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Sales, Menus & Recipes: Cooking for One or Two

20 February 2020  

How to Cook for just one or two?

A reality in the lives of many people is cooking for only 1 or 2 people. It is very possible to cook varied and nutritious meals for only a few. It does take some planning. There are a lot of helpful tips out there which will make it easier.

One basic decision is—leftovers. Some love them, some hate them. Many people don’t mind having the same breakfast or lunch or dinner several days in a row, but most would like to see at least some variation, especially in dinners. One way is to disguise the second night’s dinner with different spices, presentation or use the same basic elements in different ways. For example, one Rotisserie Chicken could be served as roasted chicken quarters the first night, with asparagus, then half the remaining chicken meat could be made into chicken fried rice with broccoli the next night, and all put into a chicken rice soup the third night.

If you don’t like to have chicken three nights in a row, freeze the meat and use it later in a chicken casserole or soup. 

In the summer time, a good arranged salad plate could be the perfect solution for lunch or dinner for two, and a tasty way to use up small quantities of meats, cheeses, veggies etc.

Planning is the key and the freezer is your best friend. Just remember that nothing lasts forever, frozen cooked chicken usually lasts only 2-3 months under average conditions, longer if you have a vacuum freezing system.

Here are some good suggestions.

National Days this Week

Feb 19—Chocolate Mint Day
Feb 20—Cherry Pie Day (see recipe for dried tart cherry and pear pie below.)
Feb 22—Sweet Potato Day
Feb 23—Banana Bread Day
Feb24—Tortilla Chip Day
Feb 25—Clam Chowder Day

Yes—You Can Make it Yourself!

Home Made Andes Mints

Each layer takes 10-11 oz chocolate and 7 drops oil based mint flavoring.

Home Made Tortilla Chips 2 ways

In Store Sales This Week

Fry’s—Buy 5 or more participating items, get $1 off each one.  Items include, $1.49 Classico Pasta Sauce, $1.99 Dawn Dish Detergent. 

Safeway— The special digital coupon this week will get you 32 oz of Lucerne cheese, chunk or shredded, for only $2.99, about $1.50/lb. (first 2 only) There are quite a few clip or click coupons including one  for 64 oz of Lucerne milk or 12 oz Signature Select bread for only $.97/each, (limit 4) And, Safeway is playing Monopoly again. This time there is a digital version in addition to instant winners and collecting tickets for the game board.

Sprouts—The BOGO Sale continues. Among the items this week are Organic Valley milk and Crystal Geyser Spring Water.

An Assortment of Recipes for Two or Three

Lasagna for Two

Italian Style Pork Chops for Two or Three

You could use an Instant Pot for this. Maybe Brown Rice.

Sesame Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry

A very simple Stir Fry


Date Night Dinners for Two

Or any time you want something a little fancier than the slow cooker.

Some really good ideas here.

Bonus Recipes

Pear and Dried Cherry Pie

Sweet Potato and Chick Pea Stew (Vegan)

See full recipe by touching  Show More button.

Best Bargains This Week


Beef—Boneless Chuck Roast, $2.97/lb
Beef—T-Bone Steak, $5.99/lb
Pork—Center Cut Chops, BOGO
Chicken—B/S breasts or thighs $1.88/lb
Bell Pepper—Red Yellow Orange, OR or Hothouse Tomatoes $.77/each
Tomatoes—$1.29/lb, on-the-vine
Blueberries—Organic, $2/6oz box, non- organic $2.47/18 oz box
Kellog’s Cereal OR Quaker Cereal, $1.49/box, Buy 5 Sale
LaCroix Seltzer Water—$2.50/8 pk
Kroger Beans—$.59/can


Beef—Top Round, $2.97/lb
Beef—Bone In NewYork Steaks $4.97/lb, value pack
Pork—Boneless Half Loin or Bone In Shoulder Roast, $1.77/lb (butchers will cut loin into chops on request)
Chicken—Bone in Parts $.87/lb, drums, thighs, quarters
Potatoes—$.99/lb, red gold or Russet
Broccoli Crowns or Cauliflower—$.99/lb
Mini Seedless Watermelon or Cantaloupe—$2.50/each
Avocados—$.88/each, large
Gatorade or Sparkling Ice—$.77/each
Bread—BOGO, Oroweat 24 oz OR Thomas’Muffins, Bagels or Swirl Bread


Ground Beef—$3.99/lb, value pack 100% grass fed
Beef—Chuck Roast $2.99/lb
Pork—$2.99/lb, Boneless Loin Chops OR Country Style Ribd
Tomatoes—$.88/lb, Roma
Navel Oranges OR Large Grapefruit—$.88/each
Packaged Dates—35%off

BOGO—The Maple Guild OR GloryBee, all products, Line Drive Savings

Flour—BOGO Arrowhead Mills Organic Flour, select varieties