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

Crispy Pan Fried Smelt Recipe

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These little fish run in the Great Lakes area early in the spring. Hand nets are used for dipping them. (Catching them)

They are small and very tasty making them a nice spring treat.

This recipe is just basically Flour, egg, and milk with salt and pepper used for seasoning.

If you have smelt available give this Crispy Pan Fried Smelt Recipe a try; they’re crispy and delicious.

Crispy Pan Fried Smelt Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 – 2 pounds smelt (cleaned and rinsed)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and milk. Place 1 cup of flour in a shallow dish; salt and pepper to taste. Place the other cup of flour in another shallow dish.
  2. Lightly coat each fish one at a time in the plain flour, dip in the egg mixture and then roll in the seasoned flour. (lightly coat a platter with flour to place the fish on before you cook them, to keep them from sticking on the plate)
  3. Place about ¼ inch of oil in a cast iron fry pan over medium high heat and cook smelt until browned on both sides and crispy. (cook in batches) Place smelt on paper toweling to drain. (if oil starts to get too brown from the flour start a new batch with fresh oil)

 

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

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara

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This Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara recipe takes some prep time but it is well worth the effort. A little bit of time is saved by using a microwave instead of the oven to firm up the meatballs before they go in the slow cooker.

This is a large recipe that would be great for a potluck or party. If you’re not feeding that many people you could easily cut the recipe in half.

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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Onion Mixture Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • 6 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Ingredients for Marinara
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 ounces each)
  • Ingredients for Meatballs
  • 4 ounces Italian sausage
  • 1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • To finish marinara
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat mix together the onion, olive oil, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook until onions are softened and slightly browned. Place half of the onion mixture in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. For the marinara add the wine to the onion mixture in the Dutch oven and cook until mixture starts to thicken. Mix in the crushed tomatoes and pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  3. Add all the meatball ingredients into the large bowl with the onion mixture, and using your hands mix until well combined. Form into 12 – 2 inch meatballs and place them on a large plate. Microwave for about 7 minutes until meatballs firm up and start to render some fat.
  4. Work the meatballs into the marinara sauce and cook covered until meatballs are done and sauce is slightly thickened (4 – 5 hours on low). Let settle and skim off any fat that is on the surface. Mix in the remaining parmesan cheese – salt and pepper to taste and serve over spaghetti.

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Adapted from Cooks Country TV Show 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

 

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.

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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

Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables

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Spring is here and with a lot of yard work on today’s to do list I decided on this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe for supper to save some time during the day. This recipe is a delicious combination of sauce and vegetables and because it is done in the slow cooker the chuck steak is supper tender.

The next time you need to free up some time by using your slow cooker give this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe a try.

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Recipe type: Slow cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 chuck steaks ( about 6 ounces each ¾ to 1 inch thick – I cut large steaks into 4 serving size pieces)
  • 12 ounces potatoes (skin on cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 4 medium carrots (cut into 1 inch pieces – if large cut them in half lengthwise.
  • 4 parsnips (peeled cut lengthwise and cut into 1 inch pieces
Instructions
  1. place onion, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally or until onions have softened; place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and tapioca.
  2. Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper and place them into the slow cooker kind of working them into the sauce.
  3. Loosely tie the vegetables into a cheese cloth bundle and place them on top of the steaks.
  4. Cook for 8 – 9 hours on low or 5 – 6 hours on high or until steak and vegetables are tender. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl and serve steak, sauce, and vegetables together.

Adapted from Cooks Country

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