While eating out with your best friend, significant other, or roommate is a great treat every once in a while, nothing beats a home cooked meal. Not only will eating in help you budget and save money, but it's also a special chance to cook and dine in an intimate, relaxed setting with someone you care about (even if that someone is just you). So we decided to compile a list of easy dinner recipes for two to make for a week of healthy, delicious, and memorable dining with your plus one.
Complete with vegan and Paleo recipes, plus restriction-free options, there's truly something for everyone to love. So once you decide which you'd like to make, all you have to do is sit on the porch to enjoy the evening or curl up on the sofa with a loved one. Without further ado, scroll through to place your orders from this week's menu of seven easy dinner recipes for two.
Monday: Lemon Ricotta Ravioli
Striking the perfect balance between comfort food and refreshing summer cuisine, this easy ravioli recipe from Half Baked Harvest is the perfect meal to enjoy on a Monday evening. Complete with tangy lemon, light ricotta cheese, asparagus, and a white wine butter sauce, it's a great start to the week.
Tuesday: Skirt Steak Tomato Salad
This chimichurri steak salad from Foodie Crush will help you meet your protein and iron needs while also satisfying your taste buds. Marinated in a garlic and herb sauce, the skirt steak is so delicious that you'll probably just want to eat this for every meal this week. It's complemented by a fresh tomato salad to freshen up the flavors, making it perfect to eat outside on a summer evening with a partner.
Wednesday: Seared Tofu Noodle Salad
You'll probably want to make something low-maintenance by the time Wednesday rolls around, and this vegan noodle salad recipe from The First Mess will definitely hit the spot. It features seared tofu, freshly sliced peaches, zucchini, snap peas, Thai basil, and more. So it's basically a party of healthy, filling ingredients.
Thursday: Chashu Pork Bao Buns
You've almost made it to the end of the week, so treat yourself to something rich and delightful like this bao bun recipe from I Am a Food Blog. If you've never tried these before, you're in for a fun time, so definitely make a date or cooking party out of it! The light and fluffy homemade buns are stuffed with slow braised chasu pork, cucumber slices, and hoisin sauce. Simply fold them over and enjoy!
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Friday: Falafel Salad Hummus Bowl
Fix yourself this delicious falafel and hummus salad bowl a super-quick and easy but equally yummy dinner for casual Friday. Packed with interesting textures and flavors, this recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon is the perfect dinner to unwind with.
Saturday: Indian Spiced Chicken With Mango
From the Kitchen brings us this delightful explosion of vibrant colors and flavors, making it the perfect way to celebrate your Saturday night. Eat this Indian-spiced barbecue chicken with the healthy and refreshing mango, avocado, and mint salad, or eat like a burrito in some buttery roti bread. Though it looks complicated, it only takes about 20 minutes to make, so you and your partner can enjoy an intimate dinner in and head out later, too.
Sunday: Vegan Brussel Sprout Parm
This brussels sprout dish from The First Mess is the definition of comfort food made healthy. For a relaxing, cozy Sunday night, enjoy this vegan Brussels sprout parm with your S.O. or a good friend. The rich flavors are balanced out with a nice citrus undertone, so it won't be too heavy, but it definitely won't leave you hungry either.
What are your favorite meals to enjoy with a partner? Let us know in the comment section below, and then tell us which recipe you liked the most!