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Quick & Easy Date Night Recipes: Romantic Seafood Evening for Two 0

Easy Date Night Recipes

Quick and Easy Date Night Recipes to Cook at Home:
A Romantic Seafood Evening

by Katie Wilson from CraftyGirlCreates


There’s something luxurious & rich about seafood, and it’s perfect for a date night menu. Savor the flavors, as you savor the night with your romantic partner. Enjoy the White Chocolate Fondue, and take turns feeding your partner delicious bites of fruit covered in silky white chocolate.


Appetizer: Baked Crab Dip with Crostini
Entrée: Roasted Salmon, Herbed Fingerling Potatoes and Broccoli Almondine
Dessert: White Chocolate Fondue

Warm crab and lobster dip by onetallchef

 

Baked Crab Dip with Crostini

If you’d like, you can mix this dip ahead of time and stash it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it!

Ingredients:

8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons mayo
1 cup shredded Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese
6 ounce can of crab meat, drained
2 teaspoons Old Bay or seafood seasoning
1 thin French baguette
3 TB olive oil

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees
-In a medium bowl, gently fold all ingredients together, and place in a greased 8x8 casserole or pan.
-Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until hot & bubbly.
-While crab dip is baking, prepare the crostini! Thinly slice the baguette and place on a baking sheet. Lightly drizzle with olive oil, and bake for 7-10 minutes, or until crispy and light brown.
-Serve crab dip with crostini

 

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Easy Date Night Entree

Roasted Salmon, Herbed Fingerling Potatoes and Broccoli Almondine


Roasted Salmon

Roasted Salmon is on the lighter side, but is packed full of flavor!

Ingredients:

2 6-ounce salmon fillets
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ ground black pepper
2 lemon slices

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 425 degrees
-Place salmon fillets on a greased baking pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cut each lemon slice in half, and place two halves on each salmon fillet.
-Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

 
Herbed Fingerling Potatoes

If you can’t find fingerling potatoes, you can substitute small new or red potatoes.


Ingredients:

1 pound fingerling potatoes, washed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme


Directions

-Place fingerling potatoes in a large pot, and cover with water, about one inch above the potatoes.
-Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, stir, and reduce to medium-high heat. Cook for 10 minutes, or until fork tender.
-Drain potatoes, and place in a large bowl.
-Add remaining ingredients, and stir to combine.

Herbed Fingerling Potatoes

Here’s a twist on the classic dish, Green Bean Almondine. Broccoli is substituted for the green beans, and pairs perfectly with the toasted almonds.


Ingredients:

½ pound broccoli, cut into florets
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 teaspoon lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt


Directions

-In a large pot, cook broccoli in a steamer basket, over a half inch of water, until stalks are tender. Drain.
-Over medium heat, melt butter. Add in almonds, and cook, stirring often, for 2-3 minutes.
-Turn off heat, and add broccoli, lemon juice and salt to butter & almond mixture.
-Stir to combine, and serve.

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Easy Date Night Dessert

White Chocolate Fondue

Rich white chocolate, sumptuous juicy fruits, and sharing a dessert with your partner ... Need I say more?

Ingredients:

½ cup heavy cream
¼ cup butter
1 12-ounce package of white chocolate chips
Assorted fruits, pretzels and pound cake (for dipping)

Directions:

-Heat a saucepan over medium heat, and add in cream and butter.
-Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly.
-Turn off the burner, remove the pan from heat, and gently stir in white chocolate chips until melted and fully combined.
-Transfer to a bowl, chafing dish or fondue pot, and serve immediately with your choice of fruit, pretzels, etc.

 

 

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Ten Quick and Easy Stew Recipes for Dinner 0

10 Quick and Easy Stew Recipes for Dinner

by Jacqueline Samaroo


Warm and comforting stews are perfect evening meals as outdoor temperatures begin to fall. What makes them even better, is when you don’t have to wait hours for them to “stew”. It feels great to be able to whip up a quick and easy stew for dinner when you are pressed for time or just don’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen.

