Whether you’re used to cooking for just yourself or you’ve recently become empty nesters, cooking for two doesn’t have to be intimidating or challenging. This collection of fun and healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes are all perfectly portioned for two. Follow them step-by-step or use them as springboards to create your own delicious dishes.
If you and your spouse or roommate don’t have much time in the morning, but still want to eat a hearty meal, then this is a definite winner. All you need is two avocados, four eggs, and about two minutes of prep time. Throw them in the oven, go get dressed, and they’ll be ready to enjoy when you’re done. Since this recipe is filled with healthy fats and protein, it will help keep you feeling full until lunch time. That means there’s no need to load up on extra calories from a mid-morning snack.
If you love eggs, but don’t like indulging in the yolk, then try this egg white scramble. It’s perfectly portioned for two and is loaded with flavors thanks to the garlic, tomatoes, and spinach. Along with the flavors, it’s also bursting with nutrients. The spinach alone offers zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, and fiber. That’s not to mention the abundance of vitamins such as A, B, C, E, and K.
Who the heck has time for dishes in the morning (and even if you do, who really wants to clean first thing in the A.M.)? That’s one of the worst parts about making a good breakfast, don’t you agree? If you want to avoid a mess, try this one-pan breakfast quesadilla that’s portioned for two. This recipe calls for protein-packed eggs, vitamin-rich veggies, fat-fantastic avocado, and a few spices to give the dish an extra kick.
YES … just YES! This baked breakfast dish calls for potatoes, eggs, asparagus, onions, garlic, cheese, and bacon. Plus, a ton of other healthy spice. While it’s obvious this dish is oozing with flavor, it’s also obvious that it can be made much healthier. If you feel like splurging, follow the directions step-by-step. If you want to make this dish a bit cleaner, though, you can easily swap out (or completely eliminate) the cheese and bacon. If you are looking to swap these ingredients for something else, try a dairy-free cheese and some turkey bacon.
If you truly are pressed for time in the mornings, why not make your breakfast the night before? Overnight oats are extremely easy to prepare, you can eat them on the go, and they’re loaded with healthy ingredients. This recipe, for example, calls for bananas, a fruit that’s full of dietary fiber that benefits digestion. This particular overnight oats recipe also uses chia seeds. While chia seeds are tiny, they are a nutritional powerhouse. They’re rich in fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. Researchers say this nutrient-dense superfood can fight free radicals, boost energy, support heart health, support healthy digestion, help build muscle, and aid weight loss.
Speaking of chia seeds, you can also make your own homemade chia seed pudding. Whip up a batch in the evening, pop it in the fridge to set overnight, and dig into your creamy meal in the A.M. This dish is completely gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free.
Looking to add more protein to your diet? This dish can definitely do the trick. That’s because just one cup of quinoa contains approximately eight grams of plant-based protein. Plus, quinoa is considered a complete protein, meaning it packs all nine essential amino acids that your body needs to thrive. Additionally, this breakfast meal for two also calls for spinach and eggs, which provide protein! This breakfast for two option is an all-around winner.
Frittatas are sort of like an omelet, but have a different texture because they’re cooked in the oven versus fried on the stove. If you haven’t tried one yet, you’re definitely missing out! This particular frittata dish is made with eggs, tomatoes, various spices, and Italian sausage. This dish is super easy to customize. You can eliminate the sausage and add some of your other favorite veggies instead. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to get creative and play around.
Do you feel guilty after digging into a big plate of pancakes? Well, you don’t have to! This recipe is made with gluten-free flour, eggs, cashew milk, cashew butter, and a little vanilla extract. There is absolutely no refined-sugar or artificial ingredients. Top it with some organic, raw maple syrup and dig in!
Smoothie bowls are the epitome of a fun breakfast meal. It’s a cross between a smoothie and bowl of cereal. This particular recipe is perfectly portioned for two and is packed with protein, key vitamins, and minerals. Both blueberries and pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants that help the body fight free-radicals. The Greek yogurt and scoop of protein powder offer the body a nice serving of protein to kickstart the day. Lastly, the bananas provide digestion-friendly fiber. This meal is an all-around win!
After a long day at the office, running around with the kids, or cleaning the house, you may not be in the mood to stand in the kitchen cooking for hours on end. That doesn’t mean you have to settle for greasy fast food or unhealthy takeout, though. This good-for-you filling meal is extremely easy to make. All you have to do is marinate some chicken with a lemon mixture (did you know lemons are great for detoxing?) and pop it in the oven. Voila … dinner is served!
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