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The Best Single Serving Recipes

The Best Single Serving Recipes

Cooking for one is hard for lots of people, but with a toolkit of easy single serving recipes, cooking tips, and meal planning tips, it can be easy, enjoyable, and totally doable. No more boring dinners because it doesn’t seem worth it!

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Cooking for One Tips

These single serving recipes are 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.

Breakfast Recipes for One

Peanut Butter Yogurt

Make this 3 ingredient peanut butter yogurt bowl for a delicious high-protein breakfast. It’s great with granola or used as a snack dip for apples and graham crackers.

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close up of yogurt with granola and yellow peach slices
Microwave Egg in a Cup (or bowl)

Make this easy microwave egg in a cup (or bowl) for a quick breakfast for one, it can be made in under 10 minutes and is ready to grab and go. It’s fluffy, creamy, and you can add so many delicious toppings!

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close up of cooked eggs with spinach, tomatoes
Baked Oats for One

Quickly assemble this baked oats for one and let your oven do all the work while you’re getting ready for the day.

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one baked oatmeal cup on a white plate with more cups around plate
Apple Pie Overnight Oats

Microwaved apples, cinnamon, and maple syrup turn into a syrupy soft, topping for your new favorite fall breakfast: apple pie overnight oats. This recipe still takes just 5-7 minutes to make, and will make your morning so delicious.

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Jar full of oats, yogurt, and cooked apples

Chicken Recipes for One

Chicken Pecan Salad with Apples

This chicken pecan salad, just like other chicken salad recipes are fantastic throw together lunch or dinner. Use precooked chicken, crisp green apple, pecans, and a Greek yogurt/mayonnaise dressing for a tangy salad.

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open faced chicken salad sandwich with sides on plate
Creamy Mushroom Chicken with Rice

This comforting, cheesy, creamy mushroom chicken with rice is the perfect fall recipe. It’s done in about 25 minutes in just one pot, so you can have a delicious dinner in no time and with just a bit of clean-up.

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mushrooms and chicken over rice on a white and grey plate
Watermelon Chicken Salad

Bring watermelon onto your dinner plate with this easy watermelon chicken salad. It’s made with sweet juicy watermelon, tender chicken, peppery arugula, salty feta, and chewy barley. This salad is summer on a plate, no doubt!

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large bowl full of watermelon, blueberries, feta cheese on a table
One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Make this 20 minute, pantry ingredient, one pot chicken parmesan pasta with crispy breadcrumbs instead of traditional crispy, cheesy chicken parmesan without the extra time, steps, and mess.

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square photo of spiral pasta with tomatoes on a black plate with a fork
Chicken Bacon Sheet Pan Dinner

This easy chicken bacon sheet pan dinner with brussels sprouts is the best way to enjoy fall and winter flavors without much effort at all. I mean, you literally let your oven do all the work. It just takes about 45 minutes from start to finish, and you can let your oven do 90% of the work.

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chicken with bacon on top next to brussels sprouts on a grey plate
Instant Pot Chicken and Mushroom Soup

This creamy, comforting chicken and mushroom soup with wild rice is the perfect winter recipe to warm up with. It just takes about 15 minutes hands-on time and is ready to eat in about 50 minutes. Use frozen chicken to make it even easier!

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close up of mushroom and wild rice soup in a bowl
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

This easy buffalo chicken flatbread recipe is tangy, spicy, and cheesy. It’s perfect if you’ve got precooked chicken and a few random vegetables. This pizza, depending on the size of your flatbread, serves 1-2 people.

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buffalo chicken flatbread with ranch on top
One Pot Chicken Bacon and Mushroom Pasta

Combine the best salty, earthy, and meaty flavors in this 20 minute creamy one pot chicken bacon and mushroom pasta. Quickly cook your pasta while preparing your mushrooms then add it back after cooking the meat and mushrooms for a super easy one pot dinner for one.

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close up of pasta with mushrooms, bacon, and chicken with a fork in it

Vegetarian Recipes for One

Protein Mac and Cheese

Craving a high protein mac and cheese recipe that’s silky, creamy, and cheesy? One secret ingredient in this pasta recipe adds silkiness and protein without changing the taste of this delicious macaroni and cheese.

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close up of protein mac and cheese in a bowl
Coconut Green Lentil Curry

This easy and delicious lentil spinach curry recipe for one is a great way to try out a vegan recipe with lentils. It’s bursting with flavor and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

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lentil curry on white and pink plate
Pantry Rice and Bean Soup

Throw together this 30 minute rice and bean soup with a handful of pantry ingredients. This soup can be made in one pot, with uncooked rice, salsa, broth, seasonings, and whatever beans and veggies you have.

