5 Quick Recipe Ideas When You’re Cooking for One in Your Serviced Apartment

Serviced apartments are perfect for anyone looking for a beautiful space at a lower cost than your average hotel. However, one thing you might not account for is meal preparation.

If you’re cooking for one in a serviced apartment, you’ll need some easy, quick recipe ideas to stay on top of your meals. If this is the case for you, you’re in luck. Here are five simple, mouth-watering ideas to indulge in when cooking alone in your service apartment.


1. Sundried Tomato, Spinach, and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Making a sundried tomato, spinach, and cheese stuffed chicken meal is easy, quick, and painless if you cook for one in a serviced apartment.

This recipe only requires six ingredients and can be made in under an hour. The recipe makes two servings that you can easily cut in half–or make the whole serving, so you have seconds prepared that you can store in the fridge for later in the week.


  • Two large chicken breasts
  • 83 grams of Kraft Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette Dressing & Marinade, or substitute with olive oil mixed with salt and pepper
  • 55 grams of sundried tomatoes
  • 15 grams of roughly chopped spinach
  • 75 grams of feta cheese
  • 56 grams of mozzarella cheese


  1. Optional: marinate the chicken breasts in the dressing for a few hours. If you make the recipe last minute, you can coat the chicken breasts before preparing the rest of your meal.
  2. Using a large, sharp knife, cut the chicken breasts like you would a hot dog bun, being careful not to cut through the chicken breasts.
  3. Open up the chicken breasts and layer on the ingredients. Fit in whatever you can. Add in toothpicks to keep the meal together.
  4. Heat a pan and sear the chicken breasts on both sides. Lower the heat and cook the chicken on the stove or place a cast iron skillet in your oven at 375°F (190.556°C). Alternatively, cook the chicken breasts on a baking sheet until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (73.89°C).
  5. Let the chicken sit for five minutes, then serve immediately.


2. Spicy Mushroom and Broccoli Noodles

You can make this recipe in 20 minutes. This recipe makes two servings, meaning you’ll have plenty of leftovers for a second plate. Follow the instructions below to make a delectable dish in your serviced apartment.


  • One low-salt vegetable stock cube
  • Two nests of medium egg noodles
  • One small head of broccoli, broken into florets
  • One tablespoon of sesame oil, extra to serve
  • 250-gram pack of shiitake or chestnut mushrooms, sliced thick
  • One fat garlic clove, chopped into fine pieces
  • ½ teaspoon of chilli flakes or one dried chilli crumbled into pieces
  • Four spring onions, sliced thin
  • Two tablespoons of hoisin sauce
  • A handful of roasted cashew nuts


  1. Place the stock cube in a pan of water. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add the noodles to the water and bring the stock back to a boil—Cook for two minutes.
  3. Add in the broccoli and cook for two minutes.
  4. Reserve a cup of the stock. Drain the noodles and vegetables.
  5. Heat a frying pan or wok, then add the sesame oil.
  6. Stir fry the mushrooms for two minutes or until golden.
  7. Add in the garlic, chilli flakes, and most spring onions. Cook for one minute.
  8. Tip in the noodles and broccoli. Add in 3 tablespoons of the stock and the hoisin sauce. Toss the ingredients together for one minute.
  9. Serve the dish scattered with cashew nuts and remaining onions. Add sesame oil to taste.


3. Fluffy Banana Pancakes

Your daily recipes wouldn’t be complete without some ideas for breakfast. This fluffy banana pancake dish is perfect for one and can be made in 15 minutes. Follow the instructions below to get three mouth-watering pancakes in a short amount of time. Pancake mix can also be stored in the fridge to use on another day.


  • 143 grams of all-purpose flour
  • One teaspoon of baking powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon of sugar
  • 0.3 teaspoon of salt
  • One large egg
  • 177.4 millilitres of milk
  • One tablespoon of butter, melted, and one teaspoon of butter, softened
  • 0.3 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • One ripe banana
  • Maple syrup, sliced bananas, and pecans to top off the pancakes (optional)


  1. Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Whisk together the egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla in a small bowl.
  3. Peel and mash the ripe banana on a small plate.
  4. Add the mashed banana to your wet ingredients. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, then stir to combine, careful not to over-mix.
  6. Melt one teaspoon of butter in your 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add about ¾ cup (177 millilitres) of batter onto the skillet.
  7. Cook the pancake until bubbles break the surface on one side and the other side is golden brown for about 3 minutes.
  8. Flip the pancake, cooking the other side for one to two minutes until golden brown. Remove from the pan.
  9. Do this for the next two pancakes, then serve with your favourite toppings.


4. Apple Dutch Baby

A serviced apartment breakfast means you don’t have to stick to the usual suspects like pancakes, eggs, and toast. You can mix things up with this tasty apple dutch baby recipe. The apple dutch baby is a perfect cross between a pancake and a crepe and can be made in 25 minutes.


  • 0.5 tablespoons salted butter
  • One large egg
  • 59.1 millilitres of milk (whole, skim, 1%, or 2%)
  • 0.5 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • One teaspoon of sugar
  • 31.3 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 0.1 teaspoon salt
  • 0.1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 65 grams of apple, thinly sliced (about ½ cup)
  • One teaspoon of sugar and 0.1 teaspoons of cinnamon for topping


  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C, about 400°F.
  2. Place butter in a 6.5” cast-iron skillet or a small, oven-safe baking dish. Place the skillet or dish in the oven.
  3. Combine the egg, milk, vanilla, and sugar in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  4. Add the flour, salt, and cinnamon to the bowl. Whisk ingredients vigorously until there are no clumps. Set the batter aside.
  5. Use oven mitts to remove the skillet or baking dish from the oven. Swirl the butter around until the skillet is coated.
  6. Add apples to the skillet. Pour the batter over the apples.
  7. In a small bowl, combine the teaspoon of sugar and cinnamon for your topping. Sprinkle the mixture on top of the batter.
  8. Place the skillet or dish in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the dish is puffy in the centre and golden brown around the edges.
  9. Remove the dish from the oven and transfer it to a plate or cooling rack with a spatula. Let cool for ten minutes.


5. Chorizo Street Tacos

These chorizo street tacos are tasty, simple, and quick to make. With only five ingredients and 20 minutes of your time, you can make two delectable tacos in your serviced apartment. Follow the instructions below to have a perfect, homemade lunch or dinner.


  • One chorizo sausage link, casing removed, and meat crumbled
  • Two tablespoons of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Four corn tortillas
  • Two tablespoons of chopped onion
  • Two tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. Combine the crumbled chorizo with the chipotle peppers and adobo sauce in a bowl.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium to high heat. Add the chorizo mixture and cook until it is crisp, about five to seven minutes.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a plate, keeping the grease in your skillet.
  4. Heat the tortillas in the leftover skillet grease over medium heat.
  5. Heat tortillas for one to two minutes per side, then stack two tortillas for each taco.
  6. Fill the tacos with the chorizo mixture, onion, and cilantro.

Enjoy Your Stay With Signet Apartments

Cooking for one in a serviced apartment is easy when you have the best recipes and amenities available. If you’re interested in a serviced apartment in Cambridge, talk to the experts at Signet Apartments today. Signet can provide all the services needed for a solo traveler to make your stay simple, exciting, and memorable.

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