If you are a household of one, you know the difficulties of cooking for yourself. Most recipes serve four or more people. So if you don’t take the time to cut each one in half or quarter, you’re left with a mountain of scraps. This may be fine on the second or third day, but eating leftovers that have been warmed up all week gets old.
That’s why we want to help. These five meal plans celebrate you, the solo chef, and ensure that you don’t get bored with dinner (or breakfast or lunch) until the middle of the week.
1. How to prepare Mediterranean diet meals for a week
This weeklong meal plan celebrates both the Mediterranean diet and the solo chef. It prepares you for a week of breakfast, lunch and dinner that are anything but boring and totally comfortable, including a Salmon stir-fry with chickpeas and vegetables, Mediterranean quinoa salad, toasted granola, and more.
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2. How to prepare a week with simple meals for one in just 2 hours
This meal plan is designed to prove that preparing a meal doesn’t have to mean boiling a large pot of chilli on a Sunday and reheating servings throughout the week. You will get Lasagne rolls or rolled lasagna, baked salmon, Fried Chicken Tacosand more from that two hour session.
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3. How to prepare a week of simple, satisfying meals for one
4. A week of simple dinners for one
This plan walks you through a variety of recipes that are easy to downsize for solo chefs. It also uses ingredients for multiple meals, and comes with some smart, freezer-friendly tips.
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5. How to prepare simple meals for a week in just over an hour a week
The strategy here is to start with a great basic recipe that includes a protein and a versatile vegetable. This way you can reuse the leftovers to make another easy and quick “new” meal with just a few extra ingredients.
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6. How to prepare meals for a week in just over an hour
Pesto zoodles, stuffed sweet potatoes, chicken and rice soup and much more are just around the corner in this colorful menu. What’s even better is that you only need to cook minimally on weekdays (think about 15 minutes maximum).
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