Recipes for one

You may have already discovered that the vast majority of recipes are written for 2, 4, 6 or even 8 people. Not exactly helpful when you are mostly cooking for one. This website only has recipes for one which makes life much simpler.

When I first started trying to cook one of my early discoveries was that there were a lot of things to do at once and mistakes frequently happened. Reluctantly I conceded that the solution was to write everything down in great detail. Things then became much easier. The recipes here are all based on my notes, mistakes, frustrations and delight when things worked out well.

What makes my recipes different?

My recipes for one do not contain loose terms such as “a splash of”, “a handful of” or “add some”. The amount of each item is listed along with a step by step guide and timed list of actions so you know exactly what to do when. They even include the tools that you need along with the ingredients and lots of tips.

All of the recipes are simple and use shortcuts that work such as gravy pots rather than trying to making everything from scratch. I’m also a fan of some cook-in sauces and state the brands and varieties that I enjoy.  Not all cook-in sauces are great – especially very cheap ones.

How to use a recipe sheet

Each My Inherited Kitchen recipes for one fits onto a single A4 piece of paper. If you see a recipe you like, print it. Struggling with sticky iPads is not a good idea – whatever people tell you. Follow the recipe and have a pen nearby so you can make any changes or notes directly onto the recipe sheet. If you plan to cook the dish again put the recipe sheet into an A4 folder that you keep in the kitchen. You now have the start of your very own set of recipes.  If you don’t do this I guarantee that within a week or two you will forget how to cook it even if you liked it! Of course you could have another folder for the “I didn’t like this” recipes just to make sure.

Start with about 5 dishes, get confident with them and even make your own changes and additions creating your own recipes for one. Please tell me if you have re-created something exceptional so that we can all try it too.

Measurement and conversion tables

Do you know exactly how much a teaspoonful is meant to be? should it heaped or flat?  What about converting ounces into grams? Help is at hand with the conversion table. It’s an A4 sheet to print and put into your recipes ring binder.

Microwave conversion table

All of the recipes that use a microwave have been created with the microwave set at 1,000 watts.  The higher the wattage the faster food cooks. If your microwave doesn’t have a 1,000 watt setting this simple microwave conversion table shows the equivalent amount of time needed for almost any wattage setting.

At last – here are the recipes

My recommendation for people new to cooking is to start at the top and work your way down the list as each recipe introduces new things. It’s not mandatory and it’s fun to be a bit adventurous and try some different things if you want to.

Fish & chips  Fish and Chips

Lets start off with something that everyone in the UK should know how to cook.  This is a very short and simple recipe with big time gaps between actions to make sure that your first experience of cooking using the My Inherited Kitchen recipe sheets is a great success. Every recipe uses the same template.

Vegetable stir fry
vegetable stir fry

One of the least expensive and quickest meals to prepare is stir-fry.  As well as being meat free this recipe has three optional ingredients that make a big difference to the taste of the dish. Without at least one of them it could taste a bit bland.

This recipe for one takes under 10 minutes to cook and uses a wok. I use the wok about three times a week and really love it. You don’t have to throw food up in the air like they do on TV. You are almost certain to make a mess if you do. Just remember it’s called stir fry not toss in the air fry.

Sausages and mash sausages and mash

Now that you know how to use a wok you can cook sausages in it too.  Again no tossing in the air required. This recipe for one introduces the gravy pot which is the easy and quick way to make a very tasty gravy. I like the ones from Knorr.  It’s also the first recipe with mash potatoes which are very easy to prepare as long as you have a vegetable peeler.

Lamb Rogan Josh
lamb rogan josh

Curry should be one of your top five dishes. This recipe also shows you how to make perfect rice every time using a microwave. You might want to show it to anyone who says that making rice is difficult. It also introduces an excellent example of my philosophy of making things as simple and tasty as possible – the jar of cooking sauce. This recipe for one takes longer than most but it’s worth waiting for.

