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15 Minute Simple Meals for Singles

15 Minute Simple Meals for Singles

This one’s for anyone who’s ever attempted a 15min recipe and felt like Jamie Oliver was maybe messing with them (I mean I love the guy, but come on…Sausage gnocchi with warm kale & bean salad in 15 minutes? Dreaming).

We all know these recipes actually take double the time to make and leave your kitchen looking like the disaster set of an Ajax commercial if ever you attempt to achieve the 15min mark.

Legit Simple Meals for Singles in 15min Flat

As a busy working professional, sometimes you really do need a dinner that only takes 15 minutes to make from prep to plating up (esp. when your stock of frozen meals has been depleted).

And, if you’re rolling solo most nights, simple meals are typically preferred and mean less waste.

Well, I have discovered a process for producing legitimate simple meals for singles (and couples) within 15min, which not only taste good but are also good for you. For reals.

This specially formulated cooking method goes something like this.

Pick three vegetables:

  1. One that’s green: broccoli, kale, silverbeet, bok choy, etc.
  2. One “fun”: corn, peas, cherry tomatoes, etc
  3. One wild-card: translation – anything leftover in your fridge that has the capacity to be cooked in under 5 minutes

Pick one quick protein source:

  1. Halloumi (personal favourite)
  2. Eggs
  3. Fish

Have on-hand:

  1. Butter, EVOO, coconut oil, or ghee
  2. Salt
  3. Pepper
  4. Mixed herbs (I use Herbamare)


  1. On the stove, heat a medium-large saucepan and add your oil/butter.
  2. Wash your greens in a bowl, quickly chop and chuck in the pan with a sprinkle of salt, pepper and herbs. Fry for 3-5 mins until cooked.
  3. While the greens are sizzling, prep your next veggie (if it needs washing or chopping, using the same bowl/chopping board).
  4. Add the greens to your plate and throw the next veggie in the pan with some more butter/oil and seasoning and plate up once cooked. Repeat the process with veggie no. 3. You may find a quick pan clean is required between fry-ups which should only take 30 secs or so.
  5. After your last veggie has been plated up, fry up your protein in some more oil/butter and plate up.

Serve with optional toppings you may have on hand. 

  • Dollop of full-fat greek yoghurt
  • Avocado chunks / mash
  • Sprinkling of pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
  • Sprinkling of pre-washed/chopped fresh herbs (I keep a container in the fridge)

Use the final 30 seconds to pour yourself a respectable glass of red wine (optional but strongly advised).

Here are some combos to get you started:

  1. Broccoli + Corn + Mushrooms + Halloumi
  2. Kale + Cherry Tomatoes + Mushrooms + Eggs
  3. String Beans + Peas + Cauliflower + Fish
  4. Zucchini + Cherry Tomatoes + Corn + Halloumi
  5. Asparagus + Zucchini + Peas + Salmon

That’s it. It may not be gourmet or up to Jamie’s standards, but it’s real and honest food, which J-dawg’s all about. Bob’s your uncle. Job done.