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Cooking for Two Cookbook

Updated on May 30, 2013

Cooking For Two

I had been used to cooking for 4-5 people ever since I can remember. It was hard for me to start cooking for just two when the "empty nest" syndrome hit. I always had too much food. I had been raised to believe too much food is better than too little. I could only serve leftovers so much before hubby started complaining that our meals were becoming too repetitious. Because of this, I was wasting a lot of food. My husband and I needed to start eating less. That is how this cookbook came about. I wanted to start making my meals for 2 not 4-5 people.

Photo credit: This little cutie is from the public domain and modified by me.

Cooking For Two Cookbook - Add Candles For a Romantic Meal

Cooking for Two: Add Candles for a Romantic Meal
Cooking for Two: Add Candles for a Romantic Meal

This cookbook is specifically set up for cooking for one or two. This cookbook would be great for a single person, college student, newly married couple,or a newly divorced or widowed person. The cookbook is divided into categories. To make it even greater, it is in large print and a lot of the recipes have recommended menus.

Another good excuse to buy this cookbook is to give to your daughter for her hope chest.

 
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A Few Tips

For Cooking For Two

1. Buy Frozen fruits, vegetables, chicken breasts or fish fillets in bulk when on sale. Just take out and use what you need for that meal.

2. Keep ready-to-eat, low-fat, reduced-sodium canned soups and low-fat frozen meals or prepackaged single-serving foods on hand.

3. Use your freezer to store your foods whenever possible. You can freeze breads, meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts and seeds. By freezing your food, you keep it fresh and keep you from having so much waste. Freeze it as soon as you get it. Don't wait.

4. Cook a big batch of food and freeze the leftovers in individual servings for future use. This way, you only take out what you need. Don't forget to write the date and contents on each of the packages. Make sure you move the older batches to the front each time. This way, you eat the oldest first. Again, it prevents waste.

5. For quick and easy cooking, make one dish meals whenever possible. Put as many of the food groups into this one dish meal.

6. Plan meals so that you can use extras in this meal. A good example is rice. Use it as a side dish with one meal and then add it to a pudding or casserole for another meal.

7. Use the cookbook above to make just enough for you and one other person.

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A Few Items

For Your Kitchen

When the two of you sit down to eat, you will need some nice cups to drink your beverage from. I have a nice selection of cups in various categories for you to choose from. You can find more cups in various sizes in my other stores on Zazzle.

Rainbow Lorikeet Mug

Beautiful Beach and Palm Tree Mug

Harwich (Essex) Mug

Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken and Dumplings

Serving Size

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Cup chicken or turkey broth
  • 1 Cup boneless pieces of cooked chicken or turkey
  • Salt and pepper (as desired)
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  • DUMPLING DOUGH
  • 1/3 Cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix the flour and water in a pan until smooth.
  2. 2. Slowly stir in broth.
  3. 3. Cook and stir until thickened.
  4. 4. Add chicken or turkey, salt, and pepper.
  5. 5. Heat to boiling.
  6. 6. Mix dry ingredients for the dumplings together and add milk.
  7. 7. Drop dumpling dough from a tablespoon onto gently boiling mixture to make 4 dumplings.
  8. 8. Cover pan tightly and cook slowly for 15 minutes without lifting lid.
  9. Menu Idea: Serve with green beans and sliced peaches.
  10. This recipe comes from page 64 of Cooking for Two, Add a Candle for a Romantic Meal
  11. Photo credit: This is a picture of my finished meal all ready to eat.
Cast your vote for Chicken Or Turkey and Dumplings

Step By Step Pictures - To go with the recipe

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I made the broth by putting the left over meat and bones in the crockpot with juice from Chicken and potatoes and left it overnight.Get all of your ingredients together. I doubled the recipe.Get your pot that you plan to make your Chicken and Dumplings in. I decided on my husband's cast iron pot because it had a lid that would be tight. Big mistake as the chicken and sauce burned to the bottom of the pot. Thank goodness it didn't make thAdd flour and water and stir until smooth.Add broth slowly to keep smooth and cook until thickened.Add chicken, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.Mix ingredients together for the dumplings.Drop by the Tablespoon into boiling broth. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes without lifting lid.This is what the meal looked like when done.Here is a bowl of the Chicken and Dumplings. It tasted really good. I would change one thing though. I would double the first 3 ingredients to give it more gravy. Hubby agrees. I would also use another type of pot.Now all that is left is the dishes. YUCK! I didn't have the pot in the picture either. Oh, well. Anything good comes with a bit of bad.
I made the broth by putting the left over meat and bones in the crockpot with juice from Chicken and potatoes and left it overnight.
I made the broth by putting the left over meat and bones in the crockpot with juice from Chicken and potatoes and left it overnight.
Get all of your ingredients together. I doubled the recipe.
Get all of your ingredients together. I doubled the recipe.
Get your pot that you plan to make your Chicken and Dumplings in. I decided on my husband's cast iron pot because it had a lid that would be tight. Big mistake as the chicken and sauce burned to the bottom of the pot. Thank goodness it didn't make th
Get your pot that you plan to make your Chicken and Dumplings in. I decided on my husband's cast iron pot because it had a lid that would be tight. Big mistake as the chicken and sauce burned to the bottom of the pot. Thank goodness it didn't make th
Add flour and water and stir until smooth.
Add flour and water and stir until smooth.
Add broth slowly to keep smooth and cook until thickened.
Add broth slowly to keep smooth and cook until thickened.
Add chicken, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
Add chicken, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
Mix ingredients together for the dumplings.
Mix ingredients together for the dumplings.
Drop by the Tablespoon into boiling broth. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes without lifting lid.
Drop by the Tablespoon into boiling broth. Cover and let cook for 15 minutes without lifting lid.
This is what the meal looked like when done.
This is what the meal looked like when done.
Here is a bowl of the Chicken and Dumplings. It tasted really good. I would change one thing though. I would double the first 3 ingredients to give it more gravy. Hubby agrees. I would also use another type of pot.
Here is a bowl of the Chicken and Dumplings. It tasted really good. I would change one thing though. I would double the first 3 ingredients to give it more gravy. Hubby agrees. I would also use another type of pot.
Now all that is left is the dishes. YUCK! I didn't have the pot in the picture either. Oh, well. Anything good comes with a bit of bad.
Now all that is left is the dishes. YUCK! I didn't have the pot in the picture either. Oh, well. Anything good comes with a bit of bad.

