So, I’ve been making quite a few dinners for one lately. Okay, pretty much every night. And day. So … all the dinners. I’ll be honest – it’s been kind of a challenge. I’m pretty used to making enough food to feed a crowd (even though we only have 2 kids, not 12) with leftovers to boot! And then, when the Things moved out, it was really difficult to scale back to just cooking for 2. I really just did not know how for a while. SO MUCH FOOD! And now, it’s just me ’round here, and I don’t really need to make that big ole vat of chili on a Sunday. (but, I still do and then I just eat chili for a week…..)
Why is it just me? Well, first of all, don’t worry – it’s nothing bad. As you know, I’m married to a Sailor and sometimes, they go away. It was time for us to get orders and he got his bucket list job – that happens to be on the other side of the country – and I didn’t want to sell our house because I love it so much (or even rent it out. No. No strangers in my house!!!) and we actually love where we live, nor did I want to be so far away from my grandkids so … I stayed home.
It’s definitely a challenge but it’s not the hardest thing we’ve ever done. My Sailor rides submarines so, normally when he would leave, there would be no talking at all. As in zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Well, until he got off the boat and could make a call. At least this way, we talk every day and we can video chat and we can plan visits. We’re going to break it up into a whole bunch of little “deployments” so we don’t go crazy. And hopefully, the three years will fly right by!
Yeah, I know. That’s a long time. *sigh*
Anyhoooo……cooking for one. And, because I probably shouldn’t live off cereal and toast and ice cream, I’m actually cooking. But cereal is SO GOOD! I know. Healthy eats… I’m just trying to NOT fall into a rut and make the same thing all the time because that’s boring. I can’t do boring. If I have boring, I’ll probably just go back to cereal and, while that’s okay every once in a while, that’s probably not my best choice. Haha #cerealfordayyyzzzzz
I’ve been seeing a whole bunch of those sheet pan dinners all over my Instagram feed and it got me to thinking. I mean, I DO make those because, duh, simple and easy. I also end up with leftovers for a couple of days but sometimes, I don’t want to eat the same thing 3 days in a row. So, why can’t I just condense a sheet pan dinner into a skillet dinner for one?
Brilliant, right?! I KNOW!
I used my favorite 10-inch cast iron skillet for this and it is the perfect size for just me. If you happen to be cooking for two people, you can certainly use a 12-inch skillet and that would be perfect. I really like the versatility of my cast iron – it does just so much besides bacon (who knew?!) and cooks beautifully both on the stove and in the oven.
The concept of this meal is super simple – pick your protein, season it as desired, and then prep some taters and some veggies and toss it all into a heated skillet and get that bad boy into the oven! TA-DA-DINNER!!Why wash multiple dishes? Make this one skillet chicken dinner and BAM, clean-up is a breeze!… Click To Tweet
The additional beauty of cast iron is that clean up is a breeze. Who wants to spend time washing all those dishes anyway? Not this girl. You don’t even actually need a plate for this one. Just eat straight out of the skillet and all you have to wash are your utensils. Don’t burn yourself. No judgement. 😉