Cooking for One Made Easy and Delicious

Cooking for One Made Easy and Delicious

It can be tough to cook homemade meals when you live alone. You can either do complicated division to cut recipes down to size, or you can make multi-portion meals and eat the leftovers for a week. However, it doesn’t have to be this difficult to make delicious and nutritious food for your party of one. Here are some great recipes designed with your living situation in mind.

Pesto Pita Pizza
Try saying that name five times fast! This recipe is perfect for one person and takes just minutes to make. You can mix up the ingredients to recreate your favorite type of pizza pie.


  • 1 whole-wheat pita
  • 2 Tbsp. pesto
  • Handful baby spinach leaves
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 Tbsp. mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese

Heat the oven to 400 F. Arrange the pita on a baking sheet, then spread the pesto on the bread. Layer spinach on top of the pesto. Top your miniature pizza with tomatoes, mushrooms, feta and mozzarella.

Place the baking sheet in the over and bake your pie for 20 minutes. Let the pizza cool for a minute before cutting into quarters and eating.

Shrimp Scampi
Many people love shrimp scampi, but you may not want to make it at home if you’re going to end up with enough food for everyone in your retirement community. Luckily, this recipe cuts the portion down to the perfect one-person meal.


  • 2 oz. uncooked spaghetti
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 6 de-veined, frozen shrimp
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 Tbsp. cream
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese for garnish

Bring a pot of water to a boil over medium-high heat. When the water is boiling, add the pasta to the pot. Cook per the directions or until the pasta reaches the desired consistency.

While the pasta cooks, melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp, shallots and garlic to the butter and cook for 4 minutes or until the shrimp are pink.

Add the cream, pepper flakes, salt and pepper to the pan. Cook for 1 additional minute so the sauce reduces.

When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it, saving 1/4 cup of the water to lighten the sauce. Mix the shrimp, sauce, pasta and water together. Top the dish with fresh Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Fresh Burrito Bowls
In the mood for something a little spicier? A burrito bowl might hit the spot. This recipe uses fresh ingredients, so it’s a lot healthier than anything you’ll get at a fast-food restaurant.

Ingredients for the bowl

  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1 Tbsp. chicken broth
  • Sprinkle of cumin
  • Sprinkle of cayenne
  • Sprinkle of garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped lettuce
  • 3 oz. cooked chicken breast, sliced
  • 1/4 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced

Ingredients for the sauce

  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp. chipotle paste
  • 1/4 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • Salt to taste

In a microwave-safe bowl, mix together the black beans, chicken broth, cumin, cayenne and garlic. Place the bowl in the microwave, and cook for 45 seconds until warm.

Layer the lettuce in the bottom of your serving plate, then scoop the bean mixture on top. Spread the chicken, tomatoes and avocado slices over the bowl.

To make the chipotle sauce, simply mix together all the ingredients. Stir them well, then drizzle the sauce over your prepared bowl. Enjoy your fresh burrito bowl!

Avocado Strawberry Salad
One meal that’s easy to make in single portions is salad! Don’t bore your taste buds with a tradition garden variety, though. Use this recipe for an avocado, strawberry and spinach salad.


  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 1 oz. crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds

Simply toss together the ingredients and transfer into a bowl. Top your salad with your favorite dressing – poppy seed or balsamic varieties are good choices – and enjoy!