Eat healthier and avoid leftovers with these delicious empty nest recipes. These easy recipes are perfect for those cooking for two. This is the ultimate list of recipes for empty nesters featuring over 50 main dish recipes, breakfast recipes, amazing side dish recipes, and even dessert recipes for two! So, light the candles, put on the music and bring back the joy of cooking for two!
If you’re used to feeding a family every night – meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking a meal for just the two of you might appear challenging. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with this wonderful list of recipes for empty nesters.
So please don’t throw in the kitchen towel just yet. With a little preparation and a handful of wonderful recipes for two, you will be cooking fabulous meals again in no time.
The best part of it all, you won’t be eating leftovers for days.
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Cooking for two of you can bring about a lot of wonderful changes. You may even find yourselves eating healthier than you did before.
Since you don’t need to satisfy the tastes of your children, you can start purchasing foods you actually would love to cook and eat.
Recipes For Two
Most people visit One Dish Kitchen for our single serving recipes. That’s what we’re known for. But we do have quite a few delicious recipes that can actually serve two – these are the ones we’re highlighting here.
If you’re cooking for one, the recipes you see here are the recipes that provide excellent leftovers. Our recipe for roasted chicken and pork tenderloin are great examples.
Listed below are what we’re calling our Recipes For Empty Nesters.
We’re highlighting dinner recipes that provide just a little extra and are perfect for serving two. Also featured below are breakfast recipes, wonderful side dish recipes and of course, since no meal would be complete without dessert, we’ve got fantastic desserts for two.
Each recipe is accessible by clicking the button for each meal and then going to the bottom of the specific meal’s page.
Easy turkey breast recipe showing how to cook a juicy herb-crusted turkey breast. No basting necessary for this turkey recipe. A turkey breast is perfect for serving one or two people, it’s easier to make and less expensive than roasting a whole turkey.
Healthy, low carb, cheesy zucchini lasagna made with all of the wonderful ingredients found in a traditional lasagna but without the noodles. Substitute thinly sliced zucchini for the pasta and enjoy a tasty gluten-free, flavorful single serving meal.
Cheesy Twice Baked Eggplant reminds me of a healthy twice baked potato. So creamy and delicious, this cheese stuffed eggplant is one of my favorite single serving eggplant recipes and will make an eggplant lover out of anyone!
Quick and easy Fish Tacos recipe, the perfect seafood recipe to serve one or two people. Perfectly seasoned fish baked in minutes in either a toaster oven or a conventional oven and topped with a sweet curried broccoli slaw.
This easy to make stuffed bell peppers recipe features peppers filled with lean ground turkey, tomatoes, spinach, and cheese. Hearty, healthy, and incredibly delicious! This small batch recipe is ideal if you're cooking for one or two people.
Vegetarian Moussaka recipe for one is a meatless version of the classic Greek dish. A flavorful and aromatic sauce surrounding layers of sliced eggplant, yellow squash and carrots. Topped with a creamy and delicious Béchamel sauce, Parmesan and Feta cheese.
Perfect Cast Iron Skillet Roasted BBQ Chicken – Moist and juicy chicken surrounded by perfectly seasoned vegetables all cooked in one pan. It's the perfect meal for small dinner parties or relaxed weeknight meals.
This Twice Baked Potato Casserole Recipe is fantastic! Made with all of the same ingredients you love in your twice baked potatoes but in a casserole form – crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream and more!
You might like to consider adding any of these small batch side dishes to complete your meal. Each of these recipes provide the perfect amount for anyone cooking for two. Also included are small batch sauces, salad dressings, and breads.
How To Make A Small Batch Of Tomato Sauce
An easy recipe for a small batch of tomato sauce made with onions, carrots, celery, garlic, canned tomatoes and a handful of spices.
This traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe is easy to make and requires just a few simple ingredients. Made without yeast, this quick bread recipe yields one small loaf. With a perfectly tender crumb and a wonderful golden crust, this soda bread pairs well with soups, chilis, stews, or alone with butter. | One Dish Kitchen
The easiest and BEST roasted Brussels sprouts recipe! Brussels sprouts, sliced in half and drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper make the perfect side dish or healthy snack. Crispy, full of flavor, and so easy to make.
