I realised when starting Ocsar and Jemima's, that I eat alone a lot of the time. And whilst I want to inspire families to cook and eat together, I also realised that there are plenty ofsingle people in Dubai, probably struggling (like I do sometimes) to find the inspiration to cook for themselves.
My husband travels for 2 weeks of every month and despite my good intentions, I do find it hard to be enthusiastic to cook a delicious, nutritious meal for one. I try not to slip into bad habits, so when I am on my own I look for recipes that are quick, healthy and tasty.
Here are a few of my top winner dinners for one:
Asian Sea Bass
One of my favourite quick healthy dinners is the crispy-skinned sea bass - it literally takes 5 minutes to prep and cook!
4 Sea Bass fillets skin on
2 gloves of garlic sliced
1 thumb sized knob of ginger, sliced
4 spring onions, sliced
1 finely sliced red chili
1 pack of tender stem broccoli or pak choy
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. soy sauce
Splash of olive oil
- Heat some oil on a frying pan until hot, then place the seasoned fish skin side down and fry for 4 minutes until the skin is crisp. Carefully turn the fish over and turn off the heat leaving the fish in the pan.
- Cook the broccoli in some salted water for 3 minutes or fry the pak choy in a little oil for 3 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a separate pan, heat the olive oil and sesame oil until hot and flash fry the ginger, spring onion, garlic and chili for 2 minutes.
- Place the cooked fish onto of the greens and spoon over the fried ginger, garlic and chili with the sesame oil and a dash of the soy sauce.
I find that sometimes I crave a roast dinner, and the easiest way to do this for one is to buy a ribeye steak, pan fry it and slice thinly. While its resting use the same pan to wilt some spinach and pop a small tray of potatoes, carrots and parsnips into the oven and roast altogether. And if, like me you can’t resist a yorkshire pudding, you can make a tray of these and freeze the leftover ones to reheat next time.
You could also roast a chicken with veg (and then you have leftovers to make a delicious chicken salad or sandwich for the next day). This way you will also be able make some fresh homemade stock to use for the cauliflower soup further down :)
The one-pot caprese pasta is a real dinner-for-one-winner when your craving a bowl of delicious tomato pasta with melting mozarella. (recipe can be found by signing up for our 3 free taster recipes) and its so easy as all the ingredients just go in one pot, so not much washing up either J
Homemade soup is quick and easy, great for lunch the next day and freezes really well too so you have dinner for another night. This creamy cauliflower is definitely one of my favourites, and the bay leaf really does enhance the flavour.
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 finely chopped onion
1 grated garlic clove
1 Tbsp. chopped chives
800g cauliflower chopped
1 litre of chicken stock
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper
- Heat the oil in a heavy pan and gently fry off the onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft.
- Add the chopped cauliflower, season with salt and pepper and then add the stock and the bay leaf.
- Bring to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is tender.
- Take off the heat, remove the bay leaf and whiz up with a hand blender until the soup is silky, then add the milk.
- Serve immediately with a sprinkle of chives and perhaps some hot crusty bread! Enjoy.
Remember you are worth the effort of cooking, and you can always make extra for a pack lunch the next day or freeze it for dinner the next week! Plus you will also find it's so much cheaper than ready meals and takeaways :)