Solo dinners can be fancy too.

Just because you’re alone doesn’t mean you have to eat microwavable mush or order Chinese food. In fact, please don’t eat either on a regular basis. Especially since making a healthy meal for yourself to enjoy with a glass of wine can be extremely simple.

Let’s talk about portobello mushrooms. (Because really that’s all we should talk about.) You can buy them pre-sliced from any grocery store and they are the easiest thing to turn into a meal. They can be cooked any number of ways, but for simplicity’s sake, this is pretty much all it takes:

1. Open package.
2. Dump in pan on medium heat.
3. Sauté. (That means cook them in some olive oil by pushing them around a bit.)
4. Eat.

Now, obviously you can (and should) add basic seasoning to that. I like to add sea salt, balsamic vinegar, cracked pepper, and maybe a dash of Worcester sauce if I’m feeling extra fancy. Really though, portobello mushrooms taste fantastic with minimal seasoning because they’re so flavorful on their own. Dump the shrooms on a bed of pre-made salad, add some shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese, maybe some quinoa for extra protein, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, hearty meal.

Of course, no meal is complete without it’s wine mate. For portobello mushrooms, which are fairly meaty, I would definitely go for something red and full-bodied. Maybe a nice Burgundy Pinot Noir. (Since you’re already going upscale with the mushrooms that have an Italian name, try really hard to avoid drinking wine from a box with this one.)

Here is one example of a very simple portobello mushroom recipe you can try.