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Cooking for one or two can present its challenges. Here you’ll find easy and economical recipes that are full in flavor and perfectly portioned. Whether you’re cooking for a date-night, a romantic meal for celebrating an occasion, or just whipping up a solo weeknight dinner, we’ve got the perfect recipe for one to two diners.

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Ham Salad Sandwich Spread on a plate with pickle, cottage cheese in background
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Ham Salad Sandwich Spread

A simple long-time ham appetizer and ham sandwich spread known by many names. Some call it Deviled Ham Spread, Ham Salad, Southern Ham Spread, Ground Ham Salad, or Funeral Spread, as my grandpa dubbed it, but then as Shakesphere said, “What’s in a name?”*

What matters most is what it is, not what it’s called. And whatever you may call it, you should make this Ham Salad Sandwich Spread anytime you have any leftover ham!

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Bowl of homemade tomato juice on a plate with crackers and an egg salad sandwich with a pan of soup in the background
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How to Make Homemade Tomato Soup from Tomato Juice

This recipe is kind of special to my dear hubby and me because of fond memories of cooking with his mother. So, I asked him to help me write this post to tell his story about learning to cook while making this delicious homemade creamy tomato soup made from tomato juice, baking soda, a little butter, some milk, and a little salt and pepper.

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Closeup of Mascarpone & Pepper Penne Pasta in a bowl
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Mascarpone & Pepper Penne Pasta

Taking inspiration from Peperonata (an Italian stewed sauce of Sweet Bell Peppers with Olive Oil, Onion, Garlic, and Tomatoes), we’ve skipped the tomatoes and concentrated on summery yellow and red bell peppers for this recipe, then stirred in mascarpone cheese and baby spinach to serve over penne pasta for a budget-friendly vegetarian meal full of saucy comforting flavor!

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Cranberry Chicken (Turkey) Salad on a bed of Romaine lettuce
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Cranberry Chicken (Turkey) Salad

A favorite for ladies’ luncheons and summer picnics, this Cranberry Chicken Salad recipe takes on an elegant flare when served during the holiday season. Eat it on crackers as an appetizer, on a bed of crispy romaine, stylishly in lettuce cups, between slices of rye bread, or in a pita to make a sandwich for a light meal made with wholesome ingredients and a delicious dignified past.

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one serving (one half) stuffed acorn squash on a plate at table placesetting
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Apple & Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash

Take advantage of the abundance of acorn squash available this time of year with affordable, nutritious Apple & Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash. Loaded with flavor, simple to make, fantastic for making ahead, definitely freezable, and a meal that transports and reheats beautifully – and it’s just the right food for sharing with an elderly neighbor or housebound family member too!

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Close-up of Crab-Stuffed Zucchini and Summer Squash Boats fresh from the grill on a tray.
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Crab-Stuffed Zucchini & Summer Squash Boats

Crab and fresh vegetables offer super taste when stuffed in easy to make grilled Crab-Stuffed Zucchini Boats. Try this healthy recipe and fall in love with a summer meal that is piled high with plenty of veggies, tasty crab, and cheese.

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Roasted Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Dressing
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Roasted Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Mediterranean-inspired Roasted Chickpea Salad with Balsamic Dressing. Quick and Simple, the salad combines spring greens, roasted chickpeas, cucumbers, and tomatoes. For the final touch, drizzle with an easy to make balsamic vinaigrette dressing to finish the recipe!

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Avocado Toast with Fresh Tomato & Poached Egg
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Avocado Toast with Fresh Tomato & Poached Egg

A healthy meal doesn’t need to be complex or time-consuming. This simple combination of toast topped with mashed avocado that’s seasoned with salsa, fresh sliced tomato, and topped with a poached egg tastes extravagant. With its generous layer of creamy avocado, it’s the perfect breakfast, brunch, or even light dinner that’s big on taste and goodness to fill you up when your stomach is grumbling away.

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