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5 Best Easy Dinner Ideas & Recipes for One

Cheaper and Easy Dinner Ideas for One

While you are exhausted with workload easy dinner ideas & recipes for one can reduce your stress in the kitchen.

Dinner plays a vital role in our health both mental and physical. It has several essential functions. After our dinner, we do not take any solid food for the next 9/10 hours. 

We need a proper glucose supply for our bodies while we are sleeping. So, we need to make a healthy dinner consisting of protein, carbohydrates, and other essential food elements. 

But the point is that how we can prepare healthy dinner in our busy days. All we are passing busy days. It is really difficult for a person who is leading a busy life alone. 

When we return home we need to spend more time in our kitchen along with other household works sometimes. There is a little bit of a difference between cooking for many and cooking for one. 

When we are cooking for ourselves we can concentrate only on our personal choice. In that case, if we have ideas on how to cook delicious and healthy foods for one, we can cook healthy and tasty food as well with our own choice. So we need to choose recipes first.

I am trying to share my conceptions and a few ideas with the hope that these ideas may help those who are running after their personal or professional commitments. 

Easy Dinner Ideas & Recipes for One

I think if anybody is living alone and using the technique of ideas for one in his kitchen this step will save time and money. We can apply our ideas to prepare our meals.

If we have ideas for one we also get the information about the quantity of the ingredients of the recipes. All we know that quantity varies with the number of persons. The quantity of ingredients increases proportionately with the increasing of the people.

If we arrange our dinner or meal from any restaurant we can save our time but it is not wise from an economic view. We can get the tasty homemade food if we pay minimum time in our kitchen. 

To prepare tasty food does not mean we need to buy expensive food ingredients. We can prepare tasty foods with our own choice with the ingredients which is available everywhere and if we follow the techniques and ideas.

First of all, we need planning to get dinner with less labor. We need to know the recipe then. A schedule is also important. Maintaining cooking time is a challenge. If we make a plan in advance, we will find more time for our own.

We do not need to spend more time cooking our dinner. To save our time we need to choose easy recipes following which we can cook a tasty dinner for ourselves very fast. 

It is not necessary to give more time to cook delicious and healthy food. We should keep in mind that easy recipes do not mean we do not need to pay any time for cooking dinner for ourselves.

Rather than it means that we need to pay minimum time for the preparation of our dinner.

We need to pay attention to how we can cook good food or dinner which gives us proper carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, and other food elements.

I am ensuring you again that, we do not need to pay more time in our kitchen to process the food with all the necessary food elements for our body. We can take the necessary food elements very easily for us if we use our intellect.

I am now going to share a few recipes with you which may help you to have delicious, healthy foods spending less time in the kitchen.

I am sharing quantities of the ingredients for one. But you can also try these recipes even you are with your family. In that case, you only need to increase the quantity of ingredients.

1. SMOKY BACON POT NOODLE

The first recipe is prepared with bacon and noodles. The easy tasty recipe can be prepared easily.        

Ingredients:

  • Smoked Back Bacon-1 rasher- trimmed and chopped
  • Spring Onions- 2, Sliced Finely, Separated white and green part
  • Frozen Pea-50Gm
  • Paprika-Quarter tsp.
  • Cornflour-2 tsp.
  • Vegetable Stock-200ml
  • Straight to wok wheat noodles-150g Block
  • Splash Worcestershire Sauce

Preparation:

  1. You need to fry the bacon for a few minutes in a nonstick pan.
  2. Now you need to cook for one minute adding the white parts of spring onion, peas, and paprika.
  3. Then make a paste mixing cornflour with little of the vegetable stock.
  4. Need to stir the paste with the rest of the stock, noodles, and a good splash of Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Need to wait for a couple of minutes until thick and saucy.
  6. Now spread green parts of onion on the ready dish.

Now, your dinner is ready using the recipe. You can taste the dish.

2. SWEET POTATO BACON KALE HASH

You can try the 2nd recipe for your own. You can have a luscious dinner with bacon and vegetables.

 Ingredients:

  • Small Potato- 1, scrubbed and chopped into small cubes.
  • Sugar-free nitrate-free bacon whole 30 complaint- 3 slices-cut into bite sizes pieces.
  • Fine-grain sea salt-generous pinch
  • Smoked paprika-generous pinch
  • Kale –handful- roughly chopped
  • Egg-1
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Green onions thinly sliced.

Preparation:

  1. First of all, you need to heat the well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add the bacon pieces.
  2. Then need to cook bacon for more time to let release fat and then we will mix the chopped potato to coat with the fat.
  3. Add a pinch of salt with paprika.
  4. Need to cover the pan to let the potatoes be fried and steamed.
  5. Need to uncover the pan after one-two minutes and pay attention as the mixture is not burnt.
  6. If it is necessary adjust the heat. Covering again the pot need to cook until the bacon and potatoes are brown and soft.
  7. Now, uncover the skillet and add the kale. Then stir kale to coat with bacon fat.
  8. Add a pinch of salt and cover again to the kale be cooked.
  9. Fry the egg with bacon fat or another cooking fat in a separate pan.
  10. Then stir bacon, potatoes, and kale once again and keep into a serving dish. Keep the fried egg on the top.
  11. You can garnish with green onion, additional salt and pepper.

