When it comes to cooking for yourself, it’s difficult to find the inspiration or motivation to make a meal of substance. Takeout, frozen foods, and ad hoc bowls of stale cereal become a crutch and an inevitable norm—one we’re especially keen on changing.

Because your meals deserve to be more than just an afterthought, we took it upon ourselves to source the single-serving recipes you’ll be excited to make, especially after a long day at the office. Read on for the best dishes you can make for yourself, sans being left with a week’s worth of leftovers.

Courtesy of Foodie Crush Photography by @HOMEGOODS

Asparagus and Mushroom Frittata With Goat Cheese

Breakfast for dinner is always a great option, and this savory goat cheese frittata from Foodie Crush is the sort of midweek indulgence we all deserve.

Courtesy of Kayla Itsines

Summer Salad Recipe

Make the most of the season’s fresh produce with this colorful summer salad by Kayla Itsines, which features a homemade lemon chia dressing.

Photography by Alex Lau Photography by @HM_HOME

Lamb Chops with Tomato Salad

For those nights when you feel like treating yourself, Bon Appetit’s saucy lamb chops—garnished with pistachios, no less—are the way to go.

Photography by Ty Mecham Photography by DOMINO.COM

Epic Cobb Salad for One

This hearty, loaded salad—bacon, blue cheese, and chicken thighs to boot—is perfect for when you want to eat healthily but also splurge on the calories as well.

Courtesy of Salt and Lavender Photography by @BEDBATHANDBEYOND

Truffled Mushroom Naan Pizza

Switch things up with this veggie-friendly rendition of homemade pizza from Salt and Lavender, featuring a naan crust and a 25-minute cook/prep time.

Courtesy of My Diary of Us Photography by URBANOUTFITTERS.COM

Easy Single-Serving Veggie Ramen Bowls

My Diary of Us’s ginger-, mushroom-, and spinach-based ramen bowl is the ideal make-ahead recipe for workweek lunches.

Courtesy of A Calculated Whisk Photography by @MACYS

Pan-Seared Salmon with Capers and Baby Artichokes

A 20-minute dinner that’s protein-rich and satisfying is hard to come by. A Calculated Whisk’s clever pairing of baked artichokes and seared salmon might just become your weeknight go-to.

Courtesy of Will Cook for Friends Photography by @CB2

Baked Sweet Potato & Egg Breakfast Boats

One sweet potato, two eggs, fresh cilantro, and a spicy splash of Sriracha are basically all you need for this foolproof recipe for one.

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