You want to win that special person over. And these 12 quick and easy dinner ideas will get the job done, it will also be your subtle way of confirming that you are marriage material. It isn’t just about the impression you leave in the bedroom, but the taste you leave on their tongue. And everyone knows that the best way to a lover’s heart is through their stomach.
Garlic Shrimp Ramen
No, not shrimp flavored ramen, but garlic shrimp ramen, same noodles with a distinct taste. Before you start thinking that no one in their right minds will be impressed by 13 cent noodles, remember, if contestants on chopped can make an exquisite dish out of absurd foods, so can you. This 30-minute dish consists of vibrant flavors that compliment each other from the acidity of the garlic and lemon juice to the fresh flavor in the shrimp. It’s easy to make and will have you looking like Gordon Ramsey when you transform a generic packet of noodles into an elegant meal.
Lobster Mac & Cheese
Seafood is considered one of the most romantic yet difficult foods to cook because of the fishy taste. So for this dish, it would be safer to buy a pre-cooked lobster (canned lobster). Don’t worry! It’s not about the lobster, it’s what you do with the lobster, and you are going to take ordinary mac & cheese and turn it into something extraordinary like sex. They don’t call it food porn for no reason.
All ingredients together create the perfect meal. The creaminess from the blend of the milk and cheese, the different spices and seasonings bringing color to the pasta and lobster, and the breadcrumbs adding texture. Cook this harmonious meal and you may be thanked in an extraordinary way.
Creamy Tuscan Chicken
Creamy Tuscan Chicken is a sexy mouthwatering meal and perfect for a dinner date, and will surely impress that person because it looks like it takes hours to cook but only takes 40 minutes. This dish is sexy because it brightens chicken with its creaminess and savoriness from the butter, heavy cream, spices, garlic, spinach, and tomatoes. This is not your ordinary chicken, this is the chicken you serve when you want to leave a vast impression on your significant other.
You can pair the flavorful chicken with asparagus and roasted potatoes as your side dishes.
There’s nothing wrong with sticking to the classics. Chicken Parmesan is the easiest and most popular meal to make. Win their hearts with this simple yet tasty dish. Choose between breaded and grilled chicken, along with any type of pasta your heart desires or your lover prefers.
Pork Chops With Cherries & Spinach
This meal will definitely win the heart of that lover when you serve them this. They will most likely assume it took you forever, but you know it only took 30 minutes to make. Remember, looks can deceive, but taste can’t. Make them feel as though you put so much heart and time into creating a sophisticated dinner. Serve them the seared pork chop with a drizzle of the cherry sauce that pairs magnificently. Lastly, everyone knows that spinach is the definition of sophistication, so why not add it as a side dish. What does this equal? The fanciest romantic dinner.
Again, simple dishes can impress, especially on a casual date. If you aren’t confident in cooking something you’ve never cooked before, then don’t go through the trouble. Instead, cook something that everyone loves and strive to make it the best thing that they have tasted. Everyone loves nachos, so make it the best nachos they have ever had. It can also be a fun and romantic activity for both of you to prep the nachos, talk about romance. Plus, sharing a big plate is the perfect excuse for hand contact. You can choose between beef, chicken, pork, or black bean crumble for vegans. Cook the choice of meat and pile up on the toppings like jalapenos, onions, lettuce, cheese, salsa, etc.
Lemon Chicken Piccata
Win the heart of your boo with this citrus dish full of flourishing flavors. Lemon chicken piccata is romantic and easy to make. Whether you want breaded or grilled chicken, pop it in the pan along with heavy cream, lemon, butter, garlic, salt, pepper, and capers, let it simmer and you have yourself lemon chicken piccata. You can add any side you want or place the chicken over a bed of spaghetti to make it a pasta.
Cheesy Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip
Although it is mostly seen as an appetizer, cheesy baked shrimp scampi dip can also be a great entree. Grab whatever chips you prefer and dip into this 30-minute smooth and cheesy dip. It is easy and a great idea for a romantic dinner and you will surely win their hearts. Not only is this dish delicious but it is romantic because you both will be dipping into the same bowl. It is perfect to eat while snuggling up with a movie or to eat while sitting close to each other and engage in a conversation. Plus, if they accidentally smear some on their face, you can copy those scenes from the romance movies where the guy or girl wipes something off the other’s face and stare deeply into their eyes.
Linguine with Clams
If you are experienced in cooking, even in seafood, then add linguine with clams to your dinner menu for that date you have with that hottie. You want to win them over and cooking one of the hardest dishes sure will. Linguine with clams has a fresh taste with the clams and lemon complementing each other. Although the clams have a salty and fishy taste, it is nothing overpowering or gross. Other than salt, make sure you season the dish with garlic, red pepper flakes, and parsley since the clams are already salty and you need to balance that saltiness with other flavors. The dish pairs perfectly with white wine, but also adding white wine to the dish enhances the flavor.
Vegetables & Three-Cheese Stuffed Shells
If your boo is a vegetarian, steal their heart by showing you respect their practice with the vegetables and three-cheese stuffed shells dish. Not only will they enjoy it but you certainly will. It is heaven stuffed in a shell with the flavorful creamy spinach making love to your taste buds. The tanginess of the marinara sauce and ricotta cheese is the cherry on top. So, save animals, make a great impression and bless your stomach with this meal.
Winter Squash Lasagna
Another vegetarian-friendly choice for the boo who is vegetarian. The two of you will enjoy it and you will win their hearts with this because it shows you are attentive and caring. The winter squash lasagna is great for dinner and gives you a taste different from the typical lasagna. Who knows? Maybe you’ll like it even more. It’s the same as the original lasagna but with spinach and winter squash purée. And just like any other pasta, salad goes great on the side.
Thin Smoked Paprika Steaks
You can never go wrong with this easy steak dinner and a glass of wine. This dish should take 20 minutes since the steaks are thin. This meal is really good, especially with the paprika giving the steak a sweet and mild taste. Although it may not seem a lot, you can still win them over by seasoning the steak really well with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and red pepper flakes, also by garnishing the steak with tarragon, chives or parsley to beautify the plate. Chili can be added to the side to go in a new direction away from fries, but you can do fries or salad for a healthier option.
You want to win their heart? Not only do you need to dress to impress, but you need to cook to impress. And these quick and easy dinner ideas will get you where you want, whether you are chef Gordon Ramsey or a mediocre cook. Comment below your favorite dish or one you think should be on there, and if you have a friend who is looking for a meal to cook for an upcoming date, share with them!
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