20 Single-Serving Recipes, Because Love is a Lie and We All Die Alone

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. 


Hello would you like to make food just for yourself today? You totally deserve it. Good thing I’ve got these 20 recipes for you, huh!

1. Single Lady Apple Pancake

Single Lady Apple Pancake

2. The Perfect Breakfast Sandwich

The Perfect Breakfast Sandwich

3. Shrimp Scampi For One

Shrimp Scampi For One

4. Enoki Mushroom Stir Fry

Enoki Mushroom Stir Fry

 5. Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

Microwave Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

6. Single Serving Tortilla Soup

Single Serving Tortilla Soup

7. Personal Pan Pita Pizza

Personal Pan Pita Pizza

8. Healthy Apple Crumble

Healthy Apple Crumble

9. Veggie “Sushi” Rolls

Veggie Sushi Rolls

10. Quick ‘n Easy Veggie Sausage ‘n Peppers Sandwich

Quick ‘n Easy Veggie Sausage ‘n Peppers Sandwich

11. Individual Chicken Pot Pies

Individual Chicken Pot Pies

12. Creamy pork chop with mustard and apples

Creamy pork chop with mustard and apples

13. Black Bean, Spinach, Mushroom, and Soy Chorizo Quesadilla

Black Bean, Spinach, Mushroom, and Soy Chorizo Quesadilla

14. Single Lady French Onion Soup

Single Lady French Onion Soup

15. Deep Dish Eggplant Parmesan For One

Deep Dish Eggplant Parmesan For One

16. Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Israeli Couscous


17. Delicious One Serving Chicken Breast

Delicious One Serving Chicken Breast

18. Single Serving Burrito Bowl

Single Serving Burrito Bowl

19. Egg Fried Rice

Egg Fried Rice

20. Eggless Cookie Dough for One

Eggless Cookie Dough for One

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. Can’t wait to try out that mushroom stir fry! Thank you for this! Also, the amazingness of including a single serve cookie dough recipe is unprecedented. Definitely sent that one along to some long distance besties because the struggle is real for all of us.

  2. These are awesome but because I’m a ~rebel~ I’ll probably double the portions and eat the leftovers the day after !

  3. The title of this is perfect. I laughed out loud for real. Can there be a header award like a comment award but for you?
    Also a huge thank you for giving me a list to bookmark for my midday meal ideas for the next 3 weeks, whilst I’m home alone in the daytime. There are only so many days I can eat a grilled cheese, toast, or cereal for lunch. I suck at taking care of myself.

  4. Any recipe can be a single serving if you just believe in yourself.

    I foresee that cookie dough becoming a staple in my diet soon.

  5. i read “single french lady onion soup” and i was like goddamnit they even do loneliness better than us

  6. MICROWAVE MAC N CHEESE IN A MUG??? My life is complete.

    Also, I feel like there was a missed opportunity to call it “Mug n Cheese”

  7. If my girlfriend caught me making myself single-serving cookie dough, I’m pretty sure I would be cooking for one full time.

    • I got caught making the mug n cheese for one. My punishment was watching my gf eat it. Joke’s on her though, I had one hidden for my dinner after class!

  8. This is so great and helpful! I just made the eggless cookie dough for 1…but I doubled the recipe because I’m a hungry 1.

  9. This appeals to me both as someone who is eternally single and as someone who once upon a time was writing a cookbook with cheapy single serving recipes for college students.

  10. [Today’s me:] I have a date tomorrow so I won’t need these recipes THANKS ANYWAYS

    [Two-days-from-now me:] Okay I guess I could try the one-serving chicken breast… the only breast I’ll ever be close to ever again…

    (I’m really bad at dates)

    (Also I will still make single serving food even if it goes well)

  11. An App? I hadn’t considered that. Work on the cookbook died off partially because I’m too busy, but also partly because cookbooks are an anachronism these days given all the recipe blogs (which I tried to turn the cookbook into for a bit, but I’m no blogger). Maybe when I have more time I’ll see about resurrecting the project as an app. Thank you for the idea.

    • Oh, carp. This was supposed to be replying to someone directly. Ummm… unless you are that person, kindly ignore.

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