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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
Easy Dinner Recipes for Two
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Breakfast Recipes For Empty Nesters
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.
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.
This buttery, easy to make biscuit recipe will give you a small batch of perfect biscuits.
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.
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.
Empty Nest Dessert Recipes
Caramelized bananas top a buttery “quarter” pound cake. The perfect size for two people and a wonderful mini dessert.
Soft and chewy skillet cookie made with butterscotch and oats. A wonderful small batch cookie recipe!
Naturally sweet apples filled with brown sugar, oats, cinnamon and nutmeg.
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!
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.
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 Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing, creamy and easy to make. Perfect for salads or to use as a dip.
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.
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.
Mint Juleps are the traditional drink of the Kentucky Derby and the key ingredients needed are simple syrup, bourbon, mint and ice.
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