Spaghetti Bolognesespaghetti bolognese

My version of Spaghetti Bolognese doesn’t use a jar (although you could if you wished).  I was amazed at how easy it was to create my own sauce and how good it tasted. If the horseradish sauce ingredient annoys any Italians the idea came from Sainsbury’s not me, but it does work.  Once you have created this dish it’s really easy to try it with different herbs, meats and vegetables to create your very own versions. This is a big meal so no desert needed.

Roast chicken breast
roast chicken breast

This was one of the first recipes for one that I created.  It’s still one of my favourites because it tastes great and has layers of flavours. You’ll have to try it to see what I mean. The chicken seasoning adds a lot so try not to skip that stage.

Leek and Bacon Risotto
leek bacon risotto

This one comes from my friend Jane. She loves one pot meals.

When I first saw a recipe that said “lemon zest” I skipped out that bit or just added lemon juice.  Now I know better. The zest makes a big difference to this dish even if you can’t find a use for the rest of the lemon. Jane suggested something involving gin.  Here is everything you need to know about zest.


You’ve now seen 7 examples of the most popular types of meals in simple recipes for one. You could make yourself something different for each day of the week.  Once you have got the hang of cooking these dishes you will have most of the basic skills needed.

Well done. Time to celebrate with a beer or wine before checking out the next set of recipes.  

Salmon and Rice salmon and rice

You have tried frozen fish now try fresh fish. I had a bit of a hang up about cooking fresh fish because I thought that it would be hard.  It isn’t if you get ready prepared and boneless fresh fish as used in this recipe. Try not to overcook it or it will be dry.  As in many of the recipes the herbs make a big difference. When I’m cooking this recipe for one I double the amount of herbs but see how you get on with recipe recommendations first.

Steak and chips
steak and chips

The most important thing about cooking steak is to let it rest after cooking. This means taking it off the heat and putting it on a plate for 5 minutes or more. If you cover it with foil it will not lose as much heat as you might think. The result will be a much more tender steak, even with cheaper cuts.  Your days of tough steak are over.

Pasta Meatballspasta and meatballs

If you have ever heard of Arrabbiata well done. If you can spell it correctly the words genius and Scrabble champion come to mind.  Even though the M&S jar says that it’s for two I use the whole jar because I like it so much. It tastes of tomatoes with a spicy kick.

Omelette with Bacon omelette and bacon

This is really easy to make and the bacon gives it lots of flavours. Without the bacon or other additions an omelette can be a bit bland so add almost anything you like such as herbs, tomatoes, salmon, cheese, onions, beans or ham although perhaps not all at the same time. You will soon end up with your own range of omelette recipes for one.

This recipe also features the microwaveable dish to make the crispy bacon.

Spicy prawn & peppers stir-fry spicy prawns and peppers stir-fry

This is very similar to the vegetable stir fry but with different herbs and spices to go with the prawns. Be careful not to use too much garlic or chilli or it could overpower the prawns.  Taste before adding more.

Beef Madrasbeef madras

This is a three chilli’s curry which I would not recommend if you aren’t a curry fan. It won’t burn your mouth or anything but it is quite hot so don’t add more garlic or chilli.  This curry fan thinks that M&S have got it just right.

Gammon and Mashgammon and mash

Similar to the sausages recipe. Be careful transferring the gammon to the wok and turning it over. It’s very easy to break it into a couple of different pieces. I use two turners, one on either side of the gammon to reduce the risk.  Even if it does break it will not affect the taste and you can hide the join with mash.

Red Thai Curry chicken
red Thai curry chicken

This is a very easy dish that can be cooked in 16 minutes. That’s quicker that the local take away could deliver and your version will no doubt taste much better than theirs.

Open Omelette   

This recipe will give waves of different flavours if you include all of the herbs. For a vegetarian twist leave out the chorizo and replace it with 80g of frozen onions added with the mixed veg.  Please don’t try to fold this omelette because it has a lot of topping and it might break up like mine did on the first attempt.


If you find any errors in the recipes or have ideas for changes please get in touch. I’d also love to hear about your recipes for one that you’d be happy to share with the My Inherited Kitchen community.

Moving on to the next stage

To help you modify these recipes and as they say on X Factor, make them your own, you need to know a bit more about Herbs and Spices.