October 28, 2011

Guest Post: Easy Dinner Recipes for Two Hungry People

Today we have a guest post here on Grub Post. Our first ever! It's very exciting, and I hope you enjoy the topic and author: Easy Dinner Recipes for Two Hungry People by Brett H.

Easy Dinner Recipes for Two Hungry People

Sometimes cooking for only two people can be even more challenging than cooking for a large family. Especially if both work or go to school during the day, as time can be tight to make a meal that is nutritious and filling. Well, don’t be discouraged, as there are some easy dinner recipes for two that do not involve a lot of prep time and that are good for you as well. Some of these recipes can even be saved for leftovers. Here they are:

1. Casseroles are one of the easiest and healthiest dishes a person can make. The person on the run can add a cup or two of their favorite cooked meat and some chopped frozen or canned vegetables. They can then mix those ingredients with a small can of cream soup or sour cream and bake at 350 for about 35 minutes. You can also add some quick twists, such as dry ranch dressing, shredded cheese, or canned fried onions as a topping.

2. Don’t wait for the pizza guy to deliver when you can make your own in less time! And if you’re looking to trim down, you can also create your own healthy pizza pie without going out of the way or paying extra for it. Many stores carry pre-made pizza crusts already formed or in a refrigerated can in thick and thin varieties. Instead of buying pizza sauce, try your favorite jar of pasta sauce such as marinara or vodka. You can buy your veggies canned or fresh, pre-cut and if you like, try the turkey versions of pepperoni and Italian sausage. While you’re in the deli section, you can also switch things up by adding shredded cheddar cheese or pepper jack, either alone or combined with skim mozzarella. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees while you assemble the pizza ingredients. Then place your creation directly on oven rack or on large shallow pan, if you do not have a pizza pan. Cook for 15 minutes or until cheese has browned slightly.

3. Frozen meat patties are designed for convenience, as most are packaged individually and can be taken out to thaw at the beginning of the day. Even frozen, these can be cooked to well done in 25 minutes or less. Remember that it is cooked meat, so you are not limited to placing it between two slices of bread. Meat patties can be crumbled and added to canned baked beans, burger meal starters, or even pasta and rice entrees.

Finally, keep in mind that if the special person in your life wants to help out in the kitchen, then give them a chance. If they are handy with a knife, let them chop vegetables. Or they can drain the pasta while you are browning meat or cooking vegetables. It may not be easy to coordinate at first, but try to have a sense of humor about it and give them an “A” for effort. If it works out, you can ask them to alternate cooking duties with you.

Brett H. is a guest writer on healthy living, eating, and lifestyles

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