Macaroni and Cheese for Two

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This Macaroni and Cheese is just the right amount for two people. This recipe is really simple to put together, but don’t let that fool you, it’s creamy and delicious.

It you are looking for a simple and quick side dish give this one a try.

Macaroni and Cheese for Two
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup sour cream
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups elbow macaroni (Cooked and drained)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain
  3. In a large bowl mix together the milk, sour cream, and cheese, and then mix in the macaroni until well combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into a 1½ quart casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes or until heated through.

 

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two

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This Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two recipe requires just a few ingredients and very little prep time. The maple syrup and mustard are a perfect combination of flavors. This recipe makes 4 thighs but if you are feeding more people just double the recipe.

Maple Mustard Chicken Thighs for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 bone in chicken thighs (skin and fat removed)
  • 2 tablespoons Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a small bowl mix all the ingredients together except for the chicken.
  3. Pat chicken dry and place in a baking dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spoon 1 ½ tablespoons of the mustard mixture evenly over each thigh.
  4. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until a crust has formed and is slightly hardened on the chicken and temperature is 185F.
  5. Serve hot.

Adapted from Food Network

Skillet Lasagna for Two

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This Skillet Lasagna for Two recipe is simple and quick compared to the oven version of this recipe, and it is just the right amount to serve two people.

Because this one dish recipe cooks in the skillet there is no need to precook the noodles.

Give this one a try; it’s really good.

Skillet Lasagna for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 5 curly edge lasagna noodles (broken into 2 – 3 inch pieces)
  • ¼ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • ⅓ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat using the oil cook onion and ¼ teaspoon salt until onion is softened and starts to brown. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and continue cooking until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Add the burger and continue cooking until burger is no longer pink inside. Breaking up the burger as it cooks.
  2. Spread the lasagna noodles over the top of the burger and pour the crushed tomatoes over the top. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a high simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until noodles are tender (stirring frequently).
  3. Remove from heat and mix in 2 tablespoons of mozzarella cheese and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan, and then salt and pepper to taste. Arrange heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese on top and then top with the remaining mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese. Cover and let set until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Small and Simple Pickled Beets Recipe

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One of my wife’s friends gave her a few beets from the garden, and seeing that it has been years since I have canned pickled beets, I decided to prepare a couple of jars. I used a canning recipe and decreased the ingredients to an amount suitable for the number of beets I had on hand.

I used 3 beets in this recipe about medium size – the amount of brine was just right.

Small and Simple Pickled Beets Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 3-5 small beets
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon whole cloves
Instructions
  1. Cover beets with water and cook until fork tender; drain and set aside. After beets have cooled enough to handle peel and slice beets into ¼ inch slices. Place beets into canning jars.
  2. In a small sauce pan mix together the sugar, water, vinegar, and spices. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and simmer for ten minutes.
  3. Pour hot liquid over the beets leaving about a ¾ inch space from the top. Top with sterilized lids, let cool and refrigerate for at least a couple of weeks before serving.
  4. Note: these are not processed so they must be refrigerated. If you wish to process them cook them in a boing water bath for 12 minutes.

 

Mini Meatloaves for Two Recipe

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This has to one of the best Meatloaves I have ever eaten and just the right amount for two people.  It does take a little bit of time to put it together but it is well worth the effort.

If you are just feeding two people put this one on the supper menu it’s delicious!

Mini Meatloaves for Two Recipe
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Ingredients for glaze
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • Ingredients for Mini Meatloaves
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 small garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup panko Italian bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound meatloaf mix or ½ pound ground pork and ½ pound lean ground beef
Instructions
  1. Direction for glaze – mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Directions for meatloaf
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. In a large oven proof nonstick skillet using 2 teaspoons of the vegetable oil over medium heat cook onion until soft and starting to brown. Add the garlic and thyme and cook for about 1 more minute; transfer mixture to a large bowl and wipe the skillet clean with paper toweling.
  5. In the bowl with the onion mix in the panko, parsley, milk, Worcestershire sauce, egg yolk, mustard, salt, and pepper and then using your hands mix in the ground meat until thoroughly combined. Divide into equal amounts and form into 2 loaves.
  6. In the now empty skillet using 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil cook loaves on both sides over medium high heat until nicely browned on both sides. Top each loaf with the glaze.
  7. Transfer skillet to the oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until done. (160F) let rest for 5 minutes and serve hot.

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Adapted from Cooks County Cooking Two CookBook

Slow Cooker Chuck Steak with Mushrooms and Onion For Two

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They had chuck steak on sale at the local market so I decided to put this slow Cooker Chuck Steak with Mushrooms and Onion For Two on tonight’s super menu. This is a simple recipe that requires very little prep time, and the gravy is delicious server over mashed potatoes.

