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If you struggle with organising dinner for just 2 people, than these options below will do you a treat! Cooking or grabbing takeaway for 2, can actually be so easy and also quite cheap. From ordering takeaway online, preparing recipes made for 2 or cooking larger recipes you can have for leftovers, there are a lot of options out there for you to try. Read on to learn of some of the best dinner ideas and recipes!

Chicken dinner

Sometimes simple meals are the best, and that’s exactly what you can create with chicken. It’s also quick, easy and can suit any budget. You can use either chicken breast or thighs, whatever you prefer. Pair this with frozen veggies, fresh veggies, baked or steamed veggies and you have yourself a healthy and quick meal. One recipe you should try is grilled rosemary chicken. It combines lime and rosemary in marinade style sauce, which takes only a few short minutes to whip up! Once you have the sauce sorted and chicken marinating, you can get straight onto cooking your chicken in the pan. Whilst this is cooking, prepare and cook your veggies and you’re meal is done! This is also the perfect meal for 2, because you can just buy as much chicken as you need for that night.

Pizza takeaway

Ordering pizza delivery or pick up saves a lot time and money. There are so many pizza coupons and deals readily available online these days, ordering pizza can now even be cheaper than a meal for McDonald's. Domino’s do large sized pizzas for just $5 if you order online. The only catch is that you have to pick them up, but that’s surely worth it for such a low price! Or if you’d rather order delivery, your order value will need to be $22 or more. But with so many coupons available, this can get you at least 2 pizzas delivered, which works out to only be $11 per person anyway. Plus another great thing about pizza is that you can reheat it for the next day’s lunch or dinner.

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There’s no need to head out to a fancy Italian restaurant to eat a good pasta. You can easily whip up an easy pasta dish for any night of the week. It’s also great because you can make as little or as much as you like, to have leftovers for future lunch and dinners. Creamy bacon carbonara pasta is one of the most popular dishes you can get from an Italian restaurant, so why not recreate it at home. All you’ll need is a packet of pasta of your choice, bacon, cream, mushrooms and cheese. Most of these ingredients you should already have at home too, which makes it even more enticing, and very affordable.

Easy fried rice

Fried rice is easy and quick to cook, plus all the ingredients are super affordable. You can even just use up leftover rice from previous meals and a bag of frozen mixed veggies. Or if you have a little more time, you can cook and cut it all up fresh that day. Adding in some healthy lean protein like chicken breast and egg is also a great idea, which is still affordable. You can find a great recipe here.

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