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Cooking For One? You’ll love the easy weekly meal plans found in our Meal Planning For One series. This is the first post of the meal planning for one series. You will find a week’s worth of recipes which will serve one (maybe two) people including grocery lists and cooking tips. Perfect for anyone cooking for one, caregivers, and empty nesters.

Welcome to the first week of our new Meal Planning For One – Cooking For One Meal Plan!

Weekly meal planning and meal prep answers “what am I going to have for dinner?” a week at a time. A meal plan for the week saves you money and no leftovers! Our series of meal plans includes single serving recipes, a grocery list and cooking tips.These meal plans are ideal for anyone cooking for one or two people.

Weekly meal planning and meal prepping helps so much with keeping on a budget as well as eating healthy.

I try to plan my week of meals either over the weekend or early in the week. This way, I know exactly what foods to buy and I don’t run the risk of buying items I won’t use and overspending.

Meal planning helps me stay on track when I am focused on making meals that are good for me. If I don’t have an idea of what I’m going to make for dinner and I’m starving, chances are that I will grab something unhealthy or I’ll order sodium-filled, calorie-filled takeout instead.

Meal Planning

Today, I’m sharing with you our new Meal Planning For One – Cooking For One Meal Plan. It’s something new we’ve been working on here at One Dish Kitchen and we would love to have your feedback.

A person cooking meals for themselves may often find that it isn’t always easy to reduce a recipe. The thought of doing that every day or deciding what to cook each evening for dinner, without repetition can be a daunting task. We hope to take some of the pressure off with our “Cooking For One Meal Plans”.

Along with the meal plan, you will also find a grocery list (see link at the bottom of this page to download the grocery list – pdf document) which will include all of the ingredients you will need to make the 5 or more recipes each week.

If you choose not to make all of the recipes on the meal plan, no worries. Just cross those items off of your grocery list.

These meals for one plans are designed for people who live on their own, a parent who wants to indulge themselves while their kids have their favorites, couples that can’t agree on what they want for dinner or caregivers providing meals to a parent or friend.

Weekly meal plans will feature a recipe for Monday through Friday, a detailed grocery list and a bonus recipe and cooking tips.

We get asked all the time for weekly meal planning ideas and I hope this new series fills that need. Have a look and please let us know what you think.

a mini quiche lorraine in a small red baking dish next to a glass of red wine

Crustless Quiche Lorraine For One

4.75 from 36 votes
You certainly won't miss the crust in this lovely Crustless Quiche Lorraine for one! It's perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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white square baking dish that contains a meatloaf covered in red sauce.

Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

4.67 from 24 votes
Savor a Mini Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf, blending classic burger flavors in a homestyle meal for 1-2. Juicy beef, smoky bacon, and gooey cheese in every bite.
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a blue and white bowl filled with carrot soup next to an orange napkin

Curried Carrot Soup For One

4.74 from 15 votes
Enjoy single serve Curried Carrot Soup in less than 30 minutes: sweet carrots, curry spices, and coconut milk create a creamy, quick gourmet meal.
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Shrimp and Prosciutto Pasta with cherry tomatoes in a white bowl.

Shrimp And Prosciutto Pasta For One

4.91 from 11 votes
Enjoy our easy-to-make Shrimp and Prosciutto Pasta for one that is ready in 30 minutes. This dish highlights the savory taste of prosciutto, paired with tender shrimp, all coated in a creamy sauce and served with perfectly cooked pasta.
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two stuffed bell peppers in a baking dish.

Stuffed Peppers For One

4.89 from 35 votes
Create a satisfying single serve Stuffed Peppers in just 30 minutes with our quick, easy recipe. Ideal for busy weeknights or a comforting meal for one, this small batch recipe offers a perfect balance of flavors and nutrients.
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Bonus Recipe

homemade vanilla pudding in a dessert bowl topped with whipped cream, berries, and fresh mint

Vanilla Pudding For One

4.85 from 20 votes
Whip up this easy single serve vanilla pudding recipe! Simple, real ingredients create a creamy, homemade dessert perfect for a small treat.
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Weekly Meal Planning Tips

  • The recipes are best using the ingredients recommended, however it can also be quite tasty with the substitutions.
  • Cheese can be expensive. Feel free to purchase just one type of cheese to use in the three recipes that call for cheese as an ingredient.
  • Often, in the deli sections of some grocery stores, you can find very small quantities of pre-cut cheese. If not, don’t feel the need to purchase several different types of cheeses for the recipes.
  • In the Carrot Soup recipe, using fresh ginger is suggested. You can find fresh ginger in the produce section of your supermarket. Cut off the amount you need for this recipe, then freeze the rest to use in later recipes. When you want to use the ginger again, no need to thaw it. Just cut or scrape off the amount you need and use frozen.
  • For the Shrimp and Prosciutto Pasta recipe, feel free to substitute bacon for the prosciutto. You will already be using bacon in two of the other recipes. Also, I find it helpful to keep a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer. It’s nice to have on hand for quick recipes like this one.
  • Feel free to substitute ground turkey for ground beef (or the other way around) for both the Stuffed Pepper recipe and the Meatloaf recipe.

For more information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.

For examples of the dishes used at One Dish Kitchen, please visit our Store page.

Red 5-inch square baking dish with One Dish Kitchen branded paper sleeve around it.

Make 80+ Recipes With This Dish!

Ideal for home chefs, this individual square ceramic baking dish is safe for oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. Simple to use & easy to clean!


I’m Joanie and I’m incredibly happy you’re here! Our aim is to inspire individuals with access to single serving recipes, education, and a supportive community that will enable them to enjoy the preparation of a meal that will nourish both body and soul.

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  1. Helen says:

    Your Meal Plan for One is awesome! I had been used to cooking for so many others, scaling down was really needed because left overs do not fly in my family. The recipes are tasty and fun to make. I love experimenting with different herbs, oils and vinegar. My only problem is the weekly meal plans and accessing through Pintrest – which burned me a number of years ago. Is there a more direct route?

  2. stacey crump says:

    Hello does cooking fo 1 helps with 2 adults or is there a meal plan for two

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Hi, great question! Yes, you can absolutely double the recipes to serve two adults. Many people have done this with fantastic results. Additionally, these single serving recipes can easily serve two when paired with a side or a salad. My husband and I often make a meal this way!

  3. Stacey Crump says:

    Hello do you have for 2 easy dinner ideas or does this work out for 2 adults

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Of course! Most of our single serving recipes double well and within the recipe posts we include tips for doubling so you can easily make enough for two adults.

  4. Dean says:

    I’m going to give this website a try. I printed the week one recipe list along with the grocery list. I hope this works.

  5. Irene says:

    Thank you so much for this website!! I live alone and it’s so hard to cook for just 1 person. I have a meal delivery service, but it’s so expensive. I’m going to put my meal service on hold and try out your recipes and learn how to cook for just one person.

  6. Julie says:

    I’m so glad there is a website that can give recipes for someone who lives by themselves. I like living alone and I like doing things on my own. I don’t have any children or a husband. And I like it that way! Thank you for your website! 🙂

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      I’m so glad you are finding our recipes helpful, Julie. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.