Cookbook giveaway – Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook

Eat Your Vegetables


 Here at EYB we’re all for encouraging our members to indulge their passion for cookbooks. To that end, we’ve created a program to give our members a chance to win a copy of new, exciting cookbooks that have just been published. To see all the contests, just look in the right-hand category column on any blog page and click on “Cookbook Giveaways.”

This time, we’re excited to give away a copy of Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook, by Joe Yonan, Food and Travel editor for the Washington Post and author of Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking For One. To learn even more about the book , check out our interview with Joe.


To win one of the cookbooks, just post a comment to this blog answering the question: What’s your favorite thing to cook when you’re by yourself?

Additional rules are:

  • Please make certain you have signed in to the EYB website (you don’t have to be a paid member). This ensures that we have your email address and can get in contact with you. 
  • The giveaway will expire in 4 weeks on September 23, 2013.

This contest is now closed.  The winner, selected by a random number generator, is PatriciaAnn – congratulations.

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  • rlmiller  on  August 26, 2013

    Grilled asparagus (ok to do in a cast iron pan), topped with an egg (poached or fried) and fried vinegared bread crumbs.

  • Sofie168  on  August 26, 2013

    I like making soups/stews or hot sandwiches.

  • matag  on  August 26, 2013


  • kbennall  on  August 26, 2013

    I'm pretty much always cooking for just myself, so…anything? Everything?

  • DFed  on  August 26, 2013

    Fried hash browns with plenty of ketchup!

  • mrsmadam  on  August 26, 2013

    Cheese Souffle

  • tlbeck1  on  August 26, 2013

    PASTA!! (With whatever else happens to be in the fridge, of course…)

  • mpennington  on  August 26, 2013

    This time of the year I love to toast some home made whole grain bread, slather it with a nut butter and try my latest jam. I have a new batch of chocolate cherry waiting.

  • sarahcooks  on  August 26, 2013

    Fried egg on toast

  • TrishaCP  on  August 26, 2013

    Something vegetarian.

  • cpasek  on  August 26, 2013

    I have a real weakness for pasta.

  • kara0621  on  August 26, 2013

    I make a huge salad with whatever I have on hand.

  • Margaretsmall  on  August 26, 2013

    Chicken livers, my husband thinks they are disgusting, I love them. Accompanied by a big plate of veges of course!

  • ae.bell  on  August 26, 2013

    Green smoothies, I live on them when I'm alone!

  • adrienneyoung  on  August 26, 2013

    I'm with ae: green smoothies! They make your body feel so good, and they can also be astonishingly delicious! Forget the kale. Go for swiss chard…

  • imaluckyducky  on  August 26, 2013

    Quickly fry up a corn tortilla in some oil, slather with refried beans (from a can, no shame!) with whatever spices I want, plop an over-easy egg on top. Decorate with hot sauce. Consume the happiness on a plate.

  • priyamaine  on  August 26, 2013

    I love a good angel hair pasta cacio e pepe, lots of extra red chile, which my husband doesn't like. Yum!

  • Waderu  on  August 26, 2013

    I rummage through the fridge and put something together using all of the leftovers.

  • TheSpicedLife  on  August 27, 2013

    Fried eggs over caramelized onions with the yolks still deliciously runny. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  August 27, 2013

    Anything with blue cheese in as my fiance hates it so I have to take advantage of any opportunity!

  • singingchef  on  August 27, 2013

    A simple mushroom and cheese omelet, which I eat with an herb salad and glass of white wine while perusing cookbooks. Ah, bliss!

  • kayanelson  on  August 27, 2013

    Risotto, either plain or with a mix-in.

  • pgarcia  on  August 27, 2013

    Omelet, salad and a glass of wine!

  • mfto  on  August 27, 2013

    I love leftovers and always manage to team them with pasta or eggs or in a sandwich. Believe me, I am not being noble. Sometimes they are better the second time around.

  • Kathyann  on  August 27, 2013

    roasted asparagus is my current favorite. Or microwave 3 ears of fresh corn and have that for dinner.

  • ellabee  on  August 27, 2013

    Pasta puttanesca — Put water on to boil while you gather and prep the ingredients. Saute in olive oil some chopped garlic and anchovies (mash them up as they cook; they disappear into the sauce). Add some chopped tomatoes, capers, and black olives and cook together lightly. Cook the pasta and add to the pan (angel hair is great, but spaghetti works too); combine well. Sprinkle generously with chopped parsley. Easy and so satisfying.

  • Queezle_Sister  on  August 27, 2013

    When I am alone, I fry an egg (from my own chickens, if I am lucky), and eat it on toast that has been spread with smoked paprika jam, from "food in jars".

  • vegktk  on  August 27, 2013

    anything with chiles, cilantro and coconut, typically brothy noodles.

