Instead of Wing-N-Wing, drop the jib, as the OP did and just sail on the main. It's much easier to drop or furl a headsail than the main. If you want to leave it up, "block it" with main and sail deep but not DDW.
If it blowing, and we have both sails up and head down wind, we typically roll in the headsail and sail on the main. We almost always do this if there are just two of us as it is more work to steer and gybe two sails with two than if we have more crew, especially in a breeze.
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