Dinner for one

I make myself dinner at least 6 times a week. It's easy when you have a huge menu of meals that you've previously portioned, vacuum sealed and frozen! I rarely spend more than 30 minutes making dinner, rarely purchase prepared food, and I almost never eat the same thing more than once in a week.

Of course I don't always have, say, fresh mushrooms or fresh cilantro on hand, but I usually do. One of the things about cooking all the time is that you end up with a lot of staples and very little waste. If you only cook once a week, of course you'll have to go to the grocery store and you'll end up throwing away vegetables every week!

Here are the 40 or so things I could have dinner tonight, without going to the store:

Japanese-style curry Japanese-style curry
Ready in 30 minutes from frozen. (10 minutes to heat the water, 20 minutes boil-in-bag). I usually have white sushi rice made in the refrigerator, but I can make it in the rice cooker in a half hour if necessary.
Tonkatsu Tonkatsu
Ready in 20 minutes from frozen (10 minutes to pre-heat the oven, 10 minutes to cook). It takes hours to make tonkatsu, and it reheats really well, so making it ahead is a good thing.
Chicken paprika (revisit) Chicken paprika
Make in 15 minutes (plus time to defrost the chicken). I keep individual servings of chicken breasts in my freezer. I always have broccoli, onions and sour cream on hand.
Pork Spare Ribs #2 Pork Spare Ribs
Ready in 1 hour from frozen. 15 minutes to reheat the sous vide and 45 minutes to reheat. It takes 10 minutes to heat the deep fryer and 2 minutes to cook the frozen French fries.
Steak, baked potato and broccoli Steak, baked potato and broccoli
Reheat in 1 hour from frozen. 15 minutes to reheat the sous vide and 45 minutes to reheat. 1:10 to bake a potato (10 minutes to preheat the oven and 1 hour to bake). I grill and freeze steaks ahead of time.
Spaghetti and meatballs or Italian sausage Spaghetti and meatballs or Italian sausage
Ready in 20 minutes. Pasta sauce, meat balls and Italian sausage are all vacuum sealed and frozen in individual servings. It's always best to cook the pasta fresh (10 minutes to boil water, 9 minutes to cook spaghetti). Meatballs take 1 hour to defrost and cook in the sous vide.
Asparagus (or green beans) and prosciutto pasta Asparagus (or green beans) and prosciutto pasta
Ready in 20 minutes. I always have prosciutto, but I don't always have green beans or asparagus. Fortunately, it can be made with frozen green beans.
Fried chicken fingers, boneless 'wings' and French fries Fried chicken fingers, boneless 'wings' and French fries
Ready in 20 minutes (plus defrosting time for the chicken). I keep frozen raw chicken and frozen French fries on hand, so this is easy.
Rigatoni with tomato, broccoli, and prosciutto in spicy vodka cream sauce Rigatoni with tomato, broccoli, and prosciutto in spicy vodka cream sauce
Ready in 25 minutes. I almost always have fresh tomato (stored in my 55°F refrigerator), broccoli, heavy cream and prosciutto on hand, and this is a quick and tasty dish to make with them.
Roast beef, rice and gravy Roast beef, rice and gravy
Reheat in 1 hour from frozen. 15 minutes to reheat the sous vide and 45 minutes to reheat. I vacuum seal individual packages of sliced roast beef.
Fish and chips #2 Fish and chips
Ready in 20 minutes (plus defrosting time for the fish). I keep individually quick frozen, vacuum sealed packages of haddock for this, so I can make it any time.
Tingua poblana - Pork with smoky tomato sauce and potatoes #2 Tingua poblana - Pork with smoky tomato sauce and potatoes
Ready in 30 minutes from frozen. (10 minutes to heat the water, 20 minutes boil-in-bag). Each serving is vacuum sealed and frozen, ready to go.
Nachos! Nachos
Ready in 20 minutes. I keep individual servings of taco-seasoned ground beef and black beans vacuum sealed and frozen. I have tortilla chips, jalapeños and cheddar cheese on hand. I don't always have an avocado for guacamole, but it's also good with salsa, which I always have.
Chicken and cheese enchiladas Chicken and cheese enchiladas
Ready in 20 minutes. I keep individual servings of grilled chicken vacuum sealed and frozen. I have flour tortillas and cheddar cheese in the refrigerator, and canned enchilada sauce. It's better with salsa fresca, and I usually have onion, jalapeño, tomato, lime and cilantro.
Grilled salmon, spicy green beans and rice Grilled salmon, spicy green beans and rice
Ready in 1 hour from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 45 minutes to defrost and reheat. I grill the salmon then vacuum seal and freeze individual servings. I don't always have green beans on hand, but I do today, and they're already blanched.
Italian sausage, green pepper, onion and mushroom deep-dish pizza Italian sausage, green pepper, onion and mushroom deep-dish pizza
Ready in 45 minutes, plus defrosting time. I keep homemade pizza dough and pizza sauce in the freezer. The Italian sausage is pre-cooked and frozen. I have the green pepper, onion and mushrooms on hand.
Roasted turkey breast Roasted turkey breast
Ready in 45 minutes from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 30 minutes to defrost and reheat. I slice, vacuum seal and freeze turkey breast for turkey dinner.
Beef Stroganoff Beef Stroganoff
Ready in 20 minutes. I keep the raw beef frozen in individual servings. I have dry egg noodles, mushroom and sour cream on hand.

