Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two

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If you’re cooking for two, and in the mood for chili, but you want to get away from the red meat give this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two recipe a try.

By slow cooking the turkey on low the turkey burger stays nice and moist and the flavors blend perfectly.  If you are cooking for more people just double the recipe.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili for Two
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey (not ground turkey breast)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can pinto beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle in adobo sauce
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook the turkey, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, and cumin in a large skillet over medium high heat stirring and breaking the turkey into chunks as it cooks; cook until no longer pink inside.
  2. Place the burger mix into a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chili, and tomatoes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cook covered 4 hours on low. (cooking on low keeps the turkey moist)
  4. Serve hot garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Slow Cooker Sirloin Steak Tip Stew for Two

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Sirloin steak makes an almost perfect stew meat. This Sirloin Steak Tip Stew is a delicious combination of flavors and is very simple to put together. There is very little prep time so you can have it in the slow cooker quickly, and go about your business for the day.

Slow Cooker Sirloin Steak Tip Stew for Two
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 8 ounces small red potatoes (skin on cut into about 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 carrots (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon instant tapioca
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound sirloin steak tips (cut into 1 ½ inch pieces)
  • ⅔ cup frozen peas (I forgot to put the peas in the dish when I prepared it, and it was still super good, so I will list the peas as optional)
Instructions
  1. Lightly spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the oil, tomato paste, garlic, and thyme. Microwave for about 1 minute stirring occasionally; pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  3. Mix in the beef broth, potatoes, carrots, tapioca, soy sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  4. Mix the meat into the mixture, cover, and cook on low for 6 – 7 hours or until meat is tender. (4 – 5 hours on high)
  5. Using a large spoon scoop any excess fat off the top. Add the peas and let sit for about 5 minutes for peas to get heated through.
  6. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two Cookbook

Teriyaki Chicken for Two

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This Teriyaki Chicken for Two recipe was adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for two cookbook. I found their procedure for crisping the chicken pretty unique. They weighted the chicken down by placing a large pot on top of the chicken weighted with 2 (14-15- ounce cans of whatever you may have on hand). The chicken browns evenly, and is nice and crisp.

This recipe is quick and simple to prepare and doesn’t require that many ingredients; my wife absolutely loved the sauce.

Teriyaki Chicken for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon cornstarch
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Cover the bottom of a large sauce pan with aluminum foil using enough foil to bring the edges to the top to secure it. Place 2 cans 14 – 15 ounces each inside the pan for weight. (I lightly sprayed the bottom of the aluminum foil with cooking spray).
  2. Trim any excess skin and fat off the chicken and salt and pepper to taste. In a nonstick skillet using the oil over medium high heat place chicken in the skillet skin side down, and then place the weighted pan on top of the chicken. Cook for 10 minutes or until skin is nicely browned and crispy. Flip chicken and continue cooking until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 175F; remove from skillet and set aside on a plate and then remove any fat left in the skillet.
  3. While the chicken is cooking in a bowl whisk together the sugar, soy sauce, mirin, garlic, red pepper flakes, and cornstarch until thoroughly combined. Pour the mixture into the skillet and bring to a simmer and then place the chicken in the skillet skin side up. Cook until sauce thickens and turns glossy, and then turn the chicken in the sauce to evenly coat.
  4. Serve hot.

 

Slow Cooker Chili for Two

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This simple slow cooker chili recipe for two doesn’t require a lot of prep time, but takes enough time to cook in the slow cooker so you can get some things done while it’s cooking.  The chili is a little on the spicy side, but for me was just right. If you want to add a little more heat increase the amount of chipotle chili in adobo sauce or add some cayenne pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Chili for Two
 
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 can kidney beans (15 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili in adobo sauce (minced)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the ground beef, chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, and cumin in a large skillet over medium high heat stirring and breaking the burger into chunks as it cooks; cook until burger is no longer pink inside.
  2. Place the burger mix into a slow cooker lightly sprayed with cooking spray and mix in the beans, tomato sauce, chipotle chili, and tomatoes. Season with ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  3. Cook covered for 3 to 4 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low.
  4. Serve hot garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

 

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two

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This Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two is simple to put together and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients This is just a basic recipe and is easy to fancy up a little bit by adding additional ingredients like mushrooms and bell peppers; however it is good just the way it is written.

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can tomatoes (28 ounces) drain and reserve ¼ cup of the juice
  • 16 ounces boneless country style ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary (minced)
  • ½ cup dry red wine (I used cherry in this recipe)
  • 2 cups Ziti pasta (uncooked)
  • Grated Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Pulse tomatoes in a food processor until coarsely chopped; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil brown the ribs on all sides; set aside on a plate. In the same skillet cook the shallots seasoned with ¼ teaspoon salt until softened. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the wine, scrapping any dripping from off the bottom of the skillet. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about half.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes with the reserved juice and work the pork ribs into the mixture, cover, and cook on simmer for about 1 ½ hours until pork can easily be separated with a fork. Remove pork to a plate and let cool slightly and then using a 2 forks separate into bite size pieces; stir the pork back into the sauce in the skillet; salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
  4. About 15 minutes before the pork is done cook pasta according to package directions; drain and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
  5. Mix the pasta and sauce together adjusting the consistency if needed with the reserved pasta water. Serve garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

 

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two

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If you’re cooking for two this is a great recipe to free up some time by using the slow cooker. There is only about 15 minutes of prep time and 4 – 5 hours of cooking time. It’s a great way to free up an afternoon, and because it’s a one dish recipe supper will be ready to serve.

