Meal Planning Ideas for Two are featured as part of our Weekly Meal Plan. Sometimes cooking for two can be a little tricky. What do you do with all the leftovers? You won't have to worry about any leftovers if you try these recipes featured this week. Let’s talk about this week’s meal plan!
Together with printable menus available for you to customize for your family’s dinner, you can use these recipes to inspire meal planning ideas for two this week. Make sure you check out 10 Essentials Pantry Items and Freezer Meal Planning Tips to further help you customize your family’s dinner.
Tips for Cooking for Two
Now that the kids are grown how do you handle scaling down your favorite recipes for just the two of you? How do you handle grocery shopping?
After both our kids married and moved out, I found myself still purchasing larger quantities of food even though I'm only cooking two meals most nights.
Here are a few tips I've learned along the way that help me get dinner on the table for just two of us now:
- Go ahead and buy meat in bulk; especially when it's on sale. When you get home from the grocery store, divide the meat into two serving portions, wrap, label and freeze.
- Purchase mason jars to help you store extra dry goods such as pasta, beans and rice. You'll be surprised at how well mason jars keep things fresh!
- Wash fresh vegetables once you get home from the grocery store. Make sure they're completely dry before storing them wrapped in paper towels and then in a plastic storage bag. The paper towels will absorb the excess moisture keeping the vegetables fresh longer.
- The above tip works great for fresh herbs too!
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Meal Planning Categories
This is just an example of how I like to meal plan. You could also incorporate a “leftover meal” or even “clean out the refrigerator” night. This is something we do at least once a week or every 10 days.
Assign each day of the week a different category and then plan a meal according to that category.
- Monday - Meatless, Vegetarian or even Leftovers from the weekend.
- Tuesday - Taco Tuesday or Mexican Recipe
- Wednesday - Chicken, Beef or Fish
- Thursday - Pasta or Italian Night
- Friday - Sandwiches and Soup
- Saturday - Pizza or Eat Out, Order In
- Sunday - Comfort Food Meal
- Monday - Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls from Toaster Oven Love
- Tuesday - Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
- Wednesday - Filet Mignon with Easy Pan Sauce from Umami Girl
- Thursday - Lemon Butter Salmon and Pasta from Recipes from a Pantry
- Friday - Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Soup with Homemade Garlic Bread
- Saturday - Cast Iron Skillet Pizza
- Sunday - Lasagna for Two from Sunday Supper Movement
Now, pick a side dish to serve with the recipes listed above. Side dishes should include potatoes or rice along with one or two veggies. A tossed salad with homemade ranch salad dressing is always nice too.
More Meal Planning Ideas
There are quite a few printables to help you get dinner on the table for your family. The Weekly Meal Plan Printable, Pantry List Essentials, even the Keto Friendly Food Lists are all available once you sign up for my weekly newsletter, you’ll be able to download and print them out.
If you’re already a subscriber, check your email for this week’s newsletter. I included the password to enter the WOS Printable Library. Or just leave me a comment below and I’ll send the link directly to your email.
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