Skills: Cooking for 2 or a few
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Tips for cooking 2 or a few:

  • Divide casseroles into two smaller baking pans. Bake one right away and wrap and freeze the other- you will have leftovers for lunch, and a quick dinner another day.  If you freeze in individual microwavable containers, you will have your own frozen entrees for lunch at work or home
     

  • Is a whole chicken too big? Enjoy what you want of it, then pull the rest off the bones and freeze.  Makes great BBQ sandwiches, chicken fajitas, and casseroles. Rock Cornish game hens are a nice substitute for chicken. They are easy to work with and donít take too long to roast. They can be found in the frozen meat section at the grocery. 

 

Fruited rice stuffed Rock Cornish game hens for 2

2 Rock Cornish game hens, thawed

1 cup cooked rice mixed with ľ c chopped dried fruit such as apricots, figs and raisins

salt and pepper to taste

butter for basting

Rinse game hens and stuff with rice mixture. Sprinkle hens with salt and pepper. Baste with butter.

Roast at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes until thermometer registers 170 degrees in the thickest part of the thigh.  Remove from oven and let rest, covered with foil, for ten minutes. Serve whole.

  • When the meat prices are good and you want to purchase more than you will use in a meal, wrap the extra in heavy duty foil or freezer bags and freeze
     

  • Donít avoid the fresh produce section because the packages of veggies are too large.  Most items are available in smaller packages and already cut up for you. You can get individually sized items by creating them yourself at the supermarket salad bar. You can also get already prepared chopped vegetables that you can use in stir-fries and casseroles.
     

  • Lots of stores have a self-serve bulk foods section where you can choose exactly the amount you want to buy.
     

  • If you need only part of a can of food, make sure you empty the can out into a plastic container for storage in the Ďfrig or freezer. 
     

  • When you are in the mood for your favorite cake, make cupcakes. You can also cut up a cake into portions and freeze.  I recommend cutting up the cake and freezing it before wrapping it.  Then unwrap before thawing so that the icing doesnít stick to the plastic wrap.
     

  • Too much cookie dough? Never! Bake off the cookies you want and freeze the rest of the dough.  Using a levered ice cream scoop, place individual mounds on a cookie sheet and freeze.  When the dough is frozen place in a gallon freezer bag.  Readily available to bake fresh cookies at a moments notice.  
     

  • Freeze leftover pancakes and waffles. Toast to reheat, for a quick breakfast.
     

  • Freeze leftover vegetables together and uses them in soups.
     

  • Leftover meats can be cut up and frozen for future soups and casseroles.
     

  • Think about cooking once and eating twice whenever you are in the kitchen. 
     

  • Just simply bored with cooking for 2?  Challenge yourself to try a new recipe or ingredient
     

  • Since you are cooking for fewer, you may want to consider smaller appliances, like a toaster oven and a mini food processor.
     

  • Label all items you freeze.  Trust me on this one.  In a month you wonít remember what it is if it is unmarked

 

 

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