Just because there are only two of you in the house doesn’t mean that the only option for dinner is eating out. Enjoy a delicious meal without the extra bill and the tip. Here are some dinner ideas for a family of two.

It’s Down to Me and You

Maybe you are empty-nesters whose kids have gone to college or moved out. It could be that you are just starting out and do not have kids yet. In either case (and all other cases), cooking may be a bit tricky but it doesn’t have to cost more or stop you from enjoying the benefits of eating healthy and fixing meals at home.

Meal planning is still a viable option. Sit down as a pair and decide what types of things you like to eat. Create a list of dinner ideas so you have something to work from not only this week but for the many weeks to come. Consider theme nights or theme weeks if there are dishes you like to eat more often than others.

Don’t worry if you are not a leftover kind of person. Extra portions can be frozen and eaten at another time. Keep a running inventory of freezer meals and freeze dates so nothing gets freezer burnt or goes bad. Most foods can last at least a couple of months giving you time to be ready for it again.

Dinner Ideas for Two

Here are some ideas to consider when making your dinner selections. Remember, plan your dinners each week to make shopping easy and affordable as well as healthy.

  1. Pasta dishes – One benefit of cooking for two is that you can cook and freeze leftovers and then have a night where each person eats what they feel like having even if it is not the same thing. Pasta can be paired with seafood like shrimp, beef or veal cutlets, chicken and pork. Egg noodles are low in cholesterol and are great for stroganoff. Add your favorite sauces to change the change the dish. For instance, shrimp with Alfredo sauce or beef with tomato sauce and your choice of pasta. Examples: beef stroganoff, shrimp fettuccine Alfredo, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmesan.
  2. Casseroles – These are a great way to incorporate vegetables, meat and starch together. They can be prepped ahead of time. Mix and match ingredients so each one is different in look and taste. Examples: herb chicken casserole, tuna casserole, chicken, broccoli & noodle bake.
  3. Salads – Salads make great side dishes or appetizers for any meal. It cleans your palate for the main course plus providing healthy filler. Create a basic salad and then add ingredients based on the meal for the night. Examples: Caesar salad with pasta, garden salad with casserole or seafood.
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