February 2018
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Dinner Ideas to Rejuvenate Date Night
Delicious dining suggestions for you and your partner

Cooking for two can be both rewarding and challenging — but sometimes, you run out of meal ideas. These three recipes will provide you with the inspiration you need to recharge your next romantic dinner date.

Chicken Saltimbocca

This classic recipe hails from the kitchen of EatingWell.com contributor, Diana Henry. With only 20 minutes of cooking time required for this dish, you’ll have more time to spend savoring each other’s company rather than being in the kitchen.

Gather the following ingredients: 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 small boneless and skinless chicken breasts, 3/4 cup Marsala wine, 2 teaspoons olive oil, 2-4 fresh sage leaves, 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper and 2 thin slices prosciutto.

Place the chicken breast in plastic wrap, then roll over it with a rolling pin until the meat is about 1/4 inch thin. Season with pepper and sage then wrap with the prosciutto slices. Coat each piece of chicken with flour.

Add the butter to a pan and turn on the burner to medium heat. Cook the chicken, 3 minutes per side, until it’s no longer pink. Set the chicken on a plate and cover with tin foil to keep it warm. Add Marsala wine to the pan and let thicken for about 3-4 minutes. Pour sauce on the chicken, then serve.

Acorn Squash ala Quiche

Adapted from the recipe by Christina Main from Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe, this dish is a hybrid between acorn squash and quiche, making for a satisfying meal with a pleasingly-short prep time. 

You’ll need the following items: 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon milk, 4 teaspoons parmesan cheese, 4 tablespoons cheddar or gruyere cheese, 2 1/2 teaspoons chopped green onions, 1/4 cup diced fresh tomatoes, salt and pepper (to taste), 1 medium acorn squash sliced in half (with seeds scooped out) and olive oil.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with olive oil then place squash halves hollow-side down on it. Cover with tin foil and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove from oven, flip the squash halves, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside while increasing the oven temperature to 400 degrees.

Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and milk, then add in the cheeses, onions and diced tomato. Pour the mixture into the squash hollows. Wrap the squash with tin foil and place in the oven for 25-35 minutes, or until the quiche centers are set. Remove from the oven and enjoy.

Seared Salmon and Pesto Fettucine

Modified from a recipe from Eatingwell.com, this dynamic duo takes just 20 minutes but tastes as scrumptious as if you’d labored over it for an hour. The only ingredients you’ll need are: dry pesto mix packet or 1/3 cup of pre-packaged pesto mix, whole-wheat fettucine, fresh parmesan cheese, salt, ground pepper, olive oil and a 10-ounce portion of Alaskan Salmon.

Prepare the pasta according to the directions on the package; toss with pesto before serving.

While the pasta cooks, season the salmon with pepper and salt. Add the olive oil to a skillet and cook the salmon on medium-high heat, about 2-4 minutes per side. The salmon should look opaque in the middle and you should be able to easily flake the fish with a fork.

Serve both dishes together with a garnish of fresh parmesan. Pair with your favorite white wine, to complement the salmon’s flavor. 

Whether you prefer salmon or chicken, prepare any of these delectable dishes to make dinner for two as low-key and scrumptious as you both deserve.

This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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