this pan, cover, toss, and lower.
- 5 minutes the meat cooks on one side, turn the strips over quickly, and cook another 5 minutes on the other side.
- Remove potatoes from the oven, uncover lid on green beans, and take the meat off the heat.
- Dinner is ready. Time to plate up, pour your drink of choice, and enjoy a lovely dinner!
Of course, the recipe here, and its measurements, can easily be doubled to accommodate dinner for 2!