Top 5 Delicious Dinner Recipes For Lonely People

1. Barley And Brown Rice Bowl

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This healthy, satisfying barley and brown rice bowl comes across as a Japanese kedgeree, with its hit of curry and boiled eggs to top it off.

What you’ll need:

3/4 cup (150g) barley

3/4 cup (150g) brown rice

1 bunch broccolini, chopped

2 tbsp sunflower oil

100g shiitake mushrooms, sliced

20 small green prawns, peeled, tails intact, deveined

1 tbsp curry powder

1/4 cup (60ml) tamari or soy sauce

1 tbsp mirin

1 tsp sesame oil

2 hard-boiled eggs, halved

Mustard cress, to serve (optional)

1 lemon, cut into wedges

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2. Beef, Beer And Bacon Spaghetti

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This is one trifecta we'll always be back, with all the favorite essentials in one dish. Dinner is served, just add beer.

What you’ll need:

2 tbsp olive oil

8 streaky bacon rashers, chopped

1 onion, finely chopped

1 leek (pale part only), thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, chopped

6 thyme sprigs, leaves picked

2 tbsp tomato paste

500g beef mince

1/4 cup (60ml) Worcestershire sauce

345ml beer (we used lager)

400g can of chopped tomatoes

400g bucatini or other long pasta

Grated parmesan and chopped flat-leaf parsley, to serve

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3. Quick Rigatoni Bake With Ricotta, Spinach And Pancetta

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You'll be shocked at how quickly you can turn this pasta dish around. Just add lemon to give it an extra lift.

What you’ll need:

400g rigatoni

125g pancetta slices, chopped

1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil

200g baby spinach leaves

1 garlic clove, crushed

Pinch of nutmeg

Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

250g ricotta

250g mozzarella

Basil leaves, to serve

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4. Kimchi Fried Rice With Bacon And Eggs

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A tasty meal spiked with the flavors of Korea that can be made quickly and easily.

What you’ll need:

1 tbsp rice bran oil, plus extra to shallow-fry

1 small onion, finely chopped

4 bacon rashers, finely chopped

1 tbsp ginger, grated

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 cup (120g) fresh peas, or frozen peas

1 cup (190g) kimchi, roughly chopped

2 tbsp kimchi juice

4 cups white rice, cooked, cold

4 eggs

2 tsp sesame oil

2 tsp soy sauce

30g unsalted butter

Thinly sliced garlic chives, to serve

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5. Hot-Smoked Salmon Wraps

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These easy salmon wraps make a simple dinner and leftovers can be turned into lunch the next day.

What you’ll need:

2 tbsp sunflower oil

1 tbsp brown mustard seeds

1 onion, finely chopped

3 cm piece ginger, finely grated

2 garlic cloves, crushed

12 fresh curry leaves

1 1/2 tsp ground coriander

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1/4 tsp chilli flakes or Kashmiri chilli

1/2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tomatoes, seeds removed, chopped

60g shredded coconut, toasted

1 tsp lemon juice

Naan bread, iceberg lettuce, mango chutney and coriander sprigs, to serve

2 x 150g hot-smoked salmon fillets, skin removed, flaked

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