I finally bought a set of cast iron skillets! I wanted one so bad for the longest time. Never mind that I was getting by just fine it the kitchen without them, I kept imagine a romantic montage of me making awesome frittatas, skillet cookies, and campfire meals. (Yes, I often have montages in my head.)
I’ve had my skillets for a couple of weeks now and I’ve only been using the baby one so far. My latest obsession: single lady skillet meals. I have this fascination with single urban living. People used to live with their family until they moved in with their spouse and started a new family. But here in the city, more and more people live solitary lives. Without a family to have a family dinner with, what does one eat? I, myself, am a single lady. Yes, I have a boyfriend and yes, I live with roommates, but for most purposes I am on my own.
This means I am also on my own for most meals. I never understand why so many people feel there is no point to cooking for one. It’s awesome–you don’t have to cater to anyone else’s tastes! There are so many single serving things you can make. Or, make more and you have lunch and dinner for the next two days. Win!
Not only am I fascinated by single living and single servings, I also love the idea of a one-pot meal because I am far too lazy to clean so many dishes. So this is my single lady skillet meal. It’s more of a formula than a recipe:
Super Simple Single Lady (or Dude) Skillet Meal
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Chop up and sauté some complementary vegetables in your single lady/dude skillet. Some of my faves include tomatoes and bell peppers, or tomatoes and kale. I highly advise including onions and herbs. Delicious and nutritious!
- Sprinkle with some meat or cheese. Crumbled sausage, chopped up bacon, prosciutto, feta, parmesan…whatever you enjoy eating and that goes together well. Note: if you have to cook the meat first you’ll need to do it before the vegetables and set aside. Or if you’re willing to clean one more item, you can cook simultaneously in a separate skillet or pan, and add it in once the veggies are done.
- Crack one or two eggs on top and stick your skillet in the oven for about 10 minutes, so that eggs are cooked but still runny.
- Top with S&P and eat it all up. Share with no one.
The single lady skillet meal pictured above is tomatoes, white onion, green bell pepper, basil, bacon, and eggs. I love how quick and easy this is to whip up, and how healthy it can be. It can work as breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can also use up whatever odds and ends you have sitting around your kitchen. For example, my arugula plants only had five leaves left. Yup, I threw them in. As long as you follow the basic formula, the possibilities are endless!