From the Kitchen of heygoodcookin

Small Dishes: Why Hey Good Cookin’ is Having a Banner Year!


Small Houses, Tiny Nations…’little’ seems to be in fashion and we are included.  

Introducing: Small Dishes

Beginning this month, we are pleased to begin displaying recipes defined as 3 servings or less.  We are excited to be promoting a smaller way of cooking for people less interested in a lot of leftovers and more interested in reducing food waste and controlling portioned meals.

Just another recipe site?  No way!  We are uniquely focused on the solo cook with choices that go beyond the typical serves 4-6 recipes.  Because Hey Good Cookin’ members are saving tested recipes, we skip the tools that change recipe quantities and share recipes that REALLY work.

Enjoy cooking in large quantities and freezing single meals?  No problem; we’ve got you covered with batch cooking posts and recipe ideas.

We Make it Simple

Interested in finding a small dish on Hey Good Cookin’?  We have made it easy now to discover 3 servings or less recipes by stamping a banner right on the finished recipe photo.  When members save a ‘small dishes’ recipe on Hey Good Cookin’, we will add a banner to all recipes categorized as Small Dishes.

Not Yet a Member?

It’s easy and free to join our community of other like-minded cooks and begin saving new recipes shared by members. Add your own recipes and keep them all in one virtual place. Looking to connect with other members? We offer tools to find and communicate with others sharing similar food interests or geography.

Looking for a scrumptious Fall dessert?  Check out our latest recipe post: Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce.  Because this is a small dish, we love to use our mini Crock Pot.  It’s the perfect size for any slow cooker meal under 3 servings. Rate this recipe when you save it to your recipe box!


Posted By: heygoodcookin

The Hey Good Cookin' Kitchen has become a place of food inspiration and savory discovery to share with our cookin' singles community. We search out new recipes or sometimes just adapt familiar ones to test, taste, photograph and share in the triumphs and mishaps of creating new dishes.

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From the Kitchen of barb0812

7 Fightin’ Foods for the Common Cold



Tasting The Soup Before Eating

I have been lucky enough to dodge every nasty cold that has come my way for the past two years. But don’t hate me for sounding braggy, life has already issued a challenge as a good reminder to keep it humble.

The challenge came the other night as I was giving myself props for staying on top of my health.  Just before dinner, as I pulled up a chair to work on the computer, I was suddenly struck by the unmistakable signs of the funk. All the usual suspects were there–chills, aches and even an upset stomach!

Thankfully, I was feeling spirited enough to take charge of the situation. I did not want a pesky bug bringing me down or standing between me and the savory beet salad that was chilling in the fridge.  I quickly made a mental inventory of my usual go-to’s for fighting off a cold –  Airborne, Tylenol  and a shot of trusty willpower to do the trick. Out of nowhere, (ding ding ding), I remembered a post on super foods. Of course!  Chicken Noodle Soup!  Time to pull out the Crock Pot.  

I changed course and decided that this was the moment to take a dose of my own self-prescribed medicine. I rolled up my sleeves, recited the “food is medicine” mantra, crossed my fingers and hoped that the healing power of food would prove to be more than an idealistic theory.   

It was a big decision, but I had a full week ahead and no room for interruption.  I decided to compromise. I mean, why not enjoy the wonders of modern medicine AND the soothing benefits of traditional home remedies?

For those of you interested in the exact science, my immediate tactics included Airborne—4 of those babies,  Zyrtec—for when in doubt, and a hot cup of Nature’s Own Ginger Tea. I ingested my special cocktail and planted myself on the sofa with steeped ginger tea in hand and waited.  

Two hours went by. With eyes closed, I simply relaxed and entertained rich inner visions of myself freed from the grips of nausea.  But more importantly, I continued the willful pursuit of that beet salad. And then, just like that, it was gone.

Could I swear it wasn’t allergies?  No. Did the rest help?  Probably.  But what matters most is that I’m now solidly in the camp that believes that the right plant and food remedies DO promote well-being.  

Thankfully, there was still time to enjoy that meal. Excited by my experience, I grabbed a fork and a notepad and started to make a list of other common foods that help put a stop to what ails you.

Barb’s shortlist of  Seven Fightin’ Foods:

  1. Chicken Noodle Soup

Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

Time to pull out the slow cookers!  There is just something about chicken noodle soup that helps move a cold along.  Like many of my soups, I  freeze single portions so no need to cook when sick. Chicken soup may be good for the soul, but it can also lessen the effects of a cold by slowing down that congestion production, and that’s a good thing!

  1. Tea

Green tea with ginger, lemon and honey

All varieties of teas including black, green, white and herbal offer a variety of benefits in fighting colds. Baker by Nature swears by her Healing Ginger Tea which uses a base of green tea, then adds fresh ginger, cinnamon, lemon and honey to battle congestion and a sore throat. I’m gonna give this a try next time I get hit with a cold.

