Easy Dinner Recipes for 2

Cooking for two doesn’t have to be a challenge

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These recipes highlight simple-to-find ingredients, so you won’t spend hours in the grocery store looking for that one product.

Cooking for two can be a challenge if you don’t want a pile of leftovers building up in your freezer. Most recipes are designed for four or more, and nobody wants to eat lasagna all week long. Finding time to sift through recipes in search of easy dinner recipes for two, while still keeping up with work and errands, might not be manageable. Don’t spend time stressing over what to prepare for dinner. Stick to simple, healthy meals that you will be excited to cook at the end of the day.

These recipes highlight simple-to-find ingredients, so you won’t spend hours in the grocery store looking for that one product. Also, they are easily scaled down for your family of two. Try grilling fish or chicken. You can easily change the dish by mixing and matching sauces from other recipes.

If you are looking for some cooking ideas and ways to make cooking for two fun, easy, and enjoyable, look no further — these easy dinner recipes for two are perfect for you.

Baked Ziti with Ground Beef


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Sometimes you just need pasta. Try this baked ziti, which incorporates all the flavors of a lasagna without all the hassle of making it.

Click here for the Baked Ziti with Ground Beef recipe.

Grilled Fish with Watermelon Salsa


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Grilled fish is light, simple, and a filling meal to end the day. The watermelon in the salsa can be swapped for any fruit, like mango, pineapple, or whatever is in season near you.

Click here for the Grilled Fish with Watermelon Salsa recipe.

Honey Mustard Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs


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These kabobs are easy to portion for two, and customizable to taste. Plus, the honey mustard marinade keeps the chicken from drying out on the grill.

Click here for the Honey Mustard Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs recipe.

Santangelo Salmon


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Salmon is a nutritious option for your dinner for two. This Asian-inspired recipe uses dark brown sugar and soy sauce for a sweet and salty glaze. Just add rice and steamed veggies and you’ll have a complete meal.

Click here for the Santangelo Salmon recipe.

Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers


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You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy these flavor-packed burgers. Try them at your next meatless Monday dinner and you won’t be disappointed.

Click here for the Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers recipe.

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Angela Carlos is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @angelaccarlos.