Frugal Casseroles For Two

I am looking for frugal casseroles for just 2 people. any help appreciated

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Julia - April 6, 2010

I am not an expert on frugal, but here is my easy versitile caserole-like recipe

4 chicken breast halves or pork chops
1 can cream of (whatever – chicken, mushroom, etc…) soup
1 box stuffing mix (or dry homemade)

Lay chicken/pork in the pan, cover with undiluted soup, sprinkle with uncooked stuffing. Cover with foil & Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until done. If you like your stuffing more moist than crunchy mix w/ 1/4 cup water before putting in pan.

This can be made the night before and left in the fridge.

Rhonda Brewer - April 7, 2010

One of my husband’s favorites: Take a big fat can of tamales (don’t remember the ounce size, but would guess it to be 25-30 ounces??), unwrap them and lay them in the bottom of a small casserole dish. Pour a can of drained corn OR hominy over it. Pour a can of chili over (your choice of beans or no beans). Sprinkle with choice of cheese and heat through.

Denise - April 7, 2010

Any casserole recipe could be cut down and put in a smaller dish for two. But I’m wondering why? One of the things I love about casseroles it that one time cooking gives the two of us two more “easy” dinners or four lunches to take to work. If you have a spouse who won’t eat “leftovers”, or grumbles about eating the same thing in one week, then you can make the recipe and divide into three smaller dishes (most casseroles serve six. If it serves 8, then divide into four dishes). Freeze two and cook one. Then you have two ready to go in future weeks.

Here’s one “serves two” recipe I do frequently to use up leftovers.

1-2 cups leftover chili (however much is leftover — you can use a can of chili if you don’t have leftovers)
1 cup cooked rice
Cheese (grated swiss or cheddar work best, although I have used slices of american when that is what I have in the fridge)

Mix chili with rice and put in casserole dish. Heat 30 minutes at 350. Top with about 1/2 cup grated cheese, or 3-4 slices of cheese (or however much you want) and return to oven until cheese melts.

You can also do this with leftover beef or chicken stew/soup instead of chili. (use more rice if soup — really works better with stews). You can also substitute shell pasta or macaroni for rice for a different twist. I’ve also used cooked barley in place of the rice. That worked pretty good turning 1 1/2 cups of leftover stew into a small casserole. Not so hot with chili, though.


redbird - April 7, 2010

BIG THANK YOU for your suggestions however I try not to eat left overs as they are high in histamine which because of my disease makes it bad. True this makes it hard especially if the other person does not eat a lot.

Kim - April 14, 2010

Redbird, if you make a regular-sized casserole, but put it into several containers, uncooked, and freeze the rest, I can’t see you having any trouble with that. Then, for supper, all you have to do is pull the container out of the freezer, remove the plastic, and bake in the oven until done. Maybe reserve any cheese topping until it’s almost done.

This should give you the best of both worlds – quicker preparation time, frugality, and still avoiding “leftovers”. If this still doesn’t work, then I would simply take a recipe and cut it into thirds. Most will still work out just fine.

There are also some mini-crockpots out there that are sized for one or two people. Keep an eye out for them at your local Salvation Army or other second-hand shop.

Take care, and I hope this helps!

Mrs Koehn - April 14, 2010

I just take whatever recipe mom made – which was usually double to feed our family of 8 – and cut it to 25%. So instead of four chicken breasts, 4 cups rice, whatever, I use only 1. Think through what you’re going to eat for the week or two, however long between shopping trips. I personally plan for the month and shop every two weeks. Then when you get meat, divide it according to the meals you’ve got planned(you can plan sales of meat and other things the farther out you plan. I have a small trailer kitchen for me and my husband, but it works out fine!).

A casserole I make for us is simply hot dogs rolled in corn tortilla shells, covered in chili and cheese. Heat till cheese melts. Another is Mexican Chicken. I usually make it into a “dip” rather than casserole, but if you want, it’s actually a casserole. I hate the chips when they get soggy. Crush corn chips on the bottom of a lightly greased loaf pan. Layer 1 chopped chicken breast, salt and pepper if you like (there’s plenty salt for me). Mix 1 can of cream of chicken and mushroom with 1/2 can of Rotel tomatoes. I would freeze the rest of the Rotel if I was you, if you can’t keep it over till tomorrow for spicing up some chili or something. Anyway, pour that over the chicken and chips, and top with cheese. Mozzarella is good, so is any Mexican blend. Bake till cheese is melted. Easy and yummy!

Mrs Koehn - April 14, 2010

Btw, on the Mexican Chicken, the chips don’t get soggy for a couple hours. If you eat it all right away, they will still be pretty crunchy. : )

Annie Buller - April 21, 2010

Sometimes, well not just sometimes, but usually making a small portion of a recipe costs more than if you made a regular or a large version. My frugal tip would be to make one that feeds 4 or 5 then save half and wrap and freeze for a later use. I live alone and making something for one is almost undoable. A small portion of something always costs more than if you had purchased a large portion. It’s like cooking dried beans, go ahead and cook the whole bag and freeze what is left for that time when you are really short on time and remember, “Oh, that’s right, I already have dinner ready.” And you go get it out of the freezer, pop it in the oven or microwave and there’s dinner. One whole chicken is cheaper than a few pieces. Get the whole chicken, cook it, use what you need and freeze the rest for a later use. My neighborhood fried chicken place has large boxes of chicken on sale for way cheaper than a 2 or 3 piece dinner. I buy the 9 piece or the 11 piece box, take out a couple pieces and freeze the rest for later. I have a recipe for a great casserole for 2. We call it Bachelor’s Hash. That’s the name my husband gave it because it’s quick and easy. Small casserol for 2. 1 pound ground meat, (turkey,chicken,beef), fully cooked but not browned. It will cook more later. 4 grated potatoes; 3 grated carrots; 1 onion, chopped; 1 can whole kernal corn, drainPed; 1 can green beans, drained; slices of uncooked bacon. Directions: Cook ground meat and drain. Put this in a 8 x 8 baking dish. Sprinkle over ground meat 1/4 cup chopped onions. Peel and grate the potatoes and add to baking dish. You want a layer of potatoes about 3/4″ thick. top with 1/4 cup chopped onions. Season to taste. Peel and grate carrots and add to baking dish and add 1/4 cup of chopped onions over carrots, season with salt and pepper to taste. Drain 1 can whole kernal corn and spread this evenly over carrots. Drain 1 can green beans and spread this over corn. Over this arrange uncooked strips of bacon. You can cover the top completely or just put 4 or 5 strips. Cover with foil and bake 350* for 1 hour. After 40 minutes of baking, remove foil and continue cooking until bacon is cooked. Tricks to change it a little. When you cook the ground meat, add an evelope of taco seasoning and in place of the green beans add one can of rinsed and drained black beans, kidney beans or pinto beans. And while putting casserole together add 1/4 cup salsa in between each layer along with the onions. If you like, serve with extra salsa and sour cream on the side. This is awfully good. If you have some leftover meat from another meal, beef, roast, ham, chicken, shred it and use it in place of the ground meat.

Becky - April 23, 2010

This is easy. Mix up a regular-sized casserole, and dived into 4 smaller baking dishes. F reeze 3, bake one off. Now you have 3 in the freezer for future meals! You can get nice, ceramic oval bakers for a buck each at the dollar store.

Also, the site is a great site for recipes that yield a smaller number of servings.

Melia - April 29, 2010

Check out a book called 30 Day Gourmet! Freezer meals are a great way to go!

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