15 Quick Dinner Recipes for One

Cooking solo and need dinner fast? Here are quick dinner recipes for one that get you from zero to dinnertime in a flash.

Quick dinner recipes for one

Okay, we get it. You’re short on time some nights — and so are we! It’s hard to get a delicious, nutritious meal on the table, especially if you’re tight on time! So Alex and I have cooked up some lightning fast quick dinner recipes for one, for nights where you’re cooking solo and don’t have a moment to spare. Some of these aren’t even really “recipes,” they’re more like ideas! Feel free to customize them to make them your own, based on what’s on hand in your pantry. Luckily, most of the recipes below have a healthy spin too! So you’ll be nourished in the handful of minutes you have to meal prep.

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Egg tacos

Quick Egg Tacos (& More Dinner Recipes for One!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 tacos 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

You won’t believe the flavor in these fast and easy egg tacos! The vegetarian “taco meat” filling works for any meal of the day.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 taco-sized flour tortillas or corn tortillas
  • Pico de gallo or salsa fresca
  • 1 handful thinly sliced red onion
  • Torn cilantro leaves
  • Hot sauce

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the 4 eggs. Add the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and kosher salt, and whisk until combined.
  2. In a skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the eggs and cook over medium low heat, scraping as the eggs solidify, about 3 to 4 minutes total. As you scrape, they’ll start to form together into a meat-like texture. Don’t scrape too much or you’ll make too small of pieces: just enough for that it comes together! 
  3. If time, warm and char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. (See How to Warm Tortillas.)
  4. Top with salsa fresca (drain extra liquid before serving), thin sliced red onions, torn cilantro leaves, and hot sauce.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican Inspired

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Jessie Slack
    April 20, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    The omelette recipe from your book is our favourite super quick dinner!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 21, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      That makes our day! We’re so glad to hear it. That one is indeed lightning fast too! Thanks for cooking from our book!

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