Looking for dinner ideas for two?
Sometimes the problem isn’t cooking for a big family, sometimes, the problem is cooking for two, and finding great recipes that are perfect for that.
These dinners are perfect for a romantic dinner plan (think Valentine’s Day), quick dinner meals that are filling and healthy, or even meal prep dinners that you can prepare ahead of time for the both of you.
That way you have less food waste and leftovers that inevitably go bad before you get a chance to eat them. The secret is in making deliberate portions so as to not make too much.
Let’s face it, sometimes you simply don’t want to spend loads of time in the kitchen, but you still want to whip up something good.
And you can totally do that. You just need a few of your favorite ingredients, a little bit of patience, and some hungry taste buds. For a lot of these recipes, having a reliable crock pot helps a ton
21 dinner ideas for two: Here’s what you should make for dinner tonight—
Recipe: Damn Delicious
Try to whip up some spaghetti with something other than plain old tomato sauce. This is especially great if you two are cheese lovers and like to play it up with some bacon. To compete it you can make it with a salad or eat it solo. Either way it’s a dinner idea for two that can definitely stand on it’s own two feet in terms of taste and satisfaction. It also makes a tasty meal plan idea for the week!
Lemon Chicken Piccata
Recipe: Garden And Table
Lemon chicken is the absolute best, and it doesn’t always have to be grilled. You can make some finger licking lemon chicken in a matter of a few minutes with a few simple ingredients. An accompanying ingredient that would go great with this? How about a few cups of healthy brown rice seasoned to perfection for the two of you?
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Bell Pepper Pizza
Recipe: Peas And Crayons
Who says pizza can only be good on dough? If you’re looking for a healthy recipe then this one is for you! Try these colorful bell pepper pizzas and create a dinner both of you (and your body) will appreciate.
Pork Carnitas Tacos (Slow Cooker Tacos)
Via Teal Notes
Now, you’re wanting tacos but you aren’t quite sure that you want to go out to get them. No problem! Just make your own version in your own slow cooker at home!
Not to worry, you don’t have to figure out how to make pork tacos for two in your spare time, you can just follow the recipe and come up with some seriously flavorful stuff.
One Pan Orzo With Sausage And Peppers
Via Teal Notes
If you’re craving something like lasagna but don’t want to go through the trouble of actually making it (since it can be SO involved) try making some one pan orzo instead. It is downright delicious and it doesn’t take too much effort to make at all.
Plus you’ll have leftovers that’ll still be great to eat later. It’s a win-win dinner for two recipe!
Seared Salmon With Wild Rice
Recipe: Hapa Nom
While salmon and wild rice can seem like a fancy plate, you can absolutely make this at home in just a few steps. Not only is it good, but it can be a nice break from your usual dinner routine as you play it up a bit for some salmon. Not to mention it also makes a great dinner idea for two on Valentine’s Day.
20 Minute Steak Fajitas
Recipe: Jessican Wood
It’s safe to say steak fajitas are a general favorite, and luckily you don’t have to visit your local mexican restaurant to get a taste of some mexican goodness. You can whip up steak fajitas for two and call it a day! The sauce on top looks like its definitely a plate you won’t want to put down.
One Pan Chicken And Veggies
Image and Recipe: Teal Notes
One pan chicken and veggies is a great way to make a quick dinner idea for two without too much hassle or ingredients. The secret is in seasoning your chicken and veggies with the right combination. Make sure and check out the recipe to learn how to create a quick chicken and veggie back perfect for two!
15 Minute Vegetable Lo Mein For Two
Recipe: Kitschen Cat
Hey, veggie lo mein is an option too! It goes great with some 5 minute orange chicken and satisfies the taste buds that crave some oriental goodness. It’s easy to put together, affordable, and only takes a few key ingredients.
Spinach Feta Turkey Burger
Make some burgers that don’t involve expensive beef at all. Switch it up with some turkey instead. It’s a definitely healthy dinner idea for two and can be a very filling option that doesn’t involve too much kitchen time.
Roast Turkey Thighs For Two
Recipe: The Life Jolie
Piggy backing off the turkey idea why not try some turkey thighs for two? Pair it with some sauteed veggies and some white rice and you’ve got yourself a winning dinner for two.
Stuffed Pizza Waffles
When you set your eyes on these pizza waffles, your mouth simply starts watering. I mean look at them? The softness of the waffles goes great with all your favorite pizza toppings. A mess free dinner idea for two. I only wish I would have come up with that idea!
Easy Chicken And Dumplings Recipe For Two
Recipe: Zona Cooks
Dumplings! Everybody loves dumplings! Especially when they’re made with love for an evening dinner idea. They’re pretty perfect for a cold day in, or when you aren’t feeling so well. It’s for sure a dinner idea to have in your arsenal. Check out the full recipe over at Zona Cooks.
Seven Layer Tostadas For Two
Recipe: Kalyn’s Kitchen
Tostadas are some of the easiest and lesser known dinner ideas out there. They cost very little to make, are mess free, and can be a nice light dinner to share with another. All you basically have to do is get your favorite toppings together and layer them on some store bought tostadas to your liking. Pretty darn easy dinner for two.
Recipe: Yummy Addiction
If all else fails, chicken never does. And this chicken scallopini recipe looks like it could come to your rescue for dinner time. Easy to make and pretty tasty. It’s definitely set up as an ‘undisappointing’ dinner plate.
Crispy Shrimp And Scallop Rolls
Recipe: Garden And Table
Try some rolls as a dinner for two! While its not the conventional homemade dinner you’d think about at first, once you learn to make these babies, you can mix and match and fill them with your favorite ingredients for a satisfying meal. Check out the full recipe at Garden And Table.
Sheet Pan Hawaiian Chicken
Recipe: Jamie Cooks It Up
Chicken is good, Hawaiian chicken, that’s even better. And its not a hard recipe at all, you just need a little motivation and a few pans. Learn the complete recipe and make it a weekly favorite over at Jamie Cooks It Up!
Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Chicken Roll Ups
Recipe: Yummy Healthy Easy
Chicken roll ups make great tasty bites to eat for dinner. You can eat them alone for a meat heavy fest or pair them with something else, like pastas or even a simple wild rice pan.
Steak Burrito Bowl
Recipe: Six Sister’s Stuff
If you’re looking for a filling dinner recipe, then look no further than this steak bowl for two! It is super easy to put together and can always be stored away for later if there is anything you don’t end up eating.
Easy Fish Tacos For Two
Recipe: The Stay At Home Chef
Fish tacos! Bet you hadn’t thought of those as an easy meal idea for two! As soon as you season and fry the fish, all you have to do is warm up some tortillas and some toppings to go along with it.
Bean Soup For Two
Recipe: Once Upon A Chef
Hmmm bean soup! It’s a great vegan dish if you’re looking to get all your nutrition and have something tasty for dinner at the same time. While a legume soup might not be what first comes to mind when it comes to dinner ideas, it can actually be a great alternative to the usual rice and meat combo. Top off with your favorite garnish and you’re ready to go.
5 Ingredient Grilled Chicken
Recipe: Fuss Free Cooking
Grilled chicken coudn’t not make the list of easy dinner ideas for two. Five ingredient chicken can taste better than most things you make during the week if you get the recipe over at Fuss Free Cooking. It’s all in the blend of spices.
Easy Buffalo Chicken Bake For Two
Recipe: The Pinning Mama
Buffalo Chicken is a must for your weekday dinner recipe ideas. It doesn’t take long to put together and stick in the oven for a tasty dinner idea for both of you.
Pan Seared Scallops With Fennel For Two
Recipe: Rock Recipes
If you’re feeling seafood for dinner then this dinner idea for two is just for you! Scallops and delicious, no questions asked. But when you pan sear them with some noodles and some bacon, you get a yummy recipe for everyone involved.
Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
Recipe: Foodie Crush
Lasagna only looks hard to make but it can actually not be too bad to put together. These rolls are the perfect bite size for when you only want to cook for two and not have too much leftover.
Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup
Recipe: Half Baked Harvest
Ramen noodle recipes aren’t only for dorm dwellers. They can make a great dinner idea for two if you learn how to dress it with the right ingredients. This one includes pork and egg, Jalapenos and carrots. A pretty tasty and smart creation for two that can be ready in no time.
Creamy Veggie Soup For Two
Recipe: The Recipe Rebel
Sometimes you need a heart warming soup to end your day, so why not try a nice and healthy creamy veggie soup? You can easily make it with a crock pot and you don’t have to use that many ingredients for it to taste good! On top of that its super cheap to make!
Recipe: Nosh And Nourish
Try a different version of quesadillas with Salmon Quesadillas. Yes you can fill them with red meat or chicken, or you can go the healthier route and try fish. It’s basically a fish taco in quesadilla form. Pretty clever and great idea for two hungry people!
Slow Cooker Beef And Broccoli
Recipe: Table For Two
I mean who doesn’t love some beef and broccoli. You combine that with your slow cooker and you can make just about the best meal of the week. No need to order greasy take out. Just make a healthier dinner for two right at home!
Crock Pot Tater Tot Egg Bake
Recipe: Julie’s Eats And Treats
Here’s a little idea: Try some breakfast for dinner and make some tater tot egg bake for two. It’s a great easy idea for when you don’t want to get too involved making dinner, especially because you’ll likely already have all the ingredients you need.
Steak Nachos For Two
Recipe: Home Sweet Eats
Steak nachos are great! Steak nachos are tasty! Steak nachos are a perfect dinner idea for two! Try the recipe over at Home Sweet Eats!
Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli
Recipe: Table For Two Blog
Try some slow cooker pasta with legumes. It can make for a nice hearty meal that you’ll both appreciate and that won’t take take up too much of your time to make at all (that’s the beauty of a crock pot recipe).
Slow Cooker Maple Chicken Stew
Recipe: Kristine’s Kitchen Blog
Dinner for two can be made easy with an easy crock pot recipe that you basically dump and forget until its ready. This maple chicken stew is perfect for that and can be a great way to start using that crock pot that’s just sitting there gathering dust.
Try These Dinner Ideas For Two
Sometimes we just don’t want to cook up a storm and have a ton of food leftover. Sometimes we just want a nice and tasty, quick and easy dinner for two that won’t break the bank but that will still satisfy your cravings. Depending on if you want leftovers or not, you can always use measurement conversions to create smaller portions of things.
It’s always a good idea to have a list of recipes you can pick from, and this handy list can definitely be a start. Try out a recipe and see how it goes. Make sure you share any that you think might be a great addition below!
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