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30-Day Winter Meal Plan For 2

For those that have a smaller household or who just don't want leftovers, try our cozy dinner meal plan for two. You'll have fast, fresh and perfectly-portioned dinners every night.

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Day 1: Sheet-Pan Tilapia and Vegetable MedleyTaste of Home

Day 1: Sheet-Pan Tilapia and Vegetable Medley

Unlike some one-pan dinners that require some precooking in a skillet or pot, this one, with fish and spring veggies, uses just the sheet pan, period. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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Day 2: Lazy Lasagna for 2Taste of Home

Day 2: Lazy Lasagna for 2

One day when I craved lasagna, I devised this simple recipe and it worked out beautifully. Celebrate weeknights, too! —Carol Mead, Los Alamos, New Mexico

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Day 3: Grilled Cheese & Pepper SandwichesTaste of Home

Day 3: Grilled Cheese & Pepper Sandwiches

This is a tasty and wholesome sandwich to make for one or two. It’s a nice twist on a grilled cheese, very tasty and filling and especially good with rye bread. —Arline Hofland, Deer Lodge, Montana

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Day 4: Quick Ginger PorkTaste of Home

Day 4: Quick Ginger Pork

My husband and I are empty nesters. It was a challenge learning to cook for just two again, but recipes like this give us delicious scaled-down dinners. —Esther Johnson Danielson, Lawton, Pennsylvania

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Day 5: Momma’s Turkey Stew with DumplingsTaste of Home

Day 5: Momma’s Turkey Stew with Dumplings

I love my slow cooker, especially during the holidays. My mother used to make this turkey stew every year with our Thanksgiving leftovers. The recipe is simple and really celebrates the natural flavors of good, simple ingredients. To this day, it is one of my favorite meals. —Stephanie Rabbitt-Schapp, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Day 6: Chicken Reuben Roll-UpsTaste of Home

Day 6: Chicken Reuben Roll-Ups

My Nebraska-native husband loves Reuben sandwiches and anything with chicken, so I combined his two favorites in a fun roll-up. —Ashli Kottwitz, Hermitage, Tennessee

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Day 7: Slow Cooker Veggie LasagnaTaste of Home

Day 7: Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna

This “veggie-licious“ alternative to traditional lasagna makes use of slow-cooker convenience. I suggest using chunky spaghetti sauce. —Laura Davister, Little Suamico, Wisconsin

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Day 8: Baked Saucy Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Day 8: Baked Saucy Pork Chops

Baked pork chop recipes are always handy to feed my hungry family. This entree brightens up the usual routine of roasted pork chops and rice. I reach for this recipe when our appetites are hearty and I feel like baking pork chops. —Dorothy Toben, Blackwell, Oklahoma

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Day 9: Chicken & Goat Cheese SkilletTaste of Home

Day 9: Chicken & Goat Cheese Skillet

My husband was completely bowled over by this on-a-whim skillet meal. I can't wait to make it again very soon! —Ericka Barber, Eureka, California

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Day 10: Pepper and Salsa CodTaste of Home

Day 10: Pepper and Salsa Cod

After tasting a similar dish at the grocery store, my husband figured out how to make this awesome cod topped with salsa and peppers. —Robyn Gallagher, Yorktown, Virginia

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Day 11: Stuffed Peppers for TwoTaste of Home

Day 11: Stuffed Peppers for Two

My husband likes stuffed peppers, but my original recipe made too many servings. I cut it down to accommodate just the two of us. It helps to use a small casserole dish so the peppers won’t tip over while they bake. For color, I serve steamed carrots to round out the meal perfectly. —Elaine Carpenter, Horseshoe Bay, Texas

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Day 12: White Chili for 2Taste of Home

Day 12: White Chili for 2

This chili for two goes over especially well on a cool night. We're racing fans, and I'm frequently asked to bring this dish to the races. I'm happy to do so, because I enjoy it, too. I just double or triple the recipe. —Carol Swainston, Sheridan, Michigan

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Day 13: Tender 'n' Tangy RibsTaste of Home

Day 13: Tender 'n' Tangy Ribs

These ribs are so simple to prepare—just brown them, then combine with the sauce ingredients in your slow cooker. Serve them at noon, or let them cook all day for falling-off-the-bone tenderness. —Denise Hathaway Valasek, Perrysburg, Ohio

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Day 14: Beef Tenderloin in Mushroom SauceTaste of Home

Day 14: Beef Tenderloin in Mushroom Sauce

Just a skillet, a couple juicy steaks, fresh mushrooms and a few simple ingredients prove it doesn't take much fuss to fix a special meal for two. —Denise McNab, Warminster, Pennsylvania

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Day 15: Maple Sausage SkilletTaste of Home

Day 15: Maple Sausage Skillet

Maple syrup adds sweetness to this yummy stir-fry. I sometimes add a little broccoli, too, for a change of pace. Add a green salad and a crusty loaf of bread for a complete meal in minutes. —Dottie Tarlton, Malvern, Arkansas

