If you’re anything like us, you’ve googled “healthy meals for one” more than a few times.
Sure, there’s always takeout, but it’s not the best option — for your wallet or your health. Cooking for one can be a bit of a challenge, though.
That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of the best easy meals for one, broken down by meal time. This means you could have cinnamon roll Greek yogurt pancakes for breakfast, a Mediterranean grilled cheese for lunch, and a vegetarian burrito bowl for dinner.
And dessert? Like we’d forget about that. There’s a 1-minute coffee cake that’s yours for the taking. (Looking for a slew of sweets for one? We’ve got more mug recipes here.)
We hear you on leftover fatigue or the angst of doing math to modify recipes for a single serving (why do so many recipes make so much?). It can send a person straight to Uber Eats. Don’t, though. We’ve got your back.
Tie on your apron, baby, because these 22 healthy recipes for one are going to make you want to cook.
You’ll never eye the blue box again. This creamy mac and cheese gets made entirely in the microwave for those nights when you need comfort food, stat.
If you have macaroni, shredded cheese, and milk at home, you’re ready to make this. Whole-wheat pasta gives it a healthier twist. Opt for vegan cheese if you’d prefer to skip the dairy.
If eating at Chipotle is burning a hole in your wallet, it’s time to try your hand at making burrito bowls at home.
By combining brown rice, black beans, salsa, cheese, and diced avocado, you can make a healthy, delicious Mexican-inspired meal in just 5 minutes — and for a whole lot less money than eating out.
Add leftover tofu or chicken for extra protein and a dollop of Greek yogurt in place of sour cream.
We’ve heard of many mug meals, but fried rice is a new one. Save yourself the Chinese food delivery fee and try this healthier homemade version. It can be ready in less than 10 minutes (if you’ve got some cooked rice on hand).
Let’s admit it: There’s nothing quite as satisfying as eating pasta. You can whip up this simple pasta in just 10 minutes. Parmesan melds with some of the pasta cooking water to create a creamy sauce. A generous grind of black pepper is the final touch.
Skip the Eggos and whip up these protein-packed waffles instead. Vanilla protein powder and healthy subs such as coconut flour and coconut sugar make these a sweet and filling a.m. meal that packs a nutritional punch.
If you want to skip the syrup, a drizzle of honey and lemon will brighten the flavor while cutting down on the sugar.
Who says omelets need to be complicated? This fancy-looking recipe calls for only eggs, mushrooms, sour cream, and some of your favorite herbs. Fresh herbs make all the difference in taste.
This restaurant-quality breakfast is packed with healthy ingredients: bacon, sweet potatoes, a runny fried egg, and crispy kale. Best of all, everything cooks in one pan, meaning minimal cleanup after you devour it.
Peaches are an underrated fruit when it comes to smoothies — berries seem to get all the love. But that’s about to change with this recipe.
A frozen peach (use fresh if you’ve got it!) gets blended with heart-healthy walnuts, oats, and banana for a frozen breakfast with plenty of staying power.
This is a solo breakfast that defies categorization. Not quite French toast and not quite oatmeal, this dessert-like breakfast will have more fiber if you use whole-grain bread. Top with a spoonful of almond butter for a sweet and nutty addition.
Some days you wake up and your sweet tooth immediately kicks in. These breakfast cookies are the perfect solution, especially since they can be either eaten right away or placed in the fridge or freezer for 30 minutes while you finish getting ready.
Grab ’em on the way out the door and enjoy a sprinkle-filled morning. Your 10-year-old self would be so jealous.
Pancakes might seem like a cooking-for-the-masses breakfast, but with the right proportions, they can easily become a solo meal.
This sweet cinnamon stack looks decadent but is hiding healthy ingredients: Greek yogurt, protein powder, egg whites, and rolled oats. Who needs a boxed mix?
With a name like that, you can’t go wrong. This easy treat is made with Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and pinches of all your basic baking ingredients. Cook everything in the microwave and top it with a mouthwatering streusel.
Cobbler was definitely on our needs-a-crowd recipe list — until now. Oatmeal, berries, and a few tablespoons of flour, brown sugar, and butter are all you need for a personal berry cobbler in minutes.
Single-serving dessert recipes = the easiest form of self-control. This microwave brownie recipe is made from unsweetened cocoa powder, Greek yogurt, whole-wheat flour, agave, and vanilla extract. Oh, yeah.
Are these a dessert or a breakfast? No matter what time of day you eat these babies, they’re delicious. A pancake batter made of oats, Greek yogurt, and egg whites gets whipped together in a blender and then cooked in minutes.
Stuffed with yogurt and jam, these make an awesome crepe-inspired dessert.
When you’re craving Italian but not the ginormous portions a restaurant serves, try this Italian-inspired recipe at home. More pasta than salad, it combines spelt noodles, chicken breast, red onion, tomato, and basil leaves.
The sauce? A super easy combo of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Unless you want leftovers for the week (which isn’t a bad idea), soup is another tough solo dish. This recipe solves the problem.
Two cups of chicken broth, loads of beans and veggies, and two crumbled strips of bacon will have you warm and fuzzy in no time.
When you’re looking for a light, simple lunch, this fresh salad is a winner. Healthy fats like avocado and olive oil fill you up while honey and balsamic add just the right balance of sweetness to the salad.
Take your grilled cheese from late-night munchie to full-on meal with this Mediterranean-inspired version. Creamy feta isn’t as gooey as mozzarella or cheddar, but it sure is rich, and it tastes amazing paired with red onions, tomato, kale, and black olives.
Corn, black beans, chipotle chili powder, and lime juice come together to create mega Southwestern flavor. Stuff it all inside a baked sweet potato (cook it the night before for quicker assembly) and top with cashew crumbles.
If you’re not vegan or dairy-free, try goat cheese crumbles for a tangy flavor.
Is it us, or do stuffed foods just taste better? Take this stuffed avocado, for instance, which is packed with tuna, dried cherries, and chopped pecans. This recipe takes just a few simple ingredients and turns them into a filling meal.
Drizzle olive oil on two pieces of ciabatta bread (or any crusty slice). Top with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil, and sprinkle black pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper on top. If you’re not vegetarian, add your favorite Italian meat, like prosciutto.
Cook the sandwich in a pan over medium heat, flattening it with a spatula, until the cheese is totally melted. Aw yeahhh.