Healthy Recipes for Two

There are so many tasty and healthy recipes out there, but many of them make four or more servings. This is great if you’ve got a large family to feed, but what if you are only cooking for one or two people? Having a lot of extras around might tempt you to overeat, hindering any weight loss efforts or blood glucose control if you have diabetes. Or, you may find it may find it difficult to finish leftovers from large recipes before they spoil. This can also be frustrating since it leads to wasted food, and essentially, wasted money.

If you usually cook for two, we have some helpful tips for you this month when it comes to choosing recipes!

Find Recipes For Two

Now you can easily find healthy and tasty recipes for two right here on Recipes for Healthy Living. Check out our list of Recipes for Two and get started today!

Scale Recipes Down

You also don’t have to overlook all of the recipes out there that make more than two servings. If you find a recipe that you’d like to try but it serves four or more, you can often scale it down. That way, you'll end up with a more reasonable amount of food. The first step to scaling down a recipe is to look at how many servings it makes. Based on that, you can decide what number to divide all of the ingredients by. For example:

  • If a recipe makes 4 servings but you only want 2, divide the amount of every ingredient by 2. 
  • If a recipe makes 6 servings but you only want 2, divide the amount of every ingredient by 3. 

Once you’ve scaled all of the ingredients down, follow the instructions as you normally would. A few things about the recipe may change when you reduce the amount of servings. If you need to bake the dish in the oven, you’ll need to reduce the size of the pan you use. Baking times may also vary slightly if you are changing the size of the pan and the amount of ingredients, so keep a close eye on your food while it cooks.

Here are some conversions that will be helpful to know when cutting a recipe in half.

Halving a recipe:

  • 1/4 teaspoon → 1/8 teaspoon
  • 1/2 teaspoon → 1/4 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon → 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon → 1 ½ teaspoons
  • 1/4 cup → 2 tablespoons
  • 1/3 cup → 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons
  • 1/2 cup → 1/4 cup
  • 2/3 cup → 1/3 cup
  • 3/4 cup → 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons

*Adapted from the Diabetes Forecast article A Guide to Cooking for One

Make Your Friends With Your Freezer

Keep in mind that some recipes are difficult to reduce to just two servings. Recipes that serve six can be tedious to divide by three since measurements can get complicated. Pastas, sautés, soups, chili, and casserole recipes often make 6 or more servings, but you can enjoy the leftovers over the next few days. Many of these dishes also freeze well and can be reheated several weeks, or even a couple of months, later. Just thaw and reheat the frozen leftovers for an easy meal when you don’t have the time or energy to cook.

For additional tips on shopping and cooking for two, check out this month’s featured article, Cooking for Two - Tips and Tricks of the Trade.

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