Impressive Dinner Ideas for Two

Cooking isn’t always the most well-received activity, especially when you’re only cooking for two. But making dinner doesn’t need to involve making a three-hour commitment to the kitchen. There are all sorts of easy-to-fix meals designed for dinner-time duos.

To impress your partner and your tastebuds, consider trying the following:

Air-Fried Parmesan Chicken and Broccoli

If you want to take advantage of the air fryer you impulse-bought during the pandemic, parmesan chicken with broccoli  is hard to beat. Follow the recipe and the chicken should get crispy enough to impress Colonel Sanders. Round out your meal with broccoli and a tangy yogurt sauce for dipping (or drinking - it’s up to you).

Mushroom Tacos

Mushroom tacos offer the awesomeness of tacos without the meat; they’re a flavorful option for vegetarians or those looking to cut back on saturated fat. This recipe calls for portobello mushrooms, which are well known for their savory flavor, and offers a quick fix when you’re hungry or hangry. Prep time is roughly 20 minutes and the only cooking involved is sauteing the mushrooms to your liking.

Lemon Herb Chicken

This easy pan-fried chicken can be ready in 25 minutes, making it a great meal to throw together at the spur of the moment. You can season it to your taste and desired spice level and add whatever sides you want, choosing from vegetables, salad, rice, or mashed potatoes before topping things off with a chilled white wine.

Cranberry Short Ribs

Turkey doesn’t have a monopoly on cranberry sauce; it goes mouth-wateringly well with beef, too. This cranberry short ribs recipe serves up delicious comfort food with the savory mix of sweet and hearty. You can make the meal for two or easily double the recipe and save the leftovers for lunch.

Baked Sweet Potato

Baked potatoes can be served as a side or a stand-alone meal; it all depends on what you garnish them with. Using sweet potatoes in place of the more common russets adds a sweet flavor and increased health benefits (including mood-boosting serotonin).

Getting the skin crispy instead of soggy is a bit of an art form and starts by avoiding the traditionally-used aluminum foil wrap. Once you’ve baked it to your version of perfection, add whatever toppings you want, including cheese, chili, bacon, sour cream, or honey (yep, that’s a thing!).

You don’t have to fancy yourself a chef to prepare a meal that thrills the senses and sates the appetite. The above recipes are tasty, simple, and perfect for two. Your measuring cup just might runneth over.  

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