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
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  • 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

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

Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage

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This is a great one dish recipe if you want to free up some time. There is very little prep time and once it’s in the slow cooker it will take care of itself until supper time.

This recipe uses salsa as one of the ingredients, I used mild, but if you want to turn up the heat a little bit use medium or hot.

Slow Cooker Spicy Beans with Smoked Turkey Sausage
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 package smoked turkey sausage (12-16 ounces cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 can great northern beans (16 ounces drained and rinsed)
  • 1 ½ cups frozen corn
  • 1 ½ cups salsa
  • 1 large green pepper (chopped)
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Teaspoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are done and sausage is cooked through.
  2. Serve hot.

Adapted from tasteofhome Slow Cooker cookbook

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.

Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe

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This is a simple and delicious side dish recipe. Basically mashed potatoes fancied up a little bit with garlic, cheese, and sour cream.

This recipe is simple and fairly quick to prepare. If you looking for a good side dish give this Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe a try.

Garlic Mashed Potato Bake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 medium potatoes (peeled and quartered)
  • 3 garlic clove (peeled)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives (chopped)
  • 1 ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup French fried onions
Instructions
  1. Place the garlic and potatoes in a 3 quart sauce pan and cover with water; cook until fork tender and drain.
  2. While potatoes are cooking preheat oven to 325F and lightly spray a 1 ½ quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Add butter and sour cream to the potatoes and mash using a potato masher or electric mixer, and then fold in the chives. Spoon the mashed potatoes into the casserole dish and bake for about 20 minutes or until hot. Top with the cheese and French fried onions and continue to bake until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve Hot

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Adapted from blogchef.net

 

Korean Style Pork Chops Recipe

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It has been awhile since I put Asian food on the supper menu. I ran across this recipe on my sons blog; Blogchef.net. It looked really good so I decided to give it a try.

This is a simple recipe and fairly quick to put together. The pork chops turn out juicy and tender with a delicious combination of flavors.

The next time you’re in the mood for Asian food give these Korean Style Pork Chops a try; they are really good!

Korean Style Pork Chops Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl mix together the soy sauce, honey, garlic, sesame oil, ginger, and Sriracha sauce. Work the chops into the mixture, refrigerate, and marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. While chops are marinating preheat oven to 400F.
  3. Remove chops from marinade; reserve the marinade. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the olive oil, cook the chops on one side for 5 minutes. Flip chops and add the marinade to the skillet and continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until chops done. (145F.)
  4. Serve hot with sauce over the chops.

 

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

Crispy Garlic Chicken Cutlets Recipe

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Serve these Crispy Garlic Chicken Cutlets on a bun with your favorite topping or as a standalone with fries. They are seasoned perfectly with garlic and have a delicious crispy coating. This is a simple recipe but does require a little bit of prep time to prepare the bread crumbs.

Crispy Garlic Chicken Cutlets Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 garlic cloves crushed and peeled
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken cutlets (about 1 ¼ pounds)
  • 3 slices white sandwich bread
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Place chicken cutlets in a food grade disposable bag. Add the minced garlic and 3 tablespoons of oil to the bag and work with your hands to coat the chicken; place in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 200F
  3. Tear the bread into large pieces and place in a food processor and process into crumbs. Place crumbs in a pie dish and bake until dry (about 20 minutes)
  4. Place flour in a shallow dish. In a medium size bowl whisk the egg whites foamy.
  5. Let the bread crumbs cool. Mix the cornstarch and garlic power into the bread crumbs.
  6. Place a wire rack over a platter. Remove the cutlets from the bag and season with salt and pepper. Roll each culet in the flour and then dip them into the egg whites, and then roll them in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere. Place cutlets on the wire rack and let rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Place ½ cup oil into a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and add 3 cloves of crushed garlic to the skillet. Cook garlic until golden brown, remove garlic and discard. Cook 3 cutlets at a time until golden brown and done on both sides. Drain the skillet and repeat the process for the remaining three cutlets.
  8. Serve Hot

Adapted from Cookscountry.com

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