Easy Dinner Recipes for Two

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I'm loving and living for Facebook Live. If you missed last week's Q & A Thursday you can watch it here.

Y'all asked tons of Qs and so sorry I missed some - they were coming in so fast and furious and I was trying so hard to keep up. But I made a promise to elaborate on some of the more popular Qs with a post.

Not one to break my promises...

Here's my cooking for two love letter to Lily and Menachem who each asked separately about cooking for 1 or 2. (Maybe you guys want to get together? The Jewish mother in me simply can't help but try to make a match!)

But it's not just singles and newlyweds who want tips for two. We've had tons of empty nesters over the years ask us this very same Q. So for the young and young at heart here are some great recipes and ideas for cooking for 1 or 2!

1. Made to Last

I suggest cooking a core recipe that can sit (and may be even better after a day or 2) in the fridge.

Start with an easy oven roasted chicken.

Here are a few of my faves.

HONEY-SESAME GLAZED CHICKEN

1Honey-Sesame-Glazed-Chicken

SUNDRIED TOMATO PESTO ROASTED CHICKEN

2. Turn Leftovers Into Rightovers

Just because the recipe was built to last doesn't mean you have to go and eat the same thing, day-after-day, for 3 days straight! On the first night enJOY your roast chicken just like it was meant to be eaten. On days 2 and 3 use the leftover chicken in new and creative recipes that will make you feel like you are eating something entirely new--because you are!

BBQ PULLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich

PESTO PASTA WITH CHICKEN

Pesto Pasta

ORZO WITH CHICKEN, DILL, AND CHICKPEAS

orzo w_chicken

PESTO CHICKEN FLATBREAD PIZZA

Pesto Chicken Flatbread Pizza

THAI CHICKEN SALAD

Thai Chicken Salad

CURRIED CHICKEN AND RICE SOUP

curried chicken soup

CHICKEN TACOS

chicken tacos wide

3. Repeat

Apply the same chicken concept to beef.

Make 1 of the following:

BALSAMIC LONDON BROIL

Balsamic London Broil with Roasted Onions

STEAK WITH RED WINE GLAZED CARROTS, PARSNIPS AND MUSHROOMS

Steak with Red Wine Glazed Carrots, Parsnips & Mushrooms

BRISKET IN WINE SAUCE

Brisket in Wine Sauce

And turn leftovers into 1 of the following:

TERIYAKI BEEF NOODLES

beef noodles

SPICY THAI BEEF SALAD

k.com_blog_spicy thai beef salad

SOUTHWESTERN STEAK SALAD WITH CILANTRO LIME DRESSING

Southwestern Steak Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

TERIYAKI BEEF BANH MI WITH SESAME CUCUMBER SALAD

Teriayki Beef Banh Mi with Sesame Cucumber Salad

SHORT RIB SLIDERS

Short Rib Sliders

Or take the time to make a BIG batch of quinoa that you can rock all week with these tasty recipes:

ASIAN VEGETABLES WITH QUINOA

Asian Vegetables with Quinoa

CARROT QUINOA SPINACH SOUP

carrot quinoa spinach soup

FENNEL QUINOA PATTIES

Fennel Quinoa Patties for Breakfast, Lunch Dinner or Snack

4. Halve It

Not every recipe can easily be halved. But the following have been vetted just for this purpose--so when halving a recipe listed below you can be sure that the sum of its parts is as great as the whole.

AVOCADO STUFFED SALMON WITH WILD RICE

Avocado Stuffed Salmon with Wild Rice

BLACK BEAN AND SALSA SALMON 

Black Bean and Salsa Salom

Use remaining beans for MEXICAN QUESADILLAS

Mexican Quesadillas

TERIYAKI CHICKEN

teriyaki chicken

CHICKEN RATATOUILLE

Chicken Ratatouille

TERIYAKI BEEF BANH MI WITH SESAME CUCUMBER SALAD

Teriayki Beef Banh Mi with Sesame Cucumber Salad

Making a second appearance in this post but only because it's that deserving of a recipe.

SUNDRIED TOMATO AND BRIE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

Sundried Tomato and Brie Stuffed Portabella

And if you are looking for more mouths to feed - you can always call me!

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