Easy Dinners That Make One Serving

Do you ever eat kitchen scraps for days on end because you just can’t go to work AND cook?  This happened to me a couple weeks ago, and on one night, I felt pretty good because the blueberry granola I ate matched the blueberry Eggo waffles I toasted up next.  On the side I had a bowl of frozen mixed vegetables.  Delicious.

I finally went to Kroger this past Saturday morning, but before that I spent several hours paging through Google results for “meals that make one serving.”  Sometimes I wonder if I will read the whole Internet in the process of writing this blog.  Anyway, I thought having more options I could throw together without having to portion leftovers into containers and do a bunch of cleaning afterward would lead to fewer scrap dinners.  Here’s what I came up with…

Strawberry and Avocado Quesadillas (adapted from Shape magazine)


  • 4-5 strawberries
  • 1 10-inch flour tortilla
  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • Shredded cheddar or jack cheese
  • Fresh lime or lime juice
  • Salt
  • Small piece red onion

quesadilla ingredients


  • Dice the avocado, strawberries, and red onion.
  • Combine them in a small bowl with a squeeze of lime juice and a pinch of salt.  Try not to gag if you realize you still associate lime 100% with tequila.
  • Spread the mixture across half of the tortilla and sprinkle with cheese.
  • Fold the tortilla in half and cook in a skillet for about three minutes on each side, until cheese is melted.  Top with any remaining strawberry/avocado mixture.

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic, Tomatoes, and Basil


  • Angel hair pasta (1 serving is 1/8 of a standard-size box, but I use a little more than that…)
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • A couple fresh basil leaves or 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh sausage (optional)



  • Set a small pot of salted water on the stove to boil.
  • If you’re incorporating sausage, heat a saute pan to medium-high and cook it until fully browned, using a wooden spoon to crumble as you go.  Remove from heat.
  • Drop the pasta into the water once it boils.
  • Angel hair pasta only takes about 5 minutes to cook.  When it has two minutes left, return the saute pan to medium heat and add the cherry tomatoes and garlic.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the pan along with the basil.  Cook for two minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Top with Parmesan and serve.

Foil Pack Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots


  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Small handful baby carrots
  • 1 potato
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Honey


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Spread a piece of aluminum foil across a cookie sheet and grease with cooking spray.
  • Peel the potato if desired and cut into bite-size pieces.
  • Mix 1 part honey to 3 parts balsamic vinegar in a small bowl.  1 tablespoon of honey to 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar will be plenty.
  • Spread the potato and carrots onto the foil, brush with the sauce, place the chicken breast on top of the vegetables, and repeat.
  • Cover with another piece of foil and fold all four edges over to make a tightly sealed packet.

foil pack chicken

  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Poke holes in the packet with a fork or knife to release steam before fully tearing it open, then plate and enjoy.

foil pack chicken 2

Happy Friday!  I’m glad to be heading to Florida to visit Adam today – I haven’t really taken vacation since the holidays, and the low in Columbus is 25 degrees this weekend.  Have a good one, and I hope the recipes are helpful. 😉


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