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Single Serving Mac N Cheese

Single serving mac n cheese is a quick 10 minute lunch recipe you can make anytime you need some delicious and wholesome comfort food. 


Does anyone else think that boxed mac n cheese tasted significantly better when they were 12 versus being a full grown adult? I swear it used to taste good, and now it just tastes well... gross. No shame on anyone who loves it. I have found that it's just as easy for me to make homemade mac n cheese as it is to make it from a box, and that's what we've opted for in our home for the last few years. This single serving mac n cheese makes the perfect small batch amount to eat for lunch, dinner, or whenever you need a comfort food fix. 


A small bowl of mac n cheese on a white plate with a blue towel in the background.Single Serving Mac N Cheese:

This single serving mac n cheese recipe is made on the stove top in just about 10 minutes. All you need to do is cook your elbow macaroni, and while that is boiling, prepare your cheese sauce. For the cheese sauce you're going to melt some butter in a pan, then whisk in some flour. Combine the butter and flour together until it gets bubbly, then stir in the milk. Once the milk is well combined, stir in the cheese until it's all melted and a smooth texture throughout. When the macaroni is done cooking, drain off all the excess water, toss with the cheese sauce, and serve immediately. 


How to Make a Roux for Mac N Cheese:

As mentioned previously, part of this recipe involves making a roux. This means you're using a combination of butter and flour to make the base for your dish that will help to thicken and add body to the sauce. For this particular roux, you will melt 1 tbsp butter in a man on medium high heat. Once the butter is melted, sprinkle in 1 tbsp of all purpose flour. Stir them together until well combined and the mixture begins to bubble. At this point you'll add in your milk, stir until well combined, and then add in your shredded cheese, again, stirring until it all comes together and is velvety smooth. 


A small bowl of mac n cheese on a white plate with a blue towel in the background.

Single Serving Mac N Cheese Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)

A small bowl of mac n cheese on a white plate with a blue towel in the background.

Healthy Mac N Cheese Recipe Variations:

While I'm a total fan in full fat dairy, always, I recognize some people might want some ideas of ways they can make this meal more macro friendly, or lower calorie. You do you! Here are some ideas:
  • Use a plant based protein pasta such as chickpea or red lentil pasta
  • Use a lower calorie milk such as skim, or a plant based option
  • Use a lighter cheese such as part-skim mozzarella

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Author: Paige Flamm
Single Serving Mac n Cheese

Single Serving Mac n Cheese

Single serving mac n cheese is a quick 10 minute lunch recipe you can make anytime you need some delicious and wholesome comfort food.
Cook time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Elbow Macaroni
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil your macaroni according to the package instructions. 
  2. While you're waiting for the macaroni to cook, start on the cheese sauce. 
  3. In a pan on medium high heat, melt 1 tbsp butter. When the butter is melted sprinkle in 1 tbsp flour. Whisk together until well combined and the mixture starts to bubble. 
  4. At this point, whisk in 1/2 cup milk, and continue whisking. Finally, add in the 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, and whisk until velvety smooth. 
  5. Finish your cheese sauce by stirring in your desired spices. 
  6. When the macaroni is done cooking, drain off all the excess water and add your drained pasta to the cheese sauce mixture. stir to coat, and then serve!

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Mini Loaf Banana Bread

 Mini loaf banana bread is the perfect treat to make when you have one ripe banana left on the counter. Eat the loaf yourself, or split it four ways with your family, it's the perfect small treat! 


I love banana bread! It's one of my favorite treats, but sometimes we don't have enough ripe bananas to make an entire loaf, or maybe you want to put your mini bread pan to good use but don't have a good recipe for one mini loaf of banana bread. This recipe makes the perfect amount for one mini loaf pan and is the perfect sized snack to share with your family or keep for yourself!


Mini loaf banana bread sliced on a wood platter with a red towel in the background


Mini Loaf Banana Bread:

This mini loaf banana bread recipe is a quartered version of my favorite banana bread recipe. It incorporates sour cream (or Greek yogurt!) into the batter which gives it a super moist texture. The cook time on this is about half as long as a typical banana bread, baking in just 25 minutes, meaning you get to enjoy your treat even faster! 

