Empty Nest Recipe Ideas – The Joy Of Cooking For Two

Eat healthier and avoid leftovers with these 20+ 

delicious Empty Nest Recipe Ideas. These easy recipes for two include breakfast, dinner and dessert ideas along with small batch recipes for salad dressings, sauces, granola and more. Light the candles, put on the music and bring back the joy of cooking for two!

Eat healthier and avoid leftovers with these 20+ delicious Empty Nest Recipe Ideas. These easy recipes for two include breakfast, dinner and dessert ideas along with small batch recipes for salad dressings, sauces, granola and more. Light the candles, put on the music and bring back the joy of cooking for two! | Recipes for Empty Nesters | One Dish Kitchen
Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

It’s official! You are now an empty nester – Welcome to the club! There are many changes ahead of you, so get ready – it’s going to be a fun ride. One of the changes to look forward to is learning how to cook for two again. If you’re used to feeding a family every night, meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking for two can seem extremely difficult.

If cooking for just the two of you seems daunting, don’t throw in the kitchen towel just yet. With a little preparation and a handful of wonderful empty nest recipe ideas, 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.

I’ve gathered a few of our favorite empty nest recipe ideas. Each recipe is accessible by clicking the link for each meal and then going to the bottom of the specific meal’s page

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Empty Nest Recipe Ideas

Easy Dinner Recipes for Two

Juicy Roasted Lemon Chicken

This perfect Roasted Lemon Chicken is so juicy and full of flavor. Cooked alongside an assortment of vegetables, it’s a one pan, easy to make meal. The chicken is placed on a bed of fresh chopped vegetables, no roasting rack needed.

Juicy Roasted Lemon Chicken | Empty Nester Recipe | One Dish Kitchen

Stuffed Peppers For Two

These easy to make stuffed peppers are filled with lean ground turkey, onions, garlic, tomatoes, spinach and cheese. Low in carbs and only a few ingredients needed. Healthy and delicious!

Stuffed Peppers| Recipes For Empty Nesters | One Dish Kitchen

Pork Tenderloin

Few other proteins are as tender and juicy as a pork tenderloin. In addition to it’s fabulous flavor, pork tenderloin is incredibly easy to cook, in fact the total cook time is around 25 minutes. It’s tender, juicy and packed with flavor. 

Pork Tenderloin | Empty Nester Recipe | One Dish Kitchen

Twice Baked Eggplant

This cheesy Twice Baked Eggplant reminds me of a healthy twice baked potato. These cheese stuffed eggplant skins are so creamy and delicious, they’ll make an eggplant lover out of anyone!

Twice Stuffed Eggplant For One or Two | Recipes For Empty Nesters | Cooking For Two | One Dish Kitchen

Herb Crusted Turkey Roast

This boneless turkey is tender and juicy and so easy to cook! It’s a great option when you don’t want to cook a large whole turkey.

Herb Crusted Turkey Roast | Empty Nester Recipe | One Dish Kitchen

Breakfast Recipes For Empty Nesters

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

Easy recipe for Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones topped with a sweet lemon glaze. These buttery melt-in-your-mouth scones go so well with coffee or tea and will surely make you look forward to waking up in the morning. This recipe will give you four scones, the perfect amount for anyone cooking for two.

Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Scones | Recipes For Empty Nesters | One Dish Kitchen

Butter Pecan Granola

Homemade Butter Pecan Granola – sweet, crunchy and full of so much flavor. This granola can be ready in minutes. A healthy and delicious breakfast or snack.

Butter Pecan Granola | Empty Nester Recipe | One Dish Kitchen

 

Biscuits For Two

This buttery, easy to make biscuit recipe will give you a small batch of perfect biscuits.

Small Batch Biscuits | Recipes For Empty Nesters | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Banana Muffins

Small Batch Banana Muffins made with 2 bananas. The perfect muffin recipe if you’re cooking for one or two people.These tender, sweet muffins are perfect for breakfast, snacking or dessert.

Small Batch Banana Muffins | Recipes For Empty Nesters | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls

These are the best-tasting cinnamon rolls and can be made with very little effort using store-bought refrigerated biscuits. This easy small batch “cinnamon roll recipe delivers perfectly fluffy sweet rolls topped with an incredible frosting.

Small Batch Cinnamon Rolls | Recipes For Empty Nesters | One Dish Kitchen

Empty Nest Dessert Recipes

Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake For Two

Caramelized bananas top a buttery “quarter” pound cake. The perfect size for two people and a wonderful mini dessert.

Caramelized Banana Upside Down Cake | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

Oatmeal Butterscotch Skillet Cookie For Two

Soft and chewy skillet cookie made with butterscotch and oats. A wonderful small batch cookie recipe!

Oatmeal Butterscotch Skillet Cookie | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

Baked Apples For Two

Naturally sweet apples filled with brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Baked Apples For Two | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

Double Cherry Dump Cake For Two

The easiest dessert recipe in the world. Simply “dump” a jar of Maraschino Cherries and cherry pie filling in a baking dish, top with boxed cake mix, dot with butter and bake. Sinfully delicious!

Double Cherry Dump Cake For Two | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake For Two

If you like chocolate, you will absolutely love this chocolate cake.  It’s incredibly rich with the perfect amount of sweetness.  This cake reminds me a bit of fudge.  Pure chocolate taste with a texture similar to that of a fudge brownie. Top it with strawberry whipped cream for a special treat.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake For Two | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

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Small Batch 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. A recipe that’s full of flavor and wonderful over pasta, chicken or fish.

Small Batch Tomato Sauce | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

Small Batch Blue Cheese Dressing

Small Batch Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing, creamy and easy to make. Perfect for salads or to use as a dip.

Small Batch Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

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 easy recipe will give you the perfect amount.

Small Batch Poppy Seed Dressing | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

Lentil Avocado Salad For Two

This fresh tasting, easy to make Lentil Avocado Salad with a light dijon vinaigrette is topped with tomatoes and avocados. It’s a wonderful meatless main salad.

Lentil Avocado Salad For Two | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

Mint Julep Recipe

Mint Juleps are the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby and the key ingredients needed are simple syrup, bourbon, mint and ice.

Mint Julep | Empty Nest Recipe Ideas | One Dish Kitchen

 

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Eat healthier and avoid leftovers with these 20+ delicious recipes for Empty Nesters. Small batch breakfast, dinner and dessert recipes along with small batch recipes for salad dressings, sauces, granola and more. Light the candles, put on the music and bring back the joy of cooking for two! | One Dish Kitchen #emptynest #cookingfortwo

12 thoughts on “Empty Nest Recipe Ideas – The Joy Of Cooking For Two”

  1. I am absolutely in love with these fabulous recipes for empty nesters! Some of my favorites from this essential recipe collection include: Refrigerator Jam, Chocolate Cake for Two, and Banana Muffins. So darn scrumptious!

  2. I really needed these recipes! I always joke with my husband that I make enough to feed 20 people even though its just us two! I cannot wait to try the oatmeal butterscotch cookie!

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