Most recipes in cookbooks are designed for family meals or for larger gatherings. One of the most rewarding forms of cooking however is cooking a small, elegant meal for 2. Some of the challenges of cooking for only 2 people are preparing the correct amount of food (unless you want leftovers!), simply selecting a meal to make and of course making it healthy!
I have often heard people say they just don’t know how to cook a healthy dinner for 2 and so today’s blog post will focus on 3 simple rules I follow when I am fortunate enough to be preparing a simple, healthy meal for myself and a lucky guest. It’s much easier than you think to plan, prepare and enjoy a small meal and if you follow these 3 rules you should find yourself mastering the art of the small meal quickly.
Rule #1- Keep the Meal Simple
Small meals work best and are the most rewarding to prepare when you keep it simple. I usually choose a main dish, such as a steak and prepare a simple veggie that compliments it as a side dish. Keeping the menu short allows you to focus on simple seasonings and blending only several flavors and also shortens the prep time and the time to actually cook the meal.
Rule #2- Choose Simple Cooking Methods
Choosing simple cooking methods such as grilling, sautéing and steaming keeps cooking time down and allows you to easily keep an eye on each part of the meal to make sure they are ready to eat at the same time. You wouldn’t want cold fish with steaming hot veggies! It’s easier to make sure everything is done at the same time if you’re not using the most complex cooking methods you could find!
Rule #3- Keep the Spices to a Minimum
Dishes that take longer to prepare such as a soup, roast or casserole have more time to absorb complex flavors from a mixture of herbs and spices. For the best flavor when cooking for 2 use only a few spices to achieve the flavor you are after. For example, if you want are preparing turkey burgers sage and fennel add a savory flavor and are easy to mix into the meat. When cooking for 2 minimal use of spices is a surefire way to add satisfying flavor quickly!
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The Cooking Chiropractor’s Healthy Steak Dinner For 2
1 New York Strip Steak
2 teaspoons Redmond Real Salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
4 cups frozen or fresh Brussels sprouts
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Juice from 1 small lemon
½ cup roasted garlic hummus
¼ cup water
In a large pan add 2 cups water and place Brussels sprouts in a colander. Cover. Let sit while you season the steak.
After allowing steak to warm to room temperature, rub with 1 teaspoon of the Redmond Real salt and the black pepper.
Heat a medium pan to medium heat and add butter. Also turn heat on the burner under the pot with the Brussels sprouts to high.
Wait until the Brussels sprouts are vigorously steaming to put the steak in the pan. For medium steak cook 3 minutes per side. While steak is cooking mix the water, hummus, and lemon juice in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Sprouts should be done 10 minutes after you start steaming them. Remove from heat and place the Brussels sprouts in a medium bowl. Add olive oil, other teaspoon of salt and hummus mixture to Brussels sprouts and stir to mix. Place steak on a cool plate and separate into 2 equal size pieces.