Mini loaf banana bread sliced on a wood platter with a red towel in the background

Small Loaf Pans:

I used a 5.75in x 3 in loaf pan for my mini loaf banana bread. You can find these at most stores, but you can also order one through amazon as well. If you're going to be baking a lot of banana bread with a larger recipe, you can definitely order something more robust like this 4 cavity pan that makes four loaves, which would be great for gifting banana bread during the holidays to neighbors.

Mini loaf banana bread sliced on a wood platter with a red towel in the background 

Mini Loaf Banana Bread Recipe Notes:

  • This recipe uses 2 tbsp of whisked egg. Simply crack an egg into a small bowl and whisk it together. Then measure out two tablespoons to add to your batter. Almost every treat on this website uses a fraction of a whisked egg, so there are lots of ways to use up the rest if you don't want to waste!
  • You can use sour cream and Greek Yogurt interchangeably in this recipe. I always use whatever I happen to have on hand. 
  • You need 1/4 cup mashed banana. This was just under 1 banana for me. You can freeze the left over banana to throw in a smoothie! 
  • I find with small batch recipes like these that combining ingredients with a for works best. It's like the perfect mini whisk that mixes everything perfectly! 
  • This recipe calls to grease and flour your bread pan. Spray your pan with non-stick spray, sprinkle some flour into the pan and shake it all around so everything is evenly coated. Then flip the pan upside down over a sink and slap the bottom and sides of the pan to knock loose any excess flour. 


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Author: Paige Flamm
Mini Loaf Banana Bread

Mini Loaf Banana Bread

Mini loaf banana bread is the perfect treat to make when you have one ripe banana left on the counter. Eat the loaf yourself, or split it four ways with your family, it's the perfect small treat!
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 40 Min

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp egg, whisked (see recipe note)
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 cup banana, mashed (a little less than one banana)
  • 2 tbsp Sour Cream
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 cup Flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350º. Grease and dust your bread pan with flour (see recipe note). 
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the sugar, oil, banana, sour cream, egg, and banana. Stir until everything is well combined. 
  3. Next add in the salt, baking soda, and flour. Stir until all the flour is well distributed. 
  4. Use a rubber spatula to scrape all the batter out into your bread pan. 
  5. Bake in the oven for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 
  6. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before turning out onto a plate or cutting board to serve. 

Notes:

This recipe uses 2 tbsp of whisked egg. Simply crack an egg into a small bowl and whisk it together. Then measure out two tablespoons to add to your batter.


You can use sour cream and Greek Yogurt interchangeably in this recipe.


This recipe calls to grease and flour your bread pan. Spray your pan with non-stick spray, sprinkle some flour into the pan and shake it all around so everything is evenly coated. Then flip the pan upside down over a sink and slap the bottom and sides of the pan to knock loose any excess flour. 


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How to Make a Shamrock Shake

Want to know how to make a shamrock shake with your kids, or for yourself for St Patrick's Day? This easy recipe takes just a couple minutes to make and tastes amazing! 


Growing up I didn't love mint flavored anything. Then I hit 25 and all of a sudden I became a huge fan of al things mint chocolate. As you can imagine, mint ice cream has also managed to make it's way up the list of my all time favorite ice cream flavors. When McDonalds rolls out with the Shamrock Shakes each year, I'm on board 100%. If you don't want to buy one from McDonals, I've got you covered on how to make a shamrock shake from the comfort of your own home. 


Green minty milkshake on a wooden coaster with a blue dish towel in the backgroundHow to Make A Shamrock Shake:

Making a shamrock shake is super easy! All you need is some mint flavored ice cream, and some whole milk. Yes, whole. It's better, just trust me. I know food. If you want to jazz it up a bit, add some whipped cream, a cherry, and some green sprinkles. Not a necessity, but it is a necessity if you like to have fun food. Simply blend the milk and ice cream together in the blender, top as desired, and you're good to go!


