Living with roommates comes with a myriad of perks (friends in the household! an even spread of chores!), but one thing I’ve had to get used to is the difference in our meal plans and habits. We might be at the dining table at the same time, but we have different food allergies, cravings, and schedules that often lead me to cook for one. But as someone who loves to cook, finding recipes for a weeknight dinner has been a challenge.
Sometimes batch cooking can be great, but I often get fed up with leftovers and want something completely different the next day. And don’t even make me shop for groceries for one! I have yet to find that seemingly non-existent balance between buying too little… and buying way too much. Two avocados? Definitely not enough for that avocado toast lover. But three? There’s no way I’ll get to her in time. A bag of lettuce is gone in two days, but a second bag stays in the fridge until it goes bad. Such is my need.
Whether you live alone or not, we all fly alone to dinner every now and then. So we scoured the web for easy and filling weeknight dinner recipes. We wanted dishes that are served one at a time to take up no more than an hour of your time and use basic ingredients you probably already have. If you ask me, we definitely succeeded. So next time you’re eating alone, I encourage you to set the table, light a candle, and treat yourself to one of these deliciously easy weeknight dinner recipes. Cooking for one has never been so much fun.
Featured image by Michelle Nash.
Keep scrolling for 13 easy, delicious, and soul-satisfying weeknight dinner recipes.
Hummus, Veggies & Avo Bowl
Why we love it: When it comes to making a quick and easy weeknight dinner for one person, this healthy, easy and delicious bowl ticks all the boxes. With high-fiber kale, broccolini and hummus, high-protein eggs and sunflower seeds — plus our favorite fat source, avocados — it’s got everything your body needs. Although it actually serves two, you’ll have delicious leftovers for lunch the next day.
hero ingredient: I could eat hummus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And dessert.
Get the Hummus, Greens & Avo Bowl recipe.
Crispy roasted sweet potatoes with yoghurt, herbs and all spices
Why we love it: This bake and sear method is Camille’s favorite, dare I say it genius, way to get really crispy roasted sweet potatoes. She likes to top her tubers with Greek yogurt, avocado, and herbs, and give them a little boost with protein and healthy fats. Personally, I also like to sprinkle crumbled goat cheese on top (why not?). The easiest way to adapt this recipe for one? Serve one flavor-filled sweet potato, not four.
hero ingredient: All spice makes everything better.
Get the recipe for Crispy Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Yogurt, Herbs and All the Spices.
Quick Black Bean Vegetable Quesadilla by Nourish Nutrition
Why we love it: Described as the perfect way to use up veggies in your fridge, this 10-Minute Quesadilla is a no-recipe recipe that will brighten up any weekday. Any kind of veg and cheese will be delicious as long as you have a tortilla on hand. I like to make the simplest guacamole with just salt, pepper, garlic powder, and lime for dipping.
hero ingredient: A good tortilla is one of life’s simple pleasures.
Get the recipe for Quick Black Bean and Vegetable Quesadilla from Nourish Nutrition.
Why we love it: This Power Bowl will fill you up in all the right ways, but it won’t weigh you down. It comes together in a snap and is an all-but-the-sink kind of meal, meaning you can use what you have on hand. When I make it for dinner, I always add shredded rotisserie chicken for that extra protein boost. But my number one tip? Don’t you dare skip the salsa verde — it brings this whole meal together.
hero ingredient: Topping off your bowl with a fried egg is the quickest way to turn any dish into a satisfying meal.
Get the Quinoa Power Bowl recipe.
Pizza with bacon, apple and sweet potatoes with crispy sage
Why we love it: Personal-size pizzas are one of my favorite weeknight meals because I look forward to them all day. I usually buy a pre-made pizza crust because let’s face it, I rarely have enough energy on a Tuesday night to make and roll out the dough. But here’s a little bit of good news: this inventive topping combo pairs perfectly with any crust.
hero ingredient: You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted crispy sage.
Get the recipe for Bacon, Apple, and Sweet Potato Pizza with Crispy Sage.
Shredded Thai Salad with Avocado by PureWow
Why we love it: Meet the prettiest veggie salad you will ever make. Do you know the expression “Eat the Rainbow”? This is the dish they were talking about. It contains a vegetable for each color and the perfect combination of healthy fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Even if you’re not a vegetarian, I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the dressing – it’s still one of my favorites to this day.
hero ingredient: It has to be repeated: the dressing is always the best part of a salad, right?
Get the recipe for Grated Thai Salad with Avocado.
Non-Vegetarian Weekday Dinner Recipes
Baked Pesto Salmon with Broccolini
Why we love it: This might be one of the easiest and healthiest weeknight dinner recipes ever. In just 15 minutes you’ll have a perfectly cooked salmon fillet with store-bought or homemade pesto and a side of broccolini (arguably the best vegetable). This recipe is made with just five ingredients, including salt and pepper, and is so good you’ll be making it more than once a week.
hero ingredient: Please watch out for the pesto!
Get the recipe for Baked Pesto Salmon with Broccolini.
Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp for one from One Dish Kitchen
Why we love it: No matter how hard we try, zoodles will never be pasta. But when tossed in garlic and shrimp, they’re pretty damn good. This low-carb and gluten-free meal can be on the table in under 30 minutes and gone completely in under 10 minutes. Make this recipe even easier by purchasing pre-spiralized zucchini noodles. And if you feel like you need a little more filling, I recommend making half zucchini noodles and half real spaghetti.
hero ingredient: I always crave succulent shrimp bites.
Get the recipe for zucchini noodles with shrimp for one person.
Lemon Garlic Chicken for one from One Dish Kitchen
Why we love it: I’m always looking for great seasonings to add to a chicken breast and this is a recipe I keep coming back to. When I make this dish on weekdays, I like to mix up the simple marinade at home and use those 20 minutes to shower and change out of my day clothes. After that, toss the chicken in the oven, serve with a cereal, and dinner is served.
hero ingredient: You should bookmark this marinade.
Get the Lemon Garlic Chicken For One recipe.
Pasta Carbonara for one person from One Dish Kitchen
Why we love it: Maybe more indulgent than a typical weeknight dinner, but I had to factor it in because carbonara is one of my all-time favorite dishes. It’s a surprisingly simple recipe, but it tastes and looks impressive – even if you’re just impressing yourself! I like to garnish my dish with crushed red peppers and toss in some spinach at the end for a little extra fiber.
hero ingredient: The bacon bits are the best.
Get the Pasta Carbonara For One recipe.
4-ingredient, 4-minute chicken taco rice bowls from The Seasoned Mom
Why we love it: Taco bowls are another of my personal weeknight dinner recipes. This recipe is super customizable, and rather than following a recipe I often throw in all of my favorite taco ingredients. Sometimes I use shredded chicken, other times I whip up ground turkey or go meatless with black beans. No matter what you put in these bowls, the melted cheese topping makes everything taste great. And don’t skimp on the guac!
hero ingredient: I’m in a constant battle between choosing salsa or guac. What is your choice?
Get the 4-Ingredient 4-Minute Chicken Taco Rice Bowls recipe.
Bonus: Single-Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie from Broma Bakery
Why we love it: What’s not to love about a chocolate chip cookie? Even on weekdays when I fly solo, sometimes the craving for a sweet tooth creeps up on me. But this cookie heals it every time. It’s the most authentic single serve cookie recipe I’ve tried. And if you’re baking a decent batch, I’m sure you’ll have all the ingredients on hand. Go ahead – treat yourself.
hero ingredient: Chocolate chips, hmm.
Get the Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.