Romantic Recipes for Two

Romantic dinners are nice, but you can also have romance in the kitchen. Here are some great recipes that you can have fun cooking together!

Sweet Heart Oatmeal Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies

This cookie is perfect for the couple that can't decide whether to bake his mothers chocolate chip cookie or her grandma's famous oatmeal cookie.

Ingredients:
2 sticks of Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tsp Vanilla
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 tsp Salt
1 1/2 cup Oats
1 cup Chocolate Chips
1 cup Butterscotch Chips

His Directions:
Preheat oven to 350.
Gather ingredients.
Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.
Add eggs one at a time to the butter mixture your partner is stirring.
Add vanilla.
Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 15 min. in a 350 oven.
Remove from oven let cool for 10 minutes

Her Directions:
Gather the cookie pans, bowls, measuring cups and spoons.
Cream the softened butter till smooth in a bowl.
Gradually add the sugars and stir till smooth.
After flour is fully blended, add the oats, chocolate and butterscotch chips.
Using a large tablespoon, place rounded spoon full of dough on the cookie tray, nine per tray.
Remove baked cookies from cookie pan to a cooling rack.

Tip: Gather the ingredients together and have them at room temperature. Butter can be microwaved to soften, about 15 seconds

Makes 24 Large Cookies

Courtesy of Foodthyme.com

Creamy Pesto Shrimp Linguine

This deliciously simple shrimp dinner cooks in the skillet in under 30 minutes. Add fresh garlic bread and a salad a sides.

While I'm definitely not a wine expert, those in the know recommend pairing it with a Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound linguine pasta, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grate Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1 pound large shrimp - peeled and deveined
Directions:
  1. In large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat
  2. Stir in the cream and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 6 to 8 minutes or until hot
  3. Add the grated parmesan cheese, stirring until thoroughly mixed
  4. Stir in the pesto sauce and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until thickened
  5. Add the shrimp and cook until they turn pink, about 5 minutes
  6. Serve over hot linguine

Angel Hair Chicken Pasta

Match.com, more than 46% of all first dates pick Italian as their food of choice! Pair it with garlic bread, an Italian salad, and a great bottle of wine and you have yourself a romantic dinner for two!

Ingredients:
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 of a .7 ounce package of dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 can of condensed golden mushroom soup
  • 2 ounces cream cheese with chives
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of angel hair pasta
Directions:
  1. In large saucepan, melt butter over low heat.
  2. Add package of dressing and mix well.
  3. Blend in wine and mushroom soup.
  4. Blend in cream cheese and stir until smooth.
  5. Heat gently.
  6. Arrange chicken breasts in a baking dish and pour sauce over.
  7. Bake in preheated oven at 325 for 60 minutes.
  8. When the chicken is near done, boil the pasta in salt water and the drain well.
  9. Serve the chicken on top of warm angel hair pasta.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Have a fiesta together with this easy-to-make chicken enchilada soup. Don't forget the margaritas!

Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup chicken broth
  • 5 oz. can green enchilada sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cooked
  • 10 corn tortillas, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • Tortilla chips
  • Sour cream
Directions:
  1. Combine the chicken broth and tortillas in a pot and cook on medium until strips soften and broth thickens.
  2. Stir in enchilada sauce, cumin, chicken, and half & half. Heat.
  3. Add a dallop of sour cream, then garnish with tomato, jalapeno pepper, and cheese.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips.

Asian Pasta Salad

Can't make a trip to the Far East? Have a themed date night with this delicious and easy Asian Pasta Salad!

Ingredients:
1/2 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 cup snow peas
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 red pepper, chopped
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup Asian style salad dressing
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1 (16 oz) package of pasta
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Boil broccoli for 3 to 5 minutes then remove from water. Boil snow peas for 1 to 2 minutes then remove from water. Boil past until soft and drain. Toss pasta with salad dressing. Add broccoli, red pepper, red onion, snow peas, ginger, and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for several hours. Garnish with sesame oil and sesame seeds.

Chocolate Banana Bread

You've had banana bread before, but this deliciously easy chocolate banana bread will make you drool. We're all for something made with our favorite aphrodisiac -- chocolate! Cuddle up on the couch together and enjoy a slice or two with a cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients:
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 bananas, mashed
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sour cream

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9x5 loaf pans. Mix butter, sugar, and eggs together. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda, and cocoa. Mix well. Blend in sour cream and chocolate chips. Pour into pans and bake approximately 60 minutes.

Rich Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate is an aphrodisiac and this rich, chocolately mousse recipe is choclate to the extreme. Feed it to one another or... use your imagination. Seriously delicious, this is a date night must!

Ingredients:
3 egg yolks
6 squares (6oz) semisweet chocolate
1/3 cup water
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Semisweet chocolate shavings for garnish

Directions:
In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. In a saucepan, melt the chocolate with water, stirring until smooth. Add 3 tablespoons of chocolate mixture to the egg yolks, then pour mixture back into the pan with the remaining chocolate. Cook over low heat, stirring until thickened, about 1 minute. Transfer to a new bowl and let cool for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the cream, sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Transfer 1/2 cup of mixture to a small bowl and refigerate. Fold the remaining mixture into the chocolate mixture. Spoon into 4 dessert cups. Refrigerate until firm (approx. 2 hours). Spoon refrigerated cream mixture onto mousse before serving and add chocolate shavings as garnish.

Chicken Parmigiana

In a recent survey, it was found that most first dates take place at Italian restaurants. It's not a coincidence. Italian is love. Have that same 'first date' atmosphere at home with this Chicken Parmigiana recipe. Pair it with a salad and wine and you've got the perfect date night dinner.

Ingredients:
2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
2 oz. dried bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
3/4 (16oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
2 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dip chicken into egg beaters, then the bread crumbs. Place chicken on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes. Pour 1/2 of the spaghetti sauce into a 9x13 baking dish. Add the chicken and pour on the remaining sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Chicken Cacciatore

A healthy, delicious Italian date night dinner. Pair it with a bottle of wine and salad for a complete, healthy dinner.

Ingredients:
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 medium green pepper cut into strips
1 16oz. can of whole tomatoes
1 6oz. can of tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 cup minute rice
Cooking spray

Directions:
In a large saucepan, sauté the chicken, onion, and pepper with cooking spray. Stir in tomatoes, sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice and cover. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Vegetable Chili

Discolsure here, I'm not a vegetarian. BUT, this is a delcious meatless recipe for both vegetarians or those just trying to eat a little healthier.

Ingredients:
1 (28 oz) can tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 oz) jar chunky Salsa
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed, drained
1 (10 oz) package frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup halved zucchini slices
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (8 oz) package shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
Mix tomatoes, salsa, beans, corn, zucchini and chili powder in saucepan. Bring to boil on medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheese onto bottom of each serving bowl; top with chili. Sprinkle each with additional 2 tablespoons cheese.

Oven Ranch Chicken

Get cozy together for date night with this homestyle, comfort food fave. It's super easy, great with a baked potato and salad, and makes for a casually romantic date night dinner.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
1 buttermilk ranch salad dressing mix
1/3 cup sour cream
4 boneless chicken breasts

Directions:
In a shallow dish, combine bread crumbs and dressing mix. Put the sour cream in another dish. Dip the chicken first in the sour cream, then into the bread crumb mixture. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.