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These easy dinners for one are so good—and you won’t have to eat leftovers for a week!

Eating dinner by yourself can seem like such a bummer, especially if you’re doing it every night. It doesn’t have to be, though! What you lack in company, you can make up for in flavor. And honestly, taking care to whip up a meal can change your dinner into a self-exploration adventure of its own!

The difficult part of cooking for one is getting the portion right. We’ve pulled together a list of meals that will give solo diners options without leaving them eating the same meal for a whole week straight. Still have leftovers? Package them up for lunch the next day. Two birds, one stove!


1. Flank Steak Spinach Salad

Dinners for One Steak

This colorful salad combines the meaty goodness of flank steak with the warm flavors of butternut squash. It’s a feel good salad that’ll make your house smell like a home.


2. Super Easy Pad Thai

Dinners for One Pad Thai

I’m super guilty of ordering delivery when I’m eating alone rather than cooking for myself. This pad Thai is a good, quick option to keep me from dialing for my local takeout.


3. Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pies 

Dinners for One PotPie

This 5-ingredient chicken potpie is so easy. And so tasty—there really is no excuse to not make it.


4. Shrimp Scampi

Dinners for One Scampi

This yummy shrimp scampi takes a grand total of 15 minutes to cook. It really doesn’t get much easier.


5. Personalized Individual Pizzas

Dinners for One Pizza

The good thing about not sharing your food is that you can make it any flavor that you want. Sausage? Go for it. Pepperoni? You bet. Pineapple-anchovy-green pepper-onion? Maybe this is why you’re eating alone.


6. Easy Stuffed Avocado Salad

Dinners for One Avocado

I eat at least one avocado every day. I can’t get enough of them! This stuffed variety is a good option for a hot summer day.


7. Easy Chicken Quinoa Salad 

Dinners for One Quinoa

We’ve all heard about the benefits of quinoa for a meat-free protein option. I like this salad because it breaks up the heaviness of the grain with a good dose of leafy greens.


8. Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Dinners for One Wraps

Don’t let the list of ingredients scare you off. Once you pull them all together, the recipe is pretty easy and quick. I love how the lettuce cools down the spice from the chicken.


9. Four Ingredient Peanut Chicken Ramen

Dinners for One Ramen

Ramen is the budget go-to for a filling meal. This recipe steps up your typical chicken ramen packet with some wallet-friendly add-ins.


10. Quick Pasta Parfait 

Dinners for One Pasta

Four simple ingredients make this elegant dinner a simple option.


11. Greek Yogurt Mac and Cheese

Dinners for One Mac

I’m a big fan of Greek yogurt and typically use it in place of sour cream. In this recipe, the Greek yogurt adds a creamy tang.


12. Sopa Seca (Mexican Noodle Casserole)

Dinners for One Sopa

This pasta bake packs the flavor and a little heat. When topped with avocado, it adds a whole new layer of freshness to an already interesting dish.


13. Microwave Loaded Baked Potato

Dinners for One Potato

My favorite food is the potato. In any form, really: fried, mashed, baked, etc. Baking a potato can take a long time, however. If you need one in a flash, give this microwave version a shot.


14. Loaded Baked Potato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Dinners for One Grilled

This loaded grilled cheese is served on potato bread for an ooey gooey twist on a classic favorite.


15. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Dinners for One Greek

I love this version of a classic chicken salad that swaps the mayo out for Greek yogurt. (I think of it less as a swap and more as an upgrade.)

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