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close up of tortilla soup with cheese
Delicata Squash Soup

Switch up your fall soup game with this easy 30 minute delicata squash soup. It’s vegetarian (vegan if you want!), hearty, and bursting with flavor. Serve it with a grilled cheese for a delicious cool weather dinner.

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close up of vegetable soup in a white bowl
Chapati Roll with Summer Vegetables

This chapati roll, or rolex as it’s called in Uganda is the perfect super easy lunch or dinner recipe. All you need is an uncooked tortilla, eggs, cheese, and your fave seasonal vegetables.

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slices of eggs rolled in tortilla
Warm Harvest Bowl with Crispy Tofu

This vegetarian harvest bowl with tofu, apples and maple glazed winter squash is a great make-ahead meal for lunches during the week, or a delicious vegetarian dinner. Batch cook each ingredient to use it in even more recipes for the week.

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warm harvest bowl with apples and squash with wild rice and barley on table

Pork Recipes for One

Pan Seared Pork Chop

This pan seared pork chop are the perfect one pan weeknight meal for one. It’s delicious, easy, and quick.

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close up of pan seared pork chop, green beans, potatoes and a lemon on a plate
Easy Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Vegetables

These easy pan fried pork chops with apples are the perfect easy meal after a long day. They cook up in 15 minutes and just in one pan.

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skillet pork chops with apples and vegetables on a white plate

Seafood Recipes for One

Jerk Shrimp Pasta

Make this jerk shrimp pasta if you’re in the mood for a 20 minute dinner that’s spicy, creamy, and bursting with flavor! It’s similar to the Jamaican Italian fusion Rasta Pasta, but can be adapted to use up ingredients you already have in your kitchen!

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close up of jerk shrimp pasta in a bowl
Instant Pot Fish from Frozen

This Instant Pot steamed white fish recipe is the easiest way to cook fish. Not only is it easy, but it comes out tender, flaky, and perfect in less than 15 minutes. Oh and did I mention that you can cook cod, tilapia, or halibut this way from frozen? No need to plan ahead or defrost it before cooking.

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cod with lemon on top next to couscous and broccoli
Cajun Foil Packets

Whether you’re camping or need a really easy dinner that requires zero clean-up, these super simple cajun foil packets are perfect. They’re filled with shrimp, potatoes, corn and other seasonal veggies.

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corn, zucchini, potatoes, and sausage in a bowl
Easy Baked Salmon in a Bag

This easy baked salmon in a bag recipe is bursting with flavor and moisture, you wouldn’t believe how easy it is, or that it’s done in less than 25 minutes. It’s cooked in parchment paper to maintain moisture without any effort. Plus, it’s got the easiest clean up ever.

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salmon with broccoli and lemon slices in parchment paper
Fish Tacos with White Sauce and Orange Salsa

Enjoy fresh and flavorful fish tacos with white sauce during the winter by topping them with a sweet and tangy orange salsa made with Cara Cara oranges. What’s even better is that this easy fish taco recipe has only 10 ingredients and is ready in 20 minutes.

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close up of fish tacos with white sauce and orange salsa on a plate

Dessert Recipes for One

Biscoff Milkshake

This 4 ingredient Biscoff milkshake is the perfect easy dessert when you’re in need. Caramel and cinnamon flavors of Biscoff cookies and butter, blend together with creamy vanilla ice cream for this delicious treat.

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Milkshake with crumbled Biscoff cookies on top
Strawberry Banana Milkshake

This 6 ingredient strawberry banana milkshake is a pantry staple for all strawberry ice cream lovers. It’s packed with bright strawberry flavor and made with ingredients you can find in your fridge and freezer.

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whole strawberry and whipped cream in glass
Single Serving Apple Crisp

This single serving apple crisp is the perfect easy fall dessert for one. It takes just 10 minutes to assemble, and about 30 to bake. It’s good out of the oven, but honestly really shines at room temperature-if you can wait!

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close up of apple crisp with ice cream
Butterscotch Milkshake

Easy milkshakes, like this butterscotch milkshake are a great spring/summer dessert to cool down with. This 3 ingredient milkshake takes just 5 minutes to make too

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milkshake with caramel in glass
Single Serve Chocolate Chip Cookie

Make this single serve chocolate chip cookies when you’re in the mood for chocolate chip cookies, but don’t have freezer or counter room. It’s really easy, delicious, and will leave you with one big crispy, gooey, chocolatey cookie.

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broken chocolate chip cookie
Skillet Peach Crumble

You’re just 15 minutes away from a warm dish of peach crumble. This peach dessert is made on the stove, and is the perfect quick summer dessert for one.

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peach crumble in a bowl with ice cream

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