Follow the directions to make an easy, low-calorie salad with the kick of ginger. Mel Barber



Home cooks who live alone have it rough — there's no one around to polish off seven extra servings of amazing lasagna or homestyle meatloaf. 

The alternative to just grabbing a fork and starting in the middle of a fresh-baked apple pie is to scale down recipes from six or eight servings to one. 

Author Nancy S. Hughes has already done the work in her cookbook "Designed for One!: 120 Diabetes-Friendly Dishes Just for You." 

Don't let the "diabetes-friendly" subtitle scare you off; these are delightful meals made for one person that happen to be healthy, too. After an intro with tips for shopping and storing fruits, vegetables, meats and more when you've only got one mouth to feed, Hughes launches into nine chapters of recipes. The book covers salads, starchy and nonstarchy sides, fowl, seafood, beef, pork, meatless main dishes, dinners for two and simple desserts. 


Pictures are limited to two sections displaying a handful of dishes, but the recipe pages are clear and uncluttered, with all of the ingredients, instructions and nutrition information easy to find and digest. 

On a first pass through the book, I marked two dozen recipes as things that could easily be made immediately with items already in the fridge or pantry. That's a darned good start. 

The small scale of the recipes means you can try them out without worrying about freezing (or worse, throwing away) extra servings. You can only foist food off on neighbors and co-workers for so long before they get fed up. 

For a starter or side, try the recipe for Gingered Carrot Salad. It's simple and delicious. 


Gingered Carrot Salad

Serves: 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

  • 3/4 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger, to taste (if using powdered ginger, reduce to a pinch)
  • 1/16 teaspoon salt (a pinch)
  • 1 cup spring greens, optional

Combine all ingredients, except spring greens. 

Serve in a small bowl to corral the juices or serve over spring greens. 

Nutrition information: 100 calories, 5 g fat, 230 mg sodium, 302 mg potassium, 15 g carbohydrates, 3 g dietary fiber, 9 g sugar, 2 g protein and 33 mg phosphorus. 

Source: "Designed for One!: 120 Diabetes-Friendly Dishes Just for You," by Nancy S. Hughes, American Diabetes Association, $19.95. 

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