If you're cooking for one, it's really helpful to have a list of easy meals for one person in your back pocket. These recipes are easy, quick, and flavorful.
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How to make cooking for one easy
This list of recipes is a great place to get started if you cook for one, but here are a couple easy cooking for one resources to make cooking easy and more enjoyable.
- Cooking for One Pantry Essentials
- Pantry Recipes for One
- Meal Planning for One
- Free Cooking for One Cookbook
- Cooking for One Cooking Hacks
Weeknight Dinners for One
- Quick Pantry Dinners for One
- The Best Single Serving Recipes
- Small Batch Desserts
- Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes for One
- Chicken Recipes for One
What do lazy dinners for one look like?
I'd definitely describe myself as a solo cook who loves to cook. But I don't like cooking every single day, and 90% of the time, I don't want to spend more than 30 minutes cooking dinner. I also don't want to have to go to the store to get one ingredient.
Making easy recipes incorporates a few things to me. It includes:
- Ingredients easily found at most American grocery stores
- Not too many steps in a recipe
- Not too many dishes. Lots of one pan meals.
- A meal that's one dish, a simple main dish + a unique and exciting side dish, or an interesting main dish with a side with the same seasonings.
- Quick 30 or shorter meals
Is there still space to make more complex recipes, or recipes with ingredients not often found at typical American grocery stores? Of course, but it's not required every day. 45 minute recipes aren't every day recipes, unless it's mostly cooking time.
Interested in eating more plant based meals? This white bean tomato bake is easy and has all the best spaghetti flavors.
This quick plant based dinner is flavorful, comforting, and easy. It's a great option out of all the easy meals for one person.
Enjoy the best flavors from a burrito in this pantry rice and bean soup. Serve it with a quesadilla for a full meal.
Chicken parm is such a delicious meal, but traditional recipes are a couple too many steps. This one pot version with an easy crispy topping makes for an easy dinner.
15 Minute Recipes
Fried rice is a classic very quick dinner recipe. You can adapt the recipe to use ingredients you already have on hand. Use frozen shrimp and veggies in this 10 minute recipe.
There are lots of easy single serving meals, this air fryer frozen salmon takes just a few minutes to assemble, and you can let your air fryer do all the work.
Dinner doesn't get any easier than in the microwave. This easy mac & cheese can be made in a mug for dinner in a few.
Who would have thought you can make pizza in the microwave? Dinner in 10.
Microwave dinners again! Pasta can cook well in the microwave, so might as well turn that easy pasta into a creamy, delicious, alfredo pasta.
One Pot/One Pan Recipes
Eggs can be so easy, and they can also be flavorful and special. This easy single serving frittata is easy, flavorful, and special.
Delicious pasta dinner in 15 minutes. This mac & cheese is special, creamy, and super cheesy.
Easy dinner + easy clean-up is the perfect combination for dinner. Let your oven do all the work with this special dish.
Turkey sandwiches are easy, but turn it up with a chipotle sauce and freshly fried bacon.
Tomatoes are great in chili, but you don't even need them here. This chili takes about 30 minutes, and is super comforting and tasty.
Layer in all the beans and veggies for this crunchy delicious crunchwrap.
Pizza is always a great option, top it with fresh ranch dressing, chicken, bacon, and veggies.
Enjoy all the best summer flavors in this strawberry salad with chicken.
Make this chicken, veggie, pineapple bowl for an easy, flavor filled dinner.
Pasta doesn't have to be boring. Make this chicken, bacon, and mushroom pasta in one pot. In 20 minutes, you'll have a delicious, easy dinner.
Salads are very easy and a great option if you're cooking for one. The delicious peanut butter dressing really makes this salad.
Make tender fish from frozen with this instant pot fish recipe. Some of the best easy meals for one person use frozen fish.
Make canned tuna really shine in this easy caesar salad. It's a great way to turn a simple salad into something filling and delicious.
Cooking shrimp, veggies, and potatoes in foil makes for a flavorful, easy dinner. This recipe can be made at home, on a grill, or campfire. It's versatile.
Tacos act as a great easy dinner. Throw them together with whatever random ingredients you have in the fridge. Quick meals often use pantry ingredients.
Throw more veggies and beans into a bowl with your favorite grains for this easy meal.
Coconut milk, red curry powder, lentils, veggies, and rice make for an easy dinner. This dish is ready in about 30 minutes.
Add your favorite protein and grain to this salad for a full, satisfying veggie filled dinner. Customizable salads are great when you're cooking for one.
Use up whatever ingredients you have in the fridge. Veggies, beans, tomatoes, and cheese are delicious on this tortilla based pizza.
Tips int he section, 'how to cook for one' will help you cook healthy meals. Including a couple food groups, eating consistently, and enjoyable are ways to enjoy healthy meals.
Check out the list of easy meals for inspiration. The recipes shared above will get you started.
Did you make any of these easy meals for one person? Leave me a comment & rating to share how they turned out!
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Dana Sandonato says
Goodness, that mac and cheese in a mug sounds divine! Love all of these ideas. Bookmarking!
right?! and so easy
So many great recipes to choose from. Thanks for creating such a thorough list - there's truly something for everyone here.
TAYLER ROSS says
It is SO hard to find recipes that serve only one, so I'm so happy to have found this list! I especially can't wait to try the mug mac and cheese!
it's SO hard! enjoy the mac & cheese
I'm more often than not cooking for just myself, so this is SUCH a helpful roundup! The Tuna Caesar Salad and Single Serving Mac and Cheese are absolutely going on my list to try. Thanks for sharing!
awesome! great to hear. enjoy
Sometimes it seems easier to just get takeout when I'm on my own for dinner. So I'm really excited to try some of these recipes! Thanks for all the great tips!
great! takeout is fabulous and easy, but these are great for days you want to make something