Recipes for Cooking for One or Two


About This Recipe Collection
“I never cook anymore, now that it’s just me,” say women, especially, once their families are grown and their husbands gone. It's the same for singles and empty-nest couples. Often, it’s just easier to rely on frozen meals. That means no cooking, no waste and no clean-up – but to my mind, no pleasure, either.

So this is a special collection of Kitchen Parade recipes, ones which I hope perfectly blend convenience and freshness, flavor and pleasure. Please note that these recipes are:

usually written for four or more servings
but are especially selected because they either easily adapt for cooking for one or two
or freeze beautifully in individual servings

I'd like to especially highlight my recipe for Chicken Sybil, what I think of as a 'miracle recipe' for singles. It's so quick, so easy, so good!!! With just one technique, Chicken Sybil transforms into 'multiple personalities' with inexpensive on-hand ingredients.


Breakfast
Asparagus Whole Wheat Bread Pudding
Baked Bacon
Broiled Grapefruit
Chilaquiles
Fried Bread
Five-Week Bran Muffins
French Scrambled Eggs
Gashouse Eggs
Ham & Eggs
Homemade Egg McMuffin
Homemade Granola with Almonds & Apricots
Lifetime Pancakes
Magical Breakfast Cream
Mexican Gas House Eggs
Oatmeal: How and Why to Cook It Every Day
Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins
Refried Bean Sauce with Eggs on Top
Shakshuka (Eggs Nested in Summer Vegetables)
Simple French Eggs
Swiss Muesli
Ten-Minute Enchiladas

Favorite Breakfast & Brunch Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Baked Eggs in Cream with Spinach
Easy Spinach Nests



Appetizers
Bacon-Wrapped Dried Apricots
Basil-Cream Cheese Dip
Blueberry Salsa
Cream Cheese-Chutney Spread
Creamy Ricotta with Tomato-Cucumber-Corn Salad
Easy Easy Grilled Mushroom Appetizer
Easy Radish Spread
Easy Shrimp Bites
Fried Okra (Garden Popcorn)
Herbed Ricotta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Hummus
Lemon Basil Shrimp
Parmesan Crisps
Peach & Cantaloupe Soup
Savory Peach Appetizer
Strawberry Salsa with Sweet-Cinnamon Baked Tortilla Chips
Sweet-Corn Soup with Shrimp
Toasted Goat Cheese


Beverages
Cantaloupe Smoothie
Cold-Brewed Coffee
Glöggi (Hot Red Mulled Wine)
Homemade Eggnog
Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
Mango Lassi with Mint
Mango & Beet Smoothies
Old-Fashioned Homemade Lemonade
Sugar-Free Chai Tea
Thirst-Quenching, Low-Cal, Low-Alcohol Drinks



Main Dishes
Beef Lamb Pork Chicken Turkey Fish Seafood Eggs Meatless Pasta Rice, Grains & Beans

Beef
All Courses Lavender: An Easy Romantic Dinner Lavender Steaks, Lavender Potatoes, Lavender Crème Brûlée
Beef Tacos with Avocado, Cucumber, Mango Salsa
Chocolate Chili
Easy-Easy Marinated Flank Steak
Green Chili Burgers
Minnesota Sloppy Joes
My Sister's Recipe for Crockpot Chili
Steak & Tomatoes
Ten-Minute Enchiladas
Ten Tips for Better Burgers
Winter Stew

Lamb
Perfect Lamb Chops

Pork
Caper Chops with Curried Carrots
Coffee Chops
Italian Sausage with Grapes & Greens
Juicy Pork Chops
Mint Julep Pork Chops
Pork Chops & Rice Oven Dinner
Rapini Panini
Spinach Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing
Thick Chops with Mustard Crust
Thick Chops with Sauerkraut
Tropical Salad Supper