Green minty milkshake on a wooden coaster with a blue dish towel in the background


What is a Shamrock Shake:

A shamrock shake is simply a green milkshake that is typically mint flavored. It originated from McDonalds in 1970 and has made an annual appearance every March since. They're a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with your family and make for a perfectly minty treat. 



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How to Make A Shamrock Shake

How to Make A Shamrock Shake

Want to now how to make a shamrock shake with your kids, or for yourself for St Patrick's Day? This easy recipe takes just a couple minutes to make and tastes amazing!
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Mint Flavored Ice Cream
  • 3/4 cups Whole Milk
  • Optional:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkles
  • Cherry 
  • Green Food Coloring

Instructions

  1. In a blender mix together the milk and ice cream until well combined. 
  2. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream, a cherry, and some sprinkles.
  3. Note: I used mint chocolate chip ice cream in my recipe. If you don't use that variation and your mint ice cream isn't already green, add green food coloring to the blender to make your shake a festive green color!

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Egg Salad Recipe for One

 If you want a quick and easy protein packed lunch, this egg salad recipe for one is the perfect quick and easy option you can prep ahead of time!


Egg salad has always been one of my very favorite lunches, and it's a favorite of Derek's too. There was a point in time where we made egg salad almost exclusively every Sunday when we got home from church. We don't make it nearly as often anymore, but it feels super nostalgic whenever we do. If you need a small, single serving, egg salad recipe for one, this recipe is for you!


Two halves of an egg salad sandwich stacked together on a white plate with a blue dishtowel in the background on a marble table


Egg Salad Recipe for One:

This egg salad comes together with two hard boiled eggs, some red onion, mayonnaise, black pepper, salt, paprika, and green onion. It's super flavorful, and while you certainly can mix just mayo and hard boiled eggs together, the extra add ins bring it to the next level!

Two halves of an egg salad sandwich stacked together on a white plate with a blue dishtowel in the background on a marble table

How to Make Hard Boil Eggs:

I know everyone has their own method for boiling eggs, but this has worked well for me every time for ten years. 
  1. Place your eggs in a pot and fill it with hot water until the eggs are covered. 
  2. Place the covered pot on the stovetop with the burner turned to high heat. 
  3. Bring the water to a boil and let boil for one minute. 
  4. Leave the covered pot on the hot burner for 10 minutes. 
  5. When the ten minutes are up, transfer to a bowl of ice water and let cool for a minute or two before peeling. 

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Egg Salad Recipe for One Notes:

  • If you don't like onion leave it out. 
  • You can toast your bread or not, depending on your preferences. 
  • You could add some small diced celery which would also be amazing. 
  • I put lettuce and tomato on my sandwich but again, totally optional. 
  • You can prep several eggs ahead of time and keep them in the fridge to use throughout the week. 




Egg Salad Recipe for One

Egg Salad Recipe for One

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Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 25 Min
If you want a quick and easy protein packed lunch, this egg salad recipe for one is the perfect quick and easy option you can prep ahead of time!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices Bread
  • 2 Eggs, Hard Boiled, Then Diced
  • 1 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Red Onion, Diced
  • 2 tsp Green Onion, Diced
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Paprika

Instructions

  1. Boil your eggs, cool, and dice according to the directions provided in the notes if necessary. 
  2. Combine your eggs, mayo, red onion, green onion, salt, pepper, and paprika together in a bowl until well combined. 
  3. Spread evenly on the bread of your choice. 
  4. Serve immediately. 

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Panera Fuji Apple Salad

Panera's Fuji Apple Salad Recipe, shared by an old Panera employee. Find out how to make this classic sweet and tangy salad in the comfort of your own home! 


A little known fact about me is that I went to a local community college my first semester of college, where I played on the school's tennis team. Feeling unfulfilled with the way life was going I dropped out of school and worked at Panera full-time making salads while I saved enough money to transfer out to school in Utah. So you could say I know a thing or twelve about making a Panera salad. 


Large fuji apple salad in a white bowl on a marble table


Panera has ridiculously strict rules about their salad making though. For instance, the small greek salad can only have three black olives in it, and if you give a customer a fourth or fifth olive and the manager finds out, you will 100% be reprimanded for those two olives. Luckily when you make Panera at home, you can add all the toppings you want and no one will ever know. 