These 10 stew dinners are hearty and healthy options you can have with any accompaniment you wish (such as chunks of crusty bread or fluffy rice) or simply on their own.

chicken and mushroom stew

1. Chicken, Bacon and Mushroom Stew

“It has been a firm winter favorite for years now.” nightingale

The beautifully melded flavors in this dish will make everyone think you took hours getting it just right! Brown some chicken meat and set it aside. Fry together bacon, garlic and button mushrooms before adding in a little flour. Next in are chicken stock and white wine, then leave it to thicken. Add the chicken and some thyme and allow it to simmer until the chicken is cooked. Stir in parsley and season your stew with salt and pepper. Serve the stew on top of some cooked risoni pasta to which you’ve added frozen peas, butter and a little parsley. Seconds, everyone?

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/17412/chicken+bacon+and+mushroom+stew


2. Oyster Stew

“It's amazing how something so simple can be so delicious.” BAZAARBAKER

This quick, classy stew will delight any discerning dinner guest. Sauté shallots and celery in melted butter until the shallots are tender. Place half-and-half cream in a large pot and add in the butter, shallots and celery, stirring continuously. Pour in the oysters just as the cream begins to boil and season the stew with salt, pepper and some cayenne pepper. Continue to stir and you know it’s ready to serve when the oysters curl. Creamy goodness!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/12862/oyster-stew/


3. Quick Crab Stew

“One of the best recipes I’ve ever made!” steve h.

Here is another deliciously creamy seafood stew for you to try. Sauté onion in melted butter and add in some condensed cream of potato soup and condensed celery soup. A little dry sherry is next as well as some salt and pepper to taste. What’s the last step? Pour yourself a bowl of this awesome stew, curl up on the sofa and enjoy!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/quick-crab-stew-recipe.html


4. Chickpea, Chorizo and Spinach Stew

“A favorite.” red.squirrel

This quick dish has just the right flavors to make it a guaranteed hit. Stir-fry onion and add in celery, carrot, bay leaves and thyme. Season with salt and pepper then allow it to cook for a few minutes, giving it an occasional stir. Add garlic, diced chorizo, smoked paprika and cinnamon. Let the mixture continue frying until the chorizo gets crisp and the vegetables soften. Stir in canned chickpeas, sherry vinegar and water then leave it to simmer. Stir in the spinach, allowing it to wilt and you’re ready to serve. Pass the warm crusty bread please!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10775/chickpea-chorizo-and-spinach-stew

sausage stew


5. Bean and Chicken Sausage Stew

“Such a basic concept to be built upon.” nlh1951

While there are similarities between this dish and the one above, their best common trait is how simple yet yummy they are! Brown sliced sausage then add thinly sliced garlic and cook some more. Cannellini beans, chicken broth and diced tomatoes are next. Allow it to boil then add in some kale and season the pot with salt and pepper. Let it simmer with the occasional stir until the kale wilts. Of course, you can change up the taste each time just by using a different type of sausage – how easy!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/bean-sausage-stew


6. Egyptian Edamame Stew

“Quick and delicious” EatingWell User

Lots of lovely sauce is the winner in this dish. Cook edamame in boiling water until tender then drain them and set them aside. Cook some onion in heated oil in a covered sauce pan, adding zucchini when the onion is softened. Let it cook until the onion begins to brown then add garlic, cayenne, cumin and coriander and cook some more giving it a stir. Diced tomatoes are next then you allow the mixture to boil. Stir in the edamame to heat through and remove the stew from the heat before adding cilantro and lemon juice. Couscous or pita bread goes wonderfully with this.