Chicken
Asian Chicken Salad
Quick Supper Baked Chicken with Fresh Peaches
Baked Chicken with Herb-Roasted Potatoes
Champion Chicken
Chicken à la King
Chicken Cacciatore
Chicken Cider Stew
Chicken Greek Salad
Chicken Sybil
Chicken with Creamy Cider Gravy
Christmas Chicken Salad
Easy Margarita Chicken
Fast Roast Chicken
Greek Feta Chicken
Grilled Balsamic Chicken
Italian Lemon Chicken
Lime Chicken
Mango Chicken Salad
Moroccan Chicken
One-Pot Chicken with Beans & Vegetables
Parmesan Chicken
Rainbow Chicken
Spiced Yogurt Chicken
Sweet 'n' Hot Chicken
Tin Foil Chicken & Veggies
Vince's Baked Chicken
Winter Stew

Turkey
Turkey Salad Supper with Green Beans & Dried Cranberries
Turkey Tetrazzini

Fish
Cornmeal Catfish with Warm Potato Salad
Easy Baked Fish with Red Pepper & Cucumber Salad
Fish with Garden Fries (Roasted Okra) & Garden Salad
Fish with Herb Butter
Herb-Coated Broiled Fish
Maple Glazed Salmon
Roasted Salmon & Asparagus
Sole with Mushrooms & Onions
Smoked Salmon Salad with Quick-Pickled Cucumbers & Roasted Peppers

Seafood
Cold Shrimp in Creamy Dill Sauce with Capers
Lemon Basil Shrimp
Oyster Stew
Seared Scallops with Chimichurri and Garlicky Polenta
Shrimp Salad Recipes
Shrimp with Tomatoes, Spinach & Feta
Summer Seafood Chowder
Sweet-Corn Soup with Shrimp

Eggs
Chilaquiles
Gashouse Eggs
Homemade Egg McMuffin
Mexican Gas House Eggs
Mini Egg Salad Sandwiches with Rhodes Multi-Grain Rolls
Refried Bean Sauce with Eggs on Top
Shakshuka (Eggs Nested in Summer Vegetables)
Simple French Eggs
Simple Lentil Salad with Seasonal Vegetables
Ten-Minute Enchiladas

Easy Egg Recipes A collection of thrifty egg recipes from my fellow food bloggers

Meatless
Broccoli Rigatoni with Chickenpeas & Lemon
Greens & Grits
Mediterranean Eggplant
Personal Pan Lasagna
Quick 'n' Easy Raw Salad
Ratatouille Omelettes
Red Quinoa Salad Your Way
Shakshuka (Eggs Nested in Summer Vegetables)
Simple French Eggs
Simple Lentil Salad with Seasonal Vegetables
Squash & Carrot Stew
Summer's Tomato Soup
Tropical Salad Supper
Vichyssoise

Pasta
Broccoli Rigatoni with Chickenpeas & Lemon
Lemon & Asparagus Pasta
Personal Pan Lasagna

Rice, Grains & Beans
Cauliflower Risotto
Simple Lentil Salad with Seasonal Vegetables



Vegetables
Acorn Squash with Quinoa & Cherries
Baked Cabbage Wedges
Beet Röesti with Rosemary
Lavender Potatoes
Power Food Broccoli Salad
Fresh Creamed Corn
Fried Okra (Garden Popcorn)
Moroccan Onions
Ontario Greens
Roasted Butternut Squash & Apple
Rustic Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Carrots
Shredded Zucchini with Thyme
Slow-Baked Potatoes

Favorite Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture

For more vegetable recipes than you might believe, also visit A Veggie Venture, my food blog where fresh and seasonal vegetable recipes are served up several times a week. There are hundreds of recipes, so start with my favorite vegetable side dish recipes or the A-Z of Vegetables.




