14 Easy Meals for One Person

You would think that the less people there are to cook for, the easier dinner would be.

You would think.

But when you’re browsing online, sometimes staring at meals fit for 4–8 people can get pretty old, pretty quick. Even meal kits like Blue Apron and Hello Fresh are made for two, so you’d be prepping double what you need. In frustration, you end up whipping up (another) grilled cheese sandwich, or just munching on those tortilla chips and guac you picked up at Whole Foods.

Listen, dinner doesn’t have to be this way. If you roast a single-serving cut of meat with one to two servings of vegetables, you have a healthy, perfectly portioned dinner. And if you just read that sentence thinking, “Yeah...I’m going to need more direction than that,” keep reading. Below, you’ll learn about 14 easy dinners you can make any night of the week.

Simple, Delicious Meals for One Person

These recipes are all individually portioned and easy to prepare, with minimal cleanup. The next time you’re torn between cooking and takeout, give one of these meals a try.

Banana Chocolate Chip Coconut Pancakes for One

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When you’re making dinner for yourself, breakfast (er, brinner) is one of the easiest things you can make. Items like French toast, omelets, and waffles can easily be portioned into individual servings. With these easy blueberry protein pancakes, your entire meal is done in just five minutes.

Snappy Snap Pea Pasta for One

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Looking for a healthy, easy pasta dish for one person? This recipe uses just six ingredients, and is vegan and vegetarian. Whip it up the next time you’re craving a light, refreshing dinner for your evening at home.

Southwest Quinoa Power Bowl

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Mexican food doesn’t have to be a heavy meal, nor does it have to be a time-consuming process. This filling, plant-based meal will give you tons of energy, packed with sweet potatoes, red peppers, black beans, avocado, and quinoa. Cover with an easy homemade honey lime dressing and enjoy.

Roast Beef Cheddar Melt

This roast beef cheddar melt is anything but your ordinary grilled cheese sandwich. By combining sourdough bread, roast beef, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and horseradish, this one sandwich packs a whole lot of flavor. Simply cook in your Tovala Oven for 7 minutes to enjoy — and download the Tovala app from iTunes to get the full recipe.

Mexican Style Scrambled Eggs

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Dinner can’t get much easier than scrambled eggs, but to make your dinner a little more interesting, this recipe adds a bit of spicy flare. In this recipe, combine eggs, tortillas, tomatoes, and green chilies into one pan on the stovetop. Stir until the wraps transform into tortilla strips and the eggs are nice and fluffy, almost like a deconstructed breakfast burrito.

Margherita Pita Pizza for One

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If you’re fending off the Italian carb cravings, but can’t find a recipe out there that serves less than four people, this mini pizza is for you. By using a pita as your crust, you can pile on pizza sauce, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil into a single-serving pie that’s painfully easy to prepare.

Brown Sugar Salmon

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If you think simple, healthy recipes for one person are impossible to find, this recipe should give you a little faith. Single-serving salmon is marinated in a plastic bag with soy sauce, then left in the fridge for 4 hours. When you’re ready to eat, just bake at 400ºF for 10–14 minutes — how easy is that?

Chicken Caprese for One

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Chicken breasts are an excellent choice of protein when cooking for one person. They come individually portioned, and you can pan-fry, roast, or bake them to perfection. In this recipe, you’ll bake your chicken with onions, tomatoes, and Italian herbs, the sprinkle with mozzarella cheese for a delicious, one-pan meal.

Italian-Style Vegan Meatloaf Muffins

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These “meatballs” are actually made from chickpeas, making them entirely vegan. These single-serving meatloaf muffins are easy to prepare. Simply combine all the ingredients in a food processor, mix thoroughly, then bake in a muffin tin for perfectly shaped meatballs.

Scallops and Asparagus for One

Sometimes, the simplest meals always end up being the most delicious. In this clean, low-carb meal, asparagus and scallops are paired together and seasoned with Old Bay for an easy, delicious meal. Just pop them into your Tovala Oven for 9 minutes, and dinner is served. Get this meal recipe for free by downloading the Tovala App for iOS or Android.

Cobb Salad for One

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Packed with healthy fats, protein, and tons of veggies, this is the perfect healthy meal for one person. This cobb chicken salad combines hard-boiled eggs, bacon, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and dressing for a two-step recipe ready in no time.

Egg Fried Rice

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Usually when you think of single-serving Chinese food, you assume you're resorting to takeout. With this recipe, enjoy a complete meal in a bowl with carrots, ginger, rice, and peas. Top with shrimp, chicken, or a fried egg for perfectly portioned comfort food.

Almond Butter Protein Smoothie

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If you need an individually sized breakfast or snack, try out this gluten-free protein smoothie. Made with almond butter (you can substitute peanut butter), chia seeds, almond milk, and a banana, it gives you a protein-packed punch in the morning. And the best part? It takes one step — just pour all ingredients in a blender, and press start.

Greek-Style Chicken Crunchwrap

Easy Meals for One Person: Greek-style chicken crunchwrap
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Wraps are an easy, fool-proof lunch or meal option when you're cooking for yourself. These Mediterranean wraps are incredibly easy to prepare, combining feta, shredded chicken, romaine, tomatoes, and kalamata olives into a whole grain wrap. Simply sear on a skillet to enjoy your wrap grilled, or eat cold.

Enjoy One of these Easy Dinners Any Night of the Week

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. In fact, usually it’s the easy recipes — made with few ingredients — that are your best option.

If you constantly find yourself torn between delivery and meals that leave much to be desired, let Tovala do the cooking for you. Tovala delivers perfectly portioned, healthy meals to your doorstep, then cooks them for you — on autopilot. Click here to learn about how Tovala works, or download the app in iTunes for delicious, simple recipes to make in your Tovala Oven.