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16 delicious recipes that are perfect for one or two people

Don't exhaust your brain by trying to half, third or quarter recipes when cooking alone, just use one of these simple ideas for one or two! Ideal for small households, these dishes will make life oh-so-easy.

By Harriet Keown
  • 1

    Chicken breast with romesco sauce

    The great thing about chicken breast is that it will soak up whatever flavours you throw at it. Here, it’s coated in balsamic vinegar, pan-fried and drizzled in romesco, the classic Spanish roasted red pepper sauce.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 2

    Prawn and ginger noodles for one

    Do your chopping while watching the news and in the ad break, fry it up! These noodles are so quick to cook and delicious to eat, and they suit the “dinner for one” approach as they work best cooked in a single portion.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 3

    Salmon omelette with crispy capers

    Rise and shine with this delicious omelette recipe. The combination of tender hot smoked salmon, creamy feta and crispy capers is the perfect filling for this tried-and-true breakfast favourite


  • 4

    Lamb chop with spinach bean purée

    We truly love how simple winter recipes can get and this one is the perfect case in point – a juicy steak atop a hearty bean and spinach purée. Just divine! It's such an ideal meal to whip up when cooking alone.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 5

    Buddha bowl

    Do you need a dose of green goodness? Assembling this fresh Buddha bowl is a simple dinner fix for any weeknight meal.


  • 6

    Roast chicken for one

    To me, dinner is dinner, and if I want roast chicken with all the trimmings, that’s what I’ll have. Here's my pared-down version of a full roast chicken - there’s stuffing and gravy, vegetables and roasties, and just enough for one!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

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    Oh!-mega salmon burgers

    The combination of salmon with beetroot and watercress in these burgers make them a flavour bomb!

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 8

    Breakfast salad with poached egg and kale pesto

    Get your 5+ a day in your first meal with this delightfully colourful breakfast salad! Served with poached eggs and our tasty kale pesto, this truly is a breakfast of champions.

    Woman's Day (NZ edition)|

  • 9

    Steak and chips

    The real hero on this plate is the roasted capsicum sauce that transforms a simple steak dinner into something quite special.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 10

    Spicy dumpling miso soup

    This deliciously fresh Asian inspired miso dumpling soup is perfect for dinner tonight - packed with bags of flavour and just the right amount of kick!

    Australian Women's Weekly|

  • 11

    The perfect omelette recipe

    Omelettes are the quintessential French dish, something simple yet sublime. Add a handful of fresh herbs, a shaving of truffle, a couple of sautéed mushrooms or some grated cheese to finish

    New Zealand Taste|

  • 12

    Sesame pork with tamarillo and ginger chutney

    When looking for a savoury option for tamarillos, I always turn to pork. The soft tartness of the fruit pairs well with crisp, juicy pork. This is a simple dinner dish perfect for a chilly winter night.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|

  • 13

    Tuna tabbouleh

    This recipe is so fast and easy! Great for a simple dinner or quick lunch.

    Australian Women's Weekly|

  • 14

    Make-at-work microwave scrambled eggs on toast

    Make your next meal at work a little more exciting with this microwave scrambled eggs recipe. A must-know for anyone in an office, this budget-friendly lunch is perfect served on toast with avocado


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    Venison, mushroom and kumara topped pie

    The venison in this pie gives it a wonderfully rich flavour - pair it with a salad for a lighter option. Photography by Todd Eyre.

    New Zealand Woman's Weekly|