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7 Meal Ideas For a Party of 1

At this point in your life, you have certainly undergone many changes that have had an impact on the way you eat. Your family may have moved out, friends may have moved away, your tastes and appetite may be different, or you have so much downtime that you don’t think your body needs as much fuel as it once did. However, skipping a meal is still not a good idea.

Your body still needs nutrition, at the very least 1,600 to 2,000 calories daily. And though eating alone is far from mentally and emotionally ideal, you can still enjoy it. Here are 7 meal ideas to try that can bring joy back into your daily diet!

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Carrot Cake Smoothie

Not only is this concoction healthy, but it has many spices that’ll awaken your taste buds. It’s the perfect meal disguised as a drink!

carrot cake smoothie

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Cranberry, Orange, Pecan Granola

Don’t tell your body this, but this breakfast/snack is good for your digestive system, cholesterol, blood sugar, heart health, and more! Plus, it’s fun to eat. Try it with your favorite yogurt flavors.

Cranberry Pecan Granola

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Salmon and Asparagus in Foil

One reason you may be skipping meals is that you don’t want to bother with the prep work of fixing something for just one person. Well, this 5-ingredient meal is ready in less than 30 minutes. Best part? No need to scrub any pans, all you need is foil.

salmon asparagus
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Linguine Shrimp and White Wine

Just because you’re dining alone doesn’t mean you can’t get fancy. In 2 steps and 20 minutes, you’ll have a meal even Gordon Ramsey would enjoy.

linguine shrimp

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Simple Lemon Herb Chicken

What’s in a name? Well, simple is one thing, but it’s also healthy. More importantly, you can easily choose what herbs, spices, and accouterments to make it your own. It’s like your very own food baby!

Lemon herb chicken

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Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Peanuts

Want to kick it up a notch? Try sautéing this delicious, Asian-inspired delight. Tasty, textured, and timely made in 15 minutes.

Chicken Stir-Fry with Peanuts

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Mediterranean Grain Salad

For a “salad”, this one takes awhile to prepare (20-30 minutes). But it’s completely worth the colorful array of ingredients that blend seamlessly. Take time to savor every flavor and texture this meal serves up.

Mediterranean Grain Salad

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Have fun with these recipes, and share with friends. All of these meals can easily be made to serve more!

Do you have a recipe of your own that’s perfect for a party of 1? Share in the comment section.

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