How exactly to cut back on Christmas dinner if you’re cooking for one or two

The pandemic has definitely taught us how to be creative when it comes to celebrating the holidays.

Regardless, cooking a giant ham or turkey may not be realistic for some — especially if you live alone, with a roommate, or your spouse.

You can always skip the traditional Christmas dinner and make whatever your heart desires, but if you still find yourself craving the usual holiday, here are a few ways you can cut back on your menu so you don’t end up with a fridge full of leftovers.


Turkey or pork

For many, the holiday isn’t complete without turkey or pork, but cooking one for a few people will mean you’ll have leftovers for days, if not weeks. It may even lead to food waste.

While some may like leftovers, it’s also a file Much From work to making a whole slab of meat, why not just make a turkey breast instead of the whole bird? Or you can think of pork chops.

Mashed potato

Honestly, it’s very easy to reduce the size of mashed potatoes – just don’t boil as many potatoes as you normally would. Instead of boiling a five-pound bag, cook six or seven medium to small potatoes, and you’ll have plenty for two.

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If you still want potatoes, but don’t want to make a pot of them, why not spin the food?

Try the baked potato.

You can bake giant potatoes and fill them with butter, sour cream, cheese, green onions, and even chunks of bacon. And if you want a healthier version, eat baked sweet potatoes instead. You can probably make homemade cinnamon and honey butter for sweet potatoes, too.

green bean casserole

Just like the stuffing for mashed potatoes, a green bean casserole is one of those classics — but preparing a large casserole for a few people doesn’t really feel like a realistic one.

Instead, why not make a deconstructed green bean casserole? Fry some green beans in a skillet (or vegan beans, if you’re feeling fancy), along with the onions and garlic, with a little butter. Then toss them with some toasted breadcrumbs. This way, you still get the green and onion flavor with the crunchy top of the casserole, thanks to the breadcrumbs.

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Pie

You can’t forget the dessert. We have two options for you.

A lot of that decision comes down to whether or not you want leftovers. If you do, make a life-size pie (or buy one) and eat all the pie you want all weekend.

You can also make a small pie. Some grocery stores sell it, and there are plenty of recipes online for making a small version. There’s a super easy recipe for pumpkin pie you can follow here.

If you don’t feel like baking, but still want something sweet, try the ice cream or cinnamon rolls (you know, the ready-made kind). We are sure you will find something!


No matter what you do, don’t stress about it. The past year or two has been a fun ride, so enjoy the holidays with your little family, watch some movies or catch a new TV show.

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