Total time: 30 minutes

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/249376/egyptian-edamame-stew


7. Stewed Okra and Tomatoes

“I really like it.” virginia

Okra takes center stage in this warming dish. Over medium heat, dissolve a vegetable or chicken bouillon cube in water. Add in frozen, cut okra then leave it to simmer. Pour in a can of tomatoes and green chilies along with some tomato sauce and butter. Stir and let it thicken up as much as you like. Perfect!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2010/04/stewed-okra-tomatoes/


8. 30-Minute Turkey Stew

“Fantastic!” bellaanne

What can make cooking stew for dinner even better? When it’s a complete one pot meal as well! Sauté onion and celery in hot oil and then add some potatoes, carrots, turkey or chicken broth, sage and black pepper. Bring it to a boil then reduce it to a simmer until the potatoes are tender. Add a little flour and water mixture to help it to thicken, then add pulled leftover turkey and let it heat through, stirring occasionally. Mmm … nutritious, hearty and YUM!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

http://www.mrfood.com/Turkey-Misc-Poultry/30-Minute-Turkey-Stew


9. Turkey Cabbage Stew

"It's simple, fast, good, & healthy. Thanks." curious2

Here is a second take on the turkey stew above – and it’s just as scrumptious! Cook ground turkey, onion and garlic then drain the excess liquid before adding chopped cabbage, carrots, diced tomatoes, water and brown sugar. Also going in the pot are white vinegar, salt dried oregano, dried thyme and pepper. Let it boil and then simmer until it is at the consistency you want. Chunky goodness!

Total time: 30 minutes

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/turkey-cabbage-stew


10. Easy Taco Stew

“This stew was fast and easy to make and it tasted great!” JRiggs

Two steps, too easy! Brown ground beef and onion then drain the excess liquid. Add whole kernel corn, diced tomatoes with green chilies, pinto beans in tomato sauce, tomato soup, water and taco seasoning. Let heat through and serve over crumbled tortilla chip. Top with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Your children will love you even more for this dish!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-taco-stew-30812

10 Best Quick And Easy Soup Recipes For Dinner 0

10 Best Quick & Easy Soup Recipes For Dinner

by Jacqueline Samaroo

 

Ever notice that everybody has a type of soup that’s their favorite? Some like it as a thin broth, others prefer it so thick it could probably be called a stew. Some like it hot on dreary cold days and cold on sweltering hot days. There are those who really enjoy a smooth, creamy soup while for others, the chunkier the better!

No matter how you like your soup, the great thing is that it’s so easy to personalize them by adding or subtracting ingredients. Here are 10 fun and yummy soup recipes that come together in no time flat and which are ideal to serve with or for dinner.

Asian shrimp noodle soup

1. Asian Noodle Soup With Shrimp

“Delicious. Easy ingredients. Easy to make.” Copete

Wow your diners with this restaurant style, tasty dish. Place chicken broth, soy sauce and jalapeño in a large pot and allow it to boil. Add chopped cabbage, strips of wonton wrapper and shrimp then let it simmer so the noodles can get tender and the shrimp are opaque throughout. Add rice vinegar and snow peas then serve it with a topping of basil leaves. If you’d like it heartier just add more wontons, cabbage or other veggies.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/asian-noodle-soup-shrimp


2. Lentil and Bacon Soup

“Everyone loved it.” dreamweaver

Spicy does it with this dish! Sauté the onion, bacon and carrots until the onions are soft. Add in the spices – cumin, garlic, chilli and turmeric and cook until they are nice and flavorful. Pour in boiling water then add the lentils and crumbled stock cubes. Leave it to simmer with just an occasional stir. Fry up some more bacon in its own fat and use this crispy bacon to top each bowlful of your delicious soup.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2155646/lentil-and-bacon-soup

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3. Southwestern Chicken Soup

“Easy, fast and delicious!” Conkatesmom

Grab some leftover chicken and this soup is good to go. Begin by warming some salsa verde then adding cooked chicken, cannellini beans and chicken broth. You could also add some cumin if you like, then allow the soup to boil before reducing it to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Serve topped with chopped green onions, sour cream and a few tortilla chips if you wish. This just simply tastes better with each spoonful!

