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.


  • rlmiller  on  8/26/2013 at 10:55 AM

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

  • Sofie168  on  8/26/2013 at 11:07 AM

    I like making soups/stews or hot sandwiches.

  • matag  on  8/26/2013 at 11:19 AM


  • kbennall  on  8/26/2013 at 12:23 PM

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

  • DFed  on  8/26/2013 at 12:33 PM

    Fried hash browns with plenty of ketchup!

  • mrsmadam  on  8/26/2013 at 1:04 PM

    Cheese Souffle

  • tlbeck1  on  8/26/2013 at 1:15 PM

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

  • mpennington  on  8/26/2013 at 1:22 PM

    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  8/26/2013 at 1:24 PM

    Fried egg on toast

  • TrishaCP  on  8/26/2013 at 3:11 PM

    Something vegetarian.

  • cpasek  on  8/26/2013 at 3:22 PM

    I have a real weakness for pasta.

  • kara0621  on  8/26/2013 at 3:32 PM

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

  • Margaretsmall  on  8/26/2013 at 5:56 PM

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

  • ae.bell  on  8/26/2013 at 6:07 PM

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

  • adrienneyoung  on  8/26/2013 at 7:25 PM

    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  8/26/2013 at 8:01 PM

    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  8/26/2013 at 8:37 PM

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

  • Waderu  on  8/26/2013 at 9:30 PM

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

  • TheSpicedLife  on  8/27/2013 at 12:14 AM

    Fried eggs over caramelized onions with the yolks still deliciously runny. :)

  • hihelen_westbrook  on  8/27/2013 at 6:22 AM

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

  • singingchef  on  8/27/2013 at 7:38 AM

    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  8/27/2013 at 8:45 AM

    Risotto, either plain or with a mix-in.

  • pgarcia  on  8/27/2013 at 10:31 AM

    Omelet, salad and a glass of wine!

  • mfto  on  8/27/2013 at 11:03 AM

    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  8/27/2013 at 11:46 AM

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

  • ellabee  on  8/27/2013 at 11:52 AM

    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  8/27/2013 at 12:13 PM

    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  8/27/2013 at 2:24 PM

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

  • amc  on  8/27/2013 at 7:22 PM


  • susan g  on  8/27/2013 at 8:23 PM

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

  • dinnermints  on  8/27/2013 at 8:44 PM

    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.

  • Gail  on  8/28/2013 at 10:47 AM

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

  • sisterspat  on  8/28/2013 at 12:43 PM

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

  • elizam  on  8/28/2013 at 6:38 PM

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

  • caitmcg  on  8/28/2013 at 6:49 PM

    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  8/28/2013 at 6:50 PM

    stir fry

  • MichelLegrande  on  8/28/2013 at 6:53 PM

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

  • DKennedy  on  8/28/2013 at 6:54 PM

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

  • Dcotter  on  8/28/2013 at 6:54 PM

    Lentil soup with fresh bread

  • teresajoan  on  8/28/2013 at 7:07 PM

    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  8/28/2013 at 7:12 PM

    Egg on toast :)

  • NaomiManygoats  on  8/28/2013 at 7:12 PM

    Grilled chicken with tomatillo sauce!

  • BreeDay  on  8/28/2013 at 7:21 PM

    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  8/28/2013 at 7:41 PM

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

  • HelenB  on  8/28/2013 at 7:52 PM

    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  8/28/2013 at 7:53 PM

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

  • Debbie Johnson  on  8/28/2013 at 8:00 PM

    Lots of in season vegetables especially ratatouille yumalicious

  • CapeCodCook  on  8/28/2013 at 8:11 PM

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

  • Jill_in_Vermont  on  8/28/2013 at 8:39 PM

    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  8/28/2013 at 9:08 PM

    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  8/28/2013 at 9:22 PM

    Kraft macaroni and cheese. Comfort food!

  • kristen  on  8/28/2013 at 9:36 PM

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

  • kerrie mcgovan  on  8/28/2013 at 10:46 PM

    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  8/28/2013 at 10:59 PM

    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  8/28/2013 at 11:51 PM

    Veggie breakfast tacos. Lots of spice. Yum.

  • FuzzyChef  on  8/29/2013 at 12:15 AM

    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  8/29/2013 at 12:25 AM

    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  8/29/2013 at 1:41 AM

    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  8/29/2013 at 2:40 AM

    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  8/29/2013 at 6:25 AM

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

  • foodandcrafts  on  8/29/2013 at 6:42 AM

    Rice and Beans, simple and delicious.

  • marylandry  on  8/29/2013 at 7:30 AM

    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  8/29/2013 at 7:37 AM

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

  • ballen  on  8/29/2013 at 8:31 AM

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

  • Sally  on  8/29/2013 at 9:49 AM

    Eggs. Quick to make, satisfying and versatile.

  • Soveh  on  8/29/2013 at 9:50 AM

    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.

