Are you looking for ideas for a fancy romantic dinner?
Maybe you want to impress your partner’s family when they’ll visit your new apartment for the first time. I’ve had that dinner and it can be stressful! In fact, I remember frantically looking for recipes a few days before the dinner – nothing was too fancy for my future in-laws.
Regardless of your reasons, dinner is an important meal. And not just for the health benefits. If breakfast is usually rushed and sleepy and lunch is at work or with co-workers, dinner is the one meal where the entire family comes together.
Specialists say that family dinners are extremely beneficial for kids’ development. This is the only time in the day when children get to talk about their activities and bounce ideas off of the adults. Furthermore, healthy nutritious food and good conversation on a nightly basis create a stable, warm environment for everyone involved.
Of course, it can also be an occasion to show off your talents and try to persuade someone into liking you better.
So, if you’re looking for ideas, we have a few great ones, for five different occasions!
1. Tasty Dinner to Impress the In-laws
When you really want to make an impression, you serve beef steak for dinner!
Since beef is not an easy meat to cook, it shows your guests that you are a seasoned adult who can provide their loved ones with healthy and tasty meals.
But what if I don’t know how to cook beef?
This is a valid question. Especially since, even some experienced chefs can screw up a good cut of meat by either under or overcooking it. Luckily, I have a workaround.
This Instant Pot London Broil recipe (incidentally, the same meal I served my in-laws) allows every beginner to cook beef like they were an expert chef. However, you’ll need an Instant Pot pressure cooker for it to work just right.
It may sound like a bit of an investment but it cuts the cooking time in half and it takes away the risk of ruining an otherwise good cut of beef. Not to mention that the pot is amazing in the kitchen! I’ve been using it for a lot of time and I always get tons of praises, regardless of who comes to dinner.
2. A Romantic Dinner Idea
What better way to express your romantic feelings than through delicious and exquisite food?
Whether you’re trying to impress a date or looking to rekindle the romance after years of marriage, a romantic dinner is always a good idea. Now, most people would recommend a desert, but I think it’s best to choose a healthier approach (it shows you care more).
My idea for a romantic dinner is something that looks amazing, tastes heavenly, and doesn’t get you too full. So, I think that a serving of Smoked Salmon Potato Cakes with Herb Crème Fraîche goes absolutely perfect with candlelight and romantic music.
The smoked salmon has a special flavor that’s rich and easy to recognize and combines nicely with the softness and crispiness of the potato cake. And, the herbed crème fraîche is the piece de resistance that brings the dish together in a harmony of flavors!
Of course, it goes nicely with a light salad splashed with lemon, a glass of wine, and incredible conversation!
3. Dinner for the Entire Family
A recipe for a creamy chicken stew will help you prepare a dish that warms the tummy and the heart!
Furthermore, you can cook everything quickly, without making too much of a mess out of your kitchen. In fact, if you want it cooked faster, you can use the Instant Pot.
There are many reasons why I like to prepare this as a special treat for my family, but the number one has to be the taste. This chicken stew is flavorful without being overbearing and, even though it’s creamy, it feels light and incredibly fresh.
4. Dinner Idea for When You’re in a Hurry
Hey, it happens to everyone. You’re boss wanted to talk more about that new project or maybe traffic was more hellish than usual. Things can get tangled and you can arrive late at home where there are a few hungry mouths to feed.
But there’s no reason to panic and order pizza! There are plenty of healthy dishes that can be put together in less than half an hour (especially if the kids and other family members are helping).
My go-to dish when I’m backed into a corner by time is spaghetti. They only need a few minutes to cook and you can mix them with a wide range of ingredients.
While I usually like to have them mixed with parmesan and a bit of butter, you may want something a bit more appealing. If this is the case, You can go with spaghetti bolognese. It is both hearty and light and the flavor is divine!
5. Tasty Dinner for when you’re in a Rut
What should I cook for dinner? This is the question that plagues millions of people every day.
When you don’t know what to cook anymore and every day looks like the previous one, it’s easy to lose your motivation and passion. And I’m not talking just about cooking, but life in general.
But, you can get yourself out of the rut if you start making small steps towards a new lifestyle. So, why not start in the kitchen?
There are lots of fancy dinner recipes you can try, but I like to stick to the basics. I know it somehow contradicts the idea of a change, but I don’t need new ingredients to make something new. Just a different perspective.
So, whenever I want to shake things up, I make a delicious salad with rotisserie chicken, Romaine salad, cherry tomatoes, kale, avocado, and blue cheese (seasoned for taste). The result is an explosion of flavors and textures in a colorful bowl!
Of course, you can add different ingredients and make this salad your own. Still, try to make sure the veggies, cheese, and other greenery complement each other nicely.
And there you have it! Five amazing recipes for five different occasions that can satisfy anyone’s desires.