Sometimes a simple picture is enough to get started. A catalyst to make the tins in the cupboard and the limp vegetables in the fridge, all of a sudden seem like the base for a great dinner for one.
Scroll through some of the dinners I've cooked and the meal prep I've done for ideas for your meal tonight or the motivation to start meal planning or meal prepping for the week ahead. If you have questions about any of the pictures or want a list of ingredients or ideas on how to make something - drop a note on the 'About page' or leave a comment on our Cooking for One Community page on Facebook.
Super easy warm summer salad. A great 'go to' dish when you want healthy without effort.
Pinenuts for a bit of luxury and fresh pasta to make preparation quick and easy.
Pre-prepped and frozen mince, tomato salsa and rice means I can make a healthy meal with one pan and just 15 minutes.
Do you tear out recipes? I'm a huge hoarder of recipes!
Sometimes you just want to indulge or try a recipe you have been lusting after! These are the ingredients for Neil Perry's fish pie recipe. I hadn't had an opportunity to invite friends over, so I decided to adapt it for one. Very luxe and indulgent - but totally worth it!
Can you believe I cooked Chicken Soup for the first time this year!! This one is loaded with vegetables and uses smashed butterbeans to add texture. It's also loaded with vegetables - cabbage, peas, spinach, carrot, celery, leek and onion! You can keep it 'clean' by using water, or add more flavour with chicken stock. Definitely one of my new 'go-to' favourites. Especially as it can all be cooked in one pot.
This is actually made up of leftover roast vegetables and leftover bits and pieces such as fetta and pomegranate seeds from a dinner party.
Strips of beef fillet panfried with steamed broccoli & spinach. Topped with avocado.
Feeling like a bit of luxury and having the time to do something different with salmon I served it on my latest favourite flavour / texture combination - roast pumpkin smashed with chickpeas or butter beans mixed through with some cumin.
simple, elegant meal for one - for when you have a bit of time and feel like indulging. The recipe for potato daupinois is adapted for one serving.
Roasting in one pan is my go-to solution for an easy meal. It may not be quick, but the prep is and you can go and do others things while it is cooking.
I can't begin to tell you how wonderful this meal was. The same ingredients for the previous day's roast transformed into a completely different meal - and one that was fantastic - filling, winter comfort food. Delish!
The benefit of meal prep and cooking a whole chicken means it is really easy to make a healthy dinner quickly - and with just one pan - NO washing up.
Roast chicken and vegetables repurposed and served on a bed of cauliflower & broccoli 'rice' topped with avocado.
This meal can be made in minutes if you have done meal prep and have poached, shredded chicken that you can pull from the freezer.
Scrambled eggs on toast topped with avocado. Not pretty, but simple, healthy, filling and quick.
This is such a fabulous meal. It honours eating eating for one - but requires little effort - yet the caramelised roasted vegetables and mushroom sauce make it a real treat. But it is really only one roast pan and one skillet to wash up.
This is one of those meals that is made quick and easy by having fresh pasta on hand (4 minutes to cook) and pre-prepped frozen, poached chicken to pull from the freezer. It is made a bit decadent with pine nuts.
I LOVE it when my freezer looks like this. It is a combination of cooked carbs and grains such as rice, quinoa etc as well as proteins such as poached chicken and lentils and a couple of sauces.
I don't often feature this type of meal on my blog as I figure there are many places you can go to find recipes for casseroles and I am all about single serve recipes. However, I love having some big batch meals cooked and frozen into single serve portions and this is one of my alltime favourites.
Using pre-prepped qinoa to make cooking a salmon dish quick and with just one pan.
Enjoying the fruits of Meal Prep Sunday - boosting the flavour with a a squeeze of lemon and some parmesan cheese
Setting the week up right with Monday's meal with 6 serves of vegetables
This dish was so yummy and simple I ate it before I could take a photo of the end result!