Most everywhere you look a romantic dinner will include candles, soft music, and food on a table. Instead, try something different than the usual things that everyone does such as these old ideas: invite your love interest over, cook a dinner you usually don’t, turn down the lights, go to a movie, or even have dinner at a restaurant. How about skipping all of this and move on to something less expected and something more memorable.
Unique Date Ideas
Move it outdoors. Plan ahead for a romantic dinner for two and find a romantic spot rather than in the usual places. Maybe near a lake or a pond. How about a waterfall? It could even be in the center of a baseball diamond, a horse arena, or the middle of the football field. Wherever the spot is, make it one that will spark memories for the both of you or maybe find a new spot that can be returned to time and time again to make new memories.
Don’t plan on lugging around a CD player or candles, though. These are both great for a traditional evening, but this time mix it up a bit. Let nature be your music such as: a rippling brook, crickets, birds, silence, and so on. If you need some light, grab a camping lantern. These are more romantic than trying to make a spot romantic by adding items that may actually kill the mood. Take along something to sit on and a basket of food that you don’t have to slave over.
Easy Dinner Ideas
These recipes will make both of you happy because it will taste great and you won’t have to spend hours preparing it. Let’s begin with the dessert first cause in my opinion it is the best part! I will stick with the chocolate, whipped topping, and strawberries part of the romantic dinner because they scream romantic.
Easy Chocolate-Strawberry Pie Recipe:
9 inch graham cracker crust
1/2 cup melted milk chocolate bits
1 quart fresh strawberries (frozen strawberries can also be used, let thaw)
1 package strawberry gelatin
1 cup water, boiling
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sugar
1 can whipped topping
Bring water to a boil. In a large saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch until well blended. Add boiling water. Cook on medium heat until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat. Add package of strawberry gelatin. Stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
While gelatin is cooling, use a fork to drizzle melted chocolate all over the sides and bottom of the pie crust. Cut strawberries into large slices and add to pie crust. Pour cooled gelatin over strawberries until crust is full. There will be extra gelatin left over. If desired, add strawberries to two or three tall glasses and pour the remaining gelatin over the strawberries. Place in refrigerator until set or overnight. Remelt chocolate and drizzle over the pie. Add whipped topping and serve.
Dinner for Two
When it’s dinner for two you are after look no further than the easy dinner recipes below. They are simple to make and can be made ahead leaving more time to get ready and less time for stressing out.
Pepperoni Pizza Popper Recipe:
2 cans refrigerated biscuits
1 jar pizza sauce
1 package pepperoni
2 cups shredded cheese, your choice
1 can black olives, optional
1 jar banana peppers, optional
Press out biscuits singly onto a large rectangular baking sheet. Add a spoonful of pizza sauce, 3 or 4 pieces of pepperoni, shredded cheese, olives and peppers. Pull up edges and press together to seal. Bake until golden brown. Make this earlier in the day and place in a large zipper bag to store in the refrigerator. When the time comes, place the pizza poppers in the basket and go. They will keep throughout the evening and will warm to room temperature in a short time.
Cook up some corn-on-the-cob to go. You will need about 4 ears of corn. Cook corn in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Remove from water. Place each cob on a sheet of aluminum foil. Cut three slices of butter from a stick of butter, place on cobs and salt. The butter will melt over the corn. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in a sealed container to keep warm. This needs to be done right before heading out the door.
Grab a couple of single-sized bags of chips and you are ready to go. Remember, it is not as much about the food you fix as it is the company you keep. Keep the mood romantic with conversation and enjoy the romantic evening ahead of you.
Valentine’s Day Ideas
Use the above ideas for Valentine’s Day. Add some flowers to the dinner or maybe even sprinkle some around the blanket. The flowers do not have to be roses, but opt for pinks, reds, and whites to give it a Valentine’s Day feel. Use cherries in the recipe above instead of strawberries and place several chocolate covered cherries on top for a different look and taste.
Don’t forget the napkins, forks, and drinks. You may also want to throw in a couple of toothbrushes and a small travel-sized bottle of mouth wash. Add a pack of gum to the basket and the evening is complete. The only thing left is the two of you.