  1. Honey

Spoonful Of Honey

I know a lot of people who use this as their go-to for relief of a sore throat.  Some take a spoonful daily of ‘local only’ honey to reduce allergies.

  1. Orange Juice

oranges and orange juice


Fresh squeezed O.J. with pulp offers plenty of Vitamin C which medical research indicates is better coming from food.  Red Bell Peppers are also a terrific source of Vitamin C.

  1. Bananas

Banana Bunch And Sliced Bananas

I just learned that bananas are rich in potassium, which is often depleted with some flu and cold symptoms. They’re easy to digest (A+ for bland foods!) and may help lower body temperature. They can also help replenish lost electrolytes.

  1. Ginger

Ginger tea made with fresh root

Opinion says ginger offers some virus fighting potential as well as acts as an excellent tummy soother.  I for one am a believer in ginger.  When I get hit with nausea, I steep fresh ginger for 10 minutes and drink a cup with no added sugar, lemon etc.  Some (like me) believe it can stop a cold in its tracks!

  1. Garlic

Ceramic knife chopping garlic preparation cooking. Garlic, aroma

This is one food that sounds the least appealing to me when battling the crud.  However, it does contains allicin, a compound that destroys bacteria and makes it difficult for viruses to thrive. I usually add garlic to many of my soups anyway, and that is probably the best way to benefit from it.

I hope by now you are as inspired to use foods as a healthy ally as I am. Whole books are written on this topic, so I had to choose my favorites. Let me know in the comments if you have a go-to recipe that helps you fight off illness and maintain your bragging rights!

Posted By: barb0812

My dogs consider me the "greatest chef of all time"...I am lover of all foods vegetarian and advocate for growing your own veggies--no matter the size! I am one of the Co-founders of Hey Good Cookin' and a believer in cooking for yourself because everyone deserves it!

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From the Kitchen of oregonwingnut

Single Girl in a Big Batch World



Woman baking cupcakes in kitchen

One day my unintentional mantra changed from deprive to thrive.  I’ll go to movies by myself and delight in it! I’ll go into a restaurant and proudly exclaim, “Table for one, please.” I’ll book a trip and travel because I can, and I will no longer wait for someone to join me. And, I will bake a whole batch of cupcakes because I want them!

For years I deprived myself of food I loved because I didn’t want to eat a big batch of enchiladas, spaghetti, or heaven forbid, cupcakes for days on end.

Then I embraced big batch cooking and my freezer. The key for me was to make sure the batch had lots of variety. Instead of making one type of cupcake, I make the batter then add different goodies to each cupcake and use different small portions of frosting or glazes.

cupcakes with berries and citrus glaze

The secret to these moist cupcakes is to add an orange syrup which soaks into the cake followed by a citrus glaze.  It’s a double burst of flavor.

cupcakes with mixed berries and citrus glaze

It’s fun to create different flavor combinations. How about raspberry and blueberry cupcakes with lemon syrup and glaze?  I took a batch to work and one of my co-workers told me she and her boyfriend don’t eat sweets, but they devoured these cupcakes!

big batch cupcakes

Looking for big batch breakfast ideas?  

Muffin Tin Pancakes just may make getting out of bed early a little easier.


It’s the same principle, different meal.  Baking one big batch loaded with variety keeps me from the daily boredom of the same old breakfast.


Peanut butter, banana and maple syrup…my all time favorite combo. The best part is I don’t get syrup all over my steering wheel when I eat breakfast in the car.


Mix and match your ingredients, bake them up, grab ‘n’ go!


From the Kitchen of heygoodcookin

Treat Yourself…5 Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth


Gourmet Caramel Apples

The month of October seems to signal the start of the holiday season for many of us whether ready or not. It could be all the Halloween decorations and events fueling our excitement, but for some (like me), it’s the pumpkins that start revealing themselves in the many large display boxes outside the grocery stores.  The sight of them ignites a desire to run home, bake and indulge in all the combinations of sweet spices, fruits and squashes.  The delicious kitchen smells that result are a reminder of why we deserve to treat ourselves and those we care about.

We have put together 5 tasty treats to enjoy and share.  They are relatively easy recipes and can be stored in the refrigerator and/or frozen and enjoyed later.

  1. Cinnamon Cheesecake Bars

Cinnamon Cheesecake Bars

2. Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

3. Gourmet Caramel Apples

Gourmet Caramel Apples

4. Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

Pumpkin Bites

5. Pumpkin Crumble

Pumpkin Crumble

Have a favorite dessert you love as a treat?  Keep your recipe right here in your own recipe box.  Join the community of solo cooks and discover great dishes you can save and make this holiday season.

Posted By: heygoodcookin

The Hey Good Cookin' Kitchen has become a place of food inspiration and savory discovery to share with our cookin' singles community. We search out new recipes or sometimes just adapt familiar ones to test, taste, photograph and share in the triumphs and mishaps of creating new dishes.

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