Being single doesn't mean your meals have to suffer. If you're single and are tired of ordering in, eating out, or just not eating right, keep reading. You don't have to eat the same pot of soup for an entire week or freeze extra portions of those pesky leftovers because you hate to waste food. We've got a meal plan that can satisfy you for an entire week of dinners -- and the best part is you won't get bored.

Cooking for one is all about strategizing -- buying just what you need and nothing more and then learning how to incorporate those items in ways where you don't have repeat meals. For example, take our zucchini sandwich recipe. It uses half a zucchini, but that other half won't go to waste, because it will get sliced up for the pasta carbonara later in the week. And the steak sandwich and Thai beef curry both use sirloin steak, which means you can buy one package of steak and use it all in one week.

Here's a shopping list (click here for the shopping list) to make it easy for you to buy all the items you need to get dinner on the table for the enture week. Use it as your guide for the recipes in the following slideshow. Feel free to cook any meal any night.

Smart Tip: You can take any recipe on our site and change it to "1" serving -- just enter the number into the box above the recipe to adjust the ingredient list.

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  • Day 1: Minute Steak Sandwich With Fried Onions And Sweet Mustard

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/minute-steak-sandwich-wit_n_1383220.html" target="_hplink">Minute Steak Sandwich with Fried Onions and Sweet Mustard recipe</a></strong> A sandwich of caramelized onions, sweet and tangy mustard and juicy steak is a good recipe to add to your repertoire. Pile the fillings into a grilled or toasted ciabatta and enjoy. <strong>Hint</strong>: You'll be using some mustard in the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orange-basil-grilled-mahi_n_1057602.html" target="_hplink">Orange-Basil Grilled Mahi-Mahi</a> recipe too. Buy 8 ounces of steak and use half in this recipe and half in the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/thai-beef--peppers_n_1056875.html" target="_hplink">Thai Beef and Peppers</a> recipe.

  • Day 2: Orange-Basil Grilled Mahi-Mahi With Stir-Fried Greens

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orange-basil-grilled-mahi_n_1057602.html" target="_hplink">Orange-Basil Grilled Mahi-Mahi with Stir-Fried Greens recipe</a></strong> Cook this fish fillet under the broiler to get a nice crispy skin. The Orange-basil dressing flavors the fish while it's cooking, turning into a delicious serving sauce. Serve with green beans. <strong>Hint</strong>: Save some basil for the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-gruyre-and-zucch_n_1058447.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Gruyere-and-Zucchini Sandwich</a> recipe and the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pasta-carbonara-with-zucc_n_1058120.html" target="_hplink">Pasta Carbonara with Zucchini</a> recipe.

  • Day 3: Grilled Gruyere-and-Zucchini Sandwiches With Smoky Pesto

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-gruyre-and-zucch_n_1058447.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Gruyere-and-Zucchini Sandwiches with Smoky Pesto recipe</a></strong> This sandwich uses an English muffin as its base for tender grilled zucchini strips, melty gruyere cheese and a smoky pesto made with basil and paprika. <strong>Hint</strong>: Save half the zucchini for the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pasta-carbonara-with-zucc_n_1058120.html" target="_hplink">Pasta Carbonara with Zucchini</a> recipe

  • Day 4: Shrimp Omelette

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/shrimp-omelette_n_1057607.html" target="_hplink">Shrimp Omelette recipe</a></strong> Whip together a simple omelette when you've got an evening where you don't have much time for dinner. This flavorful omelette includes cooked shrimp so you can save on cook time. Garnish with thyme for additional flavor.

  • Day 5: Pasta Carbonara With Zucchini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pasta-carbonara-with-zucc_n_1058120.html" target="_hplink">Pasta Carbonara with Zucchini recipe</a></strong> The classic pasta carbonara is all about the bacon and eggs, but this recipe adds summer zucchini and basil to make it that much more interesting and flavorful. <strong>Hint</strong>: Save half the zucchini for the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-gruyre-and-zucch_n_1058447.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Gruyere-and-Zucchini Sandwich</a> recipe and save some basil for the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/orange-basil-grilled-mahi_n_1057602.html" target="_hplink">Orange-Basil Grilled Mahi-Mahi</a> recipe.

  • Day 6: Chicken Tacos With Charred Tomatoes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-tacos-with-charre_n_1056451.html" target="_hplink">Chicken Tacos with Charred Tomatoes recipe</a></strong> These tacos combine seared chicken breast and charred tomatoes, which are all prepared easily in one skillet. Squeeze over with lime before serving.

  • Day 7: Thai Beef And Peppers

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/thai-beef--peppers_n_1056875.html" target="_hplink">Thai Beef and Peppers recipe</a></strong> You don't need to buy the countless ingredients needed to make a traditional curry when you've got a jar of red curry paste handy in most spice aisles in the supermarket. Use it to create this flavorful beef and red pepper curry. <strong>Hint</strong>: Buy 8 ounces of steak and use half in this recipe and half in the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/minute-steak-sandwich-wit_n_1383220.html" target="_hplink">Minute Steak Sandwich</a> recipe.