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You won't believe how easy these date night dinners are

Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. ...

Easy recipes for date night in

I'll be honest. Even though we don't have kids, my husband and I don't "date" very often. Due to budgets and life, our date nights have become something of a luxury. That's why I'm vowing to bring back date night, in a budget-friendly way, by whipping up one of these amazingly easy recipes.

Not only are these recipes perfectly budget-friendly for just about anyone's situation, they are easy to make too! With just five or six ingredients, you can turn boring ingredients, like salmon or rice, into masterpieces fit for a romantic date night in.

1

Shredded pork barbecue tacos

Shredded pork BBQ tacos

Serves about 8

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 pounds pork shoulder
  • 1-1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 8 soft flour tortillas
  • About 2 cups broccoli slaw
  • 1 (4 ounce) can green chilies
  • Shredded cheese

Directions:

  1. Place pork in a large slow cooker. Add water (about 1 cup) and cook for about 8 hours on low, or until pork is fork tender. Remove from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Place in a large shallow bowl.
  2. Mix the barbecue sauce in with the pork. Place a heaping spoonful of barbecue pork in the center of each tortilla and top with broccoli slaw, chilies and cheese.
2

Amazing pasta carbonara

Amazing pasta cabanero

Serves about 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dry linguine
  • 8 ounces thick-cut bacon
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 egg yolks, room temperature and beaten
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Parmesan
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the linguine. Salt the water. Cook until al dente, about 8 minutes. Rinse and set aside.
  2. Add the bacon to a large Dutch oven over medium heat and cook until crispy, about 6 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Chop into bite-size pieces.
  3. Reserve about 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings in the pan. Add the onions and cook until softened and browned, about 4 minutes. Add the pasta to the pan with the onions and bacon.
  4. Remove from heat and quickly toss in beaten egg yolks, peas and Parmesan, 1/4 cup at a time. Garnish with salt and pepper.
3

Chimichurri steak & rice bowls

Chimichurri steak & rice bowls

Serves about 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 thick-cut steak (like a rib-eye)
  • 1 cup Minute brown rice
  • 3 cups fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a rapid boil and add salt. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and rice. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to low. Cover and simmer until rice is fully cooked, about 10-12 minutes. Chop 1 cup of cilantro and stir in with the cooked rice.
  2. Preheat broiler to high and spray a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Liberally coat the steak with salt and pepper. Broil for about 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare steak. Let steak rest for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, place the remaining 2 cups of cilantro, 1/2 cup olive oil and pine nuts in a food processor. Add salt and pepper and pulse until almost pureed.
  5. Slice the steak into pieces and place over the rice. Pour chimichurri sauce over the steak and serve.
4

Maple and almond broiled salmon

Maple and almond broiled salmon

Serves about 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat your broiler and spray a broiling pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the maple syrup, soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Place the salmon fillets on the prepared broiling pan and brush each fillet with the maple syrup mixture. Top each fillet with 1 tablespoon chopped almonds.
  4. Broil for about 6-8 minutes, or until the bottom of the fish is opaque. Garnish with more salt, pepper and additional syrup, as desired.

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