38 Easy Meals for One
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Our easy meals for one are the perfect option for everyone looking to have a little "me-time"! Maybe you've had a hard day and need a little moment of sweetness in an individual dessert. Or maybe tomorrow morning is going to be busy and you need a way to get out the door quick at breakfast time! Whatever the occasion, you can find a tasty, easy, and satisfying meal option right here. We've got breakfast, lunch, and dinner covered! Not to mention our snack and easy desserts for one! Treating yourself has never been easier. And...just between us...some of these recipes make multiple servings so you can share with a friend, or you could have a second helping a bit later. You deserve it. So let's get cooking, with these easy meals for one!
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Easy Breakfasts for One
When it comes to breakfast, it's always fun when we can find ways to shake it up and bring some new flavors to the table. Our Mini Italian Breakfast Casseroles are a delicious blend of Italian cheeses, spinach, and ham that give a fresh taste to your morning meal. Best of all, because they're mini, everyone gets their own personal breakfast casserole, so no one has to fight over the last bite.
Breakfast on-the-go just got even better with our French Toast in a Mug recipe! In just about two minutes you can have a decadent breakfast that tastes like the perfect cross between french toast and rich bread pudding. Add a drizzle of syrup to take it over the top! When it comes to cooking for one, this recipe is the perfect way to start your day. So next time you're in a hurry, grab a mug of this!
With our recipe for 1 Minute Cinnamon Bun you can enjoy a cinnamon bun for breakfast, dessert, or anytime you want! All you need is a microwave, some easy ingredients from your pantry, and your favorite mug. Before you know it, you'll be enjoying a cinnamon bun that's all your own. This recipe is perfect if you want meals for one on a budget! One bite and you'll want one every morning.
Life gets busy and sometimes, that means we need quick breakfast ideas we can take on-the go. Well, it doesn't get much quicker than our Breakfast in a Mug recipe. You can make this in the microwave in less than 5 minutes. Wanna know the best part? You can grab the mug and go! No more excuses to skip the most important meal of the day.
Do you like a little coffee cake with your morning cup of joe? If you do, then you're going to love our Coffee Cake for One! Plus, this recipe is personal-sized, which means you enjoy it all without having to share. (If they want one too, then you only need another minute!) That's the beauty of cooking for one recipe!
This doubly good breakfast sandwich combines a load of favorites all in one! Imagine starting your day off with a hearty and melty Bacon and Egg Breakfast Grilled Cheese! This melty goodness is the perfect easy meal for one when it comes to starting your day with something harty.
Easy Mid-Day Meals for One
This Italian Tortellini Salad is sure to blow your company away with zesty flavor. Tortellini salad is a huge favorite with foodies looking for a light Italian lunch, and that's just what we're doing come summer time. So grab a bowl and enjoy our bright and refreshing Italian Tortellini Salad along side friends and family! After all, Italian dining is all about the company...and the pasta!
In the South, there's a barbecue joint on every corner and each one boasts the best pulled pork sandwiches. The Southern cooks in our test kitchen helped create a version that comes pretty close to that authentic flavor, but with a shortcut or two. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be an easy meal for one, or it can feed a crowd. You choose!
If you're a fan of good ol' American recipes, then you'll love our take on a classic sandwich that everyone seems to have their own version of. Grilled Reuben Supreme combines the classic flavors and grills it to moist and juicy perfection. Turning this into a meal for one is a great way to enjoy lunch!
"Oh my, you're so fancy!" That's the reaction you'll get when you put a plate of these Fancy Schmancy Tuna Melts out. It's warm, dressed up tuna with a double dose of melted cheese on a "not your everyday" type bread. These yummy melts are sure to please even the toughest critics!
There is no denying it, this is truly the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich. You see, when we made it, this dish disappeared so fast in our Test Kitchen it barely even had time to cool!
This savory soup recipe was inspired by the kind that you can find at your favorite bakery-type restaurant. It's a hearty Copycat Tomato Soup that's full of authentic flavor. We top it off with homemade croutons to give it that extra zing!
Ben's Chili Bowl has been a landmark restaurant in Washington D.C. since 1958. The restaurant first became famous for its homemade chili dogs. After getting tasting one, we knew we had to recreate this chili in our Test Kitchen. Our recipe for Ben's Chili Dog is the next best thing to the real version, and your family is going to devour it.
Some foods are all about comfort and feel-good memories, like macaroni and cheese. Our Chicken Mac 'n' Cheese recipe is meant to be shared with friends, family, or even neighbors who need a little extra comfort in their lives. Besides, this extra-cheesy, chicken-stuffed, and buttery cracker-topped dish is too good not to share!
Easy Dinner Recipes for One
You don't have to get all dressed up to enjoy this restaurant-style dinner. Nope, you can make our Quick Chicken Francaise in your very own home! This simple chicken dinner may sound fancy, but you won't believe how easy it is to throw together.
Nothing fancy here - just good, old-fashioned steak prepared with garlic and butter. Dining Car Steak makes a mouthwatering dinner that your family will love. It feels like fine dining, but is as easy as your favorite weeknight dinner. Lucky for you, you don't need to board a train to experience luxury!
With our Barbecued Baby Back Ribs, the longer the ribs marinate, the better, so plan to coat the ribs with sauce the day before you want to cook 'em. That way, they're sure to be nice and tender and flavor-packed. This easy recipe for one is a great way to treat yourself any night of the week.
