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Easy Dinner Recipes and Menu Planning: Keys to Cooking for One

Healthy eating is one of the best ways to keep your body healthy, but sometimes as a single person, finding quick and easy recipes that are geared for one-person households can be daunting. Most recipe books are written for families, and converting measurements down to a single-serving portion can be time-consuming and prone to errors.

MatsenMany singles overcome that dilemma by cooking recipes in their “regular” sizes and then dividing them up, freezing portions for later meals or taking them to work to save money on costly (and often calorie-laden) takeout and restaurant meals.

But if “planned leftovers” isn’t your thing, there are still many places to find easy dinner recipes for singles. The Internet is chock-full of cooking sites, including several popular ones that offer a wide range of recipes just for one-person households. Three great examples are:

And, of course, you can find plenty of cookbooks with quick and easy recipes developed specifically for singles.

Being single means you can explore lots of food and meal options without feeling hampered by someone else’s picky preferences. And it also means you can develop your own go-to repertoire of easy dinner recipes for days when you don’t have the time or energy to try out something new.

One of the hazards of preparing meals just for yourself is that it can be all too easy to fall into the trap of reaching for whatever is most convenient instead of what’s healthy and good for you. To avoid that problem, set aside some time each week to plan out your meals, taking advantage of fresh, seasonal produce and organic options that might be too costly for big families to consider.

Make sure you don’t skimp on kitchen safety, either. Here are a few tips to keep you safe and sound during your cooking adventures:

  • Keep fire extinguishers near your stove and elsewhere in your home, and know how to use them.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly. If yours use batteries, change them at least once each year or, ideally, replace them with hard-wired versions.
  • Keep a timer on hand, and remember to use it regularly so you don’t forget when your stove or oven is on.
  • Never leave a pot or pan unattended when you’re frying or sauteing, and stay in the kitchen when you’re broiling or grilling.
  • And, of course, if a fire is too big to handle easily and safely on your own, get out of your home immediately, and call 911.

With a little planning and a collection of easy dinner recipes for busy days, enjoying meals for one can be a lot of fun. Taking the time to plan meals and include plenty of good-for-you options is the best way to maintain good health and add the variety that makes cooking and eating at home a fun and rewarding experience.