There’s no need to pound your head against a table trying to figure out where to go on a date. Stay home and whip up some of these simple yet sophisticated dishes. We promise your date will be impressed and more than willing to see you again.
Put away the spring mix blend. Here’s a salad fit for a date.
Easy, colorful, and delicious. Trifecta. Recipe here.
Make cheese fondue like this. Dipping suggestions include apples, chips, bread, or broccoli florets.
If your date prefers chips and salsa, impress them with this easy recipe.
A step up from typical restaurant garlic bread. Recipe here.
A classy spin on pizza bites. Recipe here.
Add some color to your meal with these carrots.
Everything’s fancier with a balsamic glaze. Bonus points if your date has never tried pomegranate seeds. Make it here.
Replace your traditional white rice with this low-carb substitute.
Cooking vegetables doesn’t have to be boring or hard. Make them like this.
If this won’t impress your date, what will? Recipe here.
Who has time to make fancy stuffed peppers? You do.
Turn your canned tuna into a sophisticated dinner like this.
All it takes is store-bought pizza dough and a little creativity. Make it like this.
Impress your date by making copycat Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Chicken Burgers with this recipe.
Not only is pasta easy, it’s versatile. And it looks fancy when you top it with a fried egg like this.
Although squash is seasonal, this recipe is still sure to please.
Your date won’t believe you pulled off these pork chops.
Open a bottle of wine and enjoy ratatouille as you watch the movie.
Turn your two favorite college staples into one satisfying dinner like this.
Who says you need to go out to get good sushi? Make it yourself with this recipe.
Low effort, high reward. Recipe here.
If your date prefers finger foods, this grilled cheese is a must.
If you and your date like to keep it fun, crush up some Cheetos and serve them this recipe.
A one-pot pasta with seafood. It doesn’t get any easier or fancier than this. Get the recipe here.
Nutella in a pastry? Winner. Recipe here.
Keep it simple and classic with these Rice Krispies bites.
Tastes just like grandma’s apple pie, but takes less time to make. Recipe here.
Is your date’s favorite candy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup? Here’s something even better.
Momofuku Milk Bar Crack Pie
A homemade version of a well-known favorite, this recipe is sure to keep your date full and fulfilled.
A dessert for kings. Made with 3 ingredients in a blender? Heck yes. Recipe here.
Turn a classic dessert into a masterpiece with these toppings.
Pretty and refreshing. Recipe here.
Keep it classy without getting cliché with this mixed drink.
Make your date a cup of French hot chocolate. After all, French is the language of love.