Cooking for One? 7 Meal Ideas

You may believe that you should not make a nutritious meal if you are cooking for one. You may think that the rest of the meal will simply go to waste or that you do not want to be stuck eating leftovers for weeks. Because of this perception, you may choose to instead go to a drive-thru window and pick up unhealthy, fattening fast food if you will be alone for a meal.

But, you should know that there are some quick and tasty meals that you can prepare for one person that are much healthier than picking up junk food or other processed foods. Below is a list of some of these food options:

1. Soups

Making a soup or chili is a great idea when you are cooking for just one person. This will allow you to have leftovers that you can either freeze or store in the refrigerator for lunch or dinner for the remainder of the work week. You can even cut the recipe in half if you prefer to have less leftovers.

2. Meat

Meats, such as beef and chicken, are smart options for a one-person meal. Some manufacturers even sell individually wrapped chickens that are meant for preparation of a meal for one. However, because this option for convenience usually costs more, you can also invest in a vacuum sealer that will keep your unused portions from getting freezer burn.

3. Fish

Fish is a great option when preparing a meal for one. One fillet of fish can easily be brought out of the freezer and prepared.

4. Salads

Salads are great for a quick and healthy meal for one person. Lettuce can be purchased in resealable bags, and salad dressing will stay fresh in your refrigerator for months. Baby carrots, sunflower seeds, avocados and tomatoes are great additions to a salad.

5. Eggs

For breakfast, eggs are fabulous. Not only are they full of needed proteins, but they come in their own containers. You are able to take out just two and make a meal for one person without losing the freshness of the rest. Whole wheat toast and a glass of skim milk would be great additions to this breakfast meal.

6. Sandwiches

Sandwiches are a great, quick meal that can easily be made for one. And sandwiches do not have to be boring. Try adding fresh lettuce, banana peppers, tomatoes, avocado and spices, such as oregano and pepper. Also, use brown mustard instead of regular yellow mustard. You can also try a combination of two different meats, such as turkey and roast beef, to mix things up. Put this on a whole wheat roll or even in a pita, and you have yourself a healthy, low-fat and low-calorie meal.

7. Yogurt and Pudding

Both yogurt and pudding are available in individual cups at your local grocery store. Yogurt is a great addition to breakfast and includes the calcium you may be missing if you do not regularly drink milk. Sugar-free pudding cups are a tasty and low-calorie dessert for one person.


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