Are you looking for easy dinner ideas for two? If you’re planning on having an inexpensive date night with your partner and want to cook something quick and simple, we have a few suggestions for you!
Here are 6 dishes and 6 desserts that are extremely easy to make but are tasty and classy nonetheless. They’re perfect for people who don’t have a lot of time as well as for people who don’t feel very comfortable with cooking.
1- A salty-sweet dinner idea : goat cheese and honey briks
Goat cheese and honey are one of those salty-sweet associations that work wonderfully well. For this recipe, you will only need to mix some crumbled goat cheese, 1 egg and honey to taste in a bowl. You can add in some fresh herbs and then, stuff the brik pastry sheets with the mixture before putting them in the oven until both sides become golden brown.
You can serve them with a runner bean salad with fresh apple slices and walnuts.
And as for dessert? Why not try French crêpes with salted butter caramel? Crêpes are basically pancakes with more milk and no baking soda. You can buy a jar of salted butter caramel sauce or make your own if you have some time.
2- An Italian dinner idea : pesto pasta with grilled chicken
Grilled chicken pesto pasta with tomatoes is a classic romantic recipe you can easily make for a dinner date with your partner. To change things up a little, opt for sundried tomatoes instead of fresh ones. And to put the finishing touches to your dish, don’t forget to sprinkle parmesan on top and add basil leaves for aesthetic purposes. And now you’re done! You’ve just made a lovely dinner without much effort.
For dessert, you can make a raspberry ricotta cake.
3- A stress-free dinner idea : one pot chicken recipe
If you’re looking for a really stress-free dinner idea for two, one-pot dishes are the way to go. Just add all the ingredients in one pan and let them cook according to the recipe on medium to low heat. Here are some ideas you can make: one-pan balsamic chicken and vegetables, one-pot chicken burrito bowls and one-pot lemon herb chicken and rice.
Although those dishes are easy, they’ll taste like you put a lot of time and effort into them.
For dessert, an apple pie would be perfect! For a sophisticated twist, you can make individual mini apple rose pies.
4- An exotic dinner idea : marinated raw fish with coconut milk
Some “exotic” dishes can seem a bit scary because they’re not familiar or they require too many ingredients. That’s not the case with this Tahitian marinated raw tuna salad with coconut milk recipe, which is extremely simple and delicious! Just pour the juice of two limes onto 0.6lb of tuna diced into cubes, mix well and let it sit in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes. Add in sliced vegetables (tomato, cucumber, onions and carrots), season to taste then add one glass of coconut milk. You can eat this salad as is or with white rice.
With this recipe, you’re sure to surprise your significant other!
And for dessert, a fruit salad made of pineapple chunks, lychees, bananas and pomegranates would do.
5- A vegan dinner idea : veggie and tofu stir-fry
For this easy dinner idea, pick your favorite crunchy vegetables such as onions, broccoli, carrots and peppers and fry them in a pan or a wok with some tofu. Serve along with rice or fried noodles.
What’s fantastic about this dish is that you can customize it in million different ways! For example, you can use sesame oil to give it a different taste and you can also add various elements: chili flakes, curry powder, lemongrass paste, ginger, coriander, chives, soy sauce, etc. Just let your imagination speak.
For dessert? We suggest two portions of coconut mango chia pudding. To make one portion, pour 4 ounces of coconut milk into a transparent glass then add a generous table spoon of chia seeds. Let sit overnight in the fridge. Before your romantic dinner, blend together one handful of mango chunks, the juice of half a small lime and 1 tea spoon of vanilla extract. You can add sugar or agave syrup if needed. Add the mixture on top of your coconut chia pudding.
6- An aphrodisiac dinner idea : oyster tempura and asparagus
For a steamy dinner date, we suggest a menu completely based on aphrodisiac ingredients. You can make some oyster tempuras, which are very simple as you will only need to dip the oysters in a tempura batter (egg, flour and water) then deep fry the whole thing for one or two minutes. Serve with some asparagus and a dipping sauce.
Finally for dessert, the most simple recipe to make would be a dark chocolate avocado mousse. Blend together 2 avocados, ¼ of dark chocolate bar, 2 table spoons of cocoa powder, 2 table spoons of almond milk and honey or agave syrup to taste.