Quick & Easy Date Night Recipes - Keeping it Simple but Delicious
Quick and Easy Date Night Recipes to Cook at Home:
Keeping it Simple but Delicious
Just because you’re making a simple dinner doesn’t mean you’re not going to create something delicious – in fact, some of the most basic techniques and recipes are a foundation for the most famous dishes in the world. Mastering the basics helps you be successful with more involved recipes later on!
Appetizer: Ranch Veggie Roll-Ups
Entrée: Lemon Pepper Chicken, Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Steamed Green Beans
Dessert: Double Chocolate Brownies
Ranch Veggie Roll-Ups
2 ten-inch flour tortillas
1 cucumber, sliced thin
1 carrot, shredded
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup ranch cream cheese spread
-On each flour tortilla, spread ¼ cup of ranch cream cheese spread.
-Carefully top each tortilla with sliced cucumber and shredded carrot, all in one thin layer.
-Top with shredded cheddar cheese
-Starting at one end, roll tortillas into pinwheels (almost like rolling sushi).
-Once rolled, cut into 1-inch thick slices and place on tray.
Lemon Pepper Chicken
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Lemon pepper seasoning
2 lemon slices
-Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
-Place a chicken breast in between layers of wax paper, and pound thin with the flat side of a meat tenderizer mallet. (In a pinch, a clean hammer works as well!)
-Place chicken breast on a cookie sheet, greased with cooking spray, and repeat with the second chicken breast.
-Sprinkle chicken breasts with lemon pepper seasoning, and top each chicken breast with a slice of lemon
-Bake for 25 minutes, or until the temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
Creamy Mashed Potatoes:
2 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
2 TBSP butter
½ cup milk
¼ cup sour cream
½ tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp salt
Fresh chives, chopped
-Place peeled, diced potatoes in a pot and cover with water.
-Boil until tender, about 7-9 minutes
-Drain the potatoes, and return to the pot.
-Add in butter, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
-With a potato masher, gently press down and mash potatoes.
-Add in milk and sour cream, and stir to combine.
-Garnish with chives, and serve.
Steamed Green Beans:
½ pound fresh green beans, rinsed & ends trimmed
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP butter
-In a medium-sized pot, add about 1 inch of water.
-Bring to a boil, and add in the salt.
-Add in cleaned green beans, cover pot with a lid, and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until green beans are tender and most of the water has evaporated.
-Drain, if necessary, and add butter to green beans. Stir to combine, and serve.
Double Chocolate Brownies - Best served warm with a delicious scoop of ice cream!
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup baking cocoa
1 tsp salt
2 cups white sugar
5 egg whites
1 cup vegetable oil
1 TBSP vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips
½ cups chopped pecans (optional)
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9x13 inch baking pan
-Combine sugar and oil, and mix together.
-Add in egg whites and vanilla extract, and mix to combine.
-Mix in your dry ingredients – flour, cocoa, salt – until just combined.
-Gently stir in chocolate chips and pecans (optional).
-Pour into greased 9x13 inch pan, and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
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