The majority of recipes feed groups of four to six people, making it hard to find dishes that simply serve two. However, if you are a newlywed cooking for your husband or wife, you will need to learn how to cook smaller servings. While it's easy to cut a recipe in half, there are many other tricks that make cooking for two easy as pie. To check out my tips on how to cook in small quantities,


  • Instead of purchasing bulk meats, order poultry, pork, beef, and seafood from the butcher or fish monger. Order the exact amount necessary to serve two.
  • If the recipe is for a large dish like lasagna, make it in individual containers. Consume two portions and freeze the rest for later.
  • Get creative with leftovers! Turn roast chicken into chicken salad or a topping for pizza. Use new flavors to make certain dishes seem more exciting and exotic.
  • Although it can be tempting to buy large quantities of food, because often bigger equals cheaper, when shopping for two it's best to purchase smaller quantities. Buy only what you will consume to ensure that no food goes to waste.
  • Prolong the life of produce by washing and storing properly.
  • Invite your partner to join you in the kitchen; cooking should be fun!
  • Just because you are making a smaller amount, don't cut back on quality or presentation. Food should always look beautiful and be delicious.

Do you cook for two? What is your secret for making smaller meals?