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2008-01-21

Recipes for 1-2 people

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If you live alone and its hard too cook for one person,now here are some recipes for cooking for 1 to 2 people.

VEAL CHOP WITH RADICCHIO, WHITE BEANS, AND ROSEMARY
Start to finish: 30 min
serving size
Makes 1 serving.
ingredients
2 garlic cloves
3/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (1/2-inch-thick) loin veal chop (7 oz)
5 oz radicchio, leaves torn into 2- to 3-inch pieces (3 cups)
1/3 cup canned small white beans, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
preparation
Mince 1 garlic clove and mash to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt, then transfer to a shallow bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon rosemary, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add veal and turn once or twice to coat.
Heat remaining tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then cook veal, turning over once, until golden and just cooked through, 6 to 7 minutes total. Transfer veal to a plate.

Finely chop remaining garlic clove and add to skillet, then cook over moderate heat, stirring, until golden, about 30 seconds. Add radicchio and beans and cook, stirring, until radicchio begins to wilt, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar and cook until most of vinegar is evaporated. Whisk together broth and cornstarch, then add to bean mixture and boil, scraping up brown bits, until sauce is thickened slightly and about two thirds of liquid is evaporated, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon rosemary, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve veal with radicchio and beans.

I will often cook enough for 4 and then divide it into helpings, for other days.I don't make the basic too spicy so that it can be transformed next time.
So a basic mince and vegetables base, can be curried one night, a chili another night and so on.
I just freeze them like TV dinners or those ready meals. I often look at those meals when I do my shopping to get inspiration for my own meals.

Good luck and happy dining


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