It’s not always easy to come up with a easy healthy dinner recipe for one. When you only need to feed yourself and there isn’t a lot of room in the budget or your stomach. We’ve all been there. This post is for you and all those others who live by themselves. I put together 5 healthy dinner recipes for one that will make even your most finicky taste buds happy!
Healthy dinner ideas for one
Make a healthy dinner for one that doesn’t compromise on flavour. These simple suppers are satisfying, quick to cook and serve one.
Need an easy, no-fuss dinner for one that won’t leave you hungry? Rustle up one of our top 10 nutritious meals, from nourishing noodle soups to fabulous fish suppers and colourful curries.
Fill your plate with even more colourful healthy dinner recipes from our triple-tested recipe collection. These wholesome suppers will satisfy your cravings and do you good all in one.
Healthy dinner ideas for one
1. Sweet & sour tofu
Healthy, vegan and packing in three of your 5-a-day, our sweet & sour tofu has it all. Throw together veggies, golden-brown crisp tofu pieces, sweet pineapple and a simple sauce for a wholesome meal in just 25 minutes. For extra crispy tofu pieces, try coating in cornflour before frying.
2. Punchy spaghetti
Believe it or not, a plateful of spaghetti can be a healthy, budget-friendly dinner. Whip up this punchy spaghetti with a mixture of courgette, tomatoes and anchovies. The light, lemon and pepper flavour brings just the right amount of warmth without overpowering the delicate veg. Using a little of the pasta water creates a smooth sauce and helps it coat and stick to the pasta. Grab a fork and dive in.
3. Microwave shakshuka
Eggs are the saviour of the speedy, pocket-friendly dinner dash. Make our microwave shakshuka in just 10 minutes. This easy, healthy supper needs just a handful of ingredients and makes a comforting meal for one. Serve with a warmed pitta for dipping into your runny yolk.
4. Super-quick sesame ramen
Nothing beats a bowlful of nourishing noodles in a warming broth, topped with a runny boiled egg and a dash of chilli sauce. Upgrade instant noodles with a few clever additions to make our super-quick sesame ramen for a low-cost, low-calorie dinner.
5. Haddock with cannellini beans and artichokes
We’ve got dinner all wrapped up! This simple and nutritious fish supper is a great all-in-one solo meal. Baking the ingredients in parchment paper gently steams the fish and beans and keeps them tender.
Healthy Dinners for One
Make a healthy and delicious meal for one with these dinner recipes. These recipes make one serving, so you won’t have to worry about eating the same leftovers day after day. We balance hearty proteins like chicken and seafood with fresh veggies and grains to create a balanced dinner. Recipes like Broccoli Fried Rice and Greek Salmon Salad are healthy, filling and perfect for tonight’s dinner.
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Egg Drop Soup with Instant Noodles, Spinach & Scallions
Whisking a beaten egg into simmering broth is a quick and easy way to add creaminess and protein to noodle soup mix. Add freshness with a handful of baby spinach at the end. This recipe can easily be doubled to serve 2 and use the whole package of noodles. To cut back on sodium, look for noodle varieties with less than 600 mg sodium per serving or use less of the seasoning packet.
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Insalata Caprese Chicken
A combination of fresh mozzarella, ripe tomatoes, pungent basil and a hint of balsamic vinegar is perfection, but even more so with some cooked chicken added in. This dish is quick-and-easy and perfect for a quick lunch or light dinner.
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Black Bean-Cauliflower “Rice” Bowl
This aromatic cauliflower rice bowl comes together in minutes and is a simple meal for one. Using frozen riced cauliflower instead of rice keeps the carbs in check–and makes for quicker prep. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Spring 2020
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Thai-Inspired Peanut Shrimp Noodles
This healthy peanut shrimp noodle recipe comes together in a flash, thanks to cooked shrimp and a handful of crunchy veggies. Look for precooked cocktail shrimp in the seafood section of your grocery store.
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Lemon Chicken Pasta
We love the combination of lemon zest and toasted breadcrumbs in this quick and easy pasta recipe for one. This healthy dinner is made with rotisserie chicken and quick-cooking spiralized zucchini and baby zucchini, so you get a complete meal in just 10 minutes.
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Chicken with Fresh Basil Pesto
Typical pesto ingredients–basil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil–make a tasty and fresh topper for a cooked chicken breast. But in this recipe, no heavy equipment is needed to make the pesto
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Edamame & Veggie Rice Bowl
The ingredients in this vegan grain bowl recipe can be prepped ahead for an easy lunch to pack for work. The tangy citrus dressing is a refreshing flavor with the sweet caramel of the roasted sheet-pan veggies
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Your traditional steak and potato dinner gets a makeover in this recipe by swapping starchy potatoes for whole-grain brown rice. Be wary of your portion size for steak, it should be about the size of a deck of cards.
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Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli
Lunch on the go doesn’t have to be boring or typical. This Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli is quick to prepare and full of flavor. Plus, it’s made with whole wheat pasta to keep you satisfied longer.
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Salmon and Asparagus
This quick-and-easy recipe is loaded with bold flavors and combines heart-healthy salmon with roasted or grilled asparagus. We recommend roasting or grilling the salmon and asparagus together to save time. To ramp up the flavor in this dish, use a dab of extra-virgin olive oil, snipped fresh parsley, finely shredded lemon peel, and ground black pepper
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Italian Zucchini-Topped Baked Potato
Quick-sautéed zuke with herbs and a little cheese adds punch to a plain potato without overdoing it on the fat, sodium and calories.