I don't know about you, but my personal belief is that living a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. You don't have to eliminate all of your favorite "junk" foods to be healthy or lose weight! Enjoying them in moderation is key. Which is why I have compiled a few single serving recipes of typical comfort foods we often crave. Hopefully by trying some of these recipes, you can satisfy that craving you've been having and get back to some more wholesome fruits and veggies ;)
Keep in mind: these recipes aren't necessarily meant to be "healthy," instead they are made in smaller portions to enjoy as an occasional treat.
Single Serving Savory Recipes
Mac & Cheese
- 2 oz (about 3/4 cup) uncooked whole wheat macaroni or other pasta
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 tsp flour
- 1/4 cup 1% milk
- 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 oz (about 1/2 cup lightly packed) shredded gouda cheese
- tiny pinch cayenne pepper, or more depending on heat preference
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 Tbsp whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
- 1/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
- Melt butter in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Whisk in the flour for 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking constantly, until smooth & thickened, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat. Add in the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and gouda; whisk until melted and smooth. Season to taste with cayenne, salt, and pepper.
- Toss the pasta with the cheese sauce and spoon into an individual oven-proof bowl or dish.
- Toss panko breadcrumbs, olive oil, and a tiny pinch of Kosher salt together in a small bowl; scatter evenly over the top of the pasta.
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese sauce is bubbling and the breadcrumb topping is crisp and golden.
Pizza Dough (Free to top as you desire!)
- ½ cup bread flour
- ¼ cup warm tap water (minus 1 TBS)
- ½ tsp olive oil
- ¼ tsp bread machine or rapid rise yeast
- ¼ tsp sugar
- Salt *see note
- Turn your oven on for a few minutes then turn it off -this is the warm (but not hot) place you will keep your dough to rise.
- Add the flour, yeast, oil and sugar to a heat safe bowl. Get warm tap water or warm some in the microwave. You want it to be about the temperature you would feel safe giving to a baby! Add half of the water to the mixture and stir. It should start to combine. Continue to slowly add the water and continue to mix until it comes together. You will most likely not need the whole ¼ cup of water. *See note on salt now.
- Put a little bit of flour on your counter and work/knead your dough so that it forms a good dough ball. You may need more flour or more water to get the consistency just right.
- Place the ball back into the heat safe bowl you mixed it in. Loosely cover it with plastic wrap so that air will not dry out the ball but it won't restrict the ball from rising. Place the bowl in warmed oven for about 30 minutes.
- Once dough has doubled in size, it is ready for use.
*Note: It is important to remember that salt deactivates yeast, but is an important flavor component in bread. Since this is such a small amount of dough, there is no good measurement. Put a little salt in the palm of your hand and sprinkle it into the mixture once the yeast has been mixed a bit.
Single Serving Sweet Recipes
Chocolate Brownie (in a mug!)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp cocoa
- Pinch of salt
- Tiny pinch of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tbsp canola oil or vegetable oil (NOT extra virgin olive oil, it's too strongly flavored)
- 1 to 2 drops vanilla extract
- 1 small scoop of ice cream or 1 or 2 teaspoons heavy whipping cream to serve
- Place flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in a microwave safe ceramic mug. Stir with a fork or spoon to mix well and break up any clumps.
- Add the oil, water, and vanilla to the cup and stir until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
- Place in microwave and heat on high until the mixture is cooked through, about a 1 minute and 40 seconds for a 1000 watt microwave. You may have to experiment and adjust the time for less or more powerful microwaves. If you don't know the power level on your microwave, start with 60 seconds and increase until the brownie is done. It should still be moist when cooked through, not dry.
- Let cool for a minute and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a teaspoon or two of whipping cream poured over.
- ½ cup berries or fruit of choice
- 2 tbsp oatmeal
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp brown sugar, slightly packed
- 1½ tbsp softened butter
- pinch of salt
- pinch of baking soda
- a couple drops of vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place berries/fruit In a ramekin or other small baking dish
- In a separate bowl, Mix all other ingredients....oatmeal, flour, sugar, butter, salt, baking soda, and vanilla. Use your hand or a fork to make sure all ingredients are incorporated well.
- Sprinkle oatmeal mixture evenly over berries/fruit.
- Place ramekin on a baking dish (just in case it boils over a little bit) and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until topping is beginning to lightly brown.
Give these recipes a try and enjoy yourself a little! Living a healthy lifestyle is not about JUST eating whole foods; we all deserve a treat sometimes.