  • amc  on  August 27, 2013


  • susan g  on  August 27, 2013

    Leftovers, too, recombined with some of the condiments/dressings/spreads I've made lately. Always delicious (almost) and not reproducible.

  • dinnermints  on  August 27, 2013

    Home-canned tuna with homemade bread and a green salad (not home-grown….yet.)
    And thanks to the person who posted about the smoked paprika tomato jam – that sounds incredible, will look up the recipe.

  •  on  August 28, 2013

    a soft-scrambled egg with whatever leftovers i may have around….

  • sisterspat  on  August 28, 2013

    red onion balsamic jam, the very best stuff always have it in the frig

  • elizam  on  August 28, 2013

    Pretty sure this doesn't count as cooking, but hummus and crackers is my favourite solo dining option.

  • caitmcg  on  August 28, 2013

    Not my most frequent solo meals, but perhaps my favorite to make are anything with shellfish (because I get it all to myself!).

  • zigzaggity  on  August 28, 2013

    stir fry

  • MichelLegrande  on  August 28, 2013

    Indian Thosai pancake with dhal, or use it as a wrap to go with hummus.

  • DKennedy  on  August 28, 2013

    My favorite thing to cook when I am by myself is a baked potato stuffed with sautéed broccoli. A perfectly satisfying meal.

  • Dcotter  on  August 28, 2013

    Lentil soup with fresh bread

  • teresajoan  on  August 28, 2013

    Avocado, steak and/or egg tacos, cilantro, onions, Cholula, Mexican crema, queso, shredded cabbage. Maybe some diced jalapenos too. Put the corn tortilla on a hot griddle or grill to toast them up!

  • virb  on  August 28, 2013

    Egg on toast ๐Ÿ™‚

  • NaomiManygoats  on  August 28, 2013

    Grilled chicken with tomatillo sauce!

  • BreeDay  on  August 28, 2013

    When my husband goes away I usually splash out and cook the meals that I have always loved but my husband is not too keen on (he is not a very adventurous eater). I make my mums corn chips and beans with nanna's yellow rice or a vegetable curry with naan bread. There are always left overs for the next day. It's such a treat.

  • rstuart  on  August 28, 2013

    Toasted cheese on a bagel with tomato. Top with freshly ground pepper… always good!

  •  on  August 28, 2013

    If I'm cooking only for myself, them I love to whip up a spinach-mushroom-cheese omelet, using the best ingredients I can find.

  • scassutt  on  August 28, 2013

    Anything with onions – my honey can't eat them.

  •  on  August 28, 2013

    Lots of in season vegetables especially ratatouille yumalicious

  • CapeCodCook  on  August 28, 2013

    Fordhook Lima Beans–even frozen ones–'cause no one else likes them in my family!!

  • Jill_in_Vermont  on  August 28, 2013

    I grate a large bunch of veggies, like carrot, zucchini & onion. (Many other veg are fine, like green beans, parsnips, small pieces of broccoli, whatever you have.) Mix them with freshly ground pepper, a little salt, a little almond flour or bread crumbs and some lemon juice. Then bake the mixture in a covered casserole dish with some skinless fish buried in the middle for 30 to 40 minutes at 400 degrees. Yum. It's not hard. I love the flavor that emerges. Plus it indulges my veggy craving.

  • lorie  on  August 28, 2013

    When my significant other is away, and I am by myself, I eat as many mushroom-based dishes as possible, since he dislikes them.

  • Grywhp  on  August 28, 2013

    Kraft macaroni and cheese. Comfort food!

  • kristen  on  August 28, 2013

    Mark Bittman's Easy Fried Rice, leeks, ginger, rice, soy, egg. So simple, so healthy, so delicious.

  •  on  August 28, 2013

    When I get a gift of home laid eggs, I treasure them. I scramble them Bill Granger's way and have them on the best bread and marvellous butter I can lay my hands on. With a few leaves of wilted sorrel on the side. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  • amyrinco  on  August 28, 2013

    My go-to dinner lately has been fish or shellfish with veggies. As a pescetarian in a meat-eating home, this cookbook sounds terrific.

  • maisie_grn  on  August 28, 2013

    Veggie breakfast tacos. Lots of spice. Yum.

  • FuzzyChef  on  August 29, 2013

    Since my sweetie can't do hot food, I generally do a really hot Thai or Indian curry. Like, to pick a favorite, Bindi Masala (Indian curried okra) because she doesn't like okra either.

  • alikazaam  on  August 29, 2013

    There is always some sort of leftover in the fridge, so I like to turn it into an egg dish. We have backyard chickens so I always welcome an opportunity to crack an egg over taco filling, turn pasta into a frittata, or put a poached egg on a salad to make it all seem new and fresh again.

