Tuesday, August 31, 2010

For Date Night: Impressive and Easy Main Courses

It’s a common obstacle: You want to have someone over for dinner, but don’t think you have enough time to prepare. You want advice on what to wear, you want advice on what to cook. While we can’t offer professional advice about your wardrobe, we have plenty of great options for your menu.

Because everyone has different food preferences, we’ve highlighted a variety of recipes using different main ingredients. The great news is that none have more than 6 ingredients, so you’ll have plenty of time to fret over which shirt to wear and how many candles to light. One tip regarding candles: don't use scented candles during the meal because the smell with clash with the aromas of the food.

Fall-off-the-bone Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Chili Sauce
Everyone loves ribs and this preparation is incredibly simple and flavorful.
Ingredients in this recipe: pork ribs, store-bought sweet chili sauce, black pepper, salt

Duck Breast with Pomegranate and Mint
Anyone can cook to impress with this simple, beautiful and delicious duck recipe.
Ingredients in this recipe: duck breasts, pomegranate, mint, arugula

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts
Try this simple, yet incredibly flavorful recipe for chicken.
Ingredients in this recipe: Parmesan cheese, store-bought pesto, chicken breasts, olive oil, fresh herbs (optional)

Fennel Grilled Shrimp
These shrimp, accented by fennel and smoke from the grill, will steal the show.
Ingredients in this recipe: shrimp, fennel, olive oil

Easy Grilled Salmon
Salmon is easy to cook, healthy, and this recipe has that great umami flavor from the soy sauce.
Ingredients in this recipe: salmon, garlic, soy sauce, canola oil (or other vegetable oil)

Pasta with Sauteed Swiss Chard and Cream
This is a great and hearty vegetarian dish.
Ingredients in this recipe: Swiss chard, pasta, butter, cream, black pepper, salt

Let’s get cooking!

Any other favorite date night entrees? Post them in the comments section!