They say one may be the loneliest number, but two can be difficult – at least when it comes to dinner.
Whether you're courting a swarm, sharing with a roommate, or catching up with your beast, dinner for Deux can mean too much leftovers and food fatigue. To save the day, these recipes are perfectly portioned for two servings.
1. Pineapple and Beef Pan Dishes
Pan dishes are a staple, but it's easy to get into a rut with them. Mix things up with this recipe, where the sirloin must be marinated in a sweet, spicy soy sauce.
Let that make you happy at work, then come home and cook the meat with some vegetables. Top over brown rice for a simple but tasty dinner.
2. Surfing and Lawn
Sure, you can go to an expensive restaurant to enjoy a combination of seafood and steak ̵
However, this recipe combines silky scallops with juicy fillet mignon. You can comb through the sales flyer and opt for a smaller cut if this is not a special occasion.
With such a fancy dinner you will be surprised how quickly it comes together. It is perfect for an appointment or just to celebrate life.
3. Guinness Shepherd's Cake
Mashed potatoes, ground beef and vegetables, all cooked with Guinness beer? This is the finest comfort food – and all in a neat cake.
Fortunately, comfort food does not have to mean a calorie bomb for this dish. Use lean ground beef and lightly go on the cheddar to reduce calories. If you feel like it, feel free to sneak into additional vegetables.
4. Homemade Salisbury Steak
When you think of a bad elementary school lunch over a Salisbury steak, it's time to prepare it. Bonus: It is baked in the same dish as the potatoes in the oven, so you can have a full dinner ready in just half an hour.
Swap red potatoes for sweet potatoes to increase vitamin A and throw in sliced carrots for extra fiber.
5. Chicken thigh Marsala
Chicken thigh is one of those dishes that is elegant, tasty, and much easier to prepare than you think. If you use chicken thighs, you have a juicy bird. Don't be afraid of dry chicken.
Combined with Marsala wine (best for cooking, not drinking), mushrooms, and shallots, this is what you do to impress someone when you have little time.
Serve over whole grain pasta or with a side salad and crispy bread – you want it to take this sauce!
6. Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles
Get a homemade version of the Chinese snack in 20 minutes. This recipe is gluten free, full of flavor and easy to adjust.
Add more vegetables like mushrooms or carrots, use thinly sliced beef instead of chicken, go wild! This chicken tastes good over zoodles, but you can also serve it over your favorite pasta or with rice instead.
7. Simple 20-Minute Chicken and Broccoli
This super-simple dinner is put together in just a few minutes with eight ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Regardless of whether you use fresh or frozen broccoli, you get a dose of vitamin C and fiber.
If you have a vegetarian eater for serving (or you are one yourself), it also tastes great with tofu instead of chicken, because the tofu absorbs all the delicious flavors.
8. Chicken, Sausage, and Shrimp Gumbo
This triple-threat gumbo can improve your carnival (and Forrest Gump impression) – no beads required. The key to this dish is pre-toasting the flour, which gives it a great bronze color.
This is a great stew you can put together on weekends because it cooks on the stove for hours but only needs your attention for a few minutes.
It's also a great way to include okra, a Mediterranean staple, in your food repertoire. Serve with brown rather than white rice for whole grain products.
9. Paleo Pot Pie
This is as pretty as cake – and Paleo too! Instead of wheat flour, the crust consists of almond and coconut flour, which creates a grain-free yet flaky crust.
As you familiarize yourself, you will be greeted by juicy pieces of chicken and soft pieces of carrot, celery and onions
10. Chicken Spinach Balti
You need a lot for this recipe, but you don't need a lot of time – it's done in less than 30 minutes.
Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties – and its power to lure people from the couch to the kitchen to find out what is being cooked.
In combination with vitamin A-packed spinach and of course chicken, this is a healthy meal that you will love to eat.
11. Tuscan turkey dinner with roasted red potatoes
You don't have to wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy Turkey. However, if you are spending a leisurely vacation for two, this is a great recipe. Instead of dealing with a whole bird, make a turkey in a slow cooker.
But the real star of this meal are the potatoes, seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, chili powder, chives and parmesan. You will make them again as a side dish with other meat, trust us.
12. Italian Chopped Salad
If you are an Italian sub-fan, this main salad is for you. With cannellini beans instead of bread for that hearty feel, and additives like sun-dried tomatoes, this is perfect for a busy weekday dinner.
