fly alone? Just because you’re only feeding one person — yourself — doesn’t mean you can resort to endless takeaways or frozen TV dinners (although these can come in handy from time to time). Eat well with nutritious yet simple meals that don’t require much effort. We’ve selected recipes that make perfect single servings or dishes that make great leftovers or meal prep. So you can either conjure up something delicious quickly or cook it once and eat it all week. Start cooking for one better than ever!
Let’s start at the beginning. An omelet is literally one of the easiest things to make and do right. Our recipe outlines the basic technique that will allow you to cook perfect omelettes for years. Also great for dinner.
Get our single best way to make an omelette.
Paninis are always a good idea, whether you’re cooking for one or four people. And you’ll love this delicious, melt-in-your-mouth panini — it tastes like something you’d get at Panera bread, but is actually a lot lighter and healthier (and low in calories, too).
Get our recipe for Chicken Panini with Pesto and Peppers.
One-plate meals are an excellent idea when you want a hot, home-cooked meal but don’t feel like washing multiple pots and pans. Use a chicken breast and a bell pepper if you’re just cooking for today, or make the full recipe if you want some leftovers (which are also super easy to reheat in the oven).
Get our Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas recipe.
This smoothie is equally suitable for Paleo dieters and those who don’t know what Paleo is. It’s just a really good, nutritious smoothie that you can make in the morning or enjoy in the afternoon instead of a piece of fruit.
Get our recipe for Paleo Avocado Berry Smoothie.
Here’s a neat trick: fold up four breakfast burritos on a Monday morning and you’ve got them for the rest of the week. We love the heartiness of this burrito, which includes chicken sausage, eggs, and black beans. If you’re saving these for later, omit the avocado and just add it right before you eat. Also, make sure to use our foolproof burrito folding method.
Get our fiber-filled breakfast burrito recipe.
If you’re a planner, you’ll love the idea of making your breakfast the night before and waking up in the morning to a delicious overnight oatmeal. This makes one jar, so scale as you prepare for the week.
Get our recipe for Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.
This BLT is a good idea for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So easy to put together and with minimal preparation and cleaning.
Get our recipe for the ultimate BLT sandwich.
Give yourself a vitamin boost in the morning by making a perfect zesty yet sweet mango smoothie. The beauty of a smoothie, or bowls in general, is that you can easily make a small portion for one person. We especially love this recipe because it’s a nod to golden milk, a healthy anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic drink.
Get our recipe for the Golden Mango Smoothie Bowl.
Stuffed toast, or an open-faced sandwich if you will, is a great pocket recipe to have in your kitchen arsenal. They are highly customizable and highly recommended for those times when you are dying of hunger and need to eat something right away.
Check out our 15 toast recipe ideas that go beyond the simple avocado.
This mac and cheese is healthy, hearty, and makes killer leftovers. Store them in airtight containers in the fridge to enjoy this cheesy pasta two days in a row.
Get our recipe for Mac and Cheese with Spinach, Ham and Tomato.
Now you might be thinking we’re suggesting you make an entire pizza from scratch, just for yourself. And you’re right! You know you want it, you know it’s great leftovers, and you know you could eat this delicious version two days in a row. If you’ve never had peppery arugula on a pizza, you’re missing out!
Get our recipe for arugula and prosciutto pizza.
You know what keeps in the fridge for days and reheats beautifully in the same pot you made it in? beans! Don’t disregard the magic of cooking up a big pot of smoky bacon beans and eating it for days. Not only are you getting your daily dose of fiber, you’re eating a meal that only gets better with time.
Get our Smoky Stovetop “Baked” Beans recipe.
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Made up of several different ingredients—in this case, cauliflower rice, coleslaw, mango salsa, guac, and a fish fillet—each bowl is perfect for one person. Even if you make more than you need for one bowl, you can eat the different components in a completely different dish tomorrow. This recipe makes two servings but is easily scaled down to one.
Get our Whole30 Fish Taco Bowl recipe.
Mason jar salads are the thing of meal prep legends. So easy to layer and keep fresh in the fridge for days. Not to mention customizing. Get inspired by this easy, healthy version that combines kale, chickpeas, and some flaky salmon (you can even use canned salmon for this).
Get our Mason Jar Bean, Salmon, and Kale Salad recipes.
This crockpot recipe is a perfect example of the set-it-and-forget-it magic you can whip up in your crockpot or slow cooker. Freeze these meatballs for later or just store them in the fridge until they’re gone. You can add them to pasta (duh!), make a mean meatball sub, or just add them to your cereal bowl.
Get our recipe for Crockpot Italian Meatballs.
Make a batch of pork carnitas in your slow cooker, and you’ll be able to put together tacos and burritos in no time using whatever you have in your fridge or pantry. Some great additions are quick pickled onions and homemade salsa. If you’re ambitious in the kitchen, make your own tortillas, too.
Get our recipe for Spicy Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas.