Healthy Dinner Ideas For One Person

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It can be hard to find healthy dinner ideas for one person. With recipes that use up just one chicken breast or pork chop, here’s a collection of recipes that help you make the most of healthy ingredients — like broccoli and quinoa.

When you’re eating alone, it can be tricky to come up with healthy dinner ideas for one person. There’s no one to share your food with and it can feel like the leftover food you have on your plate is too big of a serving.

Healthy Recipes for One

Make a perfectly portioned meal with these flavorful recipes that serve one. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, these recipes are perfect when you’re cooking for yourself. Recipes like Raspberry-Peach-Mango Smoothie Bowl and Lemon Chicken Pasta are delicious and healthy.

Creamy Blueberry-Pecan Overnight Oatmeal

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Creamy Blueberry-Pecan Overnight Oatmeal

These overnight oats with Greek yogurt, blueberries and pecans are an easy, on-the-go-breakfast. If desired, reheat the oatmeal before adding the toppings.

Orange-Walnut Salad with Chicken

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Orange-Walnut Salad with Chicken

Orange segments, toasted walnuts and tangy goat cheese brighten up this simple salad. Try this salad for a take-along lunch. To keep the salad greens from getting soggy, pack the greens, salad toppings and dressing in separate containers and toss them together just before eating.

Egg Drop Soup with Instant Noodles, Spinach & Scallions

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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.

Black Bean-Quinoa Bowl

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Black Bean-Quinoa Bowl

This black bean and quinoa bowl has many of the usual hallmarks of a taco salad, minus the fried bowl. We’ve loaded it up with pico de gallo, fresh cilantro and avocado plus an easy hummus dressing to drizzle on top.

Easy Brown Rice & Veggie Wrap

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Easy Brown Rice & Veggie Wrap

Use leftover brown rice and roasted veggies for this easy vegan lunch idea to pack for work. To serve this wrap warm, simply pop in the microwave for about a minute to warm through.

Avocado, Tomato & Chicken Sandwich

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Avocado, Tomato & Chicken Sandwich

In this healthy chicken sandwich recipe, the avocado is mashed to create a healthy creamy spread.

Chicken Udon Bowl with Zucchini Noodles

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Chicken Udon Bowl with Zucchini Noodles

Mix udon and zucchini noodles for a lower-carb noodle bowl that’s full of flavor thanks to the finger-licking-good peanut sauce. Using leftover chicken will save you even more time on this quick dinner recipe–you can whip it up in about 10 minutes.

Green Goddess Salad with Chicken

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Green Goddess Salad with Chicken

In this cucumber, tomato, Swiss and chicken salad recipe, a healthy green goddess dressing is made from avocado, buttermilk and herbs. Any extra dressing is delicious served over grilled chicken or flaky white fish, such as cod or flounder.

Broccoli & Parmesan Cheese Omelet

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Broccoli & Parmesan Cheese Omelet

This high-protein breakfast recipe features broccoli and cheese folded into a light and fluffy omelet.

Marinara Meat Sauce Topped Baked Potato

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Marinara Meat Sauce Topped Baked Potato

Break out of your pasta routine by subbing in a baked potato in this simple and satisfying dinner for one.

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.

Prosciutto & Spinach Grilled Cheese

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Prosciutto & Spinach Grilled Cheese

Make grilled cheese for one with this quick and easy recipe! This sandwich packs in a healthy dose of veggies plus a delicious flavor boost from sliced prosciutto (Italian ham). Source: EatingWell.com, July 2018

Beet & Shrimp Winter Salad

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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. Look for precooked beets with other prepared vegetables in the produce department. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2016

Egg Drop Soup with Instant Noodles, Spinach & Scallions

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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. Source: EatingWell.com, July 2020

Insalata Caprese Chicken

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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. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

Black Bean-Cauliflower Rice Bowl

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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

Thai-Inspired Peanut Shrimp Noodles

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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. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2019

Lemon Chicken Pasta

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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. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2019

Chicken with Fresh Basil Pesto

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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! Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

Edamame & Veggie Rice Bowl

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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. Source: EatingWell.com, December 2017

Steak Dinner

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Steak Dinner

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. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

Meal-for-one recipes

Solo suppers don’t have to mean beans on toast- treat yourself with an extra-special recipe.

  • Smoky bacon pot noodle for oneA star rating of 4 out of 5.46 ratingsWho needs ready-made instant noodles when you can whip up your own low-fat, high flavour version in under 10 mins?
  • Super steak with cheat’s BearnaiseA star rating of 4 out of 5.7 ratingsThe ideal solo supper – quick, easy, succulent and with a clever simple sauce
  • Kung pao cauliflower & prawn stir-fryA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.29 ratingsRustle up this prawn and cauliflower stir fry in just 25 minutes. You can easily make it vegan if preferred – simply omit the prawns and double up on the veg
  • Flattened chicken with tomatoes, olives & capersA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.23 ratingsEating on your own needn’t mean beans on toast, as this 20-minute supper proves
  • Summer risottoA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.23 ratingsA deliciously creamy summer risotto packed full of veg and seasonal flavours. Not too rich, this is the ideal summer main course
  • Fish with peas & lettuceA star rating of 4 out of 5.21 ratingsPerfect for when you’re eating solo
  • Anytime eggsA star rating of 4.1 out of 5.24 ratingsFantastic one-pan egg dish, why not use whatever you have in the fridge to make it your own?
  • Pancakes for oneA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.127 ratingsTreat yourself to fluffy American-style pancakes with this simple recipe for one person. Drizzle over maple syrup and serve with berries, if you like
  • Salmon rarebitA star rating of 3.7 out of 5.9 ratingsWorking from home? Boost flagging energy levels with salmon rarebit – a high-energy lunch for one
  • Melting tomato & basil omeletteA star rating of 4.5 out of 5.6 ratingsSimple and ready in just 10 minutes
  • Leek & sage risotto with crisp baconA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.22 ratingsA quick risotto easily made into a vegetarian dish by leaving out the bacon and adding two or three large, grilled mushrooms
  • Prawn & coconut laksaA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.46 ratingsThis quick meal for one is the perfect way to warm up an evening
  • Aubergine with spicy apricot tabboulehA star rating of 4 out of 5.3 ratingsThis aubergine parcel looks very dramatic, but is dead easy
  • Tangy trout with a simple garden saladA star rating of 4 out of 5.6 ratingsThis tasty and versatile fish gets a lemony makeover and makes a great treat for one
  • Lemony tuna pitta pocketsA star rating of 3.6 out of 5.5 ratingsThese simple and tasty stuffed pitta breads are great for a quick lunchtime snack
  • Squash & sage pithivierA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.5 ratingsThis simple pie for one makes a great veggie option for Christmas Day – make as many as you need and freeze ahead

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