Converting Family Recipes for 1 - 2 people

If you are like me, you have a lot of recipes for larger families. Then people move out, get divorced or even die and you are left with only one or two people in the home. Or you may be just starting out on your own or with a new spouse and you find very few recipes for one or two people but hundreds for larger families.


Many recipes call for a 13x9 inch dish and these recipes are very easy to convert by simply cutting the ingredients in half and using a 9 X 6 dish instead. Time and temp stay the same.

If you can find a smaller size ingredient, use that or most ingredients can be divided and then stored or frozen for a different dish in a couple of days.

This way you can have a wide variety of meals that you enjoy without having the same leftovers for several days in a row or having to throw the food out because it has been sitting in the refrigerator too long.

Source: A lot of trial and error after my spouse died.

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May 25, 20190 found this helpful

That happened to me when our children grew up and left the nest. Now it's just the two of us until all of them come home.

I still use a lot of my old recipes and we eat leftovers, which I love. I freeze it for a later meal if we are not going to eat it. Very little goes to waste at our house.


Smart tip.

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