20 Good Recipes for Two

20 Recipes for two

20 Recipes for Two



One of the challenges of the newly empty nest is learning to cook for only two people again. One of the awesome things about cooking for two people is that you can try new things and sometimes eat healthier because you no longer have to satisfy the tastes of children. These 20 Recipes for Two are a collection of healthy recipes, chicken recipes, beef recipes, vegetarian recipes, and more (even some desserts). They are perfect empty nest recipes!!

Also check out 5 Weeknight Recipes for Two

For even more recipes for two: Crockpot Meals for Two

You will also love: Tips and Tricks to Make Cooking for Two Easy

and The Best Cooking for Two Cookbook

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Thank you to the amazing food bloggers who shared their recipes for this post!


Beef Recipes for Two Main Dishes

Southwest Steak Salad with Spicy Avocado Dressing by Low Carb Yum

Slow Cooker Chili Lime Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa by The Fit Blog

Asian Beef Salad by The Petite Cook


Chicken Cooking for Two Main Dishes

Chicken in a Lemon, Rosemary, and White Wine Sauce by Emma Eats and Explores

Pressure Cooker Apricot Glazed Herbed Chicken Thighs by This Old Gal


Fish Cooking for Two Main Dishes

Tilapia with New Potatoes, Peas, and Pesto Mayonnaise by Sidewalk Shoes

Smoked Salmon Salad with Avocado by A Lady in France

Thyme Rubbed Salmon with Cauliflower “Risotto” by Sidewalk Shoes


Shrimp Cooking for Two Dishes

Creamy Shrimp Pasta with Cilantro Lime Sauce by Pepper Bowl

Tomato Salsa Shrimp and Rice by Happy Foods Tube


Other Cooking for Two Main Dishes

Fried Cabbage and Potatoes with Bacon by Savory Tooth

Pressure Cooker Super Simple BBQ Pork Spare Ribs by This Old Gal


Vegetarian or Side Cooking for Two Dishes

Barrata Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette by Geeks who Eat

Creamy Buttermilk Pasta by Pepper Bowl

One Pot Spaghetti Aglio e Olio by Savory Tooth

Cooking for Two Desserts

Irresistible Petit Gateau by The Cookware Geek

40 Layer Tiramisu for Two by The Starving Chef

Mini Chocolate Layer Cake by What the Fork


Breakfast Cooking for Two Dishes

Cinnamon Swirl Mug Muffin by Wholesome Yum

Fresh Fruit Smoothie Bowls by Organized Island


Recipes for Two on Almost Empty Nest

Crockpot Recipes for Two

5 Weeknight Recipes for Two


I love cooking for two. It has become one of the best things about empty nesting. I love being able to buy quality ingredients. Another thing I love about cooking for two is eating the leftovers for lunch the next day. Some recipes make slightly more than portions just for two and allow just enough for a good quality and tasty lunch the next day.

Thank you to the bloggers who shared their recipes for 20 Recipes for Two. Be sure to visit their blogs for more recipes and check out my post Crockpot Meals for Two for more recipe ideas. Do you have favorite recipes for two? Where do you find them? What are they? Drop them in the comments below.

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Welcome to Almost Empty Nest! I began this blog in September 2014 after leaving my oldest son at college and realizing that my nest was emptying. Join me on this journey as we explore the path of guiding our children to adulthood and rediscovering ourselves beyond the mom years.


    • You are welcome! It looks absolutely yummy and you can’t feel TOO guilty for making a “mini” chocolate cake.


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