10 Affordable, Easy Recipes You Can Make With One Hand


Hey guys! As you may know, I have been having a bit of a hard time around the kitchen lately.  I broke a finger playing attempting to play football and now my index finger is in a splint. Fun!

While it gets easier and easier to manage everyday, I wanted a bit of a break from knives and heavy pots and pans. I approached my talented friends and fellow food bloggers over at Food Bloggers of Canada and asked them to share with me recipes that are affordable, made from scratch and so easy that they can be managed with one hand.

So, for all you klutzes out there who fumble the catch, the proud new moms and dads who don’t want to put their little ones down and those who prefer to not navigate the kitchen without a cocktail (or two) in hand, these affordable, easy, one-handed recipes are for you!

10 Affordable, Easy Recipes You Can Make With One Hand
Recipes listed from left to right

Row 1 – Recipe # 1 – Chicken with Marmalade and Balsamic Vinegar by Diversivore
This chicken packs a unique and flavourful punch. Better yet, it’s made with chicken thighs so it really won’t make a dent in your bank account.

Row 1 – Recipe #2 –Dilly Smashed Baby Potatoes With Creamy Horseradish Dipping Sauce by A Virtual Vegan
You don’t even need to get the cutting board out for this stunner of a side dish! Look Ma, no chopping!

Row 1 – Recipe #3 – Healthy Egg Fried Rice by The 80 Twenty Rule
Don’t fall into the trap of ordering-out! Featuring brown rice, lots of (pre-cut) veggies, tamri and eggs this fried rice is a surprisingly refreshing spin on a take-out favourite.

Row 2 – Recipe #1 –Smokey Cauliflower Soup with Gruyere Croutons by Un Assaggio
Make a double batch when cauliflower is on sale,  freeze a few portions and thaw when you are busy! While chopping is involved in this recipe, you blend it all in the end, so pretty uniform cuts aren’t required.

Row 2 – Recipe #2 – Roasted Radishes with Pistachio & Radish Green Pesto by Diversivore
Okay, yes I have two of Diversivore’s recipes but, how can you resist a simple recipe that is fresh and flavourful, easy to prepare and reduces food waste? This dish is a homerun!

Row 3 – Recipe #1 – No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Granola Bars by Breakfast for Dinner
In less than 20 minutes you can have breakfast for six prepared with one hand tied behind your back. It’s not magic, it’s smart baking!

Row 3 – Recipe #2 – Chana Masala by Peppers & Pennies (Hey, that’s me!)
You can’t get any cheaper than chickpeas and while you do have to chop a bit, may I suggest a Slap Chop to dice the onions and jalapeno? Seriously that tool has been a lifesaver the past few weeks (Thanks Sebastian & Susan)!

Row 4 – Recipe #1 – Spinach Pesto Israeli Couscous with Prawns by My Kitchen Love
If you want a healthy and exotic dinner done in less than 15 minutes, you need to make this. Perfect for a dinner party!

Row 4 – Recipe #2 – Shakshuka By My Kitchen Love
Alright – another repeat contributor but Samantha has three little girls so you know she is a pro at making food on a budget with no free hands. This egg-based dinner was made by me last week and it was a hearty hit that came together fast.

Row 4 – Recipe #3 – Quick Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies by Imagelicious
Every meal should end in dessert and so should this round-up! This stunner of a brownie is mixed in a food processor and is raw, meaning you don’t have to figure out how to handle a hot pan with one hand!

Let me know how you guys liked my first round-up and please be sure to share the love with the recipe developers. Happy one-handed cooking!



  1. Thanks for including my recipe! What a great roundup 🙂

  2. Love these! I’m past the days of having to hold a baby while cooking and I don’t have a broken finger but I want to make every one of these recipes cause they are so ridiculously easy and delicious!

    • PeppersPennies

      Hi Annika, Thanks so much for coming-by 🙂 We can all use a bit more ‘simple’ in our lives, can’t we? Let me know what recipes you try and be sure to let the developer’s know, too!

  3. Such a creative list of recipes. I have a new baby and sometimes I only have one hand available, too. 🙁

  4. Siiigh, why am I just seeing these now?! My partner burnt his hand (not terribly) and was looking for one-handed recipes. Pinning for another mishap that hopefully won’t happen but just in case!

    • PeppersPennies

      Oh no! I hope he is doing better now! I think it’s a great idea to have a few simple yet 100% homemade dishes in your arsenal!

  5. Fantastic idea for a roundup Amanda. Thanks so much for including not one, but two of my recipes! I’d raise a glass to you, but I only have one arm free, and I need it to cook. 😀

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