A Cooking Guide for Single Parents

Once you become a member you get instant access to your own video plan. 



Single Parent Cooking The stress of getting a healthy dinner on the table every night is overwhelming for many of us. Busy lives prevent us from having the time or energy to plan meals every day. Let MEAL5 help! This tool is a time saver, a money saver (because you use the ingredients you buy) and a stress reliever.

Great food doesn’t have to be complicated. Most recipes on MEAL5.com are 5 ingredients (not including salt, pepper and the cooking fat or oil). These are simple, delicious meals that are easy to put together. There won’t be any weird ingredients that are hard to find, just readily available, fresh ingredients.

The recipes are short, easy-to-follow videos (around one minute) for viewing on your tablet, laptop or smartphone. A picture speaks a thousand words, so these videos are a great answer to single parent meal planning or enjoyable cooking as a family. If you’re a new cook or always rushed in the kitchen, these are for you. If you’ve got a question, we have an answer. Just send us an email or call us. We’re here for you.

Perhaps you’re a seasoned cook who just needs help with the organizing and planning. Enjoy the convenience of having a simple plan that allows you to be creative and improvise. Because the video recipes are so simple, it’s easy and fun to add your favorite ingredients to the recipes and make them your own.


We have four different meal plans to choose from: 

Classic This plan features classic video recipes using lean cuts of meat, simple healthy sauces, sides and fresh vegetables.

Family Friendly This plan caters to simpler tastes or what we call “pickier eaters.”  These video recipes have been kid-tested and passed with flying colors. Your kids will enjoy the short videos, and before you know it, they’ll be asking to pick out what’s for dinner.

Gluten-free This plan is just as it sounds. We stay away from gluten.

Vegetarian To make this program its best, we needed to use a few more ingredients in each recipe. The vegetarian video recipes have between 8–11 ingredients. They’re still simple, and so worth it!

Meal Planning for Single Parent

Here’s how it works. Choose from a customizable meal plan where you can drag and drop the recipes you want into your meal plan. Or, choose the option to follow a pre-made meal plan where the thinking and planning are done and ready for you. This is especially easy if you’re a busy single parent cooking for your family. 

You’ll find the list of ingredients at the beginning of each video, and the customizable plan gives you access to a recipe library that grows and grows over time. You’ll love the flexibility as you customize your plan to your specific needs. Use your smartphone or tablet as your shopping list to get the ingredients you need, and you’re ready to cook.

If you choose to follow the pre-made plan, you’ll receive a new meal plan every week with easy, quick videos that demonstrate each recipe for the week. Also included is an organized shopping list. Buy what’s on the list, and you’ll have everything you need to make a week’s worth of healthy, tasty dinners. You’ll also get tips and tricks on how to use up leftover ingredients and ideas for healthy lunches and snacks. This plan also includes a month–at-a-glance calendar that shows you what you could be making all month. Print it out and hang it on the fridge to answer the age-old question of “What’s for dinner?”

Every month, we add new recipes, and your video recipe library continues to grow. You’ll find that certain recipes will become your “staple” recipes that you know and love, which will make the plan even easier. A little repetition in the program is also a good way to use up ingredients and reduce waste. Up to 4 family members (in addition to you) have access to each member subscription. That way, everyone can be part of the planning. Whether you’re a single mom cooking for a tribe or a single dad cooking for a few, you’ll find these videos fun and easy.

Here at MEAL5, we hear this story over and over again: “After a long day at work, I don’t have a clue what to make for dinner or the energy to make it.” Add into that scenario a couple of kids who come home from soccer practice ready to eat their hands off and now you really have a pressure cooker. We’ve made the process much more efficient. You’ll get good food on the table, and it will be good for you! That’s what MEAL5 is here to do for you.

MEAL5 solves the single mom meal planning dilemma as well as the “we want our family to eat healthier meals” challenge. There’s no need to order take-out or eat fast food. You’ll be surprised to find how easy it is to create beautiful meals quickly, and you’ll be proud of the compliments and tasty results.

MEAL5.com is your meal-time “easy button.” Eating healthy is easy with MEAL5. You need help and we can do just that. Let MEAL5 do the thinking and planning for you. We know that if you have a plan and the ingredients to make it happen, making a meal can be easy and fun. Simple, 5-ingredient recipe videos will guide you through getting that healthy, delicious meal on the table in no time.

The team of MEAL5 recipe developers, writers, recipe testers and the production crew are all here for you! Tell us what you like and what ingredients you would like to see added, and we’ll do it! As a MEAL5 member, we want you to get all the support you need, so share your opinions with us. MEAL5 is going to make mealtime stress free and easy for you, so you can really enjoy your dinners together.