Large fuji apple salad in a white bowl on a marble table

Panera Fuji Apple Salad:

Panera's Fuji apple salad comes together with spring mix salad, Panera Fuji Apple Dressing, apple chips, cooked chicken breast, gorgonzola cheese, red onion, tomato, and pecans. It is serisouly a delicious salad combination. Even my husband who is more picky about vegetables than me gladly ate almost this entire bowl while I was cooking dinner. 


Large fuji apple salad in a white bowl on a marble table


Panera Fuji Apple Dressing:

Panera's Fuji Apple Dressing is hard to replicate. There are a lot of copycat recipes online but as an old Panera employee I can tell you that none of these recipes are even close. A little secret though: you can purchase the actual fuji apple dressing right at your local Target. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is widely available nationwide because Utah doesn't even have a Panera, but they still carry the dressing in our Target stores. It's right in the produce section by the bagged carrots and other refrigerated dressings. Pick up a bottle the next time you're there and save yourself the grief of making a homemade dressing that won't even come close to the real thing. 


Large fuji apple salad in a white bowl on a marble table


Apple Crisp Chips:

Another signature part of the Panera Fuji Apple Salad are the apple crisp chips. The exact ones that they use are hard to come by, but these Bare brand ones that are also sold at Target are the closest I've been able to find. 

Side note, after doing a bit more research, I was able to pinpoint that the Panera apple crisp chips are these Seneca Apple Chips. They're available at a different local grocery store, and might be at a store near you too! 


Large fuji apple salad in a white bowl on a marble table

Panera Fuji Apple Salad Recipe Tips:

  • I've provided measurements in the recipe but they really don't have to be exact. Add more or less of whatever you feel like. It's mostly just a sprinkle of all the toppings, so play with them and use the amounts you like. 
  • I purchased both my apple chips and salad dressing at Target, you may be able to purchase similar varieties elsewhere. 
  • I used honey roasted pecans because they're delicious. 
  • I almost never cook my own chicken. Purchase a rotisserie chicken and chop some meat off of it for this recipe. You can use the leftover chicken in so many different recipes throughout the week. 
  • The serving of this salad is large because the recipe is intended for this to serve as a full meal. If you're preparing it as a side dish for a family meal, it would likely make about four side dish servings. 


Panera Fuji Apple Salad

Panera Fuji Apple Salad

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Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 10 MinTotal time: 10 Min
Panera's Fuji Apple Salad Recipe, shared by an old Panera employee. Find out how to make this classic sweet and tangy salad in the comfort of your own home!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Mixed Greens Salad Mix
  • 2 tbsp Fuji Apple Dressing
  • 5 Apple Chips
  • 1/3 cup Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tsbp Gorgonzola Cheese
  • 4 slices Red Onion
  • 1/4 cup Tomato, Diced
  • 2 tbsp Pecans, toasted

Instructions

  1. Wash, prep, and cut all of your ingredients. 
  2. Gently toss together all of your ingredients. If eating as one meal, serve immediately, or divide among four plates for a family dinner side dish. 

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Spinach Berry Smoothie

 This spinach berry smoothie is a great way to add some greens to your diet by sneaking them into a delicious breakfast treat! 


I feel very passionate that if I'm going to drink a smoothie, I need to sneak something healthy into it, mostly because I know I won't get in in my system any other way. Over the last few years I've loved just adding a handful of spinach to my smoothies as a daily habit. You hardly notice that it's in there, and you get the health benefits of spinach, minus the experience of chewing down a bunch of leaves. 


Smoothie with a big strawberry on top, sitting on a wooden platter, with a dish towel in the background.


Spinach Berry Smoothie:

To make this spinach berry smoothie you're going to need one banana, a handful of spinach, 2 tbsp plain greek yogurt, 1 cup of berries of your choice, and about 1/2 cup of liquid of your choice. I used almond milk but you could easily use any nut, milk, oat, or soy based milk of your preference. 


Smoothie with a big strawberry on top, sitting on a wooden platter, with a dish towel in the background.

