Quick and Easy Meals for one – some simple dishes to have for lunch, breakfast or dinner

After reading a great article in WELL BEING – EAT WELL I just had to share a couple of great ideas for simple meals that carry you thru any meal time. Sometimes cooking for one can be a lonely task and so easy to prepare a large meal and eat over the days ahead.  Not that the big soup, casserole or curry is a bad alternative but good to have a few recipes to whip up when you are inspired.



Savoury Cauliflower and Chickpea Pancakes by Keira Rumble

  • 1/2 cup cauliflower flour
  • 1/2 cup besan flour / chickpea flour
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 large handful baby spinach
  • 1 large handful fresh herbs
  • pinch sea salt and cracked pepper
  • 300 ml water
  • 1 tabs coconut oil for frying
  1. Blitz all pancake ingredients together until thick batter consistency
  2. Let sit for 30 mins or overnight in fridge
  3. Heat pan over medium heat and add coconut oil
  4. Pour in  the batter and cook like a pancake – put aside and cook remaining

You can fill with cherry tomatoes, salad greens, pesto, sprouts and seeds

I thought:

  • Roasted pumpkin sprinkled with cumin, rocket and a drizzle of Greek yoghurt topped with coriander or mint
  • Marinated chicken thigh (use sriracha chili , olive oil, cracked pepper) – grill along with strips of capsicum and purple onion

Shakshuka by Keira Rumble

You could make double batch – leave in the fridge – crack the eggs and cheese into the dish just before cooking

  • 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 bunch kale
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 x 400 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400 can tin tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 1-2 eggs
  • 50 gr goats cheese (you could use feta)
  • 1/4 bunch parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red chilli, roughly chopped
  1. Pre-heat oven to 200
  2. Fry onions in a pan over medium heat for 5 mins, add kale and saute for 5 mins, add garlic and cook 1 min
  3. Add beans, tomato and spices and cook for 10 mins
  4. If the pan is overproof – make little wells and crack eggs in
  5. Sprinkle over goats cheese and bake for 15 mins
  6. Sprinkle with parsley and chilli and ENJOY

Broccolini with Tofu, Chilli and Peanuts

  • 150 gr tofu, drained
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • 3 bunches broccolini, trimmed
  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 30 gr roasted unsalted peanuts
  • salt and pepper to taste

Drain tofu on paper towel to extract as much liquid as possible, crumble tofu on plate

Heat 1 tsp oil in wok, add tofu and cook until golden and crispy – remove and set aside

Add remaining oil, add garlic, ginger and chilli for 30 secs , add broccolini and stir fry for 3-4 mins

Add soy sauce and tofu and toss to coat

Transfer to serving platter and sprinkle with peanuts and extra chilli


These dishes look tasty and enjoyable

Perfect quick dishes for one and the family