  • Ingridemery  on  August 29, 2013

    Barbecued chicken breasts (marinated in olive oil, garlic, herbs and lemon), a great big garden salad (mixed leaves, cherry tomatoes, avocado, carrot and cucumber with a balsamic vinaigrette), fresh good quality bread, salty butter, and a large glass of wine.

  • Susan_F  on  August 29, 2013

    Sadly, if I'm on my own I'd probably just go for beans on toast, with a bit of grated cheese on top and a dash of Worcestershire sauce!

  • toddschut  on  August 29, 2013

    A grilled hunk of meat. My wife is a veggie, so if I'm alone it's meat night. Failing that, eggs.

  • foodandcrafts  on  August 29, 2013

    Rice and Beans, simple and delicious.

  • marylandry  on  August 29, 2013

    Black beans, stewed tomatoes, and egg. Like an omelet scramble in minutes. Looking for a new favorite (hint hint) so always in the market for new ideas

  • Pardygirl  on  August 29, 2013

    A really good sandwich – avocado, herbs, hot peppers, and a little bit of cheese.

  • ballen  on  August 29, 2013

    Baked fish with plenty of vegetables … so could get some great ideas from this cookbook!

  • Sally  on  August 29, 2013

    Eggs. Quick to make, satisfying and versatile.

  • Soveh  on  August 29, 2013

    Eggs are my "home alone" food. I make veggie scrambles, omelets, or fried egg sandwiches. I always *mean* to make big salads, but instead of all the washing, chopping, & prep I just crack a few eggs.

  •  on  August 29, 2013

    Butternut squash soup. Something my Husband does not like and when he is away I play with flavours and foods he will not eat.

  • poots55  on  August 29, 2013

    Stinky, wonderful, beautiful bright green steamed Brussel Sprouts with butter.

  •  on  August 29, 2013

    Pretty much always by myself so I love multi-faced items: strong hot and then cold and then in salad. Luxury is a one-off like linguine with clams.

  • louie734  on  August 29, 2013

    In August? Tomato sandwiches. White bread, mayo, salt & pepper. Over the sink.

  • RobinCR  on  August 29, 2013

    Yellow squash. The kids won't eat it and my partner is alergic to it.

  • FJT  on  August 29, 2013

    Eggs – either an omelette or maybe scrambled or poached eggs on toast!

  • aeader  on  August 29, 2013

    Grilled salmon with a nice green salad, and lemon pound cake for dessert.

  • chefdave99  on  August 29, 2013

    Bacon and eggs

  • Imalinata  on  August 29, 2013

    Fried okra!

  • madamepince  on  August 29, 2013

    Risi e Bisi. Bollito Misto (I get to have different meals for a whole week!). Milk Toast.

  • jennifertomeberry  on  August 30, 2013


  • taygete  on  August 30, 2013

    I love to make a fresh baked potato and a salad – usually with whatever's on hand!

  • veronicafrance  on  August 30, 2013

    Almost always pasta, with a really simple vegetarian sauce of some kind, since my husband is not so keen on meatless dishes. Plus a glass of wine!

  • scarlettchef  on  August 30, 2013

    Something quick, but nontheless delish! If it's just after payday it could be a medium rib-eye steak with a simple salad, or fish as one of my daughters won't even contemplate a fish finger or pasta rustled up from storecupboard ingredients and/or leftovers.

  • Lgw713  on  August 30, 2013

    antipasta platter of cured meats, cheese, olives, roasted peppers, Spanish almonds and maybe fresh pear or figs

  •  on  August 30, 2013

    I love to make tomato and carrot soup ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JanScholl  on  August 31, 2013

    I love those Red Bliss taters grilled with onions, garlic and poblano peppers. In fact I made them tonight even if it was 90F in my kitchen.

  • merstar  on  August 31, 2013

    Pasta dishes with lots of vegetables.

  • alaws  on  August 31, 2013

    anything with mushrooms as my family don't like them ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • wester  on  September 1, 2013

    Panfried cauliflower with cumin and feta.

  • rahiscock  on  September 2, 2013

    Most of the time I'm cooking for myself, but my favourite 'me only' dish consists of a lovely thick slice of toast, spread with smashed avocado (with lemon & pepper), topped with with baby spinach, thick slices of tomato, a poached egg, fresh herbs (basil & parsley), and a teaspoon of dukka. Absolutely awesome.

  • stackofbooks  on  September 2, 2013

    Grilled cheese with extra old cheddar, my ultimate comfort!

  • chawkins  on  September 5, 2013

    Mostly just a fried egg sandwich. But if I were in a cooking mode, then something vinegary, or with lots of mushrooms since my husband does not partake either.

  •  on  September 6, 2013

    artichokes or omelettes

  • stufoster  on  September 6, 2013

    My ultimate guilty pleasure when nobody is looking – a crisp (potato chips) sandwich. Prawn cocktail flavour please!