  • Ruth Lougeed  on  8/29/2013 at 10:16 AM

    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  8/29/2013 at 10:41 AM

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

  • mgjacqz  on  8/29/2013 at 10:56 AM

    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  8/29/2013 at 11:43 AM

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

  • RobinCR  on  8/29/2013 at 12:27 PM

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

  • FJT  on  8/29/2013 at 1:37 PM

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

  • aeader  on  8/29/2013 at 2:18 PM

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

  • chefdave99  on  8/29/2013 at 2:40 PM

    Bacon and eggs

  • Imalinata  on  8/29/2013 at 6:32 PM

    Fried okra!

  • madamepince  on  8/29/2013 at 9:13 PM

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

  • jennifertomeberry  on  8/30/2013 at 6:12 AM


  • taygete  on  8/30/2013 at 9:31 AM

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

  • veronicafrance  on  8/30/2013 at 10:47 AM

    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  8/30/2013 at 1:01 PM

    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  8/30/2013 at 2:36 PM

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

  • Tamie Pereira  on  8/30/2013 at 10:07 PM

    I love to make tomato and carrot soup :)

  • JanScholl  on  8/31/2013 at 12:49 AM

    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  8/31/2013 at 2:19 PM

    Pasta dishes with lots of vegetables.

  • alaws  on  8/31/2013 at 3:55 PM

    anything with mushrooms as my family don't like them ;-)

  • wester  on  9/1/2013 at 3:17 PM

    Panfried cauliflower with cumin and feta.

  • rahiscock  on  9/2/2013 at 3:35 AM

    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  9/2/2013 at 11:41 AM

    Grilled cheese with extra old cheddar, my ultimate comfort!

  • chawkins  on  9/5/2013 at 4:05 PM

    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.

  • JamieK  on  9/6/2013 at 8:47 AM

    artichokes or omelettes

  • stufoster  on  9/6/2013 at 12:54 PM

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

  • Allegra  on  9/6/2013 at 2:42 PM

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

  • Paula  on  9/6/2013 at 4:56 PM

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

  • djoh437938  on  9/8/2013 at 9:16 AM

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

  • Jtdodd  on  9/8/2013 at 9:41 PM

    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  9/10/2013 at 1:33 AM

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

  • Sue  on  9/11/2013 at 2:05 PM

    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  9/11/2013 at 3:14 PM

    Pasta and shrimp with lemon, garlic, and butter.

  • PatriciaAnn  on  9/12/2013 at 3:48 PM

    Baked acorn squash drizzled with basswood honey.

  • Lillibet  on  9/14/2013 at 1:30 PM

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

  • schwabka  on  9/14/2013 at 8:22 PM

    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  9/15/2013 at 1:29 PM

    Toad in the Hole

  • happyeater  on  9/16/2013 at 1:15 PM

    sesame noodles with broccoli and tofu.

  • kylie  on  9/17/2013 at 2:54 PM

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

  • TerraVita  on  9/17/2013 at 5:01 PM

    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  9/18/2013 at 6:42 AM

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

  • Ladyberd  on  9/18/2013 at 9:38 AM

    Clams! my husband is allergic :)

  • FieenaZ  on  9/18/2013 at 10:59 AM

    Apple anything! Baked apples, apple pie...

  • wmhinshaw  on  9/18/2013 at 1:04 PM

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

  • ezza755  on  9/18/2013 at 6:52 PM

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

  • pipinita21  on  9/19/2013 at 8:39 AM

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

  • forgetmenot  on  9/19/2013 at 2:48 PM

    I like cheese omelets with mushrooms and shrimp.

  • Larissa Prusak  on  9/19/2013 at 4:02 PM

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

  • souprcook  on  9/19/2013 at 5:09 PM

    Looks good for a couple also

  • Robinfromphila  on  9/20/2013 at 11:44 AM

    Lox and bagel! Not exactly cooking:)

  • Jenny Hartin  on  9/20/2013 at 5:22 PM

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

  • JenPDX  on  9/21/2013 at 5:29 PM

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

  • cassiemcgannon  on  9/21/2013 at 7:33 PM

    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  9/22/2013 at 12:19 PM

    Egg and toast! It's a popular one...

  • SueLau  on  9/22/2013 at 6:48 PM

    Poached eggs on toast with sauteed greens

  • Foudie  on  9/23/2013 at 9:41 AM

    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  9/23/2013 at 10:49 AM

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

  • Jen  on  9/23/2013 at 10:53 AM

    Chickpea crepe with grilled veggies and salsa.

  • Jencin  on  9/23/2013 at 12:14 PM

    Lovely gooey grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup. Mmmm

  • herby  on  9/23/2013 at 7:00 PM

    Roasted tomato soup with a fancy grilled cheese sandwich.

  • vinochic  on  9/24/2013 at 12:13 AM

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

  • Jane  on  9/24/2013 at 11:39 AM

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

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