Your dinner is completely ready to eat. You will enjoy the dish and can feel how the ideas have helped you to taste delicious food spending minimum time. 

You are not only getting delicious dinner but you are getting healthy food. You are getting plenty of carbs and fat from potatoes and bacon.

3. MOROCCAN CHICKPEA LENTIL SOUP 

The 3rd recipe named is also known as Harira soup. The soup is naturally vegan and gluten-free.

Ingredients:

  • Red lentils- 1 cup
  • Peeled and sliced onion-1
  • Peeled and minced garlic-7 cloves
  • Chopped tomatoes-1 14 oz can
  • Cooked or canned chick peas-1 cup
  • Vegetable broth 2 ½ cups
  • Salt, peppers to taste.

You can also add

  • Coconut milk-1 cup
  • Chili or jalapeno slices
  • Parsley, coriander minced
  • Turmeric- 1 tsp.

Preparations:

  1. Heat a bit of coconut oil or if you want to cook oil-free you can heat a bit of vegetable broth.
  2. Now, add garlic, onion, chili slices, and fry for five minutes and until browned.
  3. Then add lentils, vegetable broth, chopped tomatoes, and coconut milk.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Add cooked or canned chickpeas to this pan. Cook for 5 minutes. Check the lentils to be soft.
  6. Transfer the dish into a bowl and taste it.

Now, ask yourself how tasty the dish is! Hope you will love the recipe. Moreover, you can try this recipe with meat, sour cream, beef, or lamb broth. 

The soup is full of protein. So you are getting sufficient protein with your dinner.

4. ONE-POT RATATOUILLE SPAGHETTI

The 4th recipe is one-pot ratatouille spaghetti. The recipe is vegan and gluten-free. It provides high protein and fiber.

Ingredients:

  • Olive Oil- 1 tbsp.
  • White Onion Diced-1/2
  • Minced garlic -3 Cloves
  • Diced medium courgette zucchini-1
  • Diced aubergine eggplant-1/2
  • Diced Red pepper- 1
  • Chopped tomatoes 1x400gm tin
  • Boiled water-480 ml
  • Balsamic vinegar-1tsp
  • Dried gluten-free spaghetti
  • Chopped basil-1 tbsp.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Nutritional east flakes-2tbsp

Preparation:

  1. Need to heat the olive oil first. Then cook onion, garlic, courgette, aubergine, and peppers for a few minutes. Cook until the ingredients are lightly brown.
  2. Now mix the chopped tomatoes, vinegar, water, and spaghetti. Let it be boiled and then simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Wait until the pasta is cooked and the sauce is thickened.
  4. Add and stir in the basil. Add salt, pepper to taste. Now add nutritional yeast.

The cooking is completed. Your dish is ready to eat. Trying this recipe of you can get high protein and fiber for your body.

You can prepare the food by spending a maximum of 25 minutes. 25/30 minutes is not a long time to make a delicious dish.

5. SHRIMP AND ZUCCHINI WITH LEMON AND GARLIC

You can try the dish with shrimp and zucchini to have the confidence that you can make a tasty dinner saving our time. If you want to save your time and to get delicious food you must try the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Medium zucchini-2
  • Peeled and deveined medium shrimp-3/4 pounds
  • Olive oil- 1 tbsp.
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • Minced garlic cloves-3/4
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Preparation:

  1. Spiralize the zucchini on the medium setting.
  2. Put a skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and zest to it.
  3. Add shrimp when the pan is warm. Cook the shrimp for one minute.
  4. Now add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for one minute more.
  5. Now, add the zucchini noodles. Need to stir for 2-3 minutes and let the noodles be cooked.
  6. Mix salt and pepper and add chopped parsley.

Your dish is ready to eat. Here, the main ingredients of the dish are shrimp and zucchini. Shrimp is providing you calcium, iodine, and protein. Zucchini provides you folate, potassium, and provitamin A. 

So you can have the confidence that by using the process you are not avoiding the chance of proper nutrition.

Conclusion

In my above discussion, I have tried to share my concept of how we can use easy dinner ideas & recipes for one to satisfy our stomach and proved sufficient food energy to our body.

All we know that dinner is very important for our bodies. We need to take dinner to fuel our bodies. Dinner also helps us to sleep properly.

Implying these ideas and cooking processes we can save money and time. If we eat at a restaurant we are paying not for our food only.

The restaurants also impose unseen bills on their businesses as they are serving us for their profits. 

Moreover, the foods are not always good for our health. So, the techniques also save our health.

If our cooking is pre-planned, we can cook the same food at our home with less cost and labor. If we are following easy recipes for our dinner we can cook our food with minimum time.

We need to keep in mind that to take any preparation of food before cooking will not belong as we are going to cook for one. So the ingredients are needed a small quantity and we do not need more time to arrange those.

So, we should cook by our hand avoiding taking dinner at a restaurant. We can spend less time cooking at home maintaining the process than the time which we are spending at the restaurant to eat.