If You Are A Busy Person

try using a crockpot to cook your small meals in. They have lovely small crockpots to help you do this. They are sometimes called slow cookers also. This will save you time and is very convenient in that your meal will be waiting at home when you are ready.

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Do You Cook For One or Two? - What do you think?

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @justholidays: I plan to write some more cooking for two cookbooks in the future.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @pimbels lm: All you have to do is double the recipes for now and then later cook them for two.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @ElizabethJeanAl: I know. We have a tendency not to eat all of our leftovers either.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @GonnaFly: I had considered cooking in bulk and freezing but don't have the space in the little freezer we have and don't have room for another freezer.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @Spook LM: I know. This is why I considered writing this book. Also because I have grandchildren getting ready to go out on their own.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @UKGhostwriter: Thank you.

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      justholidays 5 years ago

      I cook for just two and it's not always easy to come up with recipes. So such a cookbook might be a great help!

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      The chicken and dumplings look delicious. I still have to cook for four, but it won't be long, the I cook only for two. Great tips.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      After cooking for a family for years, cooking for two again is hard. I end up cooking way more than we need. I hate eating left-overs.

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      We're not at this stage yet, but it will come soon enough! I'm sure I will be doing the cooking in bulk and freezing method when the time comes :-)

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Our kids are suddenly all grown up, so now we are reaching this stage as well.

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      aliciamaggie54 6 years ago

      Dumplings looking good!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Excellent lens - well done

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @ohcaroline: Thank you, Caroline. I like the idea that the recipe uses precooked chicken or turkey that came from another meal.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Jerrad28: Thank you. I am glad that this lens helped you.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I am constantly dealing with this dilemma of cooking for one...and I don't like to eat 6 meals of the same thing. I get bored with eating the same thing all the time just to get rid of a dish I prepared. Sometimes I freeze the rest. My cooking has drastically changed the older I get. :) I cook simpler meals now. If I could...I would eat out every day and forget cooking. This is a great recipe for chicken and dumplings. Thanks. And good for you for publishing your own recipe book.

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      Very helpful! Thanks!!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @NoYouAreNot: Thank you on the congrats, Helenee. What is so great about the recipes in this book is that it uses a lot of convenience foods so they are quick and easy. I don't think I have said this anywhere but now you know. LOL Also, I love using my crockpot whenever possible so that it is convenient also.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @athomemomblog: I go for the freezing idea 100%. I used to do that when I was single....that is another lens in the working though. LOL

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @happynutritionist: Thank you. I forgot about "empty-nesters" when I was making a list of who the book would be good for. Thank you for reminding me.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @GiftsBonanza: Thank you for your compliment on the lens and the congratulations on the cookbook.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @jmsp206: I hope others think so, too. Trying to work on a second volume. Might make it by categories though.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @annieangel1: Oh, thank you for the compliment and for my second blessing.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @ZenandChic: Thank you for the blessing.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Well, I think I will do the other way around and increase the recipe for chicken with dumplings! Sounds great. I usually cook for three, you might say, the children count for half each!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Thank you, Sandy. There are so many people who need to cook for one or two anymore that I thought it was a good idea. Especially since my family is down to cooking for two again.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @LouisaDembul: LOL, I will see if I can do one on a larger recipe, too. This was a great recipe.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you, Susan.

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      Congrats on your cookbook. Certainly a very good idea. Cooking for two (1.5, I'd dare say), I have often sidesteped a more complicated, longer to prepare dish for sthg more quick and easy. It just seems such a waste of time spending many hours in the kitchen for one or two people.

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      Genesis Davies 6 years ago from Guatemala

      I spent many years cooking for just one or two people and it's definitely a challenge to reduce regular recipes. I also recommend making regular amounts and then freezing them in individual portion sizes. For example, make a batch of chili that would feed 10 people and eat two portions, freezing the other 8 in Ziploc bags. Then you have meals for those days when it just seems easier to pour some cereal. It's also easy to thaw two or more bags if you have company.

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      How wonderful to have created a cookbook, such a helpful book for those who are single, just married, or "empty-nesters":-)

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Congratulations on getting your cookbook published! Great lens :)

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Lovely cookbook for that loving couple!

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      nicely done - Angel blessed and featured on my Angel blessed in May lens.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Wow! Very nicely done! Blessing it!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I love chicken dumplings. Thanks for the recipe. Nice idea to have a cookbook for just one or two people to cook for.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      How exciting to have published a cookbook! I've finally adjusted to cooking for two, for the most parts, but the more recipes, the better!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: You are quite welcome. There are more to come.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for your new recipe.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @miaponzo: I think I am on a cooking for two trend right now. I am currently working on one called Crockpot Chicken and Dumplings for two

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      YUMMY recipes for two!!! Thanks!