  • Allegra  on  September 6, 2013

    Depending on how much time I have, probably something Indian or Thai, preferably something insanely spicy.

  •  on  September 6, 2013

    A baked potato, then load it up with yummy leftovers and cheese!

  • djoh437938  on  September 8, 2013

    I absolutely love a ribeye steak for one. With all the accrue nots.

  • Jtdodd  on  September 8, 2013

    My husband's gag reflex kicks in when he sees runny eggs, and I love poached eggs! When I am cooking just for myself, I love making a simple peppery pasta with asparagus and a creamy poached egg on top. Yum!

  • kensimplify  on  September 10, 2013

    Two half-boiled runny eggs with a dash of black pepper. And with lightly toasted cranberry nut bread. Supplemented with a freshly made smoothie.

  •  on  September 11, 2013

    I love highly seasoned chicken sausages or all-beef hot dogs, but I only eat one when I can eat alone. Otherwise, people just judge.

  • krobbins426  on  September 11, 2013

    Pasta and shrimp with lemon, garlic, and butter.

  • PatriciaAnn  on  September 12, 2013

    Baked acorn squash drizzled with basswood honey.

  • Lillibet  on  September 14, 2013

    Pasta with garlic, chilli,, lemon and chopped calabrian sundried tomatoes with fennel seeds

  • schwabka  on  September 14, 2013

    Manchego cheese with homemade quince paste and sesame/almond flour crackers (gluten free). Add a glass of red wine for the perfect quick dinner. Love this combo!

  • GillB  on  September 15, 2013

    Toad in the Hole

  • happyeater  on  September 16, 2013

    sesame noodles with broccoli and tofu.

  • kylie  on  September 17, 2013

    Something indulgent but simple. Omelette with lots of cheese or pasta with a creamy, cheesy sauce are my favourites.

  • TerraVita  on  September 17, 2013

    Appetizers and dessert! My favorite is smoked salmon crostini with a dill, horseradish and greek yogurt base on garlic-y toasts, and molten chocolate cake for dessert. I open some champagne, and enjoy the (ridiculously rare) quiet!

  • Sandytoes  on  September 18, 2013

    Dessert hands down! Chocolate Bread pudding or chocolate ginger cake – so luscious!

  • Ladyberd  on  September 18, 2013

    Clams! my husband is allergic ๐Ÿ™‚

  • FieenaZ  on  September 18, 2013

    Apple anything! Baked apples, apple pie…

  • wmhinshaw  on  September 18, 2013

    Big salad with leftover grilled salmon or steak. (ie, no cooking)

  • ezza755  on  September 18, 2013

    Anything containing sun-dried tomatoes – my partner hates them!

  • pipinita21  on  September 19, 2013

    Beans, quesadillas and tons of avocado. I'm hungry!!!

  • forgetmenot  on  September 19, 2013

    I like cheese omelets with mushrooms and shrimp.

  •  on  September 19, 2013

    When I am alone I always cook Tortellinis with lots of grilled veggies and Parmesan cheese or goat cheese.

  • souprcook  on  September 19, 2013

    Looks good for a couple also

  • Robinfromphila  on  September 20, 2013

    Lox and bagel! Not exactly cooking:)

  •  on  September 20, 2013

    Sauteed mushrooms, fried shallots and rice icywit at gmail dot com

  • JenPDX  on  September 21, 2013

    Sautéed mushrooms, onion, and garlic with refried black beans and a whole 'lotta salsa.

  • cassiemcgannon  on  September 21, 2013

    If I'm pressed for time, it's pasta with zucchini, yoghurt and parmesan. If I'm feeling indulgent, it's a roast dinner for one using a lamb shank.

  • ckbkaddict  on  September 22, 2013

    Egg and toast! It's a popular one…

  • SueLau  on  September 22, 2013

    Poached eggs on toast with sauteed greens

  • Foudie  on  September 23, 2013

    I make up 1/3 cup couscous, then chop and throw in any ingredients I have to hand. This usually includes olives, fresh herbs, tomato, lemon rind, feta and sundried tomatoes. Yum

  • lilham  on  September 23, 2013

    I usually make Nigella's mustard pork chops, served with simple greens and gnocchi.

  •  on  September 23, 2013

    Chickpea crepe with grilled veggies and salsa.

  • Jencin  on  September 23, 2013

    Lovely gooey grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup. Mmmm

  • herby  on  September 23, 2013

    Roasted tomato soup with a fancy grilled cheese sandwich.

  • vinochic  on  September 24, 2013

    Pasta with lots of roasted vegis, a little feta and a glass of red wine.

  • Jane  on  September 24, 2013

    This contest is now closed. The winner, selected by a random number generator, is PatriciaAnn – congratulations.

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