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7 easy, romantic dinners that only take 30 minutes

Posted February 4

Every couple enjoys a homemade romantic dinner, but the cooking time and the mess afterwards makes it less appealing. No one wants to have a beautiful dinner with their love and then have a large stack of dishes to clean.

So here are seven easy 30-minute recipes that don’t create a huge mess:

1) Balsamic Glazed Salmon

This recipe only takes 20 minutes to make. The best part is you cook both the salmon on an aluminum foil covered pan. This makes clean-up a breeze. You take off the aluminum foil, throw it away, rinse off the pan if you feel the need and set the plates in the sink so you can continue your romantic evening without the bother of dishes.

2) Grilled Steak Salad with Walnut Dressing

This simple filling salad doesn’t take much time and definitely limits the amount of dishes you will use (only a cutting board, a grill and a bowl). This simple dinner will be the perfect touch when plated in nice bowls on top of a white tablecloth with some flowers.

3) Grilled Chicken and Potatoes

All you need is a knife, aluminum foil, grill and tongs. Easy clean up and easy to make. The fun of this recipe is that it all is cooked inside the aluminum foil making it an easy prep and cook recipes that can be displayed nicely on a plate.

4) Bucatini with Winter Pesto and Sweet Potatoes

A pot for pasta, a baking sheet for cooking the sweet potatoes, and a food processor for the pesto. Simple, easy and amazingly delicious. This is a perfect recipe if your special someone is vegetarian.

5) Creamy Garlic Scallop Spaghetti with Bacon

You cannot go wrong with scallops and bacon! This dish takes one pan and one pot. Few dishes and a very happy tummy. This dish screams romance especially when you combine it with your clean table and room. To make it more romantic pretend you are going out to a formal dinner, dress up and everything. This dinner is sure to spark the love across the dinner table.

6) Lamb Chops with Tomatoes

Simple and fancy, the perfect combination for a romantic night in the house. This dinner is easy to make look nice by plating the rice and leaning the lamb on top before sprinkling your tomato mixture on top of that. If you love lamb, then this is the perfect recipe for you.

7) Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Tomatoes

In 25 minutes you have the perfect Valentine's Day, birthday or anniversary dinner. By plating the meat on a nice white plate and having flowers and candles on the table you are able to set the mood for a nice evening. Once again you don’t need to worry about a messy kitchen or stacks of dirty dishes. All you need to think about is the person across the table from you.

Remember the most romantic part of any dinner is the way to treat the person across from you. Help make the mood nice with a clean table and room. Put on some nice music in the background and enjoy the moment.

Stacie Simpson is a journalism student. She loves listening to, gathering and sharing stories and advice to help others improve their quality of life. She spends most of her free time with her husband, ballroom dancing, reading and writing.

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