Alternatives to Takeout: Dinner Ideas for 1 or 2 People

March 28, 2016 Cooking for One, Quick & Easy

Takeout is delicious - and expensive. Home cooking is often better for you, less expensive and more customizable. And while takeout might feel like the only option when you are cooking for one or two, there are some easy recipes you can make without spending too much time (or having too many leftovers).

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Skillet Enchiladas I love enchiladas, but baking them in a huge casserole dish often makes enough to feed a crowd. By switching to a skillet, you make a smaller amount that's still delicious. I use my grandma's cast-iron skillet, which is even better now than when she gave it to me. This simple skillet chicken enchilada recipe makes a perfect weeknight dinner for two (with just enough left over for lunch the next day). Personalize this Latin-inspired dish by choosing between flour or corn tortillas; ground beef, turkey or pork and your favorite enchilada sauce. (I often use mole sauce for this recipe.)

Savory Italian Sausage & Beans The flavors of Italian food - tomatoes, garlic, onions and peppers - are extremely craveable, but pizza and pasta get old. If you're in a hurry, this quick Italian recipe mixes spicy sausage, great northern beans and tomato sauce. Use your favorite sausage, and after you top the dish with mozzarella, put the pan under the broiler to melt and brown the cheese. It's an easy weeknight dinner recipe that is satisfying and delicious.

Chicken Seasoned With Thyme Dinner dishes with poultry and thyme automatically make me feel comforted. This herbed chicken and bean recipe combines chicken, kidney beans, thyme and vegetables for a warm, wonderful supper. Use fresh thyme to kick up the flavor even further. Serve this dish with some crusty bread and enjoy - by yourself or with someone else.

Wraps With a Mediterranean Flare Wraps are delicious and especially easy to make after a busy day. Grab some precooked chicken from your grocery store's deli and combine it with Greek salad dressing, yogurt, cucumber, Kalamata olives and feta cheese in this Mediterranean-inspired wrap recipe. Garbanzo beans add some extra protein and texture for a filling meal. This makes an easy lunch, too! Pack it like a salad, with the tortilla wrapped in plastic wrap, and assemble at your desk.

With the right recipes, cooking for one or two is well worth the effort! Your wallet - and maybe even your waistline - will thank you.

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