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/southwestern-chicken-soup-0

black bean soup


4. Easy Black Bean Soup

“I love this soup.” Lyndann

Here’s an easy way to serve up bowls of deliciousness! Sauté the onion and add some cumin then garlic. Pour in some vegetable broth and black beans. Allow it boil before turning it down to a simmer, giving it an occasional stir. Turn off the heat and blend the soup either in the pot with a hand blender or by putting the soup in a blender. Add more beans to the blended soup, bring to a boil then let it simmer. Offer finely chopped red onion and chopped cilantro as toppings for this comforting dish.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-black-bean-soup-59796


5. Chicken and Corn Soup

“A soup for the whole family. So easy and delicious” ness792008

This dish gives you the taste of a classic chicken and corn soup without all the fuss! Sauté garlic then add chicken and sauté some more. Add chicken stock, sugar, creamed corn and corn kernels. Let it boil then leave it to simmer. Once the chicken is cooked you can remove the soup from the heat and stir in some sour cream plus salt and pepper to taste. Serve up this simple but satisfying soup with a topping of chopped coriander leaves.

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/21430/chicken+and+corn+soup

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6. Best Lasagna Soup Recipe

"Easy to make, very hearty, good taste.” dmkinsey

This yummy soup tastes like it took way more time and effort to prepare – perhaps that’s why we love it so much! Cook ground beef with green pepper and onion until the beef is no longer pink. Add garlic, cook a little longer and drain. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, frozen corn, pepper and Italian seasoning. Allow it to boil before adding spiral pasta. Once it starts to boil again, reduce it to a simmer until the pasta is just soft. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese, serve and be sure to have seconds ready.

Total time: 30 minutes

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/best-lasagna-soup


7. Quick Asian Beef Noodle Soup

“This soup is very tasty!” SAN D

When it comes to quick beef soups, ground beef works great every time! Brown some ground beef then drain and rinse it. Place the beef in your soup pot, add onion, garlic, ginger and water, then allow it to boil. Stir in chopped bok choy and reduce your soup to a simmer. Stir in beef flavored ramen noodles and cook until the onion and bok choy are crisp-tender. Add the seasoning from the ramen packets, oil and soy sauce. Now just decide – is this wonderful soup going to be main dish, side dish or both?

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13014/quick-asian-beef-noodle-soup/

crab soup


8. Crab Soup

“Very delicious and easy!” Sui W

Please everyone at the table with this surprisingly easy dish. Sauté green onion and garlic then stir in flour. Add fish stock and cook until smooth and bubbly before adding heavy cream and milk. The crabmeat, sherry and some lemon-pepper seasoning are next along with salt and white pepper to taste. Let it simmer and add in more sherry, salt or pepper to suit your taste. Serve topped with grated parmesan cheese and chopped fresh chives. No need for a crab bib here!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/crab-soup-recipe.html


9. Dad's Meatball Soup

“THIS is by far the best soup I've tasted.” Rachel

The next time you cook meatballs, stash a few away in the freezer. Whip them out one evening when you’re pressed for time and “Voila!” – you’ll have a delicious, comforting and filling dinner in just 20 minutes. Stir drained tomatoes, water, beef broth and Italian seasoning and bring to a boil. Add the meatballs, orzo pasta and vegetables then let it simmer until the vegetables and pasta are tender. It may be called ‘Dad’s Meatball Soup’ but no matter who makes this dish, everyone will instantly love it!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

http://www.readyseteat.com/recipes-Dads-Meatball-Soup-2081.html


10. Turkey Sausage-Gnocchi Soup

“This was perfect for an easy weeknight meal.” Jomelt

Tasty hot turkey Italian sausage leads the way in this awesome dish. Remove the sausage from the casings and cook until they are brown, giving them a stir to help them crumble. Add water, gnocchi, beef broth and chopped stewed tomatoes then allow it to boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until you see the gnocchi floating on top. Serve with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese. This soup is perfect as is or you can add more veggies for a heartier meal.

Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 14 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/turkey-sausage-gnocchi-soup