I couldn’t even tell you how many times a week I type “healthy meals for one” into google. You do it too? Well, to save you some time, I thought I would share the best recipes I’ve tried so far, that are both easy to make after a busy day at work, but also affordable and healthy!
I’m not sure why, but I tend to be starving when I get home from work, and when I don’t have my boyfriend to cook for me (he is by far the best cook) I always struggle to put together something healthy that won’t make me hate myself a few hours later. No one wants to eat ready-to-eat meals 5 times in a row, and let’s not even mention my go-to pasta and pesto combo (carb overload) but so delicious. Hence why I’ve started to try a bunch of recipes on the internet, and let me tell you, they’re not all that great.
The biggest issue I find with cooking for myself is that there’s either too much wasted leftover, or I find it very expensive for just that one meal. So here are the healthiest, easiest and most affordable recipes for one I’ve tried so far:
Shrimp and avocado pasta:
This is by far my favorite meal. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also healthy and easy to make! This meal is about 400 calories and is full of protein.
Linguine, 1 avocado, 1/2 bag of frozen shrimps, 1 tsp of butter, 1 clove of garlic, 1/2 lemon
1. The first step is to boil your water. Add the linguine as soon as it starts boiling.
2. Whilst the water is boiling, smash the avocado into a mash and chop your garlic into small pieces.
3. Next, add butter to a hot pan. Once the butter is melted – add the garlic and the shrimps. This should take about 3 mins.
4. Once the pasta is cooked and the shrimps are pink, add in the cooked pasta and avocado to the pan. Mix well and put the mix into a bowl.
5. Just add a bit of parmesan, a grind of pepper and red pepper flakes if you have some!
Cucumber and quinoa salad
This is usually my number 1 choice when I’m not really in the mood for hot food, but still really hungry. Also a great option for all the vegetarians out there.
1 cucumber, 2 cups of quinoa, 1/3 red onion, feta cheese, basil leaves, 1/4 olive oil, 1 lime
1. This has got to be one of the easiest recipes ever but first, chop the cucumber, onion, the feta cheese, and the basil leaves into small cubes.
2. Add all of those to the quinoa, and sprinkle the mix with some lime and olive oil.
3. And finally – enjoy!
Chicken fajita wrap
Now, this is slightly more naughty, but it’s completely up to you what you decide to add to your wrap. I personally like it with chicken, peppers and a bit of cheese, but another great alternative is adding cucumber, courgettes, halloumi or even turkey.
2 tsp paprika powder, 1 breast of chicken, 2 red and green peppers, 1/2 red onion, grated mozzarella cheese, 1/4 pot of créme fraiche, 1 lime, 2 corn-based wraps, 1/2 avocado
1. Let’s first start by heating up a pan with some olive oil over medium heat and turning on your oven to heat up the wraps.
2. Whilst the pan is heating up, chop your peppers and onion and add it to the hot pan over medium heat until the peppers are soft.
3. Dice the chicken breast up, add it to the pepper and the onion. Cook the chicken thoroughly. Once the chicken is cooked add the paprika powder.
4. Whilst the chicken is cooking, cut your avocado in half and put the half with the seed in the fridge. Mash the other half into a smooth texture and add some lime. You can even make a guacamole if you wish.
5. Place two wraps in the oven for less than a minute, take them out and fill your wraps with the chicken mix. Add some avocado on top, with a tsp of créme fraiche and a bit of cheese. Yummy!
Carrot and lentil stew
This recipe is one of my all-time favorites. Its healthy, light and nutritious (and vegan may I mention). This can be a good lunch as well as a dinner option and only takes about 15 mins to cook.
1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, 2 cups red lentils, 1 tomatoes, 1 large carrot, 6 cups vegetable broth, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp black pepper, fresh cilantro, lime juice
1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, drizzle a little olive oil and saute onion and garlic for about 3 mins. Add the red lentils and the spices and vegetable broth, turn the heat up to high and bring everything to a rapid boil.
2. Once it starts boiling, turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook for about 12 to 15 minutes. The lentils should be softer.
3. Take the lentils off the heat and season with salt and pepper. Add some cilantro and drizzle with lime juice.
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