Braised beef short ribs #2 Braised beef short ribs
Ready in 1 hour from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 45 minutes to defrost and reheat. I have my homemade garlic mashed potatoes frozen, too.
Crumb pork chop Crumb pork chop
Ready in 20 minutes (plus defrosting time for the pork chop). The breading gets soggy if frozen, so I make this from scratch. But it doesn't take long to make and I keep frozen raw pork chops in the freezer to make this dish.
Shrimp pad Thai Shrimp pad Thai
I can make this dish today in 20-30 minutes, but I don't always have bean sprouts and cilantro on hand. But I keep the individually quick frozen shrimp on hand.
Meatloaf Meatloaf
Ready in 1 hour from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 45 minutes to defrost and reheat.
Sausage and green pepper pizza Sausage and green pepper pizza
I have a pre-made pizza on hand, frozen, but even if I didn't I have sauce, pizza dough and sausage frozen. I usually have green peppers and shredded mozzarella cheese.
Shrimp scampi with spinach Shrimp scampi with spinach
Ready in 25 minutes. I keep individually quick frozen shrimp in the freezer. I usually have fresh parsley and spinach in the refrigerator.
Roasted pork Roasted pork
Ready in 1 hour from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 45 minutes to defrost and reheat. I keep a jar of frozen sauce. And it only takes 10 minutes to cook the cabbage. 
Marinated Tempeh Fried Wontons Marinated Tempeh Fried Wontons
Ready in 25 minutes. I make the filling ahead of time and freeze it in individual serving packages. I usually have wonton wrappers in the refrigerator, but I also keep some frozen, just in case. I form and fry them right before eating.
Cheesesteak sandwich Cheesesteak sandwich
Ready in 25 minutes, plus defrosting time. The beef is cooked, sliced and frozen. I usually have onions, green peppers and Swiss cheese. The rolls are frozen.
Bacon cheeseburger Bacon cheeseburger
Ready in 1 hour from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 45 minutes to defrost and reheat. I pre-grill the burgers, vacuum seal and freeze them. I keep hamburger buns frozen and have frozen French fries on hand.
Roasted chicken, broccoli, gravy and rice Roasted chicken, broccoli, gravy and rice
Ready in 45 minutes from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 30 minutes to defrost and reheat.
Whole wheat pasta with zucchini, tomato and prosciutto Whole wheat pasta with zucchini, tomato and prosciutto
Ready in 25 minutes. I almost always have prosciutto and tomato, and usually have a zucchini on hand.
Chicken balsamic #2 Chicken balsamic
Ready in about a half hour, plus defrosting time for the chicken. I keep frozen raw chicken in individual serving sizes, the rest is just fresh mushroom, which I usually have on hand. And I freeze mashed potatoes, which reheat boil-in-bag very well.
Tuna sushi plate #3 Tuna sushi plate
Ready in 90 minutes, including the time to cook and cool the rice. 30 minutes of active prep. I keep sushi tuna frozen, but I don't always have cucumber and avocado on hand, though I often do during the summer.
Teriyaki barbecued pork Teriyaki barbecued pork
Ready in 45 minutes from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 30 minutes to defrost and reheat. I marinate, grill, vacuum seal and freeze individual servings.
Buffalo chicken wings Buffalo chicken wings
Ready in 25 minutes, plus defrosting time. When I break down a whole chicken I save the chicken wings just for this dish.
Steak au poivre (pepper steak) Steak au poivre (pepper steak)
Ready in 20 minutes, plus defrosting time. Or 1:10 with a baked potato. I keep a few raw strip steaks in the freezer, individually vacuum sealed, just to make this dish.
Pasta with chicken, zucchini and garlic scape pesto Pasta with chicken, zucchini and garlic scape pesto
Ready in 25 minutes. I keep grilled chicken, vacuum sealed and frozen in individual servings, and frozen garlic scape pesto from scape season. And I usually have a zucchini on hand.
Coq au vin #2 Coq au vin
Ready in 1 hour from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 45 minutes to defrost and reheat. The frozen package doesn't contain the pasta, it's much better when that's made to order.
Pasta with zucchini, onion and meat sauce Pasta with zucchini, onion and meat sauce
Ready in 25 minutes. I pre-cook the meat for meat sauce, portion, vacuum seal and freeze it. The homemade marinara sauce is frozen as well. I usually have zucchini on hand.
Sausage and green pepper lasagna #2 Sausage and green pepper lasagna
Ready in 40 minutes from frozen, boil-in-bag.
Shrimp fra diavolo with spinach Shrimp fra diavolo with spinach
Ready in 25 minutes. The shrimp are frozen. I usually have fresh tomatoes and spinach on hand.
Pasta with Italian sausage, zucchini, onions and marinara sauce Pasta with Italian sausage, zucchini, onions and marinara sauce
Ready in 25 minutes. I pre-cook the sausage, vacuum seal and freeze it. The homemade marinara sauce is frozen as well. I usually have zucchini on hand.
Roasted duck with pomegranate chili sauce Roasted duck with pomegranate chili sauce
Ready in 45 minutes from frozen. 15 minutes to heat the sous vide machine and 30 minutes to defrost and reheat. I vacuum seal and freeze the duck and the sauce separately.
Grilled chicken taco with salsa fresca Grilled chicken taco with salsa fresca
Ready in 20 minutes. I grill chicken, slice, divide, vacuum seal and freeze individual portions. I usually have the tomato, onion, jalapeño and cilantro to make salsa fresca.
Grilled lime and tequila marinated shrimp taco with salsa fresca Grilled marinated shrimp taco with salsa fresca
Ready in 30 minutes plus time to marinate. The shrimp are frozen. I usually have the tomato, onion, jalapeño and cilantro to make salsa fresca.