Cooking for Two

Something I’ve never figured out in my entire life is how to cook a meal for just two people.

Seems easy enough, right?


At least for me.

I’ve never learned to do it.

I grew up in a family of seven and my parents unofficially adopted all of my brothers’ closest friends.

The house was always VERY full.

Thanksgiving we could manage fitting everyone into one house, although it was definitely cramped.

We quickly learned that we couldn’t fit in the house, eat, and open Christmas presents, because there were too many people.  We started renting out a banquet room at a bowling alley on Christmas day.  We’d bring several slow cookers and make non-traditional Christmas fare, like meatball subs.

After my daughter moved out, my son and I have quickly discovered that we always have way too much food.  Neither of us is keen on having the same leftovers for the next six or seven meals.  Though there is something to be said for the convenience of that.

One thing I have learned in life is to find someone to teach you when you don’t know what you’re doing!

Admitting you have no clue is the first step to solving the problem, right?

Today, I purchased another cookbook (despite the fact that I have more than I care to count).

This time, I purchased a digital edition of a cookbook specifically planned for cooking for two!

It seems like a space saving and money saving way to buy cookbooks, but I’ve never bought one until now.

Frankly, I’ve never purchased a digital edition of a cookbook before because I scribble notes in ALL my cookbooks.

I digress.

I’m pretty excited to try out a few recipes and see how it goes.

I think my son might enjoy trying something new, too.  I love the fact that my kid doesn’t turn his nose up at cabbage soup, but he said I need to get a little more creative in the kitchen than serving up comfort food and deeming everything “Poor Man this” or Poor Man that.

So trying out a digital edition of a cookbook will be a new adventure for me, but I’m slightly thrilled at the fact that it will be one less thing to clutter my home.

Do you know how to cook for two?

Care to share your favorite recipes or any suggestions for great websites for finding recipes for feeding just two?



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  • Please let me know how you like this cookbook as you use it more. I struggle with cooking for two, also. I don’t like leftovers much, either, although I have started making Thursday night leftover night. Glad to see you posting again, my friend. XO

    • Thank you Leslie! My son says “you do know how to cook for two. It is just for two people and five days.” I think he is excited to try a few new things. I will let you know how I like the cookbook as we try the recipes out.

  • I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Right now with two hungry teens in the house, there are never any leftovers. But next year they’ll both be gone, and I have no idea how to cook for just myself and my husband. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Lana, I know what you mean about hungry teens. My son goes in phases of eating me out of house and home, especially when he has company over. More than one teen boy in the house is challenging occasionally, so I can imagine you have your hands full now!

  • I cook all the time for two. I tend to have just enough left over for a lunch the next day for Military Husband. I just cut recipes in half. I love cooking; it’s very therapeutic.