I never lived alone in my 20’s. I went from college roomies, to post-college roomies, to living with my boyfriend, who then became my husband. It’s not a regret, per se, but I do wonder what it would have been like to be a young professional living on her own, even for just a few months.

Friends of mine who live solo love it. Their home is their sanctuary — it’s peaceful and quiet and every inch of it is exactly the way they want it.

But there is one aspect that they all seem to struggle with: cooking for one.

I don’t blame them. Grocery shopping efficiently is a challenge no matter how many mouths you’re feeding, but shopping for produce when it’s just you seems particularly tricky. You either buy a whole bunch of veggies, only to have half of them go bad by the weekend, or you scale back, committing yourself to eating the same thing every day. So what’s a home cook to do?

We’d love to hear your tips on how you handle this modern woman’s conundrum, but in the meantime, we’re sharing 8 recipes below that we think are perfect dinners for one. Bon appĂ©tit!

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Sheet Pan Spring Veggie Bowl with Yogurt and Herb Dressing

Baked Pesto Salmon with Broccolini

Kale Sourdough Panzanella

Sunday Night Avocado Toast with a Jammy Egg

Salmon, Cucumber and Grapefruit Detox Salad

Halibut en Papillote

Hummus, Greens and Avocado Bowl

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    Michelle | May 13, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    YUM. Needed these, my roommate has been out of town and I’ve been cooking just for me most nights this week. I learned how to cook fish en Papillote at a cooking class last year and was surprised by how easy and healthy it was!

    • Camille Styles | May 14, 2020 at 6:40 am

      I love that recipe, and haven’t made it in ages… thanks for the reminder, perfect weekend dinner idea!

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    Hannah Zahner | May 13, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Excited to try a couple of these! While I’m a married lady, I’m married to a man who’d sometimes rather to eat a box of mac & cheese & ya girl’s gotta have some veggies.

    • Camille Styles | May 14, 2020 at 6:39 am

      Many of us feel your pain, HZ… sometimes, Adam orders a takeout burger and I’m actually excited that I have an excuse to eat a roasted sweet potato for dinner 🙂

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