5 Dinners for One – Easy meal ideas for one person

Since most recipes are designed for four people (if not more), it can be difficult to find recipes suitable for solo cooks. So it’s no surprise that a week of dinners for one was the most requested meal plan by readers. This plan walks you through a variety of recipes (because no one wants to eat leftovers all week!) that can be easily adapted for solo cooks. It also reuses ingredients for multiple meals and includes some clever freezer-friendly tips!

This popular chicken recipe is easy to adapt (although if you want leftovers for lunch, this chicken is delicious eaten warmed or chilled in a salad or layered on a sandwich). Buy a smaller pack of chicken thighs and plan to cook what you’ll be eating, then freeze the rest for another night. Toss a variety of veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, red onion, peppers, mushrooms, or asparagus) on the baking sheet for both tonight and Wednesday night.

Get the recipe: Whole 30 Kip

Tuesday: Australian Folded Eggs

Australian eggs fall somewhere between scrambled eggs and an omelette, and are a great option when you’re in the mood for breakfast for dinner, or when you’re feeling too lazy to cook but still want something satisfying. Round out the dinner by serving the eggs atop avocado toast, alongside a baked sweet potato or with a simple green salad.

Get the recipe: Australian Folded Eggs

Wednesday: Smoked Roasted Vegetable Hummus Bowl

Hummus bowls are easily adjustable for one person and all veggies are fair game. If you already roasted vegetables on Monday, all you have to do is heat them up in the oven to crisp up the edges. Finish with a squeeze of lime juice, then assemble your bowl with hummus and pita chips.

Get the recipe: Smoky Roasted Vegetable Hummus Bowl

Thursday: Pesto Zoodle Bowl with 3 ingredients

Friday: Easy 5-Ingredient Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Make these ultra-hearty burgers ahead of time during your weekend meal prep, then stash them in the freezer. The work beforehand rewards you with four nights of dinner whenever you want. Not only can these burgers be frozen (and reheated!) like a dream, but you can cook them right from the freezer on the stove.

Get the recipe: Easy 5-ingredient veggie burgers with black beans

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Meal planning isn’t always easy, especially when you’re just starting out. But we’re a firm believer that’s the secret to stress-free weeknight dinners. We want to help you get inspired and ease some of the pain points associated with getting food on the table night after night, whether you’re cooking for one or a family of four or five. Each week we share a new meal plan solution customized just for you based on reader or guest contributor requests, for Meal plan for next week!

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