Easy Dinner Ideas for Two People

I know firsthand it can often be a challenge to cook dinner for just two people. My husband and I have become experts at halving recipes or simply embracing leftovers, but to be completely honest, both can be a pain sometimes. What about a meal that perfectly serves two without leftovers for days? These 10 recipes are just that.

1. Honey Garlic Shrimp

This fresh, bright stir-fry is sweet and aromatic but definitely fiery, thanks to a generous pinch of red pepper flakes. Serve it over cooked rice or quinoa to make it a complete meal.

2. Sheet Pan Roasted Tomatoes & Mushrooms

There are many ways to turn these sheet pan veggies into dinner: Pile them on toast, toss them with pasta or a grain like farro or brown rice, or pair them with a piece of fish or chicken.

3. Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

Take all the creamy, rich goodness of chicken Alfredo, roll it into lasagna noodles, and you have a dinner that will cure just about anything the day brought.

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4. Skillet Cod with Lemon and Capers

This simple skillet fish dinner is easy to halve to serve two. It’s one of those meals that feels fancy yet happens to be pretty much effortless.

5. Chicken Parm and Pasta Skillet

Store-bought conveniences are often the secret to success when cooking just for two. Here, frozen breaded chicken breast saves you the hassle of frying up cutlets to make a downsized version of comforting chicken Parm.

6. Pork and Broccoli Rice Bowls

Opting for Broccolini instead of broccoli is a great choice for these rice bowls, as it usually comes in a smaller bunch that’s perfectly sized for two.

7. How To Make Stovetop Skillet Pizza

This skillet pizza is sized to serve two people perfectly. Pair it with a simple salad, red wine, and your favorite show on Netflix.

8. Herbed Gnocchi and Mushrooms

A generous splash of white white creates a light sauce for this herb-flecked pasta — while the bottle’s open, you might as well pour two glasses to enjoy.

9. Thai Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

When the temptation to order takeout strikes, reach for this recipe. It’s arguably faster and definitely rivals anything you could order in.

10. Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs

This is more technique than recipe, which means you can cook as many or as few chicken thighs are the two of you can eat in the skillet and things will turn out great.

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