You can free up your day by cooking this recipe on low which takes it about 6-7 hours to cook, or if you want to speed things up a little bit 4-5 hours on high.

Slow Cooker Chuck Steak with Mushrooms and Onion For Two
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 medium onion (cut in half and sliced about ½ inch thick)
  • 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms (sliced thin)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • 2 chuck steaks (¾ to 1inch thick about 1 pound total)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large microwavable bowl mix together the onion, mushrooms, oil, sugar, garlic, and thyme. Microwave for 5 minutes or until vegetables or softened.
  2. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the onion mixture in the slow cooker and mix in the beef broth and soy sauce. Salt and pepper the steaks and work them into the onion mixture.
  3. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 4-5 or until steak is tender.
  4. Remove steaks and spoon off any excess fat from the gravy. Serve gravy over steaks and mashed potatoes.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for 2

 

Chicken Marsala with Chanterelle Mushrooms

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We have had a lot of rain here in Upper Michigan which has made the wild Chanterelle Mushrooms very plentiful. I have a large number on hand so when I saw this Chicken Marsala with Chanterelle Mushrooms recipe I decided to use some of them and give this recipe a try. The mushrooms, tarragon, and Marsala are a perfect combination of flavors.

Give this Chicken Marsala with Chanterelle Mushrooms recipe a try; it’s delicious.

Chicken Marsala with Chanterelle Mushrooms
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2-3 skinless, boneless, chicken breast halves
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 6 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 8 ounces Chanterelle Mushrooms (sliced)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup dry Marsala wine
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon (crushed)
Instructions
  1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook until mushrooms have given up most of their moisture and start to brown; remove mushrooms from the skillet and set aside.
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  3. In a wide dish such as a pie plate mix together the flour and paprika. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture and set aside. Roll the chicken breasts in the flour mixture to coat. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter to the skilled and cook chicken over medium high heat until nicely browned on both sides and then salt and pepper to taste.
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  5. Place the mushrooms back into the skillet and mix in the broth, Marsala wine, 1 tablespoon of reserved flour, and tarragon. Reduce heat to a high simmer, cover, and cook until sauce is thickened and chicken is done. (About 20 minutes – chicken breasts should be at least 165F.)
  6. Serve sauce over chicken.
  7. I served over spaghetti.

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Adapted from Allrecipies.com

Blueberry Crumbles for Two

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I love the fresh berry season and blueberries are one of my favorites. This Blueberry Crumbles for Two recipe is just right for two people. This recipe requires very little prep time and bakes in less than a half an hour. Serve it warm with ice cream and it is a delicious desert.

Blueberry Crumbles for Two
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • Salt
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup old fashion rolled oats
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces and chilled)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium bowl gently mix together the blueberries with the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and a pinch of salt. Divide blueberries between 2 - 12 ounce ramekins.
  3. In another medium size bowl mix together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Using your hands work the butter into the mixture until dime size clumps form; sprinkle the mixture over the top of the blueberries.
  4. Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake until bubbly around the edges and topping is a deep golden brown.
  5. Let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two

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Here is another simple one dish recipe that is just the right amount for serving 2 people. It uses store bought ravioli witch reduces the prep time considerably and cooks fairly quickly.

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms (cleaned and quartered)
  • 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 package cheese ravioli (fresh or frozen-frozen will take a little longer to cook)
  • ½ tablespoon dried basil
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. using the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the onion and mushrooms until onions start to brown; stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the sausage to the meat mixture and cook while breaking up the sausage. Cook until sausage is no longer pink inside. Stir in ⅛ teaspoon pepper and the dried basil, continue cooking until mixture is slightly thicken.
  3. Add the water and ravioli to the mixture and cook at a high simmer until ravioli is done. (if cooking from frozen you might have to add some extra water if the sauce gets to thick)
  4. Serve topped with the Parmesan cheese.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two

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This Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two has very little prep time and doesn’t require many ingredients.

You can have the pork in the slow cooker , ready to cook, in a matter of minutes.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless county style ribs
  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray slow cooker with cooking spray. Pour the broth into the slow cooker and add the bacon.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Rub the seasoning mixture into the ribs and arrange them into the broth in the slow cooker.
  4. Cook until pork is tender. 5-6 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
  5. Remove pork from the slow cooker, let cool slightly, and pull apart into bite size pieces using a fork.
  6. Pour broth into a fat separator and reserve ½ cup of the broth. Mix together the broth and the BBQ sauce. Place the pork back into the slow cooker and gradually mix in the BBQ sauce mixture to desired consistency. (I used all the sauce with a little over a pound of pork)

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook.