Dinner Recipes For 2

Finding dinner recipes for 2 can be difficult, but creating meals for two does not have to. All it takes is a little planning and you will find it easy with great results. In this article I will share with you how to cook a pork roast, one of my favorite recipes that may take a bit longer to cook, but is easy to prepare and tastes awesome.

Pork Roast With Garlic and Rosemary

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 2 1/2 lb. pork sirloin roast
  • 3 large garlic cloves; cut lengthwise into slivers
  • Leaves of one sprig of fresh rosemary (about 3 dozen leaves)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Using a small sharp, pointed knife, cut 10 to 12 deep slits/pockets into the top of the roast. (The slits should be randomly spaced.)
  3. Stuff each slit with a sliver of garlic and a leaf or two of rosemary.
  4. Season all sides generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Once the oil is hot (you will see wisps of steam rising) add roast and brown well on all sides.
  7. Transfer roast to a rack in a small roasting pan, place in center of oven, and cook until the internal temperature is 145 degrees F. – 60 to 70 minutes.
  8. Turn roast over at 30 minute mark.
  9. Place roast on a cutting board, tent with foil, and allow to rest for 15 minutes.
  10. Slice and serve. The meat should be a very pale pink color.

Tips:

The common problem with pork roast is over-cooking which causes the pork to be dry and bland. People are worried about trichinosis and think that over-cooking will solve the problem. However, trichinosis is actually killed at about 132 degrees F. If you follow this recipe, you will pack the pork with garlic and rosemary, brown it in olive oil, and then roast it slowly to perfect medium without making it dry.

If you prefer, you can tie the roast before cooking it. The purpose of this is to keep the shape of the pork uniform for even cooking. It also keeps the garlic and rosemary from falling out of the slits.

Also, if you have time, you can get all the seasoning and hole-punching done the night before. Then wrap well and refrigerate overnight. This allows the flavors to mellow better.

A suggestion for the leftovers is to add some of the shredded pork to your favorite Cheese Quesadillas recipe. It tastes great when served with a nice Tomato Basil Soup.

Try this recipe and you will find that it is easy to create your meal with dinner recipes for 2.

Where To Find Dinner Recipes For 2:

If you are looking particularly for recipes for two, you can find them at a couple of places. For instance, pillsbury.com has a section where it covers a list of dinner recipes for people who are cooking for two. Also, you can go to Amazon to look for a cookbook titled “Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Recipes for Two” by best-selling and award-winning author Beth Hensperger.

Quick Easy Dinner Recipes – Mexican Style!

We all want quick and easy recipes for dinner but also want something that is flavorful, easy on the budget and something the whole family will enjoy. Here are some easy quick easy dinner recipes with some Mexican flair!

Enchilada Casserole

This is a fun, kid friendly enchilada type recipe. Kids and adults alike love the crunch of the tortilla chips. If you want to make this recipe extra quick, use the dehydrated onion flakes rather than chopping fresh onions.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 package enchilada seasoning mix
1 can tomato soup
1 ½ c shredded cheese
½ c chopped onion (or 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion flakes)
1 can cream of chicken soup
Tortilla chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown meat and onion, draining any fat. Add soups, enchilada seasoning mix and ½ cup water.
Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread half of the meat mixture in the bottom of the pan, then put some coarsely-crushed chips, then half of the cheese. Repeat layer ending with cheese.

Bake for 30 minutes.

To round out this meal, just serve with a fresh, crisp green salad with your favorite dressing. If you feel like you need a little more, open a can of refried beans, put in a microwave safe dish and warm in the microwave. Serve on the side.

Taco Noodle Bake

Here is another one of my quick easy dinner recipes that combines the favorite flavors of tacos and macaroni & cheese. This recipe is definitely family friendly and especially budget friendly.

Ingredients:

1 package macaroni & cheese dinner
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
¾ cup water
¾ cup sour cream
1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup salsa

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Prepare macaroni & cheese as directed on the package.

While the macaroni is cooking, brown meat. Drain any fat. Add the taco seasoning and water, simmer 5 minutes.

Once the macaroni & cheese is prepared, add sour cream.

Put half of the macaroni and cheese into an 8 inch square baking dish. Spread with the meat mixture and 1 cup of the cheese. Top with the remaining macaroni & cheese.

Cover and bake for 15 minutes.

Put salsa and remaining cheese on top. Bake, uncovered for 5 minutes.

To round out this dinner, serve with a fresh, crisp salad and your favorite dressing or with green beans. If you feel you need a little extra, warmed rolls would also be a nice addition.

Both of these quick easy dinner recipes would be excellent served with a special but easy dessert. Vanilla ice cream drizzled with warmed chocolate sauce and a cookie would be the perfect finish to a perfect dinner!

Dinner Recipes for a Weekend Party

Entertaining can be a time consuming activity. There’s the business of decorating, selecting music and of course, preparing food. Choosing to have your get-together during the weekend is a smart choice because generally, there’s more time available to get creative. This is especially helpful when selecting easy dinner recipes for your guests. With an extension of time, you’re free to choose recipes for dinner that can be prepared on the grill.

The next time you plan a weekend soiree, try one of these great grilled dinner recipes.

Asian-Style Pork Chops with Rice Pilaf

Recipe Serves 4 | Prep Time 15 min | Marinate 180 min | Cook 20 min

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope Savory Herb with Garlic Soup Mix
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • 4 pork chops, 1-inch thick
  • 1 package Rice Sides-Rice Pilaf, prepared according to package directions

Directions

  1. Create the marinade by combining the Savory Herb Garlic Soup Mix, soy sauce, honey, lime juice and ginger, then pour half of it over the pork chops in a pan. Cover the pork and allow to marinade in the fridge between three to twenty-four hours.
  2. Discard any excess marinade and grill the pork chops until they are fully cooked through. Serve with Rice Pilaf

Tip* Complement the Asian theme of this dish by hanging fun Chinese lanterns in your dining space.

Baja Chicken with Chipotle Rice & Avocado-Corn Salsa

Recipe Serves 4 | Prep Time 15 min | Marinate 15 min | Cook 15 min

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1 Chicken flavored Bouillon cube, crumbled
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2- inch-thick
  • 1 ½ cups thawed frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 large avocado, peeled and cubed
  • 1 package Rice Sides- Creamy Chipotle, prepared according to package

Directions

  1. Whisk together the lime juice, oil, garlic and three tablespoons of the cilantro.
  2. Add the Chicken Bouillon to ¼ cup of the garlic mixture and pour over the chicken evenly. Refrigerate for at least fifteen minutes.
  3. In the meantime, create the Avocado-Corn Salsa by combining the corn, tomato, avocado and leftover garlic mixture. Season the salad with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. After removing any excess marinade, grill the chicken until it is fully cooked, then serve with the Rice Sides and salsa.

Tip* This dinner recipe screams of Tex-Mex and would go well with a spoonful of fresh guacamole.

BBQ Shrimp

Recipe Serves 4 | Prep Time 10 min | Marinate 30 min | Cook 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 tub Homestyle Chicken Stock
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup [or pancake syrup]
  • 1 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ lbs. uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Directions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients, including the shrimp. Cover and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Discard excess marinade, then thread the shrimp onto skewers and grill until they turn pink. Serve over hot rice, garnished with fresh herbs and lemon.

Tip* This recipe for dinner can easily be converted into tacos by serving the shrimp in tortillas rather than with rice.

It can be difficult to come up with the time to marinade proteins and set up a grill on weekdays. These easy dinner recipes however, are perfect for weekend parties, as you’ll have the time to prepare them. Plus, your guests will rave over the flavorful and unique dinner recipes you’ve chosen to serve them!