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Day 16: Tuna Potato SupperTaste of Home

Day 16: Tuna Potato Supper

Tuna lovers will find this a real treat. My husband and I enjoy it as a nice change from the ordinary baked potato. Add a salad for a simple lunch or dinner.—Rosella Peters, Gull Lake, Saskatchewan

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Day 17: Beef Burgundy Over NoodlesTaste of Home

Day 17: Beef Burgundy Over Noodles

I got this delightful beef burgundy from my sister-in-law many years ago and have used it ever since. Whenever I serve it to guests, they always request this beef burgundy recipe. The tender beef, mushrooms and flavorful sauce are delicious over noodles. —Margaret Welder, Madrid, Iowa

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Day 18: BLT SkilletTaste of Home

Day 18: BLT Skillet

This quick weeknight meal reminds me of a BLT, with its chunks of bacon and tomato. The whole wheat linguine gives the skillet dish extra flavor and texture. —Edrie O'Brien, Denver, Colorado

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Day 19: Skillet Steak SupperTaste of Home

Day 19: Skillet Steak Supper

With all of the ingredients cooked in one skillet, this steak dish couldn't be quicker to prepare...or clean up! But the wine and mushroom sauce makes it seem special. —Sandra Fisher, Monroe, Washington

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Day 20: Tasty Turkey and MushroomsTaste of Home

Day 20: Tasty Turkey and Mushrooms

Fresh mushrooms star in this tender turkey entree that comes together in 15 minutes. Served with a side of brown rice, it makes a light but satisfying dinner. —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey

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Day 21: Slow-Cooked Sunday ChickenTaste of Home

Day 21: Slow-Cooked Sunday Chicken

Here’s a hearty dish for two that satisfies the biggest appetites. It’s loaded with good old-fashioned flavor. —Ruthann Martin, Louisville, Ohio

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Day 22: Cajun Baked CatfishTaste of Home

Day 22: Cajun Baked Catfish

This well-seasoned fish nets me compliments from family and friends whenever I serves it. The fish is moist and flakey, the coating crisp, crunchy and flecked with paprika. —Jim Gales, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Day 23: Stovetop Meat LoavesTaste of Home

Day 23: Stovetop Meat Loaves

Who says meat loaf has to bake in the oven for hours? For this convenient recipe, all you need is your stovetop and 30 minutes. It’s a quick, simple dish to make for one or two people. —Emily Sund, Geneseo, Illinois.

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Day 24: Honey-Pecan Chicken BreastsTaste of Home

Day 24: Honey-Pecan Chicken Breasts

We love to entertain, this is one of my favorite 'special' recipes to welcome dinner guests. The nuts add an elegant touch, and it fills the house with a great aroma. —Penny Davis, Newman Lake, Washington

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Day 25: Saucy Beef with BroccoliTaste of Home

Day 25: Saucy Beef with Broccoli

When I’m looking for a fast entree, I turn to this beef and broccoli stir-fry. It features a tantalizing sauce made with garlic and ginger. —Rosa Evans, Odessa, Missouri

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Day 26: Chicken Quinoa Bowls with Balsamic DressingTaste of Home

Day 26: Chicken Quinoa Bowls with Balsamic Dressing

I love this recipe because its simplicity allows me to spend time with my family while not sacrificing taste or nutrition. Plus the fresh spring flavors really shine through! —Allyson Meyler, Greensboro, North Carolina

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Day 27: Mushroom Pork RagoutTaste of Home

Day 27: Mushroom Pork Ragout

Savory, slow-cooked pork is luscious served in a delightful tomato gravy over noodles. It’s a nice change from regular pork roast. I serve it with broccoli or green beans on the side. —Connie McDowell, Greenwood, Delaware

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Day 28: Apple-White Cheddar Grilled CheeseTaste of Home

Day 28: Apple-White Cheddar Grilled Cheese

On rainy days when we need comfort food in a hurry, I toast sandwiches of cinnamon-raisin bread with white cheddar, apple and red onion. They also are totally tasty made with vegan cheese and olive oil instead of butter! —Kathy Patalsky, New York, New York

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Day 29: Ginger Salmon with Green BeansTaste of Home

Day 29: Ginger Salmon with Green Beans

I developed this flavor-packed dinner for a busy friend who wants to eat clean. —Nicole Stevens, Austin, Texas

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Day 30: Grilled Eggplant SandwichesTaste of Home

Day 30: Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Grill this eggplant, tomato and goat cheese sandwich to perfection...it makes a delicious meatless meal. —Jennifer Jaras, Corona, California

Rashanda Cobbins
When Rashanda’s not tasting and perfecting Taste of Home’s recipes, you’ll find this food editor sifting through our recipe collection, curating digital content or tracking the latest culinary trends. While studying for her bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, Rashanda interned in Southern Living’s test kitchen and later spent nearly a decade developing recipes and food content at ConAgra Brands. In her spare time, she loves scoping out local farmers markets and having picnics in the park.

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