This stuffed salmon recipe is even better than it looks! Our Crabmeat Stuffed Salmon takes imitation crab and combines it with this beautiful fish to make one of our favorite dinner recipes. Seafood recipes, specifically salmon recipes, can be tricky. So why not go for a seafood dinner recipe you know is going to be a success?
The only thing better than pasta? Cheesy, rich, fresh baked pasta loaded with flavor! Try our amazing, easy-to-make version of Italian style Stuffed Shells, and see for yourself. Our stuffed shells recipe is sure to make dinner a creamy, cheesey, delicious experience for everyone; you'll want to make this perfect baked pasta dish again and again!
Our All-In-One Pork Chop Dinner has everything you love in a pork chop dinner. We're talking creamy mashed potatoes, cheesy broccoli, and juicy, skillet-fried pork chops. Best part? It's ready in 15 minutes! It's everything you're looking for in terms of an easy meal for one, so don't wait any longer to enjoy your dinner.
If you like ordering stir fry off the takeout menu, then you're going to love our easy homemade version of Sizzling Shrimp Stir Fry. It's such a cinch to throw together this terrific restaurant-style dish at home; you'll never want to order out again!
Looking for a quick meal idea for just the two of you? How about a meal for one? Try our Ramen Taco Bowls! In under 5 minutes you can have a tasty dish that'll bring smiles to the dinner table. And we can't think of a better way for you to enjoy these festive flavors.
Fancy-shmancy just got easy-"pea"sy with our recipe for Chicken a la King in a Hurry! This comforting dinner recipe is said to have been created for a King, who loved it so much he put it on his hotel menu the very next day. Now your whole gang can enjoy having it on their menu!
Even non-salad fans are going to love our Cheeseburger Salad in a Jar. Its got all the classic ingredients of a traditional cheeseburger, but without the buns! The best part is, you can easily make this ahead of time and take it on the go for lunch. Just make sure you don't forget to bring a fork!
Easy Snack Recipes for One
It's always a good idea to have a batch of our Anytime Snack Mix on hand. It's great for when you get those crunchy munchies, or when friends stop by to visit!
Bring home the bacon and be the top tomato in the kitchen when you make these novel bite-size BLT Bites as super appetizers or snacks!
Whether you're getting ready to do your homework or simply watching TV, these Fruity Frozen Yogurt Bites are a better-for-you snack option. They're great for both kids and adults, and can be made using your favorite fruit and yogurt combinations. Give them a try the next time you're craving a snack!
The next time there's a game on and you've got people coming over, make these game day-worthy Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. These jalapeno poppers are stuffed full of cheese and yummy popcorn shrimp. Plus, they're wrapped in everyone's favorite...bacon! Set these out on a platter and, within minutes, they'll be gone!
Can't decide whether to have popcorn or candy? You don't have to! Our Award-Winning Popcorn features the best of both worlds, along with some pretzels, dried cranberries, and a drizzle of white chocolate. Whether you're hosting a fancy Academy Awards bash or having a typical movie night at home, this popcorn recipe is a must-try!
If you're looking for something to fill up a hungry bunch of teenagers, you can bet they'll go wild for these handy, Bite-Sized Cheese Rollups. Serve 'em up as appetizers before the big game or serve 'em up with a big ol' plate of pasta for all of that signature "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!"
Easy Desserts for One
Already in your pajamas and craving something sweet? No need to run out to the store! Our recipe for Chocolate Mug Brownie is a personal-sized dessert that's made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry (Bonus: This is a chocolate mug brownie with no egg!).
Why bake a whole cake if you only want a few portions at a time? Our awesome idea for a microwaveable cake in a mug will solve that dilemma instantly! Give our yummy Italian Cream "Mug" Cakes a try and enjoy!
When we saw these Mini Chocolate Mousse Cups, our mouths started to water! We promise they taste as good as they look. This creamy chocolate mousse dessert is mousse at its best.
Treat yourself to our Nutty Peanut Butter Mug Cake! This nutty mug cake is perfectly-sized just for one, so you can make it whenever you're craving dessert, but don't really want to bake a family-sized cake just for yourself. Plus, it's made in the microwave, so you know it's going to be easy and quick!
If you love ice cream and cookies, then it's your lucky day! Our Test Kitchen team combined two of your favorites into one knock-your-socks-off dessert that is anytime perfect. And since we know how much you like to add a few toppings to your ice cream, we thought we'd finish these off with some whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles!
Pumpkin pie is a dessert we all love to nosh on in the fall, but instead of baking up a whole pie every time you get a craving how about just making this easy Pumpkin Pie in a Mug? It's perfectly portioned and is ready to eat in under 3 minutes!
This biscotti recipe is our greatest yet! Our Banana Chocolate-Chip Biscotti is the best dessert recipe there is if you're looking to blend the silky sweetness of chocolate chips with the always delicious flavors of banana. This easy dessert recipe is going to be a game changer for your cookie jar.
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You've got to try our Homemade Jelly Donut Holes for a fun and sometimes messy treat that's great all-year-round! Wonder how we get the jelly in the middle? The secret is using a drinking straw to make space for that oh-so-sweet jelly that fills the center! Top these with powdered or cinnamon sugar, and let the family get their fingers a little sticky! Just make sure to keep the napkins handy.
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