If you’re like me and you’re a recent empty-nester or you’re newly married or just cooking for yourself and a partner, you may be on the lookout for easy ways to cook healthy meals for two. Today’s guest is fellow dietitian and cookbook author, Jenna Braddock, and she joins me with easy recipes, tips for shopping for two (vs. a crowd), and simple advice for reducing food waste. Cooking for two is about to get easy, nutritious, and delicious.
Jenna Braddock is a registered dietitian and certified Sports Dietetics specialist who lives in Florida with her husband and two kids. She hosts the blog, Make Healthy Easy, and her new cookbook, Easy Cooking for Two: 75 Perfectly Portioned Recipes is a hit in my house. On today’s show, you’ll hear Jenna’s advice for stocking a pantry when you’re cooking for two and not a crowd, tips for keeping fresh herbs from spoiling when you buy a big bunch but only need a handful, and lots of recipes including her Adobo Turkey Nachos. We’ve got advice for reducing food waste and making recipes like Warm Quinoa Salad and Mango Salsa Pork Chops with everyday ingredients from your pantry.
“Cooking for two allows you to experiment with new things with a low risk. “
– Jenna Braddock, MSH, RDN, CSSD
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We are giving away 2 copies of Easy Cooking for Two: 75 Perfectly Portioned Recipes to one lucky U.S. winner. For a chance to enter to win, post a comment in the Comments section at the end of this post and tell me about why you want to win the book or your favorite recipe for two. I’ll pick the winner on April 7th. For extra entries, head to my Instagram page.
- Get to know Jenna and her life in St. Augustine with her football coach husband and two young sons; it’s a football-filled life!
- Tips for feeding teenage athletes (think about salads and fresh fruit)
- What dinner looks like at Jenna’s house
- Why Jenna started her blog, Make Healthy Easy, which is food-focused with do-able and delicious recipes
- How Jenna’s cookbook provides the perfect solution for those who don’t want to cook large meals
- How cooking for two helps eliminate food waste
- The benefits of cooking for two include experimenting with different ingredients and recipes and avoiding the “condiment graveyard” in your refrigerator and pantry
- How Jenna’s cookbook is structured with vegetarian/vegan recipes, lighter fare, seafood, poultry, pork, and beef
- Tips on how to make fresh herbs last longer so they don’t end up in the trash
- One of Jenna’s kids’ favorite recipes: Taco Bowl with refried beans, beef, cheese, tortillas, and toppings
- How we can rethink grocery shopping to accommodate cooking for two
- Jenna’s Adobo Turkey Nachos, which are made with diced onions, broccoli slaw, ground turkey, and adobo seasoning
- Jenna’s recipe for Warm Quinoa Salad, which is made with quinoa, wilted and chopped spinach, frozen edamame, red wine vinegar, and dried cherries
- How Jenna’s Sheet Pan Shrimp Bowls use frozen rice as an ingredient
- Why freezer section fruits, veggies, and grains are perfect for easy and nutritious recipes for two
- Jenna’s recipe for Mango Salsa Pork Chops uses boneless pork loin chops and a salsa made with chopped mango, jalapeño, red onion, and lime juice
- Jenna’s husband’s favorite recipe is Chile Lime Pork Chops, which are seasoned with chipotle chili powder, lime juice, and salt
- Jenna’s favorite family go-to recipe is Apricot Chicken with Spinach Rice; she uses two boneless, skinless thighs from a frozen bag of chicken thighs and makes a pan sauce of apricot preserves and balsamic vinegar
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