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Now granted there are only three in our family but I am used to cooking larger amounts. Husband can eat a TON and so can daughter, sometimes. Generally if I make a recipe for four it is all gone and they are looking for more food. I usually make a recipe for six if I want no leftovers. And for eight if I want something to send in her lunch the next day. Tonight I am making chicken and rice in the crockpot and used 6 of the biggest chicken breasts I could find. Prior, I used four and the two of them stood there by the licked clean crockpot with tears in their eyes, hoping for more chicken.

Husband is going out of town for a week so it will just be daughter and I here. To further complicate things, she takes a lot of dance classes and some days we don't get home till almost 7. So I use my crockpot a lot. I don't really have a crockpot for two. I do have a small one but it is so small it is best for dips.

I already told her we'd probably be eating out a lot that week, but due to our allergies there are few places we can go. Any suggestions for quick to fix meals for two people? Our allergies are in my sig line.

Thanks!

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A couple of ideas...

What about a nice big pot of soup? Maybe chicken soup with vegetables and gluten-free noodles or rice. It heats up easily and should last for at least a couple of meals. You can add water to stretch it if necessary.

Another easy dinner I like is salmon (just coat it with olive oil, salt and pepper and stick it under the broiler) with baked potatoes. You could either bake them whole or cut them up, coat them with olive oil and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and maybe herbs (sage, rosemary, oregano... whatever appeals to you). You could have these things ready to go and just stick them in the oven when you get home from dance lessons.

I also like to have "picnic" dinners where we eat lots of simple things cut up into pieces... apples, pears, carrots, celery (you could make dip with non-dairy yogurt or sour cream), hard boiled eggs, kiwi fruit, bell peppers... it's very easy and more satisfying than you might think. My daughter loves eating on a picnic blanket on the floor.

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Due to Hubby's long working hours, I cook for just kiddo and I most days of the week. I keep a stash in the freezer of homemade breaded chicken tenders, nuggets or cutlets, also hamburger steaks with tofu to replace the egg mixed with finely chopped carrot, onion, mushroom, or whatever suitable veg. we have.

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?a...=27&t=48251

I'm wondering the tofu substitute would work for meatloaf too. The hamburger steaks holds together very well. You can make and freeze individual meatloaves, also can use an icecream scoop to plop the meat into muffin tins and bake for easy to warm up portions.

Fish tacos are easy for two, as are gr. beef tacos.

Cherry tomatoes are abundant in our garden so I put a couple of defrosted frozen fish portions in a glass pie plate with halved cherry tomatoes, round side up, salt and pepper, italian herbs, garlic and drizzle of olive oil and broil.

Bone in, skin on chicken breasts from Costco seasoned and roasted are another staple. Takes about 20-30 min. I sometimes roast an extra breast for meat for a salad the next day.

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A couple of ideas...

What about a nice big pot of soup? Maybe chicken soup with vegetables and gluten-free noodles or rice. It heats up easily and should last for at least a couple of meals. You can add water to stretch it if necessary.

Another easy dinner I like is salmon (just coat it with olive oil, salt and pepper and stick it under the broiler) with baked potatoes. You could either bake them whole or cut them up, coat them with olive oil and sprinkle on some salt, pepper, and maybe herbs (sage, rosemary, oregano... whatever appeals to you). You could have these things ready to go and just stick them in the oven when you get home from dance lessons.

I also like to have "picnic" dinners where we eat lots of simple things cut up into pieces... apples, pears, carrots, celery (you could make dip with non-dairy yogurt or sour cream), hard boiled eggs, kiwi fruit, bell peppers... it's very easy and more satisfying than you might think. My daughter loves eating on a picnic blanket on the floor.

I don't really want a big pot of something. That's just too much for two people. I don't really want leftovers. And soup isn't that quick to fix, unless it's in the crockpot but then I can't do the noodles or rice.

Neither of us like salmon so that's out.

And the last thing wouldn't really work. I am allergic to eggs and I don't like fruit. Don't think daughter would eat that either, but thanks!

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Cut up some chicken strips ahead of time or use leftover cooked chicken and make a stir fry with fresh or frozen veggies and add some instant brown rice and water. Cook enough for leftovers.

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Due to Hubby's long working hours, I cook for just kiddo and I most days of the week. I keep a stash in the freezer of homemade breaded chicken tenders, nuggets or cutlets, also hamburger steaks with tofu to replace the egg mixed with finely chopped carrot, onion, mushroom, or whatever suitable veg. we have.

