Modern dating has never been more expensive. Taking your girlfriend or prospective squeeze on a date often leaves you footing a large bill for dinner, drinks and whatever other activities you might have planned. If you want to save your coin while impressing your date at the same time why not showcase your culinary skills and serve up a home-cooked meal?
I know what you're thinking; this takes time and effort, but it also shows you can cook more than baked beans on toast and aren't a hopeless bachelor with no life skills. You don't have to spend hours crafting a Sunday roast with all the sides or deliver a Michelin star style main course that would look at home in one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurant. There are loads of simple yet satisfying dishes to impress your date, with these three of the easiest and delicious even the most uncoordinated male can master.
Sizzling Moroccan Prawns
It might sound slightly exotic but this Jamie Oliver special takes less time to prepare than ordering UberEats and looks absolutely stunning once plated up. Using prawns as the signature ingredient of the dish, the addition of orange and pomegranate help create a bittersweet aftertaste. Not only does this impressive dinner for two taste good, but the fruits included will give you a vitamin injection.
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Key Ingredients: 6 large King Prawns, oranges, pomegranate, wholewheat couscous, paprika, saffron, garlic, chilli, lemon, yogurt, fresh herbs and an assortment of vegetables
Ideal Date: A woman who enjoys the finer things in life. Great on a warm summer's night while sharing a bottle of dry white.
Thai Yellow Curry With Veggies, Cashews & Tofu
If your other half isn't an inclined carnivore this Thai curry is exactly what the doctor ordered. Like any curry, it's all about the spices, and this version of a classic Thai yellow curry makes stars out of cayenne, cumin and cardamom. The great thing about this dish is you can substitute the tofu for protein (I suggest chicken) if your lady isn't afraid of meat.
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Key Ingredients: Coconut milk, onion, garlic, tofu, capsicum, broccoli, asparagus, assorted spices, cashews, curry powder and brown rice
Ideal Date: A vegetarian or vegan that loves a bit of kick with their meal. Great dish when you're both comfortable with each other and willing to change up the recipe to suit your needs.
Roasted Chicken Breast with Pancetta, Leeks and Thyme
If you really want to show off your skills in the kitchen then why not attempt this mini-roast for two. A rustic and delicious dinner full of flavours, this take on the traditional roast is surprisingly easy to cook. This is the type of meal that lets your date know you don't shy away from a challenge and is perfectly paired with crusty bread and a side of roast potatoes. Just make sure you keep an eye on the time so you don't overcook the chicken.
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Key Ingredients: Chicken breast, pancetta, leek, thyme and white wine
Ideal Date: A great, hearty first date meal. While it takes a little longer than the other options it'll give you more time to bond over a glass or two of wine.
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