I love cooking dinner for Mike and I, and I love cooking dinner for friends and family. There’s something really satisfying and exciting about dreaming up a new dish and then sharing it with loved ones. But sometimes, I don’t want to deal with all the fuss, the people, and the fear of making (and eating) something that is merely mediocre. The occasional night alone provides me with opportunity to cook for one. There is something very quick and freeing about making a weeknight dinner for one. If it is not particularly nutritious, interesting, or tasty, I have no one to blame but myself, and no one to answer to but myself. It’s such nights that my imagination runs wild and I come up with strange experimental meals (peanut butter omelet anyone?).
Mike’s last night out with the boys provided me an experimental dinner for one. This meal took less than 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish and is so tasty, that I’ll make it again to share.
Quick Zesty Eggs for One
3 large eggs (or 2 extra large)
2 generous Tbsp. plain yogurt
1/4 onion, roughly diced
handful of fresh string beans
1 lime, zest and juice
1 tsp. saffron
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1. Dice onion, rinse and chop string beans into 1/2 inch pieces.
2. Put eggs, salt, saffron and yogurt into a bowl and whisk together.
3. Heat saucepan over medium high heat, add olive oil.
4. When oil begins to shimmer, add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes, until they begin to soften and turn golden.
5. Add string beans to pan and stir.
6. Add lime zest and juice to pan, lower heat to medium.
7. Stir pan and cook for a few more minutes, until beans turn bright green and begin to soften.
8. Add egg mixture to pan.
9. Stir sparingly while eggs cook.
10. When eggs are cooked you’re ready to toast to a delicious meal for one.
Serve with rice, noodles, or even a baked potato.