In general, about a third of all American workers are chronically overworked, according to the Families and Work Institute in New York City, but even more horrifying is that about 45% of those with high-earning positions, like managers, are too tired to converse with their spouse or partner after a long day at the office, indicated a study done by Sylvia Ann Hewlett & Carolyn Buck Luce and published in the Harvard Business Review. Those of us who work hard at the office may be guilty of neglecting our significant other during busy work times. However, we would all agree that putting in time with your loved one is just as important as having a great career. Next time you feel like you haven’t spent enough time with your partner, surprise the special person in your life with a romantic dinner for two. Planning a romantic evening is easier than you would think! Just follow these tips for easy dinner recipes for two and you’ll have a wonderful meal put together in no time.
- Plan ahead: A good rule of thumb for any cooking venture that you undertake is to do some meal planning ahead of time. After planning, check your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to see what ingredients you might already have on hand.
- Compromise: You may be on a diet, while he loves anything that is battered, fried, and covered in fat. You may love a juicy steak while she prefers a rosemary salmon dish. If you and your significant other don’t exactly share the same tastes then it’s time to get creative to make a dinner that both of you will enjoy. If one of you is a picky eater, put the sauce on the side or cook separate servings of your meat with different spices (one cut for him, one for her). If one of the spouses prefers eating late and the other prefers early dinners, the early bird should have a filling snack (like an apple with peanut butter) to tide him/her over until dinnertime. Lastly, if one of the two like greasy food but the other is dieting, you can simply “fake” fried foods. For example, bake potato wedges or pan-sear your foods with a very small amount of oil.
- Pick a recipe: Most recipes aren’t made for two. However, there are specially made recipes with just two servings that could help you avoid food waste if you’re not a huge fan of left overs. Keep in mind that when you’re only cooking for two, you have more flexibility and the ability to cook individual desserts or entrees, like mini apple pies, crème brulee, or chocolate lava cakes.
- Make a Grocery List: This will be easier because you will know what ingredients you need to stock up on for your meals.
- Create Ambiance: Set the mood by setting up the dining table with candles, a nice tablecloth and some fresh flowers. Purchase a bottle of wine to serve with the meal and make it a night to remember!
- Think of your partner: When in doubt, think of what your partner would like. Hosting a dinner should be about your guest and if your partner is happy, we’re assuming you’ll be content, too.
With some prep and these tips, quick easy dinner recipes for two should be a breeze to cook and enjoy. The special person in your life will surely appreciate the effort!