Easy Dinner Ideas – Meal Planning For One – Week 3

 

Weekly meal planning for one? You’ll love the easy weekly meal plans found in our Meal Planning For One series. This is the third post of the meal planning for one series.  You will find dinner ideas for the week including single-serving recipes, grocery lists and cooking tips. Perfect for anyone cooking for one, caregivers, and empty nesters.

This Cooking For One Meal Plan, Week 3 includes recipes, a grocery list and cooking tips. These meal plans are ideal for anyone cooking for one or two people and is 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. | One Dish Kitchen

Welcome to week 3 of our new Meal Planning For One series. We have received a lot of great feedback from our single serving Meal Plans and hope you enjoy the easy dinner ideas we have featured in this week 3 installment.

A person cooking for only 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 this “Cooking For One Meal Plan”.  

Each recipe in the meal plan is accessible by clicking the link for each meal and then going to the bottom of the specific meal’s page. 

Along with the meal plan, you will also find a grocery list (see link at the bottom of this page to download the 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 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.

For now, the weekly meal plan will be posted every two weeks. It will feature a recipe for Monday through Friday, a detailed grocery list and a bonus recipe and cooking tips.

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Meal Plan

Monday – Tuna Noodle Casserole For One

We’re starting our Cooking For One Meal Plan with this delicious tuna casserole. This is one of our favorite recipes here at One Dish Kitchen. It’s made with a rich and creamy homemade sauce and is the ultimate single serving comfort food!

Tuna Noodle Casserole For One | Cooking For One Meal Plan, Week 3 | One Dish Kitchen

Tuesday – Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza

This pita pizza is perfect for lunch or dinner. Whole wheat pita bread topped with smoked gouda and flavorful ground beef, chopped peppers, onions and garlic. Hearty and full of flavor!

Beef and Cheese Pita Pizza | Cooking For One Meal Plan, Week 3 | One Dish Kitchen

Wednesday – Skillet Chicken With Artichokes

The flavors in this chicken dish are amazing! Kalamata olives, red onions, artichokes and feta come together beautifully and compliment each other so well. It’s Whole 30 approved too!

Skillet Chicken With Artichokes For One | Cooking For One Meal Plan, Week 3 | One Dish Kitchen

Thursday – Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This soup is adapted from my family’s favorite cheesy broccoli soup recipe. Creamy, extra cheesy and filled with broccoli. This single serving recipe will surely become your favorite too.

Broccoli Cheddar Soup For One | Cooking For One Meal Plan, Week 3 | One Dish Kitchen

Friday – Shrimp Fettuccine

An easy recipe that cooks in 20 minutes! Healthy, and absolutely delicious!

Shrimp Fettuccine For One | Cooking For One Meal Plan, Week 3 | One Dish Kitchen

Bonus Recipe – Apple Crisp 

One apple baked in brown sugar, cinnamon and butter underneath an oat free, buttery topping. The perfect size for a perfect dessert!

Apple Crisp For One | Cooking For One Meal Plan, Week 3 | One Dish Kitchen

We hope you enjoy this single serving meal plan, you might also like our other Meal Plans.

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Grocery List

Click here to download the grocery list (printable pdf document)

Meal Planning Tips

  • Cheese can be expensive. If you’d like, only purchase one type of cheese for the recipes this week. 

Smoked Gouda is an ingredient that is recommended in Tuesday’s pizza. However, feel free to use shredded Cheddar instead. You will be using shredded Cheddar in the tuna casserole and in the broccoli cheese soup.

 

  • For Thursday’s Chicken with Artichokes, if you’d prefer using black olives instead of the recommended Kalamata Olives, feel free to make the swap.

 

  • I like to keep a bag of individually quick frozen shrimp in my freezer, that way I always have it on hand to make quick and easy dinners like the fettuccine with shrimp (Friday’s recipe).

 

  • Be sure to check your pantry for spices and items used in meals from previous weeks. This way you won’t need to buy what you may already have.

 

  • If you find that you have some ingredients left over and won’t need them for other recipes this week, such as red peppers, olives, onions, cheese, etc. – use them as salad toppings or to mix in with scrambled eggs for breakfast.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Oh my goodness, Joanie! Your delicious meal plan looks like it was created just for me! This week my siblings and I are helping out my parents after a surgery. So we’re looking for meal recipes we can make for just two people. Yours are fabulous. And I appreciate the grocery list too! Thanks a million.

  2. Okay this probably is a stupid question but when you say have two small onions for 2 or more days does that mean 2 small onions for each of those days? Thank you!

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