Cooking for one and working full-time can be tough, especially when you get home around 8 with the mad hangries. In the winter, I sometimes struggle to find the motivation to be anywhere than under three blankets at night. Those nights, popcorn is dinner and a whiskey in the bathtub is an excellent substitute for not having acceptable heating in my apartment.
But a girl's gotta eat something other than popcorn at least some of the time. And this girl's dinner-for-one secret weapon is Sunday evening big batch cooking. The basic formula is this: Make a grain, a sauce, make a hearty filling, and a tasty topping. It takes a little longer on the front end, but the payoff is worth it throughout the week.
This bowl is a lovely resolution-keeper (eat your vegetables, or in my case, eat actual meals!) and is packed with flavor and crunch. It's also great served cold and could make an excellent not-sad desk lunch. Although we love our over-top-treats here, balance is key. Especially if your version of balance can include fuchsia pickled onions and cinnamon-sugar-curry peanuts.