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.

Chicken Florentine for Two

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This Chicken Florentine for Two recipe has a delicious combination of flavors, and the health benefits of fresh spinach. This recipe is the perfect amount for serving two people.

The recipe calls for Parmesan cheese mixed in the sauce and then used again as a garnish – I just used it in the sauce because I did not want to overpower the recipe with the Parmesan cheese. However I did include that step in the recipe.

Chicken Florentine for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (divided)
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon zest (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Pound chicken down to ½ inch thickness; pat dry with paper toweling and salt and pepper on both sides; set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Place the spinach in the skillet with ⅛ teaspoon salt. Cook stirring occasionally until spinach has wilted; set spinach aside in a colander to drain any excess liquid.
  3. Wipe skillet clean with paper towels and place 1 tablespoon of oil in the now empty skillet. Cook chicken over medium high heat until nicely browned and chicken registers 160F on an instant read thermometer. Set chicken aside on a plate and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  4. Place the garlic and shallot into the oil and cook until fragrant, and then mix in the broth and cream. Cook until reduced to about ⅔ cup (about 7 minutes on medium heat). Off heat and mix in two tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste and then mix in the spinach. Let set long enough for the spinach to get warmed through.
  5. Serve chicken topped with the spinach and sauce, and the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.

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Adapted from Cooking for Two CookBook

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.

 

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

Classic Chili for Two Recipe

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This Classic Chili for Two Recipe is the perfect amount for two people and doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time. It is seasoned perfectly for my taste, that being just slightly on the hot side; but if you like it hot; you can turn up the heat by increasing the spices.

If you like chili and your cooking for two give this one a try.

Classic Chili for Two Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • ½ green or red bell pepper (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
Instructions
  1. in a large sauce pan using the oil over medium heat cook the onion, green pepper, and garlic seasoned with the cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt; cook until vegetables start to soften. (3 – 5 minutes) break the ground beef up inco the mixture and continue cooing until ground beef is no longer pink inside.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and kidney beans, bring mixture to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue cooking until chili starts to thicken. (if chili is already thickened skip the last step – if chili starts to stick add ¼ cup water.
  3. Serve hot and enjoy.

 

 

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Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook