I’m pretty experienced in the realm of making entrées and huge desserts that can feed about 10 people, but for this blog I wanted to show off how I cook for 1. My last post was about french dip sandwiches that I made for dinner, and I thought I’d share a small side dish and a quick dessert to go along with it.

For the side, I decided to make some garlic-parmesan asparagus, which is one of my all time favorites, and it’s super simple. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Asparagus (however much you think you’ll eat)
  2. Olive oil
  3. Garlic powder/ Minced garlic
  4. Salt
  5. Pepper
  6. Grated parmesan cheese

The only steps are to take the asparagus and snap off the bottom parts. Just bend the sprigs gently until they snap in a natural spot, and you can do a handful at a time. Then, lay them out on a flat baking sheet.

Cover the asparagus in olive oil and make sure to roll it around so that every part gets coated. Then, sprinkle on some minced garlic or garlic powder. Something that came in really handy for this was I actually had garlic-infused olive oil, and I highly recommend it. It’s two steps in one!

Then, sprinkle on the salt and pepper all over, and sprinkle the parmesan onto the tops of the asparagus, where the leafy bits are. After that, the only thing left to do is throw them in the oven at 450 degrees for about 7 minutes.

This goes great with chicken or beef dinners, and its always my go-to when I feel like my dinner needs a little something extra.

Now, let’s move onto the dessert. When I bake, I usually make huge batches of desserts that I can never eat all of, because I am only one person. Today, though, I found a recipe that’s perfect for one person and will be just as good to save for later: Braided Nutella bread.

This is a recipe that only takes two ingredients:

  1. Nutella
  2. Crescent rolls

First thing’s first, grab a baking sheet and lay out the entire package of crescent rolls, flat. You’ll have to seal off all of the pre-made perforations, because we don’t want this splitting apart when we try to braid it.

The next step is to pretty much cover the entire thing with Nutella. If needed, put the Nutella in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds to make it a little easier to spread.

After that, simply roll it up long ways so that it looks like it did coming out of the package.

Once it’s rolled up, make a cut down the middle of the roll, again long ways, splitting the bread in half so that it can be braided.

To do the braiding, you’re supposed to fold one end over the other and keep that up until you reach the bottom. I’ll be honest, though, I just twisted the bread around itself in a spiral. After that, put it in the over at 375 degrees for about 17-20 minutes.


It looks pretty good once it’s done, right? It tastes even better. I ate almost a whole role after dinner last night. To finish off, feel free to add some powdered sugar on top for an extra flair.

I hope this gave everyone some ideas on what to do when you only have the main dish prepped, but want to make a meal look a little bit more put-together. Let me know some of your favorite quick and easy side dishes!