In the kitchen, one can be the loneliest number. The fear of leftover fatigue or doing the math to modify recipes for a single serving (why do so many recipes make so much at once?) can drive anyone to order out or eat a sad bowl of cereal rather than cooking. After all, spending time making a dish that requires pans and utensils isn’t worth it when you’re dining alone, right?
We call BS. Not only can cooking healthy recipes for yourself provide some much-needed alone time, but a healthy, home-cooked dinner (or breakfast, or lunch) can help you feel accomplished and energized for whatever life throws your way. The best part is that cooking for one is a lot quicker than cooking for a crowd.
We’ve gathered some of the healthiest, tastiest meals for one from around the web to inspire you to get in the kitchen (Yes, even if you’re a member of the can’t-cook-club). Treat yo’ self with these easy, yummy meals—you’ll be happy you don’t have to share.
Skip the Eggos and whip up these protein-packed waffles instead. Vanilla protein powder and healthy subs like coconut flour and coconut sugar make these a sweet and filling a.m. meal that packs a nutritional punch. Skip the syrup… a honey-and-lemon drizzle kicks the flavor up a notch while cutting down on sugar.
Who says omelets need to be complicated? This fancy-looking recipe only calls for eggs, mushrooms, sour cream, and some of your favorite herbs. Easy to add, herbs make all the difference in taste.
This restaurant-quality dessert is packed with savory ingredients: bacon, sweet potatoes, a runny fried egg, and crispy kale. Best of all, everything cooks in one pan, meaning minimal clean-up 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 ‘em!) gets blended with heart-healthy walnuts, oats, and banana for a frozen breakfast with plenty of staying power.
Overnight oats are always a solid breakfast option, but this microwave version might be our new favorite. Combine oats, milk, flax seed, an egg, maple syrup, blueberries, and banana in a mug, and microwave for 2-3 minutes. The egg makes it a little thicker than standard oatmeal, and adds some protein to the mix.
Some days, you wake up and a sweet-tooth craving immediately hits. These breakfast cookies are the perfect solution, especially since they can be 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 a ton of healthy ingredients: Greek yogurt, protein powder, egg whites, and rolled oats take the place of a boxed mix.