It is also proof that salads are so much more than boring, pale lettuce. You can use this homemade vinegar dressing for your sandwiches from now on.
13. Cacio e Pepe with bacon
"Cacio e Pepe" is a fine macaroni and cheese and means cheese and pepper. However, this version is a welcome addition: bacon! And because it's served on spiral zucchini, it's lighter than pasta.
Use the highest quality ingredients out there as this recipe doesn't contain many – this is the time to enjoy good bacon and cheese! And make sure you use freshly cracked pepper. The taste is unbeatable.
14. Quick sage and sausage noodles
Spice up pasta with smoky chorizo, sweet red pepper and fresh, cheesy pesto. Oh, and there's also hearty sage and peppery watercress. So much taste, but this meal is ready in 10 minutes. Do it now!
15. Grilled Blackened Tuna Steak
The next time tuna steak is up for sale, take it to your grocery store. If you mix a lot of darkening spices at home and sprinkle on the fish, you will get a thick, spicy crust on your seafood.
No grill? No problem. Do this in a pan on the stove, preferably a cast iron pan. Combine it with your favorite vegetables and a baked potato.
16. Tagliatelle with mussels
If you feel like it, buy mussels that you can usually buy at the fish counter in your local market or in a fish shop.
Garlic mussels are cooked together with a creamy tomato sauce in which you want to dip a fresh baguette. Go straight ahead.
17th Fried Shrimp Vindaloo with Vegetables
This may not be the most authentic Indian recipe, but if it's that good we are ready to overlook the details.
It's loaded with carrots, kale, broccoli, and cabbage vegetables (finally a recipe to use them) so you can get your vegetables. Thanks to the Vindaloo spice, there are also some super delicious shrimp.
18th Fish tacos with mango salsa
The tilapia is not only perfectly seasoned with lime juice, garlic, oil, salt and pepper, but is also topped with a fantastic mango salsa.
Fill these into roasted tortillas and serve with shredded cabbage and avocado slices at every meal by the sea in every season.
19th Linguine and mussels
This light dish is really outstanding. Garlic and onions are first fried in olive oil, then cooked together with mussels (cans are fine), lemon juice, lemon peel and white wine.
Everything is served with al dente pasta and Prmesan cheese for a five-star dinner that does not require any cooking skills. Make sure you use a good wine. you can drink what you don't cook!
20. Creamy avocado pasta and toasted balsamic beet salad
It's amazing how simple ingredients can make such a great meal. Get a serving of healthy fats with avocado that produces creamy pasta without the use of dairy products.
While that alone is good enough, a side with roasted beets with balsamic vinegar, lemon-garlic dressing and walnuts is not recommended.
21. Vegan Ricotta Spinach Lasagna
This version is a fun variant of the "normal" lasagna and uses egg-free Wonton wrappers instead of lasagne pasta and a homemade "ricotta" made from pine nuts, which is delicious in itself.
The longest part of this recipe is the making of the cheese. If you do this earlier in the day, you can assemble and bake the lasagna for dinner in less than 30 minutes.
22. Vegan Lentil Quinoa Taco Filling with Slow Cooker
Lentils are a great option for protein and fiber, but cooking can take a while. That's why this recipe is so smart. The whole shebang cooks in the slow cooker and needs no attention.
When it's done, you'll have a hearty, healthy filling of two types of lentils and quinoa that you can pack in taco bowls. Serve with your favorite Tex-Mex ingredients such as avocado slices, sour cream, salsa and coriander.
23. 20 Minute Vegan Dinner
If you are too hungry to wait for delivery, contact this dinner. Protein-packed quinoa is served alongside chickpeas and asparagus and sautéed to a crispy perfection.
It's uncomplicated, but oh so good. Have frozen spinach and a can of chickpeas ready so you can make them at any time.
24. Maple Glazed Tofu with Garlic Bok Choy
Calcium-rich Bok Choy combined with tofu in this Asian-inspired recipe. We love the homemade dressing made from maple syrup and soy sauce. Serve over brown rice to soak up everything and top off the meal.
There are a lot of things to consider when cooking in pairs. Timing, tablecloths, ambience, maybe even a little mood music (unless you're cooking for your beast, it could be a little uncomfortable). 👀
Fortunately, cooking an impressive meal is no longer one of the things you need to worry about tonight. With just a few healthy ingredients and a little time in the kitchen, you will be glad that you have decided to stay.