Healthy Meals for One

Making healthy meals for one can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be. The trick is to keep meals simple and fresh. All of these things add up to a nice meal that is easy to make and tastes so good that you won't mind cooking for one.


For breakfast, cook up a pan of turkey bacon on the weekend and store the bacon in the refrigerator during the week. Though unconventional, bacon and tomato sandwiches on whole wheat toast with a sprinkle of pepper are a delicious breakfast. A yogurt parfait is a quick, easy and portable breakfast. Use plain Greek yogurt, frozen berries, granola and a drizzle of honey or agave syrup.


A caprese salad makes a light, fresh lunch. To make this, alternate slices of mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes on a plate. Garnish with slices of fresh basil and a bit of olive oil. Balsamic vinegar is also good on this salad. Sandwiches are always an easy meal to put together and the combination possibilities are endless. A fresh, healthy sandwich can by made with whole grain bread, sweet onions, tomato and cucumber slices with a dash of pepper.


Dinner can be as simple as a pasta dish with marinara sauce. To bulk up store-bought marinara, add a few diced peppers, onions and some mushrooms. Sprinkle with a small amount of freshly ground cheese and chopped basil. Stir-fry is a dish that is versatile and cooks up quickly. Use shrimp, chicken or tofu and then add any kind of veggies. Broccoli, peppers, carrots and mushrooms are all good in stir-fry. Use a teriyaki or stir-fry sauce found in the grocery store and cook a side of instant brown rice.

These are just a few ideas. Cooking for one does not have to be a chore; by thinking ahead, quick, simple meals can be delicious and wholly satisfying.

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