The Single Girl's Guide to Cooking for One (and Loving It)

Dining solo is the ultimate test of willpower. After all, when you're only accountable to yourself, it's easy to find an excuse to forgo cooking a healthy meal and speed-dial takeout or heat up a frozen meal instead.

If you're on first-name basis with your local pizza place and use your freezer more than the fridge, it's time to step it up. Cooking for one is a skill everyone should master in their lifetime, so we turned to our favorite foodies to find out what they whip up when dining solo. 

Interestingly, one recipe was the most popular meal of choice: toast toppers. "My go-to when cooking alone is any kind of breakfast for dinner style recipe," says Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest. Laura Wright of The First Mess says gourmet toast is also perfect if you don't have time to shop. "Heartier toast is a great vehicle for singular meal cooking because it can catch all kinds of leftover small bits you have going on in the fridge."

Step up your game with these simple, single-serve recipes. Staying in has never looked so good. 

Turkish Fried Eggs in Herbed Yogurt


The Foodie: Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest 

The Recipe: Turkish Fried Eggs in Herbed Yogurt

"My go-to recipes when cooking alone are either big batch soups that I can eat leftovers of throughout the week or breakfast for dinner!" says Gerard, noting that this fragrant herb dish is among her favorites. "It's perfect for a solo dinner because it's healthy and quick to whip up—not to mention delicious!" she says.