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lilrosie is asking: (3 answers)
I have a question, as of June 17th me and hubby will be the only ones left at home. I have spent the past 22 years cooking for 5 + people. Well youngest son graduates and leaves for Marine Corp so that leaves me and hubby...I do not know how to cook for just 2 people..any help tips..suggestions..would be greatly appreciated..I love making soups , stews, casserols, etc..but just dont know how much of anything to use..I am pretty sure we would only use like a can of corn, or green beans...but how to make chili..soups.,, you understand or am I being as clear as mud? any help, tips appreciated..

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Last updated: May 7, 2013 2:46 pm
Posted: May 6, 2013 1:04 pm
Answered by: Missy Kitty
May 6, 2013 1:08 pm
Hi lilrosie, I cook all that stuff for just the two of us all the time. I only make big batches of stuff that will freeze well in perfect servings for two with maybe enough for a lunch as well. Chili, stew and most soups freeze well. So does lasagna and spaghetti sauce. Steaks left over can be used for many things like tacos or sandwiches. Hope this helps :)
May 6, 2013 1:12 pm
I agree with missykitty. Another idea is change the serving size on a recipe. When you pull up a recipe under the picture box there is a blue table that says edit or change. click on that when the serving size comes up you can change it to 2 then hit entre. This will change the serving size down to 2 and change most of the ingredients down as well. Hope this helps.
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
May 6, 2013 1:13 pm
I've been cooking for 2 for a long time. We are also soup lovers, not so much casseroles. I make the soup recipes as stated, we eat for dinner, then I freeze the rest or divide and freeze and hold some in the fridge for lunch. Frozen veggies are better than canned as you can take out just what you need and no little bit of extra left. I also use the scale feature to cut the servings down to size for other meals. We are very spoiled about eating leftovers. I love them I just don't want to eat the same thing the next day or probably the next week either.
May 6, 2013 1:14 pm
I'm a freezer queen, too! Buy those Hefty zip-lock bags for the freezer and freeze away. Don't forget to date and label so you know what's there. Great for lunches and a good reason not to eat fast food when you don't feel like cooking.
Baking Nana
May 6, 2013 1:47 pm
I still buy the big packages of chicken breasts, I wrap each breast tightly in plastic wrap and then into a freezer bag. Then it is easy to just grab what you need. Same thing with pork loin. I bake rolls and wrap the same way.
May 6, 2013 1:52 pm
thanks everybody...never thought about the change servings button..:) frozen veggies will definitely be the way to go...guess I will be saving a lot of money on groceries..:)means I will be finally be able to go back to my cruises...thanks again
May 6, 2013 2:30 pm
Hi; you can still use fresh veggies. Just cut in 1/2 what you are cooking now if you do not want to freeze the left overs.
May 6, 2013 2:34 pm
HI lilrosie, all gave you good advice, it is hard just cooking for two. Good luck.
May 6, 2013 3:46 pm
I (& hubby) love left-overs. I cook, we eat till it's gone, then I cook again.
Answered by: bikerfamily
May 6, 2013 5:39 pm
lilrosie: No advice because I am still cooking for a family of five. But please know that I appreciate your son's service to our country.
May 7, 2013 4:13 am
All of the above is great advice. This may sound silly but I had to put away my big skillets and pans. Using the smaller skillet and saucepans I didn't have the room or urge to cook large. Guess it is like using the 8" vice 10" plate.
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May 7, 2013 2:46 pm
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