You’ve finally left the parental nest and have an entire apartment rental in Ottawa to yourself. The freedom tastes oh so sweet! But then you remember one very important factor about your new independent life: you can’t actually cook. At this point, it is very tempting to imagine the kitchen as no man’s land and begin frequently eating out or getting take out. However, you must suppress this feeling of fear. You’ve made the first step: you’ve moved out. Surely a simple meal for one isn’t that hard. No it really isn’t.

  1. Stuffed Peppers

Whip up some rice and add some tasty tomato salsa, black beans, corn and a dash of cilantro to it. Pile it all into a fresh cored pepper. Just a short half an hour in the oven and these babies will be good to go. If you are feeling extra cheeky, sprinkle some cheese on top for some molten golden loveliness.

  1. Healthy and Fresh Burrito Bowl

Get prepared for this tasty treat by getting your hands on some black beans, chicken broth, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, red cabbage, chicken breast, Greek yogurt, fresh salsa, cilantro, and sliced onions. Chuck everything except for the red cabbage, yogurt, salsa and cilantro into a bowl and combine. Heat it for 40 seconds in the microwave. Layer up the rest of the ingredients and delve into your Mexican feast.

  1. Spaghetti Carbonara

All you will need for this recipe is dry spaghetti, one garlic clove, bacon, eggs, and parmesan cheese. Cook the bacon until it is dark and crispy. Mince the garlic and add this to the bacon grease. Meanwhile have the spaghetti boiling in salted water. When cooked, drain the spaghetti and add it to the bacon and garlic. Add a beaten egg and mix until the sauce becomes silky and smooth.

  1. Fried Egg Sandwich

There are some days when you just need something quick and easy yet hearty and filling. Simply fry up a couple of eggs, and squeeze them lovingly between two thick slices of country bread. Add some tomatoes and some spicy mayo for a little extra kick.

  1. BBQ Chicken Salad

Nobody can go wrong with a salad! All you need to do is to combine salad leaves, black beans, and whatever other tasty fresh veggies you picked up at the market. Add some delicious bbq chicken and a drizzle of ranch dressing to garnish. Add fresh avocado for some extra flavour and nutrition.

Make the most of your new life in your apartment rental in Ottawa. Once you’ve mastered these delectable recipes, you can easily double (or triple!) the ingredients and make meals for your roommate or partner in a flash.