Easy Recipes to Surprise the Women in Your Life!

As Women’s Day approaches, we tend to arrange romantic dinner plans, fun activities, or even a getaway. It goes without saying that this year's plans, much like last year’s, have been rendered indoors. But hey, what can be better than cooking an at-home date-night dinner to make her night extra special. And don’t you worry, we’re not leaving it all on you, we have a list of very delicious dinner ideas that will surprise the special woman in your life. 

  1. Crustless egg-free broccoli quiche

Source - foodtolove.co.nz

Surprise her with this fuss-free dinner recipe. It's packed with the goodness of broccoli and capsicum, as well as the deliciousness of cheese and ham - so you know it’s a win.


Ingredients 

  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
  • 2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded, sliced
  • 75 g shaved ham, sliced
  • 1 cup grated tasty cheese
  • 4 tsp vegan easy Egg
  • 8 tbsp (120 ml) water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salad, to serve

Instructions 

  1. Preheat the oven to moderate, 180°C. Spray a 22cm pie plate with oil. Dust with breadcrumbs.
  2. Arrange broccoli, capsicum, ham and cheese over base.
  3. In a jug, whisk together vegan egg, water, milk and mustard and season to taste. Pour over vegetable mixture. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until firm and golden. Cut into wedges and serve with salad.

  1. Fragrant lamb cutlets

Source - foodtolove.co.nz 

An exquisite dinner for a sophisticated lady - a delicious treat that won’t even take that much time and effort. 


Ingredients 

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon dried mint
  • 8 lamb cutlets, frenched lemon wedges, to serve

Instructions 

  1. In a large bowl, combine oil, mustard and dried herbs. Season lamb cutlets to taste and add to marinade, turning to coat. Cover and chill for 20 minutes.
  2. Heat char-grill pan or barbecue plate on high. Cook cutlets 2-3 minutes each side, until cooked to taste.
  3. Transfer to a plate and loosely cover with foil. Rest 5 minutes before serving.

  1. Spring Chicken with Egg Noodles

Source - delish.com

This tasty meal will win her heart, plus, it’s very easy to make and requires very few ingredients, which makes it a perfect choice for the special day.


Ingredients 

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 medium Carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 c. frozen pearl onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 sprigs fresh tarragon, plus more for serving
  • 4 chicken legs, split (4 drumsticks, 4 thighs; about 2½ pounds total), skin removed
  • 8 oz. egg noodles

Instructions 

  1. Microwave the bacon between sheets of paper towels until light golden brown but not crispy, 4 to 6 minutes. Once cool, cut into 1-inch pieces.
  2. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, whisk together the wine, flour, tomato paste, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth. Add the carrots, onions, garlic, tarragon, and bacon and mix to combine.
  3. Add the chicken to the slow cooker, meat side down, nestling it into the vegetable mixture. Cook, covered, until the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low.
  4. During the last 20 minutes of cooking, cook the egg noodles according to package directions. Serve with the chicken and sprinkle with chopped tarragon, if desired.

  1. Cheesy Chicken Parmigiana

Source - tasteofhome.com

This recipe might seem intimidating but it doesn’t mean you can’t make it look restaurant-worthy and . 


Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves, optional

Instructions 

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, lightly beat the egg. In another shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip chicken in egg, then coat with crumb mixture.
  3. In a large skillet, cook chicken in oil over medium heat until a thermometer reads 165°, about 5 minutes on each side. Top with mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted, 3-4 minutes longer. Serve with tomato sauce. If desired, sprinkle with basil and additional parmesan.

  1. Beef Filets with Portobello Sauce

Source - tasteofhome.com

Delicious mushroom-topped filets with crusty French bread, a mixed salad and a light lemon dessert is a dinner she’ll remember for a while. 


Ingredients 

  • 2 beef tenderloin steaks (4 ounces each)
  • 1-3/4 cups sliced baby portobello mushrooms (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon steak sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, optional

Instructions 

  1. Place a large skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat; brown steaks on both sides. Remove from the pan.
  2. Add mushrooms and wine to pan; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Cook until liquid is reduced by half, 2-3 minutes. Mix flour and broth until smooth; stir into pan. Stir in all remaining ingredients except chives; bring to a boil.
  3. Return steaks to pan; cook, uncovered, until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°), 1-2 minutes per side. If desired, sprinkle with chives.


Kick your celebratory dinner at home up a notch with a nicely set table embellished with a tablecloth centerpiece, and be sure to light some candles for ambiance.



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