Some interest was expressed yesterday regarding starting a thread for those of us who cook for one or two. So here goes!
I cook for two and am pretty successful at halving many recipes that call for four. However, I am noticing more and more that recipes are serving six. I can typically halve this, as well, but three servings isn't usually what I want. Any many times, halving can be difficult - like when you need half an egg or you've got to half 1/3 cup (yes, I know now that it is 2 1/2 tablespoons plus one teaspoon, but what a pain to measure). Anyhow, I figured this thread could be a good place for advice and recipes for those of us cooking in smaller amounts.
Last week I made this recipe from CL and we really liked it. Large portions and I believe it can be easily halved for one (except for that darn 1/3 cup of shallots - anymore, I cheat and just do 3 tablespoons).
I am just now noticing that the calorie content is off. I believe it was around 245 a serving, but I can put it into Mastercook if anyone cares.
Mushroom-Barley Pilaf with Spinach
From Cooking Light
The earthy, robust flavors of this pilaf are perfect with a beef tenderloin.
2 teaspoons butter
1/3 cup sliced shallots
2 cups sliced fresh shiitake mushroom caps (about 4 ounces)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup uncooked quick-cooking barley
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups fresh spinach leaves
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add shallots; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Stir in mushrooms and garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in barley; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in the spinach; cook 1 minute or until the spinach wilts.
Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 1 cup)
NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 45(30% from fat); FAT 1.5g(sat 0.2g,mono 0.9g,poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 2.1g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 41mg; SODIUM 202mg; FIBER 2.9g; IRON 0.8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 7.7g
Cooking Light, APRIL 2001
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