Thick cut homemade french fries recipe made with 1 russet potato and baked in the oven. This small batch recipe yields the perfect amount of french fries for one person. They're crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside and perfect for dipping in your favorite sauce.
This white queso recipe is our favorite! It's creamy, easy to make, and you only need 3 ingredients. Made without Velveeta, this queso dip is one you'll want to make over and over again. Break out the chips, this queso blanco is sure to become your favorite too!
Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips – A Small Batch Recipe
You just need 3 ingredients to make these homemade baked tortilla chips! They're crisp and delicious and can be ready in minutes. Perfect to enjoy with a dip, with cheese, or alone as a crunchy snack. You'll never go back to store brands when you can make tortilla chips this easily at home.
Quick and easy homemade Black Bean Hummus made with canned, rinsed and drained black beans. This small batch hummus recipe is made with just a few ingredients and is a delicious alternative to traditional chickpea hummus. Enjoy with raw vegetables, crackers or tortilla chips or spread on sandwiches. No tahini needed!
Small Batch Crawfish Beignets with Remoulade Sauce
Crispy Crawfish Beignets Recipe with spicy Remoulade Sauce – this New Orleans inspired small batch recipe yields 5-6 savory, fried crawfish-filled beignets and a side of easy to make Remoulade sauce. A Louisiana tradition, ready in minutes!
Easy recipe for a velvety smooth, small batch of homemade Goat Cheese Dressing. This lovely salad dressing is made with goat cheese, mayonnaise, white wine vinegar, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper all blended together in a blender or a food processor. Ready in seconds and lovely on salads, sandwiches and more!
Small Batch Poppy Seed Dressing – a simple, fresh and flavorful salad dressing made with white wine vinegar, sugar or agave, garlic, poppy seeds, dijon mustard and olive oil. No need to make a large batch, this recipe will give you the perfect amount.
This quick and easy Banana Muffins recipe uses only 2 bananas to make a small batch of muffins. The perfect banana muffin recipe if you’re cooking for one or two people.These tender, sweet muffins are perfect for breakfast, snacking or dessert.
Soft, buttery Small Batch Strawberry White Chocolate Scones made with fresh strawberries. These fruit filled scones are perfect for breakfast or dessert and are so easy to make. This recipe will give you 4 lovely scones.
These Triple Chocolate Scones are a chocolate-lover’s dream! Made with cocoa powder, filled with chunks of rich chocolate and after they’ve baked, each scone is topped with a velvety smooth chocolate glaze. This small batch recipe yields 4 perfect, buttery melt-in-your mouth scones. Ideal for breakfast or dessert.
This homemade Butter Pecan Granola recipe is the only granola recipe you need! Perfectly sweet, crunchy and full of so much flavor. This butter pecan granola can be ready in minutes and tastes so good!
This wonderful donut recipe yields 6 cinnamon sugar donut holes. Easy to make and no yeast needed! This small batch recipe is ideal for satisfying a donut craving. These homemade donut holes can be ready in minutes, no rolling required.
This Mini Orange Oat Breakfast Cake is a dream, it's tender crumb perfumed with oranges makes it ideal for breakfast, an addition to your brunch table or as an afternoon snack or dessert. Made with oats, orange juice and a few other ingredients. Bake in a small baking dish or use the batter to make 2 muffins.
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats Recipe – perfectly spiced and filled with fresh apples. Plus, a great list of other overnight oats recipes. See how easy it is to make a hearty, healthy and delicious bowl or jar of overnight oats with your favorite ingredients.
Small Batch Cherry Pie Filling Recipe – this wonderful recipe yields the perfect amount of cherry pie filling for a mini cherry pie. Cooks in minutes and can be made with fresh or frozen cherries. Enjoy as a pie filling, over pancakes, or even as a yogurt or ice cream topping.
