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!
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.
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.
This 5-ingredient chicken potpie is so easy. And so tasty—there really is no excuse to not make it.
This yummy shrimp scampi takes a grand total of 15 minutes to cook. It really doesn’t get much easier.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four simple ingredients make this elegant dinner a simple option.
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.
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.
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.
This loaded grilled cheese is served on potato bread for an ooey gooey twist on a classic favorite.
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.)