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?a...=27&t=48251

I'm wondering the tofu substitute would work for meatloaf too. The hamburger steaks holds together very well. You can make and freeze individual meatloaves, also can use an icecream scoop to plop the meat into muffin tins and bake for easy to warm up portions.

Fish tacos are easy for two, as are gr. beef tacos.

Cherry tomatoes are abundant in our garden so I put a couple of defrosted frozen fish portions in a glass pie plate with halved cherry tomatoes, round side up, salt and pepper, italian herbs, garlic and drizzle of olive oil and broil.

Bone in, skin on chicken breasts from Costco seasoned and roasted are another staple. Takes about 20-30 min. I sometimes roast an extra breast for meat for a salad the next day.

I guess I could do hamburger steaks. We like those. Can't do tofu because soy messes with my thyroid. What I do for meatloaf is use flax meal and water.

Fish and tomatoes just sounds kind of weird to me. We don't really eat much fish unless it is tuna. My parents went on a Weight Watcher's kick and they seemed to eat nothing but fish, hamburger patties and liver. Really burned me out on fish.

Neither of us will eat anything with skin or bones. We do have the skinless, boneless chicken breasts from Costco. But they don't seem that quick to fix. Unless they're in the crockpot and that would really make too much.

Thanks!

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I don't really want a big pot of something. That's just too much for two people. I don't really want leftovers. And soup isn't that quick to fix, unless it's in the crockpot but then I can't do the noodles or rice.

Neither of us like salmon so that's out.

And the last thing wouldn't really work. I am allergic to eggs and I don't like fruit. Don't think daughter would eat that either, but thanks!

That would be quick, but neither of us like stir fry or instant rice. I guess we are just picky eaters. I just asked her what her favorite meal would be and she said green beans and black olives. I could live off of Ian's chicken nuggets but she won't eat them.

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We love tacos/nachos.

Here are a couple of recipes that are easy with your leftovers:

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=51529

I made it today with this for the 1 cup flour:

1 cup gluten-free flour blend(I used Carol's sorghum blend)

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

And served it with tomatoes, green onions, tortilla chips and homemade guacamole. 3 of us ate almost the whole pie. It only takes 20 minutes to bake!

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=50680

great for taco leftovers

This is easy, I made it with chicken and its really fast:

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=50804

How about spaghetti made with meat sauce? Its good with chicken too.

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We love tacos/nachos.

Here are a couple of recipes that are easy with your leftovers:

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=51529

I made it today with this for the 1 cup flour:

1 cup gluten-free flour blend(I used Carol's sorghum blend)

1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. xanthan gum

And served it with tomatoes, green onions, tortilla chips and homemade guacamole. 3 of us ate almost the whole pie. It only takes 20 minutes to bake!

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=50680

great for taco leftovers

This is easy, I made it with chicken and its really fast:

http://www.glutenfreeforum.com/index.php?showtopic=50804

How about spaghetti made with meat sauce? Its good with chicken too.

The meat sauce I make tends to make too much for two people. But I do have some ground beef in the fridge so maybe I can freeze half a package and just use that. We do like pasta.

As for the Mexican food, I tend not to make that at home very often because when we do go out to eat it is usually for Mexican. The pie does sound good, but I haven't got any of that kind of mix and don't know where to get it and would probably be too much for the two of us. But thanks!

Nachos would be a good idea though. I haven't made them in a while because daughter didn't really like them with the rice cheese. She can eat real cheese now though. Wish I could.

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The meat sauce I make tends to make too much for two people. But I do have some ground beef in the fridge so maybe I can freeze half a package and just use that. We do like pasta.

As for the Mexican food, I tend not to make that at home very often because when we do go out to eat it is usually for Mexican. The pie does sound good, but I haven't got any of that kind of mix and don't know where to get it and would probably be too much for the two of us. But thanks!

Nachos would be a good idea though. I haven't made them in a while because daughter didn't really like them with the rice cheese. She can eat real cheese now though. Wish I could.

Carol's flour blend

1 1/2 cups sorghum

1 1/2 cups potato or corn starch

1 cup tapioca flour

just reduce the amounts for the 1 cup

I like nachos with bbq chicken or sloppy joe...w/o cheese

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Carol's flour blend

1 1/2 cups sorghum

1 1/2 cups potato or corn starch

1 cup tapioca flour

just reduce the amounts for the 1 cup

I like nachos with bbq chicken or sloppy joe...w/o cheese

Oh! I do have a flour mix but assumed I needed something with like...shortening or something in it as well.

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