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Cooking for One: 20 Quick & Healthy Dinner Recipes

It might seem easier to pick up a takeaway meal from the hawker stall, but who says you can't have a gourmet meal just because you're alone?

1. Spinach Feta Frittata

Source: yummymummyclub.ca

Source: yummymummyclub.ca

Eggs are magical ingredients when you want something fast and yummy. This recipe combines the healthy goodness of spinach, green onions, milk and feta into a delectable hot dinner. Quarter the recipe if you don’t want any leftovers, but you’ll regret it when you’re licking your plate clean!  Recipe here.

2. Tofu Veggie Stir-Fry

Source: small-trips.info

Source: small-trips.info

All the protein, fibre and vitamins you need in a wok. This recipe is quick and easy to prepare but tastes great heaped onto steaming hot brown rice. Recipe here.

3. Thai Chicken Peanut Quinoa Bowls

Source: iowagirleats.com

Source: iowagirleats.com

If you prep the quinoa ahead of time, this stir-fry can be done in no time. Combining quinoa with edamame, coleslaw, green onion and chopped peanuts, this is a dish bursting with flavour and nutrition. Recipe here.

4. Salmon and Couscous

Source: jamieoliver.com

Source: jamieoliver.com

Fish is great for solo cooking ventures. This salmon and couscous recipe brings together a burst of flavour with red chilli, tomatoes, lemon juice, fresh coriander and just a bit of yoghurt. Wholegrain couscous goes great with it and comes together in no time at all. Recipe here.

5. Lemon Thyme Chicken

Source: paleoleap.com

Source: paleoleap.com

This chicken breast is simple but good, easily prepared with minimal ingredients — minced garlic, chicken stock, lemon zest and juice as well as the herb that goes best with chicken, thyme. Steam some broccoli and carrots for a hearty, filling dinner. We suggest marinating the breasts overnight for best flavour (and less work on cooking day!) Recipe here.

6. 15-min Tomato Basil Soup with Cheese Tortellini

Source: iowagirleats.com

Source: iowagirleats.com

This calls for a bit of cheating (as you’ll be using ready-made tortellini and marinara sauce), but the good news is that it’s done in 15 minutes! If you don’t like tortellini, you could also use wholegrain pasta and add in some sliced mushrooms to the soup. Recipe here.

7. Shrimp Scampi 

Source: macheesmo.com

Source: macheesmo.com

Pasta is a really simple dish to cook for one, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be fancy! While this definitely isn’t the healthiest dish on this list, it is delicious and filling, and will be great for a cheat day! Use wholegrain spaghetti and steam some veggies to make it a more well-rounded meal. Recipe here.

8. Chicken with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers

Source: bbcgoodfood.com

Source: bbcgoodfood.com

This takes 10 mins to prep and 10 mins to cook and you’ll have dinner on the table! The recipe uses a few good but flavorful ingredients to dress up your boring chicken breast — capers, tomato, olives, creating a treat for the taste buds. Recipe here.

9. Simple Pasta Primavera

Source: cookingforone.ashleylojko.com

Source: cookingforone.ashleylojko.com

Great for lazy weeknights in, this pasta calls for broccoli, cherry or grape tomatoes, as well as low-fat cream cheese and parmesan to create a very munch-worthy yet guilt-free dish. Recipe here.

10. Honey Balsamic Chicken Skillet

Source: iowagirleats.com

Source: iowagirleats.com

How can you say no to balsamic honey caramelised onions? This is a delicious dish that tastes sinful without being so. Pair with wholegrain pasta. Get recipe here.

11. Fish with Peas and Lettuce

Source: bbcgoodfood.com

Source: bbcgoodfood.com

This dish is completely done in a microwaves and takes only 15 minutes. Fish fillet combined with shredded letuce, spring onions, peas, crème fraîche and olive oil tastes surprisingly good together. Recipe here.

12. Stir-Fried Beef with Oyster Sauce

Source: singlefare.com

Source: singlefare.com

This dish goes great with brown rice and is full of colour, flavour, and crunch thanks to the red and green capsicum, mushrooms, red onion and lean beef. Recipe here.

13. Whole Grain Pasta with Mushrooms, Asparagus, and Broadbeans

Source: nytimes.com

Source: nytimes.com

Basil, parmesan, broadbeans, asparagus and mushrooms tossed together with nutty whole-grain pasta is just mmmm. Quarter the recipe to make a single portion. Recipe here.

14. Salmon with Avocado & Mango Salsa

Source: singlefare.com

Source: singlefare.com

A salsa of chopped mango, avocado, celery, red chilli, coriander and lime juice marries perfectly with a pan-seared salmon fillet for a flavoursome dinner. Recipe here.

15. Roasted Chicken Breast with Lemony Bombay Potatoes

Source: jamieoliver.com

Source: jamieoliver.com

Turmeric, cumin, coriander, and ginger lends flavour to a usually bland chicken breast for a delicious roast for one. If you cook this in a tin foil disposable dish, you can even save on the washing up! Recipe here.

16. Lighter Orange Beef and Broccoli

Source: iowagirleats.com

Source: iowagirleats.com

The orange juice and zest gives this traditional Chinese dish a fruity twist, making a sauce which tastes great not just on brown rice, but also in a wrap! Quarter the recipe for 1 serve, or cook all of it for the glorious leftovers that’ll tide you through the week! Recipe here.

17. Fettuccine with Chicken, Mushroom and Sundried Tomato

Source: singlefare.com

Source: singlefare.com

Sun-dried tomato is an ingredient that adds oodles of flavour to any dish it stars in, and this is no exception. Easy peasy ingredients like mushrooms, chicken tenderloin, Greek yoghurt and chopped parsley are fried together with the flavourful sundried tomatoes and tossed together with fettucine for a satisfying meal. Recipe here.

18. Crispy Baked Asian Salmon

Source: iowagirleats.com

Source: iowagirleats.com

Baked instead of deep-fried, yet satisfying crispy is this beautiful crispy salmon dish. Quarter recipe for one portion. Full recipe here.

19. Moroccan Couscous and Chickpea Salad

Source: singlefare.com

Source: singlefare.com

Chickpea is cheap but filled with nutrients, tastes great, and keeps you full. This dish combines all the goodness of chickpeas with couscous, marinated veggies, currants and Greek yoghurt for a refreshing end to the day. Full recipe here.

20. Healthy Burrito Bowl

Source: fitsugar.com

Source: fitsugar.com

This is like eating a salad, except tastier and far more substantial. Using pre-cooked chicken breast (you can get this at most supermarkets) saves you time on the stove, while the other ingredients require close to no cooking at all! Recipe here.

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A writer with a penchant for alliteration, Jolene is also a seaweed and green tea junkie in a love/hate relationship with working out. She likes reading everything, from cereal boxes to tombstone inscriptions, and trying to find meaning behind the words.

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