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20 Healthy Meals That Are Perfect For One

Cooking for one comes with its fair share of challenges including portion sizes, variety and even wasting food. Figuring out how to convert a recipe meant for six people into a recipe that's a single -serving can be super frustrating and often almost impossible.

While finding recipes for one person can seem challenging, it's far from impossible. Instead of having another TV dinner or ordering out, save your money and health by making one of these tasty meals below. Check out these 20 healthy meals that are perfect for one person.

Soon you'll be an expert at cooking for one and you'll never look at a frozen pizza again.

Zucchini Corn Chowder

Use up all that lingering zucchini for a filling, colorful and cozy soup you can make all year long, topped with crisp bacon bits!

Via Damn Delicious

Thai Noodle Salad

All in all, this salad is kind of the love child of a few other salads(think Thai Chicken Salad, Vietnamese Chicken Salad with Noodles, Chopped Thai Salad), but reset to healthy, veggie-and-protein packed eating.

Via Pinch of Yum

Minestrone Soup

this hearty Italian soup is filled with vegetables, beans, bacon, and pasta.  It’s an easy Recipe For One that can be made with any number of your favorite vegetables and ingredients.

Via Zagleft

Skinny Egg Salad Sliders

Cut back on the calories with these healthy Greek yogurt egg salad sliders on sweet, fluffy Hawaiian rolls!

Via Damn Delicious

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

These boats consist of spaghetti squash tossed around with some sautéed garlic kale, ricotta, lemon juice, salt, and mozzarella, baked right back in its spaghetti squash shell and topped with a super quick-simmer spaghetti sauce with ground turkey make for an easy meal with easy cleanup.

Via Pinch of Yum

Beet & Shrimp Winter Salad

This healthy dinner salad recipe gets its staying power from protein-packed shrimp and fiber-rich barley. With a simple red-wine vinaigrette, this quick salad makes just one serving but is easy to double or triple.

Via Eating Well

Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potato

Check out this blazing orange sweet potato, stuffed with black beans, charred corn, bright green spinach, and cilantro that’s been kissed with chipotle chili powder, fancy paprika, cumin, sea salt, and pepper, and then sprinkled with a generous portion of crumbled cashew cheese and salsa. Have you ever seen anything quite as enticing as this?

Via Veganosity

Mango Shrimp Tacos

These Easy Mango Shrimp Tacos are quick and simple to make, full of great flavor, and sure to be a crowd favorite!

Via Gimme Some Oven

Light Spaghetti Pea Carbonara

A lighter version of Spaghetti Carbonara made with turkey bacon, milk and peas! Takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Via Savvy Chef

BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad

The bold southwestern flavors, with the soft avocado and eggs, topped with a few crunchy bites of bacon and red onion makes this seemingly-harmless salad a HUGE filling dish!

Via Baking With Blondie

Duck with Plum Sauce and Noodles

This Chinese-inspired dish combines many of the exotic flavors that are classic in Oriental-style cooking. Who needs a takeaway when you can treat yourself to this mouthwatering crispy-skinned duck and rich, homemade plum sauce.

Via Tesco Real Food

Taco Salad

All the flavors of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette!

Via Damn Delicious

Tomato Olive Chicken Olive Couscous

Couscous is a great base for this braised chicken recipe, as its large grains feel lighter, yet silky in texture with a great mouth feel.

Via Healthy Food Guide

Bacon and Egg Ramon

This tasty ramen meal has chewy noodles tossed with a punchy, savory soy dressing, crispy soft sous-vide pork belly, and a tender slow poached egg.

Via I Am A Food Blog

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw

Spicy shrimp tacos loaded with avocado, spicy shrimp, and a homemade creamy lime slaw? Hello yummy!

Via Pinch of Yum

Salmon and Couscous

This super-fresh salmon and couscous salad is a tasty, wholesome and quick dinner.

Via Jamie Oliver

Veggie and Hummus Sandwich

You may look at this and think it seriously needs some kind of meat, like deli turkey or bacon but really with all the hummus, it has enough flavor without it (it wouldn’t hurt to add them though if you can’t resist). Plus, with how many many veggies are packed in this it makes for a perfectly filling lunch or dinner.

Via Cooking Classy

Pasta with Italian Sausage, Kale, and Mushrooms

This delicious Pasta with Italian Sausage, Kale and Mushrooms is full of big savory flavors, it's easy to prepare, and can be made vegetarian if you'd like!

Via Gimme Some Oven

Roasted Carrot Barley and Smoked Mackerel Salad

Perfect for an easy weeknight supper or filling lunch, this dish marries the flavors of nutty barley, roasted carrots, and rich smoked mackerel, resulting in a hearty salad that's singing with flavor.

Via Tesco Real Food

Linguine with Shrimp and White Wine

Everyone needs a delicious, 20-minute pasta recipe in their repertoire, and this shrimp version is sure to become a favorite.

Via Delish

Have you found a recipe that has lured you reluctantly back into the kitchen?  Soon you'll be eating healthier, losing weight, and saving money.

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Check out these 20 healthy meals that are perfect for one person. Soon you'll be an expert at cooking for one and you'll never look at a frozen pizza again.

3 Responses
  • Linda from Veganosity
    May 17, 2017

    Thank you for including our stuffed sweet potato in your meals for one collection. 🙂

  • Emma Davis
    May 5, 2021

    All recipes look delicious. Thanks for this list. It’s time to take care of my health. I’ll start with nutrition.

  • Julia
    October 27, 2021

    Thanks for the list of recipes! I’ll take note of a few recipes.

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