15 Ingredient Meal Plan for One

Hi Guys! Recently I’ve been really into meal planning as I spent the first part of my summer living on my own. It was an eye-opening experience for me in terms of how much food costs and what it takes to eat well by myself. I’ve been cooking at home for years but I’ve never had to worry about budgeting food costs or worries about wasting food. If this sounds like you, I’ve got a 15 ingredient meal plan that will easily feed one person. Now the 15 ingredients do not include kitchen staples like olive oil, butter, or salt and pepper. As for the recipes, I’ve pulled together some basic recipes I make at home as well as some excellent recipes from around the web.

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Chicken Soup with Penne

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This tasty recipe is perfect for rainy days. It has rained a lot here in New England this week so chicken soup was the perfect choice for the rainy weather. This is a simple recipe that can be jazzed up to your liking. By cooking the chicken before making the soup it gets a great deal of flavor that can be lost if you cook it in the broth. This recipe makes enough for dinner and leftovers. The bonus with leftovers? The flavors have time to meld together and create an even more delicious soup.

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Quick and Easy Pasta for One

This is one of my favorite weekday meals for when I want real food but I am also feeling lazy. All of the ingredients are easy to find and usually pretty affordable making this meal a no brainer weekday fix. I love how simplifying the prep with canned tomato and pre-washed baby spinach saves me time meaning I can eat faster. Nothing is worse than being really hungry and having to spend a ton of time cooking. This meal is fast and easy to make plus it tastes great.

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‘Empire Tea and Coffee Inspired’ Mango Bubble Tea

One of my favorite places in Newport, RI is a place called Empire Tea and Coffee. They have three locations on the island but my favorite is the one on Broadway. One of their specialties is bubble tea. They have a whole host of flavors but my favorite is their mango bubble tea. It’s delicious and refreshing but hard to come by outside of Aquidneck Island. After one of my trips to their store, I decided to see if I could make it myself. Thankfully, with the help of Amazon and free shipping, I was able to create a convincing dupe for this fun summer treat. Here is my recipe for mango bubble tea.

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Amateurs in Archaeology

If you’ve ever watched an Indiana Jones or Lara Croft movie, chances are at some point you said to yourself “I wish I could do that.” This thought was most likely followed promptly by something along the lines of “I can’t do that” or “that’s not a very realistic job prospect.” At this point, you probably had finished the movie and moved on with life only pausing to revisit that thought when you re-watched the movie. I’m here to tell you that you, my dear friend, were wrong, you can, in fact, be an archaeologist, no degree required! (Disclaimer: the type of archaeology referenced in this blog post probably won’t involve chase scenes or high-drama world-saving antics.)

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