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of kielbasa sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cooks cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker on bottom and sides with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the kielbasa, onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, and thyme. Microwave for 5 minutes stirring a couple of times while cooking; place in slow cooker.
  3. Add the rice and mix in ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add the thighs into the slow cooker mixture.
  4. Slow cook for 4 – 5 hours until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 185F. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and using 2 forks separate chicken into bite size pieces. Stir the chicken and green onions into the rice mixture, salt and pepper to taste and serve hot. Enjoy

 

Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

Monte Cristo Sandwiches

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These Monte Cristo Sandwiches take grilled cheese sandwiches to the next level – absolutely delicious!!

These grilled cheese sandwiches are quick to make, making them great for lunch, or an after school supper; you can have them on the table with some fries in less than a half an hour.

Monte Cristo Sandwiches
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 6 Slices of White Sandwich Bread
  • 4 Slices of Deli Turkey
  • 4 Slices of Gouda
  • 1 Tbsp of Mayo
  • 1 tsp of Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • 3 Eggs
  • Milk - a little less than ¼ cup
  • Seasoned Salt to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter
Instructions
  1. in a small bowl mix together the mayo and mustard; aside.
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  3. In a shallow wide bowl whisk together the eggs and milk – big enough to dip one side of the sandwich in.
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  5. Lay out three pieces of bread, spread a thin layer of the mayo on one piece and top with a slice of cheese and then a slice of turkey (I used several slices because I used thinly sliced). For the second piece of bread spread on a little more of the mayo mixture and top with another slice of turkey and place another slice of cheese on top and place the 3rd piece of bread on top of that to form the sandwich.(do not skip the last slice of cheese it is needed to hold the sandwich together when the cheese melts).
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  8. In a nonstick skillet over medium high heat melt the butter along with the oil. Dip each side of the sandwich in the egg mixture like you are making french toast. Place in the skillet and cook until golden brown, flip, and continue cooking until nicely browned and cheese is melted.
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Adapted from Laura in the Kitchen

Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two

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Some time baking a whole cake for two people just doesn’t make a lot of sense. This Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two recipe bakes in two ramekins making just the right for two people. This is a simple and quick recipe, just add ice cream and you will create a delicious dessert for two.

Chocolate Fudge Cakes for Two
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate ( 2 ounces chopped and 1 ounce broken into 2 pieces)
  • ¼ cup half and half or whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons egg (lightly beaten at room temperature)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix the chopped chocolate together with the milk. Heat the mixture in a microwave for 1 -3 minutes or until chocolate is melted stirring the mixture until smooth, stir in the sugar and mix until sugar is dissolved; let cool slightly. Mix in the oil, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Mix in the flour to form the batter until just moist.
  3. Lightly spray two ramekins with cooking spray and divide the batter between the two. Push one piece of the remaining chocolate into the center of the batter of each ramekin.
  4. Baked for 15 minutes or until tops are just firm and center is gooey; let cool for 3 – 5 minutes and serve warm with ice cream on top.

Adapted from Cooking for Two cookbook

Buttermilk Pancakes for Two

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This recipe has just the right amount of batter to make about 8 small pancakes, just right for two people. This is a simple recipe that requires just a small amount of ingredients – chances are you will have everything on hand,

If you’re looking for a simple and quick breakfast recipe give this Buttermilk Pancakes for Two recipe a try. Enjoy

Buttermilk Pancakes for Two
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted and cooled)
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray or oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
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  3. In another bowl whisk together the egg, buttermilk, sour cream, and melted butter.
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  5. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined and just moist; batter will be lumpy with some dry streaks. Let rest for 30 minutes before using.
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  7. In a large skillet over medium high heat, using a light coating of oil or cooking spray cook pancakes ¼ cup batter at a time until golden brown on one side, bubbles form on top, and edges start to firm up. Flip and continue cooking until browned.
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  9. Serve hot.

Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

Cranberry Pecan Muffins for Two

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I had some frozen cranberries on hand so I decided to give this Cranberry Pecan Muffins Recipe a try. In all honesty I didn’t think it was going to be that good, but what a surprise they are delicious!!

if you have fresh or frozen cranberries on hand give this one a try.

Cranberry Pecan Muffins for Two
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Streusel Topping
  • 2 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoon chopped pecans
  • Muffins
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup pecans (toasted and cooled)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (room Temperature)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter (melted)
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon confections sugar
Instructions
  1. Directions for topping
  2. In a small bowl mix together the flour, butter, brown sugar, salt, and granulated sugar until mixture resembles wet sand. (a fork works good for this or use your hands) Mix in the pecans and set aside.
  3. Muffins
  4. In a medium size bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt; set aside.
  5. Place the pecans and sugar in a food processor and process until mixture resembles coarse sand.; and place mixture in a large bowl.
  6. Mix in the egg, milk, and melted butter until thoroughly combined. Add the flour and mix until just moist; set aside 30 minutes until thickened.
  7. While batter is resting preheat oven to 375F and spray 4 muffin cups with cooking spray. Place cranberries, confections sugar, and a pinch of salt in the food processor and process until coarsely chopped.
  8. Mix the cranberry mixture into the muffin batter and divide the batter equally among the 4 cups. Top evenly with the Streusel topping and bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown and a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, remove from tin, and cool for at least another 10 minutes before serving.

Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook – Cooks Country