Top Recipes for Single Parent households:

Sometimes I get bored with cooking! The never-ending drudgery of providing healthy (ish)food on a budget is draining.

The purpose of this post is to collate and store a record of recipes that other single parents have found successful. Something we can dip into and share.

There are three basic criteria: Recipes should be:

  1. affordable
  2. simple to cook
  3. kid friendly (something they can help with and more importantly enjoy eating, and be on the healthy side of cooking).

I am going to kick off with an OnlyDads Favourite!

Lentil Soup in a Pressure Cooker



1 onion chopped small
2 medium carrots (grated)
1 large Parsnip (grated)
Red Lentils (one mug full)
2 stock cubes (chicken or vegetable)
Pearl Barley (1/2 a cup)


First, fry off the onion very gently for two to three minutes in a little oil.

Add grated carrot and parsnip and all other ingredients.

Fill pan to between half and three-quarters full with cold water.

Place on hob, bring to pressure and cook for between 15 and 20 minutes.


If this sounds really easy, it is! My girls love it (we call it Grandma’s Soup). Being half-Scottish I was brought up on this soup. It’s very tasty and quite good for you. We eat it with a French stick or some Oat Cakes.


Really cheap! With cooking time down to 20 minutes because of the pressure cooker, all these ingredients should cost no more than about £1. Extra for the Oat Cakes/Bread. A Pan full will deliver between 6-8 servings. It freezes well too.

Please do feel free to add your recipe ideas below. We will in time add these to a section on our websites – and who knows, we may even see if we can get the best ones published??





About onlydads

Single Dad living near Totnes in Devon. I founded in 2007 and live with my daughters Priya, 14 and Anya 11. I write about single parenting, work, overcoming trials and tribulations and sometimes not overcoming trials and tribulations.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

12 Responses to Top Recipes for Single Parent households:

  1. notSupermum says:

    I’d like to contribute my favourite homemade soup, vegetable mulligatawny. It’s a really hearty soup, cheap and full of flavour and my daughters love it.

    Here’s the link to my step-by-step recipe

  2. Becky says:

    Just a quickie for now for dead easy cakes:

    1) heat oven to 190C
    2 )in large bowl whisk 4 oz each of SR flour, margarine/butter, caster sugar plus 2 medium eggs, some vanilla essence and pinch baking powder
    3) when it drops off spoon put into 12 standard cup cake cases in a baking tray
    4) bake for 13-15 minutes – they are ready when if you press a finger in top they bounce back up
    5) cool
    6) decorate

    my 4 year old can make these – taste so much better than shop ones plus not nasties!
    For variety swap 1 oz of cocoa powder for 1 oz flour…

  3. Nikki says:

    One of my fav’s 🙂

    Easy risotto with bacon and peas

    1 onion
    6 rashers streaky bacon, chopped
    300g risotto rice (have used long grain and it works fine)
    1 litre vegetable stock
    100g frozen peas

    Finely chop the onion and pan fry in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a knob of butter until lightly browned (about 5-7 mins). Add the bacon and fry for a further 5 minutes, until it starts to crisp.
    Add the rice and stock, and bring to the boil. Stir well, then reduce the heat and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes until the rice is almost tender.
    Stir in the peas, add a little salt and pepper and cook for a further 3 minutes. Serve sprinkled with freshly grated parmesan, freshly ground black pepper and a side salad.

    • onlydads says:

      This sounds delicious…for me anything with freshly grated parmesan, freshly ground black pepper is a winner…

      …and the girls are developing the taste too 😉

      Bob X

  4. says:

    Easy peasy:

    Potato Latke:
    Grate some good spuds (enough for 3 in your case Bob, so maybe 5 or 6 good sized).
    Grate a fair sized onion into the grated spuds.
    Beat a couple of eggs & add it to the spuddy mix.
    Stir in a couple of tablespoons of flour.
    Stir in some salt & pepper to season.
    Here’s the naughty bit. (In moderation, lard is okay). (The devil made me say that).
    Melt some lard into a heavy old fry-pan, medium to high heat. (practise)
    Using a table spoon, gently lower a spoonful of the mixture for each one (may get four in each load).
    Cook until crispy golden to brown.
    Flip over and cook t’other side until same.
    (To avoid arguements over who had how many 😉 ) Stack them on a warm plate in that oven you warmed up already.

    Did you forget to warm the oven?
    Option 2 eat them as you cook them.

    Cheaty Pie:
    Dice chicken breast. Fry until lighly browned.
    Cook some whole mushrooms in butter.
    Plop that lot into a shallow ovenproof dish.
    Make up a white sauce. Crush garlic clove(s) into white sauce. Pour over stuff in dish.
    Roll out Jus-rol (cheaty) flaky pastry. Whack it on top of dish. Plop it in the oven, as per any good pie.
    Meanwhile rustle up some mashed potato. French beans or some-such.
    Bob’s your uncle 😉

  5. Crunchy-nut cornflakes.

    (Variation on days with lesser stressy schedule: … with chopped banana)


    • onlydads says:

      Thank you SO much MJM

      Maybe when you have a second you could also let us have your recipe for burnt pizza 😉

      Bob xx

  6. Great tips!… I always cook with my son.. He always “cleaning” my cake…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s