Cooking in the time of Corona: 39 Recipes for Lockdown Solo Cooking

Almost everything I share on Eat Like a Girl has been cooked for one. I cook mainly for myself, and I do every day, at least once. I am a social being, but my flat is very small with no dining table (some day!) and so I rarely entertain at home. I so look forward to the day that I can though.

I know that many people are self isolating at home alone right now and I wanted to provide some recipe inspiration for you, or a starting point at least. While I almost always cook for one, I usually cook a little extra so that I can have leftovers to have with an egg the next day, or convert into something tasty for another meal. If you are cooking for two these will double up well and easily. 

Most recipes here require no kitchen kit as such. Everything is accessible and easy to recreate. All you need is a chopping board, a good knife, a wooden spoon and a pan to cook in. Everything else is a bonus and you can add that as you go. I did.

Start here, and then head up to the search box in the top right and search by ingredient. The categorisation here is a little crude, there are eggs outside the egg section, and meatballs outside the meatball section. There are 13 years of recipes on here and I have my favourite things to eat which I do variations on over and again. And many more recipes to come. 

I share recipes most days on Instagram stories too, many of which never make it to here. So please do follow over on instagram if you are on there! There are many recipes in my instagram feed too –

Previous Cooking in the Time of Corona articles: 

9 Recipes for Homemade Bread, Flatbreads and Pizza

17 Easy Recipes for Handmade Pasta and Dried Pasta


I love tofu and it is a perfect quick light bite, so it is included here more than once. If you have been unimpressed with tofu this far, try these. It is a superb ingredient and a perfect store cupboard back up. Fresh tofu has a reasonably long shelf life too. Egg and chips gets a makeover here too. 

Masala Fries and a Perfect Fried Egg

Use potato or sweet potato, and have as many eggs as you have, need, or like!

Salt & Pepper Tofu

A lot of pepper, yes. You may want less! You can dust these with cornflour, rice flour, potato starch, or regular flour. Cornflour and rice flour make them crispier, potato starch has a bit of crisp and a lot of stretch. All three are gluten-free. 

Agedashi Tofu (Japanese Fried Tofu with Dashi)

I love this dish so much. Crisp, fluffy and gorgeous deep flavour in the broth. 


Perfectly soothing and infinitely adaptable, from flavour-packed frugal dal to quick stress-free gorgeous pastas. 

Lemon and Coconut Tadka Dal

Sunshine in a bowl, especially important when the sun is or is not shining outside. You know what I mean. 

Ham Hock, Butter Bean and Cabbage Soup Recipe

A ham hock is a terrific frugal ingredient. Make broth with the bones, eat the meat. Inexpensive and a perfect partner for beans and cabbage. 

Crown Prince Squash, Ginger and Coriander Soup (and TEN other favourite soup recipes for you!)

Not just one soup recipe, but 11. Any pumpkin, squash or even carrot will do. 

Pasta with ‘Nduja, Oregano and a Crispy Egg

‘Nduja is a spicy spreadable Calabrian pork sausage that is a perfect instant sauce for pasta. See also: prawns, chicken etc. 

Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)

Nourishing and soothing and a close relative of everyones favourite pasta e fagioli


You know how much I love my eggs and really they deserve their own list. I will be sharing a list of brunch recipes soon too so keep an eye out for it.

Crispy Parmesan Eggs with Wild Garlic Pesto

You may be one of the lucky people living near wild tufts of wild garlic right now. If you are not, you can substitute regular pesto. 

‘Nduja Ragu with Eggs

Got no ‘nduja? Chorizo or sausages will do nicely here. 

Saltimbocca Alla Romana, Brunch Style

Indulge yourself, and use a pork chop or minute steak if veal is elusive. 


Beans are the ultimate store cupboard ingredient. I generally batch cook them and freeze them in 250g amounts, which is the equivalent of a drained tin. They last for a long time in your cupboard, and I always have lots. I cook them regularly anyway but they really come into their own in a time like this. 

White Beans with Black Pudding, Sage and Radicchio

Any white bean will do and black pudding is not only gorgeous, it is super nutritious, so get involved. 

Mexican Style Black Beans with Chorizo

Chorizo or sausage or do without, these beans will still be fabulous. 