Salads
VEGETABLE SALADS
Borscht Beets
Cauliflower Salad with Fresh Herbs
Festive Holiday Salad
Fresh Corn & Tomato Salad
Nana's Cucumbers
Panzanella
Power Food Broccoli Salad

FRUIT SALADS
Cantaloupe Salad with Feta & Basil
Five-Minute Fruit Salad
Healthy Waldorf Salad
Mexican Fruit Salad
Mojito Strawberries
Savory Orange Slices
Strawberry Pepper Salad
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Thai Cantaloupe Salad

SALAD DRESSING
Buttermilk Balsamic Dressing
My Favorite Dressing
Orange & Cumin Vinaigrette
Traditional Balsamic Dressing

Favorite Salad Dressing Recipes from A Veggie Venture
Buttermilk Garlic Salad Dressing
Homemade Creamy Vinaigrette
Never Buy Salad Dressing Again
a collection of recipes from my fellow food bloggers


Soups
LIGHTER, SIMPLER SOUPS
Cold & Creamy Cantaloupe Soup
Easy-to-Elegant Asparagus Soup
How to Make Homemade Vegetable Soup
Laura's Healthy Carrot Soup
Mushroom Soup
Quick Cauliflower Soup or Quick Broccoli Soup
Spinach Soup with Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs
Summer's Tomato Soup
Very Very Green Green-Pea Soup
Vichyssoise
Winter Tomato Soup

HEARTY SOUPS
At Last! Black Bean Soup
Chocolate Chili
Low Fat Vegetable Soup
My Sister's Recipe for Crockpot Chili
Oyster Stew
Saturday Soup
Smoked Turkey Chowder
Sweet-Corn Soup with Shrimp

Favorite Soup Recipes from A Veggie Venture

For more soup recipes than you might believe, also visit A Veggie Venture, my food blog where fresh and seasonal soup recipes are served up often. There are dozens of soup recipes, so start with a list of favorite soup recipes.



Baking
Finnish Whole-Wheat Flatbread

Desserts
Banana Mango Smoothie
Brown Sugar Peaches
Citrus Slices with Orange Flower Water, Spices & Chocolate Shavings
Easy-Easy Pear Sauce
Grape Salad with Almonds & Cilantro
How to Cook Popcorn in a Microwave in a Paper Bag
Light 'n' Easy Chocolate Pudding
Mojito Strawberries
Peach Uncobbler
Quick Banana Dessert
Roasted Peaches
Roasted Rhubarb
Strawberry Banana Chocolate Crumble
Strawberry Fool
Strawberries in Wine
Thai Cantaloupe Salad


Other
Green Mayonnaise
Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (Garlic & Olive Oil)
Ten-Minute Foolproof Enchilada Sauce






I usually cook for just two and really enjoy it when it's just for me. Why? I can make exactly what I want and not have to worry about the likes/dislikes of others.

While getting amounts right can be a little tricky sometimes, I don't like cooking standard sized batches of foods and either freezing or eating them until they're gone. The exception is soup, but I make smaller batches of soups, too.

I'm glad to see you address this. I enjoy good food and it's better made at home than anywhere else. Even, or maybe especially, when cooking for just one (or two).

Sally
 
This is such a great resource! I always end up with so much food leftover and I hate to waste it but I get sick of the same meals again and again.

I think even families sometimes need this with eveyone's busy schedules - a lot of times not everyone is even eating the same meals.
 
Sally ~ Yes, there's upside to cooking for two. I'm in the other court, however, about eating up leftovers and freezing so "cooking just enough" remains a particular challenge, one I'm working on!

Maris ~ Thanks! And your point about busy families, I missed this so thank you for pointing it out!
 
Thank you, thank you, thank you. My (new) husband and I have been going round and round on the issue of food. I grew up helping my mom cook hearty meals to feed the 4 of us (but most meals were for like, 6, because my dad and brother eat like horses.) and so all of my meals are for way too many people. He doesn't mind until it comes to leftovers. I hate them! And so, we battle over how much to cook of everything. It is so nice to have a resource of meals for 2!

Meagan
 

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Thank you for taking a moment to write! I read each and every comment, for each and every recipe. If you have a specific question, it's nearly always answered quick-quick. But I also love hearing your reactions, your curiosity, even your concerns! When you've made a recipe, I especially love to know how it turned out, what variations you made, what you'll do differently the next time. ~ Alanna