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Romantic Recipe Ideas for Date Night

Warm your bodies and rekindle the romance this winter by whipping up a scrumptious meal at home. Here are four recipes to prepare for — or with — your partner.

Buffalo chicken pizza

Keep it simple when you assemble this pizza recipe from Woman’s Day magazine that takes just seven ingredients. Pre-made pizza dough and shredded cooked chicken will cut down on food-prep time. You’ll also need to gather the following ingredients for the topping: 1 cup parsley leaves, one sliced scallion, 1/2 cup cayenne pepper sauce, 1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella and 1 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese. Stretch out the dough onto a baking sheet or pizza stone. Coat the chicken in the pepper sauce, then add it and the other toppings to the dough. Bake it at 475 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Scallops with parmesan risotto

Fresh seafood meets the comforting flavors of brown butter and parmesan in this recipe from Lindsay Ostrom with Pinch of Yum. It takes approximately 15 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook, so it’s a great choice when you’re running short on time but still want an elegant meal. You’ll need olive oil, grapeseed oil, butter and a 1/2 cup white wine, as well as 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 cup arborio rice, 3 cups chicken broth, 1 pound of jumbo scallops, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 4 cups spinach or kale. Follow the recipe’s instructions for searing the scallops, sautéing the spinach, browning the butter and making the rice.

Slow cooker boeuf bourguignon

Elevating your date night has never been easier with a French-cuisine dish that practically cooks itself. Perfect for a meat-loving partner, this slow cooker boeuf bourguignon recipe hails from The Kitchn’s Emma Christensen. You’ll need 8 ounces thick-cut bacon, approximately 3 pounds of beef chuck roast and 2 cups red wine, as well as yellow onions, carrots, celery, minced garlic, tomato paste, thyme, bay leaf, chicken or beef broth, mushrooms and black pepper in the proportions listed on the recipe. Pair the finished meal with cooked pasta or potatoes or a crusty baguette to balance the robust flavors of the boeuf bourguignon.

Pasta with butternut squash, goat cheese and spinach

Treat your partner to a vegetable-focused meal when you cook this seasonal pasta recipe from the kitchen of Camille Styles. It stars butternut squash, goat cheese and spinach. 1 pound of tube-shaped pasta, 2 cups cubed butternut squash, 6 cups baby spinach, 4 ounces goat cheese crumbles, an orange and a small dab of cream are the main ingredients of this dish. Bake the cubed squash in the oven for 25-30 minutes on 400-degree heat. In the meantime, you’ll prepare the sauce. Lastly, cook the pasta according to the package’s instructions. Drain the pasta, then combine it with the squash, goat cheese and spinach. Top with remaining pine nuts, parmesan and goat cheese. Drizzle with brown butter and top with sage leaves before enjoying.

Light some candles, turn on some music to set the mood, then enjoy connecting with your beloved over one of these meals. You’re bound to discover a new way to do date night that’s simpler — and more affordable — than dining out.

This article is presented by Pegues Hurst Ford.
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