10 Easy Dinner Ideas for Two People

updated Nov 30, 2023
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I know firsthand it can often be a challenge to cook dinner for just two people. My husband and I have become experts at halving recipes or simply embracing leftovers, but to be completely honest, both can be a pain sometimes. What about a meal that perfectly serves two without leftovers for days? These 10 recipes are just that.

Dinner for Two

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Honey Garlic Shrimp

This fresh, bright stir-fry is sweet and aromatic but definitely fiery, thanks to a generous pinch of red pepper flakes. Serve it over cooked rice or quinoa to make it a complete meal.

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Sheet Pan Roasted Tomatoes & Mushrooms
An easy recipe for caramelized tomatoes and mushrooms roasted on a sheet pan with fresh thyme and garlic.
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Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

Take all the creamy, rich goodness of chicken Alfredo, roll it into lasagna noodles, and you have a dinner that will cure just about anything the day brought.

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Skillet Cod with Lemon and Capers

This simple skillet fish dinner is easy to halve to serve two. It’s one of those meals that feels fancy yet happens to be pretty much effortless.

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Chicken Parm and Pasta Skillet

Store-bought conveniences are often the secret to success when cooking just for two. Here, frozen breaded chicken breast saves you the hassle of frying up cutlets to make a downsized version of comforting chicken Parm.

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Pork and Broccoli Rice Bowls

Opting for Broccolini instead of broccoli is a great choice for these rice bowls, as it usually comes in a smaller bunch that’s perfectly sized for two.

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Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop
Besides eliminating the need for a hot oven, stovetop pizzas are super fast and perfect for making just one or two personal pizzas.
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Herbed Gnocchi and Mushrooms

A generous splash of white white creates a light sauce for this herb-flecked pasta — while the bottle’s open, you might as well pour two glasses to enjoy.

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Thai Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry (Gai Pad Khing)
A quick and easy recipe for a Thai-inspired chicken stir-fry that's flavored with ginger and garlic.
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Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs
A quick and easy recipe for crispy, skillet-cooked chicken thighs seasoned simply with fresh lemon and thyme.
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