There’s something very special about shortbread cookies. The buttery flavor and light texture makes them the perfect cookie to enjoy with coffee or tea. An added bonus is that they require very few ingredients and can be baked rather quickly. We’ve taken a traditional shortbread cookie recipe and scaled down the ingredients so that the recipe will yield 3 perfect cookies. The addition of melted chocolate makes them even more special.
This lovely lemon bars recipe will yield 3 to 4 small lemon bars, the perfect amount if you're cooking for one. These bars are made with a buttery shortbread crust and a classic lemon filling. Easy to make and the perfect small batch dessert.
This is the best oatmeal cookie recipe! This small batch of soft oatmeal cookies are ones you'll want to keep in your cookie jar. Filled with oats and raisins, these cookies are buttery and crisp around the edges and soft and chewy in the centers. Better than Grandma's!
Celebrate Mardi Gras with this Mini King Cake recipe. A perfectly sweet, festive, tender and delicious king cake drizzled with icing and topped with colored sugar. Easy to make and the perfect size for serving one or two people.
This is the best sugar cookie recipe! This small batch recipe is definitely one for your recipe box. These soft, lofthouse style sugar cookies melt in your mouth and are topped with a rich buttercream frosting.
These Small Batch Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies are THE BEST chocolate cookies! No flour, no butter, no oil needed. They're fudge-like, rich, chewy and easy to make too! Made with cocoa powder, powdered sugar and chopped pecans. This small batch recipe yields 5-6 delicious chocolate pecan cookies. The perfect amount for one or two people!
Small Batch Lace Cookies Recipe – delicate, crispy oatmeal cookies that are easy to make and incredibly delicious! These thin cookies are a holiday favorite. This small batch lace cookies recipe yields 4-5 large cookies.
Microwave Fudge For One – a single serving recipe for rich, smooth, incredibly delicious homemade chocolate fudge. One bowl and a microwave is all you need to make this scaled down version of my favorite fudge recipe!
Keto Fat Bombs – this small batch fat bombs recipe requires only a few ingredients! Cream cheese, cream, and a sweetener. Fat bombs taste just like mini crustless keto cheesecakes and are perfect for anyone following a ketogenic diet.
This is a wonderful small batch pumpkin bars recipe. Tender pumpkin cake topped with a creamy cream cheese frosting and sliced into squares. No need to make a big batch, this small batch pumpkin bar recipe gives you the perfect amount to satisfy a sweet craving.
Satisfy a cupcake craving with this small batch recipe for TWO vanilla cupcakes. These delicious cupcakes have a lovely melt-in-your-mouth texture and are topped with a rich, indulgent buttercream frosting. One bowl and no fancy equipment needed and can be made in a toaster oven or conventional oven.
Baked Apples Recipe – two apples filled with brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Easy to make and perfect for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. An easy apple recipe that's perfect when cooking for one or two people.
This Low carb Lemon Cake recipe is perfect to use when you're craving something sweet. Made with almond flour and Swerve sugar substitute. Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack, this "mini cake" is buttery, lemony and incredibly delicious!
These chocolate truffles are a chocolate lovers' dream. They're rich, creamy, and will melt in your mouth. This small batch Chocolate Truffles recipe is made using only 3 ingredients and will yield 4-5 chocolate truffles.
Cowboy Cookies (Texas Governor’s Mansion Cookies) – Half Batch Recipe
Cowboy Cookies, also known as Texas Governor's Mansion Cookies – these famous jumbo cookies are filled with oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut and are spectacular! You'll love this half batch recipe for these soft and chewy cookies.
This Cherry Dump Cake recipe is the easiest dessert recipe in the world! Made with cherry pie filling, Maraschino cherries, and boxed cake mix. Quick, easy to make, and incredibly delicious. Enjoy this mini cherry dump cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for an amazing dessert!
Flourless Chocolate Cake With Strawberry Whipped Cream
This Gluten Free Chocolate Cake recipe is a rich, glorious dessert that's perfect for date night, as a treat for yourself, or to share. This mini flourless chocolate cake is topped with an easy to make strawberry whipped cream.
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