Answer the question of what to make for dinner with these quick and easy dinner ideas for one. These single serving dinner recipes are simple, satisfying, and perfect for anyone cooking for one.
What to make for dinner? Coming up with dinner ideas to answer this question every day is a challenge. Especially when you are cooking for one.
It’s often hard to find the time to cook, especially if you’re cooking for yourself. It can sometimes be easier to cook from a box or to order from a local restaurant. But the simple act of preparing a meal for ourselves is one of the most nurturing, loving things we can do. It’s a real form of self-care and when you have the ingredients and a desire to cook, you can create and enjoy a fabulous meal for one in no time.
More and more of us have been turning toward healthy eating and taking control by preparing our own meals. There has been more interest in learning how to cook, being exposed to new dishes at restaurants as well as from foodie shows. We want to make those dishes at home as well as have some fun experimenting with different ingredients or spices to make something that we enjoy. That is where the fun begins.
To create single serving meals that you'll want to make and enjoy, we would like to offer some easy and quick dinner ideas that are the perfect place to start.
Easy Dinner Ideas For One
Pork Stir Fry For One
Recipe: Pork Stir Fry For One
Chicken Caprese For One
Recipe: Chicken Caprese For One
Turkey Chili For One
Recipe: Turkey Chili For One
Salisbury Steak Recipe For One
Recipe: Salisbury Steak Recipe For One
Chicken and Rice Casserole For One
Recipe: Chicken and Rice Casserole For One
Steak Fajitas For One
Recipe: Steak Fajitas For One
Lemon Garlic Chicken For One
Recipe: Lemon Garlic Chicken For One
Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Meal For One
Recipe: Sausage and Peppers Sheet Pan Meal For One
Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Baked Stuffed Fish For One
Recipe: Baked Stuffed Fish For One
Creamy Mustard Chicken For One
Recipe: Creamy Mustard Chicken For One
Slow Cooker Italian Chicken For One
Recipe: Slow Cooker Italian Chicken For One
Crustless Quiche Lorraine For One
Recipe: Crustless Quiche Lorraine For One
Shrimp Scampi For One
Recipe: Shrimp Scampi For One
Seared Scallops For One
Recipe: Seared Scallops For One
Spinach Manicotti For One
Recipe: Spinach Manicotti For One
Single Serving Side Dish Options
Whether you're preparing a weeknight dinner or something special for the weekend, many cooks struggle with not only dinner ideas for one but also what to serve along with the main dish. A side salad or steamed vegetables seems like the easiest way to go - and it’s a perfectly fine one too.
We've also got several side dish recipes that are not only easy to make but incredibly delicious. These quick recipes will go well with almost any meal.
I sometimes find myself making a side dish or fresh salads as a standalone snack or small meal if I am not too hungry.
Here are a few of our most popular single serving and small batch side dish recipes:
Don't Forget Dessert!
Treating yourself to a great dessert is an indulgence that you deserve. Whether you're looking for a great way to finish a meal or you're satisfying a craving for something sweet, a dessert is a pleasure that you should happily give to yourself.
Be sure to browse through our dessert recipes, you're sure to find many to try.
Here are a few favorites:
- Mini Boston Cream Pie
- Mini Dutch Apple Pie
- Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Mini Hummingbird Cake
- Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies
Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients
In every one of our recipes, we list ways to use any leftover ingredients from our single serving and small batch recipes. To find this information, click on the recipe title, then scroll down in the post. The information can be found just before the recipe box at the bottom of the page.
Please be sure to check out these other helpful articles:
Breakfast Recipes Worth Waking Up To
Single Serving Comfort Food Recipes
If you would like additional information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.
To see examples of the dishes used at One Dish Kitchen, please visit our Store page.
If you’ve tried any of our single serving One Dish Kitchen recipes please let me know how you liked them by rating the recipe and telling me about it in the comment section below.
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Diane Mitchell says
I so love your recipes it make my life so much easier thank you so much for making life easier
Joy Thomas says
Hi Joanie - This is coming to you from Australia. Have tried many of your recipes and have loved them all. Also have your book which is the only one I now need. I look forward to receiving your newsletter each week and can't wait to see what good things you have for me to try. Many thanks.
Joanie Zisk says
Hello Joy, I'm so happy you are enjoying the recipes from our website and from our cookbook. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.
The recipe for the slow cooker Italian chicken looks great. Can you tell me the name of the slow cooker you used and what size it is? (blue one) Love being apart of the community.
Joanie Zisk says
I absolutely LOVE the little blue slow cooker too! It's a Hamilton Beach Party Crock and as far as I can tell, is no longer available. You might have luck finding one at a thrift store or maybe by reaching out to the company.
It is a 1.5-quart slow cooker. I recommend and use this one - https://amzn.to/2lcL3PR
Thanks Joanie 😊
Pat Stuut says
Dear Joanie it is so refreshing to find recipes for single serves. Also they are practical and "everyday" ones and not too fancy or complicated. It is almost impossible to find a cookbook for one ! I am fed up with cooking for myself and trying to break down the ingredients to suit. I will certainly be giving your recipes a go. Good luck with your book, I am sure it will be a success.
Joanie Zisk says
Thank you so much for letting me know you are enjoying the recipes - comments like this mean so much.