Most recipe books are filled with recipes that feed a family. 6 to 8 servings, with maybe a few 4-serving recipes within the pages. If there are only two of you eating you can freeze those leftovers, but not all frozen leftovers are created equal. I’ve reheated frozen leftover noodle dishes only to have nightmares about the paste I had to eat afterward (yuck). So, why bother with large quantities of food when you don’t need them?
Taylor Ellingson’s 30-Minute Cooking For Two combines small portioned recipes with easy to make meals, and you don’t have to spend a ton of time slaving away in the kitchen and then get stuck with a bunch of leftovers that end up in the trash.
This isn’t a “skimpy” cookbook either. It’s not just a bunch of boring recipes from every other cookbook you’ve looked at. These are also “Healthy Dishes Without All The Fuss.” I like seeing the world “Healthy” on cookbooks.
This book starts out with tips on how to shop for two – tips that will assist you in making sure that you don’t buy more than you actually need. There are also lists of pantry staples (for the healthy pantry), must-have cooking equipment, and best of all, tips on storing any leftovers you might end up with. With a cookbook meant for cooking for two, it’s less likely you’ll have leftovers, BUT… not every person eats the same portions as everyone else.
You’ll find breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes within these pages. There are dessert recipes, recipes for soups and salads, and pretty much anything you might be interested in dining on. That’s another thing I liked about the book – the variety. It even has smoothie recipes!
I highly recommend trying out some of the more creative recipes – like Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo (one that is on my list to try soon). My favorite so far has been the Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls. Don’t eat meat? Swap the meat portions out with your favorite soy or other meat-free product.
I gave this book five stars on Goodreads. It’s a great book that will be staying in my collection (right in my kitchen for ease of use)!
I received this book free from the publisher, and this is an honest and unbiased review.