Cooking for one needn’t be a hassle. With these 18 delicious recipes, featuring everything from breakfast to dinner to dessert, you’ll be eating well (and well balanced) for days and days. And if time is of the essence, be sure to check out all the different ways you can put a mug and your microwave to use to get food on the table in a flash.



1. Poached Egg and Avocado Toast With Parmesan: Toss an egg and a sprinkle of cheese on your next avocado toast to cover all of your nutritional bases in a single bound slice: carbs, protein, healthy fats and fiber. (via Warm Vanilla Sugar)


2. Savoy Cabbage Breakfast Burrito With Sweet Potato Noodles (Paleo): It’s easy to halve the ingredients for this powerhouse breakfast burrito, but go ahead and treat yourself to the whole avocado (you’re worth it). (via Inspiralized)


3. The Easiest Single Serving Protein Pancakes (Vegan, Gluten-Free): Loaded with protein and made without added sugar, these pancakes will keep you satisfied ’til lunchtime. (via Pur Body Nutrition)


4. Banana Smoothie Breakfast Bites: Toss a container of these breakfast cookies in your bag to nibble on during your morning commute. They pack all of the flavors of your fave smoothie sans to-go cup. (via The Big Man’s World)

Lunch and Dinner


5. Smoked Salmon and Mascarpone Jacket Potato: Turn the usual loaded baked potato on its head with this classy combo. It still packs all the smokey, cheesy flavors we love, only with salmon and herbed mascarpone in place of bacon and sour cream. (via Singly Scrumptious)


6. Crustless Baked Brie for One: Upgrade a meal of cheese and crackers with delicious, balsamic-baked brie. (via Natural Comfort Kitchen)


7. Beef With Bok Choy, Mushrooms and Noodles: Put down the phone and make this better-than-takeout noodle bowl instead. It’s loaded with spicy beef, veggies and TONS of flavor. (via Jamie Oliver)


8. Rhonda’s Spaghetti With Fried Eggs and Pangritata for One: Lemon- and herb-scented panko crumbs are a delicious final flourish for every twirl of this briny, cheesy, eggy spaghetti. (via Food52)


9. Egg Fried Rice in a Mug: Follow up a helping of this made-in-a-cup fried rice with an equally on-point, single-serve dessert: mug cake. (via Healthy Nibbles and Bits)


10. Spicy Black Bean Soup With Avocado Tartine: The creamy avocado-topped tartine expertly cools off your taste buds after each spoonful of spicy black bean soup. (via Singly Scrumptious)


11. Fish in a Bag: Tuck your potatoes, veggies and fish in a sheet of tin foil, wrap it up and pop it in a hot oven. Fewer than 20 minutes later, dinner is served. (via Jamie Oliver)


12. Steak With Mustard Butter: Simply sear up a single steak to make a sexy, perfectly indulgent meal for one. A side of baked fries would definitely be a welcome, bistro-esque addition. (via Food52)


13. Avocado and Hummus Quesadillas (Vegetarian): Feel free to just make one regular-sized quesadilla instead of the minis. Either way, they’re delicious. (via Neurotic Mommy)


14. Maple-Glazed Cornish Game Hen With Carrots: Cornish hens are a great way to enjoy the taste of roasted chicken without a ton of leftovers. Personal-sized poultry, anyone? (via Martha Stewart)


15. Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole for One: This casserole is an easy alternative to risotto for a light meal or side dish. (via The TipToe Fairy)



16. Raspberry Banana Soft Serve With Chocolate Swirl: You only need five ingredients and just a few minutes to whip up this healthy soft serve and chocolate sauce. (via Fit Foodie Finds)


17. Single Serving Vanilla Cupcakes: This recipe yields two cupcakes. But let’s be real, that’s totally a single serving. (via Fork to Belly)


18. Mason Jar Bread Pudding (Vegan): Enjoy this bread pudding for breakfast or dessert. Decisions, decisions… (via Grim Grains)

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