Egyptian Style Falafel with Lemon Tahini Dressing

Broad beans over chickpeas here, but you can use chickpeas too. 

Spiced Chickpeas with Cauliflower, Red Pepper & Kale

Chickpeas or any other beans. Cabbage over kale. Whatever you have. 


Because we all love pie. Right? 

Chicken Curry Pie

Put your chicken curry in a pie. Shop bought pastry or homemade. Whatever works. 

Miso Beef Cottage Pie

Next level cottage pie. Try it with gojuchang (Korean fermented chilli paste) instead of miso too. 


These are a few of my favourite things. The individual toad in the hole is one of the most popular recipes on Eat Like a Girl at the moment.

Tomato and Paprika Braised Sausages with Charred Lettuce

Cabbage or kale works if lettuce is elusive. 

Individual Toad in the Hole

Because you know you deserve it. Try also with pumpkin in place of sausage for a veggie alternative, wrap the pumpkin with bacon too, or try cooking chorizo in place of the sausage. 

Braised sausages with Potatoes & Puy Lentils

Brown lentils, black lentils, any lentil that will hold their shape. Pasta works instead of potatoes, but adjust the cooking times accordingly. 


Speedy, filling and fabulous. I use rice noodles, but you can use whatever noodle you want, even spaghetti. 

Chicken Rice Noodles with Peanuts, Chilli & Coriander

Make extra and have it the next day with an egg. 

Rice Noodles with Chilli Pork & Peanuts

Minced beef works too! 

Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles (with Prawns)

Try tahini if you have finished all the peanut butter or just prefer it. 


Get a bag of kimchi in your fridge and gift yourself instant flavour and gorgeousness. Chilli fermented cabbage may sound curious if you have never had it before, but it is so good and it is very nutritious. Kimchi makes very speedy pancakes and is a friend of many things, especially pork and beef. 

Kimchi Pancakes

These are so gorgeous and so fast. Perfect all day breakfast. 

Kimchi Pork Sesame Meatballs

Beef works well too, of course! Or chicken. 

Kimchi Jjigae (Korean Kimchi, Pork & Tofu Stew)

You can substitute the pork with beef or chicken, or leave it out. It will still be lovely. 


There are many curry recipes on this site, but chicken curry is a thing of great comfort and I know we all crave them. These two are light and bright. 

Cardamom and Turmeric Chicken Curry

More a serving for two but I never make curry for one even though strictly speaking I almost always am as the leftovers are so good! Have them on toast for breakfast, trust me! Or for lunch. 

Kapitan Chicken (Malay Turmeric Chicken Curry)

The same rules as above for this. I learned this recipe in Malaysia and it is gorgeous. 


Minced beef or pork in your freezer? Get involved! Lamb chops are wonderful and deserve an airing too. 

Lemon, fennel and chilli pork meatballs

Substitute accordingly – chicken works well too. 

Beef and Chorizo Meatballs, Egg, Basil

If chorizo is elusive, use chilli. 

Harissa Lamb Chops with Wild Garlic Crumb

You can use pork chops, or even chicken breast. This is just an idea (and a delicious one). No wild garlic? Use regular garlic for the crumb. 


I always have prawns in my freezer, they are an excellent speedy nutritious option. Two speedy ideas for them here, and lots more on the site beyond these. 

Coconut and Coriander Prawns with Pumpkin

Pumpkin, squash, carrot, whatever you have to hand. 

15 Minute Lemongrass Prawn Patties

No lemongrass? Use ginger, garlic, whatever aromatics you have to hand. 

Sesame Crusted Tuna Fish Fingers

Use whatever fish fillet you have. 


These aren’t strictly speaking for one, but one portion is never enough, and we all absolutely need a treat right now. You can leave alcohol out and substitute with cream where referenced. 

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter

Make this and drop it to your friends. They will be so happy! 

Chocolate and Olive Oil Mousse with Sea Salt

Silky and luxurious. 

Chocolate & Cardamom Mousse

No cardamom? Use ginger (spice).

Boozy Raspberry Chocolate Brownies

Booze is optional, chocolate is not. I will be sharing a recipe for Brownies for One (or Two) soon also.

Bourbon Bacon Chocolate Truffles

Proper grown up truffles. Trust me! 



Written by Niamh
Cooking and travelling, and sharing it all with you.