Benefits of Raw Spinach:

Spinach is filled with lots of amazing vitamins and minerals that our bodies need! Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins K, A, C, B2, and Folate. Spinach is also rich in manganese, magnesium, and iron. Vitamin K is especially known for maintaining bone health, and spinach happens to be a huge source of Vitamin K when compared to other vegetables. If you want strong bones, eat your spinach.  

One thing to note is that vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble vitamins, so you need to consume them with a fat source in order for them to have the most effect in your diet. This is why I've chosen to use almond milk and greek yogurt in this recipe to get the most out of those nutrients offered by the produce. 

Smoothie with a big strawberry on top, sitting on a wooden platter, with a dish towel in the background.

Spinach Berry Smoothie Variations:

  • Add a scoop of protein powder to make this a more complete meal
  • Add a scoop of nut butter for some more beneficial fat, protein, and flavor!
  • Change up the berries you use! I used blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry, but you could use whatever you like or have on hand!



Spinach Berry Smoothie

Spinach Berry Smoothie

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Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min
This spinach berry smoothie is a great way to add some greens to your diet by sneaking them into a delicious breakfast treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Frozen Berries (any combination/variation)
  • 1 cup Spinach
  • 1/2 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp Greek Yogurt

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together until well combined. Add more liquid as needed if your blender gets stuck and can't blend everything all the way through. Serve immediately! 

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Single Serve Rice Krispie Treat

This single serve rice krispie treat is the perfect go-to treat to make when you need some nostalgic marshmallow goodness in your life. 


Rice krispie treat on a wood platter with a red dish towel with rice krispies and marshmallows scattered on the table


When I think of making a dessert, I'm almost never team marshmallow. I'm team chocolate all the way. However, Derek loves a good rice krispie treat so he was definitely the number one benefactor of this blog post. This recipe makes one good sized rice krispie, doesn't require any special cooking utensils or baking dishes, and comes out perfect when tested 10+ times for accuracy... ask me how I know. 


Rice krispie treat on a wood platter with a red dish towel with rice krispies and marshmallows scattered on the table

Single Serve Rice Krispie Treat:

This recipe is super easy to make. All you need to do is melt your butter in the microwave, then add in the marshmallows and microwave for a few more seconds. Then you'll mix the two together until well combined, and then pour in your rice krispie cereal and mix until well combined. 

Then you can take a small food storage container and push the mixture up into one corner to form it into a small bar. Let it set for 5-10 minutes before eating so the marshmallow has enough time to cool, set, and firm up just a bit. 

Rice krispie treat on a wood platter with a red dish towel with rice krispies and marshmallows scattered on the table

Rice Krispie Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 cup Rice Krispie Cereal (or any generic variation)

Rice krispie treat on a wood platter with a red dish towel with rice krispies and marshmallows scattered on the table

Recipe Notes:

  • Pay careful attention to the microwave times and don't overcook your marshmallows. From trial and error I learned overcooking the marshmallows makes them way too hard way too fast. There is definitely a limit to what the marshmallows can take, and a little bit of science. The times listed are definitely more of a rule than a suggestion.
  • When forming your Rice Krispie into a bar, it can be helpful to spray your hands with a little cooking spray. This will help you to shape the bar without them sticking to your hands and making a huge mess. 
  • If you don't want an entire box of crisp rice cereal, you can purchase one of those mini single serving boxes which should be enough for one batch of this recipe. 

Single Serve Rice Krispie Treat

Single Serve Rice Krispie Treat

Yield: 1
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 3 MinTotal time: 5 Min
This single serve rice krispie treat is the perfect go-to treat to make when you need some nostalgic marshmallow goodness in your life.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • 1 cup Rice Krispie Cereal (or any generic variation)

Instructions

  1. Microwave your butter for 20 seconds. Next, add in your marshmallows and microwave for another 30 seconds. Stir your marshmallow and butter mixture together, and then add in your 1 cup of cereal.
  2. Mix everything together until well combined, and then press into a dish of your choice to form your mixture into a bar. 
  3. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to finish setting and cooling down before eating. 

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