A gray plate with a grilled cheese with Doritos, bacon, and guacamole.
Ken Goodman
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Grilled Cheese with Doritos on Sourdough

This over-the-top grilled cheese sandwich is filled with four kinds of cheese, bacon, avocado, and cheesy nacho chips.
A baked mini quiche for one on a white plate.
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Mini Quiche for One

This mini quiche for one, made with pastry crust, egg, cream, nutmeg, and ham or bacon, is far easier to make than you might suspect. It’s also the perfect single serving.
A fried mortadella sandwich cut in half on a piece of parchment paper.
Kristin Teig
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Fried Mortadella Sandwich

This fried Mortadella sandwich is a grown-up version of your childhood bologna sandwich. A little grainy mustard, a few slices of tasty mortadella, and some rustic bread are all it takes.
A cast-iron skillet filled with chilaquiles on a wooden cutting board with a block of queso fresco and half a jalapeno beside it.
Christopher Hirsheimer
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These chilaquiles are a quick, authentic, and very satisfying Mexican breakfast, made with day-old tortillas, eggs, and cheese.
A veggie rice bowl filled with cabbage, rice, chickpeas, hazelnuts, and cilantro on a wooden table.
Allison Day
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Veggie Rice Bowl

This veggie bowl is chock-full of good-for-you ingredients, including brown rice, chickpeas, vegetables, and nuts.
A close up of a white bowl filled with New England bouillabaisse for one.
Christopher Hirsheimer
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New England Bouillabaisse for One

This New England bouillabaisse for one, made with mussels, clams, and fish, in a tomato fish broth, is a quick and easy riff on the classic French fish stew that sacrifices nothing in terms of soulfulness.
A stack of four slices of banana bread French toast dripping with maple syrup and topped with sour cream.
Adam Levey
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Banana Bread French Toast

Banana bread French toast is exactly what it sounds like. It’s made from—yep, you guessed it—banana bread! On top are vanilla-infused maple syrup and dollops of lemon sour cream. Pro tip: Don’t think about the calories.
A spoon scooping chocolate mug cake from a blue mug.
America’s Test Kitchen
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Chocolate Mug Cake

This chocolate mug cake has a rich cakey exterior and a molten chocolate center. If that’s not enticing enough, this easy dessert is ready in just 15 minutes.

Originally published July 23, 2022

About David Leite

David Leite has received three James Beard Awards for his writing as well as for Leite’s Culinaria. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, Saveur, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Yankee, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and more.

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