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Cooking for 2

Apple Tips

Looking for more ways to use up apples? Turn them into one of these "a-peeling" desserts for two.

  • To make baked apples, core each apple and stuff with brown sugar,…

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Bacon Rolls

When I buy a pound of bacon, I take each slice and roll it up, securing it with a toothpick. I put all the rolled-up slices in a freezer bag, remove the air, seal and freeze. When I want bacon, I…

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Family Size Ground Beef

Although it’s just the two of us, I buy family packs of ground beef. I divide each pack into 1/4- or 1/2-pound portions to freeze for use in casseroles, hamburgers and meatballs. —Kristin…

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Frozen Hamburger Buns

I often buy hamburger buns in packages of 12 because I like to keep them on hand in the freezer. But if I freeze the entire bag, the buns tend to stick together. I’ve discovered they’re much…

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Grilling for 2

It hardly seems worth the time to start the charcoal when barbecuing for just two people. So instead of grilling only a few hamburgers or sausages, I fill the grill with something for another…

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Home-Baked Mini Loaves

My husband and I enjoy home-baked bread, but we can never eat a whole loaf. So I prepare the recipe and bake the dough in miniature loaves. After they cool, I wrap them and freeze them to be used…

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Lasagna and Manicotti for 2

When making lasagna or manicotti for my husband and me, I use two loaf pans instead of the usual 13 x 9 dish. I serve one pan and freeze the other one for another day. —Nancy Adams, Las…

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Leftover Chicken Broth

I use canned chicken broth instead of bouillon cubes in recipes because it has less salt, but I always have some left over. So I pour the extra broth into an ice cube tray and freeze for future…

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Leftover Roast

I cook for two. So when I buy a roast, I have it cut in half—with one portion made into ground meat. I cook the roast portion one night, using any leftovers for potpies or hot beef or pork…

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Leftover Vegetable Soup

There are just the two of us, so we sometimes end up with leftover vegetables after meals. I put them in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag or freezer container and store in the freezer. When I…

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Mini Pizzas

My daughter and I love making individual mini pizzas with English muffins, pasta sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. When I buy a jar of sauce, I place 1 tablespoon in each compartment of an ice…

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Roast for Two

Even though I cook for only two, I like to make a beef or pork roast or a whole turkey or chicken for my husband and me. There are plenty of leftovers to use in other ways or to freeze for another…

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Stuffing Muffins

A package of stuffing goes a long way when I make it if I’m cooking for one. I add onions, celery and chicken broth to the mix, then bake the stuffing in muffin tins. That way, I can freeze the…

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Vegetables on Hand

When I buy fresh carrots, celery and onions, I chop them up, use what I need and then freeze the rest in small amounts. That way, I always have vegetables on hand for when I want to make stews,…

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